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7 Ways to Stay Calm & Keep Business Moving Forward


These days, we’re all a little frazzled, but that’s why it’s so important to relax and focus on the solutions more than ever. Yes, we’re all holed up inside our homes, many of us adjusting to the work-from-home mentality or wondering what our next career move will be. It’s difficult with such limited resources, but it’s not impossible. Now is the time to be creative in all aspects of life, because it is necessary. So, simple as they may be, here are some ways that you need to practice in order to have the mental strength to keep building your business or starting a new one!

Get Outside

Yes, it’s limited where you can go, but find a way to get in that sunlight. Maybe it’s a patio or porch, maybe it’s walking down your street, and maybe you could just take a long drive with the windows down until you find that remote spot where no other people are. Sunlight is so important for our health and our moods – and it feels so good. Schedule a sun-break for at least 30 minutes every day, to help keep your mind and energy charged. 

Get Your Body Moving

The gyms may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the space you are in. So many businesses now are promoting their at-home workouts, and they are easier than you think! Exercise creates endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. For best results, schedule your exercise sessions in the morning to start your day, and halfway through as a little pick-me-up. You’ll be glad you did! 

Distract Your Eyes from Social Media

We need a break from the social media craze every once-in-a-while. Give your eyes and your mind a rest by finding something else to look at. Books are a great example, but if you find yourself to ADD to sit and read, make something. Make food, make art – there are so many options. You will find that a little break from Instagram will allow your mind to sigh in relief. 

Listen to Music

Maybe you already listen to music all the time, but when was the last time you listened to throwback tunes? Bring some fun nostalgia into your day, let you mind drift to good memories, and sift back through the albums you’ve forgotten. Do it by decade, or by a time in your life that you associate with fun times. You’ll find yourself dancing around the house in no time!

Play with Pets

Many of us have furry friends living in our homes, and this is a great time to spend some quality moments with them. Normally life is demanding our attention from every angle, and we don’t get to spend as much time with our pets as we would like. Savor these moments, they will too. 

Call the People You Love

Turn the Netflix or remote working off and call someone you care about. Someone who will make you laugh, or that you haven’t talked to in a while. How often do we get the chance to slow down and catch up with people? Social interaction doesn’t just need to be in person. When our venues of connecting with others are limited, calling or Facetiming friends and family is a great way to stay connected. 

Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

The best way to relieve stress is through creation. Finding a way to be creative and positively influence your future is a win, for sure. Dream up new strategies for your existing business, new campaigns, new products and services, new branding – or just dream up an entirely new business! Start the process of obtaining the funding to make your dreams a reality, you can call us at any time to find out what type of funding we can get to help you make those next moves. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

5 Creative Online Business Ideas


While things may seem a bit glum business-wise, now is a better time than ever to discover your next business move. As we are all staying at home, working remotely when possible, this is the greatest opportunity to find a business that you can run online, whether to cater to the immediate needs or to have a place in the world once everything is running again. We have a few business ideas that you could start streaming your dreaming into now:

Webinar Series

People are a captive audience right now, looking for ways to spend their time. Why not become an educator? With a small investment into the equipment you need to film your series, you could start making your courses now and uploading them onto the web-platform you choose. Depending on your budget, you can also hire a professional to create your website, as well as finding someone to start marketing your webinar through social media or paid online ads. If funding is what you need to get this going, we are here to help!

Freelance Writer

Even with all the closures, the world goes on and businesses still need copy written for blogs, websites, and other marketing materials. If you have the experience, you can create (or hire someone to create) a website to host your work and act as a portal for businesses to access your skills. Market yourself through social media and paid ads et voilà, you can start connecting businesses with your services today. 

Set Up an E-Commerce Site

People are bored and stuck at home, and they are still looking at ways to bide their time. Find a product that you could create from home, or even drop-ship from another facility (like T-shirts) and create a website to host the products. If you have basic web knowledge, you can use Shopify to host your products, or you can even hire someone to do all that technical work for you. Need funds to start this project? We can help!

Self Publish a Book on Amazon

Have you been dreaming of writing or publishing a book, but never had the time to invest into that project until now? Get at it, start writing that book! With so many resources online, such as Amazon, it has never been easier to get that book published. If you can launch your book and get a few hundred sales in the first week, Amazon will take over and start promoting it for you. This way you can make some real money from it. 

