I Work Hard so My Cat Can Have a Better Life Sign (Too Cute!)

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Great Gift Idea for Cat Lovers who Work Hard for Their Cat's Money...

I Work Hard so My Cat Can Have a Better Life
When rounding up things for the Office Freaks Christmas Gift Guide, I’m basically looking for things I’d love – the way I figure, if I’m an Office Supply Freak there surely are others out there like me.

Scary thought, but there you have it.

I also figure there are some of you out there who live in homes ruled by cats. To that end, I thought you’d get a kick out of this adorable I Work Hard so My Cat Can Have a Better Life Sign.

  • Box sign measures 5″ square
  • Made with high quality wood and distressed paint design
  • Box Signs are specially designed to freely stand on their own or hang on the wall

Since it’s all kinds of inexpensive, you could actually grab one for yourself and a co-worker who knows what’s up.\

See I Work Hard so My Cat Can Have a Better Life Sign for more information!

 

Starbucks Daybreak Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket

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Great Gift Idea for Co-Workers, Office Workers, Teachers, Bloggers....

California Delicious Starbucks Daybreak Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket
Yes, please. Yes, thank you. The Starbucks Daybreak Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket makes a sweeter than most gift for anyone in or around the office (workplace, school…).

Gift Basket Includes:

  • Starbucks coffee
  • Nonni’s biscotti
  • Walkers shortbread rounds
  • Assorted tazo tea

Be sure that whomever you’re giving this to doesn’t have any dietary restrictions – such as wheat (biscotti and shortbread rounds) or caffeine, for crying out loud!  It’s a beautiful, thoughtful, and very useful gift idea for most people and one that’ll make them think about you with each cup.

Take a closer look: Starbucks Daybreak Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket

See the Christmas Gift Guide for more gift ideas.


Christmas Gift Guide for Office Workers, People Who Work from Home, Teachers, and Other Superstars

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Gift Ideas That'll Make You a Hero/Heroine

When putting together ideas for a Christmas Gift Guide for Office Workers, I happened to think of the other superstars out there who these gifts would also be ideal for…

  • teachers
  • small business owners
  • large business owners
  • students
  • managers
  • principals
  • office managers
  • individuals who work from home (raising my hand)

The list goes on and on. Basically this gift guide is for you – whoever you are.

Adjustable Height Laptop Stand
The Adjustable Height Laptop Stand, pictured above, stands out to me as a very useful and thoughtful gift for just about anyone. I love the bright white color – not only does it go with everything and anything, but it stands out. The last thing you need in your life is to knock over your laptop stand with your laptop on it, so a “look at me – I am so totally standing here” color seems like a great idea.

Having said that, it is also available in a beautiful black – for people who aren’t…. ahem… as completely and unapologetically clutzy as me. Which is pretty much everyone.

  • Laptop stand with four casters
  • Adjustable height
  • Available in black and white

I think what I love most of all, however, is the fact that it’s adjustable, meaning it allows its user to stand if they choose to.  I’ve been trying to spend more time standing during the day because the studies that are conducted on sitting for long hours every day are kind of horrifying. When you’re an office worker an/or work from home, standing isn’t easy when you have to spend so much time on the computer.

Enter the adjustable laptop stand!

Read more about the Adjustable Height Laptop Stand by clicking the link. It really is a thoughtful (and affordable gift idea.)


Office Supplies for Fellow Cat Lovers (Make Great Gift Ideas!)

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Cat Paper Clips, iPhone Holder, Desk Sign...

I Work Hard So My Cat Can Have a Better Life Sign
I Work Hard So My Cat Can Have a Better Life Sign

We cat lovers are kind of a breed apart from the rest… like the cats we love. We’re proud of being “cat people” and don’t hesitate for a moment to claim them as our furry children.

The office supplies in this post are for those of us with whiskered kids. There are few things we love more than letting the world know where we stand with our cats and these products scream it from the mountain top!

The cat sign pictured at the top is also available for dog lovers.

Cat Shape Paper Clips

Cat Shape Paper Clips

The box of paper clips (pictured above) comes with 24 clips. If you aren’t into the colorful clips, there are more traditional silver-colored cat paper clips on Amazon too. I honestly can’t decide which I like better.

Cat iPhone Holder

Cat iPhone Holder

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Cat Gel Pens

Cat Gel Pens

The Moody Cards pictured below may be my new favorite Office Freak-y thing.  I’ve chosen two that caught my eye (or mood?) – click through to see more. These are stinking cute.

Moody Cards

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Magnetic Decision Maker: Great Looking Desk Accessory

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And it Can Cast a Deciding Vote When Called Upon...

