Telecommuting Pros and Cons

Telecommuting Pros and Cons

There once was a time, given the choice, most of us would give up shampoo, chocolate, or maybe even our first born to work from home. I remember thinking “how much more work could I get done if I could just roll out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and jump straight into work.”Read More

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time for dusting off the cobwebs leftover from the previous year to make way for new growth. This ritual isn’t just for your home but for your business as well. At least once a year we should reevaluate systems that could use a little TLC. View this as a fresh start thatRead More

Is Your Cloud Storage Secure?

As business owners we are now using cloud storage to keep our data records secure. Cloud storage helps keep us organized and we are able to recall and share our stored information from anywhere with ease, but sadly, there is danger in convenience.  On average 1.4 billion records are lost per month due to dataRead More

Are You Drowning in a Sea of Repetitive Tasks?

Like most small business owners, all of your time is consumed in running your business and gaining more customers. This stress tends to take its toll on your health and relationships. Are you drowning in a sea repetitive tasks? Investing in automation tools to alleviate some of the mundane tasks that require your attention dailyRead More

What Drones Can Do For the Claims Industry

We live in a world of faster, better, stronger. The insurance industry is no different. We try to load our “toolboxes” with the newest, best, high tech equipment to make our jobs easier and more efficient. The Drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is a hot trend in claims adjusting. I must admit, the benefitsRead More

Digital Declutter

We all shudder at the thought of the daunting task of decluttering our computers, tablets, and smartphones.  Oh my! Why do we insist on stockpiling emails marked as read that are to never cross our minds again? What about all the impulse downloaded apps… “when and why did we download this?”  Don’t even get meRead More

Choosing a Strong Password in 2018

Setting up strong passwords can be a daunting and intimidating task especially when experts recommend we have a unique password for each site we visit. The key to a strong password are length, mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Here is a great article explaining how to make passwords manageable with a few new skills!Read More

Google Alerts: Why You Need Them

Are people saying things – good or bad – about you online?  Did you know you can set up Google Alerts to find out? You can use Google Alerts to find the latest news and developments in your industry, thank anyone for saying good things about you online and you can address any issues that areRead More

The Life of a Claims Adjuster

February is National Insurance Careers Month! Last week I talked about how the insurance industry offers the career trifecta: it’s stable, rewarding and limitless. Claims adjusting is a noble profession we should be proud of the important work we do every day. All new adjusters must realize that what they have learned in their licensing classesRead More

Are You Looking for the Career Trifecta?

The insurance industry has provided me with a great career and so much more than I bargained for. I get to be challenged every single day at a job that I love. I have experienced upward mobility, work-life balance, and the chance to be part of an engaging culture with talented colleagues that truly care.Read More

Social Media Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Regardless of your industry, social media marketing is not something you can afford to ignore or neglect as a business owner. So if you have created a few profile pages, made occasional posts and responded to a few messages. Isn’t that enough? Not really. If you’re just getting started or want to take it toRead More

Are you driving While ‘Intexticated?’

Are you driving while ‘intexticated?’ Distracted drivers in the U.S. use their phones on roughly 88% of all trips. States are fighting back by passing laws that prohibit talking and texting on cellphones while behind the wheel. Laws can only go so far and people continue to text and drive. Sometimes when we pick up our phonesRead More

Do It, Delegate It or Dump It

Do it, delegate it or dump it. Do you look at your multiple to-do lists and feel overwhelmed? You probably find there are lots of non-income generating things on your business list and non-critical items on your personal list. Ask yourself, “What must be done by me?” Then use the 3 Ds – Do it,Read More

Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2018

It’s almost the end of the year and 2017 is on its way out. A lot has changed. The markets are up, unemployment is down and this momentum should continue into 2018. Here are some predictions for small businesses and trends to watch in 2018. Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy 20 Small BusinessRead More

New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Small Business in 2018

January is traditionally the time to make New Year’s resolutions. But in addition to your personal goals, what do you want to achieve in 2018 for your business? Resolutions are not just for making you accountable to join—and go to—a gym. They can be very useful in your small business, as they can help you focusRead More

6 Crucial Things Your Small Business Should Do Before Year-End

The end of the year is a busy one for business owners – holidays, travel, family time but your business really needs your attention too. You have tasks related to accounting, IT and end-of-year administrative tasks to close out the current year on a high note but it also sets you up to start offRead More

Tips to Balance Work and Family During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and no matter what you celebrate, there seems to be no time to take a break this time of year. Most of us are stressed about work at some level, year-round but during the holidays, the stress level rises. The holidays are the one time of the year when everyone’sRead More

If You Don’t Build Relationships, Nothing Else Matters

Business development and relationship building is a lifelong journey. Nothing will ever replace “feet on the street” to grow local sales relationships. To grow and improve your business without that personal contact, there would be no business and no relationship. Today I am sharing a great article by John Brubaker explaining the fundamentals of buildingRead More

What Insurance Agents Can Do to Help Employers

Insurance adjusters know how valuable their knowledge and relationships in the workers compensation industry can be to their clients. When an injury occurs, this is not the time for agents to be “hands-off” during the claims process. There are many things that agents, as well as adjusters, can do to help their clients as aRead More

Do You Find It Hard to Make Complex Decisions?

People often say that they find it hard to make decisions. Unfortunately, we all have to make decisions ranging from trivial issues like what to eat for dinner to life-changing decisions like who to marry. Do you put off making decisions by endlessly searching for more information or getting other people to offer advice? Complex decision makingRead More