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Follow These 4 Tips to Keep Fit While Running Your Business

Tips for Finding Time to Exercise so You Can Become a Healthy Entrepreneur in 2018

We’ve all heard it. Exercise is so important for all of us, especially working adults and entrepreneurs who are often caught up in the daily grind of completing projects and meeting deadlines.

We know exercise will make us healthier, increase our energy, allow us to sleep better, and possibly even contribute to increasing our happiness. Yet and still, some of us continually put it on the back burner — sometimes without notice.

Entrepreneur Tips for Finding Time to Exercise

Setting a goal to be healthier doesn’t mean much when you don’t take the necessary action steps to work toward that goal regularly. As entrepreneurs, regular exercise can help us with the productivity and energy we need day in and day out. Since time is one of the biggest obstacles, here are a few ways that entrepreneurs can make time for exercise.

Put It On The Calendar

Just like any other important task or meeting, create a spot on your calendar for exercise. I tend to list out 3 ‘must-dos’ each day that I need to accomplish no matter what is going on. On days when I work out, heading to the gym is always on my top three priority list.

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Apply These 12 Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs to Keep Your Team Learning

12 Ways to Keep Your Employees Learning While on the Job
Recruiting and retaining good employees is a concern for every business owner. You want to keep your employees happy while also furthering their career. Engaged employees are more apt to work harder, perform better, and be easily motivated. Offering opportunities where your employees can learn and grow while on the job is an effective way to keep them engaged at work and provide them the ability to excel at their own pace. That’s why we asked 12 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following:

“What do you find is the most common way employees look for continued learning on the job and how do you encourage it?”

How to Keep Your Employees Learning

Here’s what YEC community members had to say:

1. Offer Them Growth Opportunities

“I never want my employees to be bored or stagnant. I try to assess their strengths and assign tasks and projects that are just a little out of their wheelhouse, with help from someone more knowledgeable, so that they can grow into better employees and always feel like they are learning and growing at my company.&r

Best CRM for Small Business Here Are 7 Key Features INFOGRAPHIC

What Are the Best CRM Features for Your Small Business? (Infographic)

Although customer relationship management (CRM) has more traction now, the concept has been around since the first business decided to engage with and keep tabs on its customers. The new infographic by Transcosmos Information Systems asks, “What Makes Up An Effective Customer Relationship Management System.”

The answer to the question will vary greatly depending on the industry your business is in and its size. But neither of those factors should keep you from deploying a CRM system for your business because the technology delivers a tremendous amount of benefits — especially in today’s digital ecosystem.

If you think your small business is too small to have a CRM systems, think agan! A CRM system can be used by anyone who has to deal with customers. This includes freelancers working from their homes or businesses with large operations. And even though you hear large enterprises talking about a company like Salesforce, don’t let this intimidate you because this technology also serves the small business community.

In addressing what CRM can do for you, James Patterson, Head of Business Development for Global Corporate Clients at Transcosmos Information Systems, explained on the company blog:

“You could look at CRM both as a software that helps you

December 2017 Brick-and-Mortar Retail Traffic Down 55 from 2016

RetailNext Retail Performance Pulse December 2017

Nationally, December was a bad month for brick-and-mortar retail with sales dipping 5.5 percent below December 2016. Traffic also dropped 7.5 percent for these stores.

Even transactions dipped 7 percent, according to the latest Retail Performance Plus Year over Year Report for December from RetailNext.

RetailNext Retail Performance Pulse December 2017

The latest report covered from November 26 to December 30, 2017.

Bright Spots

One of the only bright spots was in the fact the number of returns dwindled in December to the lowest amount in the last six months.

The fact that Christmas fell on a Monday also had an effect on the numbers, the report says. Retail performed the best during the fifth and last weeks of the month because of the change.

Wednesday Before Christmas

Sales as well as traffic and transactions were at their highest on December 23. Sales transactions as a percentage of traffic was at its highest on the last Wednesday before Christmas.

Shopper yield and average transaction value peaked on Sunday, November 26 and Monday, November 27. Those same metrics were at their lowest on Tuesday, December 26.

Hackers Will Target Small Business Through the Internet of Things in 2018 New Report Says

2018 Cybersecurity Predictions: Hackers Will Target Small Business Through the Internet of Things in 2018, New Report SaysA new report finds hackers are poised to target small businesses that use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to gain access to data from larger global firms in 2018. The  2018 Cybersecurity Predictions by Aon’s Cyber Solutions predicts a small business Internet of Things (IoT) breach will create a domino effect that damages a larger company.

2018 Cybersecurity Predictions

The report also found that while  55 percent of small businesses were breached between 2015 and 2016,  only a small minority see cybersecurity as a critical issue. This is despite the fact that the overall money spent on cybersecurity in 2017 was $86.4 billion, an increase of 7 percent over 2016.

New Threat

The Internet of Things (IoT) is at heart of this new threat.  It’s loosely defined as all software enabled devices we use (from appliances to smartphone sand computers) that can exchange data.

Criminals hijacked hundreds of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide in 2017. They’ve even fine tuned  social engineering and spear-phishing tactics according to the report.

Jason J. Hogg, CEO of Aon Cyber Solutions



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