New Year To Do List For Big Planners And Organisers

You are a natural-born planner and love being the person behind a masterplan. Having everything organised gives you a tremendous sense of satisfaction and well being and deep down you know things make more sense when there is a logic to them, whatever that may be.  

Whilst some people might never understand your frame of mind, you should be proud of who you have turned out to be; not that many people enjoy being on top of projects and life-plans. In order to make sure you have a terrific year, we have prepared a number of tips below for you to make the most of your unique skills!

Plan a big party for the end of February

Now that the year is over, you have all this energy to spare and with your family taking control of the Christmas preparations you have nowhere to spend this. With your great planning and organising skills, there is something you could do that would satisfy large numbers of people. Why not throw a big party at the end of February and before the colder weather starts to take hold of the country? This could be a great way of showing your skills off to your friends by putting together a cool pool party with some summery drinks and fancy costumes. If you’ve never planned any big events in the past, read the Complete Event Planning Guide. It will give you some ideas into party-planning.

Enter higher education

Your family told you you would make a great planner and you have always wanted to put your skills professionally into practice but never really came across a course that you found that interesting. If you like seeing projects completed and following these through from the conception stage, and are interesting in what experts do to measure risk and avert this by putting in place a solid strategy, then you could be interested in enrolling in the online Project Management Graduate Diploma that RMIT are offering. Having run courses in project management for over 20 years, they are a good institution to join.

Plan a long trip

You and your boyfriend have long been talking about taking the ultimate road trip. He has been putting it off since this involves doing research on the entry requirements placed by each country you intend to visit and also doing some checks on the vaccination requirements of each destination. With time in your hands and a great organised mind to get on with the task, perhaps it’s time you manage this aspect of the trip, the more bureaucratic one. If you and your boyfriend have decided on which countries to visit already, then just compile a list of these and study the visa and health check requirements of each.

Help a friend plan a wedding

You are not getting hitched yet, but your friend is. He proposed in the most wonderful deserted beach in the country and you two have been talking about it ever since. With tears in her eyes it’s all a bit too much for her and you have decided you will help her plan her wedding. Her organisational skills are not very good, anyway, and this will be the perfect wedding gift from you to her. Spend hours talking to her about her boyfriend and childhood. Find out as many quirky details about her life as possible; this will help you find the perfect theme for her wedding. Not saying you have to turn the banquet into The Little Mermaid’s hiding corner, but it would be good to decide on a style for the big day. Find more ideas here!

Rearrange your mother’s jewellery

She can never find what she is looking for in her jewellery box and is always late, as a result, to meet her friends. She has probably mentioned that she would love to be a bit more organised hundreds of times but you have never really known how to help her until now. You have searched in her jewellery box dozens of times (you love her amber pendant from when she was young) and know very well how she feels. The last time you pulled the chain from the box you nearly ripped it off as it was badly entangled with other pieces of jewellery. Start by buying her a bigger jewellery box and make sure it has many compartments where you can fit her various gold items.  

Come up with a brilliant exercise routine

You have been going on all winter about getting fit and showing your body to the nearest world population in a bikini in your local beach. Thing is, you haven’t touched a workout machine in the entire season and your dad has been kind enough to offer you lifts every time you were going out. As a result, exercise is well overdue. Utilise your planning skills to structure an exercise routine that will help you tone your body. Don’t only limit this to a single exercise form but make sure you mix a few; this will ensure your entire body gets a workout and not just your legs, for instance. This video will ignite your inspiration!

Putting all those valuable organisation skills to good use doesn’t need to be a challenge. We shine when we learn to value and appreciate the skills that used to haunt us. Your tidiness needn’t be a curse anymore and instead, you could embark on the above journeys in order to show to the world you are an incredibly talented and organised individual.

Without any further hesitation, get your notebook out and start contacting some bands for that awesome party you are about to organise, undust your pencil case and enroll in that university diploma that you’ve always felt intrigued by or head towards your mum’s bedroom to rearrange her jewellery. Being tidy and a massive planner is something to be proud of and not hide away from your friends or family.

