Tips for digitally organizing your small business’s data

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By Emma Sturgis

Organizing your business data is always crucial to keep it safe. It also eases finding the information you need as it is arranged strategically. This organization also saves you time. It is also easier to distribute any information from your organization to your employees or other businesses. Here are some tips to help you digitally organize your small business’s data going forward.

List all your data in categories

You should always organize your data according to different categories to easily keep track of the data. Organizing your data also helps you access the data faster when you want to use it. You can also track any losses or missing data quickly by recording each category. Apart from saving time, categorizing data also keeps you in the loop with all your data.

Always use folders

Using folders will help you stay consistent with your data and assist you in applying keywords to them. Folders also make categorization easier and keep data of the same type together. You should also make sure you do not have many folders. Instead, create a large folder and many other subfolders that will be easier to store your data and organize the data well. Having folders will also help you easily share your data with others within your company, or potential investors.

Label your data with metadata

Metadata is an excellent way of labeling your data to find it in quick searches easily. Labeling with metadata is simply labeling data with data. It gives more information about the data being stored. This always makes it easier to find it.

Always backup your data

Make sure your data is always backed up. It may be in the cloud or another physical address. Also, make sure you backup your backup. This backing up will help you in case there are unforeseen circumstances that affect your data. You will quickly recover your data and go on with your business. Have an IT person within your company stay on top of backing up your data.

Always control access to your data

It would be best to control who accesses your data in your Data Assets Management systems. Not every user should access your data as some may change it, steal it, or delete it all, which will be destructive to the company. Issue roles and permissions to different users and ensure there are levels to the amount of data they should access and edit.

Organizing is a very crucial process and should never be taken lightly. Make sure you get professional and recommendable providers to help you organize your data. Conduct cloud readiness assessment and manage any other issues that may arise.


Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.

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