MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee manager her blog, newsletter and social media every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
Are you really ready for the New Year?As 2012 arrives quickly we can close our eyes and almost here it whispers to us “One, Two, Three… ready or not, here I come!” Just like in the days of our childhood hide and seek play, before we even had a chance to figure out what our next move was going to be, the countdown was over and it was time! Now is the perfect moment to stop and reflect on our accomplishments of the last year and consider where we want to go in the coming year. You have the power to make those decisions. It’s up to you to use it !
OK, let’s get started. First, eliminate all distractions, sounds , whatever. Sit quietly and ask yourself this question : “What do I want to accomplish in 2012?” Having a clear definition of your goal is the first step in reaching it. If you don’t know where you are headed than you don’t know what direction to take. Running a business can be frustrating, stressful, and confusing, at times. Having goals that provide direction and motivation help us stay creative and enjoy what we are doing.
You know, they say “Time flies when you’re having fun” and I don’t know about you but I think it flies whether you’re having fun or not! It’s happening whether we are prepared or not and we certainly aren’t getting any younger!
Success isn’t something we stumble upon. It isn’t something that arrives at our doorstep by chance or accident. We don’t wake up one day and find that we’re successful. We reach success after a period of time in which we have defined, planned, programmed, worked, walked, sweat, struggled, analyzed, reworked, and believed we could actually reach it. It’s not easy but it isn’t impossible either. It takes clarity, determination and persistence but it can be yours!
In real life you get to define the direction of your business and you should. Do you want to grow or downsize? Should you move to a new location or work from home? Do you want to make more money? Do you want to take on a partner or hire a new employee? Do you want to add a new service or reduce your product line? All of these questions you need to ask and answer yourself and then define what your plan is for 2012. You can’t expect to walk into 2012 without goals and a game plan on how you will achieve them.
Part of what I do as a Business Coach is to sit down with you, as a client, and walk you through this process. I can help you understand where you are, where you want to be and what it’s going to take to get there. My years of experience give me the opportunity to see what you can’t see and then help you plan how to get there. We can define what you would like, what you absolutely have to have and that middle ground that is a compromise between the two. We can create a realistic, attainable and sound plan for you to start your New Year knowing where you are going and how you’re going to achieve your success.
Sometimes people forget that they have to spend money in order to make money. Sometimes they forget that it’s much better to hire someone who can help them figure it out from a different perspective. It’s easy to be so close to our business that we don’t see opportunities right under our nose. Gaining another opinion and brainstorming with other professionals just makes good sense. I do the same thing for my business. I have learned that it can cost me more money to try to figure things out by myself instead of bringing in another professional to help share ideas and their expertise.
Knapp Consultants has been offering Business Consulting and EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING for over 23 years! You can contact me, Lee Knapp to hear how I can help you grow your business and further develop the skills of your employees. . (239) 481-8557 or visit www.LeeKnapp.com for more details!
MGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer! We’ve recently began working with Bob Trimarchi from Beach Bungalow Blinds and it’s definitely been a pleasure! Bob’s a great guy who knows everything there is to know about blinds, shades and window treatments and that’s not all! He’s also all about giving his customer’s the best of the best in products and services! Now, while Bob’s been teaching us all about window treatments, we’ve been helping him extend his internet presence and market his business. He has a beautiful website but he needed help driving traffic to it so we hooked him up with a blog, a newsletter and got him active on all the social media sites! Here’s his latest blog post:
Welcome to the many wonders of a Solar Shade!
At Beach Bungalow Blinds we know how important your home is and how valuable everything inside of it is to you and your family. We know that giving you options and educating you on all the window treatments available will definitely help you make a better choice when it comes to dressing your windows! Today we would like to introduce you to Solar Shades!
