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Thursday
Jan192017

Diapers.com Offers Helpful Products for Busy, Working Moms

We all know the struggles of busy motherhood. Even if you haven’t taken the plunge into business ownership just yet, you are constantly balancing, juggling and yawning. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that you aren’t yet running a business. You may be frightened of the potential of being even busier and more tired.

Products and services that can make our lives as mom entrepreneurs easier are always a welcome sight. They come in many different forms and many different packages. Diapers.com isn’t just for diapers and baby gear. The site has a new section, Gifts for Mom, which specifically addresses things that can make our lives as moms easier.

For instance, there is the Nespresso Espresso Maker for the moms who need to stay caffeinated at all hours of the day. There is a large selection of video monitors so that you can work in your home office worry-free while baby naps.

Did you know that you can also order household items from Diapers.com and have them shipped directly to your home? Currently all toilet paper, tampons, vitamins, laundry detergent and grocery items are 25% off. This is extremely convenient for the new mom, or the mom who doesn’t want to take her little ones out to the store during cold and flu season.

The site offers free 1-2 day shipping on all orders more than $49. They also promote free and easy returns when necessary.

Monday
Jan162017

#MotivationMonday 1.16.17

Today's #MotivationMonday post is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Wednesday
Jan112017

4 Ways to Stay Healthy While Operating Your Own Business

It’s the New Year and many of us have set new resolutions and new goals for the coming months. Oftentimes, health and wellness is a big focus of those goals. Everyone wants to lose a little weight, eat healthier and improve their overall wellness in the New Year. This can sometimes be hard to do, especially if you are working from home, running your own business.

It’s easy to understand how the stress and time commitment can be overwhelming, leaving little time for healthy activities. The key is to stay focused and dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle despite your demanding work. Here are four ways in which you can help ensure your healthy success.

Meal Plan & Prep

Dedicating part of your Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon to planning out your week’s meals can go a long way in the quest of healthy eating. When you grab things on the go, or order in because you didn’t plan the evening meal, the chances of eating unhealthier dramatically increase. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you will get good, balanced meals each day. This can help with grocery shopping too, and you’ll have healthy snacks on hand for the days where you’re stuck at your computer for what seems like endless hours. You can also use this time to prep for some of the meals. Cut vegetables for different recipes or marinade meats; do anything that might help you save time later in the week. The goal is to make it easier on yourself to cook healthier throughout the week; if you have a plan it’s much more doable.

Manage Stress

Stress is a big deal in the life of the mom entrepreneur. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. We have to balance the family with the business with the home responsibilities and so on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Try to avoid stress and deal with it appropriately. Be sure that you are getting enough rest and taking mandatory time off. Don’t let yourself get burnt out. If you can minimize stress, your chances of being healthier are so much greater. Try not to let the pressure get to you. It’s reasonable to feel very possessive over your business. But, remember, you simply can’t do it all. If there are tasks you can delegate to help take the load off; do it. Focus on the big picture and don’t let the small issues drag you down.

Exercise

Movement is a huge key to health. Your overall wellness depends on exercise. Working from home should make it easier to find time to sneak in a workout, but in reality it often just complicates it. You must schedule time for it. If you have little ones at home, it may need to be before they wake in the morning. Usually by nap time there are several other things on your to-do list to take up that chunk of time and working out will be the furthest from your mind. Exercising in the morning can give you the clarity and resolve to start a new day. You can also schedule short breaks throughout the day. Even if it is just a few ten-minute walks around the block, it is better than being completely sedentary all day. Exercise will make you feel better overall and is a great way to improve your health.

Invest in Yourself

Another way to stay healthy is mentally and emotionally. It is a great idea to have a business mentor. An experienced entrepreneur that you can bounce ideas off of, go to for advice and look to for encouragement can be a great asset.  You may also want to attend a seminar or educational course to help improve your skills. Investing this time in yourself, and in your business, can help you grow healthy in more ways than one. Just reading a book or browsing educational sites online can be beneficial. Just be sure to focus on things that interest you and are relevant to your own goals.

There are many reasons to want to be healthy. There are a multitude of benefits. You want to take care of yourself because you are your businesses biggest asset. In the end, healthy individuals end up being more productive. So, your health and wellness goals directly tie into your business goals!

 

 

Thursday
Jan052017

What is HR Software?

Modern businesses rely heavily on technology. They spend a lot of time, and money, on sourcing the best equipment and software.

Most company owners recognize the importance of using the latest innovations to help them to serve their customers effectively. However, there is one area of most businesses that is often neglected. Firms rarely invest in purchasing HR software for their personnel department to use.

This is a real shame, because using this type of software brings many benefits. Modern HR software can do so much more than help you to get your payroll right. Today, you can turn your HR department into an internal hub that brings everyone together and ensures that everyone is working as an efficient team. Below are just a few examples of how that can be achieved.

Run an efficient appraisal process

An important part of making sure that every member of your team is pulling their weight is setting targets, and measuring progress. Most firms do this using an appraisal process.

This approach works well. However, that is only the case when appraisals are carried out on time, and the data gleaned from the interviews is actually used. The best HR software includes modules that will help you to manage the process, and ensure that everyone does what he or she should to make your appraisal system work.

Manage absenteeism

Most firms use their HR system to keep track of hours worked and make sure that people are paid on time. This is important, but so is managing absenteeism.

If you want to, you can use the information you gather to make sure everyone is paid properly to spot members of staff that are taking more time off sick than average.

Once you spot a problem, you can take the time to discuss the issue with the person concerned, and find out what the underlying cause is. Often these conversations are enough to stop people taking time off sick without good cause.

Roll out best practice

Every company has to evolve if they want to stay ahead of their competitors. As a result, managing change is an important part of the modern business world.

The tools that are included in today’s HR software packages make it easy to roll out best practice and keep track of progress. Most of the best packages include scheduling modules that keep track of what needs to be done, when, and by whom.

Run staff bonus schemes

For any firm staff motivation can be a problem. It is hard to keep everybody enthusiastic and working hard.

A good way to do so it to set up and run some sort of staff bonus scheme. This task can be done more efficiently using a HR software package.

If you would like to learn more about how to set up a staff bonus scheme, you can do so here.

As you can see, using something like Cascade Human Resources Software brings many potential benefits. As a result, if you have not seriously considered investing in this type of package we strongly urge you to take the time to do so.