Home Based Business Trends In A Fragile Economy

Home based businesses are many with some that are truly legitimate and others that are out to put a deep hole in your wallet. With today’s fragile economy, millions of people out of work and a shrinking middle class, there are those of us seeking ways to increase our financial means to make ends meet or to simply keep food on the table for our families. I’ve been a victim of the scams and have invested hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars seeking out the latest home business trend. But I have also learned a lot along the way and have acquired some tools to success that I would like to share with you to avoid any pitfalls you may experience in your search for the right opportunity.

#1. Product. You need to choose a product that literally most everyone needs. Think long and hard about this. Not everyone needs or likes healthy chocolate (I personally know someone who is allergic to it). The market is also flooded with many nutrition supplements claiming to be the next big trend. There is liquid form, pill form, shake form, juice form, etc. So which do you choose? Not to mention the expense and investment in such a venture. Don’t get me wrong. There are many fine health and wellness opportunities out there but they require a large financial commitment and again isn’t necessarily something most everyone wants or needs (we are in fact one of the most obese nations in the global market). Consider something such as cell phones. Nearly everyone has them everywhere you look and nearly everyone needs them. Even my 10 year old son is begging me to get him one since many of his friends already have them. The cell phone industry is exploding and more and more companies are popping up on the market.

#2. Affordability. As I mentioned earlier there are many legitimate home based business opportunities but they require a large financial commitment on your part and with a fragile economy this just isn’t an option. So along with the right product you need to have the right price. Opportunities that are too inexpensive (such as an opportunity for only $97) require hundreds of people in your downline just to make a few hundred dollars. Home based business opportunities that are too expensive are simply that-cost prohibitive and you don’t stand a chance at seeing a return (such as those opportunities that cost $1995-$3995). I’ve found that the latest legitimate home based business trends are priced between $300-$500. These are reasonably affordable even in a fragile economy and can get you up and running in no time. It will have you seeing a return on this investment within a few weeks to a few months.

#3. Team. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a strong support system in place. Too often we are left to fend for ourselves after signing on with an opportunity and spend months trying to figure everything out ultimately ending in failure. A duplicatable, automated selling process, turn-key system that can run on auto pilot is vital to being successful with a home based business opportunity. These duplicatable systems can be achieved through websites and lead capture pages (which are generated by the company and given to each of their reps to build their business), DVDs explaining the opportunity and most importantly a way to market your business through offline methods (such as postcards and sales letters) in addition to online methods such as pay per clicks or cost per clicks. There are other online methods such as blogs, social media, articles and more but these systems are not easily duplicatable by everyone and requires a great deal of research, practice and trial and error to be successful with these methods. With the flood of online advertising, offline old-school mailbox methods such as postcards promoting an opportunity are becoming the trend among home based businesses.

#4. Leverage. The fourth and final point is leveraging a powerful system with the right opportunity that allows you to:

1. Make a lot of money

2. Make a lot of money quickly (and I don’t mean within 48 hours-let’s be reasonable here). You could with the right system be making money within a few weeks to a few months.

3. Be able to work from home only a few hours a week on a schedule that YOU decide

4. Have a business working for you even when you are not-translates to a 100% automated sales process from the moment your prospect sees your offer. This means:

-No personal selling
-No phone calls
-No hotel meetings
-No emails
-No sharing with friends and family

There is a lot to consider when seeking out the next home business trend. What I can tell you is from my experience, by using the tips I have mentioned as tools for researching and crafting a home business opportunity that’s right for you, it will greatly increase your chances for success.

From Goose Farmer to Top Internet Marketer

I was asked the other day ‘What’ it has been that had allowed me to change in such a short period of time my life into better. I was asked what I was doing and which miracle had happened that I had more time and more money at the same time? I was asked if I had found something like an infinite income plan to make money online.

Well, I could have simply answered ‘yes’. But I felt like this was the right moment to going into depth and sharing what I had found and what the ‘secret’ was behind the scenes, behind my change and success: Darren Salkeld’s Infinite Income Plan and how i applied it to learn to earn cash from a top internet marketer and make money online myself – applying what I had learned and am still learning!

Make Money Online Secret Revealed: there was no secret, there is no secret. I wanted to learn to earn cash and simply researched for a real business opportunity online that would meet my criteria. I was blessed to meet Darren Salkeld on an international workshop, where he was presented as a top internet marketer. And this is exactly what Darren Salkeld is and where it all started for me.

