The Benefits Of Opting For Business Executive Coaching Services

b20As a leader of a business, you need to make sure that you hire the best employees who can accomplish business tasks properly. It is also the job of leaders to monitor their employees to make them more efficient. As for employees, it is imperative that they have leaders who can assist them in making the right decisions to boost their confidence at work. Fortunately, all these can be obtained by opting for business executive coaching services. By opting for coaching services from experts, businesses can even attain better benefits that can match their needs. Below are some of the following.

Enhance leadership skills

One of the main benefits of business executive coaching services is leaders can improve their skills. As of now, leaders and managers are the ones who are making plans and decisions to make their business stable and more profitable. But, to make the right decisions, individuals need to have the right skills and knowledge. And, opting for coaching services can allow them to attain all these which can help them achieve their business goals.

Boost professionalism

The next benefit of executive coaching is you can boost professionalism in your business. Of course, having good relationship with your employees at work allows them to be comfortable. Unfortunately, there are cases when employees do not listen to you since they forget their position in the business. So, by opting for coaching services, you can easily promote professionalism which can make your task better and more efficient.

Improve problems solving skills

Another benefit of coaching services is it allows leaders as well as employees to improve their problem solving skills. Issues at work can be dreadful most especially if it affects your performance. Luckily, coaching services allow employees to identify issues and solve it immediately. Not to mention, employees can also reduce risks at work which can help them accomplish their tasks effectively.

Enhance work performance

Finally, business coaching also allows individuals to enhance their work performance. Stress and anxiety are only some of the issues employees may encounter on their daily lives. With these issues, there are instances when they cannot finish their tasks on time. With the help of executive coaching experts, work can be easier and more efficient since they can help employees to be motivated.

With all these wonderful benefits, business owners are rest assured that they have the right employees who can help them achieve their goals and make their business more reputable and profitable.

Maintenance Bonds Breezy Free & Easy

b19Free surety bonds. Is there anything better? Actually I can think of a couple of things right off BUT… are they good? Sure they are.

Everybody likes free stuff. Trouble is, they’re not always breezy free or easy. Sometimes they’re a huge P.I.A. So let’s get into maintenance bonds and learn the issues.

The most common Maintenance Bond situation is a bonded public or private contract. The specification stipulates there must be a 100% (of the contract amount) Performance and Payment Bond plus a Maintenance Bond, which is often for a lesser amount, maybe 20% of the contract price. The maintenance bond covers the completed work for defective materials and workmanship, for a specified period of time.

The P&P bond is issued when the project commences, and the Maintenance Bond comes when the completed work is accepted. It is common for the project owner (obligee) to write an acceptance letter regarding the proper completion of the contract, and stating that the Maintenance Bond must now be issued.

For the surety, this bond is an easy decision. They already got paid for the P&P bond. They already faced the risk of claim due to faulty workmanship or materials. Now the contractor (Principal) will pay an additional premium to obtain another bond on the same work.

In some cases the surety doesn’t even charge for this bond following their P&P obligation – breezy free and easy! If they do charge, the rate may be less than for a P&P bond. So when is it not breezy free and easy… and why?

Timing

Maintenance bonds are normally required after the contract has been accepted (work completed). However, in some cases, the owner requires issuance concurrently – at the inception of the project. This is difficult for the surety to support because the approval of maintenance bonds may be relatively easy, but it is not automatic. The surety must decide if they want to accept the risk associated with the maintenance obligation. In part, this is predicated on the smooth performance / completion of the contract. If the job was fraught with problems and difficult to complete, they may not want to support the such an obligation.

Requiring the underwriter to issue the bond at the beginning takes away the opportunity to make an informed decision.

General Underwriting Concerns

There is a time factor involved in each of these bonds. The surety must be confident that for the one or two-year period, the principal will be willing and able to respond to any call-backs (things that crack, malfunction, etc.).

If the applicant has recently deteriorated, such as declining credit scores or a poor financial statement, the underwriter may refuse to support their request.

Term

The duration of the maintenance obligation can present an underwriting issue. A one-year obligation is normal. Two years may be possible.

What about five years or ten? Probably not.

No P&P Bond

Sometimes a Maintenance Bond is requested, but there was no Performance Bond. Or, another surety may have issued the P&P bond.

If there was another surety involved in the project, it will be very difficult to gain a new underwriter’s support – the thought being “this risk belongs to another surety.”

