5 Steps To Spring Clean Your Business

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Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? I am. Though I am really not looking forward to seeing what crazy clutter awaits me in the far reaches of my closet. Last year I found a handbag I had been searching 6 months for and swore I must have lent out and would never see it again.

And to be honest my closet isn’t the only place I am afraid to look at…

If you run a small business, chances are you need to do a little spring cleaning in your biz as well. Out of date information, email boxes filled to the brim, and yes ,even desk drawers that may need a little love in the decluttering department.

Don’t let the idea of cleaning up your business break you out in hives. I have a simple 5 step process that will make it easy and painless.

 

Is you're business looking a little cluttered lately? See my simple 5 step process for spring cleaning your business to help you stay organized all year.

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5 Steps To Spring Clean Your Business

 

Step 01 Update Your Website

 

One of the biggest assets in your business is your website so it’s super duper important to make sure that it’s up to date and working properly.

 

Update Old Content

 

Do you have a blog post that’s over 6 months old? If you do go ahead and take a peek at it and see if it’s still a) relevant to your business and b) still up to date.

If you have changed your processes, systems, or found new tools go ahead and update your blog post. This not only makes it relevant again but also gives you a chance to re-market that content for your audience.

It’s also a great way to beef up your posts and make those bots over at Google happy. That means there are added SEO benefits to updating old content.

 

Check Your Links & Forms

 

Do you link to products or services outside of your own website? Make sure you double check those affiliate links to make sure they are still valid. No one wants to hit a link and see that a product is sold out or even no longer offered.

Go through your affiliate links one by one and update as needed. This keeps your audience happy and keeps your wallet happy by getting more sales. Win-Win!

It’s also a good idea to double check all the links to your own content. Make sure when they hit that Contact button they are taken to your contact page. And make sure your forms and opt-ins are in good working order.

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Check Your Branding

 

Okay, we all have days where we just aren’t feeling it and sometimes the little details, like fonts, can slip through the cracks. It’s a good idea to go through your website and look to make sure you are on brand.

Look at your images to see if they still accurately represent your brand identity. If not change them. Look for minor errors like fonts, spacing, and even colors. It may not seem like a big deal but your audience will notice even the smallest details when they don’t match the look and feel of your brand.

 

 

 

Step 02 Update Your Social Media

 

Next to your website, your social media profiles are the most viewed by your audience. So use this time to a little updating to make sure they are completely accurate and branded.

 

Update Your Bio

 

I always like to check my social media profiles at the beginning of a new season. Why? Because my business is always evolving and I want my audience and clients to be able to quickly and easily see what I do and how they can work with me.

If you’ve added a new service or product make sure you are talking about it. If you’re no longer offering a product or service delete it.

 

Update Your Profile Photo

 

How old is that picture? That’s not a question you want your audience to ask.

The best profile pictures are light, bright, and fun. So go ahead and make sure your profile picture is the best it can be. If not it’s a good opportunity to get a new headshot or have a friend snap a new one for you.

Just remember it should accurately represent the overall feeling you want your audience or clients to have.

 

Add Calls To Action

 

Have a new opt-in or freebie you want to promote? Make sure all of your social media profiles have a clear call to action. If you already have a call to action on each profile make sure the short links are still active and work properly. There’s nothing worse than missing a potential client because the link doesn’t work.

 

Check For Off Brand Content

 

This is a great time to check your feeds, Pinterest Boards, and timeline for off-brand content. As much as you love finding new quilting patterns and saving them for later, your audience may not get as excited as you if you are a food blogger.

 

 

Step 03 Finances

 

Finances are a key area to keep tabs on throughout the year. So here a couple tips to help you spring clean those business finances.

 

File Your Receipts

 

If you’re anything like me, you have receipts in every pocket of your purse, wallet, and even in a catchall on your desk.

There is nothing worse than to be searching for an important receipt come tax time with an accountant breathing down your neck and the IRS waiting in the wings. Yikes!

