A little while ago I wrote a blog about the benefits of LinkedIn Groups for your business. While LinkedIn Groups are great, there’s even more you can do on LinkedIn, especially for your small business. LinkedIn always strikes me as the social media venue that should make the most sense for businesses, but sometimes businesses manage to forget about it. However, there are some small businesses and start-ups taking advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer. Check out recommendations from Guy Kawasaki on some of the ways small businesses can use LinkedIn:
- Acquire new customers through online recommendations and word of mouth.
- Keep in touch with people who care most about your business.
- Find the right vendors to outsource services you’re not an expert on.
- Build your industry network—online and in person.
- Win new business by answering questions in your area of expertise.
- Raise funding.
- Network with peers in your industry for repeat business referrals.
- Convince potential customers of your expertise by sharing unique blog content.
- Keep your friends close and your competition closer.
I have to admit that some of these are things that I’ve never thought of for small businesses on LinkedIn. While it depends on what exactly your business is and your goals for your business on LinkedIn, there’s sure to be a couple you can use to your advantage! Which of these ways to use LinkedIn surprised you most? What are some ways that you use LinkedIn for your business that aren’t on the list? Let us know in our comments section!
You have under a week now to come up with this years’ New Years resolution. Let me guess you want to lose weight, start exercising, or kick that bad habit? It is definitely that time again, everyone is discussing their New Year’s resolution and wanting to know yours.Why not surprise yourself, and others, this year with a resolution that is a little less on the conventional side.
Spend less time daily worrying. It sounds so cliché, but ask yourself: “Will
this really matter in a year? What about a couple months or even days?” If you
do this you may find most things aren’t worth worrying about.
Read a book a month that’s out of your comfort zone. Sure Fifty Shades of Grey may have been your favorite book of 2012, but why not expand your variety a little?
Use your vacation time. That vacation time is there so that you can relax and take time for yourself. Don’t feel like you shouldn’t take it just because you don’t have a big trip planned!
Do one thing a week just because you want to. Sometimes it’s easier to take care of everyone around us than ourselves. Doing things like getting a manicure or seeing a movie could mean a happier you and a happier you is better for everyone!
Learn something new every day. Even something as simple as learning the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day could have you just a little smarter with each passing day. Donnybrook means a brawl or usually public quarrel. You’re welcome for the head start!
Try new things. You just never know what you’re missing out on. Trying new things is a great way to cross things off your bucket list and meet new people…talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Laugh more. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? This one needs no explanation, but I will say it can also count as an ab work-out for those of you still wanting to “exercise more” this year.
It’s important to always be thinking of better ways to improve your life, even after the ball drops in Times Square. If 2012 drilled anything into our brains, it’s that “You only live once”, who could forget YOLO? With that in mind, another thing to put on your to-do list this year is to get a great Connecticut Life Insurance policy. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. Call your agent today, check up on your Connecticut home and auto insurance policy for the New Year and ask about life insurance!-->
- Understand that your car says a lot about you. Does your car say “I’m a responsible law-abiding citizen”? If you have overly tinted windows or inappropriate bumper stickers, you may be a little more likely to get a ticket. Make your car something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to show up to a job interview in.
- Wave at the hidden police cruiser. One former officer says this will let him know one of two things: know you saw him and you will be slowing down or you know him and he’ll wave back.
- Don’t admit you were speeding. “I see” or “I was not aware of my speed” are ways to acknowledge your wrong-doing without ruining your chances of fighting your ticket. Try to get through the encounter with the officer as politely and quickly as possible. This is a good way that they won’t remember you in case you take on step four.
- Plead not guilty, and defer your court date as often as you can. Some ticket dodgers say the more time between your ticket and your court date the better. How many people do you think an officer comes across in a month? Well, the number increases as time goes on. If you handled yourself politely and in a short time
period (as mentioned in three) your chances are even better the officer won’t show up.
- Know what tactics can get your ticket dismissed. Circumstances vary by state, but here are a couple examples: if the officer doesn’t show up for the court date, two officers were in the car and only one shows up, there is no correct speed limit sign in reasonable distance of your ticket.
Hopefully those tips can make your life a little easier and help eliminate some stress. Do you know what else
could make your life easier and eliminate some stress? Buying your car insurance online! Plymouth Rock now allows you to find, quote, and buy your auto insurance online. Hopefully now that you’ve avoided having to pay that speeding ticket online, you’ll have extra time on your hands. Instead of adding money to your insurance policy with a ticket, now you can save money with Massachusetts car insurance online!