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    Women Business Leaders – Is It Time to Detox Your Business?

    As women business leaders, we work hard to keep our personal and business lives running smoothly and efficiently. Learn how to simplify your life with an organized business strategy.  This will enhance your personal and business well being.

    We’ve all heard about those personal cleansing products that claim to “clarify and detox” your body, so it makes perfect sense that your business clutter could be bogging you down as well. I am amazed at how cathartic it feels when I de-clutter my personal space, so I agree with the points Rhonda Abrams makes in her USAToday.com article, Small Business Strategies: Yep, time to de-clutter again . See if you need to try some of the de-cluttering strategies I’ve excerpted from her article below.

    1. All those stacks
      Toss the magazines, articles and coupons. Better yet, hire someone to file these for you — America needs jobs.
    2. Costly customers
      In a tough economy, it’s hard to jettison any client or customer — after all, you need the cash flow, right? Take a good hard look at your high-maintenance, low-profit customers and evaluate whether you’d be better off without them.
    3. Paper or spreadsheet-based bookkeeping systems
      Seriously? It’s time to catch up with the rest of us and use one of the many, easy-to-use, affordable bookkeeping software programs or cloud-based bookkeeping services.
    4. Clunky contact management
      Still using a spreadsheet, word processing program, your e-mail contacts list, or even your mobile phone to keep track of your important contacts?  Once again, there are a number of affordable, easy sales management programs or Internet-based services.
    5. Business cards
      Not yours — you’ll need those. But, if you’re like me, you’ve got cards you’ve been gathering for years at networking events, conferences and trade shows.
    6. Outdated software
      I still have the original box of Netscape Navigator (one of the very first Web browsers) I bought, but that’s a historical artifact. Toss ‘em.
    7. Old client, financial, and tax records
      OK — you’re not going to really toss these important records, you’re going to archive them. Move them somewhere secure where you can get them only in the event you ever need them.
    8. Aged or aging marketing materials
      Here’s the rule: If you no longer make the product or sell the service, you no longer need the brochure.
    9. Excess, unsaleable inventory
      Yes, it cost you money to make, so it’s hard to toss. But it’s costing you money to store. Find a way to sell it cheap (eBay?) or donate it to a good cause.
    10. Negative thinking
      Entrepreneurs are, by our very nature, optimists. So the most important thing to leave behind as you de-clutter is pessimism.

    These pointers combined with your innate entrepreneurial judgment will help you focus on priorities and planning for the future rather than holding onto the past.

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