If there was no P&P bond, the maintenance bond underwriter will require an Obligee’s Contract Status Report. This is the obligees written statement that the contract has been completed in a satisfactory manner, and related bills paid. A clean bill of health is needed to gain the underwriters support.

Conclusion

You won’t get a maintenance request on every project. But when you do, it may be very easy and cheap – but not always. Now you know why.

Steve Golia is an experienced provider of bid and performance bonds for contractors. For more than 30 years he has specialized in solving bond problems for contractors, and helping them when others failed.

Records Management In The City

b18“Records management is knowing what you have, where you have it and how long you have to keep it.”

People sometime do not understand what records management is all about – they want their organization needs to be met without any hassle. To make things simpler we have this guide which pretty much should clear your misunderstandings.

IT cities top the list when it comes to setting up a business. These Fortune 500 companies have plenty of physical copies of documents. These documents eat up office space and hamper work productivity. The solution to this problem is to instill a record management system.

Records management is a service specifically designed for storing and managing documents, usually in cardboard boxes. These firms have a secure warehouse and a strong racking system so boxes can be stacked efficiently. They bar code every box so you can track it on a central database. This allows clients to get items from storage all within a few clicks. The client just needs to pick the time and date for delivery.

Here is a look at the pros and cons of Records Management

The Security

When choosing a firm that deals in record management; one needs to do the basic hygiene checks. So what does one look for? The facility should have a 24/7 security staff and CCTV system. The second point is because one is storing important documents, climate control is primary, so that the documents do not get damaged with time. Because one is not allowed inside the room, a viewing room for your boxes or documents is essential.

The Cost

It all comes down to this. The ONE and ONLY query. How big a whole will it burn into the pocket? Space is premium all over the world. Therefore, pricing will be steep for sure. However, it is cheaper to use the services of records management for document storage. Certain firms give you a price by the space you use or the number of boxes used or a combination of both. It is best to always take a little more space because you never know when storage space could increase or decrease. The firms are normally flexible in that sense.

The Environment

When storing documents, the loss of physical document damage or decay is a potential problem. Therefore, to ensure they last, paper documents should ideally be stored in cooler temperatures, without much humidity, and a proper ventilation system in place. One should also check the protection of documents against natural calamities i.e. floods, fire or any other. Finally one needs to check if the facility has a raised platform. This will help the documents from getting wet/moist and reducing the risk of damage.

Convenience

Records management is therefore designed to be a simple and convenient solution. Gone are the days when you were hassled of retrieving documents and files. Pick up the phone or go online and get the boxes delivered at the doorstep.

Mistakes In Choosing An MC For Your Business Event

b17In order to make business events successful, it is important for business owners to look for professionals who can help them. For instance, when dealing with foods and drinks, it is best to hire reliable caterers. In case that you want to make your location appealing, you can opt for the services of event hire professionals. And, if you want to make your event entertaining, you can also hire an MC.

Sadly, when hiring an MC, there are cases when business owners make mistakes that can ruin their event. To avoid these, below are some of the mistakes business owners need to be aware of when hiring an MC.

Hiring the wrong speaker

One of the most common mistakes business owners make when hiring an MC for their event is hiring the wrong speaker. For some individuals, all speakers are the same. However, there are different types of MCs. For instance, speakers who are hired to talk after dinner must provide fun and enthusiasm. Therefore, you need to make sure that you hire the right MC for your business event.

Hiring an ego-centered speaker

The next mistake that business owners make when hiring an MC is working with an ego-centered speaker. These speakers usually have a topic that is designed to boost the speaker’s ego. Unfortunately, these topics are sometimes not guest friendly. As a result, your business event can turn into a disaster. So, make sure that you first talk with the MC to determine if he or she is an ego-centered speaker or not.

Hiring an MC who does not have a follow-up strategy

It is also important that business owners must avoid hiring an MC who does not have a follow-up strategy. Of course, there are occasions when unexpected incidents may occur which can affect your event. Thus, the MC must have a strategy to adapt to last minute changes and continue with the event like nothing has happened. With this, you can make your events better.

Hiring an MC when you actually need someone else

Hiring an MC when you actually need someone else is also another common mistake business owners make for their business event. There are various professionals who can make events entertaining and fun. That is why you need to make sure to identify which professional can make your event more successful.

Important Things to Take Into Consideration When Buying Event Booking Software

b16When it comes to buying a good quality event booking software system, there are some very important factors to take into consideration. Don’t buy the first system you find online, ensure you take your time, do your research and then find the one that best meets your unique needs now and moving forward.

