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What To Consider When Reopening Your Business


What Business Owners Need to Know

As restrictions begin to lift across the country, every small business owner is thinking the same thing.  How do I re-open?  While each industry varies, here are some things to consider when creating your reopening plan.

Start Fresh

Start from scratch… sort of.  No it isn’t necessary or practical to start from scratch, but realize this is an opportunity for you to have a fresh start.  Before businesses began shutting down, you may have been too busy to make changes that you knew would improve your business; well the time is now.  As you begin the slow process of reopening, use this time to evaluate employees and procedures.  You may find that what you were doing before was not efficient or maybe one of your employees was better suited for a different role.  Do not approach this with the mindset that everything needs to change; it doesn’t.  What was previously successful will likely continue to be in “life after COVID-19”, but as an owner, maximize this time to ensure your business is running as efficiently as it can.  

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Remember that you have been here before.  As a small business owner, you hold one tremendous advantage over large corporations and perhaps some of your competitors.  Whether it was recently or decades ago, you remember what it was like when your business first started.  You know the hardships you will inevitably go through only this time you know what worked and didn’t work when you first opened.  Take time to reflect on this and discuss it with your staff who also might have been there from the beginning.  Together you can create a plan to maximize the successes you experienced when you originally first opened your business.

Reevaluate your budget

It is naive to think that your business will return to the same, or even close to, the revenue you were making before the lockdowns just now as restrictions are being lifted.  Be frugal about your spending or the conditions of funding or loans you may be seeking.  Understand that you will, in all likelihood, be operating on a reduced budget and reduced revenue.  The key here is the long haul; ensure you can make it to the time where business and customers are back to normal.  Looking back on the previous point, remember what it was like when you first opened.  Revenue is initially going to be slow and you need to have that built into your budget.

Collaborate

Put your head together with other small business owners.  If you are in the service or hospitality industry, look to partners in your immediate area where you can team up to create events, share marketing avenues or package deals together to bring customers in.  For owners with product or service based businesses, seek non-competitors within your industry, potentially outside your area, to collaborate on best practices.  Everyone is in the same boat and will be eager to share their successes if they too can learn from yours.     

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

Continued Learning & Resources in the Workplace


Evolution is the name of the game – growing, becoming. Your business should always be looking for new ways to reinvent and build. That includes your team. For many businesses, they are scrambling to figure out what to do with this time we have, and how to utilize it to the best of their abilities. Offering learning resources for your workforce is incredibly important, but especially at this time. If they need some extra motivation, something different, or if you just want to add to the value of their role, now is the best time to get on that learning train! How do you do this? Well, there are many ways, and we’ll outline a few of our favorites. 

Group Learning

Maybe you’ve noticed a collective opportunity for growth within your business. Is there something your team could all benefit from as a whole? Getting in on the action together is a great way to foster communication, camaraderie and teamwork! Depending on what that opportunity might be for your team, you could purchase a group learning tool, or even curate a playlist of great videos on YouTube for everyone to watch together and then discuss. You can plan other group exercises around the content you choose, and give your team a break from the daily grind. 

Individual Learning

Sometimes, especially with social distancing and bigger teams, it’s just too chaotic to conduct a group learning session. If that is the case, then you can still choose a topic that everyone could collectively benefit from, but let them watch the videos and complete the materials on their own. You can still facilitate a discussion board based on the materials, but this will allow them to complete the activities on their own terms and without the pressure of a large group. For some businesses, this is a better suited method. 

Tailored Plans

Have you noticed that a particular team member is struggling with something? Or perhaps they are a high performing employee that is quickly outgrowing their current role? In each of these situations, tailored learning plans are the best fit. You can zero in on what would best foster growth in those team members and help them along their career path and at-the-end-of-the-day it will contribute to the success of your business. 

Essential Courses

What topic should you focus in on? Take a step back and examine where there are holes in your business performance. Is it technical skills? Is it interpersonal savvy? It is understanding of the industry as a whole? Maybe it’s just motivation. Whatever you decide, there are so many options for resources. You can do simple searches on YouTube for tutorials, or even Ted Talks. If it’s more in-depth types of courses, Lynda.com has a fantastic library covering a multitude of topics. The bottom line is that you are offering some type of learning resource to keep everyone moving, challenged and refreshed!

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

Influencing Your Team Morale

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Help Your Team Navigate the Dark Times

It may be an absolute struggle to keep your team positive. You may have had to furlough and lay off part or even most of your workforce, and maybe your biggest struggle right now is keeping your own chin up. We get it, we really do. These are trying times, but all these rough circumstances are going to break us, re-mold us and we are going to emerge a stronger and more motivated community, with our priorities readjusted and our resolve stronger than it’s ever been. That is what you have to focus on. That is what you must remind your team. That is what will drive you forward through the storm. 