To help combat the lost receipts and make your accountant happy use the first few week of the new season to file them away. You can use an accordion file and separate your receipts by date or type.

For those receipts you get delivered to your inbox, hello web hosting, create a separate file in your email account to house them by year.

 

Update Your Quickbooks

 

It’s a good idea to double check your Quickbooks account at the start of spring. Just make sure your bank account information is up to date and that you’re keeping track of those expenses.

 

 

 

Step 04 Email Accounts

 

Oh, the dreaded email accounts. These things can get cluttered than my kids room the day after Christmas.

 

Unsubscribe From Email Lists

 

Take some time in the spring to go through your email subscriptions and unsubscribe from the ones that no longer peek your interest. Your inbox is a sacred place and should be filled with useful and helpful information.

Don’t be afraid to hurt anyone’s feelings when unsubscribing from a list. Chances are they will perfectly understand your need for more space in your inbox

 

Do An Inbox Zero

 

Is there anything better than having your inbox completely clear and looking like a blank slate? For me, it’s the best feeling in the world.

While I would normally do this weekly, sometimes life and biz can get in the way. So start sorting those important emails into folders and deleting the ones you don’t need anymore.

 

Update Your Email Signature

 

The last thing that may need your attention in your email is your signature. If it hasn’t been updated in a few years it may be time for a facelift.

Make sure all your contact information is up to date and that it looks snazzy and branded.

 

 

 

Step 05 Clean And Organize Your Workspace

 

Last, but certainly not least is your workspace. You know that place you spend most of your time… yeah, that probably needs a little attention too.

 

Sort The Clutter

 

On my desk, at any given moment is a pile of papers, magazines, and maybe even a book or two. There may also be a rouge Hot Wheel or Barbie shoe thrown in for good measure.

It’s a good idea to sort through the clutter and separate the keep from the toss. Items you need to file in one stack, magazines in another, and other peoples stuff in another.

I recommend investing in some good desk storage to make keeping clutter at bay.

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Go Through Your Files

 

Client files, tax files, and assorted other files need to be cleared out at least once a year. I try and do this in the spring so that should I need any of those files at the beginning of the year they are handy, but by spring they should be ready to go.

Invest in some good sturdy boxed and put the files you no longer need in them and label them with the contents, just in case. You can probably keep more than one years worth of tax files in one box so just store them out of sight but not where they will be ruined by the elements.

 

Go Through Your Office Supplies

 

Now is a good time to go through the office supplies you used regularly and order more of what you’re running low on. Pens, notepads, and post-its are just some of the items you might want to look at.

Don’t forget to check to make sure your supply of business cards, notecards, and packaging supplies are topped off.

 

Hopefully, this easy business spring cleaning list will help you stay organized and tidy… at least until summer rolls around. Which is a great time to do these steps again. To stay organized all year I recommend repeating this process at the start of every season. 

Did I forget anything on my list? If so let me know down below.

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84 Comments

  1. Fantastic idea! Never thought about spring cleaning my business! Usually when I think about spring cleaning I think about closets and baseboards! Thank you for these tips!

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    • I used to feel the same way girl! I’d spring clean my house and by the start of a new year, my business would be in a cluttered mess. So I started adding these few things to my cleaning list and it has made a difference in my business.

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  2. All great tips! My goal is to stay on top of my business finances in 2018!

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    • This will help for sure. I know if things get too cluttered I cannot focus on my work so I clean my desk once a week but this deep cleaning gets done at the beginning of every season.

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  3. This post is so timely! I’m in the process of spring cleaning my office but hadn’t thought of actually spring cleaning my business! I’ll be following all your tips. Thanks. And have subscribed!

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    • Yay Lucy! I think it’s a good idea to start spring off fresh and clean. So I think cleaning up our businesses is a must. These are just some of the housekeeping tasks we could do. I am sure there are plenty of others. If you think of any let me know so I can add it the post and link to your blog.

