College Students – Keep These Financial Tips in Mind
November 29, 2016
Are you a college student? If you are then, we suggest that you remember the following tips to effectively manage your day-to-day finances. • Save up. Make it a point to set aside cash that will go directly to your personal savings account or to a contingency fund. This way, you will have enough financial […]
Candle Business Tips and Techniques
November 22, 2016
Many believe that candles are great sources of business ideas and concepts. It can be a good source of income provided owners would plan things ahead. Many candle business tips and techniques are already given. However, there has been the yearning to find more satisfying details.
A successful business is considered as one if ongoing sales are marked by huge profits and repeat clients. Marketing one’s product may take you to a list of possible ways including building your own website in the net. Others also join craft shows as a means of maximizing profits. Still, what matters is how you can sustain and grow your business in a more efficient manner.
Below is a list of candle business tips and techniques.
- Try to evaluate which of your products are indeed best sellers. Do not try to produce a range of varied candles. As much as possible, try to focus on one candle type and increase your overhead in producing them. You also need to understand that best sellers are in-demand items. Meaning, you have to make sure that you can manufacture these products at a wider scale.
- Establish a trademark. Having a product that is clearly associated to your business is ideal. As one of the most effective candle business tips and techniques, it is said that a businessman who can set himself apart from others makes his business grow as well.
- Expand your market. Aside from selling to friends and family, why don’t you try selling your candles at nearby stores and shops? Offer them your best deals. Present them your homemade items and make sure that you give candle samples and giveaways.
- Promote your products by means of effective marketing. Try renting a small space even a vacant window on a certain craft store. Set up an impressive display of items. Make yourself and your products known by letting more people know about your candles. Put up a sign that indicates your contact numbers and relative address.
- Use your camera to come up with lovely candle pictures. Post them online or create your very own catalog. Give it to friends and strangers during craft shows. Provide a good listing and product description. Never forget to include special packages and promos.
Candle business tips and techniques help a business expand and grow. It would help any seller to offer his items as well as advertise his new brand of candles. Some candle business tips and techniques refer to product innovation and this is achieved by means of coming up with various candle shapes and other relative variations.
Your Mindset, Money, and Making a Difference – Escaping the Poverty Mindset Trap!
November 13, 2016
Having a poverty mindset can keep your mind in bondage, and keep you a permanent resident of the city of less than enough. And no one wants to be a permanent resident of that city. Many of us may have been temporary residents, but we saw that living there was not going to be good for us, or anyone else. So we packed our boxes and got out of there.
Exactly what is a poverty mindset? My opinion is that it is having a mindset that is opposite of abundance. This is actually abundance in any area. It could be a poverty mindset in your physical life, mental life, emotionally life or spiritual life. But for this particular article I am going to talk about the poverty mindset and money.
When someone has a poverty mindset it constantly keeps their mind stuck in not enough, instead of focusing on more than enough. And what is really ironic, is that so many people who have a poverty mindset about money, are the same ones who are givers. They are the same people who if they did have money they would not only give, but they would give in a big way. They are the same people who secretly wish they had more to give more.
The way many people think about money is that it is wrong to have it. But yet we need it to even do the necessary things in life, like eat, and pay bills. So why do so many people have the mindset that money is evil? I believe because at one point he or she may have heard for years the same thing that I heard, “Money is evil.” And what that does is give an impression that money is bad, and that money is something that will cause you to do evil things. Or it is a crime to have it. But according to the Bible it is the love of money that causes the problems, and not the money.
I will be the first one to admit that I now look at money in a totally different way, than I did a few years ago. Why? Well partly because after losing my job (due to corporate downsizing) I had to develop a mind shift about money so that my family and I could survive. Survive? Yes, survive. Because at the time that is what it felt like to me. But now I see money as being a resource to help others in a much bigger way. It allows you to give back. And the more money you have, the more you can give back to others. I thank God that I got out of surviving mode and into thriving mode.
Now I think totally different about money. A mindset shift helped me to understand that having money is not a crime. The money police are not going to arrest you if you have money. But more than that I realized that it is OK with God! He gave me everything I have inside of me to financially prosper. He gave me all the power I need to create wealth.
There is no 11th commandment that says having money to live fulfilled, help my family and give to others is wrong. But sadly that is what I had internalized. But yet I have always been a giver with a big heart. And even after losing my job I never lost my heart to give. But since losing my job I had to look at money in a different way. I didn’t have the paycheck coming any more. But God did bless me with concepts, ideas and strategies to discover and uncover how to live big, and give bigger.
