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How to Dress Like a Smart and Successful Entrepreneur

~by Jenny Park~

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There are times when we try to look witty we tend to do unfortunate stuff that makes us look stupid instead. Some people tend to experiment with unusual words and even put on an excellent poker face when speaking, which, based on studies, can blow you up straight in the face.

How to dress like a smart and successful entrepreneurWe have this feeling that we can be successful, that we can make our small ideas big. Those may bring you millions, and eventually, you will get famous because of your innovative ideas. Do you feel this? Do you expect it to happen because you want it? Are you someone who has the guts to push this?

If you answer yes, then that’s good. That’s a powerful trait that a successful entrepreneur should possess. Courage, patience and goal-setting — these are what a successful businessperson should have for him or her to achieve what he or she wants.

No matter how we keep on saying that we should never judge a book by its cover, sadly, we humans still tend to do so, and what’s worse is that it’s becoming one of our bad behaviors.

Unfortunately, not dressing appropriately may give people the impression that you’re somewhat ordinary instead of seeing you as a successful entrepreneur as you are in real life.

So, in this article we will give you tips on how to dress like a boss and get your business partner’s trust and respect.

The demand should depend on the situation

Opening a new business may not require a very formal dress code during office hours, but never underestimate it. There will still be times when you should dress formally. Make blazers, pencil skirts for women, tailor-fit men’s suit, part of your investment. Just make sure you’re not taking a whole day off to find the perfect match of clothes for you to get to work.

Anyway, you can still partner those formal clothes with a soft color blazer or half-lined blazer, and substitute a pair of jeans instead of wearing trousers if you want to have that not-so-formal look.

Choose the best color, not your favorite color

You may look good in any color you wear. But let me ask you one real question… Would you even want to wear a neon orange t-shirt in a closed door meeting with your clients? Would you even risk your reputation just for doing that? No, right?

By choosing the right clothes, you are mainly representing yourself as a well-known entrepreneur. So here’s one great tip for you: Try experimenting with different colors.

Choose colors that would make you look like someone capable enough to make a difference. Darker shades than usual like navy and black show dominance and firmness. Wearing lighter shades of pink, peach and yellow may express friendliness.

Ask for professional help

Wearing a branded suit like Brioni is an excellent opportunity to show people how stylish and smart you are without uttering a single word. But, if you wore something that is too sloppy on your shoulders or something that is too tight-fitting for you that you can’t even stretch the button into its hole, then you’re doing it inappropriately.

That is mainly the reason why successful people hire personal tailors for them to make sure that their sizes are precisely measured. Keep in mind that knowing the right size and wearing tailor-fitted formal clothes would surely make a difference.

If you wear smart attire, wear it intelligently

Smart, Casual, Professionally dressed womanSurely, wearing a Bluetooth earpiece all the time is not cool. And equipping yourself with a pair of shades at night is not smart either. Be someone who knows the right accessories that would fit. For example, why not try a smartwatch that is not only stylish but would also be helpful in your everyday tasks.

Aside from that, it would also make you look like someone who is not behind when it comes to the latest in modern technology. Smartwatches should not only be smart. They should also be slim and sleek, and may offer you almost everything that a computer can do.

For girls, though, yes it is best to shine bright like a diamond, but you should never take it literally. Avoid dangling earrings and glittery, shimmering jewelry.

Don’t cut costs on your shoes

Don’t fall into the trap of wearing a formal and well-created suit with shoes that do not match it. That is a common mistake; we tend to disregard the shoes we wear because we’re too busy preparing for what to put on top. 

Unlike women, this is way easier for men, as they can just pick one pair of shoes that will go with anything they wear. For women, it’s a whole lot different. It is a great challenge to wear an extravagant pair of heels without putting your comfort in jeopardy.

Yes, heels are painful and will make you uncomfortable sometimes, but there is something about heels that boosts women’s confidence.

Some businesswomen may opt for wedges with open toes for better fit and more comfort. The more comfortable it feels, the less pain you’ll feel.

