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Being Organised Wins You More Business
07 March 2011
My daughter is relocating to take up a job in London at the end of year which has proved to be a more traumatic experience for me, rather than her.
If you're a parent you'll know how it feels when one of your children leaves home. Of course it will be a great adventure for her, but for me and her father it's a bit scary. Living in another city is one thing, but relocating to another country... well that's even harder for her parents.
Anyhow, I won't ponder on this too long, but it's been an interesting experience. As Tia has to relocate herself with no help from her employer, it can be difficult if you don't know anyone there. So being a good networker and an organised person I've done 2 things.
First of all I've contacted many people I know and asked them who they know with connections, family, friends etc. in London. Even businesses that can assist with finding suitable accommodation.
By the way, thanks to those of you reading this who have provided us with useful contacts and information.
Tia needs to have accommodation ready to move in on her arrival as she'll be commencing work within a week of landing.
As I'm a member of The Australian Association of Professional Organisers it was obvious to me that I should contact the equivalent association in the UK, the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK.
We ended up making contact with a Professional Organiser who lives in the area where my daughter wants to reside. What struck me about this lady is that she responded promptly to every email we sent her. (As you would expect from someone who makes a living from organising other people).
I asked her for referees I could also contact just to check out if she really was a good as she seemed to be. And guess what? The clients I contacted emailed me within 24 hours saying what a professional, organised person she was and that we had nothing to worry about. This lady would be more than capable of doing our job.
Even the prompt response from her clients, was interesting. So far we had contacted at least 10 different businesses to help us (including relocation and real estate agents) and 90% of them either didn't respond at all or took too long. We even left messages on the phone and re-sent emails. This gave us the impression they were disorganised and wouldn't be competent in providing a reliable service.
The decision on who to hire was easy. The Professional Organiser stood head and shoulders above anyone else... she had no competition. Her promptness on each occasion reinforced in us that this was the person we would spend our money with. She's organised and has made us feel confident in her abilities to do what we need.
The Final Word
Make sure your business is organised. Which means you personally need to get your act together. Having support people who are organised will be a great help but ultimately you are the leader and your business is your responsibility.
If you're overwhelmed, have too much to do and not enough time,... then do something about it. Otherwise you could be losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars of income... not to mention the additional stress you'll experience. Long term this will have a dramatic impact on your wealth, your health and your relationships.
Lorraine Pirihi is Australia's No. 1 Productivity Coach. She's a dynamic, motivational and powerful presenter, an author and leading business coach. Lorraine specialises in helping small business owners and entrepreneurs have more time, make more money and have a life!
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