A Photo can be worth a thousand words and shares

Male hand holding cellular phone with image of happy family of three looking at cameraPhotos are a HUGE draw for posts to either your blog or social media.  They are a MUST!  There are some important considerations though when using pictures and they are:

-Ensure you are in compliance with copyright law.  Images are subject to the same copyright and fair use laws as written materials.

-Avoid using a search engine to find an image.  For the most part it is a waste of time because most of the images you will find are copyrighted and can’t be used.

-Find a source for photos and use the search within the website.  Most of the time you either have to pay for the image or give proper credit to the source to use it.

-Keep the image toward the top of the post to lure in readers.  It must be above the scroll line.

-Use your own images.  With cameras in every cell phone, it is very easy to take and post your own photos.

Consider including photos in all your posts.  It will bring more excitement and interest to your information.  Plus others will be more likely to share the content and isn’t that the whole point?

What sources do you use for your post photos?  Please share!


How to EASILY get other people to do what you want

Image courtesy of keakguru from www.freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of keakguru from www.freedigitalphotos.net

Everyone knows the old saying “You catch more flies with honey than you can vinegar”.  It is absolutely true, even though we aren’t fishing for flies.  We are fishing for good relationships.  Whether it is your family, friends, or employees, the old adage is true.

Don’t misunderstand, the vinegar approach will work in the short term because nobody likes negative consequences. However, for long term relationships the honey approach is always better.  

Some good tips to be sure you are using the honey approach is to be polite, caring, and listen well.  Be focused and attentive when having conversations.  Then always work towards a win-win for both parties.

 This one tip can make the difference between your employee having your back or kicking you in the behind!

 Can you list another tip on how to get your employees to do what you want?


Taxes; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Just in case you missed it…A fantastic webinar, Taxes; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Kim Landry, CPA from Landry and Associates.  Kim gave us some great tax strategies and planning techniques to be able to keep more of what you make.

What is a tax strategy that has saved you from paying more taxes than necessary?  Please share.

CNBC can be part of your success

“Life Process Sticky Paper On Glass With Drops Water Background” by 2nix from freedigitalphotos.net

“Life Process Sticky Paper On Glass With Drops Water Background” by 2nix from freedigitalphotos.net

Need some fresh ideas for a new business or your existing business?  Invest some time in watching CNBC!  They have some fantastic shows to spark ideas to take your business to the next level.  Shark Tank has some wonderful ideas and a lot of education on business.  There are at least five investors on a panel that hear about businesses and products.  The business owners come on the show to ask investors to invest in their business.  It is very entertaining and educational with a very likable cast of investors.

Another great show is The Profit.  Marcus Lemonis is a very successful entrepreneur who invests in struggling businesses to make them VERY profitable.  He discusses his theory of the three P’s of business, People, Process and Product.  Again, this very educational show can provide ideas for new business owners or fresh ideas to reignite established businesses.

What new business idea have you tried that was successful?  Please comment.