Takeaway

It may be an unspoken rule to wear corporate suits and ties for you to be an official and accomplished entrepreneur. It may still play a vital role in determining your partners’, clients’ and most especially, your co-workers’ respect towards you.

If you want to look like a successful and smart entrepreneur, start acting like one. Do you have anything that you would like to share with us? Your opinion, your personal experiences? We would love to hear from you. Write it down in our comment box!


 


 

Meet the Author: Jenny Park

Jenny Park loves fashion and style. She travels around the globe to get ideas and inspirations with the latest trend and craze of fashion in men and women’s clothing. Aside from being an in-style woman, writing is her passion and has also been her first love. Whatever she discovers when she travels, she always writes about and shares with her readers.


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What Do I Do With All These Business Cards?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

 

If you’ve been to a few networking meetings, chances are you’ve accumulated a healthy stack or two of business cards. I collect them by the cartload. The question then becomes, “What in the world do I do with all of these business cards?”

There are some things you should do, and then there are some things you absolutely should not do if you don’t want to face prosecution and fines.

Wait, what? 

Image with Text: What do I do with all of these business cards???If you collect business cards, do not go back to your office and add each of those people to your email list. If you add someone to your email list simply based on having a copy of their business card, you can face prosecution and fines for putting them on your email list without their express permission. Don’t do it. It really is not worth it. 

True story – I had one of my sales reps add everyone to our email list who had given her a business card. We didn’t have any way of knowing which emails on the list were good, and which ones were from someone’s business card, so we had to ditch our entire email list and start all over. Hundreds of emails gone. Since emails are a connection to potential clients and referral sources, that one mistake cost my business thousands of dollars. We had also spent hundreds of dollars on advertising and gathering emails, so this was a huge setback. If we had been reported, it could have cost us the entire business, so we deleted those emails. 

What do you with with business cards instead?

There are a number of ways you can handle the situation, and you can take any of these approaches when faced with those great, huge stacks of business cards. 

Create a follow-up email that can be a template or form letter. In the email, mention when you met them, and where, and ask to follow up with another meeting. Also, ask for permission to add them to your email list. Once you’ve talked with them and gotten permission, you can add them to your email list. Scan their contact information, if you think you will use it later, and discard the business cards.

Make sure you update your contacts with the information, and relevant contact info, so that you can reach people.  Then use a tool like My Bee Hyve to track your followups with the people you want to follow up with. We have lots of great tools and resources you can use to manage the overwhelming piles of cards and information that come in the door!

In the interest of disclosure, I keep some of the business cards to hand out later in a card box, but I don’t like to keep every card indefinitely.

Another trick my dad taught me is to write down on the card where and when you met the person, and maybe something personal to help you remember them. This way, when you do follow up with them, you have a record.  Take that one step further, and add that information under the contact information and notes/company info so you can remember where you met someone.
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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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How to Build an Amazing Facebook Group

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I’ve built my Facebook Group the Women’s Entrepreneur Network on Facebook up from 0 to over 60,000 members in just over 2 years.  It has been an amazing experience in a lot of ways, and I’ve learned so much while growing the group.

Building a Facebook Group for networking purposes can be a fantastic proposal and idea for your business. Think of it this way: you build a group filled with your ideal clients while providing amazing content for them to engage with, and ultimately you bring them into your business. It’s a win-win because you’re giving people a fun, safe place to hang out that supports their wants, needs or desires. And you’re getting lots of really great clients.

I decided to share the lessons that I learned while building my group, as well as growing my clients’ groups.  I’ve followed these rules many times.  I have found that these are the key lessons that I learned while growing my group, broken down into some fairly simple to follow lessons. 

So if Facebook Groups are so great, what do you need to look for and what do you need to do to build a great group?

