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  • 03/31/2011 1:36 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to Grow your Business for Success: 5 Tips

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    • Business Formation – If you are planning to do business outside your local area or you are planning to expand your business globally, Sole Proprietorship is not the way to go. This formation will only give you legal rights to do business in your local city.
    • Policies & Procedures – You know as the head of household, we sometime get sick and have to be on bed rest. During this time our homes are being tended to by the rest of the family. They have to clean and cook just like you do, however they can not do it like you can. Did you leave them directions on how to clean your home? or how to cook dinner? No?! You should have, you would have been more of a happier person once you became well. The same goes for running your business. If you go on vacation, get ill, or worst who and how will someone be able to run your company the way you want them to if you did not leave them instructions?! Creating a Company Policy Manual is a must if you want to grow a successful business.
    • Ready to move out? – In recent years many more home business owners were born. However, our businesses seem to grow and grow. It gets to the point you out grow your home office. Do you believe you are ready to venture off and rent office space outside? Think about this before you make that move….Do you have AT LEAST one year rent?
    • You can make a Six figure income! – It’s not a simple task to generate a six figure income. Putting a plan in place and taking action along with motivation can get you there. You have to plan the number game to know exactly how much you must sell per day, week, and month to know how you can earn a six figure income. Then knowing what actions you have to engage in to get it going. Start playing with your numbers and raise your income.
    • Newsletters for your company - Another way to prepare your company for success is being prepared. If your company has a newsletter or ezine, save time and prepare your documents 6 months to 12 months in advance. Why wait til the last minute to get it done. Make a list of topics that relate to your niche and begin to write. You can save them on your computer until you are ready to send out the blast. The goal is to be ready and prepared.

    For over 10 years, Real Sisters Rising, LLC founder and CEO ShaChena Gibbs has owned or managed small businesses. Expert in her field, Ms. Gibbs personally and professionally guide her clients/members to reach higher heights to achieve major success in their business endeavors. ShaChena Gibbs is passionate about helping women globally become outstanding role models now for our youth later. Ms. Gibbs is definitely “Helping Women find the Diamond in their Destiny". She has been featured in the Daily News and many other publications. http://www.realsistersrising.com

  • 03/10/2011 12:37 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to Write a Business CV

    Curriculum Vita (CV) is Latin for "course of one's life." Similar to a resume, a CV is used for those seeking employment in professional industries such as medicine, science, education, law and media. A business CV includes information concerning your educational and academic backgrounds and any relevant experience. A well written CV will help to ensure that you land your dream job.

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Instructions

    1. Write your career objective and why you are the right person for this business position to start the business CV. Include education and academic information and only relevant experience. In some cases, you may decide to include publications, awards or honors, presentations, and affiliations. Be sure to include your contact information as a header.

    2. Be concise and only include relevant details. A long list of awards and accolades might look good but if they aren't necessary in the business field, there is no reason to include them on your business CV. Remember, your potential future employer has to read through many CVs, and you want yours to stick out in a good and meaningful way.

    3. Use action verbs and bullet points to provide additional information that describe your business achievements and experience. Back up your statements. Show examples of you being a team player rather than just saying you're an excellent team worker. Expand more on your more recent roles.

    4. Personalize your CV and tailor it to the business you want to work for. Examine what this business requires of its employees, and demonstrate your experience with those specific requirements. Sending out a generic CV to many places will not help you when measured against other tailored CVs.

    5. Tell the truth. Do not stretch the truth as you might have to take a competency-based assessment to determine your skill level and failing or falling short will only harm you. You do not want your important first impression to be a lie.

    6. Check grammar and spelling. Have someone look over your business CV before sending it to potential employers. Do not use fancy fonts. Determine what image (dependable, trustworthy, leader) you are trying to project and tailor your CV to project that image. Keep your CV simple and to the point and remember that the purpose of the CV is to sell yourself.


    Read more: How to Write a Business CV | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6531208_write-business-cv.html#ixzz1GDizxHTX

    Example of a CV:

    http://realsistersrising.com/women_history_month?mode=PostView&bmi=535490
  • 02/28/2011 12:58 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Wellness From The Holistic Perspective

    I approach health and wellness from a holistic viewpoint, it is my belief that in order to be completely whole, healthy and happy we need to address every area of our life. I also believe that every modality does not work for every individual. We are made up of different things, we come from different backgrounds and we desire different lifestyles. Therefore, it is important that we take time out to do the necessary assessments to learn where we are starting from, so that we can work with the proper practitioners that will help up reach our intended goals.

    Health is when your body functions as it is supposed to. Wellness is having BALANCE in your life. You need to approach your health and wellness from a holistic approach. There is more than one way to achieve your
    health and wellness goals in all areas of your life from physical, mental, emotional, etc., you just need a plan of action that is best suited for your lifestyle as well as for you temperament.

