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Think Smart Not Hard: 52 Key Principles to Success and Happiness

Here's an excerpt from a great new book chock full of wisdom. Enjoy! - Kimberly

"A lack of motivation holds some people back as well as a desire to stand up and dust themselves off when they fall. They think it isn’t worth the effort, that it’s too much work.

It’s so much easier to spend weekends marathoning the latest season of the hottest new drama or liking the endless stream of cat videos on social media. To those people, it’s a conscious choice to trade in their hopes and dreams and become a voyeur of someone else’s.

Not to say anything’s wrong with unwinding at the end of the day for some much-needed R&R, but, make no mistake, if you choose to indulge in someone else’s dream instead of living your own, it’s a choice you’re making. You must decide for yourself if you want to watch someone else live his or her desire or if you want to live your own.

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Tips To Help You Sell More Efficiently

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Sales is a tough, yet, rewarding profession. There are tips, tricks and tactics that sales professionals must use to get ahead.

However, it’s important to brush up on your game once in a while and learn new techniques – even if you’re a sales professional and been in the industry for years. See tips to help you sell more efficiently and close the deal faster.

Prepare

You must prepare to become a success. Make sure you have the background and confidence to approach a situation before diving into it. Learn everything you can about selling and practice every chance you get. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have at making a sale. It’s really easy for a customer to know when someone isn’t organized, and they’ll be turning away very quickly. Read more »

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5 Reasons Your Small Business Should Focus More on Local SEO

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Local search engine optimization is often seen as the purview of big businesses helping people find the locations of their stores or restaurants. However, local search engine optimization is incredibly important while offering a very high return on invested effort. Here are five reasons your small business should focus more on local SEO.

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7 Things Software Developers Can Do to Satisfy Licensees

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Giving business advice to someone who owns or operates a software firm is a bit different than consulting for other businesses, primarily because there are a few new concepts that you'll need to become familiar with. Of those topics, one of the most pertinent is software licensing and the technicalities involved in that area of sales and development. But beyond the legalities and due diligence there are lots of other things that software companies need to be doing to increase their bottom line. Read more »

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Forex vs Binary Options Trading – Which One is Better?

Contributed article in our finance series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Two financial instruments have entered the mainstream lately that are particularly attractive to first time investors, and they are binary options and forex trading. Both have their advantages, disadvantages and set of characteristics that make them better options for different types of investors. In this article, we’re going to explore the differences between the two and which ones you should choose depending on your preferences.

 

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Moving Towards Sustainable Development with a Circular Economy

Contributed article in our sustainability series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A linear “take-make-dispose” economy, which is the most popular economic models around the world, is largely wasteful because up to 90% of the raw materials used in the manufacturing process end up as waste even before the leaving the production line. In addition, 80% of goods manufactured are eventually thrown away within the first six months, which translates to an unsustainable rate of wasting fast-diminishing natural resources. Fortunately, a circular economy that is based on regeneration and restoration can help solve almost all the problems associated with a linear economy. More specifically, a circular economy aims to keep raw materials, goods, and product parts at their highest value and utility levels all the time. This is in addition to differentiating between biological and technical cycles.

To learn more, checkout this infographic created by Rutgers University’s Online Master of Public Administration.

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How to Use Video and Podcasts For Employee Engagement

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Employee engagement is a critical aspect of any successful business. An engaged employee will deliver far more than that of a disengaged one, and a team that can work well in collaboration achieves much more than those who work in silos. Some businesses make the regrettable mistake of not investing in the engagement of their employees. As a consequence, not only does this impact the level of productivity, it also will often result in a higher turnover in staff. Recruitment costs can be significantly more than employers appreciate, and therefore spending some extra budget on employee engagement is considered to be money well spent if it reduces turnover. Read more »

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The USPS Is Not Dead! Here Are 5 Reasons to Use Business Letters

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In a world where everything has gone digital, many business owners don’t understand the importance of formal communications. Why not just send a brief email or fax? There is a time and a place for those types of communications, but there are still five very good reasons to use the United States Postal System, USPS, for business letters. Sometimes the difference between success and failure is understanding formal business etiquette, and the art of writing business letters is one very important facet of that ethical code. Read more »

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Selecting the Right Structure for Your New Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Starting a business requires more than a great idea. You need grit and determination, plus a healthy dose of resilience. There is a lot to think about in the early stages, but one of the most important decisions is how you want to trade.

There are many considerations when deciding what type of structure is right for your business and making the wrong decision could have disastrous consequences for your future business, so it is essential that you consider the merits of operating as a sole trader/Sole Proprietor, an LLC, or an LLP, or even as a corporation as your business grows. Read more »

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The Rise of the Circular Economy

Contributed article in our sustainability series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

What is a Circular Economy? This term is epitomized in the “recycle” symbol of an arrow going around in a circle. In a world where resources are dwindling, circular economy is the potential answer to concerns about energy, about landfill use, and social responsibility. The term refers to eco-friendly behavior, which is potentially beneficial to everyone involved.

To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online MBA program. Read more »

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