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Get Organized: Simple Steps to an Orderly Office

People starting out and entering the business world are aware they are entering a realm that will require their utmost attention to details.

Especially the solo business owner. Organization of your office must be set in place and controlled to maintain your peak productivity, efficiency and peace of mind.

The business professional must be able to easily manage the following ;

  • Space, set up and lay out of the office for maximum and efficient use of lighting, traffic, noise and comfort.
  • Time, manage time efficiently to maintain productivity, develop action plans, define priorities, schedule and address new and old tasks, delegate tasks and activities.
  • Paper, know how to respond and deal with incoming materials for filing, storage and toss plus maintain and protect confidentiality.
  • Clutter, prevent the accumulation of clutter and retain continuous order.
  • Storage, design and organize storage for the business.

Stay Organized in your Home Business

Procrastination and ignoring these areas will result in developing high stress, inefficiency and sense of being overwhelmed. Learning the self-discipline to maintain order in the office environment will relieve you of stress and make your job more enjoyable.

Fortunately, there are answers all around you on the internet, in town or in the city and even people you may know that you can ask or visit to help solve which ever current trouble area you may be having at the time. There are always answers and is just a matter of looking around and asking.

    Tips to Plan your Order

    The following are some tips for the business owner and learning to use research of your available tools, advice and strategies will help boost productivity, efficiency and success;

    Hate-to-Do List, tasks that are not enjoyable should be done and out of the way first. This will help break the habit of procrastination.

    To Do List, prioritize this particular list in order of importance for business related duties.

    Shopping, use second hand furniture to save yourself money until you can afford the new.

    Storage, use old school lockers, second hand items, shelves, stackable totes and crates in the closet to handle inventory and materials.

    Paper, a filing system should be in place for fast and easy access, set a filing hour or designate a family member to help. Check legalities on storage of business information before destroying. Save on paper with digitizing documents and sending as email attachments. Keep copies of all documents.

    Alarm clock, use an alarm clock to set specific time for a specific task as a reminder.

    Planner, leave yourself notes of unfinished tasks, and reminders. Learn to plan ahead.

    Financials, A key filing system needs to be in place to effectively operate your business within your budget. Maintaining up-to-date financial information will help you efficiently manage your cashflow and know immediately if you can take advantage of any opportunities that may rise, or introduce new products to boost incoming cash flow. Safeguard all your financial information with paper copies (hard copy) and digital copies. Finances are the ‘backbone‘ of your business.

    You, take care of yourself as you are the business operator, and need to maintain your health. Maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits, and learn to schedule leisure activities just like a business appointment. Mark it in your Planner! πŸ™‚

    Success follows the Order

    The toast to your business success will rise as long as you the business owner are able to conduct yourself in a orderly fashion, and maintain control over the business environment thus maintaining your own productivity and self content.

    Careful planning, and scheduling of your various business duties will help keep your stress levels to a minimum. Do remember to give yourself ‘breaks’ where you can focus on exercise or meditation for self-care plus take a snack break.

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    The shopping for all the office equipment, files, communication tools, and other office furniture and accessories will help bring a sense of freedom, and again, Peace. You will ‘know’ where to find whatever is needed in an instant.

    A good secretary is trained in the office environment and can easily further organize the office for efficiency and productivity, for her/his own duties. Communication between you two will always meet needs of both parties.

    Learning in Motion

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    Extra Learning Resources

    10 Highly Organized Home Office Ideas

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    Plan Your Office Design With RoomSketcher

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    How to Start a Rental Guest House

    a Guest Cottage

    The idea of entering and starting a ‘cottage/guest house‘ rental side business, can operate with success, if done with great marketing and management. Let’s explore ‘how to start a rental guest house‘ for a second income.

    A search online having to do with cottage rentals, you will find quite a few listings about such places. Such an endeavor can provide an extra source of income. Where do we start?

    2nd Income Trends

    A trend in the housing and rental industry was recommending to have a ‘guest‘ house built on your property. One could use it for their elderly parent or as a rental income.

    You will need to do research into local municipal by- laws, zoning laws and regulations about providing such accommodations. Applications and fee’s can be found at the local municipal city hall office. Also, one must get a business license to operate such accommodations.

    Cottage/Guest house short-term rentals have been an ongoing popular operation and source of income, for many years. Those who are able to afford buying their guest house may live in their own primary residence or have a second cottage for personal use.

    It does take money to begin this project but the long term pay off can be quite rewarding. A successful operation can bring repeat business, continuous bookings, a good reputation and sense of prestige. A family could poor their money together to have one built, get it successfully listed for repeat rentals, and then build another.

    Required Skills and Knowledge

    Operating a rental business does require knowledge in the hospitality and tourism industry, local Landlords Act along with business management skills.

    It is IMPORTANT to have these skills, and I do recommend at least taking a course in these areas. A business plan will help you keep ‘direction‘ and ‘overview‘ of maintaining the following skills ;

    • business
    • marketing skills will help you learn to promote, advertise
    • know your competition
    • financial skills will help you stay in operation
    • business law will help you be aware of rights and responsibilities ,as an owner and for the customer/tenant.
    • Paper work is involved with this business, as all businesses do have to provide for tax reporting.

    The owner of a cottage or guest house will have some steps to follow once skills and knowledge are gained. A first step is having the property, for a cottage or guest house, and figuring out, how to set it up their occupancy rates.

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    A Peek into a Part of this Type of Operation

    If it’s a two to three bedroom, one can offer a occupancy of three to six people, if functioning as a ‘cottage‘. This is done if you have bunk beds in the bedrooms and/or pull out beds. Furniture would have to be sturdy and removal of ‘personal‘ items done. Keep it to bare necessities as the ‘guests‘ will bring their own. Just think how a hotel room provides for their guests.

    A method to deliver keys for the guest(s) would be required. Some may have a ‘lock-box‘ on site, a key pad lock may also be used or just go out and meet them in person, to deliver the keys. A major consideration and requirement for any business, is insurance.

    Liability and Equipment for Safety

    Do shop around and meet with insurance agencies who can provide for ‘vacation‘ or ‘rental‘ accommodation businesses, and they provide a good pricing range. Insurance protects you, your property and customers.

    Hotels have computerized programs which help them with their booking schedules. As a small owner/operator of your guest house or cottage, you can also find computer software programs to help you with your own booking schedules.

    One can also offer to add the traditional method, of signing a guest book upon arrival and departure, if you’d like to add sense of ‘vintage‘ to your operations.

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    Promotion for Building Awareness

    The advertising and promotion of your cottage or guest house will create awareness and bring customers. This can be done with attending trade shows related to the tourism and hospitality industry, registering with ‘vacation‘ or ‘rental‘ agencies, creating your own website with option to ‘book‘ a time schedule. Check on how to get on tourism sites, partner with local hotels.

    Excellent photographs will be needed since these will help provide prospective customers with an idea of what they will find. This is also a good time to share available local sights and amenities, available activities and resources (boat, canoe, etc.). It’s suggested with your advertising, that it be done on international, national and regional sites to build and gain a wider awareness of your service(s).

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    Extra Reading

    How to Start a Bed and Breakfast in Ontario

    CMHC- Dealing With Problems

    Brian’s Backyard Tiny Guest House


    Owning a cottage or guest house can provide an interesting and rewarding experience. You can eventually hire and allow a property manager to oversee this small venture once able to afford the extra costs of hiring.

    This area of business would be considered part of the real estate industry and why it’s popular. It can provide a source of supplemental or eventual full time income, and improve your quality of living. It will take patience to learn all that’s involved along with the costs to acquire such a property but as mentioned, the long term benefits can be rewarding.

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