Appreciation marketing is a relatively new term but it's a way of business that most small business owners have built their customer base on for years. By letting people know they are appreciated, a relationship is established and customers feel valued. They, in turn, become lifelong customers and sources of many referrals. All because of simple appreciation. You know that birthday or Christmas or Birthday card you get from your insurance agent? There's a lot of thought that goes behind that ... Continue Reading
Keep your consumers coming back to your business with appreciation marketing.
Learn how to spot online scams in work-from-home job ads.
It's the dream of many stay-at-home moms to find a little side work they can do from home while children are napping or in school. Who couldn't use a few extra hundred dollars a week - or even a month - to help with expenses? But you have to be careful when choosing an online job. The Internet bristles with ripoffs. You could end up logging in many hours, only to find you're being paid pennies, or nothing at all. How can you tell if a work-from-home opportunity is legitimate? Here are five ... Continue Reading
Want straight hair? Learn how to blow dry it at home (no stylist required).
If you’re blessed with anything less than stick-straight hair, you likely have a full-time relationship with your blow dryer. With my thick, wavy hair, blowouts are my vice. I often pay $25+ for a professional straightening before big events. However, the salon bills can add up - especially for something that lasts only a couple of days - so I’ve spent time learning how to get the look at home. Here’s how you can perfect your blowout too (no stylist required): 1. After shampooing ... Continue Reading
Make an effort to shop local, support small businesses in your neighborhood, and save money!
If one of your green goals is to shop local and support more businesses in your area, you do not have to abandon the Internet altogether. You can use the web to locate the best shops, services, and restaurants in your area. Research local gems and avoid dud spots using these five sites: LocalHarvest.org This site contains the most complete listings of local farms, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), farmer’s markets, and restaurants that serve local fare. You can often get great deals ... Continue Reading
Learn how to set goals, plan for them, and determine why you want to achieve them.
Setting goals gives you clear direction. Setting goals can enable you to make wiser decisions. Taking the time to set goals will help you spend your time and money on things that align with your values. Having clearly defined goals isn’t a magic pill, but it is a great motivator. Here are some steps for defining your goals, establishing how you want to meet them, and stating your motivation in completing them. It is important to set goals, but it is equally as important to take the time ... Continue Reading
Here are some tools and apps for making home inventory easier, and less time-consuming.
Do you have any idea how much you own - or what all the electronics, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, and furniture pieces in your home are collectively worth? If you’re like most people, the answer is no. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 48 percent of consumers do not have an inventory of their possessions. And for those who do, 32 percent don’t have photos, and 58 percent lack receipts. These records are the key to helping you recoup your expenses if ... Continue Reading
Good resolutions have three things in common. They are specific, timely and measurable.
Whether you are successful at achieving them or not, chances are, every January 1, you start off with a new list of resolutions that you intend to keep this year. Some of us are better at setting and reaching these resolutions then others. So what’s the trick to making sure the goals you set for yourself the first week of January don’t fall by the wayside in a few weeks? Good resolutions have three things in common. They are specific, timely and measurable. Be Specific. How many times ... Continue Reading
Considering working from home? Here are 5 things to ask yourself before starting a home business.
As the new year begins, many women review their past accomplishments and set goals for the year to come. For many entrepreneurial-spirited women, their thoughts turn towards starting a home business. Starting a home business can be both rewarding and somewhat challenging. But if you identify with those who feel the tug at their heart strings to work from home, be sure it’s the right path for you by asking yourself the following five questions: Question #1 - Am I disciplined enough to ... Continue Reading