3 Easy Techniques to Replace Bad Work Habits With Good Ones

As human beings, we are who we are because of the habits we have imbibed over time. This is because man is a creature of habits. If the habits we have imbibed are good and beneficial, they help us to make progress. When such habits are bad habits, they hold us down and prevent us from attaining our potentials. When the business you are running is not doing well, the first places to look for a remedy are your work habits. When you start a business with poor business habits, its chances of survival are very limited. The good news is that since all habits are acquired, we all have the power to change our habits by deliberate efforts through the following easy and practical techniques.

01. Make a commitment to somebody else. Experience has shown that when people make commitments to themselves, they usually do not take such commitments very seriously. That is the reason why it is recommended that very important commitments relating to change of habits should be made to someone else whom you respect and have a lot of regards for. There is a tendency to remain faithful to your commitments if you do not want to let down someone you deeply respect. Because you are aware that the person will hold you fully accountable, you will remain faithful to your commitments to change a particular bad habit or habits.

02. Choose a new habit and practice it consistently. There is some research evidence to support the fact that it takes about twenty-one days to form a habit whether good or bad. Continue reading »

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3 Questions You Must Answer Before Investing In Smart Business Tools

With increasing sophistication and improvements in the use of technology, there is no doubt that business tools have come to stay. As things stand today, it appears many of these tools are becoming smarter and smarter. Some of the most common tools now being used by many business owners are computers, cellular phones, beepers, fax machines, copy machines, printers and a host of others. For small business owners, it is smart to use business tools but these tools should be acquired with some caution. It is extremely dumb to acquire a business tool because you have seen your next-door-neighbor using one. Before you decide to invest in a business tool, apart from taking the cost of the tool into consideration, you must find out what value the tool will bring into your business. You must ask and answer the following three questions satisfactorily before you decide to invest your time and money in any smart business tool.

01. Will the tool lower my overheads? Smart business owners always strive to lower costs while doing everything to increase sales. The ultimate aim is to keep profits up. If a business tool is capable of helping you to reduce your overhead costs, you can invest in it.

02. Will the tool help to increase my sales? If a business tool has the potential to help boost sales, it is worth investing in. Continue reading »

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The Little Known Secrets of Vending Machines!

Vending machines are taken for granted. People use them every day. They spend time looking through the pockets or the purses to find the right amount of change. They put their coins in the slot, carefully select the right button and wait for their snack or drink to fall into the slot where it can be retrieved. They are used every day, but most people barley give them a thought. If you asked one hundred people when the first vending machine was invented, it is doubtful more than a handful would guess the right decade, or century!

The history of food or drink dispensing equipment dates back farther, much farther than most people realize. The first machine was invented and put to use in the first century AD – that’s right, twenty-one centuries ago. A Greek engineer, Heron of Alexandria is said to have created a machine that dispensed holy water by use of a counterweight system after a customer inserted a bronze coin into the coin slot. The machine’s history entered a long, dark period and it wasn’t until the early 1880s, when coin-operated machines in London dispensed post cards. An English bookstore owner and publisher invented vending equipment that dispensed books around the same time.

Vending machines came across the pond in 1883 and were introduced by the Thomas Adams Gum Company. Continue reading »

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What Keeps Women Business Owners Up at Night?

A national survey of women business owners (WBOs) conducted by Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWWW) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) found a pervasive sense of economic optimism, including a prediction by most WBOs (85 percent) that more women will become entrepreneurs in 2013 than in past years. WBOs also plan to invest more (38 percent) or the same (54 percent) in hiring this year than they did in 2012 – a positive sign for the economy.

2013, the Year of the Female Entrepreneur

The State of Women-Owned Businesses survey found that the large majority of WBOs were optimistic about their business’ overall performance (81 percent) for the year ahead. They were also optimistic, though slightly less so, about the broader economic outlook (74 percent) in 2013.

“The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Survey reveals that even in these tough economic times, women entrepreneurs are optimistic about business opportunities for the year ahead,” said NAWBO President & CEO, Diane L. Tomb. Continue reading »

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Get Better Attention With Teardrop Banners

If you are looking for the most effective and lucrative means of marketing your business, teardrop banners can turn out to be the greatest means. They can fulfill all your advertising requirements and with the help of this marketing tool, you can effectively present your messages and can also exhibit your featured products during your campaigns. It can be specified as the best medium for your marketing and advertisement requirements. Some of the benefits that can be enjoyed with this outdoor means of advertisement are discussed below:

It is a vibrant marketing banner offered for sale in different designs and styles. Not only tea drop banners, but the stands in which they are kept can also be purchased in an attractive manner. Teardrop banner stands are offered on sales with different attractive backgrounds and you can very well select the one that will be suitable for your business. Both the stands and the banner themselves can be installed within seconds unlike several other marketing tools. Also, in case a businessman is planning to participate in some trade shows, he can easily carry both of them in a carry bag based on their sizes. The stand can be placed in any type of basement like grass, snow and stand. There are double-sided models available such that the marketing content can be posted on both sides of the banner so that it becomes more visible to people passing by. Continue reading »