The Infinite Income Plan is where Darren Salkeld has put together all his learnings and experience on how to learn to earn cash and make money online. Darren Salkeld put it all together in one place, in the Infinite Income Report.

So who is Darren Salkeld? Today Darren Salkeld stands synonymous for the Infinite Income Plan. Till a few years ago he was a hard working goose farmer and leader in his family business – with a small difference to so many others in his same position: he had a vision! Darren knew that there needed to be some way to learn to earn money and make money online. He went and researched each online marketer he could get hold of and each method he could try, he would do so.

Darren Salkeld today knows all the mechanisms to make money online as he knew how to learn to earn cash and talk with each successful internet marketer he could get hold of. Driven by his vision and solid principles and values that are key to making any income plan and marketing activity a vivid instrument to success, Darren Salkeld has decided to share his knowledge with you and me, with all of us. He even went a step further and created out of his personal instant income plan the infinite income plan which shows all of us a possibility to open our mind to new dimensions.

What attracted me most about the whole Infinite Income Plan, more than all the information on how to learn to earn cash and insights it gives, it is the fact that Darren Salkeld does not talk about tools and techniques only, as many internet marketers do. Darren highlights the importance of our values and believes, of our vision and wish to achieve.

A fast track to learn to earn cash and make money online is part of Darren’s Infinite Income Plan as well as motivational messages and clear guidance on all areas, apart from the pure business aspects, that are all part of our personal success stories.

You can have a list, the famous winning list of people online each internet marketer needs and wants. But it will be of no value if all these people will have no confidence in you. Only the moment that they will trust you, that they will feel that you care for them and about them, only then you will be really able to call your list a winning list! And this is exactly the secret formula that great online marketer Darren Salkeld used and still uses with his Infinite Income Plan.

How to Employ a Personal Assistant in Commercial Real Estate Agency

In commercial real estate sales and leasing, it is increasingly common to hear that agents have no time to spare each day. Normally there are plenty of things going on around the office and in the property market. That being said, you still need to get to some critical things that allow you to build your business. The solution is to put more people around you and get some outside assistance.

When you look at the daily tasks that need to be done, there are still two or three that are highly important. Typically they are:

  • Finding new business opportunities through daily prospecting
  • Servicing your existing clients with effective marketing campaigns
  • Matching buyers and tenants to your listings

So these three things drive the entire commercial real estate cycle. Some of these things can be adjusted to involve other people to assist you. Having a good personal assistant that understands your business processes will be of high value in your career. First and foremost, you need to get to the point where you can afford this high quality person. You will need the right person and that will be a cost to you personally or to the business.

Before I go further here into the strategy behind the process, I would like to say that you should never entirely delegate the prospecting process to other people, and do so for the wrong reasons. I have seen many salespeople seize the opportunity to give others the task of making cold calls and door knocking. The best salespeople always prospect every day in some way or form, and find the process critical to their leverage in the market place.

Always remember that you are in a professional selling industry; that requires an exceptional salesperson that is prepared to do the difficult things each and every day. You have to ‘sell’ in many ways and forms.

So you can appoint people to assist you with each of these three processes. They should however not entirely take over and remove you from the 3 key activities. You must still have a discipline of client connection and negotiation as part of your business model. You are the person to do the deals and that is a fact to be remembered.

Taking these three points that I have just mentioned, you can adjust your business day in the following way:

  1. Get someone to research the correct people to cold call. This research process takes a lot of time. When the correct numbers and contact details are passed to you, you can still make the calls. The results of the calls can then be entered into the database by your personal assistant. You should however keep a close connection with your database and review its progress every night or at the end of the business day.
  2. Your personal assistant can send correspondence and emails to your clients in your absence. This does not however remove you from personal contact and telephone calls with all your clients at least once or twice a week. You are the person that they hired to solve a property problem.
  3. You can have your personal assistant review the database to match the buyer and tenant enquiry to the listings that you have currently. This then allows you to make the personal calls to qualified people in a timely way. When the match is made, you make the call.

Always keep in touch with your market, and do not let shortcuts remove you from the process. The best salespeople are always at the front line of their business activity and marketing processes.