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  4. Yes all of this is a must. I find myself updating a lot of paperwork and re writing some content currently!

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    • It’s a good time of year to do it. We are already in the “cleaning” mindset so it just makes sense to clean up our businesses as well.

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  5. Inbox zero…the ultimate breath of fresh air! 😉 I love all of these tips. Definitely going to add them to my to-do list!

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    • I really love when my email is at zero. Too bad it doesn’t last too long. But it’s nice to be able to file everything away and start fresh. I am so glad you enjoyed the post.

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    • You’re very welcome Heather. I am glad you enjoyed it and will hopefully get some ideas from it.

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  6. These are seriously amazing steps to spring cleaning your business. This is definitely something I need to do very soon! I am so impressed with your blog, I love every single thing about it! <3

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    • Thank you Sigoni! That means a lot to me. I am overjoyed you enjoyed the post. I don’t know how many people think about Spring cleaning their business but hopefully, this will give you some ideas on how to get things back to being fresh and new for the season.

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  7. Great advice!! Never thought of spring cleaning being for my biz but makes so much sense! I can’t function when things are overwhelmingly cluttered!

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    • Erin, I can’t function when things are cluttered either. I love going through my business and giving things a good once over and clean things up. I think it’s a good idea to this at least twice a year to just make sure everything is accurate and nothing is getting out of control.

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  8. Spring cleaning my business sounds like an excellent idea! Some days I feel all over the place and find it hard to focus. I’m sure if I did a little “spring cleaning” of my business and started fresh again it would definitely inspire more focus! Thanks for the tips!

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    • I am the same way, Linda! I cannot focus if there’s too much “stuff” in the way. I love to take a few days and get everything cleaned up and then start fresh again. I think it frees up space in our minds to be more creative. We aren’t focused on the “I need to this” and can really be free to explore new ideas.

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  9. This is such an excellent overview! I need to go through all of these.

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    • Thank you, Bailey! I am glad you liked it. These are just the things I do to keep my business from getting too cluttered. I figure if I’m Spring Cleaning the house I might as well do my biz while I’m at it.

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  10. Thank you for the great tips and reminders! It’s easy to do something once and not think to go back to it and freshen it up.

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    • Yes! I never use Twitter so when I looked at my profile I was shocked by how out of date it was. Now I make it a point to go through all of them a freshen things up every season.

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  11. I am in the process of spring cleaning my website and social media platforms. it is daunting but I can’t wait for it to be done!

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    • I know when I get done doing mine I always feel relieved. It’s not easy but it feels so good to know everything is cleaned up and up to date.

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  12. I love these ideas! I actually started working on some of these at the beginning of the year and it’s been wonderful. I am still working hard to get to inbox zero. But when I do……OH HAPPY DAY!!

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    • Inbox zeroing is my ultimate cleaning tips for a business. It feels wonderful to see a completely empty email box. If only it lasted longer than 5 minutes. But you’re right OH HAPPY DAY!

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  13. These are great tips! I’ve been getting a handle on my old blog posts and figuring out a way to revamp them. If I can’t, I make them private. My blog has evolved and changed SO much since I first started. Some of my older posts are super embarrassing *hides face* but I look forward to reworking them 🙂

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    • I love reworking content. It can create a whole new stream of post ideas. But yes, sometimes as a blog evolves over time you can blush at some of the things you’ve written about.

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  14. A good list to go through. Liked the deadlink app. Will plan to use that when my blog
    gets older. I use unrollme for clearing out my gmail. Easy peasy 🙂

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    • I have never heard of unrollme, thanks for the tip. I think of the entire list getting my email in order is the one I struggle with the most. That’s probably why it’s the most satisfying to me when it’s done. I will look at this tip and give it a shot. Thanks again.

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  15. I love this idea so much! I hadn’t even thought of adding my business to my spring cleaning list! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you, Melanie! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I don’t think a lot of people consider spring cleaning their businesses. I know I didn’t for a long time. But I think just freshening up everything is always a good idea.

