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Computers can be a distraction, says http://TGtbT.blogCouldn’t have said it better myself.

A quote that could make all the difference in how you run your business… and how you manage your staff.

 

Twenty years ago, computers¬†were productivity tools. Now, they’re distraction tools that kill focus, kill creativity, and kill our ability to do good conceptual thinking by providing a never-ending stream of irrelevant interruptions.

When a computer task crosses your mind, add it to a paper “computer to do” list that you keep handy. At defined, scheduled times of day, walk over to your computer and go through your computer to-do list. Treat the computer as a tool that you use consciously, take out, and put back. Don’t use it as a default location to distract your mind and attention.http://www.steverrobbins.com/

(Emphasis mine. That list? The perfect accessory to any consignment, resale, or thrift shopkeeper’s outfit: a clip clothespin with your to-do list dangling from your designer outfit.)

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Tired of the 9-to-5? (or really, the 8 to 11, 7 days a week!) Consider these variations on the resale theme….

Maybe you saw (more…)

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TGtbT.com, the Premier Site for Professional Resalers, has this mission statement.Does your consignment, resale, or thrift shop have a purpose? A mission statement?

If you’re kinda unclear what (more…)

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Consignment shop clutter

Not only did this shop not de-clutter: they immortalized it in a photo of what was probably a very pretty dress!

While writing in my consumer-oriented journal at HowToConsign.com about how to simplify and give yourself breathing space, the thought kept nagging me:

How about the burdensome clutter in our consignment and resale shops? How much (more…)

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“Being the leader” is the hardest part of the job to many, if not most, resale shopkeepers. We may be self-motivating…. but when it comes to motivating others, we have a lot to learn.

But that’s the thing: being a boss is a learn-able skill! I love this break-down of leadership styles. Each of us needs to be each of these, at different times and even, sometimes, with a different support staff.What kind of leader re you in your consignment shop?

Graphic from Billzipponbusiness.com

 

There are thousands of blogs and web sites about being the best possible leader of your crew; I suggest you start your education with this resale industry-specific Double Product for the Professional Resaler.

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Kate Holmes, Consignment Guru, Resale Guru, Thrift ConsultantLet’s go to the mailbox! EM asked an interesting question recently:

How big a shop can one person run by themselves?

Answer: That depends. (Don’t you love answers like that?) On three things:

1. The actual square footage of the selling space of your shop. Up to 750 square feet, usually, can be adequately staffed, at least in the beginning, with a single person. That’s the size of my first shop, and just one person was usually plenty.

2. The arrangement of the space. That 750-sqare-foot (more…)

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I snapped this sign immediately when I spotted it in (more…)

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