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Starting A Valeting Business

Starting a new valeting business makes sense in this current climate; there are so many cars on the road, and it only seems like a natural growth to see more valeting companies popping up. So, while there are many opportunities for business, there is also a lot of competition out there. You just need to find a way to make your business more desirable than theirs, by offering more than just a high-end cleaning service. You can add in cosmetic body repair, rust treatments and alloy wheel refurbishment to just name a few. It also takes more than just knowing how to valet a car to run a business; you need to know how to market your business, advertise in the right places, be able to manage your business finances and to be confident in the everyday running of the business.

Property

With a valeting business, you have the luxury of choosing whether you would like a fixed premises or a mobile one. The latter allows you to reach more clients and be more flexible. However, it does mean that you have to limit your services a little, as you have to carry your job with you. A fixed property can offer a secure unit, an additional motorised car washer for another level of service, but does limit your clientele to your location – which is key. City centres, partnerships with large shopping centres and along main roads are the best places to look at. However, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be successful in a smaller town or village. Find an opening and take it.

Experience

You need to have the right business experience before starting out on a venture like this. A valeting business could require a startup cost of anywhere between £4000 and £30,000 depending on the equipment you need and the specialised services you provide. So you need to have a good head for money, and a deep trust in what you are doing before going ahead on this. When employing staff, you need to be looking for experience – particularly for your specialists. You can train people and teach them how to valet a car. But any repairs need to be completed by someone with the right skills and experience to do so.

Insurance

No matter whether your business is mobile or stationary – you will need insurance. You will have a lot of equipment either in your van or in your unit, and you need to protect them. A motor trade insurance would cover you to move your client’s cars and cover your equipment and premises from theft and damage just to name a couple of things. The more you have in your insurance contract, the more you’re covered, and the more your staff and clients will trust you.

Marketing

You need to be able to know how to present your company to the world. With so many competitors out there you need your voice to be heard. A great part of any job, and a key thing to ensure return business is customer service. And there are so many aspects of good customer service that you can apply to a marketing strategy.

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Create a marketing quiz the easy way

Have you ever considered making a quiz as part of your marketing strategy? If that’s something you’d like to explore, read on because I’m going to show you how to create a quiz quickly and simply with Typeform.

So why are quizzes so good for marketing? They can help you collect leads, because you ask for an email address before the user takes the quiz. They are also great for engaging with your audience. A quick look around Facebook will show you that people enjoy taking quizzes and sharing the results with their friends.

Not so long ago a downloadable report or ebook was great for generating leads and while these can still work, they don’t grab attention as they once did. Information isn’t exactly in short supply online, so social media users want to have fun, connect with friends and pass some time instead. Even if you feel your role is to educate rather than to entertain you may find your audience responds better to ‘edutainment’ than straightforward information. A quiz ticks all these boxes (see what I did there?!).

I’d created online forms before, but my quiz creation had never got beyond downloadable PDFs. I’d always assumed quiz creation would be a time-consuming, fiddly process, so Typeform was a pleasant surprise. The first thing I noticed when I created my account was the very simple, clean interface. That might sound like a minor design detail, but I often get that “Sigh, that’s something else to learn” feeling when I sign up to a new platform and I’m faced with lots of features, especially the pop-up walk throughs. Not with Typeform.

Quizzes also need to be quick from the end-user’s point of view if they are going to answer all the questions and share with their friends. I checked out an example quiz and found it very quick and intuitive to fill in. I didn’t even need a mouse, I just typed and hit the enter key.

typeform quiz

Then, I created my own quiz based on a template. The template was a ‘ready made’ quiz and I just had edit the questions and answers to change them to my own:

As you can see, you can have multiple choice, drop-down, picture and long or short text questions as well as many other types. You can even take payments if you want. This could be really useful if you’re getting started with online selling but aren’t ready for a full e-commerce solution yet.

typeform quiz builder

If you’re wondering what this all costs, well I was too! The free plan gives you plenty of opportunities to get to know Typeform and decide if it’s for you, and you can unlock Pro features by upgrading if you want to. The paid plans start from £24 a month which is very reasonable considering all the features available, including the ability to send data to 500+ apps including Zapier. This price includes other types of form besides quizzes, including branding questionnaires, customer surveys, event registration forms, application forms, contact forms and many more.