When we think of Solar Shades we don’t just think about covering up a window so your neighbors can’t see in. Yes privacy is important but Solar Shades offer you so much more than that! We think about adding color and beauty to a room while protecting everything inside from the sun’s harmful rays. We think about saving you money on your electric bill and giving you the opportunity to see the beautiful view outside your living room window! Solar shades are beautiful, versatile, functional and they add value to your home. We would love to take some time to discuss with you the many options of Solar Shades for your home or office and invite you to call us at (239) 689-4375. Here’s more information, please read on!
Typical Use for Solar Window Shades: Any room where a view to outside is desired.Solar shades are designed to control the sunlight and heat penetrating a window.
Solar Shades allow you to maintain your outdoor view while minimizing glare on TVs and home computers (the darker the fabric color, the better the glare control). These shades also protect your furnishings by blocking damaging UV rays, and reduce heat transmittance to keep your home comfortable (the lighter the fabric color, the better the temperature control).
Choose between Solar Shade fabrics ranging from 3% to 14% openness. The fabric’s openness determines the clearness of the outward view and UV blockage. The lower the number, the harder it is to see out of. The tighter the weave, the less view but you get more protection from the heat and cold. The more open the weave is, the better the view.
Solar Shade Features
- Reduce cooling costs
- Reduce fuel
- Reduce greenhouse gasses
- Reduce Radiant Heat Gain
- Reduce workload on cooling units Blocks 99% UV Light
- Prevents Skin Cancer
- Protects the Delicate Skin of Children
- Protects Furniture and Valuables
- Shade Material Endorsed by American Cancer Society & Skin Cancer Foundation
Glare Reduction and Comfort
- Television Screens
- Work Areas
- Retail Cash Registers and Displays
- Restaurant Environment
Our Solar Shades are available with:
A Cordless Lift System – a safety solution for homes with children or pets.
Continuous Loop Lift System – making it easy to raise large shades.
Motorization System – makes hard to reach shades and heavy shades easy to operate. Raise and lower multiple shades with a hand-held or wall mounted switch. Perfect for those with special needs and homes with children or pets.
Imagine your home dressed in new window coverings…. Now let us take care of the rest.We look forward to working with you soon!
MGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer! We’ve been working with Lora Ulrich from The New You Lifestyle for quite some time now and we LOVE everything she does! Here’s one of her latest blog posts on healthy eating and living a healthier lifestyle!
ARE YOU EATING ENOUGH?
by Lora Ulrich
Are you giving your body the right kind of fuel it needs to get you through your day?
You’d be surprised at the amount of people who mean well and want to live a healthy, happy lifestyle but just don’t have the right amount of nutritional knowledge to make healthier choices when it comes to food. We trust the advertisements and packaging on food products and believe that what we are getting is good, when in fact the reality is rather surprising. Most people take a quick look at the NATURAL, LOW FAT, NO TRANSFAT, LIGHT, HEALTHY, etc… on the label and are assuming that this is the better choice. In our fast paced living we have become a society that reaches for the fast and easy way to satisfy our hunger instead of thinking about what it is that our body needs to stay healthy long-term. Just because you’re reading a label doesn’t mean you really know what to
look for to make the healthier choice. More on that in another blog coming soon so stay tuned!
With the right nutrition and lifestyle, you can prevent and address major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic inflammation which are the root cause of these and other illness and diseases. By eating the right foods, we are providing the kind of environment that allows our cells to flourish and in return provide you with vitality and energy. You want to make sure you eat healthy protein, low glycemic carbs, essential fatty acids & fiber for every snack and or meal evenly spaced throughout the day. Also a good rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of 64 oz of water a day.
The New You Lifestyle provides tailored nutrition, fitness and motivational workshops which empower you to achieve your health and fitness goals. We provide a very personalized service – we listen, to your needs, wants and desires. Your goal becomes our focus and we work together to achieve this in the shortest time frame.
Call to find out what health coaching and The New You Lifestyle can do for your body! (239) 898-4078
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
The New You Lifestyle
MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work. Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Judith McMahon from Bean Counters of FL! We have been working with Judith for years and have helped her with her logo, business card and website. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!
