In your home based business, you probably have a lot of procedures if you’re like me. I tend to document everything, even it’s not neat and pretty documentation. As I mentioned in this blog post, documenting procedures and all that ‘stuff’ you do everyday serves a lot of purposes.
But do you really need to do that stuff? Sometimes it helps to periodically look at each step you’re taking and consider why you’re doing it. For example, I was tying every fulfillment invoice to each customer in QuickBooks. Not only was this time consuming, but in the 2 years or so I was doing this I never once needed to refer to one. In the process of turning this over to my bookkeeper, we just decided it was no longer necessary as there were enough cross references anyway in case we needed to go back to them (such as in the event of an audit).
So it never hurts to question why you’re doing something the way you’re doing it. It’s especially helpful to identify those things eating up time that might not be necessary. The more time you can free up from those non-revenue producing tasks, the more time you’ll have to build that home business into something big!