February 2014

Technology has vastly opened new doors of opportunity for us to accomplish our tasks and to stay connected without ever leaving our homes. I can still remember those times when interaction with another person was a phone call away. Today, with a few keystrokes, we can communicate, follow, share, and chat, anywhere and at any time.

With these technological changes, a home office now has many advantages including many tax incentives. You can save on fuel, office rental, commuting, parking, coffee, and also have many tax deductions. However, there are many disadvantages if you are not careful. Procrastination, chatting with friends, long afternoon lunches or surfing the internet are all timewaster traps.

With the many distractions, and priorities in our work and family life, making the time to be fit physically, mentally, and emotionally takes a back seat. We inherently KNOW that taking care of ourselves consistently has a return on investment that is invaluable, yet we have a disconnect when it comes to the DOING part. Have you ever asked yourself what it is COSTING you, your family, your business (insert any other life category applicable) not investing in your physical, mental, and emotional well-being?

Okay, so now what?

Trust is one of the cornerstones of building a profitable and sustainable business. Without trust there is no credibility, and without credibility there are no customers. Don’t underestimate the impact trust has on your bottom line. Here are my Top 5 tips for becoming more trust worthy.

1. Follow through and follow up. Do what you say you’re going to do. Keep your word and don’t make excuses. Excuses are simply a way to avoid responsibility. When your words don’t match your actions people lose confidence in you, which is a surefire way to erode trust.

These days it can be confusing for business owners to figure out how to maintain a competitive edge. I hear people talk about how they need to learn more about social media in order to compete. The pressure of this seems overwhelming for many.