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Stay Classy Even In Defeat: What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Coach K

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I’m a HUGE college basketball fan. March is my Christmas. I LOVE March madness. I usually don’t make brackets because of the unpredictability that is college basketball. My favorite team is Duke. I love how intense their coach is. I love that he DEMANDS the best from his players. I love that people have such strong opinions about him. I also love that I was able to get a blog post done because of Coach K and Duke today.


SnowJam 2014: Is Your Business Prepared For An Emergency?

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With the most recent Snowstorm dubbed “SnowJam 2014” by local Atlanta media over, I had some time to reflect on what happened. Many people (including elected officials) were not prepared for the snowstorm. Some people had to sleep in their cars. Some people had to walk home. Some people slept in stores or at their place of business. Children were stuck at school and freezing on school buses. I personally was okay. I was fortunate enough to get home before all of the mayhem started. My family was okay because they just didn’t go out. However, that led me to wonder about my online friends. Is your business prepared for an emergency situation? Here are some things to think about to make sure your business can still run in case you wind up getting stranded somewhere.


How are you going to handle the kids this summer?

For most work at home parents, the end of school signals anxiety and panic. Why? Most work at home parents use the time that kids are in school as time to get the stuff done for business. However, when school ends, parents now have to figure out how they are going to get their work done with the kids in the house ALL DAY long. Don’t panic. You don’t have to put your business on hold for three months. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of things this summer.


Know when to throw in the towel

As business owners it is sometimes hard to quit. I mean after all quitters never win and winners never quit, right? However there are times when you need to take a break from a project. If what you are working on is causing you to be irritable towards your family it may be time to pull the plug on that project for the day. If what you are working on isn’t producing the income you thought it would produce, you may need to pull the plug on that project. Time is money. There is no reason to put effort into something if it is making you sick or not producing the results you thought it would produce. Just because this particular project didn’t work out the way you expected it to doesn’t mean that something else you try won’t work.


Do you have a health care program?

One of the biggest problems self employed people have is what to do about health care? Traditional health care programs can be so expensive. If you have an on going health concern like diabetes, it can be even harder to find a health care program. So what is a viable solution? Try Ameriplan. Your membership fee is guaranteed for two years. You have no paperwork and you will see instant savings. Check it out today by going to – http://www.everyonebenefits.com/deannatroupe (if your sign up through this link, I’ll be eternally grateful and get a commission).


Security Awareness Training

I’m sure you are aware of how easily systems can get broken into. It seems like every other day we see news stories about a website getting hacked into and information getting stolen. This is obviously not something you want happening to your company. This type of thing is a PR disaster. I can only imagine the legal hassles that happen when these things occur. So what can you do to prevent this? Well you can make sure that your employees are trained in how to keep data secure. You can make sure that your employees are using passwords that aren’t easy to guess.


Set clear boundaries for your business.

Do you have clear boundaries for your home based business? Are there certain hours of the day you won’t work on business? Are there certain days you won’t work? You need to set these boundaries for your business or your business will take over your whole life. You can decide how many days a week you want to work on your business. You also get to decide how many hours a week you want to work on your business. Just remember to let your clients know what your “days off” are so they will be able to plan.


Ways your business can help the environment

There are things you can do everyday that will help our environment. You can do more things digitally. You can have more virtual meetings instead of in person meetings. This cuts down on the amount of time people spend driving. This also cuts down on air pollution since there are fewer cars on the road. You can have people digitally sign documents instead of mailing physical copies of documents. You can save paper by reading ebooks or kindle books rather than buying physical books. If you do have to travel, consider taking public transit or car pooling. These are just a few things your business can start doing to help the environment. What do you do in your daily life to help the environment? Post what you do in the comment section.


Introducing Premier Patents

If you have an idea or trademark you want to protect, you should consider getting a patent. I’m not an attorney so I can’t give advice on legal matters. You should definitely consider consulting an attorney to guide you through this process. Could you do it yourself? Sure you could. However, you should consult a patent attorney. Fairfax patent laws can be confusing to navigate on your own. Consult with a business patent attorney today and you could save yourself a lot of heartache down the road.


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