Starting a Home Business – 5 Things You Must Do Before You Start

I’m the first person to just “jump in” to something without preparing properly. Like when I joined the gym after months of being sedentary. I marched right in to an hour long class of nonstop weight-lifting followed by an intense abdominal routine. Not smart! I completed the class, and could barely walk out. My legs were buckling beneath me, and for the next several days I could barely move. Every single fiber of my being screamed in pain. Well, maybe some of us are just risk-takers, but sometimes not preparing is just plain stupid and counterproductive, and can produce major consequences. This article will tell you a few vitally important things to do before you officially “jump in” to a new online business.

1. Set up an office space – Even if the space is small (mine started out with a laptop on an end table and a portable file box!), have a designated area just for your computer, a printer, and some file folders. You will be accumulating a LOT of information (especially if this is a new venture for you), so while it doesn’t have to be perfect, it should be organized in a way that you can find what you need quickly.

2. Computer backup – Learn how to back up your system and do it regularly, especially once you start accumulating and creating material. If you have a computer with a CD-RW drive, you can copy folders and documents from your computer onto a CD. Over time, you will accumulate hundreds of important documents and emails, so I highly recommend creating a backup CD once a week. If you use Outlook for email, you can export all your Personal Folders to a single file (usually “outlookbackup.pst”), which you can then copy onto a CD or somewhere else on your hard-drive. There are also secure online backup programs, such as Mozy.com, which offers a free account to backup your system. The program runs automatically, and setup is a piece of cake.

3. Organize your computer files – As you start your online business, you may get overwhelmed at the amount of information that will come at you. Before this happens, start setting up file folders on your computer to organize it. You will learn quickly about eBooks, and will no doubt receive many offers for free material that will help you in building your business. Wherever you keep documents on your computer (typically “My Documents” in Windows), set up a folder system to organize everything that you save on your computer related to your business. For instance, create a folder called “EBOOKS”, and within that folder, create subfolders to organize your eBooks and title them with the author’s name or the topic of the eBook. Other folder ideas are “Articles,” “Website Projects,” “Keyword Research,” “Blogs,” etc.

4. Organize your Email – As you start your online business, emails will come pouring in. Whether it’s for an affiliate program you sign up for or from various accounts you’ll need such as your webhost, you’ll need to have a system to organize them all. If you use Outlook, set up accounts not only for your personal email, but also for email accounts you will create for your website. That streamlines all accounts into one program for easy access. For your business email, set up a separate folder called “Business” under “Personal Folders,” NOT the Inbox. That way, emails you get from your website go directly into that folder and never get mixed up with your personal emails. Also, set up subfolders within your Inbox like “Receipts,” “Website,” and “Affiliate Programs,” to help keep things separate and easy to find. If you don’t know how to add folders, the simple way is to first open up Outlook. Under “Mail Folders” click once on “Inbox,” then right-click, and scroll down to “New Folder.” It’s that easy, and you’ll be so glad you did it. (You can also set those subfolders up in your Business folder.)

5. Organize your time – Starting a new business is a time-stealer. You will find yourself saturated with new information that you may or may not be eager to learn, but it will take TIME to learn, nonetheless. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and initially overlook other responsibilities. It is hard to balance, so you must make a plan before you start. Remember your responsibilities with family, your work (if you have another job), home, etc. Make sure you have the support of friends and family in starting your new business because you will no doubt see a decrease in the time you spend with them. If they are supporting you, they will be more understanding when you can’t devote the time they’re used to. Set aside slots of time just to study or work on the computer, etc. It will be better for you and your friends and family if they know what to expect.

And one other crucial thing to remember is to take breaks. If you’re starting an online business out of desperation to make more money, this is especially important. An unhealthy drive to “hurry and get it done” can cause you to overwork yourself, which will lead to stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and ineffectiveness in your work. Step away from your work every hour or two and breathe, stretch, grab a glass of water or a snack. Take care of yourself!

