5 Tips to Organize Your Home Business
Home Businesses allow us the opportunity to have the best of everything…stay at home with our children, be our own “Boss”, continue to volunteer at the school and contribute to the household. We are organized. Why not bring in some extra income too? We can handle it, right? Being an Entrepreneur is easy!
Every home-based business opportunity will give you the tools needed to get you started and the motivation to inspire you. But what if you are working out of a limited space and really need to maximize your resources and efforts? You really need to have an organized office in order to ensure good time management.
Here are 5 Tips to Organize Your Home Business:
1. Dedicate a specific space in your home to run your business. Make sure that this space is easily accessible, i.e. your time to work is not going to be affected by other family member’s schedules. At one time I had my guess room set up as my home office. The issue that I ran into is that I was an early riser…I did paperwork, email follow-ups, and updates before anyone else was awake. Having my office in the guest bedroom came to an abrupt stop when I had family or guests visiting from out of town. Make sure that your space is quiet and comfortable. A quiet space that will allow you to stay focused and think clearly in order to maximize your time and schedule.
2. Create a home office file system that allows you to find important papers easily. Don’t make it complicated. If there is room on your desk, use a vertical filing system on the top of your desk to keep your important files front and center. This would be used for daily events, contests, things that you need to keep fresh in your mind.
3. Most home-based businesses seem to have a lot of paperwork. There are monthly or quarterly catalogs, profile sheets, ordering paperwork, etc. The companies all do their very best to keep you and your clients informed on what is happening. We, however, have a tendency to print out all of the information for our paper “files”. Make a pact with yourself to only print out information that is really relevant to your specific target market. The rest can be saved in a file on your computer. Old catalogs can take up a ton of space in your filing system. I always kept one on hand (just as a reference) but recycle the rest.
4. Keep the most current, active and relative paperwork in a clearly-marked file in a vertical file on the top of your desk. Anything that you need to refer to frequently should be kept within arm’s reach.
5. Develop and use one calendar to schedule everything. It doesn’t matter whether it is paper or electronic. Use a color-coding system to indicate what type of appointments you have scheduled. Green would be the indicator for a selling appointment and yellow for a follow-up appointment.
Remember, we can’t make more hours in a day and we are the only person in charge of how we manage our time. Used wisely, time can be our friend.