There is a lot of information available today and if you are like I was when I first started my business, I collected everything that I could and put it in drawers or boxes to save until you could really study it. When I wanted to retrieve the information, I had no idea as to where it actually was. I spent hours going thru all of my boxes to find the particular piece of information that I wanted.
I have found through trial and error that the best way to save all of my information was to set up binders containing different subjects.
· Embroidery Design and Editing Information
· Favorite Suppliers-with Addresses, Phone Number, Website with Login info and your Customer Number for each.
· Resale Certificates for Dealers and Exempt Certificates for Organizations
· Pricing Information
· Price lists
· Customer List
As you collect your information such as an article from a magazine, cut it out from the magazine or copy it, punch three holes in it and place in the specific binder. You many need to create tabbed sections for different areas within that subject. When you print out files from Embroiderytipsandmore.com place them into the binders.
When a new trade magazine arrives, I sit down and quickly go thru the entire magazine. I cut out or copy each item that I want to save and immediately place it in the correct binder. I do not take the time to thoroughly read it. I will do that when I have the time or when I am looking for that type of information. I then throw out the rest of the magazine. You will soon have a complete reference system built up with all of your information at your fingertips when you need it.
As you grow you will need to create procedure manuals for each area in your business.
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