Desk Accessory: Magnetic Decision Maker
The handsome Magnetic Decision Maker above makes a great gift idea for anyone in the office. It also makes a great looking desk accessory. Being the indecisvie person that I am, I also appreciate the idea of having something that’ll cast the deciding vote for me when called upon.

Though I like to think I wouldn’t use this for major decisions, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second when it comes to what to have for lunch, which Starbucks drink to order, which store to go to….

  • Let the decision maker determine your fate
  • Move the ball and release
  • The ball will come to a stop above the right answer
  • Answers include yes, maybe, definitely, no way, try again and ask a friend
  • Measures 5.25 by 9.5 by 4-Inch

At less than $10, the Magnetic Decision Maker makes a fun gift idea for anyone and everyone in the office.


Stainless Steel Man Bookends

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Office Freaks, Let Men of Steel Hold Your Books for You!

Stainless Steel Man Book Ends
The handsome Stainless Steel Man Bookends are the strong, silent type (ever notice how very, very few of this type remain??!!).   A quick glance at the bookshelves in my home office leads me to believe I need these guys in my life right away.  I love the fact that they have padded bases, so they won’t scratch my furniture and the no-skid aspect means I won’t have a book avalanche on my hands.

Hate, hate, hate when that happens.

Details:

  • Keeps books vertically organized and in place so books don’t easily tip
  • Non-skid bookends have padded bases to keeps scratches to a minimal and prevent slipping
  • Decorate your study room and Keeps your books organized and in view
  • Size:2.76*6.1*7.3inch(7*15.5*18.5cm)
  • Package: 1 pair of bookend

See Stainless Steel Man Bookends for a closer look. These guys are really sharp, aren’t they?!

Unusaul Office Decor of the Day – Interior Illusions Wall Hands

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Not Sure if They're Creepy, Crazy, Cool, or All the Above....

Thumbs Up Wall Hook

When it comes to decorating my home and home office, my motto is, “If it makes me smile, it has a place in my life.”  I mean, surrounding yourself with things that amuse you has to be great for your psyche, if not always your bank account.

I also get a huge kick out of things that grab people’s attention – things few people can walk by without doing a double take.

The cool line of Interior Illusions “Hands” wall hooks on Amazon certainly fit the above descriptions!

The Thumbs Up Wall Hook pictured at the top is just one of the hooks available.

  • Can be used to hang items from.
  • Create a 3D look to your room .
  • Create even more dramatic appearance by hanging in groups.

Also on Amazon, you’ll find the Cellphone Holder Hand Hook (pictured below). Talk about convenient!

Wall Hand for Holding Cellphone

I am one of those people who is forever looking around for her phone – it’d be nice to actually have a hand keeping up with it… see what I did there?

  • Each item is made by hand.Hang your items or simply hang as is for that whimsical addition to your décor.
  • Hold your keys or phone.
  • Hold your personal belongings.
  • Hang in multiples to make a more dramatic statement.

Click through either of the links above for more information. You can find even more “helping hands” below. Yep, I’m taking that joke and running with it…


Fitting Out An Office On The Cheap Can Be Surprisingly Easy

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When you have just moved into a new office, it can be something of a challenge getting everything in order. If your business is relatively new and this is your first office, you have a particularly difficult challenge on your hands. You need to find a way to fit out that new office without overspending on the company finances. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of companies actually get themselves into serious trouble early on this way. Part of the problem is that it can seem impossible to overspend on something like stationery and furniture. However, it all soon adds up. And the last thing you want is to be in any kind of financial difficulty at such an early stage. Let’s take a look at how you can fit out an office on the cheap.

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Buy Wholesale

There are many different items which you need to find for any office. For those which you need a lot of, it is always a good idea to try and buy wholesale wherever possible. It really doesn’t matter what it is – buying in bulk in this way is always going to be cheaper. It also helps if you can find a specialist supplier for each item that you need. http://www.postaltubeshop.com for postal tubes, for example. This is a great way to ensure that you get the quality you need without overspending on all those little things.

Make A List Of What You Need

So many business owners go into this without really knowing what they need to get hold of. The trouble here, of course, is that they end up buying items which are completely unnecessary. Don’t just go out and try and wing it. Chances are, you will end up overspending hugely before you have even begun trading with your business. Instead, make a detailed and complete list of everything that you are likely to need for your office. Leave nothing out, but also don’t add in anything which is likely to unnecessary.

Budget

Before you even get started in the process of setting up the business, you should make a detailed budget. Having a budget will probably stop you from overspending in the early days. And this is going to make a huge difference to how well your business gets up and running. With a strong budget behind you, you can more easily be confident in any purchases that you do make. It can be difficult to work out an exact budget for something like this. However, you should try to get it as closely detailed as you possibly can. You also might find that hiring an accountant will likely make a huge difference. More information on how to budget your business can be found at https://www.freshbooks.com.

