Smart Tips for Keeping Your Home Business Organized
Posted on: January 2, 2021 | by: admin
Having a home business is both convenient and cost-effective. You are able to manage your firm while also staying on top of your household. However, now that you are away from the office it is much harder to keep your business organized. This could lead to failures in the quality of your product or in service delivery. This is why organization is key to a successful home business. To help you out we have listed different aspects to consider when it comes to being organized at home. These will range from organizing your space to making sure your business structure suits your business.
Digitizing Your Processes
Having a home business usually means that most of your processes are done digitally. If you haven’t considered this, digitizing your filing system is a good place to start. Moving towards a paperless office by scanning and digitizing all of your documents, invoices and receipts is helpful for data backup and archiving. Business Know How suggests buying a cheap scanner or even getting a mobile app to easily scan your documents. Moreover, it could allow you to slowly shred and throw out documents that your business has no pressing need for anymore. Getting a mobile business card scanner that can sync to your mobile contact list is helpful too, in order to get rid of piles of business cards lying around. This allows you to easily look for contacts in your phone’s address book. The Balance SMB also recommends reviewing your collaborative productivity tools and means of communication, ensuring they’re the right ones for your organization. Digital communication tools will allow you to better organize your communication with any team members compared to relying on emails and phone calls.
Having a Manageable Organizational Structure
Many home businesses focus on the practical aspects of organizing a business (see below), yet don’t consider how the foundation of their business can easily affect how it is organized and run. The structure you choose will depend on the size of your business. Those who operate alone will likely go for a sole proprietorship as it requires very little paperwork, making organizing the legal requirements much easier. However, those with a bigger home business should look to upgrade their structure so that they can be both flexible and better organized. A recommended structure in this case would be a limited liability company (LLC). Just note that each state has different requirements and perks. Starting an LLC here in California costs between $90 and $115, depending on if you file online or in person. The benefits in terms of business organization are the better tax options that make filing much easier, as well as access to online resources only available to LLC owners. These resources will help organize your business through providing tips and support.
Separating Your Work Space
Once you have got the office and structural fundamentals out of the way you need to organize your home business by separating your office space from your home life. In our article ‘3 Ways to Keep Your Home Life Separate From Work’ we enumerate some ways to do this. The most ideal one would be selecting a suitable place in your home to set up a mini office away from your “home life”. If that’s not possible and you use the same space for office and home, a second strategy would be clearing away all of your home business things in a storage box when you’re done with work. Aside from physically separating your work space, it’s also important to set time windows for meetings and business work hours in general. This way you’re still able to neatly separate time for work and leisure, keeping a more organized home business schedule.
If you have just made the switch or are thinking of making the switch to being a home business, we hope these tips will make you much more organized.
exclusively written for LighthouseStorage.com
by Candace Lane