But about four years ago one of my sons got very sick and we found out he had Celiac disease. Later we realized I did, too. The only treatment is to go on a gluten free diet.
So there went convenience foods and almost anything processed… and my kitchen adventures began. Cooking from scratch was no longer a choice, and learning words like Xantham gum was required (really, if I can’t pronounce it, do I have to cook with it?).
Thankfully there are some great books out there to help, and today many more foods are available for purchase in gluten free versions.
Last week as I was rushing around the kitchen, I grabbed for a pot out of the cabinet. And yelped! Everything had come crashing down on my toes.
Totally my own fault. Instead of nicely stacking those pots I had just shoved them into the cabinet the last time I put them away. So I can’t even blame the kids for this one.
Because I wasn’t keeping my “tools” organized and secure, they attacked!
How about your tools? No, not your pots and pans (though if they’re a mess like mine were I do suggest a quick organization minute to protect your toes). Your business tools.
When was the last time you double checked…
- Your sales process
- Is it easy to find your products or services?
- Is it clear how to check out and pay?
- Do downloads get delivered properly?
- Do you have a follow up sequence in place?
- Your autoresponders/lists
- Does your opt-in box work?
- Does it deliver the confirmation and/or free download properly?
- Have you checked your lists stats for anything you need to check into?
- Your website or blog
- Are the important links working?
- Is it easy to contact you?
Make sure your tools are working smoothly and connected where they need to be.
You might find you need to make some updates. Or switch tools. As our businesses grow we often need to re-evaluate what we’ve been relying on and upgrade. Don’t put it off. Get the right systems in place and things will go much smoother.
One thing I had to do when I started cooking more from scratch was look at what tools my kitchen was missing. I needed different tools to be able to make my own bread (thank you to whomever invented the bread machine!) than I did to grab a loaf of bread from the store.
Take a few minutes to evaluate what pieces might be missing from your business and upgrade your setup. Have you outgrown your ecommerce system? Move from those PayPal buttons to a solution like E-Junkie or 1ShoppingCart. Are you ready to get serious about building a list? Get signed up with Aweber or another good mailing service.
A little check up and organization can go a long way towards preventing broken toes and other accidents in our kitchens and our businesses.
Have you had business tools attack you? Or kitchen tools? Got any secret weapons or organizational tips to share? What’s working for you?