Twitter – To Thank or not To Thank

How do you respond when someone retweets you?  Replying with a thank-you is indeed polite but isn’t very interesting to read.  Most people on twitter like to scan interesting comments.  So I asked a  Virtual Assistant, Janet Barclay of Organized Assistant how to respond.  She sent me a very helpful article.  By the way the short answer is to say thank-you. Here is a link to the blog post http://organizedassistant.com/2011/04/05/what-do-you-do-when-someone-retweets-you/

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How Do You Store Your Batteries?

How to store a 9 volt battery

Here is a great video on how to store batteries safely to prevent a fire in your home.


Working with a Professional Organizer

5 Things Professional Organizers are Looking for When We Work with You

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Getting your mind into the right S.P.A.C.E.

  • If you are worried about working with a Professional Organizer this article can reassure you that we only want to help you get your Mind in the right place to get your things in the right space.

http://diyorganization.com/5-things-professional-organizers-are-loo…

Want help call a Trained Professional Organizer

Want help, need help, we will help


What does a Professional Organizer Do?

Perhaps you are familiar with the Professional Organizer industry but maybe you have a lot of questions you would like answered.  Professional Organizers in Canada was established about 12 years ago and the NAPO the American organization is about 25 years old. Most Professional Organizers have their own business and specialized areas of organizing .  This article will help you to understand the many business models used in our industry.  http://dailyblogma.com/featured/professional-organizers-unveiled-myths-facts/

Office Organizing – Before

Office Organizing – After

 


Coopetition

Do You Play Well with Others? A look at cooperative competition

by Janet
August 23rd, 2011

In my experience, most professional organizers are very happy to share resources and expertise with their colleagues and reap many rewards from doing so. I asked my client, Julie Stobbe, about her thoughts on the subject, and was so impressed that I invited her to share them here today as my guest blogger.
Professional organizer Julie Stobbe sharing tips with other local businesswomen

Coopetition occurs when companies work together for parts of their business where they do not believe they have competitive advantage and where they believe they can share common costs. (Source: Wikipedia)

Cooperating with someone in your line of business is a great way to get to know people, brainstorm and  learn ideas and help each other with areas that you are weak in.

When I decided to try coopetition, I did it on a project basis. I used it to help me to market better, because marketing is not my strength.

I would think about something I would like to have (product development) or something I would like to do (offer a new service) and think about someone who had mentioned that they had an interest in the same thing.  I would approach them with an idea and see if they were interested in working together to develop and implement the plan.  It was nice to have a partner to walk the path with and hold my hand.

The payoff is having to do half the work while increasing business for both parties with the understanding that if they get busy and need help, they would approach me first, and I would do the same for them.  If you develop a service with a partner, if someone gets sick, you have the other person as backup.   I always selected someone who lived east of my main marketing area.  This made it easy to get materials delivered over a larger area – half the work, twice the area covered.  This gave us both exposure to a larger market.

Here are some examples of projects I’ve worked on with people in my field and with complementary businesses:

  • Developing organizing tip booklets; we have 4 different topics.
  • Developing courses to offer to colleges, school boards and groups; we have 3 different 3 hour courses prepared.
  • Advertising someone else’s electronic resources (because I don’t want to develop them at this time) in exchange for services.
  • Advertising together so the cost of printing is shared by both companies.
  • Recommending specialty services to clients, such as clutter removal service, rug cleaning, and website design.
  • Inviting someone to attend new meetings and events with me. That way I don’t have to walk in alone, and perhaps they can make introductions too.

Although I have been fortunate and careful with whom I partner, there are always things to consider.

  • The person you partner with now represents your company as well as their own.  Make sure you have similar business ethics or your company’s reputation maybe adversely affected.
  • If you are producing a product and the quality of what they produce is not up to your standards, you may be disappointed.  However, you have both contributed time and money to the project so they may use it the way they want to.
  • One of the companies may work much harder at marketing the product or service than the other company.  Make sure that you can live with it if you realize that you are marketing them but they are not marketing you.

Overall, I have gained a lot from coopetition with others.  I have grown as a business person, I have learned new skills, I have made good friends I can depend on, and I have learned to be flexible.  I hope my coopetition partners have found me to be reasonable, supportive and hard working.  Taking a chance to work with good people is really making a sure bet.

Julie Stobbe is a POC Trained Professional Organizer and the owner of Mind over Clutter in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. You can also like Mind over Clutter on Facebook.


Lack Abundance

When you are operating a business there can be a number of stumbling blocks to becoming successful.  Some we may not have any control over.  One of the biggest stumbling blocks can be our own attitude.  This short video gives you an insight into how to examine your attitude.

http://www.audioacrobat.com/playv/W05rXmFs