The planet that we call home is in trouble. Landfills are spilling over, plastics are choking oceans, and greenhouse gases are setting fires and melting ice caps. Every day you hear about these problems on the news, and every day they get more and more serious. Although climate change and pollution are complex and monumental issues, even the smallest of businesses can do their bit. By adjusting how you conduct your company and changing just a few everyday office habits, you can make a big difference in the impact that your business has on the world around us. With that in mind, here are fifteen things that you should do to make your office more eco-friendly.

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I go to a lot of trade shows and I get a ton of swag from openings as well as just random companies looking to send me stuff. What most brands don't 'get' is that the most common stuff just gets put in a box or worse, simply thrown away. While you might think that re-usable shopping totes are the rage, let's look at some different items that are actually useful and that means a long life reminding your target about your brand. Here's some tips that you can use to help make the smart decision when selecting swag items for your next promotion!

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If you’ve been in the world of work for any length of time, you know that after a while purpose becomes more important than the amount of money going into your bank account at the end of the month. You want to feel as if what you’re doing is making a difference to someone, somewhere. The last thing you want is to spend your days accumulating wealth but feeling as if you’re not doing anything of importance, or worse yet, harming people.

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Blogging can be a lot of fun ... but it's also a lot of hard work. While it's easy to dismiss people who constantly share amazing photos of them doing incredible things, it's a business. Luckily, I've learned a lot over the past decade and here are some of my tricks and advice that I'd pass on to anyone looking at blogging as more than just a way to share their random thoughts with others. If you are looking to succeed and get all the fun "perks" then you need to work hard. Here's how you can make that happen!

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Years ago I had a startup idea that others told me was golden ... I had clients pre-booked and I even had an industry association willing to help promote the new company. All I needed to do was present our concept publicly at an upcoming trade show, meet with people in person and start signing contracts. The only hitch is I was short on cash. Since this was a "sure thing" I looked at my credit card as a way to float the $5-10,000 startup costs. It would only be a month or two till I could pay it off I thought. Unfortunately, due to issues with my partner the company disintegrated at the show and I was left holding the bag for all those costs. Poor business planning, poor financial management, and bad luck for sure. More than a decade later I still have the scars from that decision. While I couldn't have prevented what happened, I could have improved the recovery process by consulting a company such as Lexington Law to help repair and restore my good credit faster.

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