Is Your Business Development Day Profitable?

Most entrepreneurs struggle with exactly what to do and when to do it so that they attract more clients and ultimately make more money. You see, I recall when I first left my full-time job (the first time) and suddenly had all of this time on my hands; I had the cleanest, most organized office in the world. But I also didn’t have any clients and even worse, any income.You see, spending time color coding my office did not get me closer to living my dream as an entrepreneur. In fact, it wasn’t until I got over the sticker shock of being my own boss and started to give my business the same respect that I once gave my job that I started to realize that the clients weren’t going to call unless I gave them a reason to.Enter business development days. A business development day is a full day, 8 hours, spent each week working on marketing related tasks that help you to attract more clients. The fact of the matter is this: until you have a full practice (meaning you couldn’t possibly work with one more person without adding leverage to your business model), you need to dedicate time each week, a minimum of 8 hours, working on marketing related activities or profit producing activities as I like to call them, to bring more clients into your business. Now, for the most part, you will perform your profit producing activities on your business development day but sometimes you will spend time on that day scheduling the activities that will be executed throughout the week.What is a PPA (Profit Producing Activity)? – Any activity when done consistently that adds clients and prospects to your marketing and sales funnel. You see, entrepreneurs spend too much time on tasks that do not add profitable value to their company’s bottom line. PPA’s have been designed to help ensure that you spend real time doing tasks that will lead to clients. PPA’s include:
Marketing Calls to Low Hanging Fruit
Follow Up calls to those you’ve met recently at networking events
Holding client discovery sessions
Writing hand-written notes to prospects
Writing an article or blog to educate your Audience of One™ and give a strong call to action
Shooting a marketing video (sharing a tip or strategy) with a strong call-to- action
Booking marketing speaking engagements to be held in the next 30 days
Recruiting unpaid sales force members or brand ambassadors
Identifying networking events to attend where your Audience of One™ will be
Attending networking events (structured and hodge-podge)
Writing your weekly e-zine
Creating a new product or service (and creating the marketing calendar to launch it)
Creating new offers (free or fee)
Developing your marketing calendar or marketing plan for the week
Creating a new launch plan to introduce a new offering to your list and community
Working with clients
Speaking engagements (free or fee)
Writing a warm or COI update letter
What else should you be doing on your business development day? How you will shift the way you work in your business to begin getting more strategic about the results you wish to enjoy in your business?

Selecting the Best Contractor For Your Home Improvement Project

Maintaining or renovating a home can be a very daunting task for most people. However, after all the hard work and investment in time and resources you have allocated for a home improvement project, the satisfaction of seeing a superbly crafted home that you can call your own can be priceless indeed. Such is the importance of choosing the best and most qualified contractor who is knowledgeable and capable enough to turn your vision into a remarkable work of art.When choosing a contractor for repairs or renovations for your home improvement project, it is vital that you first acquire all the important information about a particular contractor before ever committing in getting their services. You need to make sure that they are capable of performing all the inclusive work, including customized builds and improvements that you would want your home to have. To get all these pertinent information, you should ask your contractors a strategic set of questions designed to extract all the data that you will need. To help you start in this direction, you should ask the following set of questions:* Does the contractor have the appropriate knowledge and experience with the type of home improvement project that you have in mind?According to recent information from the industry, approximately 80 percent of contractors and builders are knowledgeable and are adequately trained in the latest construction and building techniques. However, even though they may have the training with these new techniques and the certifications to show for it (ex: techniques in energy-saving green building technologies, etc), their actual experience may have just been picked up or even achieved as they work on new projects. On some cases, the home renovation projects may involve a historic home with irreplaceable artifacts or sections. A contractor may not have the expertise in dealing with such a home nor could they match the craftsmanship involved with these historic masterpieces.* Is there an existing relationship between your contractor and architect/designer and have they worked together on a project before?For your home improvement project, you may take on the services of some of the best architects and interior designers in the whole of Massachusetts. To complement the expertise of these professionals, it is but proper to also get the services of the best contractors for the project. In such cases, it would be best to choose a contractor whom your architect or designer knows. They may be aware of the track record of these contractors and may be comfortable working with some that they can identify. With such arrangements, you can be assured of a timely completion of your project and in the manner that you envisioned it to be.* When you inquire something about the project, does the contractor communicate well with you?It is a normal thing for homeowners to ask something about a home remodeling project from their contractors. However, if all you get is a hasty answer without much details and it would appear that they want you off their faces, then be careful of such contractors. A good contractor should be receptive of the needs of their clients and should be ready to discuss every detail of the project should you ask for it.* Is the contractor experienced in working with your kind of home?A commercial construction is different from a home construction in terms of details and even on building and safety codes. The contractor should be adept in the type of home that you have, otherwise they might turn your priced possession into their laboratory for trial-and-error building methods.* How fast can the contractor start and how soon can they complete the job?Finding the best contractor is one thing, but having them start on your home as per schedule is another. You might be at the end of a long list of clients and would have to sit it out for months on end. You should weigh the urgency of having the work done as soon as possible or getting the services of the best contractor that you can get.* Is there a guarantee for their work after completion?A competent contractor will give you the assurance of an excellent renovation or repair work and will provide you with a guarantee on the work done. They should be confident enough of the quality of their work and give their clients the assurance that they need.Conducting a one-of-a-kind home improvement project for your Massachusetts home entails the best services from the best professionals available for the job. Taking a few extra moments in checking out your contractors before hiring them can spell the difference between a disastrous undertakings or a magnificent work of art you can call your home.

Treat Your Food and Drink Allergies

Certain food and drink allergies can make you very uncomfortable in few situations, keeping you always suspicious of what you are about to eat or drink. This can affect a human in a many different ways. Just think about it! How easy it is to have the same food every day you are already bored with? Well let me give you a clue, ”It’s NOT Easy.”Even worse factor is, in some of the cases when you were able to enjoy a certain food or drink, but in the meanwhile you have developed an allergic reaction to it. It surely is very unpleasant to hunger after a certain food and to resent it at the same time because you anticipate the disagreeable effects it will have on you.Food and Drink sensitivityThe way you get allergic reaction is when a specific enzymes in the product you are having can not tolerate some chemical or natural substance of it.The main symptoms are: gas, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, skin rash, headaches, and cough.From another point of view, allergy is an immune response to some allergens, or food proteins that generate the allergy, and has a partially different symptomatology: soft tissues (tongue, lips, eyelids, etc.) swelling lesions itches vomiting culminating anaphylactic shock.Most common Food generating allergies include milk, eggs, seafood, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.Aloeride effectivenessNow there is a easy way to regain the possibility of using food and drinks banned for long time from your diet. Few cases reports an increased tolerance to substances you could never even think to ingest again after undergoing terrible reactions to them. The fact that Aloeride performs on the immunity system guarantees that allergic reactions, as immunity responses to some mixtures found in food or drinks, can be dealt with. Using Aloeride for drink or food allergies doesn’t really mean you should go and grab everything you had allergy before with. It would be really irresponsible from your side, however Aloeride may actually surprise you, it offers you an opportunity to learn simple things like rightfully appreciated food, especially after a period of constant prohibition and frustration.