Become an Ad Specialist for Facebook Advertising

So many people are using Facebook ads right now, more than ever. It’s how every business is surviving this crisis. What better time to be an asset, than now? A lot of old school businesses don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to Facebook ads. Even newer companies don’t have the time it takes to learn the ins and outs so that they get the most return on their Facebook ads investment.

Consequently, they’re looking for Facebook ad specialists to step in and do it for them. Luckily, this is something you can learn fairly quickly. Once you do, you can reach out to businesses and offer to help create profitable Facebook ads.

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

10 Tips for Working from Home

With all that is going on around the globe right now, many have transitioned to working from the “comfort of their own homes”, and while that sounds like a wonderful concept prior to the experience, you may soon realize that it’s not as easy-going as it sounds. Working from home can bring about some new obstacles that threaten your productivity, especially when you are not used to it. Here are some things you can do to help foster your focus strength:

1. Have a Little Morning Ritual

Having a little ritual to transition you to your desk eases the jolt of starting work in the morning. When you are working at an office or another location, your body and mind have the luxury of building up to your optimal brain energy level. You need time to wake, energize and power up. 

The best way to prepare yourself for productivity is to plan your morning routine around setting yourself up for success, both mentally and physically. Fuel up with a proper nutritious breakfast, get your blood pumping with some exercise or stretching, and maybe even pump yourself up with your favorite tunes. Whatever it is, make it enjoyable and healthy – you’ll notice an immediate uptick in focus and energy throughout your day.  

2. Set Your Work Schedule

It doesn’t have to be 9am- 5pm. That doesn’t work for everyone, and depending on your business, it may not even be necessary. The most important thing is to find something that works for you at the most optimal time and make it consistent. Consistency is key. Routine is key. Getting into a groove is how you create a serious attitude about your work environment, and will also help to prevent you from overworking. 

3. Set Ground Rules for Interactions

Maybe you have roommates, maybe you have extra chatty neighbors, or maybe you just enjoy texting with your friends and family throughout the day. If it is getting in the way of your work and productivity, create boundaries. A great way to do this is to set your phone to a “Do Not Disturb” setting for certain busy hours, or turning your phone off completely if you don’t need it for work or have a separate business line. A little bit of light social contact is healthy when you are isolated from colleagues, but can easily get out of control if you aren’t intentional about it. 

4. Create Your Own “Water Cooler Break”

With that being said, it is important to have a little bit of conversation at designated periods throughout the day to converse with peers. It keeps you from feeling isolated, gives you an opportunity to vent and commiserate if necessary, and can also serve to share inspiration and keep you motivated. Your mind needs the little bit of social relief to keep from getting sucked into a dark work-cycle vortex. Allow yourself a little “Water Cooler Break”. 

5. Schedule Breaks

Breaks should be scheduled – with the exception of bathroom breaks, etc (we’re not trying to make you prisoners over there). If you don’t set guidelines for when you can take a break, it can quickly turn into many little breaks throughout the day, interrupting productivity. While you don’t want to stress yourself out or over work, you have to realize that you are your own main accountability partner. With no one else around to tell you to keep working, it’s easy to slip and play loosey-goosey with your time management. Have the conversation with yourself, set the expectations. 

6. Leave Home

Now obviously this means something a little different for the time-being, with our out-of-home options being minimized for safety reasons, but let’s get creative. It’s not healthy to stay cooked up in the house 24/7 (this goes for life in general), so make it a point to get outside in the sunlight. Take a walk around your neighborhood, take a drive with the windows down and the music up, or even find a friend who has a lovely backyard to take a break in or work out of for a bit. 

7. Get an Accountability Partner

This is important. Going back to our point that you are your main accountability partner, that is still true, but find someone that ideally is in the same situation as you (which will be much more common right now) and ask them to check in on you and vice-versa. Bonus points you can complement each other’s industries and provide a helping hand or advice to each other – after all, we’re all in this together. Having an accountability partner means that you are not alone. It’s easy to get caught up in the cycle, tune everyone out and ultimately burn yourself out. Take the measures to prevent the mental fraying, by seeking out a peer who will partner with you for mental stability and positive support. 

8. Look for Training Opportunities

Add value to your business or your role by discovering training opportunities. You can find these for free on YouTube and all over the internet, on podcasts and websites, and many companies offer these resources to their employees nowadays. If you are a business owner with a team, this is a great asset to search out and offer to your team. The learning process is ongoing and essential to the healthy growth of any business who aims to be successful. With these days leaving you possibly on the lookout for productive ways to fill gaps in your service, it is the best opportunity to invest time in resources and motivation for your team.

