Research studies at the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways indicate that employees who ate healthy meals and exercised regularly showed higher job performance and lower absenteeism. Workers who maintained a healthy diet throughout the day were 25% more likely to perform better on the job. Those that exercised for at least 30 minutes three times a week were 15% more likely to be more productive at work. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways, noted that well-being is gaining recognition as an important measure that relates not only to the quality of life for the individual but also to financial measures that are important to businesses. This is seen in the direct correlation between the health and well-being of employees and employee absence and job performance. The study was based on data collected from geographically dispersed US companies and was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. What

If you’re looking to expand your small business, you may be turning towards investors to help you fund this great endeavor.  In order for a private investor to consider your small business, you have to convince him or her that there is a reason for them to invest in you.  You mush demonstrate that your business is fiscally sound, has potential to grow, and that it will only benefit the investor to become a part of this great opportunity.  However, in order to get investors to loosen the purse strings, you will have to be willing to subject yourself to increased scrutiny and to give up some control of your business.  Investors are not giving out free money – they will have a say in your business’ philosophy and actions.  Of course you will also have to hand over a percentage of your company and its earnings to the investors as well. In order to get investors on board with funding your small business expansion,

Apps represent a significant step forward in the range of technologies that can allow a business to remain connected to their customers. Never before in history have consumers been able to access so much information so effortlessly. Via smart phones, much of the US is able to be constantly connected to the internet, as well as their favorite services via the proliferation of mobile apps. While apps can be expensive for small business owners to develop, they can also be highly worth it in those who work them into their business plans in a clever way. The benefit of providing your customers with a platform through which they can access your services at virtually any time with minimal effort is the maximization of orders and repeat business. Additionally, word of mouth can spread fast around a successful app, especially one that can be used during social situation to order something that people will share. The stunning success of Uber, for example, can be partially attributed

Business owners want their businesses to grow, but in order for them to grow effectively, the deployment of capital needs to be approached from a strategic angle. One of the mistakes that business owners frequently make is using up all of the available capital they have access to in order to push their business forwards, without first thinking of the actual amount of growth they are ready for from a logistical standpoint. Things like market size, seasonality within small businesses and the ROI associated with various types of equipment will all dictate when a business needs an infusion of funding and when it should actually hold back on the throttle. When is a good time to push forward business growth? Particularly good times to fund growth projects are in preparation for an anticipated period of heightened business activity, such as right before a holiday peak in sales or the beginning of a the busy season for a seasonal business. Debt, once taken on, must be paid

Business owners should constantly be looking out for ways that they can market their products to more people within their demographics. One of the strongest ways to do this is by identifying locations where you can retail your products that are complementary to your business model and highly trafficked by those in your demographic. To start out using this technique, business owners will need to approach the task form a place of strength. In order to convince other retailers that your product has a place within their location, you need to prove that you are intimately familiar with your target demographic and can demonstrate that the demographic that appears in a potential partnered location will overlap with your sweet spot. Having market research and an analysis of your own sales record to show will get your foot in the door and help to convince a partnering location to try your products out. Where does your target demographic go? Where do they spend their money, and

Small business owners in the travel industry have a lot to look forward to once the weather turns up!  While their best sellers will surely continue to draw attention, in 2014 some interesting new destinations are starting to be more talked about as the collective mind begins to stray towards Summer planning. Here they are, as well as the reasons why this vacation season they will make attractive options, both for travel business owners and their clients. Brazil: Since the World Cup is going to be hosted there this year, extra attention Is being focused on the tropical nation. Already a hot destination, this year the extra excitement loaned by the globally anticipated sporting event should make the beautiful beaches and beautiful people of Brazil an even more attractive enticement to get away. Cape Town: In the wake of the passing of internationally recognized visionary Nelson Mandela, South Africa has been brought to the forefront in the minds of the American public. Recognized this year as a

Whether you have successfully bootstrapped your business to the point of wanting to expand, are just starting to develop your products from home and are making your first sales while maintaining a full time job, or are about to turn your business into a franchise, the value of a mentor cannot be understated for small business owners willing to loan an ear to a trustworthy business veteran. Approaching a small business from an egocentric perspective and rejecting guidance and advice may not hurt your business, but it is possible that you are missing out on advice and perspective that you could use to accelerate your growth and make fewer mistakes. The hardest part about a mentor relationship is creating one in the first place. Finding an industry veteran who is willing to spend time giving you advice and coaching can be tough, and anyone who you would want as a mentor you should be able to trust completely. Naturally his means that finding a qualified

Within a small business, it’s often the case that capital is tied up, meaning that in order to pursue more comprehensive projects, business owners will either have to take resources that would otherwise be applied elsewhere or find a way to get things done themselves. In certain cases, DIY is a great option that can allow business owners to save money and loan themselves the opportunity to learn a new skill. In other cases, trying to go for a DIY fix can lead to bad results that might wind up actually costing your business money in the event that you need to hire a contractor anyway who has to also fix whatever problem was created. In order to help business owners decide what they should leave to the pros and what elements of their business they can DIY, here are few rules of thumb that can be referenced. Do you or someone close to you know an expert in the field? If you are close to

Most small business owners have websites, and if they don’t they really should have one. However, this doesn’t mean that every single business owner is going to be a master web developer. More often than not, you are going to have to loan time to work with a remote group of web developers who you will communicate with either over the phone, skype or through emails and a ticket system.  For laymen who don’t really understand coding, communicating what they want from developers can be stressful and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. While sometimes problems arise because the development house that you are working with is not on par with your expectations or downright unprofessional, most of the time developers actually want to have more, clearer communication with their clients instead of the opposite as it helps them deliver faster and save time. In order for business owners to ensure that they are getting all of the value they are paying for, here

The constant struggle small business owners face with balancing their work lives and their social and romantic lives often can come to a head on special days like Valentine’s day, when the expectations of family or partners can compete with business obligations. While it’s tough to decide what to loan your time to when there are competing obligations, there are ways that small business owners can have their cake and eat it too if they are willing to compromise within their schedules. If you absolutely must work on Valentine’s day, here are some suggestions that can help to smooth things over both business wise and otherwise. Consider taking a half day. Within a half day, you can still get plenty of things done, especially considering that fact that this weekend is a holiday weekend and will give you one more day to get your life together before heading back into the office. A half day allows you to work, as well as take some time to

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