Spring is an exciting time. It signals the end of a long, dark and sometimes dreary winter and the beginning of a new season of growth, opportunity, color and activity. It’s also the time when many of us make a long “to do” list filled with tasks that we tackle with energy, enthusiasm and excitement – knowing that truly the seeds we plant today will yield a bountiful harvest some time down the road.
Unfortunately, very few of us have a similar seasonal signal that it’s time to clean up, get organized and plan(t) for the future. Instead, we’re so wrapped up in the day-to-day activities of running our businesses that we never get to the “spring cleaning.” Since spring is literally upon us, I want to make a pitch for a seasonal sprucing up from a business and legal standpoint.
As business owners, you know far better than I what sorts of projects will most benefit your businesses – but I’ll take a shot at identifying some that might yield value (while sticking with my spring cleaning analogy):
• Reset the Clocks – businesses and their owners need to reset priorities and revise strategies from time to time, or you simply run out of time in the day.
• Clean Out the Garage – businesses develop “clutter” just like households. Take the time to clean up and eliminate it so that it doesn’t distract you from your mission.
• Plant the Annuals – annuals are like near term goals for a business. With a limited amount of effort they can blossom and yield immediate benefit, but only if you do the groundwork at the right time and in the right way.
• Plant the Perennials – perennials are more like long term business objectives. They require more planning and nurturing than annuals, but yield long term rewards.
• Do It Yourself and/or Hire the (right) Lawn Service – this is a big one. As the owner, you need to decide where your time is best spent and who the right people are to handle the rest. Do what you’re best at and enjoy most and hire the rest. BUT, don’t hire the first service that sends you an attractive brochure. Make sure your advisers understand you and your business.
Spring is a time of great energy and promise. Make sure you harness both for the benefit of your business.