3 Major Points For Contracts

 

Having a contract for your services is extremely important.  Contracts make sure you are paid for the services you provided and that there was a legal exchange.  Unfortunately, there are people out there that will just ghost you and not pay you and you can’t do anything about it unless they signed a contract.  As a small business owner, they payments are your paychecks.  Not sure where to start when writing a contract?  Well, there are 3 points that need included and then you can build off from there.  You always need to include the following:

  1. Offerings
  2. Acceptance
  3. Exchange

Offerings

You and your client both have something to offer.  You are offering your services and they are offering their money.  You need to state exactly what you are giving them, so this includes the service but also it should include the amount of time you are putting into your work.  Then your contract needs to state the amount of money expected which is the amount they will be offering to you as payment.  This doesn’t necessarily need to be a contract either, you can send an invoice to them which would require a signature.

Acceptance

This branches out from the offers.  You both have to agree and accept what the other and the acceptance can easily just be done with signatures.  This step could also be where someone decides they do not want to move forward.  Don’t let this discourage you, it can and will happen occasionally.

Exchange

The exchange is where the client and yourself get what you want, but you need to have it stated in your invoice or contract.  A good example for this section is stating the timeline the client has to pay you.  The exchange also needs to include how the exchange will be done.  What type of files, documents, or products will you be giving them?  How will they be paying you?  With an app, with check, or with a money order?  It’s good to know everything that will be happening through this process.

Always Have a Contract

No matter what, no matter the person, you need to always have a contract or invoice.  This will ensure that you will have payment for what your offered them and they can’t just take advantage of you.  Anyone could do this, so just be prepared.  If someone is offended that  you don’t trust them, just explain about how this is just to cover yourself and it is in no way a personal issue.  If you are lenient for one person then others will expect it too.  In the end, you need to take care of yourself.

Your Office Needs a Spring Cleaning Too

Spring is here whether it feels like it or not.  It is time to start your spring cleaning, but not only at your home!  Your office needs a little extra TLC too.  Start organizing those papers and files, clean the dust bunnies, and revisit your budget.

Organizing Papers and Files

It’s great to keep track of any receipts, contracts, or current client information.  Make sure you aren’t hording these though.  If something is older than 2 years and you haven’t had any use of it then it is time to pitch that paperwork.  A couple of our locations, like Blue Ash and Mason, have community shredding days to give our tenants a free service of shredding those unwanted documents.  So Blue Ash tenants… our shred day is April 30th, so no excuses for excessive paperwork after that!

After having a fun day of throwing away and shredding paper, you will need to go back to the documents you are keeping and organize them.  Make it a system that will make it be easy for you to keep up with and easy for you to find what you are looking for.  Filing cabinets might be a great investment for this!

Stock Supplies

Have you been putting off ordering more supplies and you have been trudging away with what you have?  Go ahead and stock up for the year, especially if you are someone that always forgets to order new supplies.  Order new checks, printer ink, envelopes, and basic office needs.  If you end up having too much then just use it next year!  Better to have more than what you need than not having enough.

Calendar Updates

If you already know of some plans for the year, go ahead and put it on your calendars.  Plan ahead meetings, media posts, or even your vacation.  Organize your year ahead of time to relieve future you of some stress.  When doing this, make sure you update your paper calendars, planners, phone calendar, and computer calendar.  Sync everything so you have access to your plans at any time.

Avoid Messy Media

Bring order to your media just like you did with your paper documents.  Upload all your pictures to your computer or a flash drive to late clear them from your phone or camera.  This will give you the change to also delete pictures you don’t need or want.  Start creating folders on your computer to have an organized system of all your information and remove everything from your desktop.  Lastly, plan ahead your social media posts.  Use different platforms that post on your social media for you on selected day.  You could create the posts today and tell the platform to post them on December 1st!  Knock out your entire year of social media and remove one more thing from your plate.

