January is the perfect time to get organized! This is the “fresh start” time of year, when you’re ready to make changes.
Here are some areas that you’ll want to pay particular attention to:
- Supplies – Do you have craft supplies in every room? Do you ever find that you want to craft, but it takes so long to find all the things you need, that once you’ve got them, you’re too exhausted to make anything? That’s a problem – and it’s time to fix it. Retailers know that one of the top resolutions is “getting organized.” You’ll find sales on all of the organizing essentials this month. Invest in some containers, cases, shelving, or whatever you need to organize your supplies so you’ll have everything you need when inspiration strikes.
- Your Inventory – Do you keep an inventory of the products you already have on hand? If not, this is a good time to start. You can use a system that works for you, whether it’s on notebook paper or a spreadsheet.
The point is for you to have a record of what you have, when it gets sold, and how much it sells for. This will help you realize what your most popular items are, and what items aren’t so popular (and maybe not worth the effort to make anymore.)
- Virtual Clutter – Virtual clutter can be sneaky, since we don’t actually “see” it accumulating in a pile on the floor. This is the stuff that builds up in your computer. Do you have a bunch of files that you’re no longer using but are taking up virtual space? Move them to an external hard drive to free up space on your computer.
- Financial Info – January is also the time to start thinking about taxes. Take a little time now to start gathering all of your 2013 data so you’ll be done and finished with taxes before the April 15 deadline.
Getting organized will make your life easier, in all aspects, including your business. That sounds like a great way to start a new year, doesn’t it?
By Crissy Herron, www.IndieBizChicks.com