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Five great ways to get in shape for even the busiest entrepreneur

Five great ways to get in shapeWorking at a desk is bad enough, but when you’re building your career, it’s easy to put your clients ahead of your health. From heart disease to weight gain, if you’re sitting long hours and fueling yourself with takeout, you’re setting yourself up for a losing deal.

But change is hard. So try out these five tips to squeeze healthy habits into your harried routine—starting today!

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Personal Tips for Small Business Owners to help Stay Efficient and Effective

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As a small business owner you’re wearing many hats – marketing, accounting, business development, among others – and it can be overwhelming at times. To manage the day-to-day stresses of running your business and keep your sanity, it is important to effectively manage your time and take advantage of the resources that are available to you. Brother Canada suggests its top three tips to help maximize results in as little time as possible.

 

 

1.    Focus on What’s Important…Keep a To-Do List

The challenge for many small business owners is how to prioritize activities that will bring in new business while ensuring that the existing business is being successfully managed. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to get and stay organized. Whether you use a “To-Do” list on a software platform or a smartphone app, be diligent about identifying and focusing on critical action items and deadlines. It’s good practice to end your day reviewing and updating your to-do list because it’s fresh in your mind and allows you to set your game plan for the next day. An additional bonus to staying organized: you can sleep a lot better when you know you’re accomplishing your daily goals because it means you’re on track to achieving long-term goals.

2.    Delegate Tasks

You started your business from scratch and it’s been your blood, sweat and tears that has gotten it to where it is today. So, it’s no surprise that many small business owners find it challenging to delegate some of their work. You’ve hired a team that shares your vision, so delegate because it helps give you the time and energy needed to deliver quality work to your clients. Here are a few tips to help you start delegating effectively:

  • Communicate the Task:  Clearly describe the project or task, indicate when you want it completed and define the end results you expect.
  • Consider Decision-Making Authority:  Consider granting the authority required to complete the task because this will remove roadblocks and prevent delays.
  • Get Commitment:  Just because you’ve assigned a task doesn’t mean your employees accept it, be sure to confirm their commitment to completing it in the timeframe required.

3.    Organize Your Workspace

Where did that invoice go? Where did I put my prospect’s phone number? Clutter – both physical and electronic – can negatively impact your productivity. Below are a few ideas to help you organize your office:

  • Create a Filing System:  A defined filing system for paper or computer documents doesn’t have to be complicated and it creates order on your desk or desktop. First, create separate folders for different needs. If you work with clients, for example, give each one its own folder, so you know where to store any document related to them.  For computer files, establish a naming convention (e.g. Client-ABC Company, Client-XYZ Association), so they’re grouped together by subject (e.g. clients, suppliers).
  • If You Use It…Keep it Close:  Don’t waste time looking for things you use every day, keep them close to you. If you’re always looking for your cell phone, buy a stand and put it next to your computer so you always know where it is. There are no rules. It’s your space, so organize it in a way that suits your work style.
  • Purge and Purge Again:  File or recycle papers you’re not using any more. If you need to keep files for legal reasons, scan or store them where they can be accessed if needed. If you’re unsure whether to throw something away, find a place for it away from your workstation but easily found should you need it.

Share your tips … How do you efficiently and effectively run your small business?

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Introducing Brother’s New SOHO/SMB Blog!

We’re thrilled to launch our very first SOHO/SMB blog!

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Through this blog we hope to supply our small business and home office community with helpful information, and smart business solutions, tips, and tricks for a variety of topics, advice from numerous entrepreneurs, and industry experts, fun gift ideas, as well as the latest tech news.

Before we get started, here’s a little background on us…

Brother offers a really smart line of printers, labellers, and faxes for the home and small office and the SMB space. Not only do we offer great products, but our service, and support will knock your socks off too. No joke. We commit to being at your side for the lifetime of your machine.

We’re established in the very cool cities of Montreal and Vancouver and we distribute throughout the country. Our offices have been in Canada for more than 50 years. Brother itself was founded in Japan over 100 years ago, so to put it mildly, we’re reliable.

We’re proud to say that we regularly pick up awards for our products, one of the most recent being a #1 in Reliability award from PCmagazine.com for our entire line of laser printers. This is the fourth time we win this award.*

We’re honoured to be part of a worldwide network of companies belonging to Brother Industries Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan. We’re looking forward to connecting with you and look forward to hearing your feedback on our blog.

Till next time!

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