Below are the 3 keys to help escape the poverty mindset:
1. Change the way you think about having more money so that you can help more people.
2. Think about how your mindset about money is stopping you from helping those you are being called to help.
3. Focus on how more money can help you to do more positive things in the world.
A big shift in your thinking can mean a big shift in your income. If you think about a group that you are passionate about, how could you having more money help them? How could more money help you to live bigger, and give bigger? Once I really thought about my previous mindset about money. I realized how much it was holding me back from helping others in a bigger way.
But changing your about money does not happen overnight. I should be embarrassed to say that it took me years to change mine. But I am not because it helped me to learn, and grow. It took me so long because I had so many ingrained thoughts about money that were not supporting my higher purpose. And it took a long time for me to replace the poverty mindset thoughts, with the prosperity mindset thoughts. It also took a lot of prayer, support from others and education. But now that I have got it I am dedicated to assisting others.
So the next time you think about money, your mindset and making a difference. I hope you will feel a shift, even if it is a small shift, because even a small mindset shift can lead to big changes.
Small Business Tips
November 5, 2016
Every small business has the potential to grow and expand. This is every business owners’ dream come true. Sometimes, small businesses need a sense of direction or advice from sources more experienced than them. When looking for small business tips, you can always get some from experienced entrepreneurs. These are individuals who have been in business for a long time and have managed to overcome many challenges.
Small business forums are another excellent choice when you need small business tips. You get to socialize and exchange ideas with other business owners. If you have a question, there are people willing to help and give you answers. You also get to know other individuals who are in a similar business as you are. They can give you support if your business is going through some challenges and even help you overcome them. Everyone has their own definition of small business tips. You have to learn to differentiate what can work for your business and what may not apply.
However, there are general business tips that many successful businesses have used over the years. When you are starting or already have a small business in existence, one thing that is a requirement is that you have to know yourself, your product or service and your business. Have a clear vision and direction. You have to know how to merge your strengths with your target market. Knowledge of your product or service is an assurance to the customer that you have confidence in whatever you are doing.
The mechanics of running the business should be at your fingertips. If for example all your employees were to go on strike, you have to be able to do and manage what they are employed to do. You have to know your business in and out. Keep an open mind and learn how to use technology for the advancement of your business. In addition be consistent, honest and always do exceptional work.
3 Crucial Small Business Tips
October 29, 2016
In the economic downturn you fixed it in your mind to start a business for success. You are tired of the 9 to 9s and the worrying if you’ll have a job and you realized you are good at what you do so you may as well turn it into a business opportunity for yourself. Likewise you may already have a business and it is not really moving the way you thought. I always tell business owners not to give up because what you’re doing is very important to the world; but you must do it in the right way. My friend asked me what keeps me going and keeps me successful and the best thing I could come up with are 3 crucial small business tips.
When I was younger my brothers would get in conversations with other kids about basketball and they would ask who your favorite basketball player is. We would respond, Scottie Pippen, or Clyde Drexler, or Ronnie Harper. Our phrase was, “after Michael Jordan,” so we knew that if Clyde was your favorite, that meant your second favorite because MJ is everyone’s favorite. I bring this up because the 3 crucial small business tips are assuming your have a great product or service. Your product or service has to be excellent to begin with or you must have an excellent angle to present it. Now once you have that you can now use these three crucial small business tips to amplify your businesses success.
You have to provide great customer service. If you make it a point to be exceptional in your client services you will out do competitors based on the fact that you are just plain nicer than them. I do it all the time and my friends use to laugh at me especially when my money was low; I would go to a grocery store that was more expensive because they treated me better while in there. I could easily get 50 dollars worth of groceries 50 bucks at another store; instead I go and get 40 dollars worth for 50 bucks. I spent an extra $10 dollars just to treat me better. Some people call it crazy, but I call it being around people who have nice positive energy. The point is you too can win if you just treat your clients with exceptional service. This does not mean put up with grouchy customers; but treat clients like they are extremely special.
Execution and great application is crucial small business tip number two. A lot of times we get lazy, unmotivated, unfocused and this is where things begin to separate the great businesses from the average businesses. You must have good application to be successful; you must be able to execute with preciseness and consistency. If you cannot you should hire or partner with someone who can. There are great basketball players in the NBA and around the world; the ones we hear about and know are the ones who can apply their skill the best and execute when it matters the most. And that is not a hit at Lebron James…
The last tip you need to truly understand is leverage; once you understand that you cannot do this yourself you will take off to another level. Michael Jordan is going into the basketball all-time great list because for so long he thought he could do it himself. He posted unheard of numbers; but it wasn’t until you let his cohorts take much of the load off of him that he really excelled at his winning craft. You must allow yourself to do the same; you must leverage yourself. If it will take you 10 days to build a solid website, hire someone who can do it in one day. If it will take away from productive time to get your local marketing going, hire good local marketing helpers to so that you stay productive. You need to focus on doing what you do best and most efficient with your time and leverage your businesses success.