We often forget to look at the mental implications in the business world. Long hours, scrambling to meet deadlines, resolving conflicts, finding solutions for obstacles both big and small… There are a number of stressing factors throughout any given business day (even weekends), and in a situation like this, you can just multiply it by 100 (maybe even more). You have to recognize the effect that it has on your mindset, as well as your staff. You have to be intentional about how you navigate your mindset around the negative clouds that approach you at every turn. Because your mindset determines how you weather the storm. It determines how you survive. 

So how do you keep morale up during these times? There are many ways, and the important part is that you do something. Consistently. We have chosen a few of our favorites to help you get started.

1. Visibility

Being present is the most important way to boost morale for your team. Stay connected. There is so much fear and uncertainty infiltrating our workforce, and silence is the greatest antagonist. Set up consistent communications, updates, meetings. Zoom is our friend right now, it gives everyone who is chained to their home office an opportunity to remember that we’re all in this together. In these meetings, make sure to be encouraging, informative and make certain to give everyone tasks and keep them accountable by checking in on benchmarks and goals. 

2. Transparency 

Everyone is looking for answers to a multitude of questions, and that includes your team. Maybe they are asking questions that you couldn’t even possibly know the answers to, but you have to give them the information that you do have access to. However, during this dark and uncertain time, it is up to leaders to take a calm and consistent tone coupled with measured actions when it comes to longer-range plans. Be straightforward, but kind. Remember that transparency is the key component to trust from your workforce – think like a reporter and provide constituents the who-what-when-where-why, so they don’t fill in the blanks themselves with rumors.

3. Confidence

Your team will look to their leaders and their response to any given circumstance. Think about when you were younger and you gauged a situation by the reaction of your parents. How you carry yourself and react, along with how you communicate information will be analyzed down to the bones. Understanding the importance of how you remain calm and confident influences your team morale. 

4. Flexibility with Expectations

Be clear on essential daily productivity benchmarks, but be empathetic & flexible with company policies. Crisis WFH conditions present logistical and emotional challenges. Tensions can rise quickly where any combination of family are all in the home during work (spouses, younger children, or college-age students who have returned from campus for the semester, and elder care concerns are all stressors). Keep in mind that we are all humans, and not everyone is accustomed to this new working environment and all the new distractions and stressors that come along with it. Kindness and compassion must be factored into this new work environment, but that does not mean that expectations should fall by the wayside, they just need to be tailored to the reality of the situation. 

5. Resources

Keeping with the theme of “being human”, it is no secret that mental health is a vital issue in this crisis. Because that’s what we are dealing with, a crisis. Along with that comes so many issues that will complicate your workforce’s focus in individual ways. Take time to check in on people individually and provide resources should they be experiencing more anxiety than normal. Connect them with therapists, someone to help guide them through their struggles. Provide them with resources should their family be struggling to put food on the table, a list of local pantries offering free food or reduced pricing. Perhaps you could even start your own community pantry for your workforce, collecting food, toys and hygiene essentials that some members of your team may be in need of. 

Keep Your Chin Up

We know that the most important way to provide this example is also through your own mental strength. Make sure to take care of yourself as the leader, not only to set the example, but also to influence the success of navigating these tough circumstances and remember… we’re all in this together!

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

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New Product Pivot for Businesses During COVID-19


This is a time of creativity. As a business owner or potential business owner, you may find yourself stuck and finding difficulty to move forward in business, whether you are open, closed or just waiting. Wherever you are in the process of your business, under the shadow of the COVID-19 crisis, we want to encourage you to dream. Dream up new products, new services. These can be within your current industry, or maybe you have decided to dip your toes into an entirely new industry. If you’re up against some mental blocks, we can help give you some inspiration for popular types of products that you could possibly explore adding to your business. We’re here to help you get funding, because we know that you may need to invest to build out this new direction!

Masks

Oh, this one is a given. Many businesses have jumped on this wagon, and the demand is high. Clothing companies have found this to be a very natural direction to take by simply repurposing their materials. An article in D Magazine talks about the fashion industry’s role in mask production – the pros and cons. If this is a product you are considering to add, make sure you do your research and air the proper disclaimers. For example, many of the masks being produced are only to serve as a covering to satisfy the mask orders in place across the Nation. If your mask does not meet medical standards, or include a filter, these types of things must be stated. 

Delivery Services

Many businesses in the food and beverage industry are keeping their doors open by offering curbside takeout and delivery. In light of these modifications, delivery services are in demand more than ever, and it’s not just the restaurants who need help getting their products from point A to point B. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses can also use a helping hand, especially with businesses like Amazon’s Whole Foods Delivery Service being overwhelmed by online orders. 

Hand Sanitizers

Even though washing hands under running water is the best way to make sure those pesky germs are being banished, it’s not always a choice when you’re on the go. That’s why people are starting to carry hand sanitizer with them. Businesses have started to cater to this demand by producing their own hand sanitizers for consumers. Distilleries have been one of the industries to start making this pivot – as per an article on CNBC

Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

These are stressful times for business owners. The best way to relieve stress is through creation – the possibilities are endless and they are out there. 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


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