9. Be Positive

There are endless ways to keep positive, from funny memes on around your workspace, to uplifting music, and people. The bottom line is that you need to design your work environment to be full of inspirational and motivational elements. Colors, decor, quotes, music, photos…. If it lifts your spirit, it has a place in your space. 

We can always find a million reasons to get bogged down, feel blue or stressed, so be prepared to combat those moments with rays of sunshine, strategically placed where you will see them most often. 

10. End Your Day With a Routine

Having a ritual at the end of the day is just as important as having one to start it off, if not more important. This little ritual is something to look forward to and to celebrate the end of your day with. Maybe it’s something simple like a happy dance to a fun tune, or maybe you are saving a delicious meal as your own reward for making it through another productive day. Perhaps it’s a glass of Pinot Noir, and a call to your favorite person. Whatever it is, let it be a guiding light at the end of a tunnel. We all need one. 

All in it Together

Remember, in these crazy times, we are all going through it. Help each other out when you notice a need, and don’t be too proud to ask for help. We are a community. One of the reasons we love helping business to gain funding is so that they are able to get through the rough patches and grow into the light of success. If you have questions about what kind of funding you could gain access to to help grow your business or get it into a good place, give us a call. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Do Your Clients Feel Valued?

Transforming your customers / clients into lifelong relationships can be challenging, but it is the number one goal of any business. This isn’t even as complicated and tricky as it could seem – you just have to make them feel appreciated. Even when everything is going “right,” it’s important for a business’ success that customers truly feel valued, or they may move on.

The most difficult part is being able to show customers just how much they’re valued in a way that feels sincere instead of forced. To help guide you in the right direction of creating lasting relationships with your customers and clients, we have created a list of 5 ways to demonstrate sincerity and care for your clients.

1. Handwritten Cards

When is the last time you received an actual “Snail Mail” card? Most likely, it was from a close friend or relative, because it takes time, effort and actual care to sit down and write out a card, address the envelope, adhere the stamp and deliver it to the mailbox. 

Perhaps this task is a bit too daunting, but you still want to communicate that same sentiment to your customers / clients. There are automated card services like SendOutCards to send “handwritten” cards to your customers. With nearly all correspondence being digital these days, finding a handwritten card in your mailbox that says, “I value you” leaves an impact.

2. Speak From the Heart

Don’t be afraid to make your message personal. If you have learned personal details about your customers or clients, be sure to include them in your cards or correspondance. For example, if you know that one of your customers / clients are going through a personal loss, being able to add “I admire you” for their strength, or convey that “our thoughts are with you” is a small but significant way to let your customers know that you care. 

3. Talk About Shared Vision

Discover and discuss your shared vision with your clientes. This can include their long-term goals, biggest challenges and pain points, and then tie everything together with how you can specifically help them solve their problems and accomplish their long-term goals? Once you delve into your shared vision with your client and understand their business, they will feel valued as long-term business partners. 

4. Ask, Instead of Assume

Discover what your customers care about, what makes them feel valued and heard, and what they need for the relationship to thrive. Reaching out like this shows courage, vulnerability, integrity and respect. All-too-often, we assume that we have the answers to these questions, but communication is about clarification. It is also about the importance of communicating that you care enough to ensure clarity at all times. 

5. Honor Their Time

Honoring people’s time shows you value them. We find automation becoming more prevalent, and simple live interactions are disappearing, so it’s vital to impart value at every opportunity. For example, when you are on the phone, be empathetic: “I hear that you’re on your lunch hour Ms. Miller; I’ll take care of this immediately.” or in writing: “I appreciate that you need this document quickly—you’ll get a resolution or an update from me by End-of-Day today”. In any way that you can, let your clients know that you value their time. 

Numerous Ways

While there are numerous ways to express that you value your clients, it is up to you and your business to individually evaluate how to best communicate to your clients. The point is to personalize that expression as much as possible and let them know that they are valued. At the end of the day, your clients want to feel valued – not for their business – but as people. Taking the time to reach out in a way that is unexpected and personal will surprise and delight your customers – a treatment that they will not likely experience elsewhere. 

We Help You Get the Funds to Invest!

