Business Operations 101
Secrets of lifeTypewriters? Old. Files? No. "Everything's on my phone; I don't need bills I paid, or bank statements, mortgage, utilities and credit cards." You do and you can start in 30 minutes.
Here's what the IRS has to say about paper backup and tax returns: "Keep records for three years from the date you filed your original return or two years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later, if you file a claim for credit or refund after you file your return. Keep records for seven years if you file a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt deduction."
Three years is nothing. Not so long ago it was ten years. You want to return the shoes? Receipt.
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CORPORATE EDGE: Business Operations- - - We're business pros helping business pros work:
- by the day/week in your office
CASE HISTORY: Goodwill on Comm Avenue in Allston near Boston University recycles home computer gear. I do it. It's Dell's Reconnect program for residential equipment. Drop off any brand at participating Goodwill stores. Goodwill takes monitors, scanners, mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, hard drives, speakers, cords and cables. What they take
CASE HISTORY: One gig was a corporate makeover. We were called project managers. Departments were growing like mad and what had passed for organization when they were small no longer worked and they were smart enough to know it.
The president, the smartest man I know, had the corner office. There were piles of paper on the floor. The desk, as it turns out, was immaculate. I said, all the drawers and filing furniture must be full. We talked for a while and he told me he is a visual worker: he knows what to do next if he can see it.I got up and walked around to where he sat behind the desk. I apologized and opened a drawer. It was empty. Then another and another. Each drawer had nothing in it. The desk was empty.
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