One of the first things you will need to focus on when it comes to buying good quality event booking software is the system itself. You want to ensure that the system will provide you with everything you need to help you secure bookings and manage them effectively. Focus on the functionality of the system, how it works with your existing systems and whether it ticks all the boxes in terms of what you are hoping for.

The next thing to focus on when making a purchase of this nature is ease of use. You want your team to be able to use the system with ease and confidence and this means that it needs to be simple to use with a number of different log in options, to ensure the system remains secure at all times. Ideally the system should be cloud based, so it can be accessed from any computer at any time, but also make it easier for your clients to make their booking at any time of the day and night, thereby improving your customer service levels.

Take a close look at the functionality of the event booking software. It needs to be easy for your clients to use when booking their tickets, but at the same time it needs to also provide you with up to the minute reporting, so you can identify how your event is doing and give you an idea on availability. It will also help you forecast your profits for each of the events. Look at the functionality closely to ensure it is going to meet your unique needs now and in the future.

Cost will have to factor into your decision at some point, though you will find that finding a cloud based event booking software solution will be cheaper than buying it on disc and having to install it yourself. With a cloud based system you can access from any computer at any time and you also receive outstanding after-sales support, as the supplier can gain remote access to help with troubleshooting, but also to provide you with essential updates and upgrades.

While cost does play a role, don’t let it be your only deciding factor. Look at everything else the software has to offer and then use this to help you make your final decision. Only if you find yourself torn between two different solutions, should you use the price to help you make that final choice and choose the software that is not only going to tick all the boxes, but is also provides you with the best price, helping you stay within budget at all times.

The event booking software you choose should provide you and your customers with convenience. Your customers should be able to enjoy the convenience of booking their tickets or space online at any time of day or night without having to pick up the phone or disrupt their day. For the company, it should provide you with the convenience of up to the minute reporting, so you know what is going on with your event at any given time.

The final consideration is the support you receive. Ensure when choosing this software, you find a company that will provide you with fantastic after-sales service and support that you can trust.

Eighty Ways to Make Money From the Pokemon Go Craze

b15Pokémon Go has exploded to become a certified cultural phenomenon. Every businessman, entrepreneur and game designer is watching Pokémon Go with a mixture of excitement and envy. Smart entrepreneurs and businessmen understand that although it appears to be a simple combination of graphics and gameplay, the underlying design is quite complex and well thought out. There is nothing trivial or silly about it. It is the most successful App launch ever seen. The most savvy entrepreneurs and businessmen have quickly realized there are ways to make money from this craze, even if you are not John Hanke (CEO of Niantic and the creator of Pokémon Go,) or Nintendo.

First the basics:

* Pokémon Go tracks player’s location, which forces people to get off your couch, out of their house, and travel to specific locations called PokéStops and Gyms. Good news, those Pokémon players (called Trainers) are real world consumers, and the PokéStops and Gyms are real world destinations.

* Demographic studies show that most Pokémon Trainers/players are 18-35, and cut across all ethnic boundaries. Although there are a significant number of kids playing (and mothers who may be customers,) it means that most of your local Trainer/players have disposable income available.

* A Pokémon Gym is a real world location where Trainers/players must physically travel to, in order to battle other Pokémon. If your store is near a Pokémon Gym, then Trainers/players will be coming to your doorstop. If you have one near you, you probably already know it.

* A PokéStop is a place where Trainers/players can get free in-game tools used in gameplay. Again, if you have one near you, you probably already know it. A PokéStop can also be assigned a Pokémon Lure which attract Pokémon creatures, which in turn attract additional Trainers/players, also known as potential customers. Retailers, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops have all taken advantage of nearby PokéStops. See examples #14, and #18 below.

* The Trainer/players hunt and capture Pokémon of differing rarity and value. The Pokémon have names and unique identities. That opens up possibilities for small business owners such as the bar that offered specific bounties. See example #17 below.

* Once a Player/trainer achieves Level 5, they must choose loyalty to one of three factions, Team Mystic, color Blue; Team Instinct, color Yellow; or Team Valor, color Red. As a businessman, your potential customer has therefore aligned themselves with a color and a team. That means your yellow merchandise suddenly has greater appeal to members of Team Instinct, your red items to Team Valor, and so on.

