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SALES SECRETS FROM A TOP-SELLING GIRL SCOUT

FROM SPREADSHEETS TRACKING SALES-PER-HOUR TO A DEDICATED “COOKIE HOTLINE,” HOW ONE GIRL SCOUT’S COOKIE SALES STRATEGY LED TO SWEET SUCCESS.

 

Twelve-year-old Elena Welsh is a lot like your typical seventh grader: she’s on the volleyball team, plays oboe in the middle school band, and enjoys spending time with her friends after school. But she’s also a burgeoning businesswoman.

As a top-selling Girl Scout in the San Jacinto Council (Texas), she sold 5,131 boxes of cookies last year. At four dollars a box, she could buy a car, her mother and troop leader Kimberly Welsh, jokes. We spoke with Elena and her mom to learn the secrets behind Elena’s cookie sales success.

 

 

Home Office Safe Harbor, Other Tax Changes

On February 10, 2014, in Breaking NewsManaging Your Business, by Robert Freedman

 

The IRS has made it easier for you to claim your home office deduction and it has increased the amount of deduction you can take for driving people to and from listings in your car. These are two of the changes that can help you save money as you prepare to file your 2013 taxes. 
If you’re in a higher-income bracket, there are some additional changes you need to be aware of. Here’s a look at six changes that can affect how you prepare your taxes this year.  Read the story.

 

The Northwest Flower & Garden is alive. Head down now to see…wait for it…what’s grow’n on! Oh yes, plant humor.

extWHY YOU CAN NEVER FINISH ANYTHING AND HOW TO FINALLY CHANGE IT

NEVER FINISHING WHAT YOU START IS MORE THAN A BAD HABIT–IT STEMS FROM FEARS AND HESITATIONS. HERE’S HOW TO GET PAST THE PROCRASTINATOR’S PARALYSIS.

© Image Source/Getty Images15 real estate terms explained

Understanding these common terms will smooth the homebuying or selling process and may even save you money and time.

 

By AJ Smith, Credit.com

 

So you are entering the real estate world? Whether you are trying to buy or sell a home (or do both!), you need to familiarize yourself with the lingo. You don’t want industry jargon to confuse you and keep you from missing something crucial. Here are 15 real estate buzzwords to keep you in the know.  Those 15 terms…

HOW TO MAKE MONDAY AS PRODUCTIVE

AS TUESDAY

MONDAY MORNING IS PRIME TIME–YOU BETTER BE READY.BY 

The Bangles may have sung of “Manic Mondays,” but Tuesday is really the day when stuff gets done.
According to a recent survey by the staffing company Accountemps on employee productivity, 39% of HR managers said that Tuesday was generally the best day for their employees. That beat Monday (24%), Wednesday (14%) and Thursdays and Fridays (a paltry 3% apiece). Why is that? Friday’s problems are self-explanatory, but there’s no reason Monday can’t be just as productive as Tuesday–and the reasons it isn’t represent, for many people, a missed opportunity.  Read the story…

Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics

Looking for quick statistics for your sales meeting or a customer brochure? Need a quick fact to make your point? Information Central has compiled some of the most requested statistics for quick and easy access. Find the information that you need, as well as its source, at a glance.  Glance here…

someone working at a standing desk during the code and theory office tour3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health And Productivity

Time management can be tough. What is urgent in your life and what is important to your life are often very different things.This is especially true with your health, where the important issues almost never seem urgent even though your life ultimately hangs in the balance.  Read more

imagesMortgage Calculator: Fixed vs. Adjustable Rate

What’s the best rate for you?

It can be difficult to decide between a fixed-rate mortgage and one with an adjustable rate. Factors such as loan duration, the index used by the lender, the number and timing of rate adjustments, and your assumption about the increase or decrease of future interest rates all have an impact. Use this calculator to help compare the total cost of each alternative.

Link to the handy-dandy calculator…

8 Simple Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter.  With these gadgets you’ll be feeding your pets when you’re not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.  Read the whole story.