13 May

Property Management Budget Season 2011: Are You Ready?

Budget Season is coming. What on earth can we all do to make our lives easier for the 2011 budget year?

With all of the power of our groups is there anything we can do as a team to make our budgets easier? How about a state of the industry report from each area of our group? In other words, what do the Janitorial/Cleaning Contractors see for 2011? What should their Janitorial/Cleaning budget description look like and what are some good guidelines for costs? To me that is what I want to see the power of networking do for our industry. We all need the same things. Why not share the information so our lives are much easier? We all need it why not post it online or start collecting the predictions and give reasons why? Just some thoughts for a Friday morning. I would love to go to one place, put in my zip code and get a printout of all of the assumptions I need for my geographic area!! I can then take that data and apply those findings to my budget instead of calling and chasing and begging for answers. How do you do it? Do you share your budget data with other properties or are you an island, like most PM/FM and just use your own data and keep it to yourself?

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13 May

Innovation + A Little Common Knowledge =

Value.

Ask me anything about technology or efficiency or automation or websites or whatever. If I do not know, I can find out.

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Before that however, you have to have the basics. Today, you must be Informed and Equipped so you really do bring Value to your Properties, Facilities, Companies, Organizations. DO NOT bury your head in the sand. Spend this downtime getting really, really Valuable.

Every PM/FM professional must have and/or at least understand the below and its potential, both personally and professionally. How many of the below items can you articulate to an employer, employee, student, client, etc.?:

Anti Virus Software
Anti Malware
Anti Spyware
Computer Cleaning/Maintenance Tools and why
Automatic Microsoft Updates and why (sorry Apple, this is for the masses)
External Hard Drive + Automatic Back up + Additional Back up
FREE Online photo album
FREE Online document sharing
FREE Online calendar
FREE email account or two
The Twitter concept is not a stupid gimmick
Online PR Tools
FREE VoIP phone number and voicemail
FREE conference calling service
Online fax service
Why Notepad and html is so powerful
ISP = Utility
FREE Social Media account or two
Domain name
A website to call your own and a basic understanding of it
FREE tools for everything imaginable are everywhere

If any of this is of any interest to anybody, I am happy to go on and on and on with information. I do not want to freak you out or scare you, just make you and your projects better equipped.

I cannot imagine managing a property without the above under any condition. I need the above to function and manage my property as efficiently as possible.

Do others agree or am I just a freak here? If anyone wants to help me, jump in. If you think I am off base, just say so.

Thanks,
Linda@ManagerLabs.com