Give Your Business A Gift

Written by Claudette Rowley

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Give Your Business A Gift Claudette Rowley Copyright 2002

"I challenge you not to get lost in your own growth -repparttar 117119 purpose of your transformation is to radiate your gifts inrepparttar 117120 service of others."

- Kevin Cashman

We each arrive in this world bearing a set of gifts that is uniquely ours. I invite you to take a look at gifts that don't require wrapping -repparttar 117121 ones that are innately yours.

How do gifts relate to entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is an act of capitalizing onrepparttar 117122 ways in which we are gifted. At its finest, entrepreneurship asks us to capture that which we dorepparttar 117123 best, harness it and put it out intorepparttar 117124 world in some form or fashion.

I'm convinced that fully acknowledging your gifts - to yourself, first and foremost - will catapult your business and your life into bold new arenas. Here's why: When you don't acknowledge your gift of, for example, building businesses or transforming houses or connecting people, you hold back from full self expression. When you don't acknowledge your gifts, you can't capitalize on your innate human resources. YOU are your business' most valuable resource.

What stops us from taking full advantage of our gifts?

* Judgment. Judgment isrepparttar 117125 number one wet blanket. Just as your gift starts to burn brightly, judgment comes along and throws a heavy blanket overrepparttar 117126 flame. In our world, it's perfectly acceptable to wax at length about our failings, misfortunes and weaknesses. We rarely speak openly about our gifts and accomplishments without qualifying them. "Well, I guess I am an okay painter. But it's just a little hobby, and Betsy is much better."

We are taught not to "brag". How did tellingrepparttar 117127 truth about oneself becomerepparttar 117128 equivalent of bragging? And because we are so afraid of being "full of ourselves", we don't even admitrepparttar 117129 significance of our gifts to ourselves.

Judgment can also surface inrepparttar 117130 form of rules about your talents. For example, "I am gifted in this way, but not in that way. I should be gifted in that way." "Well, I do have a gift, but it's not good enough." As if some gifts are legitimate and some aren't. Environment can also play a big part inrepparttar 117131 perception of your gift's legitimacy. In some families, being a talented businessperson is honored and being of an artistic bent isn't. In some families,repparttar 117132 reverse is true.

Tips for Increasing Your Profits with Gift Certificates

Written by Rena Klingenberg

Tips for Increasing Your Profits with Gift Certificates

by Rena Klingenberg

Offering gift certificates is an excellent way of increasing sales by solving your customers’ gift-giving problems. Often people would like to give your products as gifts, but are hesitant to choose a specific item for someone.

I’m a jewelry artist, and when I realized I was losing sales to these potential customers, I started offering gift certificates – and discovered a wonderful sales tool.

Wherever you sell your products – at retail locations, shows, home parties – be sure to have an eye-catching sign advertising "Gift Certificates Available in Any Amount". And tell undecided customers about it verbally, too, emphasizingrepparttar benefits of a gift certificate, and how much their recipient will enjoy choosingrepparttar 117118 exact item they want.

How to Make Your Own Gift Certificates

Use your computer and printer to make special, fancy certificates using perforated paper or postcard stock you can find in office supply stores, and have matching fancy envelopes to go with them. They don’t need to cost you very much, but they should really look like a special, festive gift to give them extra appeal!

Consider adding enticing photos of some of your most popular products. My gift certificates have a neat vertical border of jewelry photos on each side.

Here’srepparttar 117119 information your gift certificates should have on them: -your business name and location, plus other contact info -a "To:" line -a "From:" line -an "Amount:" line (forrepparttar 117120 dollar amount) -"custom orders welcome", if applicable -the expiration date, if you want to limitrepparttar 117121 time periodrepparttar 117122 certificate can be used -the certificate’s unique number – on your computer or by hand, print a unique number (101, 102, 103, etc., or whatever numbering works for you) on each certificate’s bottom corner, so each can be individually accounted for.

When you sellrepparttar 117123 certificate, you should writerepparttar 117124 dollar amount and expiration date (if any) onrepparttar 117125 certificate yourself, and then haverepparttar 117126 person purchasingrepparttar 117127 certificate fill outrepparttar 117128 To and From lines, so it will be in their own handwriting forrepparttar 117129 recipient to see. Then enterrepparttar 117130 certificate’s information in your log.

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