* Pokémon Go is a battery hog. Trainers/players are constantly draining their phones. This is a problem for them, and an opportunity for you.

* There are Twitter hashtags and Facebook groups for Pokémon fanatics. This means there are very affordable methods to get your message directly to local targeted Trainers/players.

* Lastly, Pokémon Go has been having problems with their servers. Too many people want to play, and Pokémon’s servers have crashed which has led to frustration and thousands of internet memes. Like the game itself, the frustration can be the source of money making ideas. See the T-shirt example #45 below.

So with that out of the way, here are some ways that people and corporations are making money from the Pokémon Go craze. Look down this list. With some imagination, there are opportunities for you too.

1. The first and most obvious way to make money on this craze is to invest in Nintendo. The smartest investors put their money in before it hit big, but nothing breeds success like success. So who knows what will come next.

2. If you own a Restaurant, a Pub, Coffee Shop, Snack Shop, Ice Cream Shop, etc. and you are located near a PokéStop, place a Lure at the PokéStop and place a sign inviting customers to sit and play. If you don’t know how to place a Lure, walk outside, find someone staring intently at their phone, and ask them.

3. Do you have a Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Snack Shop, Ice Cream Shop close to a PokéStop, BUT NOT CLOSE ENOUGH? Station a server at the PokéStop with food samples and discount coupons.

4. Do you have a Restaurant Pub Coffee Shop, Snack Shop, Ice Cream Shop close to a PokéStop, but not close enough, AND is the PokéStop Lure free? Place Lure at PokéStop. Set up a small sign saying you have placed the Lure (build awareness and gratitude for your shop, and increase your “cool” factor,) and that Lures placed at the top of every hour. Invite players to come have a cup of coffee while they wait. Great way to show your support and to build loyalty. This worked wonderfully for a tavern in Fairbanks Alaska. Yes they have Pokémon there too.

5. But what if you have a Restaurant Pub Coffee Shop, Snack Shop, Ice Cream Shop close to a PokéStop, but not close enough, and OTHER STORES are placing Lures? Place a sign at the PokéStop inviting customers to your shop and offer a free phone charging station. Pokémon Go players are often surprised at how quickly their phone battery drains and will flock to you. Be sure to have some fast charge stations for the Galaxy 6 and 7.

6. You don’t need a restaurant. If you own a Retail Store near a PokéStop, you can take advantage as well. Trainers/players do more than drink coffee. They purchase things too. You can place a Lure at the PokéStop and then set up a sign inviting new customers to shop.

7. Pub Crawls are already popping up around Portland Oregon and other cities. Sponsor one if you are a bar or pub.

8. Yelp is already making money from the Pokémon craze. They have installed a filter so players know which stores are near PokéStops. Don’t have one near you? Niantic has a support form on their website that you can use to request a PokéStop or Gym.

9. Are you an expert player? Do you at least know how to set up a Lure? Many shop owners do not know anything about Pokémon Go, and may be technophobic. Offer to set it up for them and monitor it during store hours. I have heard rates running from $50/day to $300/day in service fees.

10. You can do the same for locations that are not located near you if you use a rooted phone and a GPS spoofer. I personally DO NOT endorse this idea. You run the risk of being banned, but the how-to information is already online so I would be remiss if I didn’t list it here.

11. PokéStops include some apartment complexes. Are you the rental agent for an apartment complex? Be sure to place a Lure at your PokéStop.

12. Are you an artist? Offer to paint window art featuring Pokémon in stores and restaurants near PokéStops.

13. El Cid in Silver Lake California, has a Pokémon Gym, and a weekday Pokémon happy hour. Why not you?

14. L’inizio Italian Restaurant in Long Island City, New York, increased sales 75% over a recent weekend by investing $10 in Lures at a PokéStop at their restaurant.

15. The US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama offers Group discounts to individual Pokémon players who show the App when purchasing tickets. They advertise 22 locations, including three gyms, and suggest that visitors wander and appreciate all the museum has to offer while they are hunting Pokémon.

16. One Pizza parlor offered discounts and free slices based on a player’s level. They quickly learned that freebies were not a good idea.

17. Pints & Pixels in Huntsville Alabama has offered bounties for specific Pokémon caught nearby.

18. AFK Tavern in Everett Washington, a must-go pub for any serious gamer or geek, is the site of a Pokémon Gym. They offer a discount if you are the leader of the gym. They warn against false claims by boasting that 98% of their wait staff plays. Hmmm, what is wrong with the other 2%

19. You can do the same discount as AFK Tavern even if there is no gym on your site. Simply choose a gym nearby and place a sign at the gym advertising your discount.

