With that said, it leads me to a timely topic for the start of a new year. Besides setting your goals and action plans for the coming year, another great thing is to start with a clean work space and a bit of organization. One of the elements of my business that has always been a struggle is how to organize my accounting so I'm ready for tax time. For years I had a gal who did my bookkeeping using Quickbooks. A couple of years ago, she found a full time job and had to leave me :o( I tried to learn how to use Quickbooks but it was a struggle and I messed it all up. So, last year, I gave up and went back to my old method of a huge pile of receipts, bills and orders that I need to go through. I'm sure by now, you're either nodding your head in understanding, laughing at me or wondering how I could be that disorganized! As one of my 2012 goals, I am hear by telling you that I'm going to implement the following method to organize my financial files. It comes from my very favorite website. The Success Factory.
GET ORGANIZED! Where is the top of your desk – can you see it? Those of you who are fans of Flylady, know that she teaches skills to keeping your home organized but in bite-sized chunks beginning with a shiny kitchen sink. For a home-based business person, the “sink” is the top of your desk.
Use small baskets or clear containers to group and organize CD’s, pens, and tablets of paper. File away bills and receipts for 2011. Put your 2011 files in a banker’s box with a lid so that you will be ready to prepare your taxes. Establish new file folders for 2012 using the same categories as you did for 2011.
If you need ideas for filing categories for this year – consider the following.
*One file folder for each month January – December (use these to file your party and sales receipts
* Alphabetically have file folders for business receipts in the following categories:
Advertising & Promotion
Child Care Expense
Credit Card Statements
Home Office Expense
Meals and Entertainment
Take a quick trip to the office supply store if you haven’t already. Make sure you have a 2012 calendar, a new spiral notebook to use as a 2012 phone log, a fresh phone message pad, file folders, labels and flash drive or CDs for backing up your computer files.
Leave me a comment and share how you keep your work space and files organized.
WELCOMES AND SHOUT OUTS:
The year has gotten off to an incredible start! Our extended team has grown by 20 new team members since December 1st! I'd like to give a warm welcome to the newest members and congratulations to the leaders for growing your teams. January is such a great time to recruit. Many have a need for extra money to pay off holiday bills and it's the start of a new catalog so the kit is full of all new products.
|DLLevel||Consultant Name||Date Signed Up||State/Province||Upline Name|
|Level 1||Linda Sower||01/05/2012||WA||Naomi Smith|
|Level 2||Jackelyn Johnson||01/12/2012||MO||Christina Eisenhour|
|Level 2||Judy Mason||01/14/2012||MD||Linda Caler|
|Level 2||Kim Hall||01/04/2012||TX||Adina Godin|
|Level 2||Linda Pantalone||12/01/2011||OR||Tina Lovell|
|Level 2||Linda Van Ness||01/02/2012||KS||Linda Caler|
|Level 2||Sarah Baker||01/02/2012||TX||Adina Godin|
|Level 2||Susan Lennon||01/07/2012||WA||Lisa Sargent|
|Level 2||Tisha Grindley||01/06/2012||WA||Lisa Combs|
|Level 3||Amy Coursey||01/06/2012||TX||Noreen Petty|
|Level 3||Kelly Herrera||01/11/2012||AR||Patricia Ervin|
|Level 3||Laura Johnston||01/08/2012||TX||Noreen Petty|
|Level 3||Lisa Florian||01/01/2012||TX||Noreen Petty|
|Level 3||Roberta Gould||12/02/2011||WA||Rebecca Cameron|
|Level 3||Sarah Bernardo||01/04/2012||TX||Stephanie Turlich|
|Level 3||Valerie Hudson||01/11/2012||PA||Debbi Harden-Young|
|Level 4||Jennifer Willcox||01/13/2012||Dr. Phil Wilhelm|
|Level 4||Louise Golicic||01/11/2012||FL||Venia Joray|
|Level 4||Maggie Lemke||01/08/2012||TX||Linda Norman|
|Level 4||Tarrah Vaupel||12/21/2011||IL||Dr. Phil Wilhelm|
TEAM MEETING NEWS:
For those who live in Washington and Oregon, I hold regular team meetings that are open to my 1-4th downline. Here is the schedule dates for 2012:
Oregon Team Meeting Salem, OR – February 18th
Washington Team Meeting -Kent, WA –March 31st
Oregon Team Meeting Salem, OR – July 28th
Washington Team Meeting -Kent, WA – August 18th
Oregon Team Meeting Salem, OR – November 10th
Washington Team Meeting -Kent, WA – December 1st
I have a 2 page retire list document for February 2012. If you'd like a copy, email me and I'll send it to you.
I spent the past week, organizing my office and purging all of the retired product from my creative space. I am trying to figure out a system to make it quicker and easier to do this. I have decided to put a small label on my stamp sets and paper packets when I get them that tells me when they were new to the catalog. I put a SS2012 label on all my newest sets and papers. It's interesting that I have so few stamp sets left. It feels good and a bit sad to let go of some old favorites.
Below is a photo of my January Card Class artwork. The Rock the Block LOVE Card is by Vicki Wizniuk with a tiny tweak by me.
I am SO excited to start using all the newest stamps, papers and accessories that are in the Spring/Summer Idea book!
Leave me a comment and share what your favorite paper packet is.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.