solutionsOrganizing your office can have more of an impression than you are probably aware. They say you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Keep this in mind while organizing your office because while most people think that phrase pertains to how we're dressed or how firm a handshake we deliver, it also applies to offices and/or business storefronts.

If a customer or someone else happened to walk by your office right now, would you be embarrassed over the state of your surroundings or is it deemed "tour ready"? Perhaps you're thinking of organizing your home office because you dread an unexpected visit from a neighbor. Regardless of where your office is located, you face opportunities to make that first impression.

In which of the following scenarios do you see yourself?

paperOrganizing paper files is a task that will inspire most of us to procrastinate. Paperphobia. The fear of having to deal with organizing paper files on your desk can be a debilitating disease, but the quickest cure is a little “sorting therapy”. Don’t worry, I promise organizing your paper files will be painless!

Take One Step At A Time

The best way to start organizing paper files is to pick a stack, any stack. We’re going to go through each piece of paper in order, and decide what to do with it. Don’t worry about all the other stacks – we’ll get to them. Don’t even worry about the other items in this stack. We’re just dealing with the one piece of paper that you have in your hand. When you’ve decided what to do with that one, we’ll move on to the next.

toptab vs endtabYou want to know how to organize a file cabinet in your workplace. You’ve searched for file cabinet organization and found an overwhelming amount of information online. What is the difference between filing methods and which is better?

Which Filing Systems is best for me?

There are two principal methods of storing physical records and both have their place. A business can have anywhere from a few files to thousands that they store in file cabinets or shelving systems. Some files have a short life span and get archived once they’re inactive and then destroyed in due time, and some are permanent records that can never be destroyed due to legal implications. It is very important for every business to understand the requirements for storing their records. So what’s the difference between methods and what’s best for me?

smead folders

One of the first decisions you must make when designing a filing system is whether it will be a “top tab” system or an “end tab” system. Top tab, or drawer filing is the most familiar. File folders have tabs on the top with file headings that can be read while the folders are in a drawer. End tab, or shelf filing uses folder that have tabs on the side or end of the folder. The tabs are readable when folders are placed on shelving, such as in a central filing area or in overhead bins at a workstation.

Which Style Is Best For Your Office?

The tab style you choose depends on a number of factors within your office. Both top tab and end tab have distinct advantages. Consider these criteria as you plan your filing solution:


The key purpose of small business accounting is to answer the question, "Am I making any money?" In order to get your answer, you need to track your business accounting information. What is your business accounting information? It's the credits and debits for your business; what are you bringing in (credits) and what are you paying out (debits). These two amounts must always balance with each other. You also need to know what your assets and liabilities are. Assets are the things of value in your company and liabilities are the obligations your company has to another entity or person.

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