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Running a small business is no easy task. As a small business owner you must be a jack-of-all-trades, proficient in finances, idea development, staff management and organisation. Here are some simple ways you can get the most out of your small business.

Give your office a makeover

Regardless of the size of your business, refurbishing or renovating your business can help you to find extra space that can be capitalised on. By refitting your business with new furniture, equipment and fixtures you can transform your business from looking cluttered and chaotic to inviting and orderly. Organisations such as TU Projects can help you redesign your office to maximise the space and arrangement of your office, to ensure that your business looks and operates at its best.

Make time to assess your office space

Small business owners are often time poor and have less time for rearranging their work environment. But it is crucial to continually reassess the way your space is working in terms of effectiveness and need for improvement.

Digitalise paper receipts

Today there is no reason to keep paper receipts from restaurants, clients and suppliers.  Though easier in the short-term these can become painful and messy. Instead scan receipts and store them on your computer, external hard drive, flash drive or in the cloud. This will make receipts more manageable and this is also a space-saving solution.

Organise paperwork

Sometimes it is not possible to digitalise paperwork, so instead file paperwork efficiently.  Invest in smart office storage designed to take up minimal room, while housing and organising your files and documents beautifully. Storage cabinets and drawer units are a popular option, but also consider wall mounted shelves and drawers to maximize floor space.

Spring clean your business

Recycle broken electronic equipment, plugs and cords by donating them to your local opportunity shop. Go through your office and identify anything you haven’t used in the past year. Remove the item and dispose of it appropriately. Only keep items that are an integral part of your business. Your office will then become a minimalist, decluttered workspace that will help you to think and work more efficiently and make clearer business decisions.
It can be difficult to find the time, effort and money to reorganise your small business, but the results are worth it. How have you managed to get the most out of your small business? Post a comment below.

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4 super smart ways to a more sustainable homeSustainability has been a buzzword for many years but with ever-increasing capital growth and industry, living a more sustainable life is fast becoming a necessity for both present and future generations. The Australian dream was once ‘to own your own home.’  Now owning a home and minimising the costs associated with living in it have become a goal and priority. With soaring energy bills and the cost of living becoming more expensive, it is harder for Aussies to save money. While it is not always convenient or possible to create a completely eco-friendly home, there are many ways to reduce bills and one’s footprint on the planet at the same time.

Here are 4 super smart ways to a more sustainable home

1. Work smarter, not harder

Becoming more sustainable can start with simple acts like switching off light bulbs around the house. The first part of the recycling pyramid is to reduce, so choose low-watt (LED) energy saving light bulbs for your home. Not only do they provide a good amount of light, they last longer than regular bulbs and use less energy. Changing a light bulb is one of those ‘two minute jobs’ so in under half an hour you will already have made a huge difference to your electricity bill.

2. Think before you toss

Before throwing out a piece of furniture think of the variety of ways you could repurpose it. Will it look like new if you give it another layer of paint? Reusing items is a fantastic way to save money and feel better about your impact on the environment. Have you printed a stack of files recently? Use the blank side as scrap paper instead of throwing it away. Reuse old containers to add small plants to the interior of your home – the possibilities are simply endless. Alternatively sell your stuff on Gumtree or eBay and put a little more cash in your pocket.

3. Make the switch to solar

Switching to solar power is still a solid investment especially with the soaring energy bills. Depending on timing and your region, your home solar installation may be backed by a government grant where the installation itself is subsidised. Solar panels will also ensure your carbon footprint is reduced dramatically. If those panels create enough electricity, you may even receive money back on your next energy bill!  Most solar panels well pay for themselves in the long-term. Head over to Australian Solar Quotes for more information on how solar panels could benefit you.

