Spring clean

Informal alliances between design, advertising and management consultancies can work more successfully than set-in-stone mergers.

Some cynics might say Barclays’ belief that spring is a good time to clean out your operations and adopt good business practice is an indirect ploy to make more money. But its advice, summarised below, seems sound enough:

Order filing systems. Delete or archive all irrelevant and outdated computer files to create space for current records and increase the speed of your computer.

Eliminate late payment problems by establishing a clear credit and collections policy that your staff and customers understand.

Update your business plan to outline activities and objectives.

Update your customer database.

Learn to prioritise tasks, set deadlines and remove all distractions when working on important tasks.

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