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  16. I never thought to updated my profile picture for my business! That is something easy to do that can change the overall view that new visitors see! Off to go look for a new picture 🙂

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    • Yes! Sometimes something simple, like a profile picture, can make a huge impact. I think it’s a good idea to keep your business current and up to date.

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    • This is the next thing on my list too. I always see pictures of these beautiful desks and offices and I would love for mine to be like that. So I am going to try and spruce my desk up so that it looks like I’m at my own office every day. I’ve been getting everything on the list marked off so this is my last step in the spring cleaning process.

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  17. I am a new blogger, but this is a list I am going to keep around. It’s good to go through and update everything to refresh to how you feel now.

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    • Yes, our businesses evolve over time so it’s important to let our audiences know what is important now versus last year (or in some cases 2 years ago). I am glad you will find this helpful as you grow your business and blog.

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  18. This is such a great post! I definitely need to do some of these… specifically, declutter my desk. All I need is a little bit of time to dedicate to it.

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    • Time can be hard to find sometimes. But I have been adding some of these tasks to my daily schedule and blocking out time to make sure I get them done. If you haven’t already you can read my blog post about how I schedule my week. Some of these would make great transition tasks, like cleaning your desk space.

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  19. Really great reminders. I always enjoy doing the creative stuff but put off tidying files and updating finances. They just aren’t as fun, but still need doing.

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    • I feel the same way girl! I think if we can just dedicate a week at the start of a new season it helps get the no fun stuff out of the way so we can get back to creating. It also helps that we are already in the “spring cleaning” mindset so it’s easy to transition to business tasks after scrubbing baseboards.

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  20. Great list! I’ve been thinking lots about spring cleaning the home, but not my business. Now you’e given me food for thought!

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    • Thank you, Melissa. I hope it gives you a few ideas on how you can tidy up your business and start spring off fresh and new.

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  21. Such a great list & reminder! Thank you for sharing! I wrote down some of the points in my agenda and added them to my to-do list for this weekend!

    Lisa | http://fromdreamtoplan.net

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    • Thank you Lisa. I am in the middle of doing some of these to-do’s now to make sure I am ready for the Spring season. I figure if I am already cleaning the house I might as well spruce up my business while I’m at it. Then hopefully I won’t be overwhelmed later in the year.

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  22. I do spring cleaning for the house it why not for my blog?!! Brilliant!

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    • I am glad you think so Lorie. I feel the same way. I am already in cleaning mode and I know my business needs to be spruced up from time to time so why not do it when I am already in the zone?

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  23. Now that I’m almost at the 6 month mark, I need to go through my site and do some updating! Thank you for the list.

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    • You’re very welcome. I love the idea of just giving our brands a little refresh at the start of a season. And updating old content keeps it relevant and helps with SEO.

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    • Thank you Nicole. I am so glad you enjoyed these tips. Hopefully, they will help keep you organized and you business fresh for Spring.

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  24. I loved this blog post! Thank you so much for sharing it! It is so easy to forget about the little things.

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    • Thank you Brooke. Yes, it is easy to forget the little things… and it’s the little things that always seem to get put off and then they pile up. Hopefully, this helps get some of those little things taken care of and off our to-do lists.

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  25. These are awesome ideas! I am starting a Spring Cleaning Series in April and will be sharing this post with my tribe!

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    • Aww! Thank you Amy. Let me know when you share it so I can give it some love. My favorite blog posts to read are series posts.

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  26. This is a great reference to file away. I’m still trying to figure out workflows!

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    • Workflows aren’t easy. You think you know the all the steps and then BAM! you forgot something. I started using Dubsado to help me keep my workflows organized and it’s amazing!

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  27. These are such great tips! I have been working on a few of these, and need to deep dive into others.