1. Limit or restrict promotion in the group. If you allow too much promotion, then it can become a drive-by post and dump kind of group with no interaction whatsoever.  That’s no fun for anyone, and it’ll turn your group into something like a zombie apocalypse. Instead, institute rules on how often people can post promotional content, and then be sure to strictly enforce the rules. You may choose to allow promotions on a single thread one day of the week, or never, or one post per so many non-promotional posts. Unrestricted promotion is not usually a good idea beyond the first few people.  

2. Post in the group several times a day at a variety of different times. This will give the new people in your group an opportunity to engage with you. If you don’t have any idea of what to post, try this list of 100 conversation starters.

How to Build an Amazing Facebook Group3. Like and Comment. When people post good stuff in your group, make sure you like and comment on their posts. This encourages them to post good content, and you’ll actually be giving them positive feedback for doing what you want them to do. This helps generate the kinds of content and engagement you want while also building your following.

4. Let your family, friends and business network know about your group, and ask them to join if it’s appropriate. It is never appropriate, however, to add people to a group without their permission. If they remove themselves, then do not re-add them. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen get unfriended on Facebook over this particular faux pas.

5. Create posts on your Twitter account and post them regularly. Also create a pinned tweet that advertises your group on Twitter.  Twitter is a great traffic driver, and it can help you find the right people easily, without having to pay for expensive ads, if you provide great, interesting content.  Not into Twitter?  Try this list of ways to grow your following.

6. Thank followers. When someone follows you on almost any social media account, thank them and ask them to join your Facebook Group.  

7. Add a pin to Pinterest for your Facebook group.  This one is pretty easy to do.  Create different graphics- 5, 10, 20 different graphics, and put them out there on Pinterest on different boards, and give people an idea that your group exists, and invite them to join.  

8. Add posts to LinkedIn that tell your connections about your group.  You can also private message your connections, and invite them to join.  Make sure you are inviting people who would be interested, but this can be super effective.

9. Schedule time daily to spend in your group so that you can interact with your groupies. The more energy you put into them, the more energy that will flow back.

10. Follow your own rules. Whatever rules you set, be sure to follow them – just as you expect other members of the group to. This will help give you more credibility as the group Admin and as a business person.

The more time and energy you put into your group, the better it will do, and the more people will join and engage. It is almost “magic” once it starts to grow on its own.  the more engagement you have, the more the group will grow- Try it!

I wrote this ebook- How to build and Grow a Facebook Group, when the group hit 10,000 members, on the exact steps it took to get to 10,000 members. Grab your copy today.

 


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Do I Need Legal Protection for My Website?

~by Cate Cole~

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Does your website need legal protection?
The short answer is YES! 

Do I need legal protection for my website?Websites are like a room in our house. The one everyone congregates in when they first drop in. 

I always say to people, if the business were bricks and mortar, it would be the shopfront. And, just like any stores, there are always boundaries or rules about the space. 

Unlike buildings, it’s hard to control the “entry”, but we can set down guidelines about how visitors to your website use the space. This is done with a “Website Terms and Conditions”, which is basically a contract between you and your website visitors so they are put on notice about the rules of the website.  

What do website documents cover? 

They can cover whatever you want, but usually they cover:

1. Website content – This is written to alert website visitors to your copyright and ownership of your content.

2. Disclaimers – Explain to visitors that your website is information and the limits of your expertise.

3. Other legal stuff – Like age of visitors (over 18 years) and other legal requirements.

4. Privacy –  In many countries like the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, personal information is strongly protected and governments are pretty strict about it. For instance, if you don’t have these protections and someone reports you to your host, your website could be taken down until you sort out all the formalities. Most websites collect all sorts of information, including:

  • Cookies and tracking information in order to remember who you are, plus any settings you choose
  • User Agent, which tells the website what browser and operating system you are using
  • Browser Fingerprinting, which is similar to user agent, but goes more in-depth, such as fonts you’re using and things that make your browser unique
  • Email addresses
  • Names and
  • Other personal information

All this data collection is why you need to remind people about the privacy choices.

