Are You Addicted to Busyness? Take the Busyness Test.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ We shame people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but as a culture, we’ve actually normalized and even praised our common Addiction to Busyness. We expect successful people to be busy, so we present a persona of busyness in order to be perceived as successful. This “busyness,” writes author Tim Krieder in a NY Times Op-Ed, “serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness… Obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”  Sound familiar? In case

Why Should You Care About an Email List?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . It has been said many times that the money is in the list. But many of the business owners I talk to, whether they are a realtor, insurance agent, HVAC repair company, or in Direct Sales, do not use or manage their email lists. That is quite simply money that they’re leaving on the table.   I’m not saying that building a massive list should necessarily be the goal, but you should be collecting email addresses from people you network and do business with and adding them to your email list (provided they’ve given verbal

How to Start a Business: 4 Things to Consider

~by Emma Sturgis~ . Ninety-six percent of all businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to Inc. While this figure may shock you, it should also make you more cautious as you prepare to launch your own business. That said, here are four things to ponder before opening your doors. Level of Expertise Be honest with yourself in determining whether you have the skills necessary to run a business. Just because you worked in an industry for 10 years doesn’t mean you can run a successful business. If you feel you need additional training, take some courses in entrepreneurship.

Starting a Family Business? 5 Ways to Ensure Success

~by Lizzie Weakley~ . Running a family business can be as challenging as starting a business with an associate or former coworker, if not more so. There are personal feelings to consider as well as bruised egos. Plus, they’re people you love. And if you don’t have a plan in place, dissension can easily detract from results. If you’re starting a family business and looking for ways to better ensure its success, consider these helpful tips. 1. Select a Leader Whether it’s you or your older brother, designate someone as leader of your management team. This should be the person

Working Mom Survival Tip- Build your Team

  One very important working mom survival tip is to build your team.  Yes, I know, I have four kids, work full time, lead three Girl Scout Troops, and I just finished my MBA from Duke.  Those are all true.  However, I am limited to 24 hours in a day.  I require sleep.  I don’t do time travel either.  So, what’s a girl to do?  In this post, I’ll talk about building your team- your support team who are going to help you get it all done.   Build your Team If you are married, your partner should be an

How to Build an Enthusiastic Facebook Group

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ During the month of May I added 746 members to my Facebook group. I added just about 400 members in the month of April. I’m building my Facebook group quite quickly, but truly, I don’t want to spend a fortune on advertising. In one year, I added over 3200 members to the group. And I learned a little something along the way. Here are some of my best tips for building a dynamic and engaged Facebook group: 1. Get a friend to help you with moderating the group and with posting to the group. The more

How to Ensure Your Production Facility Meets Safety Requirements

~by Kara Masterson~ . Safety regulators are getting more and more strict when it comes to the safety at plants and warehouses all over the world. One of the best ways to ensure you are not in violation is to stay ahead of the game. Here are some ways to make sure your production facility is meeting all of its safety requirements. Do Your Homework Research is huge when it comes to making sure you are in compliance with safety regulations. Make it a weekly task to go through news and other articles concerning safety at production facilities. Get yourself

Pick your battles

    Mess not in the affairs of dragons, for you are Crunchy and taste good with Ketchup ~Author unknown   Pick your Battles, carefully. One of the most difficult lessons in life is learning which battles to fight. You and only you can decide how you will expend your energy.  It can be tough to remember that others do not get to make those decisions for you. One example of this is deciding when to say “no” at work. You always retain the right to say “no” that you cannot do something. Some good reasons to say no: You lack

5 Groundbreaking Tips to Make an Office Party Absolute Success

Looking to throw that perfect and memorable office party for your staff? Here you go yet again to celebrate your team’s success and to make your employees feel really special. Office parties in general are thrown with a view to kill many birds with one stone, so to speak – and let’s not be cagy about it.  Parties are a great way to boost employee morale , appreciate their efforts, let them have fun, get them refreshed, encourage their good work, engage with each other, and give them the reason to stay put with the company. This time make your office