Bookkeeping Tips by Bean Counters of Florida
An audit trail is nothing more than a record of all your invoices and checks in numeric order. The thing to remember is never skip numbers. Record voided check and invoice numbers in numeric order with all other checks and invoices, only denote each one that is “voided.” This assures there will be no gaps in your numerical sequence and leaves a proper audit trail.
# 2 Due Date Reminders
It’s a good idea to follow a payroll tax due date reminder. Whether you have a payroll service preparing your payroll tax returns or you’re preparing them yourself, you should follow a check-off list of all the required payroll tax reports. A good due date reminder would be customized to your business’ specific payroll liabilities and include the follow information:
- Due date
- Type of tax
- Report number
- Government agency
- Time period covered
- Submit money, a report or both
# 3 Remember to Be Consistent
Consistency is essential to successful business bookkeeping. If you use a paper bookkeeping system, always be sure to head your columns the same way each month throughout the year. This small matter of consistency will save you and your accountant time and aggravation.
Many business owners don’t keep good records. Some don’t understand bookkeeping; others understand it, but may be afraid of what the numbers might tell them. Think of it this way–bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together. If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart. A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.
# 5 Deposit Ticket Books
How do you handle your bank deposits? One easy way is to record your daily deposit in a deposit ticket book. Generally, these books come with a white (original) copy and yellow (duplicate) copy in books of 50. For a small business, an order of 200 duplicate deposit tickets could last 2 years unless you make deposits every day. As you write each deposit ticket, it is a good idea to remove the white
copy to give to the bank and leave the duplicate (yellow) in the book. That way nothing gets lost.
Yes, you can, and then again you can’t. Why do we say this? Clients come to us after they’ve attempted to do their own books with QuickBooks. They usually fall into two categories: those that have made a complete mess of things and those who find they don’t have the time to get to it what with running their businesses, managing their employees, handling sales and marketing, family and so on. Eventually they find themselves so far behind that they know they’ll never catch up.
Hiring a professional bookkeeping service gives you a professional individual who doesn’t need to be trained, doesn’t want health insurance, workers compensation or vacation pay. Bookkeepers do the work of accountants for an affordable price. Can you go to your CPA? Sure you can. But think about this. They charge their normal fee, pay their bookkeeper a wage or a fee and pocket the difference. Wouldn’t you rather have that money in your pocket?
We bring to your business over 35 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. We’ve worked with a number of different companies and know what you need and what needs to be done to get your books in order and keep them that way. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about your bookkeeping, then give us a call. We will be glad to help. Bean Counters of Florida is a full service bookkeeping company that serves small and start up businesses. What do we mean by full service? Well, everything from reconciling your accounts all the way to paying your bills and doing your payroll. We do it all!!Judith McMahon 239-313-6322 Office 239-288-2546 Fax Judith@beancountersfl.com www.BeanCountersFL.com
MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work. Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Lenny Volberg from Lenny’s Pest Control! We help Lenny put together his blog and newsletter every month and we very much enjoy working with him. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!
Holiday Bugs are Happy Bugs!
So are YOU ready for Thanksgiving this year? Where did the days go? I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! This Holiday is a favorite in our home! We love the family, fun, friends and the freedom to eat a little more of the good stuff without any of the guilt. I read a post recently on facebook that said “Holiday Calories Don’t Count!” I chuckled a little before I responded “Yeah, wouldn’t that be the perfect Holiday gift?!”
So, are you planning a fabulous family get together with all the relatives over for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the fixings? Is everyone invited? Even the bugs? Did you do know that Holiday Bugs are the happiest bugs in the world? Do you know why? Guess! Maybe it’s because they get lots of yummy sticky, gooey, ooey, sweet stuff everywhere! This is the time of year when the leftovers can’t fit in the fridge so they get left over on the counter over night! It’s when your lovely nieces and nephews leave sticky handprints all over places you didn’t even know they could reach! And it’s when your neighbor drops by to say hi and her not so cute kids leave cookie crumbs all over the floor, the couch, the counter and who knows where else! Oh them kitchen critters just love this time of year!
