Creating a useful work space

I have had the privilege of working with many different businesses to improve their organization. The #1 BIGGEST complaint I receive is space. Space to work, space to think and space to create. You don’t need a large home to find space for your home business but you do need a plan.

Creating a useful work space will not happen overnight. I mean it could if you shut down production for a day, sent the kids to a babysitter and had the willpower to work for hours on end. It’s not likely that you can give up that kind of time. That is why, I am breaking this lesson up in to 5 parts. We will tackle the biggest decisions first and add in the less crucial organizational pieces later.

Our mission here, today, is to learn what makes a great workspace work for you. Each lesson can be tailored to your personal and business needs. Let’s get started!

Designate a space

You saw this coming, didn’t you? That’s right. No more sewing at the kitchen table from noon until midnight because you just can’t finish a project without constant interruptions. Combining your work life and home life is the #1 productivity killer! Why?

  • Everyone needs you ALL THE TIME. Especially with small children or significant others!
  • Someone will likely lose or damage a project of yours. Think sticky PB&J fingers finding their way on to the half finished, crisp, white, dress you have been working on all day!
  • Mindset shift. We work better when our minds aren’t multitasking. I know when I am home my mind is juggling all of the little tasks that need completed around the house. The temptation to leave my work and make just one more phone call is too much.

Let your brain know it is time to work by creating a great space for that work to happen. This space preferably needs a door. For those living in a home where this isn’t an option, pick a corner of a room that is considered off limits to everyone but you. No snooping, touching or distractions when you are in this corner!

Once you have picked your space, clear it out. We want to start with a 100% clean slate. The only things standing will be your furniture of choice. Preferably a desk, book case and large organizer for those with lots of needed supplies.

Now that we have a great space for getting work done, let’s fill it with useful organizers!

Business command center

Every business needs a command center to stay on top of everything a business requires. Your command center needs to be a reliable place to find whatever you need to keep your business running behind the scenes. Everything should have a place and be in its place for less frustration and reliability. My suggestions for a command center:

  • A bulletin/ dry erase board for tracking current leads and orders
  • A business planner for keeping appointments, documenting interactions and setting goals. You can also schedule things like renewals for different parts of your business.
  • A computer or laptop for online portions of a business.
  • A scanner for keeping important documents without creating paper clutter.
  • Computer files designated specifically to your business needs. Make them easy to find and back them up on a flash drive or hard drive.
  • An in/out box for taking care of business. A great place to put things that need logged in your business spreadsheets! As soon as your paperwork is completed, scan it, file it away or throw it away!!
  • A filing system. It can be a simple accordion file or a drawer with hanging folders.
  • A safe place for equipment such as photography equipment, card readers, etc. so you know exactly where to find them and they are protected.

Your new work space is really taking shape! Work towards creating a space that you feel comfortable and happy to work in. Whether it is hanging inspirational quotes, making sure your space has a window or creating rituals that improve your mood and productivity.

Next lesson, we will begin to move your work supplies in to the space without creating a mess and more frustration.

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10 uses – free budget planner

I love finding new uses for things I already own. Like the millions of uses for baking soda, lemons or essential oils. I hate cluttering up my home and space with items that serve a simple purpose or that aren’t actually helping me in some way.

That is why, I want to share with you 10 awesome uses for the Free Budget Planner you received in your email! You can use it over and over again to achieve great results because the information is easy to use and allows you to build a plan!

If you haven’t had a chance to download the Free Budget Planner, here is the Link.

10 Uses for the Free Budget Planner

  1. Party Budget Planner – Stay on budget by categorizing your party allowance. A great way to enjoy a fabulous party without breaking the bank!
  2. Kid’s Allowance – Providing kids with a financial education is a great way to help them make life long positive financial choices. Set each child up with their own budget planner so they can see their money coming in and make decisions on how they want to spend it.
  3. Income Tracker – For those who have various streams of income, you can convert your budget planner in to an income tracker! Just categorize each payment by income source. An easy way to keep records!
  4. Garage Sale Tracker – Keep your garage sale orderly by recording each sale and use the categories to assign it to a certain person. Tallying up totals at the end of the garage sale is a breeze!
  5. Home Asset Tracker – It is always a good idea to track your assets for financial and insurance reasons. Categorize them by location or value. Don’t forget to take pictures for record!
  6. Business Budget Planner – Keeping a business budget is just as important as a home budget! It also opens your eyes to where leaks in your budget occur (memberships, over priced goods, etc.)
  7. Vacation Budget Planner – Organize your next trip’s expenses! No more surprise costs and you will be well prepared!
  8. Babysitter Funds Tracking – If you use multiple babysitters through out the year, it can get messy at tax time to determine how much to claim for the childcare tax credit. So enter each payment made and assign it to a babysitter. That way, you can see who has been paid and how much.
  9. Grocery organizer/estimator – input your grocery list to see how much you spend in different departments of the store. Easily determine your food costs vs. toiletries and personal care. You now have an organized list to do your shopping!
  10. Daily Spending Tracker – This one is my FAVORITES because it is the biggest eye opener. What am I spending my salary on each day? Why does it cost so much money for my family to live each and every day? Become aware of how your money is spent so you can create an even better budget!

Take the opportunity to use the free budget planner in more areas of your life. I guarantee you will find a use that helps you get things organized and makes the process easier to do!

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Never buy kids clothes again!

Kids go through clothes faster than I can seem to buy them. Something is always too short and that adorable outfit you picked out for picture day is already snug. How can that be?

My son was born at 8lbs. 13oz. and grew twice as fast as other newborns (or so it seemed). He was wearing clothes meant for a one year old by 6 months old. I felt like I was constantly searching for new clothes days before he was about to burst out of his old ones.

Then, I found the secret for getting ahead of the game! Clothing swaps. Instead of meeting up for coffee, bring all of the kids out grown clothes to one place and trading them off for the next size up. No more searching the sales racks for just the right size or waiting on hand me downs from a relative. It cleaned out my house and saved me from spending hundreds of dollars each time he needed something new to wear.

You can invite moms with kids of all ages so there is a nice variety to choose from. A few moms were just interested in off loading their kid’s old clothes so they could get their space back. Most of us left with more than we brought! Once everyone picked through the clothes, the rest went to charity and it just took minutes to drop the bags off at the drop off location.

Putting an event together is not hard with today’s technology! Use a Facebook event or email to send out invitations to local moms. When they RSVP, ask them to give you a rough estimate of what sizes they will be bringing with them. Make sure to get moms together that have kids around the same size so everyone has clothes to choose from.

On the day of the event, set out tables for various sizes of clothes so it isn’t a mad house! Have a section for hang up clothing so they aren’t wrinkled in the process.

Snack and coffee or wine are always a fun idea and make it an event for moms to come together for a good time.

Now that you know my little secret, use it to keep your family costs down and relieve a bit of the stress of keeping them all clothed.