TGIF, Happy Friday and hello from the coast of North Carolina, where a group from Team Delegate has assembled for our annual retreat. Given that we are a 100% remote, distributed team, this year's retreat is really exciting for us because we have the opportunity to spend face time with the members of our NC contingent of Delegate.
This month I've been thinking a lot about commitment. It could be because my fiancee and I just added another dog (third!!) to our family that commitment is heavy on my mind! Or, perhaps it's my own personal evolution of hanging in there even when things are not "perfect" because I made a commitment to do so. Either way, honoring our commitments is not always the easy choice, but it is a mindset shift that brings with it personal growth, stability and consistency.
Consistency breeds trust with your client base as well as your employees. To achieve consistency in your business, empower employees, create loyal clients and build your brand - relying on basic core processes is always the answer.
A core process is defined as the way that you do business or more simply, the how and why of running your business.
The Benefits of Blocked Times on Your Calendar for Priority Tasks
We’ve all been there at some point. You view your calendar and notice that you have more on your to-do-lists than hours in the day. For the best in benefits of your calendar, you need to block times for certain tasks. This will avoid the stress and frustration that comes with the ineffective ways you have managed your time in the past and help you remain productive. Time-blocking can be used to save the day.
In this quick read, you will learn about the benefits of time blocking. Here are the main points:
- Blocking time gets you started and maintains motivation.
- Blocking time helps you focus on and efficiently complete your most important tasks.
- Blocking time also encourages healthy work-life balance.
- Blocking time can improve your physical and mental health.
- Blocking time helps you say “no.”
TGIF, Happy Friday and happy Independence Day!
As Visionaries, our greatest contribution is our ability to see our companies as globally as possible. We are uniquely able to understand and prioritize the most pressing needs, and then design creative solutions to to move forward.
I don't know how this process typically works for you, but for me it's typically super-organic and instinctual. Once we identify the problem, I give myself the space to creatively think about how we might solve it. Or sometimes, I'm not even thinking about it at all, and the answer suddenly just comes to me. What a feeling, right? :)
The challenge then lies in how to take this idea and model it, build it, test it and roll it out. This is where our team can become a true complement to our abilities. I follow a simple process to make my ideas real:
The Trump Administration's Newest Health Care Rule Could Shake Up Small Business Benefits Nationwide
Last month, the Trump administration issued a rule making health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) plans more accessible to workers nationwide. The use of HRA plans, which are funded with pre-tax money by employers, has long been restricted to exclude paying for insurance premiums. The new ruling, which goes into effect in January 2020, will change that.
Historically, larger organizations with many employees have more negotiating power than smaller firms, and can obtain stronger health insurance plans for their employees at lower rates. The Trump administration is framing the new rule as a way for some small businesses to level the playing field.
"There are some employers who would like to offer their employees health coverage, but the requirements have become so extensive or the cost has become so high, that they aren't able to," Alexandra Campau, a former special assistant for health policy to President Trump, told the Journal. - INC
Time. It can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy, it’s all a matter of how you look at it.I’ve often found myself struggling to find the time to get things, both professional and personal, done. At some point or another, we’ve all said to ourselves “if only there was more time in a day.” Well, I have some good news for you, sadly it’s not that I’ve found a way to magically add more hours to our days, but I have implemented the idea of time blocking into my personal and professional life and guess what?! IT REALLY WORKS!!
TGIF, Happy Friday! I am back in the office this week, fresh off a 3 week sabbatical-- my first! It was quite detoxifying and I am happy to report it was also a success. Thanks to a lot of planning, delegation and accountability, I was able to completely step away from running my business for three whole weeks and watch it run without me... and nothing blew up! It was divinely indulgent. Want to do the same?
Below are my tips to make this happen:
I recently listened to a lecture about turmoil in life. We all have it. We all hate it.
The person giving the lecture walked into the room with a glass of water. He proceeded to shake the water in a circular motion within the glass explaining that this is how most of us feel - how most of our brains are functioning right now. Constantly thinking…constantly juggling a million priorities…. constantly adding to our lengthy list of what’s next and all of the things we have to do to get there.
This constant stress can be felt both personally and professionally. “I’m one big sale from stability in my life” OR “I just need help in these areas to achieve my goals” OR “If my children would only listen to THIS, things would be so much easier!”.
10 Self-Help Tips To Help Small Business Owners Keep Their Finances Organized
Owning a small business can certainly come with a steep learning curve, and it’s one that many entrepreneurs face alone. Learning on the fly is never easy, and there are many aspects of day-to-day business that need to be mastered. In particular, small business owners may struggle to keep finances in order.
While it can be challenging to keep your business’ finances organized and under control, with a little know-how—and a bit of expert advice—you can get a grasp on the information, procedures and technology you need. In this article, 10 members of Forbes Finance Council share their top recommendations for small business owners who are struggling to keep their finances in order. Check out this article and learn how to leverage these recommendations and get your small business financially organized!
More Than 90% of Small Businesses Will Increase Advertising Spending in 2019
Most Small Businesses Are Prioritizing Advertising This Year and Will Increase Spending on Social Media Advertising (56%) and Other Online Advertising Mediums Such as Google Search and Banner Ads (41%). A large percentage (91%) plan to invest more in advertising in 2019, according to a new survey from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website.
Each year, more than half of small businesses (57%) spend less than $50,000 on advertising, the survey found. Increased spending on advertising will help small businesses spread brand awareness and stand out among their competition.