Tips from September 9, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss working from home: Scheduling
Enforce normal business hours while working at home. Stick to the schedule the business needs to operate; not your personal one.
Keep track of time & manage it better by setting deadlines. Make sure to get your work done before tending to other obligations.
It's easy to get lost in your personal life at home, so keep a work calendar visible to remind you constantly of work & deadlines.
Establish a routine, especially if you have personal commitments. Get a schedule: work first, then adhere to personal obligations.
Daily Overview: Pretend you're still "in the office." Set a schedule & start a routine to keep your work on track. [Read Full Article]
Tips from July 28, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss time management. Step 2: Find Out Where You're Wasting Time
Keep a log to document your activities during the day & time spent on them. Check which are productive & which are not.
Identify what activities can only be done by you & which ones you can delegate. Allow others to help where they can.
Identify major time wasters: Internet, email, socializing, communication breakdown. Eliminate the problems you can & control the issues.
Create goals. Write them down to ensure that you follow them. Track your progress every so often, reevaluate, & adjust.
Daily Overview: Realizing your time wasters will allow you to delegate time efficiently & create goals. [Read Full Article]
Tips from July 27, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss time management. Step 1: Get the right mindset.
Reality is, everyone only has 24 hours in a day. Learn to how to manage that time, but don't forget to relax!
Start with yourself. YOU are in control. Don't let time manage you. Resolve to take control & manage your time.
Acknowledge you need help to manage time. Be open to suggestions. Realize you must make sacrifices in order to change habits.
Don't waste time! Start now! Time stops for no one. Once you take control of time, you will be able to change the future.
Daily Overview: Everyone has the same amount of time - the challenge is to start to use it effectively. There is no time like the present! [Read Full Article]
Government, Politics and the Economy
Small Business: The White House is Deaf to Our Needs
President Obama's decision to cut off aid to small business lender CIT Group is just the latest in a string of decisions that demonstrate Obama's indifference to small business. WSJ.com
Shlaes: Look to Reagan for a Way Out of the Recession
Bloomberg columnist Amity Shlaes suggests that with the similarity between the current recession and the economic woes of the early 1980s, the solution to those woes, lower taxes and higher interest rates, is worth looking at today. Bloomberg.com
Management and Operations
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Tips from July 10, 2009 The Small Business tips today will be about time management.
Spend most of your day doing what you do best. Allocate 60-70% of your day doing what impacts your business the most.
Create a daily plan & stick to it. Stick to this schedule & post it around your business for everyone to see what you’re up to.
Keep a calendar at your business to have easy access to future events. This helps to coordinate your day with everyone else’s.
Be thorough when you contact people. Leave detailed messages with contact information, business information, & what you need.
Daily Overview: Make the best of every minute of your business day and accomplish your goals. [Read Full Article]
Government, Politics and the Economy
Democrats Offer Mixed Signals on Deficit
President Obama may have called for legally binding measures to enforce spending restraint, but both his congressional allies and his own actions are threatening to undermine his effort. WSJ.com
Healthcare Bill Raises Taxes by $600 Billion
House Democrats have drafted healthcare overhaul legislation that includes $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. According to Ways and Means chairman Charles Rangel, the total cost of healthcare reform will top $1 trillion. Bloomberg.com
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Government and Economy
Stimulus Sought for Equity Financing
With equity investments in new companies drying up, venture capitalists and angel investors are pushing the federal government for financial relief and to open up to them small business programs traditionally reserved for noninvestor-backed businesses. WSJ.com
Internet Sales Tax Coming?
House and Senate bills expected to surface in the next week could eliminate the "physical presence" requirement in the tax law that has, thus far, kept the various levels of government from levying sales taxes on the Web. BusinessWeek.c... [Read Full Article]