Get Organized!

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It’s a new year! What better way to prepare to reach your 2019 goals than to get organized?

  1. Purge – Throw away the things you don’t need.
  2. Label – Find things quicker by labeling shelves, files, bins,etc.
  3. Clear your Desktop – Both on your computer screen and your physical desktop, create files and only put back the things you need daily.
  4. Restructure – Your file system may need to be revamped. Store things digitally to cut down on paper.
  5. Clean out your drawers – Throw away old notes, pens that have dried-up, expired snacks, organize paper clips, notepads, etc.
  6. Delete – Old files and unnecessary emails.

Use this list to do a weekly assessment and stay organized all year long.

Office Furniture is tax deductible under Section 179

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The end of the year means filing your tax returns is just around the corner.

We are excited to share the great news that office furniture purchases, financing/leasing is tax deductible under Section 179.

It is a use-it or lose-it write-off so you need to act now!

Acceptable Equipment List:

  • Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use

  • Tangible personal property used in business

  • Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs (see Section 179 Vehicle Deductions)

  • Computers

  • Computer “Off-the-Shelf” Software

  • Office Furniture

  • Office Equipment

  • Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e.: a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)

  • Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)

  • Certain improvements to existing non-residential buildings: fire suppression, alarms and security systems, HVAC, and roofing

Make sure you do your homework to verify that your company is leveraging the Section 179 Deduction this year. More info

7 fun ways to celebrate Halloween at the office without breaking the bank

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So you got the go ahead to do something at the office for Halloween. But what can you do that isn’t too disruptive and won’t break the bank?

Here are seven ideas:

1.Employees can bring in their favorite Halloween candy to share.

2. Have an office/cubicle decorating contest. Facebook followers or the boss can judge.

3. Allow employees to dress in costumes for $1.00. The money will go to a designated charity.

4. Play a Halloween music playlist.

5. Have a costume contest.

6. Bring in themed breakfast donuts for the team.

7. Allow employees to leave an hour early to get home in time to get their kids ready to trick-or-treat or themselves ready to party.

5 reasons to celebrate Halloween at the office

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Halloween is just one week away! Here are some reasons why celebrating in the office is a great idea:

1. Having fun together builds morale.

2. Group costumes promote teamwork.

3. It’s an excuse to bring in seasonal treats for the team.

4. Decorating/costumes promote interdepartmental collaboration.

5. It can reveal employee’s hidden creativity, talents and skills.

Lunch & Learn Series

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Another Lunch and Learn brought to you by Office Furniture Outlet.

Do you Schmooze or do you lose at networking? How to NOT waste your networking efforts.

BizConnect Hampton Roads Business Performance Specialist, Marcia Brodie (who is also the facilitator for the BizTools Workshop: Ditch the Pitch), will be presenting a fun and interactive lecture on the importance of strategic networking. She will cover important do’s and don’ts of networking and how to be a Schmoozer and not a Loser.

This is a free event with a complimentary lunch provided by Office Furniture Outlet. REGISTER NOW!

5 things to think about when moving your office

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An office move can be a daunting task. One that involves consideration of space, dimensions, budget and aesthetics. Here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Is the office conveniently located to clients, staff and other businesses?

2. Does the size of the office comfortably accommodate staff, communal spaces, break rooms and room for future growth?

3. Does the office adequately promote your image?

4. Is the building well maintained?

5. Does security and surveillance meet your company’s needs?

Embrace Green Building Without Breaking the Bank

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Employees who work in buildings with LEED status are healthier, more productive and more likely to remain longer with their companies. In tandem, business owners have signaled a willingness to spend more on eco-friendly spaces — and building owners are taking note. It’s anticipated that commercial-building owners will spend $960 billion globally by the year 2023 upgrading building infrastructure to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous LEED standards.