02.26.20165 min read

5 Things You Need to Read: The Getting Organized Edition

They say that small business owners have to wear a lot of hats.

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Fine. That’s a glib way of stating that there’s a ton of work to be done, and you’re the person that has to see that it gets done.

If we need to use hats to describe how seriously busy you are and how intense the work is, then so be it. Let’s extend the metaphor. You could probably use a hat rack, right? That is, you can always benefit from new and better ways to keep organized, be more productive, and increase efficiency. 

If you have to wear a lot of hats, how about finding ways to help ensure that you’re wearing the right one at the right time, and that you get the most out of your effort?

We’ve rounded up some great tips from around the web that can help you get organized. These tips are so righteous, you’ll be rocking the whole hat metaphor thing like a straight up haberdasher 

How These 7 Entrepreneurs Stay Super Organized (via @Inc)

In this article, seven entrepreneurs weigh in on the top ways they stay organized. These people know how to keep focused and on track, and their success is evidence of the value of these best practices.

What You Need to Do Now to Prep for Tax Season (via @MONEY

So tax season is upon us…

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I thought I’d give you a second to let that sink in. Many of us leave the income tax return question for the last minute, even for our small businesses. Whether you do your taxes yourself, or you hand the process over to your accountant, if you’re not organized on your end, you can risk a weaker submission either way. And that can cost you. The trick is to be organized. And keep your receipts. Always keep your receipts.

Use Tech to Get Organized: The 100 Best Tools, Websites, Apps and More (via @DailyTekk)

Some people out there are naturally on top of everything all the time. I’m wicked jealous of those people.

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For the rest of us, organization is not always a natural phenomenon. We need tools to help us. Here’s a great list of the 100 best that tech has to offer. Pick a few, and make tech do its thing for you.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Having Marie Kondo Organize Your Office (via @FastCompany)

Marie Kondo’s simple mantra is a miracle in action: We need to surround ourselves only with the things that are useful or that bring us joy.

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“I think so many people [are becoming] sick of possessing so much stuff,” she says. “They’re trying to pursue a simpler lifestyle.” You can say that again, sister 

This four-minute video is a life lesson on how to purge and feel great about it. Watch the magic and be inspired.

Remember, when it’s time to throw those familiar bits of clutter in the donation bin: Be sure to say, Arigatō before you say Sayōnara.

4 Content Tools You Can’t Live Without (via @Infusionsoft)

If you run a business, you ought to have a blog. Running a blog is like running your own micro-publication. And even though it’s not a big press, it has many of the challenges. It can be really tough to keep your ideas organized and deliver on schedule. These tools can help shoulder the load and keep your awesome ideas flowing.

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Bonus: Want to get one of our very favorite tools for organizing business is Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software? CRM helps your business manage one of your most precious assets: your contact list. It’s probably time to stop relying on spreadsheets and think about how CRM can organize your sales and marketing efforts. Want to see what it takes to adopt a CRM for your business? Check out our checklist where we map it all out for you.

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