5 Surefire Ways to Ensure Business Longevity

The certificate hanging my office wall says I’ve been in business 10 years, and I wonder how that can be?

Imagine 10 years of being my own boss, of learning to market my business better, of disciplining myself to spend time on the tasks that matter most, and of helping clients live their dreams – priceless. And although there were a few times I wondered if I should go back to get a “real” job, I realize that my work is the most real and truest work I’ll ever get to using my skills and bringing me joy – I am truly blessed to be a successful Coach and business owner.

Reflecting on where my clients have come from, I begin to see patterns and similarities, and can see what works and what doesn’t to grow a six figure business.

1) Be Ready. Being self employed means having the liberty to run an errand or stop at the market between client appointments. But, at those times, don’t let your guard down, keep your business owners hat on. Keep looking for opportunities to share your professional face. I’ve gotten business while grocery shopping, booked a new client being on the massage table and scheduled speaking gigs visiting the chiropractor. Opportunities for business are all around you so don’t get caught without your business cards, your appointment calendar, and looking professional and polished for your type of work.

2) Be on the lookout for places to contribute. Is your local Chamber of Commerce looking for a new member on their board? Does the annual town festival need someone on their planning committee? When you contribute, you get known in your community and you build a reputation. The networking groups I started and ran were a big boost to putting me in the spotlight, enhanced my credibility and connected me with exponential opportunities. Put yourself out there where you will value contributing and making a difference.

3) Be aware that not every offer is an opportunity. Although this may contradict my earlier statement, be careful not to say YES to everything that comes along. Protecting your time as a business owner is critical to your success. Ask yourself if by agreeing to become involved will get you exposed to your target market. Will the role be something you love to do and that uses your talents while showing you as an expert? Take in consideration the other demands of your life outside of work. While helping to care for my Dad who had Alzheimer’s, I stepped down from some community involvement. Be aware that burnout is very real for small business owners and protect yourself from over committing, or you’ll find yourself backed up with work to do and feeling overwhelmed.

4) Say yes to opportunities whenever possible. When I collaborated with a colleague and gave a seminar on Facebook, I was not the Facebook expert, but I was an expert trainer and my colleague had never done a live seminar. Together we gave a terrific training seminar, a smashing success. And the reason to say yes whenever possible is because one thing leads to another. At that training, a participant asked if I could do LINKEDIN training for his organization. While pretty familiar with LinkedIn, I did not think of myself as an expert. I said YES and brought in another colleague who was an expert that led to the two of us having a 6 month contract of LinkedIn training for a Fortune 500 company that doubled our income on the spot. I focused on teaching what I do best; identifying a company brand and strategic visioning while my colleague focused on the details of using LinkedIn. By the end of the 6 months, I was an expert on how to use LinkedIn, and exponentially wealthier because I said YES.

5) Always have a Mentor, Coach or be involved in a Mastermind Group. The challenges of undertaking any new venue, whether growing a business, backpacking for a week in Colorado or learning how to do Asian cooking means you have to rely on others to guide you and show you the way. Trying to figure out the best ways to grow your business by yourself is like jumping into a river of swift current without a life jacket on – risky stuff. The money I’ve invested in my business over 10 years has allowed me to get to the place of security and knowledge I have now, where I can be a leader and role model to other entrepreneurs.

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How a Laptop Backpack Can Be Useful For Any Traveler

The laptop is one of the best innovations in the world in that it helps to allow people to conduct business with others from practically anywhere. However, it will be important to keep it protected when on the go. A laptop backpack can help to keep a laptop protected while being properly transported. Different types of these backpacks will work for different laptops though.

A laptop backpack works simply as a type of backpack that can be used to store a laptop computer in. What makes this different from other business backpacks is that for one that works to store a laptop computer it will be easier for the user to store all of the necessary laptop computer materials inside of it.

A separate storage area is used on the inside of the laptop backpack. This is a cushioned area that will be used to help with storing the laptop computer. Plenty of cushioning is needed so that it will be easier for the computer to be well protected. Also, it should be a good enough sized space to where the computer will be able to fit into that slot and nothing else will be able to.

