Creative people aren’t usually the most organized. It’s not uncommon for them to have disorganized piles of notes and papers scattered throughout their work area. But, this won’t work for you when you’re the boss of your own booklet business. You need to be able to stay on top of your writing projects and your customers. If you don’t, your profits will suffer.
The Cost Of Lost Notes
Having to search for notes or information you need costs you time – time that you could be spending doing something else that will move your business forward. And, if that information isn’t able to be found, it can cost you money.
Imagine Mr. Bigwig from XYZ corporation is calling to speak with you about your booklet. You know you’ve spoken to Mr. Bigwig once before, but it was a while ago and your memory is a little fuzzy about what was discussed. You made some notes during the conversation, and you really need them now that Mr. Bigwig is on the phone. But, you don’t remember where you put them.
Not having those notes means you’re starting over from scratch. Mr. Bigwig knows why he’s calling, but without your notes you’ve lost all the history you had with this potential large quantity buyer. And if it becomes obvious to Mr. Bigwig that you don’t remember your last conversation with him, he may feel that you don’t deem his business important. At the very least you could end up looking foolish or incompetent because you don’t remember details that have already been discussed.
This scenario should tell you two things:
- It’s important to make notes during your conversations with potential buyers.
- It’s important to have a place, such as a file, for those notes to go so you can always find them on a moment’s notice.
An Easy Way To Stay On Top Of Your Projects
Even if your booklet business is only a small, part time venture, you need a way to stay on top of what’s happening on a daily basis. One way to do this that works very well is to use a bulletin board and some 3×5 cards.
Divide your bulletin board into sections and place a 3×5 card at the top of each one. Each section will have some relevance to your specific business. You might have a section for booklets you’re creating, and another for clients your working with, and another for promotions you’re working on. Or you might simply have a section for work needing to done, work that you’re in the process of doing, work you’ve delegated to someone else, and work that is finished.
Once you’ve got your columns headed the way you want them, you can use 3×5 cards to write your projects on and post them in the proper section. This way, you can quickly see at a glance what you need to do and where each project is in the creation process.
Get Organized And Be Empowered
There are many ways you can organize your booklet business so that it’s efficient for you, and contrary to popular thinking – getting organized can actually be fun. It’s a way of making progress in your business, and it lifts your mood and elevates your mindset. It’s both refreshing and empowering. Organization is a tool that is free to everyone for creating wealth, but nobody ever talks about it.
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