20. It may be obvious, but if you have a Food truck, park it at a PokéStop and place a Lure.

21. If you have a portable Barista cart, do the same thing.

22. Are you teaching your kids about setting up a lemonade stand? Help them set up at a PokéStop with a Lure.

23. Capitalize on the biggest complaint players have about the game, and set up a mobile charging station near a PokéStop. Best Buy and other outlets sell extra-long chagrining cords so you can set one end in your cigarette lighter and the other can reach out the window. Charge in 15 minute increments.

24. Eggs need to hatch. In order to hatch the player must walk two, five, or ten kilometers based on the type of egg. If you are normally moving a lot for work or pleasure, you can offer to carry and nurse someone’s egg. How? First there has to be security and trust between the hatcher and the player since you will need to sign into their account, but if you can get past that, you can simply sign in on your phone and start moving.

25. Joggers, you can do the same. Golfers too.

26. Do you ride your bicycle to work or for fun? This is a great opportunity for you too.

27. Hey bike messengers, do this to make extra money. Just stay under 10mph or your movement won’t count.

28. Skateboarders, why not place your Craigslist add right now. You could be hatching eggs by tonight.

29. Pokémon are distributed around the world based in some part by location and environment. Water type Pokémon are often found near water. Similarly, other types of Pokémon are often found in other environments. Offer an Uber type service to drive car less players to other areas of town. The going rate seems to be around $20/hr per person.

30. San Francisco Travel is touting their unique Pokémon areas with detailed directions for Pokémon in parks and famous locations.

31. Do you give already tours of your city? You can add Pokémon Tours as a specialty.

32. Do you know the best spots for Pokémon that other people are not aware of? Just like fishing guides who bring tourists to the best places for Tarpon, you can be a Pokémon Guide and bring people to secret PokéStops with rare Pokémon.

33. Start a Pokémon party bus. That could be wild!

34. Be a Remote Pokémon hunter. Someone from Kansas may want to see if San Diego has Pokémon rarely seen in the Midwest. Trainer/players on Reddit are already bemoaning the difference in Pokémon spawning habits between NYC and Chicago. Similar to nursing eggs, a safe exchange of information is required, but it is certainly not rocket science. Be aware, this is not specifically addressed in the terms of agreement, but if it’s a violation, you may be banned.

35. Target is selling Pokémon T-shirts. They have the license and the products. Now Pokémon is trendy again.

36. Kohl’s is selling Pokémon Backpacks.

37. Hot Topic, the bastion of pop culture merchandise, is selling T-shirts, socks, underwear, earrings, and many other items.

38. Fathead.com is selling Pokémon Wall decals.

39. Party City is selling Pokémon piñatas. There will be a lot of Pokémon parties this summer.

40. According to Gizmodo, McDonalds has a deal that will set up every McDonalds as either a PokéStop or Pokémon Gym. Supposedly the partnership will soon make its debut in Japan. Makes sense since most McDonald’s have Wi-Fi and Nintendo and McDonald’s have a history of doing promotions together.

41. With McDonald’s as a proof-of-concept, other sponsorships may be on the way.

42. Expect sponsored specialty items such as rare Pokémon as well.

43. Are you older than 30? Were you a Pikachu fan when you were a child? Sell your old childhood Pokémon stuff on eBay to a new younger audience. Special editions and unopened games seem to bring in the best prices.

44. If you are artistic, you can design and sell red, yellow, and blue t-shirts for teams Valor, Mystic, and Instinct. Design them, and then use a print on demand service such as Café Press for production and fulfilment.

45. Or, take advantage of the sever issues and design t-shirts with slogans such as “I’m only here because the Pokémon server is down.”

46. If you are a bit naughty, you can take your T-Shirt design a step further with slogans such as “Stop playing with your balls!” and “I wish my husband went down as often as the Pokémon servers.”

47. Alibaba.com has dozens of backpack manufacturers with small MOQ (minimum order quantity) which you can use to create Team Valor, Instinct, or Mystic backpacks.

48. Alibaba.com has manufacturers of water bottles at very low prices and available in Yellow, Red, and Blue. Do you sense an opportunity?

