How much baggage do you have lying around? A bunch I bet. More than you think you do. Now is the perfect time to get rid of some of that old baggage so it won’t hold you back. Spend some time this week ruthlessly getting rid of the old stuff you no longer need. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
- Email Newsletter Subscriptions — Are you really reading all that stuff that lands in your email box? If you’re reading it, does it really apply to the current stage of your business? Chuck it if you can’t say yes to both of those questions.
- Magazine Subscriptions — What does your mail look like at the first of the month? Piles of magazines that get moved from incoming mail to another pile on your desk? Ruffle through that stack and vow not to renew the magazines that don’t serve you well anymore. Be cautious not to give in to those “special two-fer offers” you’ll get begging you to renew. If you don’t need it, you certainly don’t need two more years.
- Memberships — Are you taking advantage of that chamber membership you signed up for last year? What about the online membership site that bills you every single month whether you use it or not? Think about these memberships long term. Do they fit with your goals for this year? How are you going to get the value you should from these sites? If you can’t answer these questions, it’s probably time to dump them.
- Phones, phones and more phones — Do you still have the same old phone service you had when you started your business? What about a phone line for fax? Don’t need it anymore? And your cell phone? Does your service company have a better package that would work in your favor? You could get more for less money if you take the time to check. Wouldn’t you rather keep those funds in your pocket?
- Software — What’s hogging resources on your computers? Is it a program you haven’t used in forever? Time to uninstall that resource pig and free up some space on your hard drive.
That should get you started. Don’t delay. Do this now and you’ll free up lots of time and resources better spent on marketing your business. I’ve just begun my own review and already I’ve saved myself $300 by disconnecting a phone line and choosing an online fax service (see my fax review). How about you? Do you have other suggestions? Leave me a comment.