Shopping For a Petite Body Frame

When it comes to fashion, a significant part of looking good has to do with dressing for your body type. After all, the most fashionable of clothing items simply won’t do justice if placed on the wrong body. However, while assessing one’s body type with relation to clothes shopping often has to do with specific features of the body – such as the width of the hips, or the length of the legs – some ‘body types’ can come to mean various things; the ‘petite’ body being one of them.

When people come across the word ‘petite’, they often immediately think of a person with smaller dimensions all over – whether it’s in their height and weight to the length of their limbs and torso. However, while the word generally refers to someone who is 5’4″ or shorter, many dimensions can still vary greatly. For instance, many petite people have long torsos and short legs, or vice versa. What’s more, weight can vary significantly from one person to another, with dimensions in features such as hips differing just as much.

For this reason, it’s often challenging for some people to find clothing that fit them well. A petite person will often have to shorten the legs on trousers or the seams on dresses due to their height. However, if they opt to shop for generally smaller sizes for height, they might end up with smaller clothing dimensions for features such as hip width – which isn’t always ideal. So what’s the best way to go about shopping for a ‘petite’ body frame?

It helps to seek out stores that offer specialised departments for petite sizes. Doing so can take a lot of the effort out of searching for sizes, and enable you to focus more on finding fashions that you like. Of course, even petite departments will have a lot of variance in sizes due to the fact that the term can apply to people of various body dimensions.

Once you’re shopping for the right sizes, it helps to keep a few tips in mind with regard to the look you’re trying to achieve. Therefore, try going for high-waisted, figure hugging trousers to elongate your legs; however, if you choose to wear low-rise trousers, ensure they’re not too short. Another way to make your legs look longer is to wear high-heeled boots (not too high though – 5 cm max will do) with short dresses and skirts that fall anywhere above the knee.

Wearing similar-coloured tops and bottoms – as well as wearing a belt that’s the same colour as your skirt or trousers – will help elongate your silhouette too. If you like prints then opt for small, vertical prints and motifs, particularly avoiding horizontal stripes. And don’t wear oversized accessories such as large jewellery pieces or sunglasses – you want to ensure accessories stay in proportion with your size. If you want to look taller, you can try wearing buttoned shirt dresses or tying long, skinny scarves loosely round your neck. You can also put your hair up in a bun or wear a headband to elongate your top half.

When it comes to shopping for petite clothing there are many ways to achieve the look you want. However, be sure to keep some specific shopping tips in mind in order to help you look your best in a wardrobe that’s right for you.

Benefits of Wedding Car Hire

Car rentals have gone beyond the realm of tourism and have grown to become an essential part of any big occasion. The Wedding car hire is a trend that has steadily gained popularity over the last decade. Choosing just the right wedding day car has become as important as choosing the right Decor and the right wedding dress as the kind of car one chooses indicates a lot about the individuals personality. Finding the perfect car for the newlyweds to drive away in at the end of the ceremony only enhances the picture-perfect culmination to a very special day. Choosing the wedding cars is not confined to just the car the bride and groom would use; picking the right ones is not as simple as it seems. The vehicles need to complement the overall theme of the wedding while simultaneously serving a functional purpose. One may need to hire bigger wagons to partake in the much required wedding shopping and to move things from one venue to another.

Similarly people can hire Luxury cars to take guests to the wedding venue from their respective houses or take them from one venue to another.

It is best to use wedding car hire services can provide you with a wide variety of vehicles, so that you can avail discounts when you hire numerous cars together. The necessary information can easily be found online by using any search engine.

On ones wedding day there are always things that can go wrong last minute, you don’t need to add your car rental to add to that list. To ensure that car hiring doesn’t prove to be counterproductive it is essential that the cars hired are fuel efficient, in good condition and come with a qualified chauffeur attached.

It is important to check the background of the car hire company and go through customer reviews so that you have a hassle free wedding day.

The type of car one hires for their wedding day indicates a lot about their personality and adds to the theme of the wedding significantly. Old models and luxury cars are considered the most fashionable. Vintage cars are most often used for classical weddings. They render a sense of impactful simplicity to the bridal party’s entrance. Expensive luxury vehicles infuse the theme with a touch grandeur, sophistication and lavishness. Limos dominate the list of the favorite wedding vehicles, most likely due to their size and exceptional design. They are the best choice when it comes to transporting wedding guests together as they comfortably seat up a relatively large number of guests.

Car rental companies that cater to such occasions give brides and grooms the opportunity to ride in rare and trendy car models to commemorate this joyous occasion. They do so by providing clients with deals and reasonable fees. With car rental companies around, it is now possible to have an exquisite wedding ceremony no matter how tight your budget.