We just came out of a pretty wet rainy season and if you haven’t called me to come visit you yet you just might have a nice collection of bugs hidden in those secret hiding places in your kitchen, pantry, laundry, bathroom and anywhere else they find comfy enough. Those pantry bugs just love to get into your flour, pasta, cereal and spices. Those suckers reproduce faster than you can blink and if you have one you better bet you have a good fifty or more! The last thing you need is crazy aunt Rita screaming and carrying on like it’s the end o the world in front of all the family while nearly giving grandma a heart attack all because she found bugs in the flour when she went to make the biscuits!
You have Thanksgiving next week and Christmas shortly after that with New Years on their trail and each event is more food and happier bugs. Now we’re all for happy and have nothing against bugs but we really like making our clients happy and keeping the bugs out of their living space so holiday life can be a little more enjoyable. So right about now is the PERFECT time to call Lenny’s Pest Control so we can come by and spray your place just to make sure all your guests are the ones you really invited this year!
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MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Brittany King with Battery Giant of SWFL! We help Brittany put together her blog and newsletter every month and we very much enjoy working with her. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!
Wow – where has the time gone! We have been pretty busy serving our customers here at Battery Giant in Cape Coral, and the holidays are sneaking up on us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which will kick off the holiday season. And since we’re on the subject of giving thanks, we would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your patronage and loyalty. Thanks for taking the time to connect with us, read our blog and for making Battery Giant of SWFL you favorite place to go for batteries!
In anticipation of the holidays, we’re going to be getting some cool battery related products in which will make fantastic gifts for the folks on your list. I’ll provide a couple of examples before I go into more battery fundamentals.
For example, for the holidays, we have stocked up on some really sweet LED flashlights that are incredibly powerful and bright. And for those of you who have four-legged friends, we’re also getting some awesome LED collars so you can see – and your friend can be seen – at night. Come on in and check them out – we think you’ll love them. We have lots of awesome stocking stuffers that your family, friends and employees will absolutely love!
Enough of the commercials – lets get back to battery fundamentals. Last week, I spent some time to explain three of the basic types of batteries that customers need. In today’s blog, I’ll cover off four others, which make up the balance of the market for replacement batteries.
As before, I’m going to take advantage of materials provided by our Battery Giant headquarters operation to provide the content I’ll use.
- Nickel – metal – hydride (NiMH): these types of batteries have a higher energy density compared to Nickel Cadmium. However, they have a reduced cycle life compared to NiCd. The other good news is there is relatively little toxic metal in NiMH batteries, but please bring them to us for responsible recycling anyhow. Popular applications for NiMH include cordless phones, rechargeable batteries, and older generations of cellular phones.
- Alkaline: Alkaline batteries are one of the most popular consumer batteries. They are available in a number of different sizes – the most popular are AA, AAA, C and D. They have high energy density, long shelf life, superior leakage resistance, and lower internal resistance that allow it to operate at higher discharge rates over a wide range of temperatures. Popular applications include radios, watches, toys and numerous other household applications.
- Lithium Phosphate:Lithium Phosphate batteries have high energy density by weight and volume, safety (high resistance to thermal runaway), and high current or peak power rating. Typical applications include power tools, solar lighting, and a broad range of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators, defibrillators and EMS equipment.
- Lithium Polymer: Lithium Polymer batteries provide higher volumetric energy density. Beyond this benefit, the primary advantage for manufacturers of consumer devices such as iPods and cell phones is that Lithium Polymer provides great flexibility in cell size, shape and weight. Lithium Polymer also provides superior stability in over-voltage and high temperature conditions.
Finally, I wanted to let you know we’re preparing our first email newsletter, so for those of you who have given us your email addresses, expect to see our newsletter in your inbox in the near future. Don’t delete it – it will have a valuable coupon for you to use on your next visit to us! If you would like to subscribe now – click here!