Increasing Productivity

Tighten Up Ship: 3 Unexpected Ways to Increase Sales

Savvy business owners will keep a close eye on product inventory, web visit stats, and customer reviews to monitor his or her company progress. When profits drop, the usual suspects are investigated first, including employees, products, and customer service. However, other factors can play a significant role in your business sales, or lack of. The following three aspects of … [Read more...]

Business Owners Share the One App They Can’t Live Without

When it comes to technology, people seem to be at one end of the spectrum or the other. Either they love it and furiously work to figure out all of the new and improved ways to enhance their lives electronically, incorporating them wherever they can, or they hate it, finding any way they can to avoid anything even remotely related to tech. For those of you in the former … [Read more...]

Why Showing Your Employees Appreciation is a Good Idea (and the Best Ways to Do It)

Most small business owners put a lot of stock into picking just the right employees for their company. They take the time to interview them, answering any questions they may have about the business or position with a smile on their face. Then, once hired, they provide top quality training and supportive feedback so the person knows they are doing a good job in their new … [Read more...]

Could Your Morning Routine Be Hurting You?

Every day, I wake up and immediately start thinking about what I have to do during the day ahead, rolling out of bed only after my anxiety and stress levels are beginning to rise thanks to the to-do list in my mind that now seems so long. From there I wander to the coffee pot, pour myself some liquid wake-up, and shuffle sleepily to my home office where I sit in front of my … [Read more...]

3 Best Productivity Apps for Small Business Owners

Have you ever have one of those days when you swear you’re going to get a lot done, yet by the time you’re ready to call your work day complete, you haven’t accomplished even half of the things you set out to do? Or the days when you feel as if you’re running in place and expending a ton of energy, yet not really getting anywhere? That’s me today. I had every intention of … [Read more...]

If You Don’t Have a Hobby, You May Be Hurting Your Business

Whenever anyone used to ask me what I did “for fun,” I would just kind of stare blankly back at them. Certainly, I’ve done a lot of fun and exciting things in my life, such as when I went sky diving off the coast of California or scuba diving in Cozumel, but these had traditionally been more along the lines of one-time occurrences versus actual hobbies. The truth is that I … [Read more...]

Boost Your Productivity, Boost Your Business

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. The U.S. Department of Labor just released statistics regarding productivity and costs for the first quarter of 2015 and it doesn’t look good. Among the numbers provided are that, even though labor costs have increased 6.7 percent, there has been a 3.1 percent decline in productivity. … [Read more...]

Are You in the Dark When it Comes to Workplace Lighting?

As a mother, I often find myself switching on a lamp when I see one of my kids reading in a dimly lit room. Most of us know that poor lighting can cause eyestrain and headaches. But did you know that improper lighting could impact your work productivity as well? Lighting not only affects how well we are able to see, but it also plays a role in our moods and behaviors, … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning for Your Business

Each year, right around the beginning of April, my family would embark on a week-long spring cleaning journey. Each room in the house had its own checklist, and each member of the family was responsible for tackling at least one task every day. As a kid, I absolutely hated it, but it made my mom so happy. She would go from being stressed out to being calm. From frantic to … [Read more...]