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Posted 8/14/17 at 4:14 AM | Mark John

Ten Ways To Promote Your Digestive Health

Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down the foods that you consume into nutrients and molecules that your body needs. When you neglect your digestive health, you can begin to experience a number of problems, including digestive disturbances, bloating, nutritional deficiencies and trouble digesting food. Let's take a look at ten ways that can promote your digestive health to ensure that it runs efficiently and you remain healthy.

1. Dietary supplements – A supplement specially formulated to promote digestive health will contain antioxidants to help counteract free radicals and inflammation. There are many essential oils like clove oil, thyme oil and oregano oil that can kill parasites, improve circulation, decrease inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and increase digestive enzymes and digestive juices in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Drink plenty of fluids – One of the most important things you can do to improve your digestive health is to ensure you remain properly hydrated. Your digestive tract needs plenty of fluids to function properly. The fiber you eat pulls water from the colon to create bulkier and softer stools which are easier to pass. FULL POST

Posted 8/8/17 at 5:35 AM | Mark John

Answer these 4 Simple Questions Before You Blow Out Your Emergency Fund

An emergency savings fund is smart financial tool that can keep you out of debt, help you sort out emergencies, and reduce your financial worries. If you have an emergency savings funds, you are definitely on a higher rung of the financial ladder than people who live from paycheck to paycheck. However, having an emergency savings fund is only half the battle, the real problem is knowing how to identify expenses that qualify as a true emergency.

For instance, someone might consider an impromptu party an emergency that warrants taking money out of the fund to buy a new dress. To another person, a sudden breakdown in the washing machine is an emergency that warrants taking money to buy a new washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher. Unfortunately, if you don't identify real emergencies, you'll blow out your emergency fund on quasi-emergencies and you'll be left cash-stranded when a real emergency emerges. This piece provides four question you should answer before you take money out of your emergency savings fund. FULL POST

Posted 7/27/17 at 4:04 AM | Mark John

Wedding Gift Ideas- How to Make an Unforgettable Mark with Personalized Wedding Gifts

A good wedding usually involves more than just the partying and fun that comes with it- it is a time when special memories are created and these memories are meant to last for an entire lifetime. Even though the main focus is always going to be on the bride and the bridegroom, they are not the only ones who carry good memories away from the weddings and the people involved, especially friends, relatives and other invited guests also get to share in the same. So, naturally, if you have been invited to a wedding then you want to bring with you a special gift that the wedding couple is going to remember for the rest of their lives, or at least for most of it.

Choosing the right wedding gift is almost always a tough decision especially for people who are not quite used to doing this kind of thing. Of course if you are a billionaire then you could just spend a couple of millions on anything and still make an unforgettable mark. But, if you are like the rest of us then you might want to look for something that is a little less expensive and yet just as hard to forget. Personalized wedding gifts can help you achieve this.

By definition, personalized gifts are gifts that have been specifically made or designed and then customized to suit just a specific person or people. So a personalized wedding gift is a wedding gift customized just for the wedding couple. It has to be something that will hold a special meaning, message or thought that the couple will remember for years, or even decades, to come even though the same gift may not necessarily be of any value at all to a different couple. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/17 at 8:14 AM | Mark John

8 Tips for Successful Business Plan Writing

Entrepreneurs and small business owners often wonder what the key is to write a successful business plan. Obvious mistakes and omissions are quite common - especially for the first business business writer how to write a business plan they do not know. Fortunately, these mistakes are easy to avoid. Here are eight tips to help you write a business plan like a pro!

1. Start with the end in mind - In Alice in the country said the Cheshire Cat Alice: "If you do not know where you are going, a path will take you there." The same goes for your business and your business plan - If you do not have a goal, you do not need a plan.

You already know the importance of a business plan, so sit back and outline your goals before you start writing it. Where should the company be in five years? What is the mission of the company? Do you want a great company, or just live comfortably and pay bills? Would you like to be your company finally acquired? When answering questions like these, and beginning with the end in mind, you should focus your business plan in the right direction in the situation.

2. Learn about your customers through market research - You might think you know your customers, but are you actually sitting down to talk to them? You may be the coolest widget in the world to create, but if no one wants your widgets fresh, your business is going to be a failure. Talk to your customers. Surveys. Lead groups. Find out where customers fail to meet their needs and build a product that meets these needs. A little research can go a long way. FULL POST

Posted 7/11/17 at 3:15 PM | Mark John

4 Honest Ways to Increase Your Church's Attendance

Are the pews looking sparse on Sunday morning? If so, you're not alone. According to the latest Gallup poll, only 26% of Americans attended church once a week in 2016. It can be discouraging when you know you have a great message to share and not nearly as many people as you'd like to share it with.

Fortunately, you can solve this problem by developing a marketing plan. We know—it sounds a little weird to think of "marketing" your church. But just like a business needs good marketing to prompt shoppers to buy its products, you need good marketing to encourage people to visit your church. Here are four tools to get you going, and put more people in those pews.

1. Community involvement

Small businesses get out in the neighborhood for the same reasons as churches: working in the community helps people associate good feelings and develop loyalty to you when they find out all of good things you’re doing. You probably already are doing great work in the community, but it’s time to let people know about it. Design matching T-shirts with your church name on them, so people can easily spot you when you're out and about. You can also publish alerts in the newspaper or post flyers around town to let people know what projects you're working on and even invite them to join you. FULL POST

Posted 7/6/17 at 9:53 AM | Mark John

Why Networking is So Important in Business

Have you built up a network of business contacts that you can call on when you need to? If not, it's something you should consider doing as quickly as possible. Once you start reaching out to other like-minded people, you will start to notice huge differences in your business. Below are some of the main reasons why networking in this way is so important for a modern business owner.