Power Inverter Uses and Variations – Auto, Car, Boat, Laptops

Power Inverters, also known as power supply units or power converters, are a great way to power electronic devices when there is not a ready electrical outlet present but there is DC power available. When it comes to choosing a power inverter, there are a number of available options out on the market, each with a variety of different features. The basic concept of a power inverter is that it can convert a car’s 12 volt direct current power into the same type of alternating current power available from a wall socket, enabling electronics to charge while traveling. They work in cars, boats, or anywhere else equipped with a cigarette lighter adapter (DC Adapter).

Why run the risks of losing power to your essential electronics, when you can always have a backup power source ready for use almost anywhere an electrical current is generated? Power inverters work especially well for charging laptops, DVD players, digital cameras, radar detectors, cell phones, PDA’s, printers, digital cameras, external hard drives, personal media players, flash drives, scanners, iPods, MP3 players, video games, and much more.

On the market you can find an ever-increasing number of different power inverters. They all perform the basic function of charging your electronic devices, but each has its own particular features that may suit one person’s needs better than another’s. There are power inverters that can provide power for one, two, three, or four plugs simultaneously. There are also power inverters that contain USB ports that can charge USB-enabled devices; this can add to the functionality of your power inverter if you carry around devices like the popular iPhone.

Power inverters also differ in the amount of power they supply. Some emit more wattage to charge larger items, while others emit smaller amounts of wattage for electronics with smaller energy demands. This is an important feature to keep in mind, which can help prevent battery drainage and preserve your car battery’s life. When buying a new power inverter it’s best to look if it has an automatic kill switch or switching regulator (available in switched-mode power supplies) so that your car’s battery never reaches a critical point. It can be quite frustrating to see your car battery die, but your laptop fully charged.

A nice feature to look for is a long, extendable cord to reach far away electronics. You may also want a swivel head if your cigarette lighter adapter is placed in a difficult-to-access location. This will help adjust the positioning and make sure it will not slip out of place for maximum convenience. Some power inverters also come with replaceable fuses–one of the most likely parts to fail–and the ability to replace the fuse is more convenient and efficient than having to replace the whole inverter.

Remember, when choosing a new DC-to-AC inverter examine the features, the power output level, number of available receptacles, and pricing to ensure that you purchase the right inverter for your needs. Every year new and more efficient inverters hit the market, so happy hunting and read the reviews before purchasing and you’ll be sure to find just the right inverter you need.

Toolbox Tactics in Commercial Real Estate

You may say that the commercial real estate sales and leasing market is difficult at the moment. You will not be the first agent or investor to observe that fact. This is however a major opportunity market with properties adjusting to the beginning of a new property cycle.

You are at the beginning of new opportunity. Tenants, buyers, and sellers are still out there. It’s just that their sales, purchase, and rental strategy has needed to shift. So if you are a commercial real estate agent that works on retail, office, or industrial property, we are going to let you in on a major marketing secret that works tremendously well to generate listing opportunity in this economy and investment property shift.

Moving Your Business Forward?

So how do you move forward in this market to create real opportunity? You create a significant pipeline of opportunity from speaking to many people and helping them with the market adjustment process. This means that the help they require may be a listing or property this year, next year, or the year after, however they will need well qualified and experienced property professionals.

You must be that solution for them. You must be confident in this market. You should use a marketing point of difference and most particularly your ‘toolbox’ to attract and convert the clients that you need.

Sales and Leasing Together

In this market the best commercial real estate agencies specialise in both investment property sales and investment property leasing. In those specialist categories they can bring significant strategy and understanding to the property, together with a ‘toolbox’ approach for the customers and clients.

A great lease will one day support a great property sale. This means that every lease should be planned and structured to optimise the situation for the property owner. This is where ‘toolbox’ stands head and shoulders above generic marketing of commercial real estate services.

Solicitors Awareness of Property

Whilst talking about leases I would like to make an important and relevant observation. In doing so I do not want to upset the solicitors and legal people of the ‘property investment world’ however the following is a real fact.

Most solicitors and legal people that do the lease documents for the investment property owner have little awareness of the actual property in question and probably have not even inspected the property.

My apologies to the legal people that are the exception to the rule!

