The back-to-school season is upon us, and kids across the nation are sharpening their pencils and packing their lunch boxes as they ready for the first day of classes. But preparing for the academic season isn’t just for kids; business owners can take a tip from students and do their own back-to-school prep. Whether you’re a kindergartener (new business owner) or college student (established entrepreneur), these Back To School Business Tips will help you get your business ready for a new year of success.
School’s in session!
Purchase School Supplies: You can get great deals on pens, pencils, tablets, journals and planners especially at places like Target or Wal-mart! Stock up! This is also a good time to inventory your hardware and software and check out the condition. Sales run on computers and tablets as well as software for accounting and design. You can also get some new personal development books and consider investing into great social media courses like this one.
Clean Out Your Desk: Every good teacher knows that effective learning starts with a clean slate, a clean desk, and a clean page – and the same is true for business people. According to experts, Americans waste almost 30 minutes a day – 180 hours a year – looking for misplaced items. If your hourly wage is $20, that’s $3600 a year! I would wager that there are many things you could do with an extra $3600 or 180 hours this year. Here’s some tips to get you started cleaning your desk.
Back To School Attire: When you work from home, you can think that your wardrobe no longer matters. After all, who sees you, sitting behind your keyboard? It might be true that the only person who sees you is your cat and the UPS man, but there are still a number of reasons to upgrade your wardrobe. Do you make videos for your business (you should be) or go to meetings or even virtual ones? Clothes can make you feel better about yourself.
Set Your Schedule: As summer winds to its inevitable close, college students are anxiously poring over their course catalogs, figuring out what classes will fit a schedule that will allow them plenty of time to hang out with friends, give them enough credits to allow them to graduate on time, and also not require them to get up before 8 AM on Mondays.
Entrepreneurs are attempting the same feat: How do you allow enough time for product creation, customer service, networking, enrichment, research, and just plain goofing off? It is possible – map out your time and see if there is anything you can outsource and free up your time for more important things.
Finish Your Summer Reading List: Reading, writing, and arithmetic – the three basics of a traditional education. As an entrepreneur, you already know how important the writing and arithmetic are. But reading is just as important, and the end of summer is a perfect time to start (or finish!) a few business-related books hanging around your nightstand. Don’t forget to add some for fun as well. Only 8 pages a day can make a tremendous difference!
What are you doing for your business to prepare to go Back To School?
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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