It's the perfect time for small business startups as the economy gears up for further expansion, and the opportunity to run a business or work from home becomes ever more possible.
Working from home, whether as an employee, self-employed or a small business owner, can be immensely rewarding, allowing a wide range of opportunities to control the working environment. The daily journey to work that may have stretched to an hour or more, with all the frustrations of commuting, now takes a minute or less from breakfast in the kitchen to work in the office up or down the stairs.
Though the business concept may be brilliant and may kick-start orders for services or products, it's easy to lose track of how important organizing time and information and carrying out general administration efficiently is, either for the business or as an employee.
Here a few suggestions as to ways to stay organized as a home worker:
It's really simple to set up labeled box files for each category: financial information, legal requirements, orders, invoices, etc. A good filing system makes good business sense.
Working from home can make it difficult to separate home life from working life, especially if family life has to be taken into consideration. Designating a specific space as an office that is kept tidy and uncluttered allows a home worker to concentrate on tasks at hand and then close the door when it's time to relax.
There is nothing worse than opening the email program and finding dozens of mails, many of which may be spam. Good spam filters are essential, and responding as quickly as possible to genuine inquiries or responses will help generate confidence in the business.
Taking away some of the strains of administration can be a great bonus, allowing an entrepreneur to concentrate on marketing and building the business. This is where an umbrella company, which can deal with all aspects of financial administration, such as self-employed payroll, invoicing and taxation issues, can be of real benefit.
Taking control over a home working life means that the best possible outcomes for productivity and success are ready to be actioned.
School is coming again and as we draw near I wonder how many parents are looking forward to the morning mayhem it brings.
Comparable only to the fights over the bathroom and the usual kerfuffle prior to dinner time. Don't hide under your covers in bed trying to avoid it, it's going to happen and you know it. Yet there is hope and there is help.
Your "Central Station" is very simply a place where you want to keep all of your "Out-the-door" must haves.
This station can be a counter top, a book case, a table in the hallway. It doesn't matter where, what does matter is that it is in a convenient pace for you and that this space is designated for this purpose and this purpose pretty much exclusively.
Since every ones needs are different, I will just list some to get you started. For kids, we need room for things like backpacks, homework, lunch boxes, permission slips and school books to name a few. For the big kids (The adults) you should have room for car keys, handbags, project cases and video returns etc.
To help make this work for you, here are more tips to follow in making your Central Station a travel destination of choice.
We all know that there is no getting around morning mayhem yet putting a system in place can really help ease you out the door with less stress each day.
So get the ticket, pull out the stops and create a Central Station. You too, can be on your way from the city of Mayhem today.
Getting a good night's sleep is essential for functioning at our best.
Sleep is good for our health, mood, appearance, efficiency, and relationships – and we should try and get as much as possible. There are many ways of increasing the chances of getting an unbroken eight hours, and one of the most effective of these is going to bed in a soothing, well ordered bedroom.
Our moods are influenced by our surroundings, so it follows that a messy room that is cramped and disorganized is not a relaxing place to be. In order to sleep, we need to be relaxed – so the first thing to focus on is clearing away clutter and introducing a calm ambiance to the bedroom. Finding things in a hurry is easy in a well organized space, and cleaning a bedroom that is kept tidy is much quicker than trying to clean one which hasn’t been attended to in weeks.
There are many good reasons for transforming a chaotic bedroom into a tranquil sleeping space and below are a few tips to help you get started.
Storage space is often in short supply, so it is important to think carefully about how to store what needs storing to avoid clutter. Integrated wardrobes and closets with shelving and drawer systems can handle a large amount clothing and personal effects. Storage walls – streamlined 'faux' walls containing invisible cabinets that open when pressure is applied – are a smart storage solution for minimalist interiors that depend on the less is more philosophy for their success.
Furniture that works hard
Forget bedside tables on either side and replace them with furniture which earns its keep. Small chests of drawers provide far more useful interior storage, and can also serve as nightstands. This is a more effective use of the space on either side of the bed, and means less storage space is required elsewhere in the room. The addition of an ottoman bench at the foot of the bed will provide even more extra storage space, as well as a seating area.
Avoid dirty socks and other laundry items being strewn all over the floor by having a user-friendly system for dealing with them. Place an easy to use laundry basket in an accessible place and there will be no excuse for discarded underwear and T-shirts on the floor. Consider also where shoes, books, DVDs, and other items will be stored. If there places where shelves or hooks can be discreetly installed to increase the storage space, put them up.
The bedroom should be a peaceful haven, somewhere we can totally let go and allow ourselves to relax. By creating an organized space that functions on a practical level, we give ourselves the best chance of a deep, restful sleep.