These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night…

These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night... #CEO #business #staff #retention #benefits

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll clue you in on why the current US unemployment rate keeps me up at night – both as a business owner and as a regular red-blooded American.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The current US unemployment rate is 3.8% (as of March, 2019)   Why is that 3.8% unemployment number significant?   Well, the running 70-year average had been 5.76% with the all-time high at 10.80% in November of 1982 and the all-time low of 2.50% in 1953…   Meaning that our current 3.8% is creeping into record-low territory, and I don’t know about you but I can’t “tell you what the 50’s like”…       As a CEO, this bottomed out unemployment rate is stressing me out a few different ways   1- Finding the GREAT quality […]

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What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be discussing a vitally important topic that I literally think about on a daily basis. It’s a self-reflection point I dissect regularly – what does your conflict reveal about your character?   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       What your Conflict Reveals About your Character   My dad (Pops) always told me, “It’s easy to lead when everything is going well. But your actions when you’re behind and fighting for life are what reveal your true character.”   Dude was 100% on point with that advice.   First, some current events, then a personal anecdote, and we’ll finish with a challenge question to you.   …Yeah – YOU.     October 29, 2018 – a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashed at sea   All 189 souls on board did not […]

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How to Make Your Business More Profitable in 2019

How to Make Your Business More Profitable in 2019

  Today’s guest post strums a chord that’s near and dear to my heart – increasing business profitability. We’ve been on that same quest for the past few years and I was excited to dive into this post when it was sent over. In our experience, there are multiple ways to make your business more profitable over time, but they’re not always easy.    Which approaches are the most effective likely depends on your specific business and customers. But these general principles are great for a variety of businesses. My personal favorites are #’s 2 and 3. Let us know yours in the comments below.       How to Make Your Business More Profitable in 2019   What are you looking to achieve this year? If there’s one goal business owners almost universally agree upon, it’s the desire to make more money. With increased profitability, you can direct more […]

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How to Boost Productivity in Your Service Business

How to Boost Productivity in Your Service Business

  Today’s sponsored post is all about improving business productivity with simple and easy to enact tips so that you can grow your business and continue providing a great environment for your Team.     How to Improve Business Productivity with Simple and Cost-Effective Methods   As a service business owner, you need to provide your customers with top quality assistance every time they hire you— even in the middle of the night when one of their pipes burst. If you own a small business, it’s important to keep your productivity up to please your clients, grow your company, and expand your business. If your efficiency levels are low, your employees could be costing you money, rather than making it.   Low productivity rates in the workforce can increase the number of on-site accidents and mistakes on the job. With this information in mind, consider these useful tips to boost […]

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Starting a Small Business: A Bird’s Eye View

Starting a Small Business: A Bird’s Eye View #hiring #marketing #training #leadership #entrepreneurship #business

  This is a sponsored post discussing the main things to consider before starting a small business (and I think it’s really good). Please see my disclosure page for more details.       Starting a Small Business: A Bird’s Eye View   Are you thinking about starting your own small business? Starting a small business that you are passionate about is exciting. You get to follow your dreams and go to work every day knowing you’re your own boss and that you get to have control over how your company is run.   However, starting a small business is no easy task. It takes a lot of time to thoughtfully plan out and map the logistics of your business to ensure it will be successful.   These are some of the higher concept ideas you must flesh out before you can even consider going over the intricacies of the […]

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The Blogs and Podcasts I Absolutely Love

    Big thanks to a personal finance blogging icon (and Mt. Rushmore fixture) – J. Money from BudgetsAreSexy – for calling me out and letting me know that this sorta thing used to be a requirement…   As a personal finance writer (and, dare I say, community member) for the past 3 years, I’ve had the great fortune of getting to know some incredible people and great writers. So, the list below is to let you know the folks who I can’t stop reading. My hope is that you’ll find a few that you love as well!   Last updated 3-20-19   My Favorite Personal Finance Blogs Accidental Fire (Makes numbers sexier than anyone can – his stuff “wows” me) Bitches Get Riches (Great content with zero filters) Budgets Are Sexy (All things personal finance – I learn something new with each visit) Dr. Breath Easy Finance (Love his […]

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To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”

To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt "Thank You"

Keeping on brand with my “Year of Change,” and after receiving a shocking 2-weeks notice from one of our 5 employees, I will be officially ‘retiring’ from my cushy state job as a forensic scientist today – March 8, 2019 – after 7.5 years on the job. And although my wife, coworkers, and (former) boss all have an issue with me using the word ‘retirement’ 😉 – the facts are that I’ll no longer be working where I’ve worked for over 7 years. I’ll not be collecting that ‘very nice’ paycheck with it’s ‘very nice’ benefits. And frankly – I’m both terrified and overjoyed…   This is the farewell email I sent to my coworkers earlier, and as you can tell – this place left a huge mark on my life.   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   …To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”     I’ll be […]

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Why I Write About Business and How YOU Benefit

Becoming a business owner was one of the most exciting and terrifying moments of my life. Here are the 5 resources that helped me most along the journey #business #personaldevelopment #goals

  Three years ago, my wife and I willingly jumped into the entrepreneurial deep end. And at that moment, effectively put our family under a near 7-figure sum of debt that we won’t shake loose from for a decade. Were we scared at times…? No – we were terrified, stressed, and on-edge for nearly 2 years. But looking back from the other side, I wouldn’t change those nerve-wracking years for anything. They’re what allowed us to pursue and fulfill our professional dream of becoming business owners.   Since we took that leap, our family and our business have been on a rollercoaster ride complete with tremendous highs and some… teachable moments. We earned 140 5-star reviews in our first year of business Grew by 8.7% in our first fiscal year Got blindsided with a 2-weeks notice from one of our most trusted employees Almost went bankrupt (and one of our proudest accomplishments) helped […]

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Introducing a New Series on MikedUp Blog!!

    (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Well, we had a great thing going there… For 41 Friday’s in a row, we shared with you 2 of the greatest and 2 of the worst moments from a generous writer’s life to this point in MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series.   There were debt payoffs, ejections from your kid’s little league games, diagnoses, hot takes, suicide attempts, and everything in between…   I started the Wins and Losses Series for 1 reason alone – to learn from other’s experiences so that we could all improve together. And reflecting from the other side of this series, I’d say we accomplished that mission.   But I feel the time has come to close the chapter on the series.   It’s been a great run, but honestly – I’ve got something shiny, new, and (hopefully you agree) exciting to take its place!! […]

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How to Minimize the Impact of Bad Reviews on your Business

Bad reviews can kill a young business, and the worst part - you can't prevent them 100% of the time. BUT - there's a lot you can do to help your business shine through! #badreviews #reviews #business

Close your eyes and come with me on a journey… It’s Saturday at noon. You and your sig-other are brainstorming new restaurants for dinner tonight. After much deliberation, probably some constructive back-and-forth, and a few “I’m not feeling Mexican tonight’s” you settle on your final two options. Knowing that Saturday night is a sacred thing – and to waste one would be treasonous, at best – making the right selection is critical. If you haven’t done this already, what’s the first thing you’ll do to help aid your decision…? Let’s all say it together: “Check out the restaurant’s good and bad reviews!!”    Thanks, all – I was thinking the same. (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   I could use the same illustration with moving to a new town and looking for a new set of doctors, child care facilities, neighborhoods, dry cleaners, etc… With about 90% of customers reading […]

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