Time, Knowledge And Energy; What They Should Mean To You

Written by Chuck and Sue DeFiore

Our time, knowledge and energy are our most valuable resources. We do not let anyone waste them.

Time. You only have so much time in a day to earn money. Learn to put a dollar value on that time. Don't let anyone squander your valuable time. We all meet people who love to talk, we're guilty of this ourselves upon occasion. However, our time, and yours also, is valuable, after a polite or not so polite period, inquire as to how this person is going to compensate you for your time. If they don't want to or can't, cutrepparttar conversation off. We know this sounds harsh, but this person is taking money out of your pocket. That said, we don't mean you shouldn't donate your time to worthwhile charities or causes, we do. Just be careful where you spend your time resource.

Knowledge. If you're like us, you've spent money and effort to acquirerepparttar 117661 knowledge you're using in business. Don't give it away. Our knowledge has a specific dollar value. Like us, you'll meet people who will want to pick your brains for free. Don't let them.

In our Lease Purchasing business, we are constantly talking with people who just have one quick question. Right! We all know where that leads. Or someone will want one of our contracts to use. Sorry, our knowledge was hard won, and it will cost you to get it. Again,repparttar 117662 question, how do you plan on compensating us for our knowledge.

In Business, Image Isn't Everything; It's The Only Thing!

Written by Chuck and Sue DeFiore

We have all heard this lament, but how much do we practice it. With allrepparttar relaxed rules today, do we really present ourselves inrepparttar 117660 best light. It seems allrepparttar 117661 articles I see today are about how old fashioned today's workers find their supervisors or bosses to be inrepparttar 117662 way they dress,repparttar 117663 policies they implement andrepparttar 117664 old fashioned ways in which they conduct their business.

I am ofrepparttar 117665 belief, and will continue to believe, thatrepparttar 117666 first impression I make isrepparttar 117667 lasting one. Whether it is by phone or in person, I want to present myself inrepparttar 117668 best possible light. But then again, I am fromrepparttar 117669 old school,repparttar 117670 one today's workers are complaining about.

Let's look atrepparttar 117671 companies that are still standing. After allrepparttar 117672 hoopla has passed,repparttar 117673 companies that have usedrepparttar 117674 fundamental principles of Business 101 arerepparttar 117675 ones still among us. The Intels, IBMs, Burger Kings, AT&Ts, Sears, Microsofts, Dells, Gateways, etc.

I am not advocating living inrepparttar 117676 dark ages. I believe for a company to survive it has to move withrepparttar 117677 times, butrepparttar 117678 basic structure and foundation on which we have built our business - image, courtesy, ethics,repparttar 117679 customer being right, arerepparttar 117680 cornerstones to running a successful business, whether it is home-based or not.

Too many home-based business have takenrepparttar 117681 pajama mentality into all of their business practices. I have called on businesses that have cute messages on their machines, music that is obnoxious, children answeringrepparttar 117682 telephone, screaming televisions, radios inrepparttar 117683 background. This does not inspire confidence in me to do business with this person.

That is not to say I have not had reservations about companies that have offices outsiderepparttar 117684 home. In fact, it was a call placed to one that inspired this article. When I called and spoke torepparttar 117685 owner of this business, she had no idea on how a particular process worked or what it's cost would be. Wow, it's her business and she doesn't know how it works or what it costs. Guess who I didn't do business with. I am not saying you have to be an expert, but at least knowrepparttar 117686 basics and tell me you employ an expert in that area that will be better able to help me, don't hem and haw and tell me you don't have a clue. This does not give me a good impression of you or your company.

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