49. Alibaba.com also has manufacturers of Figurines. You can set up an Amazon shop and be a specialty Pokémon store.

50. Many Trainers/players are spending more time in the sun than they realize. Alibaba.com has manufacturers of inexpensive promotional item priced sunscreen available in Red, Yellow, and Blue. Sell them or give them away with your store name on them.

51. Are you a bakery or cake decorator? Bake and sell Pokémon themed cakes. Or bake and sell cake pops decorated as Pokémon balls.

52. Can you sew? Make Team Valor, Team Instinct, or Team Mystic bandanas for dogs.

53. Can you knit? Make Pokémon hats.

54. Can you make homemade bath bombs? Pokémon bath bombs would be a hit. Sell them online.

55. Are you a Pokémon intermediate player? Write a How-To guide for beginners. Post it online and sell display ads.

56. Are you a Pokémon expert? Write a strategy guide for experienced players. Post it online and sell display ads.

57. Are you ethically gray? Write a cheating guide. Post it online and sell display ads.

58. Are you good at sewing? Create Pokémon cosplay outfits.

59. Do you own a Barbershop or salon? Offer Pokémon style haircuts.

60. As long as you are already walking for Pokémon Go, talk to your neighbors and offer to be a dog walker.

61. And since you are already walking, and you like dogs, sign up for charity apps like Wooftrax.com. Money is donated to animal shelters for every mile you walk, and you are already walking to catch Pokémon and hatch eggs.

62. Another way to take advantage of walking is to register for Wegolook.com. This is a service where you visually “look” at things on behalf of remote buyers. Check it out.

63. Did you love the Ice-cream truck as a kid? Become a mobile retailer and sell Pokémon merchandise at PokéStops. Bring your truck, a display, and Lures. You can even play music. Please tell me that you know that Pikachu song. Make a schedule, and post your schedule ahead of time at each of the stops. Have a friend set Lures 15 minutes before you arrive, then show up with 15 minutes to sell. Time it right and you can easily do 20 stops a day.

64. Alibaba.com has many ball cap manufacturers with small MOQ (minimum order quantity) which you can use to create Team Valor, Instinct, or Mystic caps.

65. Sell Pokémon plush toys (from Alibaba.com) from your mobile store.

66. Sell Pokémon Team themed mobile power banks (from Alibaba.com) from your mobile store. Make your customers happy by pre-charging them.

67. Are you are Retailer too far from a stop? Set up a pop-up shop.

68. Create Pokémon theme birthday parties for kids. Be the one stop shop for moms. You supply everything from paper plates and cake to decorations and party gifts. All with a Pokémon Go theme. Mom just hires you, and you do all the rest.

69. If you are good with coding, pulling data, and API’s, you can put up a site that shows local Pokémon server status and weather reports for people considering venturing out on Pokémon hunts. Monetize it with display ads.

70. Some people are selling their accounts, already leveled up. eBay and Craigslist has postings, with accounts unaffiliated with Teams going for the most. This may violate terms of agreement however, so warning, you may get banned.

71. Be Pikachu at events. You can buy a Pikachu mascot costume for as little as $50.

72. Are you an outdoor personal trainer? Incorporate Pokémon Go into your on-the-go workouts. Pokémon Go has proven the success of gamification of exercise and fitness.

73. Are you an indoor personal trainer? Incorporate Pokémon Go egg hatching into indoor track workouts.

74. Be a 1:1 teacher for new users. Advertise on Craigslist.

75. Do you practice sports medicine? There will be a lot of people walking who have never gotten off their couch before. Advertise to first time Pokémon players.

76. Are you a chiropractor? Same thing goes for you. New clients are out there ready to limp in. Pokémon players are very keyed in to social media.

77. Are you a Physical Therapist? Incorporate Pokémon Go into your rehab routines. Swedish Medical Hospital in Seattle has incorporated Pokémon Go into rehab work for some child burn victims and are thrilled with the response. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan is using Pokémon Go to encourage children to move and bend during Physical Therapy.

78. Do you do foot massage? Set up at PokéStops. You will be heaven sent for many tired Pokémon hunters.

79. Design and sell bumper stickers and window decals for teams Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.

80. Make and sell Pokémon Team badges so team members can find each other at Gyms and Pokestops. Pokémon Trainer/players are making new friends, and being on the same team is a great icebreaker. Help them identify each other with a team badge they can wear.

81. BONUS. Love is in the air and Pikachu is playing cupid. For a small fee, POKEDATES will set you up on dates with other Trainers/players.

