How to Properly Balance Work & Personal Life

Whether you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or running a small local business, balancing your work and your personal life is a common obstacle. Long to-do lists, constant phone calls, full email inboxes can happen to the best of us. Even when it seems like establishing a work-life balance seems impossible, these following 5 steps will help you get back on track. #1: Prioritize Daily #2: Practice Saying No #3: Delegate Wisely #4: Separate Work from Home #5: Make Gradual Changes Read more from this article on how these 5 steps can help you establish work-life balance. … [Read more...]

Love, Marriage and Future Business Partner?

Marriage is a partnership that needs solid boundaries in order to succeed. The same goes for a business. It is a partnership, but in a different context. Before starting a business with your spouse, consider asking each other some very important questions. What value do you see in this endeavor? What is more important; your marriage or this business? Read more here from Lolly Daskal, a leadership coach and CEO from Lead from Within. She has great tips on what to do before you jump into a business venture with your spouse. … [Read more...]

Stress and How Successful People Overcome It

Anxiety is a pivotal emotion that we all experience. When our bodies are put into stressful situations, our performance levels peak and we can perform better. However, not everyone is capable to handling stress the same way. If you find yourself in a stressful situation and feel your performance will take a hit, follow these 5 steps to regain control over your emotions. Stress rears its ugly head on daily basis, but it is how you respond to “that stress” that matters most. … [Read more...]

Lifelong Learning is Imperative for a Lifetime of Success

The world is ever-changing. Markets and segments evolve year after year. Expanding your mind is a key factor to your success. "An often overlooked yet simple way to improve is to increase your knowledge by being a self-starter." It is important to be an active listener so you can be a lifetime learner. Check out this article on Entrepreneur’s website to learn why we should all strive to be lifelong learners. … [Read more...]

How to File an Amended Tax Return

We all know filing taxes is not the easiest job in the world (that’s why you hire us to help!) Mistakes do happen from time to time, so what do you do when you realize there is an error after you’ve already handed in your returns? Well, there are two options: The first option is plain and simple: do nothing. If it’s related to a mathematical error, the IRS will usually automatically fix it. If you forgot a certain form or schedule, the IRS will usually send you a request for them. The second option is to file an amended tax return if you made an error claiming your filing status, income, deductions or credits on your original return. An Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, … [Read more...]

72 Must-Follow Facebook Pages for Aspiring Content Marketers

If you’re an aspiring content marketer, it’s great finding new people in your field to like and follow on social media. You can pick up ideas, tips, tricks, and inspiration from people who really know how to work their social media! But there are lots of other people to check out, too…. This article by Pat Parkinson gives a diverse list of 72 people to follow online, all of whom motivate and inspire him. The list includes musicians, speakers, athletes, journalists, businesses… They all have something to offer and to help you in your quest for content marketing mastery. Read the article on and start Liking! … [Read more...]

10 Easy Solutions to Business Writing Problems

Never underestimate the importance of good writing. Especially in the world of digital business, it is often your only “voice.” If your first email to a potential customer is dull, confusing, and riddled with grammatical errors, you will likely lose the customer. If a memo to employees is unclear, you may end up with confused workers and incorrectly done work. 10 Easy Solutions to Business Writing Problems out of Entrepreneur Magazine gives some simple tips, tricks, and troubleshooting solutions to help you in your writing. I’ve given you the top three here: Use strong verbs- weak verbs make writing look dull Avoid pretentious or confusing words- keep the words short and … [Read more...]

4 Questions to Ask Before Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge

According to Bloomberg, 80% of new businesses fail. This is certainly something to ponder.  You need to know if you’re prepared for what you’re getting into before you considering jumping off as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneur magazine suggests you ask yourself these four essential questions so you can set yourself up for success: Are you comfortable with absolutely zero structure? Entrepreneurship is chaotic! Do you have financial stability? It can take a long time for your new business to start making you money. Are you entering new territory? Don’t get in over your head! Start in a field in which you’re familiar. Do you change jobs every two … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

There’s no doubt about it, social media marketing is a key part of business success. As a small business owner, you are probably already aware of how important it is, but might not know how to best utilize it. Being great at social media marketing is essential to making your business a success! If you want to learn all about the hows and whys of tapping into this huge marketing platform, check out this super useful article from Small Biz Ahead: The Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing These are three of my favorites: Improved brand loyalty More involvement in social media outlets equals more brand loyalty from your customers. Decreased marketing costs Spending … [Read more...]

How to Create Your First Marketing Plan

Starting up a business is a big challenge.  You can easily get wrapped up in the day-to-day frenzy.  Don’t forget, long-term success requires a long-term plan. How do you make sure you’re staying focused on long-term goals, as well as short-term work? First step, create a marketing plan. This great article from Business Owner's Playbook gives you a roadmap to follow as you take this important step in your journey to small business success: How to Create Your First Marketing Plan   … [Read more...]