All the legal documents can be placed tastefully and subtly (just not hidden) on your your website. So we are informing our visitors on the website what we are doing so they can choose to stay or go. 

If you need to see how they are placed on my site, go to sisterinlaw.com.au and scroll down to the bottom to check it out.



Dr. Cate ColeMeet the Author: Cate Cole

Dr. Cate Cole is a lawyer, mother, wife, and entrepreneur. She runs a business called Sister in Law, which provides legal templates for any business wherever you are in the world. She believes your legal documents reflect your integrity by aligning with your purpose, mission, vision, and values.


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NEVER Put Your Home in Jeopardy to Hire a Coach

NEVER Put Your Home in Jeopardy to Hire a CoachOne of the big scams I see running rampant in the online community are so-called coaches who walk people through selling their assets so that their targets can afford to pay them.  

People pull out their credit cards, ready and willing to buy a dream. It’s like crack or cocaine. They figure if they just hire the RIGHT coach they’ll get the results that the other coaches haven’t gotten them so far. Unfortunately, they put themselves and their financial futures at stake when they sign up for some of these programs, which can easily range in price from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

These coaches are selling a dream. They are selling the magic. If you just do “X” in your business, then you are going to be wildly successful. Some will pull out hard sales techniques, even when it means that the prospect may lose their home, have to declare bankruptcy… or worse.  

It must be a crime, you’re thinking. Actually, it might not be. People are signing up for programs they can ill afford on the chance that learning how to do this one thing, or “fixing their mindset”, is somehow going to magically catapult their earnings into the stratosphere. Consumer protection? Well, that is a legal question for an attorney, but good luck getting too far, unless your coach really doesn’t show up.  

It’s on you, the consumer, to decide how much to spend for coaching. I am not saying you shouldn’t spend money on coaching, rather, be mindful of your budget. There are many coaches in a wide variety of price ranges who can make a massive difference in your business. They can help you grow your business and really get great results.  

I know that this isn’t a sexy post, and some people who are reading it may be wondering if there really are people out there desperate enough to hire a coach like this. The answer is yes, unfortunately so.

You just need to be extremely aware of what you’re spending your money on. And if you’re feeling pressured in a way that feels intimidating, it’s time to cut the cord. Run in the opposite direction. Seek legal counsel if you feel a need, but don’t go risking your home to pay for any coach.

I’ve heard too many stories around this, and it breaks my heart. Coaches aren’t magic makers, we are advisors and consultants who have some experience. With that experience, we can suggest changes to your life and business that can help you make great strides, but only if you actually do the work.

That’s the real kicker – actually showing up and doing the work. When you do that you will be invincible.


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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7 Ways a Sharing Economy Can Help Your Business Save or Make Money

According to a recent study, the sharing economy is growing exponentially. This is the economy created by organizations like eBay and Airbnb. Increasingly, individuals and businesses are cutting out the middle man and dealing with each other directly. We’re exchanging and sharing resources, either for a fee or a reciprocal resource.
The benefits to businesses are huge. There’s vast potential for saving money and generating new streams of revenue.

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Here are just some of the ways the sharing economy can help your business:

1. Save or Make Money Through Office Space

Big companies have unused office space. Smaller companies can’t afford to rent big office spaces for their tiny operation. By using a community sharing site to rent office space, these two groups can come together and have both their needs met. Benefits extend beyond the financial too. This was the case for Michelle Henry and Steve Turrell when they found a joint premises for their signage and printing businesses. Through office sharing they were able to share ideas and skills that furthered both their companies.

2. Find the Best Freelancers

There are a number of websites out there allowing businesses to find the best freelancers for their projects. Having access to so many available freelancers, not just those in your pile of resumes, means you can avoid hiring a permanent member of staff until it’s absolutely necessary. For smaller or intermittent projects, this is an ideal way to maximise your funds.

3. Find Investment

Crowdfunding websites pair businesses with thousands of potential investors, in some cases bypassing the tricky business of applying for a bank loan altogether. Companies pitch their business idea and investors can decide how much they would like to invest.