This random process of lease preparation is not good investment practice, considering that the property lease is to produce a cash flow over a number of years. Solicitors and property agents need to get together and make sure that all the elements of the property that enhance cash flow are well considered and placed in the property lease before it is signed!

In only this way can they bring real strategy and stability to the occupancy and cash flow!

What’s Your Agency Point of Difference Today?

Only yesterday I was speaking to a real estate agency that was working on identifying a point of difference in this market. They realized that the competition agencies they were up against in the market place were doing nothing special to attract and retain new business.

Those competition agencies were simply continuing the same practices of prospecting and conversion that they have been doing for years. They were not offering any new approach or support process to the clients in the market today.

Let’s face the facts. This market today requires experienced real estate agents that can bring solid levels of property strategy to the investor including:

  1. Rental strategies for the long term that match the lifecycle needs of the property owner
  2. Lease documentation which minimises cash flow and vacancy exposure
  3. Strength of tenancy profile that gives an element of prestige to the building
  4. Tenants that bring financial strength and stability to the building
  5. Lease deals that will enhance the opportunity of sale when the time comes
  6. A balance of net and gross rentals to optimise the best return on investment for the property owner
  7. Well controlled building operating costs that are contained within the averages of that property type for the area
  8. An occupancy experience in the property which strengthens the relationships between landlords and tenants
  9. A target market of tenants that are clearly identified and pursued in the marketing campaign.

So this list is in fact the elements of a ‘Lease ‘toolbox” approach to the market. Many commercial real estate agents will generally say that they do these things anyway. The reality is they do not. Most lease transactions today are undertaken in a ‘one off mindset’ with little balance to the long-term future and strength of the building.

In recent seminar workshop I asked the agency staff in a larger industrial agency to tell me what they would do for ‘me acting as the client’ in a lease transaction of a vacant space in a sample building. Many of the agency staff gave me a broad variety of initiatives and processes that were fairly standard in the industry. It was interesting to note that all of these ideas were not ‘bundled and packaged’ into something that was even remotely attractive to the ‘me’ as the property owner.

Let’s understand a simple fact. If you do not logically document and display for the client the stages of your professional commercial real estate property service and give it a name that the can client relate to, you are affectively a generic marketer. This is the major problem in the industry today. The client needs specific help and you must market your services in a ‘toolbox’ approach. Give your ‘toolbox’ a name and then market your business around it.

I also recommend that you use the advantages of PERT and GANTT models to do this ‘toolbox’, given that this great illustration approach really interests most clients. This helps you stand apart from the competition. You become the agency of choice.

‘Toolbox’ is Your Tactical Advantage

Every sales and leasing program should be subjected to the processes of the ‘toolbox’ so that the client knows that the best results, controls, and outcomes are seen to be achievable. The ‘toolbox’ process also suggests that you have a quality control procedure that every property is exposed to.

This ‘toolbox’ is simple marketing; however it can be easily implemented into your agency business making you more professional and desirable as the commercial real estate agency of choice in your region. Your ‘toolbox’ becomes your marketable point of difference. You should have a separate ‘toolbox’ for:

  • Commercial real estate sales
  • Commercial real estate leasing
  • Commercial real estate property management

Within each of these elements of service you should have a specific ‘toolbox’ which supports the property disciplines of:

  • Retail Property
  • Office Property
  • Industrial property
  • Specialist tourism and leisure

Listing Strategy in this Market

Let’s talk about the sales ‘toolbox’ now for a brief moment. In most cases the time needed to sell or rent a listing would be no longer than 12 weeks even in a tough market. After that time a listing becomes stale and a waste of your time. Choose your listings and the time on market with care.

A couple of essential rules need to be set here and incorporated into your sales ‘toolbox’. They are:

  1. Always seek vendor paid advertising – you are not the source of advertising funds to promote property no matter how good you think the property is. Vendor paid advertising sets the foundation of vendor commitment.
  2. Always seek exclusive or sole listings when you can
    – controlled stock is the only way to go. A seller of an open listing cannot be trusted and is likely to ‘shift in the wind’ on who they deal with. It should also be noted that exclusive listings are much more desirable than sole agency listings. It is your choice as to whether you would take on a sole agency.
  3. Always seek to list properties for sale on the basis of a ‘time driven’ method of sale such as tender, auction, or expression of interest. This is the best way to go to get and sustain momentum in the property promotion. Properties that are listed for sale at a fixed or nominated price are likely to be this undesirable hard to sell listings or over priced listings with little momentum. In such situations a buyer will make an offer; maybe that works for you; maybe it doesn’t.

