More Monday Inspiration: “Do What’s Right…”

do what you know is right.I’ll be the first to tell you I’ve done plenty wrong in my life. However, I also know it’s never late to turn my life around, and I would say the same for everyone else. In the process, I want to do more of the right thing again, just because it is the right thing to do. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

Running a Business with a Conscience

Business owners face dilemmas every day, especially when struggling financially.  They might feel a bit desperate and tempted to take on work that otherwise does not match up with their moral or ethical beliefs. However, they must ask themselves whether or not they will regret it later. Is it really worth it?

Should business owners decide to pursue a particular market just because they’re desperate to make money?

This answer lies within each individual. Some people choose to compromise during tough times, such as during a recession or right after the holiday season. However, we all have to ask ourselves where in the end it will lead us? Doing what we don’t even believe in causes us to not believe in ourselves, and at that point, no one else will believe in us either. We have to have faith we can make it without succumbing to moral degradation – neither in business nor in our personal lives.

Weekly Wednesday Advice — Take Customer Feedback Seriously

Do you want to know how your business is doing? Just ask your customers. Also, take their feedback seriously if you want to experience growing entrepreneur success. Don’t expect them to always be able to tell you want they want right away. Sometimes, you might have to make a couple of revisions before you get it right. However, while building a relationship with them, you will eventually know them better than your competitors will.


What to Do if you Dread Going to Work Everyday

If you wake up every day saying, “I wish I don’t have to go to work today,” you may need a change. Perhaps you worked a job you hate for years, and now you would like to enjoy life again. If so, you might want to obtain some further guidance concerning the six points presented below:

  1. Go into a business in a field that you truly enjoy. If you do, you will want to get up in the morning instead of sleeping in all day. Your entire outlook on life will change dramatically.
  2. Start a business that benefits not only you but also your community. For instance, professional writers life is too shortcan make people aware of problems within a neighborhood. You can write about local crime or write depositions for people fighting for justice.
  3. Be sure to promote your company in a number of ways to get noticed more. Use social sharing, set up pay-per-click campaigns, and buy niche ads. Use free tools such as forum posting and guest blogging cautiously. You don’t want to get caught doing it just to gain a backlink.
  4. When starting a business, start one in a field in which you have experience. You will make the most money at one you already know how to do. In addition to having a passion for what you offer to your clients, it helps to have the expertise to complete important projects.
  5. Make sure you have enough capital to fund one year of operation. It helps to have enough money to pay for advertising. You also want enough funds to pay for people to work on the portions of your business that take away from the time it takes to deliver a product.
  6. Do everything you can to raise capital. You might have to work a part-time job while you run your business until you know the operation will sustain you. Furthermore, enter contests, apply for grants and seek out alternative funding. If you can obtain funds you do not have to pay back, that’s better for you.

Even if you have to work your current job for a while longer, you can still make plans for the future. It’s never too late to finally try pursuing at least some of your dreams!

The Best Infographic on the Importance of Business Customer Service I’ve Ever Seen

The title of this infographic is actually “A Customer Saved is a Penny Earned.” It centers on retaining your current customers because doing so saves you money. Many businesses take the value of repeat customer service for granted and they need to do what they can to provide the best level of service to their clients as they can. 

Note: I’m in the process of finding out who the Pinterest author of this is. I’m just barely starting to use that site and am not sure how to find out yet. 🙂

Don’t Make Mistakes, but if you do, Take Responsibility

Competition out there remains fierce. You might feel the pressure to never make mistakes. You shoudn’t, but even if you do, take responsibility for it. Clients appreciate an imperfect service provider (or product seller) more than they do one that refuses to acknowledge a problem. 

The facts presented in this infogram will help you understand why you need to take good care of your customers: 

Can People Who Have Physical or Mental Illnesses Run a Business?

every time I'm told I should go on ssi

Some people truly need support from the government if they can’t work like the used to or have a severe physical, emotional, or mental handicap. My sisters in fact have to receive S.S.I.

However, society often labels anyone who has a mental illness or physical sickness a total loser or failure who could never run a business. They get stigmatized as the ones who should wear a white coat, ride the city bus, and receive a government S.S.I. check. However, I don’t think most people in this situation should have to feel imprisoned. It’s not their fault they were dealt a hand that’s hard to beat, but I believe they still can overcome against all odds. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to believe in myself. 

