6 Tips to Taking Care of Your Family

Ensuring that our family is taken care of is arguably our most important job in life. We tend to worry about everything from the quality of the roof over their heads to what and when they eat to the school they attend and the very clothes on their backs. Not to mention, the trepidation we can feel when considering the obstacles they’ll encounter throughout their daily lives. However, with a little bit of planning, you can implement any or all of these 6 following tips and reduce your stress levels when it comes to taking care of your family. 1 – 3: Affordable MUST Haves When it comes to protecting your family as much as possible, there are three things that a lot of people tend to forget. First, with a fireproof safe, your important documents are located in a central, secure location that will ensure easy access to those […]

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5 Trends That Are Transforming the Workplace

5 Trends That Are Transforming the Workplace

2020 came along and changed the way we work. Now, with the world returning to some form of normalcy, there are new trends happening that have been changing the workplace. With the way things have changed over the years and the new technology we have these days, it goes without saying that progress is the way of the future. If you want to stay on the cutting edge in your industry, consider these 5 trends in the workplace that are changing and improving the way we get things done. Check them out:   1 – Working from home is more popular than ever Previously, working from home was something that only some people did, such as web designers and freelance writers, but now, with so many companies switching to the WFH environment due to COVID-19, this type of work is becoming normal for many brands. Having seen that it works, […]

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5 Tips to Manage Payroll Efficiency

5 Tips to Manage Payroll Efficiency

No matter the size of your business, ensuring payroll efficiency is one of its top priorities. Timely payroll processing contributes to employee satisfaction and goes a long way towards establishing optimal business operations. At the surface, optimizing your payroll processing is easier said than done. With a plethora of processes to manage simultaneously, enhancing each of them for maximum productivity is nothing short of a challenge. But learning about choice approaches can help you effortlessly improve the process. If you are looking to optimize your payroll processing activities, the following 5 tips are exactly what you need. From cutting back on manual processes to maintaining the desired level of accuracy, these tips can help you tick all the boxes on your list of payroll improvements. 1. Use a Specialized Solution to Combine Accuracy With Efficiency Turning to payroll software can help you establish the required efficiency level in a simple […]

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4 Ways Buying a Home is a Good Investment

4 Ways Buying a Home is a Good Investment

Most people think that buying a home is an investment that you have to make when you are older and ready to settle down. But you can buy a home anytime, at any age. In fact, buying a home can actually be a great investment. While some people dream of traveling the world, others dream of finally buying their dream home. Both are great options, it just depends on the type of person you are and how you want to spend your money. Or, if you’re stuck between the two, you can buy a house in your favorite vacation spot and get the best of both worlds! If buying a home is something you see in your near future, here are 4 reasons why it is a good investment:   You will save money in the long run When you pay rent, that money just goes to the landlord every […]

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4 Budgeting Basics for Your Business

4 Budgeting Basics for Your Business

You’ve cut back on Thai takeout, stuck with public transportation, and opted for DIY home improvement projects. You’re a personal budgeting wiz. But for businesses? Budgeting requires a little more preparation and finesse. When starting a new company (or even revising your current one), you need a plan that fosters profit and growth.  To get started, let’s dive into a few budgeting basics for all businesses. #1: Review Your Spending To create a budget for the future, you must first investigate the past. Alright, enough guru-talk. If you want to tighten up the balance sheet, you need to determine what’s draining your profits. Once you start probing your records, you’ll probably find a decent amount of wasteful spending. Start by listing all fixed costs for your business, such as: Rent and necessary utilities Subscriptions Software services Payroll Insurance Next, determine any variable expenses, like:  Usage-based utilities Shipping Salary bonuses or […]

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4 Budget-Friendly Tools Every Startup Can Afford

4 Budget-Friendly Tools Every Startup Can Afford

When you start your own business, it’s important to have the right tools to help push your company into a new period of growth. With that said, you might feel a bit overwhelmed trying to determine what tools are best. But we’ve got your back. Below, we’ve compiled a list of helpful and affordable tools you might want to consider for your business. Keep reading to learn more. 4 Budget-Friendly Tools Every Startup Can Afford Recruiting Software One of the biggest challenges for startups is hiring and scaling their workforce. After all, you can’t do everything yourself or force a large workload on a small team. If you and your employees feel burned out or you’re forecasting serious burnout in the near future, it’s time to look for additional help. However, hiring is in itself a very labor-intensive and time-intensive process. So, how can you streamline the recruiting process? Well, […]

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3 Ways Mortgage Lenders Can Minimize Risk

3 Ways Mortgage Lenders Can Minimize Risk

As a finance lender, a certain amount of risk is inherent. After all, the nature of the business is to give money upfront. And while there are a number of different actions one can take to recoup money in the event that a borrower doesn’t follow the terms they’ve agreed to, it can be a tricky and arduous process. The seizure of assets can be quite complex, and if your borrower doesn’t have enough to recoup the loss, you can find yourself in an extremely difficult situation. That’s why, as a lender, it’s important to take on as little risk as possible. By minimizing risk, you as a lender can maximize profitability, which in turn helps grow your business. But how? Read on for our top tips for minimizing your risk! Tip #1: Don’t forget to pre-screen borrowers Lenders field requests from all types of borrowers. And while many are […]

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Winter Is Coming and So Is Christmas

As the seasons begin to change, this brings along with it one of the most special days of the year. A day to be merry, celebrate, show love to those you care about, be charitable, have fun, and create memories along the way. With its festive nature, the Christmas season provides the perfect backdrop for you to go all out with your decorations and bring a little Christmas cheer into your life. Go Shopping The best part about Christmas is that there are a lot of things you can do at little to no cost. There will be hundreds of discount sales going on if you didn’t take advantage of the Black Friday sales already. However, if you already have some decorations that are good-to-go, you can easily reuse them and keep some money in your pocket. You can add a few new items though, to change up the look. […]

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5 Essential Steps to Take to Successfully Grow Your Startup

5 Essential Steps to Take to Successfully Grow Your Startup

Whether you’re a self-taught business owner or an industry professional with an MBA, you’ll need tools to grow your startup. Here they are.  With so many businesses on the market, you need consistent growth in order to stand out amongst the crowd. Here are five steps you can take to successfully grow your startup.   Step 1: Understand Your Market When developing your product, it’s important to know exactly which corner of the market you’re hoping to occupy, and what will make your business different from others in said corner. To hone in on your target market, consider the following: Your estimated price point (and, therefore, the average socioeconomic status of your target customer). The most common market(s) for your type of product or service, historically.  The pain points you are addressing with your startup (you might realize that you can actually tap into more markets than you previously thought!). […]

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Announcing that our New Podcast is Now Live!!

Welcome to MikedUp Pod - The Podcast for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs!!

  Welcome to MikedUp Pod – The Podcast for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs!!   Team!! I’ve been soooo excited to share news about our new podcast launching! And, let me tell you – it’s been difficult not telling you about it until now (I’m not the best with surprises). But here’s the update for you…   Below you’ll see what this new podcast is, who the (top-notch) guests are, where you can find our episodes, when you can expect new content, who I’ve partnered with on this project and what he brings to the table, who our sponsor is (YES – we have a paid sponsor!), and just about everything else. This’ll be your MikedUp Pod FAQ.   What is MikedUp Pod about?   “Hello and welcome to MikedUp Pod! The show where we interview business owners and executives to learn the tips and tactics to best grow your business! […]

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