Separate slots can be used on the inside of the backpack too. These can include slots for a laptop computer battery, power cord and any other materials that may be necessary like a wireless network adapter. Separate areas for different storage disks or other information that can be read by a computer can be used in one of these areas too.

It is important to know that even though this is one of the best types of business backpacks to use not all laptop computers are going to be able to fit into a single type of backpack. An average backpack of this type will be one that can fit about two thousand cubic inches of materials. However, there are different types of backpacks for different laptops because certain types of laptops may be too large for a backpack in some cases. It helps to check with the height, length and width of the laptop that is being used and how much space a backpack can handle when looking into the right type of laptop backpack.

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How to Choose the Best Backpack for Business

Buying the correct backpack for business has a significant impact in any business field. As a business professional, the right choice of backpack may be what you need to take your business to the next level.

A well-designed backpack will keep you organized and comfortable to carry around. The accessories and devices that are carried in it are safe and secure. Here are the guidelines that will guide you in choosing the best business backpack.

Material

The best business backpack is one with a water resistant material. This is essential to prevent your accessories from getting wet in case of rain. Backpacks can’t be completely waterproof but should be at least semi-waterproof in case of severe downpour. This ensures that the documents and electronic gadgets are safe.

Choice of a good quality material ensures durability but should be considerably lightweight. For easy maintenance, choose a polyester and nylon material whereas leather is suitable for heavy duty use.

Compartments

Multiple compartments are necessary for a backpack to allow easy storage of items while enabling quick access when required. It is advisable to have at least one compartment that is lockable or with Velcro straps to secure devices like laptop or tablet in place. Ensure that each compartment has lockable zippers.

It should have dedicated compartments to accommodate documents, water bottle, head phones, business cards, pens and more.

Internal Frame

It should be made up of supporting rods and frame built and hidden from view. Backpacks whose frames are made from carbon fiber or light plastic tend to be lighter making them easier to carry and durable. The structure should be such that the weight is distributed equally to ensure that the traveller feel comfortable even when fully packed.

A slim backpack gives it’s user a professional look but should be sizable enough to accommodate a number of business accessories comfortably.

Comfort

This is a critical component of a business backpack; it determines the effectiveness of carrying it around. Select a backpack with padded shoulder straps; they put less pressure on your shoulders. A padded back also helps distribute weight evenly at your back and makes it comfortable to carry.

Padding systems such as plastic sheathes, plates or foam pads protects electronic devices by absorbing any blow that may occur during handling of the backpack.

Ease of Access and Storage

A U Zip that goes round the three sides of the backpack is recommended to facilitate easier and quicker access to your belongings. A good backpack has pockets specially designed for each item to keep them separate and organized.

Compartments can be used for textbooks while the small pockets may be for things like wallet and keys while un-zipped pockets maybe used to hold water bottle or extra clothing. The backpack should accommodate all the necessary items to enhance organization and ease of access of the items in the backpack.

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How to Choose the Best Backpack for Business

Buying the correct backpack for business has a significant impact in any business field. As a business professional, the right choice of backpack may be what you need to take your business to the next level.

A well-designed backpack will keep you organized and comfortable to carry around. The accessories and devices that are carried in it are safe and secure. Here are the guidelines that will guide you in choosing the best business backpack.

Material

The best business backpack is one with a water resistant material. This is essential to prevent your accessories from getting wet in case of rain. Backpacks can’t be completely waterproof but should be at least semi-waterproof in case of severe downpour. This ensures that the documents and electronic gadgets are safe.

Choice of a good quality material ensures durability but should be considerably lightweight. For easy maintenance, choose a polyester and nylon material whereas leather is suitable for heavy duty use.

Compartments

Multiple compartments are necessary for a backpack to allow easy storage of items while enabling quick access when required. It is advisable to have at least one compartment that is lockable or with Velcro straps to secure devices like laptop or tablet in place. Ensure that each compartment has lockable zippers.