4. Travel Cheaply

Company travel expenses can quickly rack up. The sharing economy has made travel more affordable. Catching a ride with Uber can cost significantly less than flagging a taxi cab in the street. Equally, finding a room or an apartment to rent through Airbnb will cost a lot less than a regular hotel room. And, as company executive and regular Airbnb business traveller Tad Milbourn finds, it’s a better accommodation experience all round.

5. Save or Make Money on Your Resources

sharing economyIf you’re a bigger business, you likely have resources and equipment that goes unused throughout the course of the day or even the week. Renting your resources out by the hour or the day will generate extra income for your company. For smaller businesses, renting from bigger businesses in this way reduces the cost spent on equipment rarely used.

6. Save or Make Money Using Delivery Space

Another money maker for bigger companies and a money saver for smaller ones: delivery vans. They travel the length and breadth of the country at half capacity. For smaller companies, the cost of running a van may be prohibitive, but renting space in one is a much more accessible prospect.

7. Improve Your Environmental Credentials

Making use of the sharing economy can make your business greener. Increasingly, customers and clients are concerned about the ethical and environmental impact imposed by the companies they do business with. Incorporating strong values into your brand image is good for your brand authority and customer loyalty. Sharing a delivery van reduces harmful emissions, sharing an office space reduces the ecological impact of heating separate buildings, whilst sharing resources reduces both manufacturing emissions and landfill waste.

The sharing economy has been a major boost for many businesses. Whether you’re using it to save or to make money, improve your staff resource or develop more environmentally friendly operations, there are plenty of opportunities out there.

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Emma LewisMeet the Author: Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.


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3 Signs it is Time to Hire Your First Employee!

Small businesses and freelancing are growing more popular with time. With online and social media marketing, it’s easy to set up a business and be your own boss. This is why you see more people turning to entrepreneurship and be all the happier for it.

However, there comes a time when a self-employed individual feels the need to expand their business. Some businesses may have at least one employee from the very beginning, but there are several that have to consider hiring for the first time. Employing another individual requires commitment, risk and fixed costs.

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Here we’ve rounded up signs that will help you decide whether or not it’s time for you to hire your first employee:

1. Work is Overwhelming

If you’re getting a lot of business, it’s a pity to turn some of it away just because you don’t have the time and energy. Hiring another person could potentially increase your revenue multifold along with breathing new life into the system.

Turning away orders or customers doesn’t have to mean that you require extra help. It helps, however, to see just how you feel when you have to turn away clients. If you’re fine with this, then it is okay. If you feel bad, guilty or worried about losing business, you should seriously consider your first hire.

You’ll have to think about the kind of employee you need for your line of work. If you just have a large temporary project, consider hiring a contractor or a part-time employee. Hiring full time isn’t always the way to go. You can always offer your part-time worker longer hours or a full-time position if things work out.

2. No Time for Research and Development

Even the smallest companies should have some time and budget devoted to research and development. This department is what allows a company to grow outside of its everyday operations. You may have no time to seek out and attract new customers because you’re too busy with the existing ones.

To find out if you need to hire an employee in such a case, make a list of the things you can safely delegate to someone else. Once your mind is free from mundane and simple tasks, you can set challenges for yourself and brainstorm your company to new levels!

first employee3. Decline in Customer Satisfaction

If you are a tiny business and are working for yourself, you probably have a very special relationship with your customers. Customer loyalty is one of the factors that give an edge to small businesses over large ones. Once you get busy, however, you may not have enough time for that personalized service your clients have grown to love. This may lead to customer dissatisfaction and a gradual trickling away of your consumer base.

Before this happens, you may want to free yourself up. Hire an employee who understands the importance of customer service, and set a good example for them. Such an action would also be a potential lifesaver for your company, as unhappy customers can now do some pretty hard damage if they want. With review sites like Yelp and a comments section on every social media platform, you don’t want customers airing their grievances online.