Now that you have all these ideas, look for Pokémon groups. Portland is hosting family friendly gathering at a city park with thousands of people indicating they are interested in going. This is a bonanza for anyone selling merchandise. Arrive with a mobile charging station. Tweet about it, message your local Pokémon Facebook groups. Use social media. Buy targeted advertising on Facebook, and use Pokémon as one of your keywords. The phenomenon is real.

Please note: Pokémon, Pokémon Go, PokéStops, Nintendo, Niantic, Pikachu, and all images and characters associated are trademarked and protected property of the original owners. All images and references used is in this article are for editorial purposes only and are not meant to imply permission or authority to use.

Reasons to Use Booking System Software

b14There are numerous reasons companies want to make use of booking system software. The benefits are exhaustive, offering you a chance to reduce costs, improve revenue and enjoy continued success moving forward.

The reasons you may want to consider incorporating booking system software into your company is that you can receive bookings at any time of the day or night. Whether you are a doctor and your clients want to make an appointment, a restaurant with patrons wanting to book tables or an event organizer, arranging one of the biggest events in the local area, you will find this software provides convenience and service to your potential customers at all times.

The booking system software gives you an opportunity to improve your customer service levels. Companies these days need to think outside of the box when it comes to customer service. Customers expect a higher level of service than ever before and they are more likely to return to a company where they received the best service. That being said, excellent customer service can help you retain your customers now and moving forward, another benefit you will find when using this type of solution in your company on a daily basis.

Further, one of the problems many companies face when taking a booking over the phone is that they don’t get all the information that they need. This means when the client arrives for their appointment or they arrive on the day for the event, you still have to get some information from them, an inconvenience for the client and a chance to slow down your process. With an online booking system, you can ensure all the relevant fields you need are completed when making the booking, helping you get valuable information from name to contact information and more.

A great reason to consider booking system software is that you can reduce the strain on valuable resources. The last thing you want is important team members spending all their time on bookings, when a client could be doing the booking themselves and all the team needs to do is print the report giving you up to the minute updates. It saves time and money in the long run.

You will find that by enabling your clients to make their own bookings online, you are able to improve your annual revenue considerably. You are saving your resources’ time, which means that they can concentrate on other areas of the business, a saving already. With great customer service levels and that added level of convenience, you will find that more customers will turn to your company, helping you boost your business and be that one step ahead of your competitors at all times.

The booking system software gives you and your company the opportunity to maximise your potential day and night. It is important, however, to ensure that you choose a reputable supplier, a company with years of industry experience and a proven track record when it comes to booking system software solutions on a global scale.

When it comes to choosing the right software solution, take a close look at your company’s needs and goals, along with your budget. Look at the various options that will meet your goals and help your company grow now and moving forward. Take the time to learn about each of the companies and their software.

The easiest way to learn about the company and their products is to do your own online research and not rely only on the reviews you read on their website. Be sure you are happy with your selection before committing to purchase.

Bragging or Owning It

b13I often speak to groups on how to be effective in expressing your power. I talk to and coach these groups in owning their own brilliance and magnificence. Most of these people are accomplished, smart, educated entrepreneurs and small business owners. Most of them diminish who they are when they speak about themselves. That is a problem. If you are building a business, or growing your business, you must be able to get people interested in working with you. To do that, you must own your power, your brilliance, your accomplishments. We all know that people buy and work with people they know, trust and like. How can I trust you are good if you don’t own it?

As I have done this talk, which is highly interactive with a couple of hundred people over the past year and when I work with my individual clients, I see this phenomenon of people downplaying their worth. So, I have inquired deeply into what gives, here?! What I have discovered are a couple of common threads.

The first common thread, that is frequently in the background for people is what they learned as children- “Don’t brag”. I think there is a real difference in someone bragging about how great they are with the intention of being superior and making the other person feeling inferior and owning your accomplishments. So, while whomever taught you (if this fits you) to not brag likely had that intention in mind, you (if this fits you) took it as don’t speak about how great you are. I am telling you, it does not serve you. What serves you, and frankly, the people you serve, is to own your own accomplishments, skill sets, uniqueness and, frankly, your brilliance and power. Those that work with you will then be proud of what they have in working with you as well as know they have someone they can count on. So… OWN IT!