These 3 rules above infer that you are the driving force that creates the quality listing. Nothing could truer. You drive the quality of the listing appointment that you want. If you let the owner of the property dictate the rules of engagement, you are likely to suffer poor results. Remember that you are the expert consultant to help people with commercial real estate needs; you are not the agent that lists everything and anything that comes your way at any price or rental.

In closing this ‘toolbox’ topic, here are some important rules:

  • In every listing know what you are doing and why.
  • Focus on the outcome that you want for the client.
  • Use your ‘toolbox’ as your point of difference to attract the client’s interests.
  • Understand that your time and expertise is precious.

Commercial Loan Calculator Is A Life Saving Tool

A mortgage calculator can be among the best and easiest ways to help you out calculate your various mortgage expenses. They help you determine what combination of elements must get together in order to get the best loan for your financial situation.

When working with a mortgage calculator, keep an eye on the interest rate and the term length you enter as these will really influence your results.

You’ll be amazed at how easy this calculator is to apply, and how much time and frustration it will save you as you figure out your mortgage loan needs.

Florida Home loan Calculator – Here’s What it will Do for You

Analyze your loan payment

Calculate whether you should refinance your mortgage financial loan

Calculate ones mortgage principal

Calculate the affordability of your loan

Calculate what happens when you pay slightly extra on your loan month after month

Calculate the actual APR for your financial loan

Calculate should you pay points to purchase a lower interest rate

Calculate the amount of income you’ll need to qualify

Calculate the financial benefits associated with owning vs. renting your home

Calculate what happens if you use a HELOC to pay for debts

Calculate your tax benefits of your property loan

All over again, it’s hard to spitball your property loan costs. Help it become easy on yourself. Use a mortgage calculator. You’ll be very happy with the results!
More and more people are using commercial loan finance calculator to easily compare low interest rates and payments. It also helps you work out how much you can borrow and what your payments will be on financial space.

Commercial loan is important to businessmen because they are often utilized in several ways to enrich or boost this business’ stability. It helps you find the brains behind will fit the business’ must have. Some loans are used to acquire new equipment among others are used to put money into real estate properties for business. In your business, there is no harm in while using calculator for your loans or for whatever reason it is, in having the loan application. A refinance is so as to switch to a lower associated with interest or a longer maturity to your loan. The duration of course would be determined by the type of approach you chose. Usually, second mortgage rates are higher than refinance mortgage rates. That is why refinancing is always the best option for those who have already a Florida mortgage plan.

Here are steps find the best mortgage deals in Florida:

* Know who to contact – lenders, brokers, etc.

* Ask recommendations from friends if you’re trying to get a mortgage.

* Calculate mortgage repayments and amortization.

* Compare company offers and interest rates.

* Read the customer service.

Fl has well-renowned mortgage specialists. They offer prompt service and offers you their full attention. They are professionals and are willing to work personally with their customers. They can offer the best mortgage plans possible.

There are hundreds of Florida mortgage companies. Selection should depend on the following:

* How much loan can you afford?

* Has to be your credit score good and bad?

* Are you able to risk an ARM?

* Are you ready to be tied for a 20 or 30-year reimbursement plan?

Business Planning a Commercial Real Estate Agency

Every commercial property office has its unique commission challenges and listing opportunities; and that is in any property market and economic circumstances. To help with this a wise property sales agent will set some best practice guidelines and rules to keep the agency office and its staff on track to clearly established targets. A business plan for the commercial property office is essential to the process.

Whilst the buyers and sellers of property will undergo change and pressure, they still need to do property sales and rentals. It is the agency momentum and activity to capture that activity that is critical in the performance of a commercial real estate office.

The agencies that must close their doors when the market is poor predictably have no significant marketing and prospecting models. They simply take listing opportunity when it walks in the door. When the market slows and changes, that walk in business does not occur. This property office has no mechanism to grow market share when times are tough.

Many agencies operate with a code of practice or best practice business model to enable them to serve both the clients and the customers professionally. Some real estate franchising groups and marketing groups also offer this level of practice professionalism in their business model to which the agency can operate within.

