Productive Business Time Management – Avoid These 3 “Time Bandits”

Business time management is a skill that every business owner must learn if they are going to survive. I call activities that my clients perform, which yield no productive results, time “bandits.” Unfortunately, MANY of these time “bandits” exist, however we are going to focus on just 3 of the most counter productive.

1) Allowing Too Many Distractions

This time “bandit” is #1 on the most unwanted list! The sad thing is that some business owners feel helpless against distractions.

The key is to MINIMIZE and avoid distractions. Distractions are virtually impossible to totally eliminate.

If your distractions are non business related calls, let friends and family members know the times when you will be taking calls.

Typically, continually reading email is a major distraction. ONLY read and respond to email during scheduled times, and KEEP to it!

One key is to write down daily priorities, and refer to them each hour.

2) Non Productive Meetings

Meetings are all too often, very lengthy and fail to accomplish an objective. Be certain that a meeting has a facilitator, and that they are aware of the purpose and the amount of time set aside for the meeting.

The meeting should have a written agenda, with the time allowed for each topic. Most importantly, DON’T have a meeting for the sake of having a meeting.

Being specific about the purpose of the meeting is critical to effective business time management.

3) Avoid Information Overload

This time “bandit” is very common to new business owners, and particularly new Internet business owners.

In an effort to determine the best possible ways to market and manage their business, owners seek out information from too many sources.

Often time, the information is incomplete, or contradictory. This leaves the business owner in an ongoing state of being “pulled” in all directions.

The key is to ONLY gather information that is appropriate to a specific topic or activity. DON’t “jump” around trying to find information on random topics and unrelated activities.

In the end, effective business time management is all about being consciously aware of the activities that are crucial to the success of your business, and spending the majority of your time on those activities.

How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath and Body Products, and Start a Spa Products Business

Do you want to learn to make your own bath products? Custom Bath Products are a great way to ensure that you aren’t putting harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients into your body. Once you start creating your own bath oils, bath salts, soaps, lotions and facials, you will discover that you can begin to make your own custom Bath and Body Recipes from scratch, with products found in your kitchen. Not only are natural bath products a great way to avoid chemicals, but they make great gifts, home decor and can even be the start of a profitable home business. Place your homemade products in decorative bottles to enjoy, give as gifts or sell for a profit!

It’s fairly easy to Make Your own Aromatherapy Bath Products. Once you become familiar with some basic ingredients and techniques, there is no end to the creative products you can make! You can really turn your bathroom turn into a luxurious bath spa retreat. Learning to make your own bath products is easy and fun! Below are a few ideas of Bath Stuff You Can Make. A great sampling of Homemade Bath Products. Many recipes can be modified to Make Your Own Vegan Skin Care Products.

Make Your Own Cosmetics.
Natural Bath & Body Care Recipes to help get you started are listed below. You can also use some natural body care recipes on how to make your own body care products, such as bath salts using sea salts, dead sea salts and epsom salts. You could also start a specialized business by learning how to Make Homemade Aromatherapy Bath Salts, facials, hand creams, or many other natural care products.

Why not make your own bath products? … These recipes for natural bath products are sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Product starting with the recipes below…

Make Your Own Bath Product…

Relax your mind and body with these great bath recipe products you can create at home. Don’t worry about the harmful chemicals that may be in store bought products. You can create your own natural bath and beauty products at home!

Bath and Body Recipes:

Cucumber Facial Mask Recipe (Cleans and Moisturizes)
1 tbs. instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 peeled cucumber
1 tsp. plain yogurt
Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well until smooth. Apply to your face (avoid your eyes). Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Mix a fresh batch for each use.

Beeswax Coconut Hand Cream Recipe
¼ cup beeswax
3 tablespoons baby oil
¼ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup glycerin
Melt the beeswax. and coconut oil over a double boiler. Add the remaining ingredients and heat until mixture is smooth, for about 4 to 5 minutes. Pour into a container while still hot since it will harden as it cools. Makes about 1 cup.

Video Production Business Tips – How to Generate Qualified Sales Leads

In my years as a video business entrepreneur, the months of November and December have always been slow. Clients are preparing for vacation and the last thing on their mind is executing a video production agreement. So, instead of worrying about why we aren’t busy, I channel that energy into marketing my company. Here’s a few ideas on what you can do to boost revenues during the slow part of the year.

1. Attend business networking events so you can meet other business professionals in your area.

Check with your local chamber of commerce, ad federation and PRSA to see what’s available. Do your best to meet a lot of people and hand out plenty of business cards. You can follow up with those you meet with a personal letter, a copy of your demo reel and a meeting request.

2. Offer to videotape a high-profile non-profit fundraising events in exchange for sponsorship exposure.

Get a banner printed that you can hang in the room and a few small signs to put on your tripod that have your logo, phone number and website address. Then, put a copy of your demo and a business card at every seat in the room prior to the event. You can also ask the event organizers to publicly thank you at the beginning and end of the event so that everyone hears your company name.

After the event, collect all the cards and demos that didn’t get picked up so you can use them the next time. Make sure that the edited video includes a commercial about you at the beginning/end and make sure your logo/phone number/website is prominently displayed on the disc face. Take it a step further and post the video on your website and ask the non-profit to link to it via their newsletter and website.

3. Call website design firms and commercial printers in your area and invite them to lunch or coffee

The purpose of these meetings are to find great vendors that you can recommend to your clients as well as to introduce them to a great video production company that they can recommend. Website designers get plenty of requests for video on their clients’ websites and printers often get requests for CD/DVD duplication services. Getting to know these professionals in your area will expand your network and will result in new leads relatively soon.

Promotional Golf Products – Business Strategist’s Toys

The game that is most loved by business strategists is golf. Its appeal to them is attributed to the fact that golf employs a lot of strategic planning which refers to the managerial function that focuses on the crafting of long-term plans. The art of strategic planning takes into consideration the nature of the market such as the terrain of the game, the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent, the business environment which could be translated to the weather, wind, and humidity during the game, and above all the opportunities and threats that could be maximized and surmounted by the player through the employment of his strengths and minimizing the impact of his weaknesses. In golf, battles may be lost but the war should be won. To the business strategists, there are no better gifts than promotional golf products.

The Recipients

Premium or added value is all a matter of the mind. When you use golf products as promotional gifts, you should only give them to the most deserving, let it be an emblem of your company’s continuous desire to bring the best out of your clients and contacts. You could award promotional golf products to the following people:

  • Top management of your top fifty client companies
  • The best business executive among all the executives of your industrial clients
  • Achievers in their fields among your individual clients
  • Top fifty best individual buyers in terms of bulk and punctual credit payments

You can even a sponsor a golf event that could be attended by friends and families of your customers where they could do the following:

  • Play the game
  • Learn the game
  • Watch the masters you have invited to play

Top Quality Choices

Businessmen and businesswomen have strong biases for top quality. They are quite discerning when it comes to the added and real values of the promotional golf products they would receive. Spend quality time and money on the right items which could include the following:

  • Golf balls they could showcase in their offices and homes or use during their games
  • Golf clothing such as shirts, pants, and shorts with your company name and logo printed on them. They would surely attract the attention of your client’s playmates and opponents.
  • Umbrellas they could use as they walk from one hole to another
  • Headwear such as gold caps bearing your emblem
  • Useful golf tees that emblaze with your company name or logo
  • Golf clubs that would make any other player salivate with envy as they see your logo or name