From an Office of Chaos to an Office of Organization

apple-desk-designer-displayLife is crazy and it is easy to let chaos turn that part of your brain which keeps everything in order off. In an instant your office can go from being a pristine example of immaculate tidiness to a disaster zone of uncontrolled disarray. Some claim that they work better with a mess and that they have their own “system” beneath the piles of paper and tools, but to other people clutter is simply just clutter. The truth of the matter is people tend to feel more productive when they have a sense organization. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 91% of the response group thought that they could be more productive at work if they felt organized. But what impact does disorganization have on a work? 50% of a worker’s time—estimated by one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers—is spent looking for misplaced materials due to disorganization. These statistics show that organization does matter! When you take the time to sort through the disorder it not only cleans up your office but it also organizes your mind allowing you to think clearly. So it is obvious, organization leads to less wasted time which in turn can increase productivity. But the question many people struggle with remains: How do I get organized? Where should I start? Continue reading

The Startup Christmas List

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It’s that time of year again. All of your family and friends keep asking you what you want for Christmas, and you don’t have a clue as to what you want. You haven’t even figured out what you’ll be getting them. Well, that’s what this list is for. Featured below are some very impressive products from a variety of startups. First, you will see a few tech startups with products that would make great gifts (Who doesn’t like cool tech?). Then, we featured a few local Detroit startups that are making both great products and a difference in the community.

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The New Detroit

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If you were to ask someone from out of state, what words they would use to describe the City of Detroit, you would most likely hear answers such as: corrupt, bankrupt, impoverished, and dangerous. We are all aware that Detroit has seen better days. What once was considered the “Paris of the West” and “The City of Tomorrow,” Detroit has become a shell of its former self. Detroit used to be a model American city, where innovators like Henry Ford and the Dodge Brothers helped to establish a strong economy that employed hundreds of thousands of people. That Detroit has become a distant memory.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Enjoy Summer While Advancing Your Startup

The summer season is clearly beginning, and it’s bringing up anticipation of your typical Michigan summers, full of bonfires, lake living, ‘up north,’ and so on. But, when you’re an entrepreneur, the typical work hours tend to not apply. So, how do you enjoy your summer months while continuously moving your small business forward?

Though you may miss out on some of the fun, one of the benefits of working for yourself means making your own hours. So, take full advantage, along with some of the following tactics:

  • Attend summer networking events.
    • Women in Defense is holding their first “no-host mixer” on June 4 at the Whitney Garden Party. This outdoor venue is the ideal networking location for the season. We welcome comments on other great, casual, outdoor networking events!
    • Keep updated on Meetup.com and industry professional groups for those networking events at ball games, on boat cruises, etc.
  • Use your breaks to get some outdoor exercise.
  • Take your work to a serene outdoor location.
    • Who says you have to work in your office? Grab your computer and head to your lakeside dock, a restaurant patio or even your own backyard. I would much prefer to hear the wind whistling through the trees than the hum of the HVAC system turning on!
  • Open the windows.
  • Go golfing.
  • Family or friends heading out of town for the weekend? No problem! Work remotely for a few hours each day.
    • A large workload is no reason not to go! Do some research ahead of time to find the closest coffee shop or library.
    • Plan your work day around the group’s activities. When my family goes up north, water activities usually start around noon. So, I have the entire morning if any work needs to get done.
  • Take the team for a weekend retreat.
  • Take a vacation!
    • You may be an entrepreneur but you’re also human. Take a vacation! Clear your head and get away, even if it’s just for a few days. You’ll come back refreshed and potentially with new ideas and a fresh perspective!

It may seem to take more dedication to fit these tactics into your schedule, but working for yourself is an extreme dedication in itself. You got this, and enjoy your summer months!

Joan Carleton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Macomb-OU INCubator

Maintain a Portfolio for Career Advancement

Whether you’re a student, job seeker, entrepreneur, or working your dream career, maintaining an updated portfolio is a necessity. Individuals are changing positions and career paths more frequently these days. According to Forbes, job hopping is the new normal. “The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.”

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