5 ways to improve your business

When your a small business the thought of implementing a standard such as ISO9001 may seem daunting task.  However that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve what your doing in a systematic way.  The 5s Quality methodology is ideally suited to small businesses. The 5s’s will help get your business into top shape so that when the time comes from you to implement standards like ISO9001 you will already have the foundation for it embedded into your business. The 5s’s are listed below. These apply equally well to those who work in services and use computers as their ‘workbench’ as it does for manufacturing and engineering companies.

1 – SORT

  • Remove unnecessary items and dispose of them properly 
  • Make work easier by eliminating obstacles 
  • Reduce chance of being disturbed by unnecessary items
  • Prevent accumulation of unnecessary items
  • Remove all parts not in use
  • Segregate unwanted materials 
  • Don’t keep or segregate unneeded items



  • Arrange all items so they are easily selected to use
  • Prevent waste and loss of time
  • Make it easy to pick up and find necessary items
  • Make workflow easier and smoother
  • Make things regular



  • Sweep, sanitize and scrub
  • Clean workplace completely
  • Use cleaning as inspection
  • Prevent equipment deterioration
  • Keep workplace easy and safe to use
  • Keep your workplace pleasing to work in



  • Standardise all best practices in workplace
  • Maintain standards of housekeeping
  • Maintain everything in order and according to its standard
  • Everything in its right place
  • Every process has its standard



  • To keep in working order
  • To do without being told
  • Perform regular audits
  • Training and discipline
  • Get feedback regularly


Hope the above list has given you some idea on how to improve your business.  I did this as a presentation at networking once and alot of people reported they went home and cleared there computers and desks of all old and irrelevant items so found immediate benefit from it.

All About Quality helps clients implement 5s in their businesses by working systematically through a checklist, helping them implement the steps and holding them accountable to changes made. If you would like to have a 5s improvement programme for your business no matter how small or large pleased contact me on 01604210488.