I’m not sure if this has been mentioned on this here blog, yet, but last April we took a huge, giant leap as a family. Cory left his job that he had worked at for eons and eons to pursue his dreams in real estate. After he supported me through nursing school, supporting him while he pursued his dreams was the very least I could do for everything he gave me, so I said yes. He wasn’t happy where he was and I was sick of seeing him get used and pushed around. He’s the kind of guy who’s driven and just needs to work for himself and his personality is 100% perfect for a profession in real estate.
It’s been 7 months of transition, getting used to being a one-income household again, and getting things organized and in place for Cory’s new business venture. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been the easiest couple of months, but we’re slowly but surely transitioning into our new roles in the family.
Along with a new business comes lots of work. There’s no other way to put it. You have to really work to get your name and your business out there. And along with all that hardwork, also comes lots of organization and figuring what does and does not work. Thankfully, we’ve implemented the use of the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack (was originally only available on-line, but is now available in some Staples stores– check and see if your store is one of them!) into Cory’s business. We bought ours at Staples.com.
Here’s how we use it to keep his business going and organized:
1. Print Address Labels: Starting out in the real estate business, one of the main ways to gain exposure and get your name out there is to research and hopefully list for sale by owner homes. Cory sends out letters to these folks and being able to easily create address labels and return address labels makes this process so much easier for him.
2. Print USPS Postage: No more asking me if we have any stamps at home! He’s able to print USPS postage directly through the software for this gadget and he can get his mailers out even quicker without a trip to the post office. (This feature is available on the DYMO Labelwriter 450 Turbo.)
3. Create File Folder Labels: Keeping files, papers, and documents organized is huge. With real estate comes lots of dotted lines, lots of contracts, and lots of important paperwork that you do not want to lose. Creating a file system has been instrumental in keeping Cory organized and using our DYMO LabelWriter to create the labels makes it look and feel more organized as well.
4. Appointment Card Labels: These are great to keep on hand to remind buyers when you’ll be going to look at houses together or for sellers when you’re scheduling open houses or when you’ll come through to take pictures. Keeping these on hand will not only make you look more organized, they’ll also make your buyers and sellers feel more confident in your abilities as well!
5. Create Stickers: In a pinch and need some branded stickers printed? You can use Microsoft Word to create your branded sticker and the DYMO LabelWriter to print them out!
Bonus: This label maker does not use ink, but rather thermal prints. No need to refill any ink cartridges, as we all know how expensive that can get! It prints fast– so you’re not waiting around for your labels to print– you can get right to work!
Here’s a short tutorial on how we use the DYMO LabelWriter 450 to print address labels for mailers:
(We used my blog name as an example!)
In addition to the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack, you can also get the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo for the above functions as well– and more. Like I mentioned above, this label maker has the ability to print USPS postage stamps– this could be a HUGE timesaver for your business! This label maker prints high quality labels at high speeds and can print exact quantities to reduce waste. It can print up to 71 labels per minute! Wow! Be sure to go check back every week for Staples Daily Deals for special deals on your favorite DYMO LabelWriter® products including DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Bundle, LabelWriter® 450 Turbo, and LabelWriter® 4XL Turbo!
We may still be adjusting to this new venture of Cory’s, but the way to take any business from a small business, to big business is to be organized and persistent! I have no doubt that Cory’s going to rock this real estate career. He’s already hustling, he’s staying organized, he’s being persistent (without being annoying) and I couldn’t be more proud!
What are your tips for keeping a small business organized?