Productivity… Is the problem in Your Head?

One of my favorite magazines is Inc. and I recently read an article titled “Inside the Psychology of Productivity“.  My clients are always talking about the importance of being productive on a day to day basis and I thought this article was very insightful to the battles we all have in regards to the issue of Productivity.

Check out the full article at http://www.inc.com/magazine/201503/leigh-buchanan/the-psychology-of-productivity.html

Some of the Key points within the article are

  • Get to the root of YOUR procrastination
  • Focus on Progress, NOT To-Dos
  • Beware of Time Thieves
  • Be In-the-Moment with Everything You Do
  • “Don’t waste time on indecision. The secrete to moving forward with confidence is knowing where you want to Go”

Reconciliation (Term Tuesday)

Reconciliation aka Balancing the Check Book

Definition

Investopedia defines Reconciliation as “An accounting process used to compare two sets of records to ensure the figures are in agreement and are accurate. Reconciliation is the key process used to determine whether the money leaving an account matches the amount spent, ensuring the two values are balanced at the end of the recording period.” http://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/reconciliation.asp

If you use a Bookkeeping software you most likely enter the transactions that go through your bank account or credit cards into the software but just “Entering” those transactions does NOT mean you have reconciled your account most bookkeeping software’s have another area in which you compare your accounts in two different forms to make sure everything has been entered at the end of each month! If you have not been completing this second area of reconciliation you might want to contact a bookkeeper to help you to actually complete your Reconciliation’s.

 

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Organizing Your Office Can Greatly help with your Productivity

Organizing might not be your TOP priority when it comes to your business but taking the time to organize your office may just help your productivity level more than you could imagine.

I found this great article with 25 Office Organizing Tips that everyone can benefit from doing. Here is a summary of the tips provided by “Business Know How” you can find the full article at http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/getorg.htm

  1. Clean out each desk drawer, to free up even more valuable storage space.
  2. Clear off the top of your desk, then wipe off the surface of the desktop.
  3. Keep essential items on your desktop (computer, phone, fax, card file).
  4. If you work with more than one person create an in box for each person.
  5. Have a master to-do list for each day at your desk.
  6. Pre-Sort the mail.  To-File, To-Read, To-Contact(write or call).
  7. Use a variety of containers to organize office supplies, paper clips and pens.
  8. Use a variety of desktop organizers or trays to organize papers that come across your desk.
  9. Create a separate drawer for personal paperwork, items, etc.
  10. Use storage boxes to store dated files.
  11. Purchase Magazine boxes to store booklets, magazines, catalogs you want to keep.
  12. Create a file for magazine articles or scan them into your computer.
  13. Filing system should be simple easy and manageable
  14. Color-coding your files makes it faster to find information.
  15. Do not over stuff folders.  It may be time to toss some of the information in the folder .
  16. Never overload filing drawer.  It will make it difficult to retrieve information in the drawers.
  17. Sub-divide larger files with interior file folders.
  18. Tab hanging file folders in the front.
  19. Return calls in batches.  Leave specific messages and the time you called if the person you’re trying to reach isn’t available.
  20. Empty workspace of everything but the project you’re working on to cut down on distractions.
  21. Keep an assortment of all-occasion cards and stamps in your desk.
  22. Keep takeout menus from favorite restaurants so you can  order ahead and pick up dinner on your way home.
  23. When using more than one checking account, color coded checks are an easy way to identify each account.
  24. At the end of each project or event, organize paperwork and file or store it.
  25. Straighten desk at the end of the day and especially at the end of the week so that you can start each morning with a clear desk.

The above information was obtained from http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/getorg.htm!

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If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. -Mark Twain

If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. -Mark Twain

If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. -Mark Twain

3 Things to Consider Before Your Business Donates to Charity

Throughout the year we as business owners and individuals are often approached by others about donating to Charities,  do you every questions if you should donate or do you just “Write the Check”…?

Here is a great article from Entrepreneur Magazine of 3 Things to Consider Before Your Business Donates to Charity http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225130

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There has to be an Easier Way… THERE is HIRE a Bookkeeper!

There has to be an Easier Way… There is HIRE a Bookkeeper!

There has to be an easier Way!

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Direct Sellers- Do you know how much you’re earning on your hard work?

Direct Sales Businesses all operate on the same general principle of commissions & bonuses but do you track and understand your commissions and bonus’s or just wait till the end of the month to find out what will be deposited to your account or the check you will receive?  Direct Sales Company’s just like other companies make mistakes but if YOU aren’t keeping track of what you should be making how would you ever know if you were paid incorrectly or if they missed including you on a bonus? This is information you need to know PRIOR to your monthly, weekly, quarterly, or yearly checks!

Knowing what you’re going to make prior to your getting your check is important for many different reasons here are just a few:

  • Budgeting & Planning
  • Are you going to meet your monthly goal?
  • Are you going to miss out on a bonus because of just a few dollars?
  • Setting Goals for upcoming months to grow your business to the next level?
  • Are you working towards an incentive trip?  If so what do you need to sell each month in order to earn to that trip?
  • Can you afford to purchase that next round of sample products or promotional material?
  • Do you make more money on sales or sponsoring new members to your team?
  • Does your inventory need restocked and if so what do you need?

You Should KNOW the answer to all of these questions if you don’t then it’s time to get your bookkeeping in order for your home based business, we offer affordable rates to home based / direct sales business owners contact us today for your FREE consultation and get on the road to a better understanding of where your business is headed!

I have worked in direct sales myself so I have the experience to help you keep your business on track!

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What Your Desk Says About You

What Your Desk Says About You!

Here is kind of a fun article on what your desk says about you

http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225512