It should have dedicated compartments to accommodate documents, water bottle, head phones, business cards, pens and more.

Internal Frame

It should be made up of supporting rods and frame built and hidden from view. Backpacks whose frames are made from carbon fiber or light plastic tend to be lighter making them easier to carry and durable. The structure should be such that the weight is distributed equally to ensure that the traveller feel comfortable even when fully packed.

A slim backpack gives it’s user a professional look but should be sizable enough to accommodate a number of business accessories comfortably.

Comfort

This is a critical component of a business backpack; it determines the effectiveness of carrying it around. Select a backpack with padded shoulder straps; they put less pressure on your shoulders. A padded back also helps distribute weight evenly at your back and makes it comfortable to carry.

Padding systems such as plastic sheathes, plates or foam pads protects electronic devices by absorbing any blow that may occur during handling of the backpack.

Ease of Access and Storage

A U Zip that goes round the three sides of the backpack is recommended to facilitate easier and quicker access to your belongings. A good backpack has pockets specially designed for each item to keep them separate and organized.

Compartments can be used for textbooks while the small pockets may be for things like wallet and keys while un-zipped pockets maybe used to hold water bottle or extra clothing. The backpack should accommodate all the necessary items to enhance organization and ease of access of the items in the backpack.

Conclusion

with all the essential information above, I’m sure confident you’re in the best position to make the best choice of your business backpack. While the best choice with most desired features may come with a higher price, it is always wise to choose a backpack that best suits your business.

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Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

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What Are The Greatest Changes In Shopping In Your Lifetime

What are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime? So asked my 9 year old grandson.

As I thought of the question the local Green Grocer came to mind. Because that is what the greatest change in shopping in my lifetime is.

That was the first place to start with the question of what are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime.

Our local green grocer was the most important change in shopping in my lifetime. Beside him was our butcher, a hairdresser and a chemist.

Looking back, we were well catered for as we had quite a few in our suburb. And yes, the greatest changes in shopping in my lifetime were with the small family owned businesses.

Entertainment While Shopping Has Changed
Buying butter was an entertainment in itself.
My sister and I often had to go to a favourite family grocer close by. We were always polite as we asked for a pound or two of butter and other small items.

Out came a big block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the shop, placed on a huge counter top and included two grooved pates.

That was a big change in our shopping in my lifetime… you don’t come across butter bashing nowadays.

Our old friendly Mr. Mahon with the moustache, would cut a square of butter. Lift it to another piece of greaseproof paper with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a bit sliced off or added here and there.

Our old grocer would then bash it with gusto, turning it over and over. Upside down and sideways it went, so that it had grooves from the pates, splashes going everywhere, including our faces.

My sister and I thought this was great fun and it always cracked us up. We loved it, as we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favourite grocery shop.

Grocery Shopping
Further afield, we often had to go to another of my mother’s favourite, not so local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) would take our list, gather the groceries and put them all in a big cardboard box.

And because we were good customers he always delivered them to our house free of charge. But he wasn’t nearly as much fun as old Mr. Mahon. Even so, he was a nice man.

All Things Fresh
So there were very many common services such as home deliveries like:

• Farm eggs

• Fresh vegetables

• Cow’s milk

• Freshly baked bread

• Coal for our open fires

Delivery Services
A man used to come to our house a couple of times a week with farm fresh eggs.

Another used to come every day with fresh vegetables, although my father loved growing his own.

Our milk, topped with beautiful cream, was delivered to our doorstep every single morning.

Unbelievably, come think of it now, our bread came to us in a huge van driven by our “bread-man” named Jerry who became a family friend.

My parents always invited Jerry and his wife to their parties, and there were many during the summer months. Kids and adults all thoroughly enjoyed these times. Alcohol was never included, my parents were teetotallers. Lemonade was a treat, with home made sandwiches and cakes.

The coal-man was another who delivered bags of coal for our open fires. I can still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew them all by name but most of them escape me now.

