Save money on business expenses and in the office | Get savvy with it

There are so many amazing money-saving solutions for businesses out there now, you would think you were in some magic elevator. Business is so fun in this era. I’ll never forget one day back in 2008 when I discovered the fax-less fax! Yes! Virtual faxing. Life has been grand ever since. Now there’s just no need to fax really. There are so many ways to transport a document. Firstly, if you want to reduce overheads start with getting rid of paper and machinery and watch the costs just disappear into thin air! If you need a starting point – enjoy these simple tips for getting organised in business or in your home office.

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Getting organised

Centrelink tip for mums of newborns

This is my big tip I learned the hard way. Fill out your Centrelink (government welfare) forms before you bring your new baby home. Forms are a pain when you are tired and dealing with a newborn in the first few months. You do not want to miss out on all that much needed money because you were too busy to get the forms in quickly.

Draw up a housework roster

Definitely draw up a household roster. You can use one of our printables for this. I have included one that is filled in as a sample and a blank one you can print off and use.

Green office

Pen holder

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Sticky tape holder

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Large bulldog clip holder

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Store rubber bands

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Fill for large paper weight

Use the whole bottle.

Insert toilet rolls and organise pens

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Store DL letters

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Store DL envelopes

Cut the top off the milk bottle and use the bottom.

Mail

Create a bill folder

When sorting the mail put your bills straight in a bill in-tray or folder. Bulk pay your bills once a month online or at the post office if it is quicker that way.

Create a great system for mail

When sorting the mail make a CALLS pile and a DESK ADMIN pile. That way you can do all your calls at once and then all your desk jobs at once. Desk jobs include filling out forms or putting letters in envelopes ready to post. Also have an EMAIL AND ONLINE pile for doing all your computer jobs at once. Finally have an OUT AND ABOUT FOLDER. Grab this one when leaving the house. It will include jobs like going to the bank, paying school fees at the school office and posting letters.

Deal with mail right now

Deal with mail immediately, as soon as it enters the house.

Read junk mail outside

When dealing with mail throw junk mail straight in the bin on the way inside. If you are planning to cut coupons, go the junk mail straight away. Cut your coupons out and then discard the junk mail immediately.

Bin letters to householders

If the mail is not addressed to you add RETURN TO SENDER to the front and put it in your OUT AND ABOUT file.

Make a GO box

I keep a general OUT AND ABOUT BOX, which I call a GO BOX. I throw paper items I need to deal while on the road. I also throw items like sunglasses, wallet, phone or all of those items in a handbag in there. I also throw videos that need to be returned etc. This way I can exit quickly from the house in the morning without forgetting anything while heading out the door with the kids in the morning.