I recently called a local restaurant to place a take-out order for lunch. The phone rang numerous times before a perky voice answered and said, “You have reached XYZ restaurant. Our hours of operation are 11 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday. If you give us a call tomorrow, we’ll be happy to help you.” Well, hello, it was already “tomorrow.” It was Monday and after 11 AM when little Miss Merry said they would be open and happy to help me.
After trying several times in hopes that someone would pick up, I called the owner of the business next door to ask if she knew whether the restaurant was open. She told me that she had walked over earlier to pick up something for her lunch and had encountered a sign on the door saying they would be closed all week for vacation. Sadly it was not possible for me to see the sign through the phone so I was left in the dark. This particular restaurant does a large take-out business. It was important for their customers to know about the vacation closure. Obviously no one thought about changing the greeting on their voice mail before heading out the door for a week of rest and relaxation. Translation: no one gave their customers a moment’s consideration.
Voicemail is a valuable business tool that should not be overlooked. The greeting feature is one of its most useful. You can change your greeting anytime you choose to keep it fresh and to keep your customers up to date. No matter what kind of business you own, consider changing your voicemail greeting as necessary. The point is to maintain strong communication with your customers and make them aware of any changes to your hours or days of operation, an upcoming move or any additional products or services. Read More→
Do you ever wish that you had a superpower? My son, who was 4 at the time, told me not long ago that when he gets to heaven, he’s going to ask God for super powers … specifically, “laser eyes.”
I’m not sure that I’d want laser eyes (sound painful!), but maybe the power to control things – my life, my kids, my housework. This week, though, I’ve been wishing that I had the power to get it all done. So many days I feel as if I need an extra 3 or 4 hours just to accomplish the day to day tasks of life.
What superpower would you choose?
As I pondered super powers and the word “Power,” I realized that although it is many times defined using words like “strength” or “might,” in Jesus we see another definition of power. He IS power in the true sense of the word. Even when he humbled Himself to be human, He didn’t use power to destroy or to have control over mankind. He was the embodiment of power, yet the power that He exemplified was a power of servanthood. Read More→
The longer I am in business, the more I realize the key to success is the right mindset. And the more I realize what kills a business is the wrong mindset.
Here are three attitudes that could kill your business:
Thinking that you are automatically owed success without putting work into your business is a sure prescription for failure. Success takes diligence, perseverance, and hard work. Having an attitude of doing minimal work and expecting high payoff will lead you to disaster!
I saw this entitlement in a social media manager I once hired. She assured me that her services would bring me new clients, so I paid her fee, which was not cheap. Then I noticed she hardly did a thing. She really had no understanding of my target market and did not even try to figure it out. The result was a waste of my money. She got me one radio gig but it was the worst possible show for me to go on. I could tell that once she had my money, she felt like she needed to do very little. Needless to say, I never worked with her again. Read More→
2 Chronicles 20:17
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
In our house, we have a rule that has enabled us to live at peace with one another for more years than I can remember. That rule is simple, “Don’t mess with my space and I won’t mess with your space.”
I must admit some rather close calls have challenged that relationship during those years. I will not say from which side of the house it came from; just that it was not my side.
It must be quite difficult for someone like the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage whom, I must confess is a neat freak, and I am just a plain old messy freak.
My wife cannot relax if something is out of place. On occasion, I will catch her glancing in the direction of “my space” and I know exactly what she is thinking. I do not always know what she is thinking, because that would be very taxing on my thinking machine. But here, I know exactly what she is thinking. She wants to clean up my mess. “Do you need any help tidying up your office?”
I know it is a ploy for her to get her organizing paws on my things and arrange them so I cannot find anything I want, when I want it. Although it may not look like it to her, I am quite organized, thank you. Read More→
How is it that the evening mealtime comes around so quickly every day? Every day we find ourselves scrambling to find something nutritious and balanced to feed our families.
After my third child was born I began to prayerfully ask God to show me some new ways to shop and meal plan because I was in desperate need of help! I would try to make a menu and go to the grocery store once a week with a written list of everything needed for those meals. But there were a handful of problems with this, one being that I would always forget some important ingredients while I was trying to keep track of three little ones in the store or I would pick up the wrong ingredient. Besides that it was not working to have to spend an hour in the kitchen every evening cooking.
I began exploring my options. A big solution has been ordering online – yes, that’s right grocery shopping online. I would usually make a trip to SAMS Club (maybe for you it is some other membership based bulk store) once a month or every five weeks. I found SAMs has the option to order online for in-store pickup. This has been great! It says me from trekking through the store when I need a lot of things and I am able to double check my online shopping cart to make sure I have everything. Read More→
One of the benefits of working from home is the flexibility to work anytime and anywhere. However, that also means being able to shut out the distractions that surround you at any given time. For me that can mean tuning out the TV, letting the answering machine pick up calls or shutting down my email program – whatever it takes to allow me to focus on the project at hand. Over the years, I’ve found a few things that have helped me accomplish this on a regular basis:
Set Aside Time
Having set working hours or setting aside a certain amount of time each day is extremely important when working from home. The times when I’ve gone through my days hoping that I’ll find the time to get some work done are the times that I’ve struggled the most.
I know of many work-at-home moms that band together and create a co-op where they take turns watching the kids while the other moms in the group work. This way each mom spends a few hours a week away from work while babysitting, but in return is able to focus solely on her business during the times her children are away. Read More→