Shop Around

Don’t be afraid to shop around when you are seeking the items you need. This is especially important for the more expensive things, such as computers and furniture. Just as you would if you were shopping for yourself, don’t just settle on the first thing you see. Chances are, you can find it cheaper somewhere else.

3 IT Infrastructure Changes That Will Save You A Fortune

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Like every other business owner, you’re probably finding the various expenses needed to keep your business running to be a little taxing. One of the hardest things about managing a company’s finances is finding ways to avoid breaking your budget, all the while making sure that your workers have everything they need to succeed. One of the areas you should always be looking to save money on is your IT infrastructure. Here are a few great ways to cut costs, without having to make any major sacrifices.

Look into Refurbished Tech

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There are now many manufacturers offering refurbished workstations, and the same trend is beginning to take off when it comes to smartphones and laptops. Naturally, with the fast pace of technology these days, you’re going to be upgrading the tech at your business fairly regularly. When it’s time to do this next, consider the option of cleaning up and repurposing your current devices. Yes, this takes a little up-front investment, and means that some of your workers will have to make do with old, outdated hardware. However, the process of repurposing shouldn’t be that taxing to a good IT department, and can warrant some seriously significant savings in the long run.

Colocate your Data Centre

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Again, this could mean a pretty big overhaul at your company, and prices for colocation can often be a little heavy. However, there are several money-saving benefits to colocation which you need to consider as a business owner. One of the major differences is that a collocated data centre will reduce your costs for IT management. You’ll no longer have to pay for the staff and procedures needed to run your own, in-house data centre. You’ll also be able to enjoy a more predictable op-ex model, rather than having to keep on top of the massive expenses of building, maintaining and securing your own data centre. Furthermore, colocation companies are fiercely competitive with their level of service. In all likelihood, you’ll notice increased reliability and reduced downtime in all areas of your IT infrastructure. Getting by with no glitches and slip-ups is possible with a private data centre, but extremely difficult. Find out a little more about colocation, and it won’t take long to find a plan that’s perfect for your business.

Integrate a VoIP Interface

If you’ve been getting by with a more traditional business phone system, then it’s an indisputable fact that you’re paying too much for business comms! A VoIP system will allow you to communicate with different people and department just as you always have. The only difference is that you’re not going to have to pay those big phone bills! I’ve seen case studies of small businesses that have managed to save a massive 80% on their comms expenses. Even if your savings are only half of that, the investment will pay for itself incredibly quickly. Aside from the money you’ll save, VoIP systems are much more flexible and functional than traditional models. Check out some VoIP companies today, and find a plan that will mesh well with your business.

How Long Should The Ideal Office Move Take?

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When you’re planning to move office, there is a whole host of things you need to think about. Failing to take the move seriously could result in a poorly planned move, causing havoc for your business along the way. Before you know it, downtime might just cause your profits to fall by the wayside in dramatic fashion.

However, the ideal office move can vary in length depending on a number of factors. That’s why we need to break this topic down and examine it in more detail.

 

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The Legal Process

In the first instance, you’re going to want to think about the legal process. This incorporates everything you might need to work on with your lawyer when deciding on a move. It’s not just the new property that needs to be considered, either. Think about what happens to the old one, and whether any loose ends need to be tied up. The legal process normally takes anything from a few weeks to a few months.

The Design

The next thing you’ll want to do is think about the design of the new office. You’ll surely have inspected your new premises in advance, but you might want to make a few changes. It’s rare for an office move to go totally smoothly without any required additions. Depending on what you hope to do with the place, this part of the procedure could take days, weeks, or months.

The Packing

I know this might sound like a quick job, but you don’t realize how labor intensive it is until you get started! Packing for an office move is tough work, and it takes a lot of time if you’ve got a lot of supplies. Here’s a tip: companies like Affordable Home & Office Removals can often supply these packing materials for you. You’ll be glad for it when you’re boxing countless files, pieces of equipment, and tech gadgets!

The Move

The next step is the move itself, and this is the bit you need to be really careful with. You’ll want reputable people to handle the move, or downtime can easily result. In theory, moving supplies from one office to another shouldn’t take all that long. This can obviously differ in length based on the distance between the two buildings, however. This is the most important part of the process in terms of resisting business downtime and a loss of profits.

The Transition

Finally, there’s the transition. This is the part where the move has been completed, but you’re still in limbo between the two offices. You need to get everything up and running as quickly as possible, but you can’t afford to stop your business operations in the process. By drawing up an effective plan ahead of time, you’ll be able to nail this element of the move with ease. It shouldn’t take long at all.

So, how long should the ideal office move take? Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer. Depending on a number of factors, it could take anything from weeks to months. The important thing is to plan extensively ahead of time to account for any unforeseen problems.