Business Column

Delete Your Negative Thoughts

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Business Column

Business people who have negative thoughts always will have negative results and never be successful or reach their goals in life. Negative thoughts distract your focus from what is important and drain your energy. Like a computer, our mind was programmed to work at its best. Over the years, as we confront adversities that attack our well-being, such as viruses, we lose our optimism. When a virus attacks a hard drive or our bodies, neither work properly. Let’s scan our thoughts and bring our mind up to date with only positive thoughts. This way, as a business person, you can go out there and achieve your goals with a positive mind. As a business person, your mind may be going constantly with negative thoughts that you have to learn to overcome. You can have the fastest computer, but if you install the wrong software it will not function properly. Our mind is like a computer, and it is time to delete these negative thoughts, eliminate the viruses, and reprogram our minds with positive software. With a negative mindset, a business owner will not succeed. Business people need to have an optimistic outlook to make sure they reach their future goals. Business owners should be thinking about the long term...

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Don’t overlook seniors when hiring

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Business Column

By 2020, about 25 percent of the workforce will be age 55 or older, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many employers are reluctant to hire seniors, but research proves seniors can be happier, more loyal, and positive than their younger counterparts. Despite this, it is still important to use the police check australia before finalising any paperwork, as you can never tell who might have a criminal record. A shocking experience with a human resources department motivated me to write on this topic. One of my clients has a wholesale/retail business and was looking to hire six to eight new employees for different departments. They were yet to implement an employee referral program that could have gleaned some extraordinary candidates and filled the positions quickly. Human resources started interviewing numerous applicants. I became aware that a younger applicant was interviewed for 30 to 45 minutes, while a senior applicant was questioned for 10 to 20 minutes. Why did human resources appear prejudiced against giving the older applicant a fair shot? Due to the prejudiced treatment that the senior applicants had received, I decided to use a company like Peak PEO to hire new staff. I wanted a reliable recruiter! At the end of the day, I questioned...

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Excuses, excuses, excuses and more excuses

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Business Column

Business people, owners, presidents, managers, and salespeople come up with excuses when they are not performing at their best. They tend to blame others for their failures. With more than 40 years of experience as a business development consultant, I have heard so many excuses, I could write a book. I know it would be a best seller. These excuses aren’t good enough. Business owners should be determined to make their company a success. Of course, people will have off days every now and then, but this shouldn’t become a habit. If you’re really passionate about driving your business forward, you should start looking at areas where you could improve. For many businesses, this area will probably be sales. If this is the case for your business, there are things you can do to improve this. You should consider visiting a website like, for example, to see some of their tips on customer acquisition. That should help you to bring more customers over to your business, increasing your sales. Hopefully, when things start picking up again, you will get rid of the excuses and start pushing your business forward again. One of my new clients once said if he had $100 for every excuse he had made, he...

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Moving forward from last year’s baggage

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Business Column

Want a fresh start in 2015? Let go of negative baggage. You probably have so much baggage you would pay a fortune in airline fees. Let go of the hurts and pains of the past, and you’ll have a brighter future in 2015. Do you harp on the past? Are past disappointments, like when you did not get a raise or did not get an expected promotion, still nagging you? Do you frequently focus on what you perceive to be personal failures, like thinking you did not spend enough time with your family, or you did not save enough money? Do you question your work ethic or attitude, focusing on inadequacies like a failure to make more sales appointments? Do you complain to business associates regularly? Stop looking in the rear window and focus on the large window in front of you. Planning for a better future requires you to stop dwelling on the negatives. Keep in mind, it is not the way you begin a project but how you end it that matters. Don’t beat yourself up if the start of your project was a bumpy road. Get on that smooth, clear road now by focusing on positives, seeking out a mentor, and setting up achievable goals. Your...

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When is right time to ask your employer for a raise?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Business Column

Wouldn’t it be great if it were a perfect world and every employer gave their employees a raise regularly when they deserved one? This would be less stressful for the employee that wants to ask his employer for that raise. Money is a sole focus for employees, and it can be stressful when you’re not earning your deserved amount. Something even more stressful and unjustifiable is not getting paid on time or the right amount, due to payroll problems with the business. This is not something that should be put up with and it’s worth suggesting a new payroll service like Cloudpay to your employer. This will take away all the complexities that come with payrolls which makes life easier for your employer, and result in on-time pay. Nevertheless, it’s understandable that employees get restless waiting for a rise. However, waiting for this rise isn’t the right way to go about it, since often times employees must set goals and remind their employers of their value, let’s look at some strategies for asking your employer for a raise. The strategy you choose might depend on your pay structure. Do you work on commission or are you a salaried employee? Depending on your answer, there is an effective strategy for...

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How to Succeed in business?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Business Column

How to succeed in business? That’s the question on many peoples’ minds. Part of the answer is networking. Last Wednesday, a group of professional business people gathered at Sunny Palace on Route 18 in East Brunswick to “meet and greet” under the leadership of Milton Paris. Mr. Paris is the President of “Getting Ahead in Business”. It is refreshing to meet and speak to other professionals and gain insight into how each of us can support one another and further our endeavors. Introducing your business really renews your passion in what you do. As always, Milton Paris embraces the chance to bring positivity and humor to each meeting. There is no limit to what you can accomplish. Just at one meeting, our sign company, Signs & Awnings, gained three potential customers. We also had the chance to meet a lot of new people and learn what they had to offer. If you want to learn more about these networking meetings, visit Milton’s website:...

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