Your Business Will Generate More Sales and Profits

According to business experts like Sam Ovens, many people already have some kind of network, but don't understand how to leverage the contacts they have, so that they can make more sales and profits. Sam says that “When you’re first starting out, don’t forget about your personal network of friends and family”. Many of these people may be interested in what your business has to offer or they can refer your business to other people and companies.

Monetising your existing network in this way could be the start of something much bigger. After developing your existing network, you can then look at approaching other individuals and businesses that are in a position to give your products and services much more exposure. FULL POST

Posted 7/5/17 at 5:52 AM | Mark John

Why Every Business Owner Should Have a Business Mentor or Advisor

Are you a business owner who often feels isolated and needs support from other professionals? Investing in a business mentor could solve this problem, allow you to run your business in a much more efficient manner, and reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you experience while doing so. Below are some of the main reasons why every business owner should have a business mentor or business advisor.

You Avoid Common Business Mistakes

If you go it alone in business, there's a good chance you'll make many of the common mistakes that are made by entrepreneurs. However, if you take the advice of a business advisor like Tai Lopez, you will avoid most of these mistakes and you can focus more on running and growing your business. Entrepreneurs like Tai have learned how to overcome many of the obstacles that stand in the way of progress, and he offers other business owners help in a personal capacity, through his blog, through his book club and through his podcasts.

You Get a New Approach to Business

If you have been in business for a while and you're stuck in a rut, you may need to become more flexible and change the way you run your business. This can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you have your own routines and your own ways of doing things. FULL POST

Posted 7/3/17 at 9:23 AM | Mark John

How to Overcome Adversity on your Business Journey and Give Something Back to the World

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, or so the old proverb says. The journey to business success is rarely easy. Most entrepreneurs experience all kinds of difficulties as they toil away. Even global success stories such as Gurbaksh Chahal, who dropped out of High School at 16 to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur, have not always had it easy.

There are often big road humps on the path to success. Even starting a business is tough when you have no previous experience or your idea is revolutionary. Gurbaksh Chahal was the first person to recognize the importance of performance-based online advertising. Within 18-months of starting his first business, he had sold it for $40 million.

Clearly, most people are not lucky enough to make millions of dollars on their first business venture, but if you have a great idea and the capacity to work through the problems you are almost certainly going to encounter, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be as successful as Chahal.

Cash Flow

The biggest challenge that most entrepreneurs face is a lack of cash flow. Cash flow is the lifeblood of every business and if you don’t have enough money coming in, you can’t pay the bills. Bill Gates’ first business venture failed because of cash flow and technical issues. But, instead of throwing in the towel, he learned from his mistakes and went on to found Microsoft. FULL POST

Posted 6/27/17 at 1:45 PM | Mark John

Online Video Ads Are a Great Business Conversion Tool

If you are wondering what it takes to increase conversions for your e-commerce platform, you’re not alone. There has been a dramatic shift in the way that companies advertise their products and services to visitors over the years. In the days of old – before the Internet of Things – banners, signwriting, and billboards were the preferred advertising channels.

Companies would spend an untold fortune on prime real estate banner space in cities, highways, buildings etcetera. We still see traces of this today with signwriting, sandwich-style advertising, and the like. However, for most fledgling e-commerce platforms, this type of marketing is extremely expensive.

What Cost Effective Ads Can You Create?

As a new business, you want to utilise your advertising budget as effectively as possible by targeting people on their home turf. While banners and billboards are great for mass coverage, they do not drill down into specific market segments, demographics or clientele – it’s a shotgun-style strategy that targets anyone and everyone who sees the billboard. These passersby may have little or no interest in the products or services being advertised. From a cost-benefit perspective, this seems a little disingenuous. FULL POST

Posted 6/26/17 at 7:51 AM | Mark John

Trends in Sustainable Business Operations

The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a primary objective of many corporations in the United States, and globally. Sustainability certification is available from the ISCC, which operates out of Germany. This non-profit organisation is geared towards providing a framework of compliance for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across Europe. For US companies seeking a foothold in European markets, it is imperative that the corporations gain the required ISCC certification. Indeed, companies seeking to operate their businesses and sell their products in states like California will soon be required to have this European certification as well. There are now talks underway between the European ISCC and California’s CARB (California Air Resources Board). In 2016, the European licensing agency set up an office in San Francisco.

How can US companies achieve the required certification to operate as sustainable businesses?

Ethanol production is a burgeoning industry in the United States, and globally. It is internationally accepted as an alternative fuel. What’s unique about it is that it is a fuel distilled from sugar, corn and biodegradable material. The use of alcohol-based fuels has existed for many years, and they are typically mixed with petroleum, and known as gasohol. When it is a blend of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol, it is known as E10. Oil companies across the United States and Canada, and globally are now blending their fuel products in much the same way. The rapid rise of shale oil producers in the US (WTI crude oil) has stopped Brent crude oil producers (largely OPEC countries) dead in their tracks. For environmentally conscious advocates, the use of ethanol is indeed the proverbial bright light on the horizon. FULL POST

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