Housing real estate agents provide good advice to people selling their homes: clean it up, fix up obvious problems, remove rubbish and make the home look appealing. Many retail newsagencies could benefit from following this advice … it’s my management tip today.

Clean out the junk in the shop, the back room and behind the counter. Anything you don’t use should go – give it away, toss it out. Make the business leaner, cleaner and fresh, make it more appealing. Businesses burdened by years of junk building up and not being used can be a turn off for shoppers and employees. Often, you won’t see the junk until you go to move or close the business.

Pare back and feel good about losing the weight.