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Work Smarter, Not Harder – Pt. 1 Ink Stamps

The more your team grows the smarter you need to be with your time management skills.   You will have more people to manage but that doesn’t have to mean that you’ll be working more hours.   In order to survive being the leader of a large organization you need to eliminate, mitigate and delegate duties that are not the best use of your valuable time.

One of my favorite time savers are Vista Print Free Self Inking Stamps. I have a nice collection of them and am constantly adding more. Just to name a few, I have:

  • Some that have just one scent name on them. I stamp the back of my business cards annotating the name of the particular scent sample that is attached.
  • One that I stamp the back of my catalogs – contains my website address and a reminder of secure online ordering, no minimums, low and free shipping.
  • One that I use mainly for recruiting on the Getting Started brochures – with the web address of my recruiting website, my email and phone number.
  • Some with messages specifically for certain target markets – the front of the envelope and the back of the catalog receive these stamps.   For example, when I am doing a direct mailing to day care centers I use the stamp that reads: Safe Alternative to Candles, Safe Around Children.   When I mail to animal shelters and similar organizations, I use the stamp that reads: Pet-Friendly Candles. All the scent and light without the flame.

I don’t bother with adding long cover letters, as very few will be read.   Rather, I prefer the quick bulleted ink stamp.   Either the parties will be interested or they won’t and they’ll know in a matter of two seconds, based on the highlighted text.   I also rarely mess with printing labels – too much time and cost associated with replacing printer ink and purchasing labels.   If it can be stamped, it’s stamped.

Stay tuned for other time saving tips on how you can work smarter, not harder.

About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a WAHM from Michigan and a Superstar Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. She enjoys helping others start and maintain a candle business. You can find Laurie at, or

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