{organizing work flow}

I’m a super organized gal so I’ve been looking forward to a fresh start with the New Year :] My file folders and larger storage containers are F U L L and I’m excited for a clean start to my work flow process.

I’m here to share some tips on how to organize your work flow. It’s super important that it works well for you because it will help you keep your business running smoothly, so please feel free to tweak my tips. There have been a few times where things slipped under the radar and I have vowed to never let that happen again. It’s just not good business practice *wink*

I’m also a very visual person, so this work flow plan helps me with that, too. {I like to see things organized and also get a good feel for how much what I have sitting in front of me.}

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5 tips for organizing your work flow ~

    1. Create folders to track the process of a sale. You receive an sale — print it out and put it in a folder titled Orders Received. When you’re ready to work on it, move it to a folder called Gussy’s Work. When it’s complete, put it in a folder called Ready-to-Print. When postage has printed move it to Ready-to-Ship.
    2. Use gmail to organize your emails. Anything that sits in your main “Inbox” folder is something that needs to be addressed. If it is urgent, star it. If it’s been answered, archive it. It’s so easy to see what needs to be replied to.
    3. If you’re going to buy materials on a small-quantity basis, I suggest knowing how much product you can make with the quantity you’ve ordered. Each week review what you have in stock and decide if you need to re-order. *This method will help you to stay debt-free and a cash-only business.
    4. If you accept Custom orders or Wholesale orders, create a separate folder for each. When you sell a CO or WO, place a copy of the invoice {with the order details} in that folder. It will be easier to organize your time to complete this order if you have them organized/in clear sight.
    5. Print an extra invoice when you have a sale and place it in a monthly folder. At the end of the month {or each week, even} review how many orders you sold. Review this info by week, too, so you can match the info to a giveaway or sale you hosted. It’s also great to have this information so you can look back a year later and see your growth :] I personally love this part of the work flow process.

*Want even more tips on work flow // budgeting? Read my budgeting series here: part 1, 2, 3 and 4 or check out my blog/biz 411 posts.

Work flow can be constant change: as the business grows the work flow may need to change. I love this challenge though because it means good things are happening. I like to get to the root of the task to help me see that it’s worth it, because let’s be honest, this part of the biz isn’t always fun.

Organization, budgeting and goal-setting are three things I don’t neglect. A few hours each week is all it takes to stay in control.

xoxo.

{i spy a Gussy! // Gussy+Blissdom promo}

I was on twitter recently and happened to see two tweets with the hashtag #Gussy in them — and the above two photos are what I found ♥

If you’ve snapped a fun pic of you and your Gussy, send an email my way :] I’d love to feature your photo on our Show off YOUR Gus page.

    Are you going to Blissdom? If you are, be sure and bring your Gussy products. I’ll be around with my camera snapping pics for the Show off YOUR Gus page. In exchange for a picture I’ll feature you and your blog on MY blog. So if you see me around, stop me for a pic! *wink*