Taking a little extra time to prepare for the start of your business may seem unimportant at first; but in the long run it will save you hours of work, the headache of lost files and information, give you instant gain in efficiency, plus a major advantage towards the success of your business!

Amp Up Advertising With Custom Folders

Do you need to boost your business while on a tight budget? One effective way to advertise your company or service is to utilize business printing. The most popular and cost effective way to promote is with custom business folders. Folders are a multipurpose item that can benefit any advertising campaign.

Competition can be tough and it is in the best interest of business owners and companies to strive to stay ahead of competitors. For a business to stand out and be successful it has to be distinct and attractive to customers and clients. Promotional products are a great way to do this and to get your logo or information out there. People love receiving promotional items and they will not only use them, but also tell others where they got them from. One great promotional product that excels at advertising for a variety of businesses is a custom presentation folder.

Pocket and presentation folders are versatile, excellent for organization and perfect for advertising a company. They are available in a variety of styles, colors, designs and materials and can be completely personalized to meet any need. Personalized folder can be created and designed according to the event, target audience or company to insure they make largest impact possible. They are a marketing aid that have the potential to add professionalism to a company and the one time investment can gain repeat exposure for a brand.

Folders are easily distributed and convenient for organizing and storing important documents and information. They are most commonly used for conferences, seminars, convention materials, sales documents, tax forms, travel information and presentations. No matter what the purpose you have in mind for your folders, you can design one to meet your needs. Folders are often modified to include business card holders, pen loops, disc slots, safety flaps, zippers and calculator holders. They can be filled with informative documents or data before events or can help store paperwork that is accumulated throughout an event.

The most important aspects when choosing a folder to represent your company is to pick one that is high-quality, durable and showcases your logo in style. If your folder is flimsy and poorly made it will not reflect well on the company it represents. Aim to advertise with the best folders you can afford. You want your promotional folders to stand up to wear and tear and be functional for as long as possible. Have a designer create a pleasing layout for your logo or artwork and choose a tasteful look for your custom folders. The more attractive your folders are, the more likely individuals are to use them.

Custom folders are not only effective for advertising they are also exceptional for around the office. Employees can implement them into sales presentations, take them on business calls or give them out to clients. This consistency and professionalism will really help boost your brand. The more exposure your logo and information receives, the better your chances are to be recognized and sought after.

So, what do you have to lose? By using popular and inexpensive customized folders, you will not only increase your promotional success you will boost sales and brand exposure. Whether you are enhancing your existing marketing campaign, or are just beginning to advertise, business folders are an excellent and affordable promotional option for any campaign.

How Business Folders Are Used These Days

Every business uses folders in one way or another. Being one of the most important stationery items, they are used extensively throughout the world for their document management purposes. Among many categories of folders, the business A4 folders are, perhaps, the best known due the widespread use of this format of documents. Many other document sizes are also used and so are their corresponding folders.

Document management is the basic purpose of the folders. They are the best tool for handling important business documents. They can carry them around, they can protect them, they can transport them, they can store them and they can be used as archives as well. As far as transporting documents is concerned, the business pocket folders are the best solution in this regard. It is simple but effective and efficient.

Another important use of folders by business is the advertisement. With their large sizes, they are in a great position to influence the customers with their innovative marketing ideas. The companies can use folders, like business presentation folders, to carry a logo of the company or its contact info. Moreover, they can be useful in enhancing the business identity of the company without any hassle.

Folders can also be given as gifts. They can be given as gifts along with important business documents at events like the product launch, business reports ort a seminar. They not only handle the documents with ease but also increase their value with their attractive designs and nifty uses. For this very purpose, the business of folder printing has surpassed many printing businesses.

Customers always play an important role in the promotion and selection of a design for their products. They cam literally designs or dictate the design themselves. They are also given other options to make changes to their products as well. This process is called the customization process. Many businesses use this to produce stunning business presentation folders.