    Each day you make many decisions that affect your happiness, wholeness & wellness. For example, you may decide to use a seatbelt, to drink milk instead of soda, or go to sports practice. While each of these decisions may seem small, taken together, day after day and year after year, they have a big effect on your life. They influence your daily
    energy level and self-confidence, as well as your future health & wellness overall.


    Being A Healthier U means living in Total Wellness from all
    aspects of life which include physical, mental, relational, emotional, social, spiritual, educational, environmental and financial health.

    Going From Where You are To Where You want to Be means taking the necessary steps you decide to take to move you into action that will lead you from stagnation to revelation and manifestation.


    Ask yourself the following question?


    What truly feeds you in your life? (Hint: I am not talking about the food on your plate!)


    Take a moment to think about what makes your days more enjoyable and worthwhile. Is it your morning yoga class? Time spent with your spouse or playing with your child? Maybe it's the feeling of accomplishment at work?


    Sometimes we're fed not by food but by the energy in our lives.


    Everything we consider as a source of nutrition - carbs or proteins, fresh produce or home-cooked meals - is really just a secondary source of nourishment or what is labeled as secondary food. It's the things off of our plate - healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a
    spiritual practice - which can fill our soul and satisfy our hunger for life, excitement and fulfillment. We call these elements primary food. What is more important are the things that are energy drainers in our life.

    Remember you are worth everything it takes to become a healthier you, because your life depends on it. You already have everything you need to succeed in this life; it is now time to put these things into MASSIVE ACTION. Get a Coach, Counselor or Consultant to help you map out the plan for your life.


    It is time for no more EXCUSES! Just do it!



    I speak and facilitate workshops on the following topics: Being A Healthier U (Living Your Best Life From The Inside Out), The ABC’s of Business Basics, Success Principles, Passion and Purpose, Authentic Living, Wellness In The Workplace, Time Management (Whose Time is it anyway) and The Art of Relaxing, Relating and Releasing (stress mgmt.).

    For more information or to schedule Cee Cee “The Wellness Diva" Caldwell-Miller” for your next company or business event/conference or for coaching, e-mail me at
    ceeceespeaks@aol.com or visit www.beingoodhealth.biz
  • 02/15/2011 12:56 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    13 Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You 

    by Reader's Digest Magazine,


    1. Maybe your dog won’t bite you. But in 2009, 2,863 of us were bitten, an average of nine bites per delivery day. That’s why I wince when your Doberman comes flying out the door.

    2. Remember this on Valentine’s Day: It takes our machines longer to read addresses on red envelopes (especially if they’re written in colored ink).

    3. Why stand in line? At usps.com, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep.

    4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send magazines, manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package.

    5. We don’t get a penny of your tax dollars. Really. The sale of postage, products, and services at our 36,000 retail locations, and on our website, covers all of the post office's operating expenses.

    6. UPS and FedEx charge you $10 or more for messing up an address. Us? Not a cent.

    7. Paychecks, personal cards, lettersundefinedanything that looks like good newsundefinedI put those on top. Utility and credit card bills? They go under everything else.

    8. Sorry if I seem like I’m in a hurry, but I’m under the gun: Our supervisors tell us when to leave, how many pieces of mail to deliver, and when we should aim to be back. Then some of us scan bar codes in mailboxes along our route so they can monitor our progress.

    9. Yes, we do have to buy our own stamps, but a lot of us carry them for customers who need them. If we don’t charge you, that’s because we like you.

    10. Use a ballpoint pen. Ink from those felt tips runs in the rain.

    11. Please dress properly when you come to the door. A towel wrapped around you doesn’t cut it. And we definitely don’t want to see you in your underwear!

    12. We serve 150 million addresses six days a week, so we’re often in the right place at the right time. We pull people out of burning cars, catch burglars in the act, and call 911 to report traffic accidents, dead bodies, and more.

    13. Most of us don’t mind if you pull up to our trucks while we’re delivering and ask for your mail a little early. But please get out of your car and come get it. Don’t just put your hand out your window and wait for me to bring it to you.

    PLUS: 11 More Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You

    Sources: Letter carriers in Missouri, New Jersey, and North Carolina; Fredric V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers; and a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

    –Michelle Crouc
  • 02/10/2011 12:40 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Is Your Business Automated?
    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Most successful companies have their business automated. This means work can get done and you can make money without being their to do it ALL yourself. There are a few ways you can begin getting your business Automated. Just think about how so many people make thousands of dollars in their sleep selling info products and they are not even online to process the payments, invoice, etc.

