~by Stephanie Lynch~ . In today’s competitive market, whatever you can do to make yourself more appealing to potential hiring managers could make the difference. It may be tempting to add more education to your resume, but with the cost of post-secondary education on the rise and resources being stretched so thin, many people look towards taking business courses as a means of refreshing or adding new skills. In fact, some work at home companies may require you take a course before you are even considered. How can you be sure that the course and company isn’t a scam?
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ — Most of my clients want one thing: more clients or customers. They feel like they don’t have enough clients or customers in their businesses, and I certainly know how they feel, having been in their shoes myself. I’ve had to learn a few lessons the hard way on my journey to getting more clients in my businesses. 1. Not following up. This one has killed me on more than one occasion. You make the first or second call, but when the person you’re calling isn’t immediately interested, you drop off and go elsewhere, and
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Pinterest can be a fantastic tool for driving traffic to your website and for attracting potential clients or customers. If you have a business where you put out hints and tips, blog posts, articles, pictures, decorations, crafts, or almost anything informational, you can use Pinterest to benefit your business. So, how can you use Pinterest to attract more clients to your business? The idea with Pinterest is to pin your content, arranged nicely into boards that other people can follow. You’ll want to make sure the content is easily pinnable and that you provide an
~by Emma Sturgis~ . Sales is a numbers game. The more customers you are able to reach, the more sales you will ultimately make. While there are limits to how quickly you can execute a sale, there are tools that can help make your sales process more efficient and effective. 1. Signals/Yesware In the world of sales, timing is everything. You want to execute a sales pitch when the product is still fresh in your client’s mind. One way to accomplish this is to have a software program that informs you the moment that someone opens an email you sent.
~by Meg Powell~ Parenting these days is a full time job. If you are a mother and have ever felt that you just couldn’t get it all done, you are not alone. Between working and managing your household, managing the various activities of the children, homework, providing meals, cleaning up and returning all the weekly papers back to school for PTA, classroom assistance, etc., how does anyone have time for it all? What about the days the school is closed due to inclement weather, constant track out or summer camps, or illnesses that the kids keep bringing home? It is
~by Brooke Chaplan~ . We’ve all attended those Christmas parties at the end of the year, cloistered in a conference room. Or maybe you look forward to the company-sponsored fun run or summer party each year. Company parties are a part of business for most every industry. Not only do they foster better culture and bonding on all department levels, but having a fun outlet like this can help boost employee morale. Many corporate party hosts think parties for adults are easier to plan. There aren’t as many games and entertainment to plan for as with family parties, which usually
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Network marketing is one of the most powerful and fastest ways to build relationships and get clients for your business. There are a number of networking meetings and opportunities out there. Finding the right ones will be super important for the success of your business. Don’t rely on attending meetings just to get clients. You’ll need to follow up with people and schedule one-on-one meetings with every member of each group after the networking meetings. This will give you the chance to learn more about how you can help each other with your businesses and
~by Rachelle Wilber~ . Becoming a leader in your business and industry is much easier than it may seem. The qualities of a true leader are actually present in a very small percentage of business people, making your rise to the top simple and natural. While some people simply are not cut out to be leaders, others will take on leadership roles quickly and easily. If you have the right personality and tenacity, then you can turn yourself into a business leader in four simple steps. 1. Develop a Manager Mindset Many emerging leaders shy away from really showing their
~by Debbie Jacobs~ Like many others, I had to learn how to gain control of my thoughts. Giving up sarcasm was huge. I had to come up with a new approach to humor. How could I be funny without being negative? I practiced saying things from a positive perspective, and if a negative comment came to mind, I simply did not contribute it to the conversation. No negative thoughts and no negative comments. It was a zero tolerance for negativity policy; because negativity doesn’t serve us at all. My new policy left a lot of what I thought unsaid,
~by Debbie Jacobs~ Negative thoughts are just non-productive. They carry emotional upset and waste precious time. Nothing beneficial comes from thinking negatively; it accomplishes nothing and negative thinking is destructive to our life, especially when we base action on those thoughts our mind creates. More on non-productive thoughts include thoughts of guilt. I carried a lot of guilt during a time when both parents had passed and they were constantly on my mind. As much as they were loved, thinking about them was counterproductive to my needs. It’s like being at work and focusing on your personal business. I had