Three Tips for a Productive Office Here, There, and Everywhere!

It all starts in the office.  It’s where the paperwork is started, finished, and either mailed or filed away.  While the layout of said office is important, every employee or business owner knows that without the right tools, there is no way that company grows.

The Alternative Board surveyed small business owners and found that over 80% of them spent more than 40 hours at their company and it’s a safe assumption a lot of that time is spent in the office.  So what can help make that hub more homely?  Here are some tips to help grow the business while ensuring your headquarters feels friendly:

You've Got the Right Stuff, Baby.

While some office workers sometimes need to take things on the road (more on that in a bit), having an excellent assortment of tools inside the office is a capital idea.  Study planners to find one that works for your space and workflow, or take a moment to make sure the furniture is cozy for long-term usage.  Keeping the place comfortable can help reduce stress, making progress more attainable.

Charge it, Point it, Zoom it, Press it...

Efficient software allows for easier communication, presentation, documentation, and itemization.  Popular Point-of-Sale programs such as Intuit’s QuickBooks make inventory much easier to track while also allowing tailoring reports which can be exported to any format a customer could request.  Those looking for image manipulation can look to the GNU Image Manipulation Program, and there are tons of free office suites such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice that provide slideshow, spreadsheet, or document flexibility.  They even convert to and from popular document formats such as those found in Microsoft Office!

When You're Going Home, You're Going Mobile

Say that it’s required to pop out for a few minutes but some key documentation gets forgotten about.  It’s always a great idea to have data redundancy (a.k.a. BACKUPS!) so all that information remains available via a mobile device.

 Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive are extremely popular choices, but remember an entire company backup can take up several gigabytes, so pay attention to how much space the backups require and make sure a strong connection is available.

Some jobs may require the creation of certain things such as invoices or expense reports.  QuickBooks can provide a lot of those features on tablets and phones, which can then be e-mailed to customers or wirelessly printed to allow for tangible copies.

Having an office that is comfortable, efficient, and portable allows a business the chance to expand its services as well as maintain an easier workload for its employees.  Keep these ideas in mind and make sure to look into companies such as Intuit to help spur growth well beyond where it all starts.

Want to know what we do here to make our office more productive? 

 Leave me a comment and ask me how you can use some out ideas in your office to help not only yourself but your employees too!

Ashley Burnett

Web Ninja

One of my first jobs was running a cash register in my grandmothers diner. My job was to talk to customers and and to keep everything in my area neat and organized. Now years later those lessons I learned help me in managing client files and projects. Making sure our team is working to help our clients reach their business goals is what drives me everyday.

I am a strong believer that to succeed in life you have to work hard and never let roadblocks stand in your way. You have to read and study but you also have to experience life and all that it can teach you.

My mission is to help clients and our team have the materials and knowledge they need to make every project a success, while making sure to spread some of the information I learn around for others to enjoy.