The Forgotten Side Of Managing Employee Health

Most managers, when they think of health issues can’t see beyond the mandatory health and safety regulations. While there is no denying that without H&S rules, a company is doomed to failure, it would be foolish to assume that it is enough to keep your employees healthy in the workplace environment. In reality, your employees are the primary asset of a company. Consequently, it is a natural behavior to assume that their health issues are directly linked to the health of your business. Let’s ignore the cases of flu and cold and focus on the lessons that modern managers can learn from inspiring leaders when it comes to managing the health of the team. Physical health is naturally easy to measure. But mental health tends to be rapidly ignored, which leads to a significant but yet difficult to explain the impact on the overall productivity and team spirit.

Creating a comfortable thinking environment

When the news is filled with pollution peaks in urban environments, it can seem odd to imagine that the air in your workplace is also polluted. This indoor air pollution is not linked to car emissions, but it is directly connected to the lack of air circulation in buildings. As a result, you can’t consider that your office is a healthy environment for work if you haven’t provided for a regular circulation using plate axial fans for the best extraction in industrial and commerce sites. Additionally, the presence of plants in offices can help to purify indoor air by removing airborne toxins. The presence of these invisible toxins can cause headaches, concentration troubles, and nausea for those who work in an office, without mentioning symptoms of depression and irritation.

Maintaining healthy management relationships

Surprisingly the way in which you manage the relationships with your employees can have a dramatic impact on the health of your business. It’s essential to accept the inevitability of the sick days: People get sick, and they need to have time off work as a result. It’s about caring for your employees, firstly because their health is linked to your productivity, but also because nobody should be made to feel guilty for missing a day at work. Keeping an eye on how your team feels means that you can help them to care for themselves and that you can have their back when they need you.


Avoid toxic management and relationship

Finally, a last word on managing a team, in health or not, needs to focus on developing a fair and human relationship with the people in your business. Toxic bosses, whether they are aware of their behavior or reacting to a professional or mental unease, are dangerous for the overall mental in the business. Don’t be a boss who makes the team feel uncomfortable or who micromanages their every task. Bringing toxic behaviors in the workplace can have a significant and destructive influence on your team’s self-worth and self-confidence. Managing through fear or humiliation only leads to failure.

In short, putting health at the core of your management focus is not only a matter of H&S regulations. It’s about caring for others, as sincerely as you can.

Getting Your Business Workplace Into The Christmas Spirit

December is finally upon us, and while it can be by tradition a month where business slows down, you still need your business to perform and work. So a great tip is to embrace the christmas period. This keeps your employees happy that the spirit of Christmas is alive at work, and should still enable you to keep those productivity levels stable. However, how do you inject the Christmas spirit into your workplace? I thought I would share with you some tips.

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Getting the office to look festive

One of the first areas to consider would be to try and make your office look more festive. You could put up a Christmas tree, maybe get some twinkly lights around the windows or on display in the office, or just add a bit of tinsel and festive cheer. If you want to take the whole lights and decorations seriously, then make it easier by wiring up the lights to Rocker switches to ensure they get switched on and off easily to avoid any problems in the workplace or at night. Having some decorations in the office can really help to keep the Christmas spirit alive, and keep your staff smiling and happy.

Organising a Christmas party

December is the ideal time to allow your work colleagues and employees to relax and bond with one another and a great way to do that is to organise a Christmas party. You could hold it in the office after the working day, or you could book somewhere specific. Maybe a restaurant for a nice Christmas dinner, or getting a little competitive at a go karting center or paint balling. Getting your employees involved could be a great way to keep up the morale.

Having a Christmas jumper day

In recent years the rise of the Christmas jumper has grown in popularity, even enabling schools and workplaces to having a jumper day for charity. So why not organise one in your place of work? It’s another way to ensure that you are keeping the spirit of christmas alive in work, while allowing your work friends and colleagues to feel like they are doing some good at the same time. You could even keep things competitive by allowing a competition for the best and worst christmas jumper. Keeping spirits high is a great way to ensure that productivity stays high.

Enabling more flexible working in December

Finally, you could choose to allow more flexible working options in December. It can be a very stressful month for everyone. The pressure of buying presents, getting organised for the big day, and often, there isn’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. Allowing flexibility on booking holidays, or enabling your staff to work more flexibility could help them to feel less stressed. As long as the work is getting done, you still have a productive work force, without the anxiety that comes with Christmas.

I hope these tips help you to get your workplace in the Christmas spirit this December.