Wrapping Up…

When you stay alert to the ins and outs of your work and the market for it, you can easily detect the time for hiring your first employee. Given that you’re able to handle all the costs and can find a suitable person, hiring a new employee is a positive step. If nothing else, every hard worker like yourself should be able to take a break every now and then!


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Jenna Burton is an Academic Expert, Researcher and an Academic Writer. She also renders professional academic consultancy services to students who want to buy dissertation uk. She is a sport freak and plays all kinds of sports.


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Career or Family Time – Which is More Important? Is There a Way to Balance?

~by Brandon Greene~

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Many small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals struggle with balancing their family life and achieving their career goals. Some people get frustrated and give up on their dreams altogether, while others push their families to the wayside in an effort to further their careers.

Neither one of these situations is ideal or completely beneficial in the long run. Without a balance of both family and career, you will most likely end up with one or the other — not both. I think it’s important to have both in your life in order to be truly happy and fulfilled.

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Family is Important

Family is important because it’s what keeps you going. Good relationships with your spouse, kids or friends will make you happier and more productive at work than you could ever be without these relationships. I’ve always found it ironic that so many people are career driven in an effort to provide a better life for their families and end up neglecting them in the process.

This is particularly true in the industry that I am most familiar with: public accounting. Like all industries, public accounting has its slow seasons and busy seasons, but most businesses’ busy seasons don’t compare to tax season. This four-month grind of business and individual tax deadlines is enough to suck the life out of anyone.

During tax season, it wasn’t uncommon for me to work 80-90 hours per week. Couple this with an hour commute to and from work each day; it left me with little time or energy to spend with my family or maintain an actual social life. This type of schedule isn’t healthy or sustainable. This might be why the average public accounting career only lasts a few years.

After a few tax seasons of never seeing my family, it really started to wear on my attitude at work. I dreaded tax season so much that November and December turned into a count down to the end of my life instead of fun with the family around the holidays. I was less productive at work and less enjoyable to be around outside of work.

The lack of balance in my life really affected my output, creativity and motivation at work. This isn’t a phenomenon unique to public accounting though. You can experience the same thing in your business as well. A lack of balance in your life could be making you less productive and holding your business back.

Your Business is Important

Your business is important for many reasons. Obviously, it’s a means of supporting you and your family, but it is much more than that. Building a business gives you a sense of accomplishment and feeds your competitive drive. It’s also a lot of fun.

After growing tired of tax seasons, I decided to leave public accounting and start my own business. I quickly fell into the same dilemma of running my business or spending time with my family. Knowing that I didn’t want to make the same mistakes that wore me out in public accounting, I decided to implement these three practices in my business to ensure my work-life balance and grow my business.

#1 Delegate Unnecessary Tasks

Being a control freak is a recipe for stagnation and failure. Not to mention, it takes up a ton of your time. I realized very quickly that I can’t do everything and don’t want to do everything. Thus, I sat down and analyzed my business to identify the activities that didn’t really require me. Most of these were simple administrative tasks that could easily be delegated to one of my employees.

By removing unnecessary tasks from my schedule, I was able to focus on the things that mattered, and spend less time at work and more time with my family.

#2 Build Family Time into My Business

This concept sounds very unproductive, but it really isn’t. I looked at my schedule and made time to spend with my family during busy weeks. For instance, every Tuesday I meet my wife for lunch. This doesn’t take any time away from the business operations, but it helps maintain a balance in my life.

#3 Work from Home

family timeWorking from home isn’t an option for every small business owner, but I’m sure you can find some tasks that can be done from home. For instance, answering customer emails or sending out purchase orders can easily be done on the couch while watching a movie with family. You might argue that this isn’t “quality” time since I’m still working, but it does beat the alternative of me being at the office.

Both are Important

In short, both family and work are important. Having great relationships in your life will make you more productive at work and more motivated to take on the competition. On the flip side, not letting your business take over your life will allow you to make and keep great relationships. It goes full circle.

