It’s that time of the year – a time for clearing out the clutter, fresh beginnings and new growth. Most people associate Spring cleaning with home, but the concepts are also quite applicable to businesses. It truly is the ideal time to engage in a little Spring cleaning, after the New Year transition but before the Summer respite that precedes the sprint from Labor Day through the end of the year.
The benefits of engaging in this process on an annual basis are immense:
Brings focus to the remainder of the year likely decreasing distractions and increasing productivity
Creates an internal audit system to highlight matters to be addressed and establish a prioritization system
Better positions the business to respond to unforeseen events such as death of an owner or key management
Aids the transition of the business to new ownership and/or management
Assists in preparing for a sale of the business should that opportunity arise
So what does business Spring cleaning entail? Just like at home, it can range from an extremely thorough deep clean to something lighter and less intensive. Also, as is the case at home, the more consistently you do it, the less intense it becomes each time. The following checklist is a tool to assist in getting your Spring cleaning project started, but certainly can be expanded or contracted to meet the specific needs of your business.