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    • I am working on organizing my files right now. The files on my computer are a disaster. I didn’t realize how many file folders I could get rid of because they aren’t needed anymore or super old. Next, I am going to do my physical files.

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  28. My email account definitely needs to be updated. Thanks for such a thorough list!

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    • You’re welcome Bailey. I know mine needs a good zero done on it at the moment. It’s on my Spring Cleaning but I keep putting it off. I love the feeling of having an empty email inbox so I may do it last.

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  29. Love these tips and the general idea of spring cleaning your business. It’s also a great time to go through your automated expenses and make sure you’re still using everything you are paying for. Cut any expenses that no longer are working for you.

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    • That’s a fantastic idea! There’s no telling how many things I am paying for that I don’t even use anymore or that just don’t work. I am going to do that today and make sure I am not wasting funds.

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  30. Thanks for sharing all of this. Great post for those who have a business 🙂 Like all of the stuff you share on your blog.

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    • Thank you girl! The idea actually hit when I was scrubbing baseboards and I thought “why don’t I scrub down my businesses?” and the post was born. It has actually helped out a lot since I cleaned things up. I am way more organized now and hoping I can keep it that way… at least till summer.

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  31. I do have spring cleans – but normally twice a year. Keeps me up to speed even when part of the season is cool and the machinery “works slowly” 🙂

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    • My brain seems to work slower in cold weather. lol. But I think spending a little time cleaning up our business twice a year or at the start of a new season just helps keep things in order and running smoothly.

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  32. Great article! So I have a question! I used a certain preset a while ago on my photos. Well I changed to a different preset that I love oh so much! Should I go back to my old posts and change out my old pictures? Just the thought of all the time it would take is cringeworthy, haha but is it worth it?

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    • If they are vastly different you might to it over the next few months, but don’t rush yourself or feel you have to do it all in one day. You could also not change them at all and show your audience how your brand and business has evolved over time. Every business changes and leaving those images could be your reminder of how far you have come. The choice is ultimately yours though.

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  33. Thanks for sharing. I need to do these things really bad. And I am obsessed with that gold file holder 😍

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    • You’re welcome! I needed to do all of these too. Everything was getting just too cluttered and hard to manage. And that gold file folder is gorgeous!! I am considering getting it for my desk and replacing my old one. I think surround ourselves with pretty things can also boost our productivity because we want to be in our space.

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    • Create some folders and move emails to them for safe keeping, unsubscribe to newsletters you never really read, and delete the stuff you don’t need anymore. When you get to zero in your inbox it’s the best feeling in the world. And then you’ll get another email and it over. But at least it will be more manageable.

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  34. These are GREAT! I made a bunch of notes and am going to schedule some time to spring clean my business. Thank you!

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    • You’re welcome girl! I have one more thing to do but I will get it done this week. But it truly has made a huge difference in my business already.

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  35. That dead link tracker is going to be a life saver! I need to update old posts, recheck things and generally prepare for a new season.

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    • I ran my links through it and was shocked that I already had a few links that were dead. My blog isn’t that old but it showed me that I need to be checking often to make sure they arent cropping up on me.

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  36. OMG! I would love a zero inbox! These are such great tips! I really need to update my “about ne” page and check old post!

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    • It’s amazing how exciting just the idea of an inbox zero can be… it’s like the epitome of business cleaning. I zeroed my inbox last week… it’s not a zero anymore. But I will do it again at the start of summer.

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  37. This is such an awesome list. I am planning to rebrand my blog and will definitely be using some of these tips to clean it up a bit!

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    • Awesome! When are you rebranding your site? I’d love to see it when you’re done.

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  38. This is a fantastic and necessary list for all bloggers and business owners. I do these things from time to time but honestly are hard to get to in the busy day to day tasks. Setting a spring cleaning time aside will ensure our business stays fresh and relevant!

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    • Yes!! Everyday tasks take over and most of these tasks get pushed back. I figured if I am going to clean my house really well I should probably do the same for my business.

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