Hey it’s spring again!
Ready for some spring cleaning tips to rejuvenate your freelance translation business?
Well, I’m not just talking about the physical sweeping and mopping – although these are an important part of the concept.
What I’m going to share with you are strategies to stay focused and uncluttered, steering clear of distractions that can clog up your work schedule.
Do you have a clear picture as to where your business is going? Do you know where you did wrong and where you did right in your business?
Do you have any idea where your money went and how much did you make?
Do you have a plan to reach your income goal?
Do you have trouble finding and organizing the contact info of your past clients?
Let’s get started! Here are some spring cleaning tips:
1- Clear up your mind
Things we do are largely affected by how we feel and what we think. So before doing anything, you need to ask yourself honestly and openly –
Is language translation something that I really want to do for a living? Or is this just a skill I’m proud to have and hopefully I can get a decent job that requires this particular talent? Maybe I’m just a looky-loo hoping to find a gold mine in any industry.
In any event, you need to find a way to get motivated constantly in order to succeed.
One easy way to chart your course is to write it down.
- What is your goal?
- what are your skills and how do you want to apply them?
- Where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?
Writing things down, as opposed to letting them roll around and get bounced around in your head, helps make things clearer.
2- Clean up your home
Spring cleaning tips are not only for one season. Cleaning and organizing your place of work and home should be a regular task. Here are some simple rules:
- Shred or recycle all outdated, unnecessary documents
- Donate unused household and clothing items
This not only creates space, it also helps others!
- Keep all surfaces, including floors, drawers and cupboards, clean and clear
- Find proper storage for everything
- Dust and vacuum, from top to bottom
Did you know that housework is actually good exercise, too?
3- Clean up your office
- Keep your work space separate from your living area
- Keep one (or two, if you need a portable one) notebook instead of 10 scattered around
- Do not let paper pile up on your desk. Get rid of everything that’s out-of-date or expired
- Invest in some desktop stationary and file system to organize your bills, invoices and other business documents
- Take time every day to put things in their proper place
- Invest in a good quality chair– your back will thank you!
4- Clean up your computer
No, I don’t mean just cleaning computer screen. Your computer could use some spring cleaning tips, too. That is if you want to avoid future troubles and breakdowns.
- Delete all outdated or unnecessary files, programs and emails
Create a folder to hold items that may be useful in the near future, but toss out items that are no longer valid.
- Back up your important data reguarly
See more computer safety tips here.
5- Clean up your finances – one of the most crucial spring cleaning tips
If you’ve never had a financial plan for your home business, you need to make one:
- How much money will you need to make in this business to survive?
- What is your income goal and how do you reach it?
- How much does it cost for you to run this business?
Prioritize all expenditures – what items do you need immediately, and what can wait?
Hint: Don’t buy that iPad if your business hasn’t even taken off yet.
Make sure you understand the benefits of all your expenditures. We know postponing new brakes on a family car is a huge risk to take, and if your computer system is continually crashing and putting your data at risk, you have to fix that before buying a new suit or dress. Watch your dollars carefully and make wise investments.
Now you’ve got all the spring cleaning tips, go ahead and recharge your business inside out!