Giving back has always been a part of my core; my therapist once told me that I’m co-dependent because my happiness comes from making other people happy. Why is that a bad thing? I left a lucrative real estate job in my mid-twenties to work at a non-profit supporting cystic fibrosis. In my late twenties, after reading The Slave Next Door, I helped collect items for sex-trafficked women on college campuses. Last month, I jumped out of my car to grab a turtle crossing a busy road and moved it to the other side. This is who I am. Giving back is what makes me happy. And trust me, what I’ve put out has come back threefold! Modern sales is missing something. Every salesperson needs to embrace the “give to get.”
Sales agreement language may be the only way to protect yourself from unruly clients once they’re in your portfolio. What I’ve found is that there aren’t really “bad” clients, just uneducated clients. But if for some reason things go sour, strong language in your sales agreement may be your only saving grace. Here’s how to protect yourself.
“How can I increase productivity and sales?” No doubt, this question and these two words are on every small-business owner’s mind, as they go hand in hand with driving revenue. Contrary to what you might think, however, you don’t need to invest in expensive office supplies, hire more in-house employees, or increase salaries to encourage greater productivity and boost your sales. With a little creativity, you can encourage your staff to do so on a budget and right away.
The New Year is here which means it’s time for business owners to start strategizing for how they will make 2017 more profitable and more successful than the year before it. (We’re in the thick of it with such a crazy year last year!) Our 2017 business checklist should help. Although organizing your plan will likely require specifics pertaining to your business and its unique needs, there are several impactful ways business owners in every industry and niche can work toward building better business operations.
You may not know what guilt scheduling is, but I can almost bet you’re a victim of it. Guilt scheduling is what we do to ourselves after a vacation or day off. We cram the next available business day or days full to the brim with meetings and make-up work, zapping us to the core. If you are a business owner or just a busy professional, here are the signs you’re guilt scheduling is getting the best of you.