Paperwork is essential to running any business. If you don’t get on top of them, they can easily become a tall pile sitting at your work desk. Here are a few tips to help you better organise your business paperwork.

MOVE AND FILE

Make a habit of going through your papers regularly before they stack up.

DEVELOP A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Some businesses find it easier to organise documents by company/client, while some find a date-based system more effective.

USE BROAD HEADINGS

Use a broad term to categorise and label your files to facilitate easy identification and retrieval, for example, “Ad Campaigns,” “Expense Reports,” “Standard Forms.”

COLLABORATE DIGITALLY

Go paperless when you can. Some documents like presentations or minutes of meetings are better shared digitally, especially if it requires editing by several people.

HAVE A BIG ENOUGH FILING CABINET

You may not realise that as your business has grown, so has your paperwork. A common reason why documents don’t get filed is lack of storage space.

FOLLOW DESTRUCTION DATES

Be firm about destroying paperwork that have passed their retention time

Clutter brings chaos both physically and mentally. Developing a company culture of being organised will help increase your productivity.