The second common thread that I have observed, upon inquiring, is a fear of success disguised as fear of failure. What I have seen is people often gather evidence for any failure or compare themselves to others who are ‘better’ than they think they are. Or if they say great things about themselves and someone thinks they are not that great, they will get found out to be a fraud. This is so incredibly common they have named it ‘impostor syndrome’. I want you to know that every single person fails. You fail, you learn lessons, you grow and you move on.

5 Things You Must Consider When Starting Your Own Business

b12Starting your own business may involve a lot of headaches. There’s having to find office space, getting permits, hiring people, and more. Aside from those, you also need a business plan. In what direction do you want the business to go? How much money would you like to make five, ten, or so years from now? Those are very important questions to ask, but since you’re still in the early phases of your business, you should also seriously consider these five things.

1. What sector will you be in?

Let’s say you want to be in IT (information technology). It’s a huge, cutthroat industry, with lots of companies, both big and small, competing for market share. It’s a lot tougher for you as someone just starting if you want to jump into the industry as well. So then, you first have to find your niche. What sort of products or services will you specialise in? What can you offer that your competitors don’t have? Don’t just go with the flow. Be unique and offer something really valuable to your potential customers. Ideally it’s something they’re looking for that your competitors just can’t offer them. That way, your business will stand out above the rest!

2. How much will you invest?

Of course, as a business, you need capital to turn your business ideas into a reality. If you don’t pour in the capital, your home business idea will be nothing but a big flop. One important thing to know is how much money your business needs to both begin and maintain itself.

Where would you get the money? You could use your savings, if you have a lot. If not, you could find some business partners and ask them for an investment. Or, you could take out a loan from a bank or a reputable finance group. You could even try crowdfunding like many startup owners do these days. Last but not the least, you can seek professional advice from financial planners, business experts, or business coaches.

3. Who will operate the business?

Managing your small business by yourself is never an easy task. It’s even less easy when your company is already expanding. One way or another, you will need to enlist the help of well-trained people to help run your business. Their knowledge and skills will be great assets to your expanding small business, helping it grow further.

4. When do you expect to make money?

Certainly you would want to make money at some point. How could any business owner not want to make money? With that in mind, it’s good to set a target date for recovering your capital and earning profit. And if you have a goal, you need an action plan. Let’s say you want to recover capital after one year of starting your home business. What actions will you take to achieve that goal?

5. Do you have what it takes to build your own business?

Running your own small business requires a lot of sacrifices on your part. And there’s even the chance that your business idea won’t work out. That’s something you have to contend with. You can’t avoid running into a few (or many) obstacles along the way. But if you’re convinced that running a business is your road to financial freedom, then go on ahead! By all means, do your best!

Should Your Company Use Hot Stamping

b10If you are looking for a unique, yet professional way to boost your business materials then now is the time to begin using hot stamping. This customizable process has been around for many years, and is a popular choice for a long list of businesses looking to stand out from their competition. Like embossing, it can add dimension to any piece of paper thus allowing you to create a custom look for your company logo, mailed items and much more.

The foil stamping process can be either hot or cold and can be used to create gorgeous designs sure to give you an edge and garner your prospective customer’s attention. It is not limited to single colors, or just those deemed as metallic, but can be in a wide range of colors, making it perfect for any image you wish and then applied in a wide range of designs.

What is Hot Foil Stamping?

If you have never heard of stamping, then you may be hesitant to use it, but don’t be! Hot stamping is accomplished by pressing a hot block to brand colored foil to a piece of paper. The finished product is a seamless design that is one with the paper or cardstock to which it was added.

Benefits of Hot Stamping

There are many reasons that companies will choose hot stamping for the materials, but here are just a few of them:

  • There are no fumes or solvent vapors to be concerned about, so they are safe for the environment.
  • Your printed item is completely opaque.
  • The colors gained from hot stamping are of the highest degree of vibrancy possible. Not watered down or muted.
  • The process is perfect for dry, more porous paper and cardstock. These items are often not recommended for usage if you want to use cold stamping.
  • You can combine hot stamping with embossing to create a textured finish, thus making your materials stand out even more!
  • This type of stamping gives you more range for creative details.
  • There are more foil colors and decorative elements available for hot stamping than for cold.
  • It can be used for just a section of the paper or even for the entire page.

Hot stamping is a great option when looking for a way to boost your business, and there are many companies such as those at Larkin Industries, who are happy to provide you with a custom look. So, don’t just think about giving your company an edge, do it. After all, your company deserves to stand out from the crowd and hot stamping provides you one of the tools with which to do just that.