The KEY to organization is outstanding management—BINDER-It-UP! for each subject.
Yes. Binders are key. Every project I work on, binder organization grows on me.
I have found that projects both large and small gain great rewards by being organized properly. Even though we use Google Drive and Diigo for on-line, real-time group/team organization, having a hard copy file at your fingertips is nothing to shake a stick at.
As the projects I work on become more complex, I have found that ‘key’ binders serve a purpose to streamlining organization. This establishes a professional working office environment, and sets forth the expected level of organization at a base stage. I keep all binders, labels and tabs typical throughout each project. Designing your binder covers to relate to your brand establishes visual communications internally –– In this case JNP.
Every piece and part of your business, from binder organization on up, is key to getting into the groove of organization. Here is how I set up my binder set for this project –– some categories have several binders that break out sections or sub sections; some are annual binders and others are ‘development’ –– ever growing with information:
• Finance: Banking–statements; invoices–outgoing; budget; expenses/receipts
• Merchant account/sales
• Book/Stories Development & Illustrations pr/Story
• Brand/Communications Standards & Graphic Style-sheets
• Budget Forecasting
• Business Plan
• Control Book
• JNP Advisory Committee Meetings
• Legal Intellectual Property
• Marketing/Advertising Plans
• Music Branding/ Song Development
• Vendor Time Document
• Process & Procedures
• Resource Kits Development
• Social Media Plan
• Website Downloads
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Note: This Blog is a chronological diary of a start-up-company—The JNP Project’s Journey—reading it from the start, will broaden your understanding of the path we are on, together, and hopefully, positively influence you in some way!
FYI Tip: Organize. Purchase the ‘better’ binders with good hardware and rubber folds and corners (they are a bit more expensive, but in the long run, are easy to use, are durable and last). I also love to use the color-coded tab sections (sections of 10 and 15 work well).