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

What Would You do Differently in Your Career?

Everyone has a career filled with moments they wish they had done differently. We get wiser, look back and shake our heads at some of our decisions. Today is National Mulligan Day, which is a great day to reflect on the one thing you wish your younger, less experienced self would have known when youRead More

What is an Insurance Claims Adjuster?

The world of independent claims adjusting is an opportunity to get out of the cubicle, go out into the field and a chance to help people put their lives back together. When weather or tragedies arrive, independent adjusters arrive on the scene to help pick up the pieces. Working as an independent adjuster means just that — working independently.Read More

Data Breaches: Employees Are Your Weakest Link

No matter how much companies spend on digital defenses, hackers often still get in by persuading an employee to click a link or give up a password. Many small business owners still don’t understand the risks that fraud can have on their bottom lines. Small business owners should be proactive and aware of many different typesRead More

How to Effectively “Network Up” to Grow Your Business

Building your network is important to growing your business. There’s networking, and then there’s “networking up.” You need to go out of your way to make contacts that may be valuable for your business. Networking up is the process of meeting the top players in your industry but it is no easy task. Here areRead More

Tips for Hurricane Prep

As Hurricane Irma approaches the U.S. coast, I have compiled some hurricane prep tips. There are lots of things you can do around your home now to save some time. You don’t want to forget something if Hurricane Irma continues to come our way at the end of the week! No list is perfect becauseRead More

Nine Steps to Flood Recovery for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Like most of you, I have been glued to the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and its path of destruction across Texas and Louisiana. Please keep Texas and Louisiana residents in your prayers as they begin the flood recovery process, as well as the adjusters and all recovery teams that provide assistance to the affectedRead More

How Can You Find the Perfect Amount of Stress to Perform at Your Best?

Stress is a factor of the modern workplace. Period. Business owners like myself are noticing a relationship between stress and productivity in the workplace. Stress can sneak up on us. A small dose of stress can be healthy and lead to great productivity but persistent stress can lead to health problems. So how do youRead More

Generating Word-of-Mouth Referrals as a Small Business

How do you turn customers into brand advocates? Are you distinguishing yourself from your competitors and incorporating a wow factor in your customer service efforts? “Wowed” clients are loyal clients and will tell others about their experience. You will not be able to turn every single customer into a brand advocate but they don’t becomeRead More

A Good Insurance Adjuster is Also a Great Sleuth!

Adjusting claims is one of the most exciting and enjoyable professional vocations and I am blessed to work with a very experienced and talented staff of adjusters and investigators. We make ourselves readily available and flexible in order to effectively represent our clients’ needs and are always on the hunt to “Go, and find out!” CheckRead More

In Search of Familiarity

I love to follow Seth Godin. If you haven’t heard of him, he is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. His daily blog has so many great pearls of wisdom. This week, I am sharing one of Seth Godin’s blogs “In Search of Familiarity.”  When organizations give employees both the responsibility and theRead More

What is Integrity, Really?

A key component to workplace ethics and behavior is integrity, or being honest and doing the right thing at all times. People who demonstrate integrity draw others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are principled and can be counted on to behave in honorable ways even when no one is watching. StatedRead More

10 Reasons Why an Insurance Career is Great for Millennials

Millennials are the future of insurance and possess many of the qualities that industry recruiters are looking for, such as an affinity for teamwork, an entrepreneurial spirit, and love for solving problems. A career in insurance offers Millennials what they want from a career and many are exploring the insurance industry, getting hired and planRead More

Bon Voyage: Keys to Staying Safe on Vacation

I travel a lot. It’s the nature of my business as an independent insurance adjuster. I am constantly thinking about my personal safety and, unfortunately, know some of my clients have had their dream vacation turn into a nightmare. I don’t want you to constantly worry while traveling but it’s smart to take necessary, common-sense precautionsRead More

The #1 Tip to Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance

Are you working more and enjoying it less? Do you spend less time with your family and friends because you are overscheduled at work? Are you bordering on burnout? Believe me, I know how hard it is to achieve work-life balance. It is so tough to balance work and personal activities so I thought youRead More

Social Media: Should it be in Your Business Marketing Plan?

One of the hot topics discussed at our NAIIA Conference last week in St. Thomas was social media – to be or not to be – in our marketing plans. Although this article is authored by a financial advisor, it has some good points.  Using Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as part of your marketing strategyRead More