    Sounds awesome, Right? Well you can do the same thing with your business.

    Website for membership associations

    http://register.wildapricot.com/?refcode=V5M3Q


    Web Forms

    http://www.wufoo.com


    Auto-responders and Newsletters

    http://realsistersrising.aweber.com

    Schedule your social media posting
    http://www.hootsuite.com

    Also, hiring an intern to manage your social media communication and marketing can also add to automating company. Try Elance.com

    Send pre-recorded voice messages
    http://www.phonevite.com

    The great thing about automating your company is it will allow you more free time to spend with your family or work on another important project.


    Real Sisters Rising, LLC

    http://www.realsistersrising.com
  • 02/04/2011 12:54 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

    by Reader's Digest Magazine,

    If you’ve ever dropped your cell phone in a puddle, run it through the washing machine, or have it slip out of your hands and into the toilet, you know the meaning of the word “panic.” Screw things up and you may lose those photos of your newborn you forgot to download and your entire list of contacts. Plus you’re out the price of the phone (insurance doesn’t cover water damage).  The key is to act fast. Here are the most popular methods of saving your cell once it’s hit the drink.

    1. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that your first step should be to remove the battery. Immediately. “I know it’s tempting, but resist the urge to power up your phone to see if it works–just turning it on can short out the circuits,” writes Joel Johnson of PopularMechanics.com. Take out the SIM card, too, which may retain data like contacts even if the phone itself is fried.

    2. Your goal is then to try to speed up the drying process without damaging the phone furtherundefinedif the phone stays wet for too long it will start to corrode. Skip the hairdryer, as it’s too hot for this purpose. A better choice is a can of compressed air, an air compressor set to a low psi or a wet/dry Shop Vac.

    3. The next stepundefinedor the first, if you don’t have a compressed air sourceundefinedis to wick any remaining moisture by submerging the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked white rice and/or silicants if you have them handy. (That’s granular stuff that comes in those tiny packets at the bottom of aspirin bottles, beef jerky, the pockets of new clothingundefinedraid your home to find as much as you can). Here are the details on how to do it according to eHow.com.

    4. OK, you’ve ransacked the house for rice and a can of compressed air to no avail. Don’t despair. You may be able freeze the phone to fix it, as you’ll discover at Instructables.com. Again, make sure the battery is removed before placing the phone on two to three layers of paper towel (to prevent frost damage). Then put it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Replace the battery and power up to see if the phone works. If not, remove the battery, stick it back in the freezer for another 5 to 10 minutes and check again. Chances are you’ll have a working phone after a couple of tries.

    5. Finally, there are bags known as Bheesties ™ that are specifically designed to dry out wet cell phones and other small personal electronics devices, available at Bheestie.com for $20 each plus shipping and handling. The problem is that time is of the essence, so if you have an expensive phone and know you’re a butterfingers, order one ahead of time and have on hand in case of emergency.

  • 02/04/2011 12:41 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Does Your Business Have Enough Insurance?

    Sufficient business insurance minimizes your risks as a small business owner in the event that you are sued. An adequate amount of insurance will also protect you during a natural disaster or in the event that someone slips, falls or gets injured on your property.

    Your state’s Department of Insurance sets minimum insurance levels that you are required to keep as a business owner. Limits, similar to state required auto liability insurance limits, are set in place to protect you and your customers. However, state required minimum insurance levels might not provide you enough coverage. 


    How Much Is Enough?

    Liabilities that you are made responsible for in court that exceed your insurance coverage levels would have to be paid for out of pocket. A large settlement could sap your business of its profits, but the right types and amounts of business insurance could help to prevent you from experiencing this hard and painful lesson.

    Depending on the type of business you operate, you will need certain types of insurance coverage.  Typical business insurance coverage types include:


    Home Business – Insures your property, income and material records. Coverage goes beyond what is included in your homeowner’s insurance. 


    Professional – Public speakers, authors, educators and other entrepreneurs and business owners who distribute information to consumers that could possibly contain errors or omissions could benefit from having professional liability insurance. It protects you against claims of malpractice and negligence.


    Worker’s Compensation – This is required by state law. Businesses that hire employees should contact their state’s Department of Labor and Industry or Department of Insurance to obtain specific laws around worker’s compensation (e.g. when to file).


    Product Liability – Retailers and restaurant owners might consider getting this insurance.  Product liability insurance protects you in the event that someone is injured while using your products. The more hazardous a product, the more product liability insurance the business owner is encouraged to obtain.


    Business Interruption  - Covers the cost of income that is lost after a natural disaster, etc. Depending on the type of plan you get, business interruption insurance might also cover the costs of expenses that you must pay while you work to rebuild your company post a natural disaster.


