A New Day, A New Month, A New Year

A Letter From The Owner

I would like to first off thank everyone who has supported me and my company.  Last year was a long and bumpy ride, but it was all worth it in the end.  As I spent the last couple of months preparing myself and my employees for the upcoming year, I realized that the biggest goal I have is to make 2016 not only a great year for me and my employees, but a wonderful year for all of our loyal and wonderful customers, and for the great customers that we have coming to us.

So for this year, our resolution is to make sure that we continue to provide the best customer service possible and to make the results for our clients better than ever.

Here’s to you and your family, Happy New Year!!!!

Why You Need a Small Business Consultant

When an individual starts their business, they sometimes forget the small, but important things, for instance forms that every starting up business should have (like Purchase Orders, Invoices, Receipts), beginning marketing materials (some small businesses only  need a few things to start off with, when it comes to Marketing, there may not be a need for some businesses to get TV time, or set up a huge billboard, or do a huge direct mail marketing project), or even office supplies (like sticky notes, scissors, highlighters, etc.), and that’s where hiring a small business consultant can be a good idea.

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Employee/Employer Relationships: How to Make Them Better

Everyone knows if you have employees, you have to keep them happy; if you don’t then you run the risk of not only having unhappy employees but unhappy customers.

Below are some tips for improving employee/employer relationships.

Honesty is your best policy – Employers always demand honesty from their employees but they are not always honest with their employees and that can create a very hostile environment.  While its understandable employers can’t be honest about everything, they have to remember that their employees are not dumb.  It’s best to be as honest as possible as quickly as possible in order to create a good work environment.  Remember, honesty isn’t just for employees; it’s also for the employers.

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8 Helpful Tips to Organizing Your Home Office

Working from home can be fun, but if you aren’t organized properly, then it can be hell.

Below are some tips for organizing your home office.

Tip #1: Tools for organization

When I say tools, I don’t mean a screw driver and wrench.  I mean a few basic tools like an inbox where you can put assignments, bills, letters and other projects on your to-do list, a file rack (or a few) to hold current projects, a trash basket, recycling container and shredder, and a filing cabinet.  Day planner, wall calendar, white board should be considered to keep meetings, assignments and notes in order.

These basic tools are a must have because it not only keeps your office organized but it keeps you organized as well.

Tip #2: Develop a workflow.

Working from home can be tricky because, well, you are home.  So it is important to make sure you establish a workflow that works best with not only your business plan but with your personal life.  Let’s be honest, most people working from home, work from home so they can spend more time with their families, or with themselves.  I suggest mapping out at least 2 hours to do whatever you want.  Since you work from home, your work hours aren’t traditional anyways, so finding 2 hours to spend with your loved ones or with yourself shouldn’t be so hard.

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Essential Items for Women to Pack for a Business Trip

As women know, packing can be a pain in the butt, especially if you are packing for a business trip.  It can be hard to know what to bring, and what is just taking up space, so below are 5 essential items every women should back for a business trip.

 

Anne Klein Grey Suit Separates Collection (pants suit) Anne Klein Grey Suit Separates Collection (skirt suit)

Anne Klein Grey Suit Separates Collection (pants suit) – Pants Suit – $102.99, Separate Skirt – $62.99

  1. Classic Suit – Let’s be real, a carryon bag is not very big, so it’s not like you have a lot of space for a tons of clothes, that’s why the classic business suit is always the best way to go.  Not only is it invariably fashionable, but it also leaves room for the many other items you have to fit into your carryon bag.  Remember to look for a suit that is made of wrinkle-resistant materials (wool and synthetics are a safer bet than 100% cotton).

Grace Heel

Grace Heel – $69.99

  1. Comfy (and Stylish) Travel Shoes – Now this can be a bit taxing, as a lot of women love shoes (I for one, always end up traveling with way more pairs of shoes then I need), not to mention, most comfortable shoes, are usually not very stylish and vice versa.  However, it can be done. Pack a versatile wedge that you can wear with either pants or skirts. You can also go with a shoe which has a more sensible heel (think chunky, not clunky), and if you want that extra support, you can always add a gel insert.

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Different Types of Consultant Businesses

There are many different types of consulting businesses, an individual can start and/or hire for their own business.  For instance a business may want to hire a Moral Consultant, which is an individual who shows employers and employees what they are morally obligated to do and to not do.

Below is a list from Entrepreneur about the different types of consultant businesses:

  1. Accounting: Accounting is something that every business needs, no matter how large or small. Accounting consultants can help a business with all of its financial needs.
  2. Advertising: This type of consultant is normally hired by a business to develop a good strategic advertising campaign.
  3. Auditing: From consultants who audit utility bills for small businesses to consultants who handle major work for telecommunications firms, auditing consultants are definitely enjoying the benefits.
  4. Business: Know how to help a business turn a profit? If you have a good business sense, then you’ll do well as a business consultant. After computer consulting, people in this field are the next most sought after.
  5. Business writing: Everyone knows that most business people have trouble when it comes to writing a report–or even a simple memo. Enter the business writing consultant, and everyone is happy!
  6. Career counseling: With more and more people finding themselves victims of a corporate downsizing, career counselors will always be in demand. Career counselors guide their clients into a profession or job which will help them be both happy and productive as an employee.

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A Beginner’s Twitter Guide

A Beginners Twitter Guide

With Twitter becoming a very popular way for business owners to promote their business and/or any special promotions coming up, it can be pretty challenging to express everything you want to say in 140 characters, so below are a few ways to promote your business using terms and symbols to help you use those 140 characters to the best of your ability.
Tip #1: The @ symbol – This symbol precedes anyone’s twitter handle. And makes it very easy for any business owner to track whether promoting on Twitter is a viable option. So make sure anytime you are replying to tweets, you @ the person you are tweeting, that way, not only will they see your tweet, but so will all of your followers.

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