One of the main reasons people are not as successful as they would like to be with their home-based business is because it is hard to remain organized or to get organized in the first place. Being organized will bring you an abundance of time, money, and happiness.
Home business owners have many activities that they must accomplish during the day to be successful. A few of these activities include advertising (search engines, pay per click, classified ads, solo ads, forums, blogging, etc.), writing articles, designing materials to advertise, calling leads, and many more. The most important way to stay organized working from home is to write a To-Do list at the end of your work time each day. At the beginning of the day, you know where to start. But, how do you remember who you spoke to when you should call them back, when a certain classified ad runs out and must be reactivated, what the title of the next article you were going to write was and when you should write it, etc.
In my stay at home business, I use what I call the ‘Jog’ File. I have an accordion file that I have labeled with the days of the week for several weeks. Whatever activity I am doing that requires further work, I put a note under the day I need to accomplish that task. When I open a certain file, whatever is in there ‘jogs’ my memory. For example, all of the prospects that I have made an appointment with, I put my calendar day page with the times of those appointments and place it in my folder under that date. We all have people that ask us to call at a later date. I will write their information down and put that note under the date they requested. On that day, I will now remember to call them back. I can’t tell you how many times I have lost track of who I was supposed to call back or what I did with their information. One woman on my team uses a file box with index cards. Instead of the days of the week, she uses the alphabet to jog her memory about her prospects and members on her team. When someone calls her, she immediately goes to her file and pulls their card. On the card, she will have all the information she has received on that person, so she sounds like she has a good memory and like a caring team leader. If you file as you go, at the end of the day, everything will be in its place and you can start the next day organized and ready to get to work. By using your ‘jog’ file to jog your memory, you will remain organized, resulting in you having more time, being more productive, and ultimately making more money with your home business. Being organized will bring you an abundance of time, money, happiness.