Entries Written By Larry Alton
Are you feeling detached from your business? Have you been feeling physically and emotionally exhausted? Do you feel like your entrepreneurial efforts are ineffective, or that you have a lack of accomplishments compared to how much work you put in? Do you have to force yourself to get out of bed in the morning?
At its basic level, kombucha is a stinky drink made from tea and bacteria. It can be made with tea, sugar, and a yeast-based active starter culture.
The bacteria is supposed to help with digestion, improve stress, and provide energy more naturally. It’s certainly healthier than your typical energy drink or supplement, but does it really work?
Like many ot… Read the rest
When you look at famous college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, it might seem as if ditching the books and launching a business is the right thing to do. But if you’re considering dropping out, there are some things you need to know.
Making the Case for Dropping Out
While your parents’ generation gasped at the idea of someone drop… Read the rest
Project portfolio management (PPM) is a process of selection, analysis, prioritization, and organization of projects for a given company, and it’s designed to maximize profitability while improving project-by-project efficiency. Obviously, you’ll want the highest-priority projects to receive the majority of your current resources, and you… Read the rest
In an age where there are many different options for increasing your income, Airbnb is one of the more popular sources of supplemental income. If you’ve ever considered offering up your house – or a room in your home – then there are some things you need to know.
6 Tips to Keep in Mind
Depending on where you live, what your overhead is, and how often you can re… Read the rest
When we think about medical malpractice, we usually think of a fairly limited set of scenarios – errors during surgery, prescribing mistakes, and even the failure to diagnose a condition, resulting in permanent poor health. And doctors, well, they think of their high malpractice insurance, litigious clients, and the concern that under-treatment may … Read the rest
Who will take care of your elderly family members as they age? Will you take care of them in your home or put them in a facility? Will you hire someone to take care of them? Though there are many options available when it comes to senior care, one common assumption is that elderly relatives will live out their final years in a nursing home, especially if they have pr… Read the rest
Whether you’re trying to start a business, fund a vacation, or just get through an especially tough time in your life, there are occasions when you’ll need to raise money as quickly as possible. You can’t depend on a second job to make the extra income, since that will take too much time, and get-rich-quick schemes are both hard to come by and rarely effec… Read the rest
As marketers, we spend a lot of time talking about content. And while the actual words and visuals you use to connect with your customers are important, don’t forget about one all-important aspect of your digital marketing campaigns: color scheme. The colors you choose will have a direct impact on how your content resonates with your target market.
A Revi… Read the rest
Having a job is like being in a relationship; the honeymoon phase won’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll get stressed out and wonder if you’ve made the right choice.
For a short while, I took on a part-time position as a drive-through barista. Making coffee all day and walking away with cash tips seemed like the best gig in the world… until I completel… Read the rest
In moderation, there’s nothing wrong with alcohol. Millions of people enjoy a drink after work or sharing a bottle of wine over dinner. But when rules of moderation are ignored and alcohol consumption becomes excessive, the results can be catastrophic.
The State of Alcohol Abuse in America
Home security matters more than you might think. There are about 3.7 million home burglaries in the United States every year, and many of them could have been prevented with simple upgrades.
Most people think that home security is a major investment, costing thousands of dollars’ worth of new equipment, or substantial changes to the layout of your home.
At some point in your company’s development, you’re going to need to hire a chief marketing officer (CMO). As the title suggests, this is going to be your point person on all things related to marketing and advertising, so it’s vital that you get someone in place who knows what they’re doing, and exhibits all the “best” qualities for a marketing l… Read the rest
Most couples in long-term relationships end up sleeping together in the same bed—but that can be a problem for one or both lovers. Sleep is an important component of your health, and if one person makes it harder or impossible for the other to get a good night’s sleep, the other partner will suffer the consequences, and may grow resentful of the offending p… Read the rest
It’s easy to feel like your credit report and credit score are what make the world go round. If you have good credit, you can pretty much buy anything you want. If you have bad credit, something as simple as renting a house can become challenging. If you fall into the category of “bad credit,” have you ever considered hiring a credit repair company to handl… Read the rest
The beauty of ecommerce, at least from a business perspective, is that you don’t need a ton of resources to get started. Everything you need can be found online and you aren’t required to invest in real estate or any of the other expensive infrastructural elements that generally command large amounts of capital. But in order to be successful, there are so… Read the rest
Addiction is far more common than you might realize. In 2014, 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and over battled with a substance abuse problem. About 80 percent of those sufferers battled with alcohol abuse, but alcohol isn’t the only source of addiction—there are also both illegal and prescription drugs, gambling, and even sex.
If you feel you may be str… Read the rest
These days, one of the most powerful brand awareness and marketing tools in your arsenal is online reviews. If you know how to use them, online reviews can help you sell more products, improve your brand’s reputation, and increase your visibility all at the same time—and since reviews are written by your customers, you won’t even have to expend much ef… Read the rest
We all want our families to be happy. Many of the decisions we make on a daily basis involve happiness and making sure everyone feels loved and cared for. But did you know that happiness is often directly linked to health? Unless you’re paying attention to your family’s health, happiness may be elusive.
6 Tips for Creating a Healthy Family
As a parent, you h… Read the rest
Few things are more frustrating for patients than spending lots of time in a waiting room. And while there are certain things you can do to reduce the amount of time an individual spends sitting in a reception area, there’s always going to be a wait. The key is to make sure the time they spend in the waiting room isn’t wasted.
Why Waiting Rooms Matter
The waiti… Read the rest
Selling your business is a big move that demands careful planning. You need to calculate your desired sale price, obviously, which can be a challenge. To sell your business for as much as you possibly can, you need to be able to show potential buyers you have efficient systems that make the business profitable.
If you haven’t optimized your systems yet, her… Read the rest
When you have your first child, everything changes. Suddenly life ceases to be all about you and involves sustaining someone else. But just because you commit most of your energy to your child, doesn’t mean you can’t have friends of your own.
The Challenge of Making Mom Friends
Do you remember how easy it was to make friends when you were in school? Whether … Read the rest
We all dream of the day we can get up one fine Monday morning and spend the rest of our life doing whatever we please. Instead, for most of us, reality sets in loudly at 5:30 am when our alarm clock screams at us to wake up, get dressed, and get to work for that 7 o’clock meeting.
For many people, this scenario is normal simply because they’ve been doing it for so lo… Read the rest
For parents of school-aged children, one of the more frustrating things to watch is an underperforming child who gets bad grades. You know your child is smart and capable of getting good grades, but somehow they’re barely passing. What, if anything, can you do about it?
7 Steps for Helping Children Improve Grades
As a parent, you have a duty to help your chil… Read the rest
Creating a product isn’t the end of the road. In order to bring this product to market and benefit financially, you have to find a way to sell the product. But if you don’t have any formal education in sales or marketing, this can be a challenge.
How to Make Your First Sale(s)
Securing your first organic sale can seem like an insurmountable. The longer time go… Read the rest