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

6 Ways to Show Your Team that You Care

Creating a loving workplace all starts at the top, and it requires strategy, planning and deliberate effort. The idea of showing love and affection to your employees can be intimidating. It’s a lot easier to play the stern, invulnerable taskmaster whose only concern is the bottom line. It’s a lot less rewarding, too. Here are nine ideas for opening your heart to the folks who do so much to make your business dreams a reality.

1. Know Their Stories

One of the best ways that you can let someone know that you appreciate and care about them is to take a genuine interest in where they came from, and their story. Getting to know your team individually will not only help you to understand the best ways to communicate and motivate them, but it will also demonstrate that you take a genuine interest in them as part of your team. 

2. Acknowledge Individual Contributions

No one wants to feel like their contributions are in vain. Make a deliberate effort to pay attention to the parts that individuals in your team play and how they go the extra mile to add to the success of your business. When people don’t feel that their efforts are being recognized, it’s only a matter of time before they cease to go that extra mile. It’s wonderful to recognize the whole team when productivity is high, but it takes a more concerted effort to dig deeper and see who is really doing the heavy lifting. Make sure those people know they are appreciated. 

3. Wine & Dine Them

Just like you will take a client or a new networking partner out to a fine dining experience, taking team members out will make them really feel like the spotlight is on them. Everyone likes to be wined and dined, it makes them feel special and appreciated, and your team members are no different. Take them out to celebrate a specific “win”, or just to applaud their overall performance – it is a great way to show that you care.

Regular One-on-Ones

It happens in so many companies, yearly evaluations being thrown to the wayside. Feedback is so important, it’s how we grow and evolve in our performance, the last thing businesses should do is “forget” to have conversations with their team members. Furthermore, yearly evaluations are fantastic, but quarterly is even better. Depending on the size of your team, quarterly may not be an feasible option, but the point is that the more frequent you can have those sit downs, the more your cohesive your visions will be, and your team will feel cared about. 

5. Make Time for Them

Yes, the days are long and busy, but being present is a huge morale booster for your team. Let them know that you care enough to make time for them, especially the important issues. You want to foster a workplace that values communication, and this is a great way to let them know you care about them – by caring about their concerns or their ideas. This doesn’t mean you have to drop everything to let them come by and chit-chat, it just means that you will make the effort to give them your ear when it is a matter they feel very strongly about. 

6. Tell Them You Appreciate Them

It may sound simple and obvious, but maybe that’s the reason it becomes overlooked – tell your team you appreciate them, all the time. You can leave little notes, you can tell them in person – Just make it happen. Never underestimate the power of words! 

Make it Happen

However you decide to show your team members that you care, just make sure it happens and happens often. Showing appreciation is the fuel that keeps your team energized and productive! People need recognition and to know that they are valued, so be the source!

We Help You Get the Funds to Invest!

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Business Owners In Love – Investing Your Heart into Your Business


Let’s be honest, your business is your passion. It is your heart and soul, bread and butter. When it comes to investing, you aren’t just talking about money. Your time, your emotions, your blood, sweat and tears mix together to create this grand vision you hold in your heart. For that reason, there is no better reason to budget funds towards promoting and growing your business. 

February is the perfect time to talk about this, because what you have here is a love affair. If you are a business owner, you are in a serious relationship with your business, and you gotta treat her right. Take her to all the nice places (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIN), and show her off (advertising). Buy her nice things (new equipment), and then let’s talk about living together…(office location!). Just as you would invest into a relationship, you invest into your business. 

As time goes on, it isn’t just about spoiling fawning all over your business, it’s about serious upkeep. It’s about supporting needs and building a future. Everything you invest into your business should be with a purpose that you are working towards future success. Here are a few investments you should make into your business to ensure lasting growth and happiness:

Business Structure

New and established businesses alike will both need to invest in a solid structure or restructure. This includes your business plan, financial and legal structure. If you don’t have enough experience to navigate these important concepts yourself, then looking into hiring someone knowledgeable and seasoned is a must. Don’t just throw your funds anywhere when it comes to these crucial decisions, but make certain to research and find people who are worth every penny. 

Marketing

One of the biggest ongoing spends of your business is on your marketing. The more your marketing campaigns run and you gather data, the more successful your marketing dollars will become and the larger amounts you will be able to invest into your evolved marketing. Making sure to have an adequate budget will guarantee that you build the proper foundation for a strong and effective marketing strategy. 