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Three Benefits of a Professional Call Answering Service

For businesses both big and small, answering the phone is an extremely important task. While it might seem like a simple duty, maintaining the best possible customer service is a crucial part of success, and it only takes a few seconds for a potential customer to form a first impression based on the way your business answers its phones. Of course, while call answering is very important, it’s understandable that you have other pressing issues to focus on. From manufacturing products to meeting with existing clients, sometimes your staff might be a bit busy tending to other aspects of your business, and certain calls can fall through the cracks as a result. This is where the benefits of a professional call answering service can really make a difference. Below are three big benefits that come with working with an expert in the call answering industry.

1. Custom Answering with Your Company Name

Some business owners might be hesitant to outsource call answering for fear that customers will not hear the type of company branding and information they might expect to when they call in with questions or to place an order, but the top call center services are able to customize their answering services to each particular company. When you work with a reliable answering service, you get to choose exactly what the phone operators say when answering incoming calls. Your company name or slogan can easily be incorporated into the greeting. Continue reading »

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Great Customer Service – What to Do When You’re Running Out of Ideas for Better Service (3 Big Tips)

Small to midsize businesses used to be guided by what has now become a profit killing phrase – If you build it, they will come.

Simply hanging up a shingle and setting up shop won’t draw customers in, let along keep them coming back for more. Those days are long gone. Customers are more savvy than ever and know that if you aren’t going to meet at least their basic expectations, they’ll find your competitor who will.

So here are three ways that businesses fall short on customer expectations and what you can do about it.

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58% of consumers in a Right Now study from 2011 stated that they were less than satisfied because the company did not answer the phone or respond to email. Continue reading »

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An Overview Of Electric Repair Industry

As almost all the household items work on electricity, problems with the power must be rectified as soon as possible to avoid hampering of your day-to day activities. Many of the electrical problems can be avoided if regular maintenance is done. However most of the people refuse to give proper attention and as a result malfunctions occur.

So the regular maintenance is very important. The service of an electric repair company must be taken if a problem arises. The job prospects in the industry are also very promising.

The electric repairs are usually very expensive and the best way to avoid the financial woes is to maintain them in the proper condition. By doing some minor repairs like changing the fuses on DYI basis, a good amount of money can be saved. Problems pertaining to wall or ceiling light, wall socket, circuit breaker or switch keeps tripping etc can also be done safely following the DYI instructions. However, adequate safety measures must be taken to avoid accidents. Continue reading »

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How to Plan a Newsletter Email

Your digital marketing efforts should include a newsletter email plan. Creating a digital newsletter is much like creating a physical one. You have to make it interesting, attractive, and send it to the right people. With a newsletter email you need to remember that over half of your readers will be viewing it on their mobile device. This means viewing your email on a PC and a mobile device to make sure it is workable on both devices. Like everything in business, a newsletter email takes planning. Here are some tips to help you plan a newsletter email.

Don’t waste your reader’s time. People are busy and they don’t’ have time to wade through most of your email to find what they want. Make your content relevant and interesting. Have a linked table of contents at the top of your newsletter email so they can click right to what interests them.

Ask for contact information and remind them they gave it to you. Chances are your readers will forget they even signed up for your newsletter. Although it is a high priority in your life, your readers won’t be waiting on the edge of their seats for your next issue. Start you email newsletter with a phrase like “thank you for signing up for our newsletter” or another well executed permission reminder. Continue reading »

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Planning for Disasters In the Oil and Gas Industry

Disasters in the oil and gas industry happen. Although much is done to minimize occurrences, fires, explosions and leaks may happen in the course of oil and gas exploration and drilling. Companies must be prepared in the event of a natural or man-made incident which results in an oil spill or fire on offshore rigs and onshore sites. In the event of a disaster, they will need a response and recovery plan which employs skilled and trained personnel to manage and remedy the situation. A gas and oil head hunter from a staffing solutions agency can help companies in their preparation of a contingency plan.

Extra Personnel
Most companies have a plan for day-to-day operations that employ the safety and environmental precautions necessary to avoid disasters. When something extraordinary happens, however, they must have additional personnel in place to handle oil and gas emergency responses and a recovery plan. This often means the inclusion of retirees and contractors who are not part of the day-to-day operations, but who hold the knowledge and skills to assist in emergency situations. The head hunter service can help energy companies to devise a list of individuals who can step in on short notice to fill their needs. Oftentimes, those who have had long oil careers and are now retired can provide background information during the containment and recovery processes. Continue reading »

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