Take a look at your business and see if there are any areas that you can adjust to improve your work-life balance. It’s more than worth the effort.


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Brandon GreeneMeet the Author: Brandon Greene

Brandon is a public accounting survivor and the founder of the AIS CPA exam home. He uses his experience in accounting and knowledge of the CPA exam to help students with their certification classes and start their careers in accounting.


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How Your Business Can Make a Difference in Your Community

~by Lizzie Weakley~

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Every business man or woman works to serve the greater community. You want people to travel from many miles away to visit your business. You want to change lives and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Eventually, you know that doing business is not all about making money and earning a living.

Learn how the power and success of your business can make a difference in your community in a very positive way.

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Provide Jobs

Everyone knows how important it is to provide jobs in the community. Every city is known for the job growth and unemployment rates. Local people do not want to drive hundreds of miles to commute. When you start a local business, you provide jobs for the local community so they have more opportunities to succeed. Also, everyone feels proud to live in a place that is improving the economy and increasing tourism.

Inspire Others

You and many other business people have at least one role model to look up to. This person could be the founder or CEO of a major company that started out as another unknown business with less than 50 employees.

Inspire young people who are uncertain about their future career paths. At the least, inspire them to enroll in a good business program where they learn the basics of business management and entrepreneurship.

In recent decades, the number of online colleges that provide advanced business programs has grown exponentially. Find hundreds of Master’s degree programs offered in different fields of business. Future government officials may want to consider getting an online masters of public administration.

make a differenceIncrease Community Pride

The simple presence of your successful business makes people feel proud to live in that community. Fewer people want to leave, and more people want to move there. Pride is a quality that is underrated in countless towns and cities around the world. Build a business that gets people moving in the right direction for the current and future generations.

Working in business is known for being risky first and rewarding eventually. Soon, you realize that your money-making potential is not the most important goal to have in mind. You take on the additional roles of being a community leader and an inspiration for young people. Whether you are a new or veteran business owner, know the potential that your company has to change your community.


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Lizzie is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky, Snowball.


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4 Tips for Successfully Running a Home-Based Business

~by Emma Sturgis~

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Running your own business can always be a difficult task. However, running a business out of your home adds extra obstacles to being a successful entrepreneur. Trying to find a calm and private place to work can be difficult with loud roommates, needy children and house chores that seem to be never-ending. In order to succeed when running a home-based business, you must be able to adapt.

 

Here are four tips for successfully running a business out of your home.

running a home-based business1. Create a Designated Work Area

When working from home, you must have an area of your home that is dedicated specifically to working on your business. This room or area of your home will not only be a great way for you to earn income, but will also turn into a hefty tax deduction. Measuring the area of your home used for your business will allow you to calculate the tax deduction you will receive on your taxes. A designated area of your home will also help your kids, roommates and partner understand your professional limits. As a business owner, you are going to have to put in extra hours. Those who live in your home with you should understand that when you are in your home office you should not be disturbed.

2. Get the Tools Big Offices Use to Succeed

Just because you are running your business from your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the tools bigger offices use for success. If you are in need of a multi-function printer, don’t buy a cheaper printer that wasn’t designed for business use. Make the extra investment by purchasing a business printer that will be able to withstand your constant workload. Consider working with professionals to help you pick out the office equipment you need.

running a home-based business3. Remove Distractions

While it might seem fun to run your business on the couch while watching movies, realistically this isn’t the way that successful businesses get to the top of their industry. Your home office should be distraction free. Remove distracting TVs, game consoles and furniture, and limit the time you spend on social media while working on your business.

4. Set a Strict Schedule

As your own boss, it is important that you stick to a strict schedule. Consistency is key when running your own business, and nothing helps consistency like a solid schedule.

Running a business from the comfort of your home can be very lucrative if you spend the time mastering the art of home businesses. These tips will help you take your business to the next level faster than you could have ever imagined.


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Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and rock climbing. Say “hi” on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.


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