As the days get longer and the temperature starts to rise, you can start to feel Spring in the air. Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts. In order to keep your small business at the peak of health, it’s important to “go with the season” and let spring be a time to revitalize your company. Chances are your business could benefit from shedding some winter weight. Here’s a few simple tips how:
Reorganize Your Inventory
Clutter isn’t just an eyesore, it can cost you some serious money. When your inventory isn’t well-organized, you can lose track of what you have and that can lead to perishables going bad and duplicate purchases of items already in stock. Putting an inventory management system in place will cut waste and make restocking a faster and easier process. A well-regimented system can also lead to automated ordering in the future.
Streamline Your Sales
Your back room isn’t the only thing that needs to get cleaned out. Spring is the time to streamline your sales flow. How do your customer’s orders handled? A POS system can cut down on transaction times and keep records in order automatically (so you won’t have to do this all again next spring). You can also make customer contact a breeze with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system like Salesforce.com.
Get Some Fresh Air
People enjoy making the most of spring weather. If you own a bar or restaurant, including an outdoor patio area will draw in customers and keep them around longer than if you were competing against a sunny day. Sites like Yelp even allow customers to search for places that include outdoor seating, so make sure your listings are properly updated.
Revitalize Your Staff
Spring is a good time to look over your staff to see where additional need to be made and where there are redundancies. The best workforce is one that is as efficient as possible without damaging your interactions with customers. On the other hand, it’s also important to surround yourself with talented and dedicated workers, and to keep those who are incentivized. Make sure your employees feel appreciated to avoid a high turnover rate. If you’re looking to add more employees, consider the top 10 questions to ask potential employees.