Staff & Training

As your business grows, so will the need for a dependable and solid staff. When it comes to choosing the people you trust to help you run different aspects of your business, you do not want to take these choices lightly. Take time to scout out good people with a strong work ethic. Invest in their training and continuously in their motivation to make sure these good employees are more than happy to stay around and grow endlessly with your business. They will be your lifeblood, so have the funds ready to treat them right. 

Environment

Where you work is incredibly important. It communicates to your customers, but it is also the place that you and your work team will spend most of your time. Consider how you can invest in your location to provide a comfortable, flexible and vibrant workspace that is designed to inspire your team. Choose furniture that will be durable and ergonomic. Within this concept, you should also be thinking about mental health. Providing healthy snacks, coffee, and even special events such as teambuilding activities, incentive lunches, reward programs and even yoga will play a part in keeping everyone in tip top brain-shape, ready to lead you into success!

Equipment

No one is going to get quality work done on an old, broken down computer, glitchy keyboard, or a broken chair. Make it a point to evaluate equipment and have the funds available to splurge on updated equipment when needed. It will make certain that work is flowing quickly and efficiently, without stress and frustration. Invest in the good stuff from the start and you will have less chances of it holding you up in the future. 

We Help You Get the Funds to Invest!

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Success in 2020; Investing in Your Incentives

Invest in the Incentives Offered to Your Team

People need something to work towards. A paycheck isn’t always enough to keep the motivation flowing from your team. Find ways to invest in their mental well-being, reward good behavior and promote a positive workplace morale. The work environment is where we spend a large amount of our waking hours, so if retention is your goal, make sure it’s an environment that encourages your team to thrive and reach higher. 

Saying, “Hey Chuck, good job out there today!” with a pat on the back isn’t a bad way to encourage someone, but going a little further here and there will make it more exciting, memorable and overall expresses more appreciation. If you have trouble finding some creative ways to get the praise out, here are some great investment opportunities for your team:

1. Offer an “Idea Bounty”

Employees love bonuses, which can come in many forms. A wonderful concept for an incentive is for employees to propose a fully fleshed out idea (with processes) that would help improve the business. Fellow coworkers then vote on the concept. Once an idea is voted in, the founder approves it. Once implemented, the employee receives a $20 “idea bounty.”

To build this program into your company’s culture, you could create healthy competition by tracking how many “idea bounties” are awarded to a single employee within a certain period of time.

2. Switch Up the Workspace

Who wants to stare at the same walls, same interior design, for (potentially) years and years? There really is something to be said for workplace environment design, including the amount of light, the colors used, pictures on the walls, and even the desk spaces and seating. There are so many ways to invest into the workspace, from small upgrades to dingey equipment and furniture, to full on workplace make-overs. If you feel it’s getting a little tired in your workspace, maybe it’s time to look into ways to spice up the aesthetic and the morale. It may not be a direct incentive, but it will definitely create some fresh new excitement for your team. 

3. Recognize Large and Small Achievements

Too often, companies obsess over major accomplishments. Of course, celebrating big wins is important, but  tunnel vision on major accomplishments may detract from recognizing all the work that went into the smaller milestones along the way — milestones that were essential to making your big win happen. 

Your rewards program should be tiered, offering up praise, perks, and recognition throughout the lifecycle of a project, not just at the finish line. In this way, your employees will feel supported and motivated every step of the way, leading to a productivity boost.

4. Incentivize Teamwork

Teamwork amplifies each individual’s productivity, leading to greater business outcomes. Plus, strengthening relationships within and between departments improves collaboration, innovation, and communication throughout your company. A great rewards program should focus on engaging and rewarding team efforts. 

Your team-based rewards should be more substantial than individual rewards. Teamwork and collaboration take more time and project management skills, and you’ll want to establish a rewards system that can reward the entire group simultaneously. For example, if you assign a project to an engineering time and they tackle it in record time, consider rewarding them with a team outing to a location of their choice. Effective team-based rewards encourage and increase cooperation, engagement and employee productivity.

5. Refresh Your Rewards Frequently

Employees can quickly become bored with certain rewards, which can decrease the value of the reward over time. If you want employees to constantly strive for excellence, update your rewards often to create a sense of urgency with your employees. 

