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A little planning goes a long way

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If you haven’t already started yet, it’s time to start getting the paperwork together that you need for taxes. If you have been using a FreedomFiler, your tax papers are already together for you. It’s important to determine a home for all of your tax papers to live until you receive them all, or find them all. I normally use a magnetic clip on my refrigerator to catch all of the incoming tax papers as they arrive. If you have a lot of paperwork that is needed for your tax prep, a hanging or expanding folder will probably work best. Whatever… read more »

Break free from your paper piles

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Are you drowning in paper piles? Do you feel like you work hard all day and get nothing accomplished because you’re running in circles looking for things? Paper clutter and disorganization is a very real problem. One of my all time favorite products, Freedom Filer is the perfect solution to your paper problems. The FreedomFiler® is the only self-purging filing system available today. With this system, you will be able to quickly file or retrieve whatever information you may need. Once you begin using Freedom Filer, you will never again have to take time out of your life for cleaning… read more »

Filing system

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This is the “after” picture of the files. As you can see, we broke the files down into sections using colored hanging folders, and we even put the filing tabs in a straight row for each section. This makes locating and returning files much quicker, and eventually without much thought at all. The sections that we made are based on this person’s files and the different categories or groups of files that went together such as billing, office use, etc. When working with any client, we look at every single file and discuss what’s in it, what it’s used for… read more »

Filing fiasco

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This is a before picture of the filing system of a very busy, overwhelmed executive client of ours. The problem she was struggling with is a very common problem with entrepreneurs, her business grew very quickly. Doesn’t sound like a problem, does it? Actually it’s a good problem to have, but it causes a great deal of everyday stress because there are no systems in place to track or complete the endless amounts of office work you have as a business owner. The problem with this filing system, and most of the ones that we see, is that there is… read more »

Conquer your paper clutter

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If you have piles and piles (or boxes and boxes) of paper clutter and you attempt to tackle it the way we would automatically by making a decision on each paper you pick up, you will be mentally exhausted after the first pile. The best way to tackle this, or any other clutter, is to sort the paperwork out first. Without making any decisions at all, sort your paperwork into these categories: Action papers – These are any papers that require action. Even if that means to enter a phone number in your phone book, a party invitation, etc. Reference… read more »

Do you dread filing?

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One of my all time favorite products is Freedom Filer. The beauty of the Freedom Filer system is that every detail has already been thought through for you. There is a ton of information included with the Freedom Filer kit and online to help you with any questionable paper you may have. Most systems take too long to file and retrieve information. The Freedom Filer makes filing paper as easy as dropping it in the trash. To receive a 15% discount on your purchase, visit the Freedom Filer website through this link. Wouldn’t you like to boast that you never… read more »

Get ready for tax time

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You may be scrambling around trying to find all of your paperwork for your 2011 taxes. Why not plan ahead for next year’s taxes now. I’m sure you already have paperwork coming at you that you have to keep for 2012. It’s not too early to determine a home for your 2012 receipts to live in for the year. The 13-pocket expanding file is one of my all-time favorite organizing products. And it’s so inexpensive on top of that! Simply file your receipts by vendor – Target, Office Max, etc. If you enter your receipts into an accounting program throughout… read more »

Where did I put that email?

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When you stop to think about how much time you waste (lose) searching for things, and the amount of stress it causes, you will understand the value of taking the time to get things organized. You will gain back the time you spent getting organized in no time, and you will save lots more time and stress on top of that! These days we all spend a lot of time on the computer. How many times have you wasted valuable time looking for documents that you know are on your computer, somewhere? It is important to set up your electronic… read more »

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