"Vacation, All I Ever Wanted..." Or Is It?

Harris Interactive conducted a study with employees at various businesses and found some interesting results regarding vacations.  44% of employees dread the craziness of preparing for vacation at work the day before they leave. Additionally, 77% of employees believe the day they return from vacation is worse. How can you avoid the work related stress when it comes to a vacation? Here are a few tips to have a worry free vacation.Before You Leave To-Do List: Before leaving for vacation, create a list of what you need to do when you get back home. Take a look at your schedule and see what projects, deadlines, meetings, and other events you'll have. Know what you have to do when you get back so you have no surprises. Vacation Alert: Create an automatic vacation response for your email address. This allows customers, employees, and clients who email you to know you are out of town, and when you will be returning. This way, no one will be exp... [Read Full Article]

Keeping Emotions in Control

Being a small business owner comes with a ton of responsibility. One of the most important things small business owners need to remember is the effect that emotions have on the business, and most importantly, your employees. As a small business owner, you are the role model, spokesperson, and face behind your business. You assume a leadership role as your employees and customers look up to you. As a leader, it is important to be emotionally stable and in control to manage your business and employees. Let's take a closer look.PositivityAs the leader and one in control, it is essential for small business owners to be positive. It communicates that you are ready to take on any challenge optimistically. Positivity also comes in the form of being inspirational. Tell your story and how you got to where you are today to motivate others to think positively as well. It is important to remember that employees' moods are just as important as the owners'. Employee positivity keep... [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Time Management Step 4: Break Old Habits

Tips from July 30, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss time management. Step 3: Break Old Habits. Set up a new routine that contrasts with your old way of doing things. New priorities = new routine. Don't allow for exceptions. Make sure your habit is firmly established without any breakdowns, then allow for some exceptions. Invest in time management tools to physically help to plan your day & manage time. Try Microsoft Outlook or Google Tasks in GCal. Learn to say NO! Accept that you can't do everything. Don't be afraid to delegate some extra work to others to help you. Daily Overview: Without changing past habits, you will not adapt to new policies and adjustments in your new lifestyle. [Read Full Article]