My Own Discriminating Poverty Story

I must’ve spent half my life not even having a decent car to drive. Now, I should say this:

I started this article out by stating how society discriminates against mentally ill people. However, I forgot one thing:

I was judged for being poor, not for having a mental illness.

One time, I hoped for money to fix my vehicle for my birthday so I could continue going to my client’s houses to clean them. It was my bread and butter, but instead of receiving any kind of monetary help, I received a “Recovery Bible.” As if I didn’t already own the Bible and read God’s Word! (I don’t always, but at that time in my life I did more than I do now.)

I also remember this:

Someone else said to me, “You need emotional support.”

“I don’t need emotional support! I need money!” I exclaimed.

I often received the message that something’s wrong with me as a person. That’s why I was poor, and I couldn’t possibly succeed unless I “recover” from problem this or that issue! How mean is that!

It was true, I really did need money and reliable transportation and not just emotional support. More than that, I didn’t need to keep being told that something was wrong with me every time I tried and failed at something!

On the other hand, I was always too proud to ask for money or resources. I also never wanted to live off food stamps (food card now), S.S.I., rental assistance, or any other public funding as long as I could help it. 

However, in my case, it was because I believed it was possible for me to achieve financial freedom. I strove to be independent of government support of all kinds and just sustain myself. I still have that as my objective, and hope I’ll reach that goal. I haven’t given up yet.

Capitalize On your Strengths to Realize True Success

Even if you have post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, or have bouts of severe depression you can succeed. Whether your mental illness hit you later in life because you could no longer deal with the stress of childhood mental, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse, or you were born with it, you can still have success.

You can even still run a business if you want to. “But I can’t see,” you said.

“Then find an occupation where all you need is your hands, ears, mouth, or feet,’” I replied.

“But I can’t walk very well.”

“Then get a sit-down job or work from home!”

focus on what you can to not what you can't do

Focus on what you can to, not what you can’t do. That’s how God helps each one of us realize our true success.

There’s more to my story, but for now, I just encourage others to do what they can do and not focus on what they can’t do. 

Famous People who Experienced Hard Times

I wrote a couple of years ago about famous people who experienced hard times. It still inspires me, because I hope to achieve some level of financial freedom like they did. I’m on my way there, but not quite yet. I republished this entry here, and includes well-known names. 

Even People Who Do Collect Government Checks Aren’t Losers!

Many of the people who do collect a monthly government check don’t have to feel like losers. They would have it easier if they allowed people who received public disability funds to save money to get out from under the poverty line, but they still can if they are determined. 

I hope that doesn’t have to be me — ever unable to work and have to collect a government check. However, I also should say that people who do are not losers. Some of them may not be able to do some of the things that the average person can do, such as walk, talk, read, or speak. 

However, they sometimes have unusual talents and those should be realized whenever possible. No one should have to feel as if their life is over until it’s actually over!

Stigmas of Today’s Business Women

Business women are often stereotyped as these asexual, insensitive controlling women. Maybe that’s true for many of them. However, it’s not true for all of them-or not even for most of them for that matter.

Here’s the deal…

The married women and the women who have children with long-term significant others just want their families to meet them halfway. They especially want their lovers to allow them to have the freedom to enjoy success as much as they do. Now, of course, times are far better than in the 19th and 19th centuries and earilier.

However, the sad thing is…

As far as respect for today’s business woman, there still is much room for improvement.

Trade Show Designs for the modern business woman’s exhibit.

Where Would You Do Business?

If you could do business anywhere, where would it be? Would you just stay in your hometown or would you travel? Lately, Los Angeles as well as Las Vegas and New York City seem to be some of the top locations for people who want to take their business on the road. Where would you do business if you could? I’m just curious, and I should try to find a way to add a poll to this post. I wish I knew how. LOL

Trade Show Exhibits

Off-Site Article: 10 Inventions that Wiped Out Businesses

I was “Digging” for some information for another blog and I ran across this article. This was very interesting, and it’s something that business owners want to be aware of. There is an issue with working hard to stay ahead of the game. This is some information about inventions that have either caused other business to close or caused other business to drop in sales.
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10 Inventions that Wiped Out Businesses:

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