4. Make an ongoing commitment to yourself

Sustainability at home is not a one-off project. Being ‘sustainable’ means making choices that won’t negatively affect future generations. It feels good to do something to improve the environment for years beyond your own. If you want to really make changes toward a more sustainable lifestyle and home,  make wiser choices at each step of your day. Such actions could include:

Here are a few bonus ideas

  • Buying rechargeable batteries at the shop
  • Recycling plastic and paper products at home
  • Tending to your own garden patch in the morning
  • Planting drought-tolerant plants during the weekend
  • Bulk-cooking to save energy

Check out my articles on how you can save on electricity and gas and also water for over 300+ super-fast tips on  overview of all the ways you can reuse, reduce and recycle.
Many small actions add up to one big impact on your wallet and the planet. If you’re looking to make living in your home more affordable, while you reduce your impact on the planet, these four super smart tips will get you started.
Do you have any handy tips you’d like to share? Feel free by commenting below!

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Stay-at-home holidays are a great opportunity to declutter. I spend most holidays bum-up and head down inside cupboards, boxes and crawling around rooms looking for junk. You’ll find me inside kitchen cupboards, pulling stuff down from our storage cupboard, fiddling in my kids toy boxes and digging around in bathroom cabinets on my BIG junk hunt!
I’ll go on the hunt for throw-away items like old shoes and socks, ill-fitting clothes, worn manchester, old toys, chairs, tables, cushions, rugs, baby gear, electrical goods, hobby items and just about anything that I can get rid off that will give me a new and refreshed sense of headspace and clarity.

I’ve been generous over the years

I’ve given away most of my stuff to the second-hand shops who so kindly sold me the stuff in the first place. But recently, I decided that I am such a good bargain hunter that a lot of my stuff, especially larger household items, are often worth more than the money I paid for them!

This is my current ‘sell it’ list

  1. Car roof rack – $600
  2. Designer coffee table – $60
  3. Bathroom vanity – $20
  4. Old electric guitar and amp – $80

And there’s more! But I don’t want to bore you. But the above adds up to $760!
That’s not an amount to scoff at!
So as you can see, for relatively little effort, you could turn that clutter into cash!

Here are 10 great ways you can turn that clutter into cash!

1. Hold a garage or yard sale

One of the tried and true methods of cashing in on household items is by holding a classic yard sale. Set out a few card tables and platters of biscuits, and see if any of your neighbours think your trash is treasure!

2. Get an appraisal and put it up for auction

If you have any big-ticket items like jewellery, fine art, or collectibles, it’s a good idea to have them appraised before you toss them on the jumble sale table. Online appraisal sites can help you get started, or you could go to a formal auction house.

3. Book a stall at a flea market

If you have a high volume of items to get rid of, it might be worth booking a table or stall at a local flea market.

4. Visit a consignment shop

To sell name brand, vintage, and designer clothing, visiting a consignment shop could be the way to go. Consignment stores sell your old clothing in a pleasant retail setting for a higher price than what you might receive on your own, although they will take a commission.

5. Sell online through eBay or Gumtree

Another classic method of selling old stuff is via eBay. However, you’ll need to be sure to take plenty of photos and write strong, keyword-rich descriptors to help online buyers find your listing. Use eBay’s app to easily photograph and upload your items on the run!

6. Sell online through a local listings site

Although eBay holds the benefit of virtually guaranteeing that someone is going to see your listing, you can potentially make a higher profit if you use a localized listings website instead. There will be less competition, and sites like Quicksales don’t charge any seller fees which leads to more money in your pocket.

7. Donate it for a tax break

If you have a substantial volume of items to offload, particularly those with value, you could donate them to charity and report this on your taxes for a deduction. Be sure to get receipts to back up your report.

8. Upcycle it and sell it on Etsy

Are you feeling crafty? Have you seen those cake stands made out of old vinyl records or wooden crates turned into shabby-chic coffee tables? You could make things like this and sell them online.

9. Sell collectibles at an antiques shop

In addition to auction houses, another possible venue for classic or collectible items is at an antiques shop. In some cases they will sell your goods on consignment, while in others they may buy it directly from you.

10. Break it down into parts for individual sale

Do you have old, broken electronics? You may think there’s no way that anyone would want to buy this rubbish, but many electronics whizzes like to buy old appliances for the parts.
These are ten of the easiest ways to sell your old clutter. By taking the time to list your belongings online or take them to a local consignment store, you’ll be left not only with a clean and clutter-free house but also with extra cash in your pocket!
Gotta love FREE cash!

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