Rewards can be tied to performance data. Employees shouldn’t be comfortable achieving the bare minimum for a reward. As your business objectives change, benchmarks for rewards and recognition should also evolve. Rewards should always be incentivizing, not a “given” in the workplace. Refresh them often to ensure your employees are always excited about their rewards program.

6. Create Personalized and Specific Recognition

A personalized approach better engages employees in the recognition process. Recognition announcements and personal notes of appreciation are a vital part of building a productive workplace culture. When activities like this are vague or broad, the message becomes less genuine, and employees will pick up on that quickly.

7. Invest in Personal Development

One of the most valuable things you can do as a leader is to invest in the future of your talent. An upskilled workforce can drive value for your business, as well as establish trust and appreciation for top talent. 

This type of employee reward may be more expensive, but it can pay dividends over time. Sponsor certifications for your high performers or pay for entry to a valuable conference. You can even encourage employees to take online training courses and assist with providing resources to do so. The knowledge gained is invaluable to their career and will enhance the quality of their work.

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Success in 2020; Investing in Your Business

You’ve heard of those business owners who save the first dollar they ever received from their first sale? Why do you think it is that this has been a common practice among business owners? It’s because it serves as a symbol for the difficulty and pure joy that comes from building a business. But, after you earn that first dollar, what next? Where does that money go? We firmly believe that investing back into your business is the best strategy to grow quickly and steadily. You may be wondering how you could make this happen, so we have a few tips and suggestions.

1. Business improvement

Most startups spend their initial profits in reinvesting, and your company should be no exception. The key to reinvesting is to have a sound strategy, not to necessarily devote a certain percentage of your profits. Your reinvestment efforts should be in line with your current strategic plan.

Most business owners choose to reinvest their profits in business improvements – for example, infrastructure, equipment, streamlining business processes, or finding ways to improve the customer experience. These are all valuable strategies because they can increase your profits in the long run, allowing you to expand business operations.

1. Develop Your Marketing

You have this amazing product or service that your business offers, but how can anyone know about it if you are not putting it out there? Marketing is the art of putting your products and services out into the world, in front of the eyes that need it most. Marketing is always a smart investment of profit, when it’s done well. Many of the startups we’ve seen over the years wait several months before they do any real investment into marketing. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t know where to start. You can’t lose by investing in performance metrics. Always keep track of your campaigns and adjust them accordingly. If you have little experience with marketing, consider outsourcing to an agency.

2. Evolving Your Team

Maybe you’re starting off as a 1 Man/Woman Army, trying to get everything done yourself. If it hasn’t happened already, you will run into tasks that eat up your time and mental wellbeing, things that could be handled by hiring staff. This is a fantastic use of your funds. If you already have a team in place, consider how you can reward and motivate them. Your team helps to carry the productivity along and work towards success, so you want to make sure they feel valued. Incentives for hard work, team building activities, special lunches and coaching are great uses of your investment funds. The better your team is prepared and motivated, the faster your business will reach success!

3. Improve Your Business Savvy

Find ways that you can improve yourself in subject matter expertise. For example, many startups are spearheaded by people with a good eye for innovation but who don’t necessarily know how to manage people. This is actually one of the most common criticisms founders face. Classes on management or basic business operations can be invaluable for people who don’t come from a formal business background. If you feel that you already have a pretty good business management education, think outside the box and learn about your industry. Data keeps on coming in, so why not try your best to stay on top of if?

4. Creating a Cash Buffer

New businesses especially forget to create a buffer. With all the excitement and expense of starting a new business, it just gets lost in the shuffle. While reinvesting in your business is great (and necessary), make sure you’re sitting on enough cash to handle problems that may arise. While your business insurance policies will cover the disasters and catastrophes, it’s always advisable to have liquidity available for when you really need it.

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Success in 2020; Investing in Your Team

Investing in your team is an important part of creating an engaged workforce and an effective way of reducing turnover for your business. It is important to understand that an investment in your team can range from personal development to financial incentives, to activities that bring ‘happiness’. The ultimate aim is that you need to show genuine care towards your employees, and in return, they will take care of your business. Firstly, you must invest in their personal and professional development. Typically you will see a positive correlation between personal and professional progress. 

The fact is, if you’re not investing in your people, you’re not investing in the future of your business. Investing in your employees is an important part of creating an engaged workforce and an effective way of reducing turnover for your business. Start using these tips to invest in your staff and reduce employee turnover before it takes a turn on your profits (and your workplace culture). Once you create your strategy for investing in your workforce, we can help your business get the financial structure you need to get the ball rolling. 