You can structure your own code of practice and set some rules that will help your business down the path to success. Your business plan should involve and include the following criteria:

  • business planning for the next 5 years with a great focus on the next 12 months
  • income, and expense targets based on a staged growth model
  • listing targets for each month of the year
  • marketing strategies for the office and for the listings you generate
  • internet and website initiatives plus a website that is optimized for your market and location
  • database tools and strategies to grow your market intelligence and future opportunities
  • a clearly defined target market from which you will attract listings for the office
  • staff growth plans to implement as changes in the market occur
  • performance guidelines and job specifications to ensure quality work targets
  • ethical standards for sales, and property management staff
  • documentation systems and rules to implement and track contracts and associated forms or processes in sales, rentals, or property management
  • staff goals, objectives, targets, and processes that can be measured by KPI
  • privacy and confidential business processes that apply with members of the public and clients
  • quality assurance procedures that keep the office functioning within guidelines
  • strategic plans that give stability and growth a priority in your business plan
  • occupational health and safety rules that protect your staff and clients in situations of property activity
  • financial targets and commission structures that reward good people and performing sales staff

These elements can and should be implemented in your real estate business plan. Once the plan is set it becomes your roadmap to a better and more stable office in any real estate market. This means better commissions and listings in any property market. Survive and thrive is a fundamental rule in real estate best practice, and this is in any market and at any time.

Fitness for Fun: Alternative Fitness Activities That Work

Are you one of those people who think that losing weight and keeping fit needs to be done at a rigorous pace and with a totally competitive mindset? Are you struggling with your weight loss program because of this kind of thinking? Are you almost drained of your last ounces of hope that you will ever get fit?

If you’re just beginning to start your fitness journey, or even if you’re already going but feeling a bit burnt out, then you might be approaching fitness all wrong. Getting fit shouldn’t make you feel like you’re in a boot camp. It should be enjoyable, and that’s where fitness for fun comes into the picture.

A lot of people who are overweight, or have health and fitness issues, may not be suitable for those in-gym workouts that are very rigorous and require a lot of correct technique. In fact the gym is just not an enjoyable experience for some people. Lifestyle, like working in an office setting where you don’t have the opportunity for a lot of physical activity, may have also taken over and quite frankly the hours that are being worked aren’t compatible with long sessions in the gym. The good news is that, there are alternative fitness options readily available.

First off, fitness for fun is an easy way to start getting back in to shape. Just because it’s fun it doesn’t mean that it isn’t working. Alternative fitness activities are far from the dumb bell curls that you normally do at the gym, think pillow fights, sports, rock climbing, hiking and the list goes on and on. I hear you say that doesn’t fitness have to be structured? In my opinion alternative fitness doesn’t have to be structured at all, the further from structured the better, as then it won’t feel like work at all!

How do you get back to that fitness for fun mentality? The best place to start is to just remember your younger days. Was there a sport that you enjoyed playing? Did you love to dance back then? Where you a cheerleader once in your life? Why not go back to those activities. Playing a sport that you once loved can be the furthest thing on your mind if your current fitness status is on the downside. However if you just get started you’ll be amazed at the support you will get and that in itself will help you go in the right direction and on the road again to regaining your fitness and health. You’ll also have that super benefit of burning those calories while you play. Remember just to be patient with yourself as you might struggle at first, but you’ll eventually start to feel that you’re getting better at it and before you know it you’ll be back to your old form and shape. It is never too late to take that first step. You could invite your old buddies to play with you as extra incentive and then it’s even more fun as it’s an excuse for a catch up as well, or you can join a local club if none of your buddies are still playing. There are many age clubs around that welcome players with our without experience. I know that for a fact as I’m now at 40 starting to seriously to consider taking up soccer in the local women’s team for the first time in my life to add some more fun into my fitness program.

It’s the same with dancing. When did you last dance? Most women nowadays prefer to join fitness clubs that offer dance classes as part of their fitness for fun programs. There’s a wide variety of dances that you can choose from like belly dancing, pole dancing, and Latin dancing just to name a few. Jazz and Ballroom dancing are also popular choices. This is a great way to learn a new skill and burn those calories at the same time.

Other alternative fitness activities would include playing Frisbee at the park, or learning how to swim, cycling, and even hauling logs with your bare hands. Why not? It’s a great way to keep you fit.

Anything can be fitness when we just stop thinking of fitness in the traditional sense of the word and open our eyes to all the possibilities around us. The best place to start? Just look through the eyes of a child, don’t take yourself seriously, laugh put a skip in your step and go from there.