How To Be a “Good” Business – From an Organizer in Birmingham, AL

Owning a business – it can be tricky and a little frustrating at times, but when you do it with love, only some (cue the tax portion) of it really feels like “work”.

As a little caveat to my normal talk of organizing, I feel that it’s also REALLY important to talk about how to maintain a healthy, ORGANIZED business in today’s society. Here are a few tips and tricks that will go a long way if you use them consistently:

Thank You Cards

  • A journalist covered a story about your business? Thank You Card
  • A colleague took you to dinner? Thank You Card
  • Someone you barely know going out of their way to do something helpful? You guessed it, Thank You card.

Not only is this a thoughtful gesture, but your gratitude goes a LONG way.


  • Your schedule – Sit down on Sunday night and map out each day of the week with your work tasks. Write down all of your appointments, meetings and due dates on the same calendar and it will be almost IMPOSSIBLE to forget something. Don’t believe me? Try it!
  • Your workflow – this is a big one. To un-frustrate your day to day, you MUST have an organized workflow.
  • Your processes – Each task broken down and created in a sequence will save you so much time in the long run. You will be thanking your lucky stars when you’ve discovered an extra hour in the day from getting your ducks in a row.
  • Set one goal for the week in terms of what you want to achieve in your business. This will keep you organized and more importantly, FOCUSED!

Connect Others

  • Who likes a greedy person – always ‘hands out’ with nothing to give in return? No one, that’s who. When you have an awesome contact, share it! There’s enough out there for everyone and I promise, you will get your piece of the pie.
  • Only connect if the relationship will be reciprocal.

Give People Your Full Attention

  • I cannot stress this one enough. Whether you’re in the doctor’s office and you feel like you only came to pay your copay and be rushed off so another copay can sit in your spot or you’re at dinner with a phone-zombie (this is the modern day ‘always on their phone’ type), we all know how uncomfortable it feels to be dismissed. Everyone’s time is valuable, not just yours.

And just for the heck of it, here is a little nugget that I like to use not only in my business, but also in every day circumstances. When in conversation, use “we” instead of “I”. No one gets to the top by their own doing. NO ONE. Remember that it took a village and never forget to include them in the victory.

If you’ve made it to the end of this blog, good for you for wanting to make a difference. Now, go be great!

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.