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  • Making Green and Going Green when You Start A Hotel Business

    At some point or another, we’ve all thought about the idea of opening our own hotel, country inn, or a bed and breakfast. It’s a job type that seems like it might be a lot of fun (though it’s actually a lot more work than you’d think). One of the most important trends today is going green and from the operations side of the business, this is something anyone going into this business should think deeply about before jumping in and opening their own hotel business.

  • How To Turn Your Truck Into a Snowplow And Start Making Extra Money This Winter

    Winter is here, the snow has started to fall, and you've decided you're going to make a couple of extra bucks plowing driveways. Now what? It goes without saying that you'll need a truck, and to get the job done right you'll need the right truck!

  • Dress Shirts vs Casual Shirts - How to Pick Correctly for Each Occasion

    The most basic thing that you need to know about when choosing the right attire for any occasion is knowing what kind of occasion it is. An occasion can either be formal, informal, or semi-formal. Each occasion has a particular "dress code" or clothing rule that people have to follow.  Formal and informal are understandable, but what event can be considered as semi-formal? Semi-formal is less dressy than a formal but dressier than an informal.

  • What You Need to Know and Do to Become a Professional Truck Driver

    Love driving, long road trips, big engines, and the freedom of virtually never having to go sit in a cubical ever again? The trucking industry booming and while it's not an easy lifestyle, you can make a solid living while seeing new parts of the country. Here's some tips and advice for aspiring long haul truck drivers.

  • How to Successfully Raise Money to Finance Your Startup

     
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Guidant Financial. All opinions are 100% mine.

    We've all reached that point in our lives where we have a great idea to build a business around, but just need the capital to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, most of us simply stop there after being rejected by a bank or family and friends but here are some tips to help you succeed with raising money for your startup business idea.

  • Tips to Dress For Success in Business But Still Stay Comfortable

    It doesn’t matter if you’re in the office for your 9-5 or out on the town with the guys. Dressing for success, looking good, and staying comfortable all at once is no longer a dream for every man. Here are some tips on looking sharp while being as comfy as the old sweats you refuse to throw away.

  • Advice for Success in Selecting The Perfect Business Partner

    Over the past several decades, I've had the opportunity to start various ventures as well as manage partnerships on behalf of corporations as well while working for brands like Sears, Staples, and ProFlowers. The truth is that you can't achieve success on your own. The key is in aligning yourself with the right people as well as the right brands where you can work together towards greatness.

  • Celebrating Top Tech Talent at the San Diego Top Tech Execs Awards

    In business, as in sports it’s great to be recognized. Unfortunately though, it seems like only the quarterback gets the glory. Anyone who’s ever run a business knows though that supporting every great CEO, President, or business owner there are others that deserve their share of the glory too. San Diego’s Top Tech Exec Awards is an opportunity for some of these guys to step out of the shadows, hang out with their peers and be recognized for the super heroes that they really are.

  • Keys to Small Business Success

    Small business owners like myself face many challenges. Not the least of which is that it can be difficult to scale up, but equally challenging to be successful without doing so. While there are celebrations like “Small Business Week” where consumers are encouraged to support small businesses, the reality is that our struggle continues 24-7-365. Don’t worry though, there are some ways that we can help make those challenges more manageable.

  • 7 Steps to Look Good While Traveling for Business and Pleasure

    Long before a business trip gets underway, you have a lot of important decisions to make. At the office you’ll be preparing presentations and proposals, but at home you’ve also got to consider how you’ll present yourself. What you pack in your suitcase needs to work for the boardroom as well as socializing after work hours. Because let’s be honest, that’s when a lot of deals are made. 

  • Five Steps to Prepare Now for Next Year's Taxes

    Wow, you're almost there and it's time to take a break - right? Nope :( Taxes are really an all-year type of thing and the good news is that if you take this perspective then it makes your spring a whole lot easier to manage. One of the big differences between Block Advisors and "just a tax preparer" is that they take a higher view of your finances and that's important for anyone running a business - no matter how small it might be.

  • Year Round Tips For Entrepreneurs to Avoid Tax Related Stress

    Back when I was younger, taxes were easy - I went to my dad and just told him what my income was and with a few squares filled out and a handful of signatures I was off to the post office to get my refund. Today though, things are different and pretty much everyone I know has a part-time gig of some sort. Whether they are working with a ride share company or have a blog, there are all sorts of things that you need to consider all year long to make sure that you are set for tax season.

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