    General Liability – Because general liability insurance covers a broad range of situations, it is one of the major types of insurance that business owners get. Bodily injury, property damage, slander, libel and medical expenses are covered under general liability insurance. Court costs are also covered under the insurance.


    Commercial Property – Should a fire, flood or other natural disaster damage your business property, commercial property insurance will cover the costs to have the property restored or replaced.  Computers, records, loss of income and business interruption costs are covered. Commercial property insurance will also cover you in the event that your property is vandalized or destroyed during civil unrest.


    Liability insurance offers business owners more than financial protection. Should you have to go to court and defend your business products, practices or services during a lawsuit, your insurance company will accompany you into court. Solvent insurance companies that employ claims adjusters and attorneys who have years of litigation experience will defend you vigorously; a win for you equals a win for them.


    Work with a reputable insurance agent to decide on the right amount and types of insurance that you need. As small business expert Rhonda Abrams, author of the Rhonda Report, states, “Ideally, you want an insurance agent who understands business insurance for companies of your size and industry. It's best if they're a "broker" who can offer you policies from a number of different companies rather than just representing one insurance company's products.”
  • 01/15/2011 1:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Family who lived on $100 a month spills the secret

    by The_Stir
    While the economy is, allegedly, improving, many people have found themselves downsizing. Sometimes it's a necessity. Their income has declined and they have to adjust to the new normal, but other times it's something they do because they want to simplify and scale back the consumerism.

    More from The Stir: How to save hundreds on groceries

    There are people following this all over the Internet to the point that it's something of a movement. Buy Nothing Day on the day after Thanksgiving, a San Francisco group who made a promise to buy nothing new for one whole year, and a New York City blogger who pledged to not eat out for one full year. Which, if you live in New York, would be like going on a fast in the middle of a posh buffet.

    The latest is a guy named David Hochman, who pledged, along with his wife and young son, to go a month without spending any more than $100.

    They excepted their mortgage, utilities, and their son's preschool tuition, but everything else, and I mean everything else, including gas and even Internet access, fell under that $100 spending limit.

    More from The Stir: 7 tips for saving money online

    They ended up discovering the wonders of Freecycle and the magic powers of baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water, and found that some of their more frugal habits stayed with them. Instead of rushing right out to a restaurant or loading up on groceries, they actually stayed home and entertained themselves with time they would typically spend shopping or on the computer.

    Cutting back, whether on purpose or because circumstances demand it, does make you think a lot about what you spend and why. You may find that much of what you are currently spending your money on doesn't actually make your life more fun.

    Would you go on a spending fast?

  • 01/11/2011 12:43 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    5 Important Do Not’s for Entrepreneurs 2011 Success. 

    By ShaChena Gibbs


    Do not start a business for the wrong reason.

    Most people start a business just because it sounds good or because the potential financial benefits look good. Start a business that you love. Something you are passionate about. Your business should be your baby, a talent or skill you already process.

    Do not form a business without your Tribe.

    Begin to let your friends and family know about your new business. Attend networking events and speak up. Give away your product for testimonies. You must build a following before you begin to profit.

    Do not skip out on your legal provider.

    Starting a business consist of a lot of paper work like forms and documents. The documents need to be reviewed by a lawyer. Even your products and services. Consumers can really be rude and sue you for various reasons. Having your legal team can help you to avoid these problems before they become reality.

    Do not do it all by yourself.

    At the beginning it can be a bit tough getting friends and family to understand what you are doing and have them believe in your passion. However, we suggest you find at least 2 friends to assist you, even if it’s just with making phone calls, running errands, checking emails, and/or packing and shipping. Entrepreneurs tend to get burnt out during the first 5 years of building on their dream.

    Do not forget about ‘CUSTOMER SERVICE’

    Your customers are the core of your business growth. Without them, you will not make no money. You might as well close your doors. Poor customer service can ruin you. Word of mouth marketing spreads faster than any email you can send out and it’s most effective. One poor comment about your company service can spread like cancer. Train your staff paid and /or volunteer to treat your customers like royalty. And remember to practice what you preach.

    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    Small Business Educator

    ShaChena Gibbs

    WANT TO RE-POST THIS ARTICLE ON YOUR BLOG OR USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE, E-NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE? You may, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:

    For over 10 years, Real Sisters Rising, LLC founder and CEO ShaChena Gibbs has owned or managed small businesses. Expert in her field, Ms. Gibbs personally and professionally guide her clients/members to reach higher heights to achieve major success in their business endeavors. ShaChena Gibbs is passionate about helping women globally become outstanding role models now for our youth later. Ms. Gibbs is definitely “Helping Women find the Diamond in their Destiny". She has been featured in the Daily News and many other publications. http://www.realsistersrising.com

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