I ran into an old friend at a recent networking event who has worked at an office for many years. Probably his biggest complaint about the business world is the constant meetings. How often do we hear about meetings where nothing is accomplished and everyone feels like they wasted their time? It’s become an office cliché. There’s even a website called meetordie where you can determine just how much money a business wastes on an unproductive meeting. But, believe it or not, meetings were originally intended to serve a purpose. And, whether we like it or not, meetings are a necessary evil for just about any business to get work done. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t improve on the concept of meetings and make them valuable to you and your attendees. Follow these four steps to make your meetings more meaningful: 1. The fewer the better. Getting everyone’s input can be valuable, but when time is of the essence it just isn’t worth it to invite that guy who works in the mail room. Keep attendance limited to just the people who are directly involved in the meeting’s objectives. Before sending out the meeting memo, ask yourself if all [...]
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In an age of instantaneous communication, web and video conferencing and powerful online collaborative and project management tools, the home office has become THE office for more and more people. And, of course, many entrepreneurs and small business owners especially start off working from home. Not only is it a great way to keep costs down when starting your business with limited cash flow, working from home can also be a productive and flexible work option, too. What’s more, working from home allows for greater control of consumption and energy use—an added karmic point that makes the deal even sweeter. As an entrepreneur on the go splitting my time between two states and a plethora of projects, I’ve become a pro at working from home (and the coffee shop, and the car, and park benches in between meetings, and … you get the idea) and I’ve decided to share some insight. Here is part one of my top 50 favorite ways to save money while working from home that are also good for the environment… Never underestimate the value of your work—tap your social networks to pose a trade of a few hours of your time and services in exchange [...]
We are all looking for the secret. That one golden ticket (I love Willy Wonka) that will change our lives forever. Some are looking for financial freedom and to retire early. Some are looking for the key to happiness. While others just want to ask a Social Media guru how to tweet. Am I right? Of course, we believe that there are a few chosen ones who get it. Who MUST have all the answers to Life and Facebook themselves. And people pay thousands of dollars a year in books, CDs, retreats, conferences, healings, mastermind sessions….yes, this list can go on. However, what they don’t tell you is this..this one thing….do you want to know what it is? Are you sure? Well, it’s that: We are all coaches and experts! Each of us has life experience, areas of expertise, loving compassionate hearts that will tell you to get off your pity pot and make a change if you don’t like your life. WE are your own personal Tony Robbins, your Oprahs, your Jack Canfields, your Chris Brogans. We are your Community! Ask questions of your community Look at every situation and ask, “What can I learn from this?” Treat your [...]
I was out celebrating my birthday with my friend Mary last week. She mentioned how she desperately wanted to start a business, but had no cash flow or money in her savings. When I asked her what her strategy was for bringing in more money (or saving money on her current expenses), she just shrugged. It pains me to see people I love just allow money to slip through their fingers and feel powerless over where it goes. So Mary (and anyone else who may need it), here is a list of 559+ Ways to Save Money, along with two of my personal favorite money blogs: I Will Teach You to Become Rich: Ramit has a no nonsense style of writing and I think he is a wealth of information. Mint.com: They are doing it right when it comes to money information and education. What’s nice, is that they have started adding posts on where you can get freebies or deals each month (ex. Which restaurant is giving out Free Sandwiches?) Little Steps: 100 Simple Ways to Save Money for those getting Started! 106 Money-Saving Tips for a Frugal Lifestyle 10 easy ways to save $500 or more Easy Tips [...]
Whether you are starting a business or are a leader of a successful organization, you will constantly be faced with obstacles. The question then becomes, “How will you overcome them?” Many times that can easy be accomplished by changing your view or perception of the situation. Which is sometimes harder than it sounds. Mike is the CEO of a mid size company and has 200 people answering to him, as well as, watching his every move. Though the company is making millions of dollars, morale is extremely low and employees are constantly on the hunt for new jobs. This situation is not new to Mike. He has seen it evolve over a period of a year and decided to do nothing about it. Finally, when he realized that things were spiraling out of control, he said to his C-Row, “Dammit! We need culture. Someone take care of that, will ya!” Nothing was done. What Mike failed to realize is that as the leader of this company, people were looking to him to lead the charge. It wasn’t until one day when his daughter asked him to play Follow the Leader that the light bulb went off. It took a kids [...]
Where else could I chat about Facebook’s domination, my upcoming book, “How to Start Your Business with $100,” dating, and super heroes? Only on Hubspot TV. What a riot. You guys have to check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks again to Hubspot, Mike Volpe (@MVolpe), Karen Rubin (@KarenRubin), and my new favorite a capella singer, Rebecca Corliss (@Repcor). I had a great time.
Entrepreneurs and/or those of you who are starting a business: You may not realize it but every Industry has an ebb and a flow. When your industry has a slow period, do you take advantage of it? If not, here are two ways when you can do just that: Surveys and polls – Use this time to see what your customers really want and need. Why not conduct one during the holiday sales season and announce the results during the slow week? You can even submit the polls and surveys to PR outlets. This way, you find out what your customers REALLY want AND you get PR out of it. Trends – Have you seen a trend these past few month? Was there something that flew off your shelves that you didn’t expect to? Look at your sales and reevaluate what you are offering your customers. Though these are small things, they can yield buid ROI’s for your company.
You’ve heard the saying that “people are a company’s greatest asset,” right? It’s true! Your company (no matter if you work from home or have a small business) is only as good as the people running it – on all levels. That is why is it vital to pick the right people. Even if you’re outsourcing your work. So, who are the right people? How do you know whether or not a person will work out? This answer varies from company to company. The first step is to sit down and look at your company’s long term goals. How is your company looking to grow? What are the qualities that you would like in your ideal employee? What skills and assets are absolutely essential for each employee to embody? Your answers will allow you to determine the qualifications you expect of your employees. For example, if expansion and growth are important, you may want employees who are flexible (because growth requires change), innovative (because growth requires creativity), and looking for advancement (because growth offers opportunities). If you want to specialize in a specific niche, you’ll need employees with specialized skills to match. If you’re trying to improve quality, hiring employees [...]
Are you looking for ways to hone your time management skills and have more freedom? I had the pleasure to meet the late Carnegie Mellon professor, Randy Pausch (author of The Last Lecture). He was a wealth of knowledge. Here is a wonderful Youtube video where he shows his tricks on gaining more time back.
Many people I know are looking for financial freedom or to retire early. These are the same people who are loyal fans of Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss. Well, if you fall into that category, then I ask you: Who Are Your Top 5?