Mr. Higgins, a service man from the Hoover Company always came to our house to replace our old vacuum cleaner with an updated model.

Our insurance company even sent a man to collect the weekly premium.

People then only paid for their shopping with cash. This in itself has been a huge change in shopping in my lifetime.

In some department stores there was a system whereby the money from the cash registers was transported in a small cylinder on a moving wire track to the central office.

Some Of The Bigger Changes
Some of the bigger changes in shopping were the opening of supermarkets.

• Supermarkets replaced many individual smaller grocery shops. Cash and bank cheques have given way to credit and key cards.

• Internet shopping… the latest trend, but in many minds, doing more harm, to book shops.

• Not many written shopping lists, because mobile phones have taken over.

On a more optimistic note, I hear that book shops are popular again after a decline.

Personal Service Has Most Definitely Changed
So, no one really has to leave home, to purchase almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online.
And we have a much bigger range of products now, to choose from, and credit cards have given us the greatest ease of payment.

We have longer shopping hours, and weekend shopping. But we have lost the personal service that we oldies had taken for granted and also appreciated.

Because of their frenetic lifestyles, I have heard people say they find shopping very stressful, that is grocery shopping. I’m sure it is when you have to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I often think there has to be a better, less stressful way.

My mother had the best of both worlds, in the services she had at her disposal. With a full time job looking after 9 people, 7 children plus her and my dad, she was very lucky. Lucky too that she did not have 2 jobs.

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

The results of this past election proved once again that the Democrats had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the failings of the Trump Presidency but, fell short of a nation wide mandate. A mandate to seize the gauntlet of the progressive movement that Senator Sanders through down a little over four years ago. The opportunities were there from the very beginning even before this pandemic struck. In their failing to educate the public of the consequences of continued Congressional gridlock, conservatism, and what National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation would do led to the results that are playing out today.. More Congressional gridlock, more conservatism and more suffering of millions of Americans are the direct consequences of the Democrats failure to communicate and educate the public. Educate the public that a progressive agenda is necessary to pull the United States out of this Pandemic, and restore this nations health and vitality.

It was the DNC’s intent in this election to only focus on the Trump Administration. They failed to grasp the urgency of the times. They also failed to communicate with the public about the dire conditions millions have been and still are facing even before the Pandemic. The billions of dollars funneled into campaign coffers should have been used to educate the voting public that creating a unified coalition would bring sweeping reforms that are so desperately needed. The reality of what transpired in a year and a half of political campaigning those billions of dollars only created more animosity and division polarizing one extreme over another.

One can remember back in 1992 Ross Perot used his own funds to go on national TV to educate the public on the dire ramifications of not addressing our national debt. That same approach should have been used during this election cycle. By using the medium of television to communicate and educate the public is the most effective way in communicating and educating the public. Had the Biden campaign and the DNC used their resources in this way the results we ae seeing today would have not created the potential for more gridlock in our government. The opportunity was there to educate the public of safety protocols during the siege of this pandemic and how National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation provides the necessary progressive reforms that will propel the United States out of the abyss of debt and restore our economy. Restoring our economy so that every American will have the means and the availability of financial and economic security.

The failure of the Democratic party since 2016 has been recruiting a Presidential Candidate who many felt was questionable and more conservative signals that the results of today has not met with the desired results the Democratic party wanted. Then again? By not fully communicating and not educating the public on the merits of a unified progressive platform has left the United States transfixed in our greatest divides since the Civil War. This writers support of Senator Bernie Sanders is well documented. Since 2015 he has laid the groundwork for progressive reforms. He also has the foundations on which these reforms can deliver the goods as they say. But, what did the DNC do, they purposely went out of their way to engineer a candidate who was more in tune with the status-quo of the DNC. They failed to communicate to the public in educating all of us on the ways our lives would be better served with a progressive agenda that was the benchmark of Senators Sanders Presidential campaign and his Our Revolution movement. And this is way there is still really no progress in creating a less toxic environment in Washington and around the country.

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