October 29, 2012

Small biz spotlight: Mercury Organizing Professionals

Mercury Organizing Professionals in Chicago improves efficiency and reduces anxiety and frustration levels. They can improve utilization and control of your space, streamline filing, storage and scheduling systems, and help set sustainable organizational parameters. They provide a personalized plan for you. They put clutter in its right place and create efficient systems that eliminate obstacles, minimize distraction, and allow you to function at your best!

Founder Elizabeth Lourdes (Lulu) Miranda and I have known each other for many years, she is one of my dearest friends. Over the years, Lulu and I have collaborated on several successful art shows and currently co-host Neighborhood Networking in Chicago. Oh, and she is also helping me organize my home and office!

Elizabeth Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals

Elizabeth Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals

Tell us a little about your business.

The company was founded by Elizabeth Miranda. The name was chosen with the concept of the planet Mercury’s retrograde in mind. Three to four times a year the planet Mercury appears to slow down and appears to reverse direction in its cycle.

People commonly attributed technical malfunctions, setbacks, lost luggage, obstructions, misunderstandings, and sudden unexplained ‘out of the ordinary’ events to the Mercury Retrograde. They were advised to take things slowly during this stage of the cycle, to look at the details, and take extra precautions. Out of this came an awareness that instead of feeling loss of control and disappointment, one can create an advantageous moment, to redo, reassess, review, reconsider, and reorganize their activities.

I discovered that the concept of Mercury retrograde is quite meaningful. Whether you rewrite your business proposal, take time out to do the things you enjoy or reorder your messy cluttered closet, Mercury retrograde is about finding the treasures you hold, finding what really matters to you and honoring them.

What do you love most about having your own business?

I love the daily opportunities that come up for me to be creative and create solutions to a challenge. The sense of ownership comes from the freedom to learn from mistakes as well as celebrate the wins.

Who is your dream client/customer?

An ideal client is an individual or a small business dedicated to starting and staying organized. Keeping a schedule, whether weekly, monthly or annually with us to assist them in keeping up with their system we helped implement into their daily routine.

What skill(s) do you feel is most important for a small business owner?

A small business owner has to wear many hats and it’s difficult to reach beyond the daily grind. Once a system is in place, it’s the ability to reassess their current priorities that will keep them on task to reaching their goals.

Tell us about an exciting project you’re working on or have recently worked on.

People I work with generally comment on how frustrating it is for them to get organized and generally don’t know where to start. I enjoy that I can coach and pass on my skills to a person who wants to “get organized for life!” (that’s my slogan). Each case is different but the outcome is always the same, a person feels empowered to move forward with their ideas and dreams, not seeing clutter or obstacles any longer hindering their progress. I am happy to contribute to making that happen.

Learn more:

Mercury Organizing Professionals & Design Studio, Inc

Chicago, Illinois (they work with clients nationwide)

Twitter: @mopdscom
Pinterest: elmiranda
Facebook: MercuryOrganizing

And stay tuned to Biz Mama for an upcoming feature highlighting some of the organizing solutions Lulu has created for my office!

December 30, 2009

Year-end wrap up

Filed under: Small Business,Workspace — Tags: , , — lidia @ 3:06 pm

photo by ttcopley

2009 is coming to a close and, in my quest for organization, I’m inspired by articles such as 10 things to Do Before the New Year (from Web Worker Daily).

Personally, I always do year-end organizing for my small business— it just feels right to start off the new year at least slightly more organized than you left the last one. My current routine includes the following….

  • Designing my 2010 Quick Peek Calendar to send to friends and clients.
  • Filing paperwork into project folders—or the recycle bin
  • Sorting and filing project samples—setting aside samples to enter into design competitions
  • Reconciling final bank statements
  • Filing financial statements and receipts—creating new folders for next year
  • Preparing and mailing client invoices
  • Paying bills
  • Cleaning up the email inbox
  • Assessing needs for office supplies or equipment could be purchased this year
  • Making end-of-year donations to my favorite nonprofit organizations

How are you spending the last few days of the year? Share your ideas!

July 17, 2009

Have fun while getting organized!

Filed under: Workspace — Tags: , , — lidia @ 4:00 pm

rhpadYesterday I attended an organizing workshop presented by my friend Elizabeth Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals and I now have a new favorite place: @Work Design. This new addition to Madison St. in Forest Park is a dream for anyone who appreciates a well-designed, functional and organized office or home. The stylish shop (naturally, owned by a graphic designer) stocks smartly-designed pads, folders and desk accessories, not to mention furniture.

Inspire yourself with a clever notepad (at right) or organize your office with fun(ctional) accessories. As organizer Elizabeth Lulu says, organizing your desk can help boost your business—and you might even find money in the process!