3 Times You Should Look at Your Pricing

When is it time to look at what you are charging for your products or services? First, review it annually. Why? In a word – inflation. Every year the value of the dollar changes. In a good year the inflation rate is 2 — 3%. In tough years it can be 12-15%. For every 1% […]

Have Fear But Do It Anyway

Last night was my Toastmasters club meeting.  I have been a member of the Clackamas Stepping Stones for more than 20 years. In fact, my time in business is only a couple of months longer than my membership in Toastmasters. I can state with total confidence that without the skills I learned in my TM club, I would not still […]

What Being Organized Really Means and How It Can Make Your Work Easier

With TV shows like ‘Clean Sweep’ and similar programs that are metaphorically ‘waving magic wands’ and turning unbelievable quantities of excess into sparkling cleanliness, it is tempting to believe that you don’t need to get organized because you don’t have a garage bulging at the seams or a desk and chair you cannot find in […]

Owning Your Job

For almost a decade I owned a business. Then I learned that what I really owned was my job. I had the privledge of learning small business management under the guiding hand of Dr. Thoma Jones, PhD. through my local Small Business Development Center.  During one of the classes he talked about the importance of […]

What’s In A Name?

The first order of business now that I had a business, was figuring out the company name.  It has been both enduring and ever evolving. In 1987, I had never heard of a professional organizer but I knew that what I was now doing independently was something I had done in every job I’d ever […]

To Blog or Not To Blog

OK, so it’s a bit cliché to fall back on Shakespeare in my first blog post but it is relevant to my ambivalence about blogging.  To blog or not to blog has been a question I’ve been wrestling with for some time.  You already know my answer – you’re reading it – but what went […]