Budgets

Go through your budgets and see where you need to allocate more money.  Maybe you didn’t need as much for one thing, but you did need more for another.  This will let you see where your money is going and how smart your are being with it.  Questions each expense and determine if there is a way to lower it or eliminate it.  Give each dollar a purpose.  Worry about the pennies and don’t just focus on the big bucks.  Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

 

 

TURFWAY NEW TENANT HIGHLIGHT

Couture Health Care
drgoins@couturehealthcare.org
73 Cavalier Blvd Suite 326

A new tenant at The Perfect Small office at Turfway has some helpful tips and an invitation for you. They are Couture Health Care.
Are you feeling down and blue? Not able or want to take depression medications because of the potential side effects? Consider taking a daily dose of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin that takes time to build up in the human body.
Low levels of Vitamin D3 can lead to depression and anxiety. Replacement of Vitamin D3 can improve immunity and increase stamina. Vitamin D3 supplements are available over the counter. Regular daily doses of Vitamin D3 are 1,000- 2,000 IU.
Other ways to get free Vitamin D3 is going outside in the sunshine for 10-15 minutes per day and the human body will synthesis Vitamin D3.
If you are interested in more information on Vitamin D3, you may go to Couture Health Care’s YouTube channel and watch the free health care videos. If you would like to meet Dr. Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT from Couture Health Care, we will be relocating from Hamilton, OH and moved into 73 Cavalier Blvd, Suite 326, Florence, KY, on May 1, 2018. Couture Health Care’s Open House to stop by for a meet and greet will be May 4, 2018 from 2 pm- 5 pm at the Turfway Office Center location. We invite everyone to stop by and say hello.

Your Business and Google

 

You may have never paid much attention to what comes up doing a Google search, but noticing what happens can be very valuable.  Whenever you do a Google search for a business, a Google Business Card is shown for that business.  What is a Google Business Card? It is the box of information that gives you easy and quick accessibility to different aspects of the business you are searching.  It will allow you to see their business hours, photos, reviews, and their address (which can immediately be opened in maps for directions).  This helps reduce the amount of time someone is searching for more information on a business.

Keeping Up With The Simple Stuff

This part is easy!  Make sure you stay up to date with your address, pictures, phone number, and hours of your business.  You can even update your business hours for holidays to allow your current and prospective clients know if you will be closed or not.  Updating your pictures is very important too.  You are compared to competitors on how many pictures you provide and how many people view them.  The more you have the more people will view.  Keeping up with your address and phone number is pretty much common sense one why your should!

Google Posts

The “posts” are a pretty new concept for Google.  These allow you to feature specials, discounts, events, or even blog posts.  You can add a button for the viewer to click on and it will tell them a discount code or send them to a specific link and many other options.  Our Blue Ash location uses posts to talk about our blog and we add a “Learn More” button that will direct you straight to the Blog on the website.

Reviews

It’s no surprise that it’s good to have great reviews!  Did you know these can help Google determine where you fall on the hierarchy of search results?  Google is going to push the businesses that have more and higher reviews to the top because that is what the public is going to want to see.  So not have any reviews is just as bad as having an average of 1 or 2 stars.  It doesn’t hurt to ask for reviews – we have discussed this in a previous blog post!)

How Do You Get Started?

Simply just go to Google My Business at google.com/business and get the ball rolling!  You will need to verify your business first thing.  After verifying it then give Google a few days and you will have access to make your Google Business Card!

Blue Ash Tenant Spotlight: Tranquility Rising

 

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.”

This quote couldn’t be anymore true for Arielle Schmidt’s view on her career path while visiting India January of 2017.  She participated in yoga training and fell in love with thai yoga massage.  She decided that she needed to change her life style and created her business, Tranquility Rising.  

What is Thai Yoga?

Thai yoga is dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga.  Clients are guided through different yoga postures while instructors work on pressure points.  These actions work together as a treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.  Arielle mentioned that this feeling of being relaxed and rejuvenated from thai yoga is different than what you would normally feel after western massage.

Favorite Aspect of Business

Arielle says that when she is working on and with clients, it is rewarding to feel energy meridians open,  She likes to find the “gummy bear knots” and help give the client release from those.  The best part of this experience isn’t the profit, but rather the healing experience is rewarding.

What is Offered at Tranquility Rising?

  • Private Yoga
  • Private Mat Pilates
  • Spiritual Companionship
  • Thai Yoga Therapy

Any of these can be combined.

There is also special pricing for tenants of The Perfect Small Office!

To find out more make sure to contact Arielle or click here to visit her website!

 

 

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