1. Development ; Personal & Professional

The reality is, many people feel disconnected and disengaged at work, and a big part of that is due to a lack of challenges and development. When workers feel like they’re stagnating or heading towards a dead-end, your employees will undoubtedly look for employment opportunities elsewhere.

So, how can you invest in your team’s personal and professional development and ensure this doesn’t happen? One idea to consider is something called an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is a fantastic tool to help employees set and reach both short- and long-term goals. IDPs empower individuals to ask themselves, “Where am I now, where do I want to be, and how will I get there?”

To really get the most out of each IDP, managers and their direct reports need to conduct some type of monthly check-in. If you aren’t helping your employees consistently track against their goals, then they won’t make any real progress. Schedule a monthly chat to help them hold themselves accountable to their goals and give them direction on how to make continued improvements to achieve them.

2. Quick Integration of New Hires

More than half of all employees who quit voluntarily do so within their first year. One of the top reasons? Lack of engagement. While your instinct may be to get new employees working as quickly as possible, it’s important for them to feel plugged into their job from day one. Getting new hires comfortable with their roles and responsibilities before the actual work begins can go a long way in reducing employee turnover. The next time you hire a new employee, make sure they receive:

  • Clear First Day Agenda
  • Business Values Overview
  • Insight into Their Contribution to the Big Picture
  • Initial Expectations for Their Role
  • Opportunity for Feedback and Questions
  • Meet & Greet with Coworkers

3. Work/Life Balance as a Priority 

Building a business doesn’t leave much time for sleep, but don’t forget that your employees’ performance directly impacts your success. They’re often the public face of your work, interacting with customers and doing the day-to-day tasks to keep things running smoothly. You can’t afford to burn them out.

If you keep asking more from employees than they’re physically able to give or expect them to sacrifice more than they expected or want to, they won’t stick around for long. Do your best to avoid scheduling long shifts back to back or asking them to work regular overtime. Be flexible when they request time off. Your business may be your life, but the people working for you have their own lives outside of work as well.

4. Team Building Activities

While you obviously can’t force friendships in the workplace, there are ways you can foster them. Events like scavenger hunts or playing team sports are some great ways to get everyone working together. They both get people into groups and require people to work together to achieve a common goal (just like your business). You might also want to consider doing a yearly team offsite. Offsites give your team a chance to step away from the day-to-day work and build camaraderie. Plus they’re a ton of fun and can give your team something special to look forward to each year.

5. Competitive Compensation

You aren’t the only one concerned about your bottom line. Nearly 90 percent of working Americans are worried about finances. Paying minimum wage won’t be enough to attract the most qualified job applicants or convince your best employees to stay.

Check out Payscale and Glassdoor for average pay ranges based on role, industry, and location. And remember: compensation includes more than just hourly pay. You may not be able to give everyone a raise, but you may be able to add in benefits like extra paid time off, more flexible work options, or an employee stock option program (ESOP).

Note: Reevaluate pay at least once a year. Once you know where you stand as far as employee compensation, set a reminder to check back in annually. More than 1 in 3 employees will look for a new job if they don’t receive a raise, and almost half expect a raise in the next year. If you aren’t compensating your employees competitively, someone else will.

6. Perks & Benefits

When it comes to perks and benefits for your employees, there is no magic bullet. In order for your perks to be effective in keeping your employees happy, they need to be tailored to their specific needs and desires.

For example, if your team works around the clock and regularly puts in overtime, a service like car washes and dry cleaning would help them save time in their personal lives. If you have several members of your staff with young children, consider childcare services. You can also offer a stipend that goes towards things like books, conferences, and courses that are related to personal or professional development.

Another perk that most employees can rally around is free food. A survey conducted by Peapod found that 67% of full-time employees with access to free food at work reported being “very” or “extremely” happy at their current job. 

7. Healthier Work Environment

Researchers from Harvard found that medical costs decrease by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs. In addition, absenteeism costs are reduced by about $2.73 for every dollar spent on wellness.

When you also consider that 87% of employees consider health and wellness offerings when they choose an employer, it’s obvious that focusing on health at work is important to both the employee and employer.

