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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