8. Weekly Recognition Events and Monthly Achievement Awards

The #1 reason why most Americans leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated at work. While praise and recognition aren’t the only things that motivate employees, being recognized for hard work goes a long way. To really succeed in creating an environment where employees consistently feel appreciated, try integrating recognition into weekly and monthly activities. Something as simple as a weekly team meeting to recognize excellent work or achievement by another member of the organization can be super impactful.

9. Create a Feedback Culture

Taken by surprise when your last employee quit? Not a good sign. The moment you realize an employee is unhappy shouldn’t be when they turn in their resignation, especially not on a small team. Good workplace communication means that you feel comfortable showing employees where they can do better and your employees feel safe enough to speak up when something isn’t working for them. After all, everyone needs feedback to improve. 

One simple way to gather feedback is by sending out a survey. Try an email survey or pass out paper surveys at the beginning of a shift and let employees fill them in during downtime. Ask questions about how engaged they feel at work, what they enjoy doing, what they believe is working well, and what could be better. Then take some time to sort through their answers afterward. Keep an eye out for any trends and overall levels of engagement.

The Investment

Once you decide the best strategies for creating a strong, dedicated and happy team, you can make the investment. You can never go wrong with taking the time and budget to invest into your team. To run a successful business, you have to have a strong team, one that is reliable and motivated to perform to the best of their ability. We have the experience to help you get the financial structure to make it all possible. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call to find out how much you will be able to invest into your team and your future success. 

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Success in 2020; Marketing Strategy

So it’s the New Year and time to kick it into high gear! When it comes to the success of your business, your marketing really impacts the movement of your products or services. It’s all wonderful and great if you have something worth promoting – perhaps the best thing out there – but it won’t matter at all if no one knows about it! Investing in your marketing strategy makes all the difference. How was your strategy last year? Did you have a strategy in place? It’s never too late to begin, and your business will thank you for it. So where to begin? We have a few tips to help you know what efforts your marketing dollars should be focusing on. Don’t have any marketing dollars? Oh, why we can certainly help you out there!

Branding

Who are you as a business? What is your voice, feel, vibe? What are your values, your mission? At the very least, do you have a logo? To use a great designer with imagination and skill, it could cost a pretty little penny to get your business an entire “branding suite”, but we can promise that it’s well worth the pricetag. Your branding determines the initial perception that your audience has about your business. It communicates so many things, most of which is how professional you are. If a potential customer or client sees a sloppy, old, outdated logo, that’s the perception they will have about your business – sloppy, old and outdated. Your branding gives you a certain amount of control over the first opinion someone has about your business, so take charge and invest in good branding. 

Social Media

At this point in the game, if your business isn’t on social media – shame on you! There are an extremely extremely limited amount of industries that are the exception to this rule, and we would wager to guess that you aren’t one of them. That being the case, getting the basics of your business onto social media is not a matter of dollars spent, just time. Depending on your business, some social media platforms may be a better fit for you than others, so do your research. It’s not even a matter of being on all the platforms, just the select few that will most likely benefit your business. This is a great example of where your branding investment will come into play. The goal is to use your branding suite across all social media platforms and your website, to maintain a professional look through consistency. If executed well, you just made your business that much more appealing. 

Videos and Photos

The next step to leveling up all of your marketing – from social media platforms, to website, to print marketing and future advertising – is getting good photos and video. We are living in a very much visual society these days. Your audience likely has a large portion with a very short attention span, and they say on average you have 3 seconds to get someone’s attention. Strong imagery is where it’s at. For some industries, they opt for stock photos, but let’s be honest – there comes a point where another business (if not many others) have the same photos as you. It’s one thousand percent more effective and personal to hire a professional photographer to photograph your business periodically, and even take video. Whether it’s product photos, location or business facility images, or staff and customer interactions, there are unlimited amounts of opportunities to capture the essence of your business through good solid photographs. 

Paid-Ads

Once you have all the previous marketing investments in place, all those pieces lay a strong foundation for your paid-ads. Many people don’t think about the cost of paid ads when they sign up with a marketing company. Most often, there is not a built-in budget, and the ad budget is determined by the client after consultation with the marketing company. While a proper ad budget can cost you, it’s one of the greatest utilizations of your marketing budget. When ads have the right amount of backing, magic happens. 

While these are just a few pillars of your marketing strategy, there are so many other elements to evolve and elevate your business – it all comes down to budget. However, marketing is one of those vitals parts of your business that you can’t afford to skip. Fortunately, we can help you invest into your marketing by assisting in getting you the funds you need!

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584