A Plus for Your Business


Hire a Senior

Is your company built on the strength of a diverse workforce? Because of persistent myths, employers are hesitant to hire older workers and quick to jettison their most experienced people in favor of younger people. According to Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 it is against the law to discriminate against older workers, but the practice persists anyway.

       The first myth is that older people are set their ways, unproductive, and useless.  The truth is that with experience comes wisdom and they are able to do a great job that incorporates old solutions to new problems.

       The second myth is that it’s too expensive to train older people; they are not going to stay with the company long enough to recoup your investment. In fact, many people have completed and retired from one career and are ready to start another.  They have no intention of going home and sitting in a rocker. They can bring wisdom and insight to your team that is not otherwise available. Because of their extensive work backgrounds they generally need less training than a younger person with no experience;   most have better problem solving skills and more patience.

       Myth number three:  It can be more expensive to keep older workers on staff. Older employees cost too much and reduce profits. Actually, it can cost less.  Anyone over the age of 65 can collect Medicare so that even if you offer a supplemental plan it will be less expensive than full coverage.  Older workers take less time off because they have a stronger work ethic; they value their jobs, and understand the importance of their position to the whole.  Younger workers are more likely to participate in activities and sports that are somewhat dangerous and thus need time off to recover.

       The fourth myth centers on dependability and commitment.  You can usually depend on seniors to be where they are supposed to be, and to be diligent in completing their assignments.  Younger workers are more likely to be distracted by life; and take more time off the enjoy it.  They also do not have the experience to appreciate that they are an important part of the whole and people are depending on them.  Seniors understand that customers are not a bother and every aspect of a project is important; if they drop the ball the entire company is affected. The idea of not hiring older workers because of their capability is stupid.  Older workers can be a valuable asset to the growth of your business.

Another reason to hire senior workers is that they can attract senior customers away from the competition. With the Baby Boomers becoming seniors, the make-up of your customers will be changing.  Seniors may only make up 25% of the population, but they control three quarters of the wealth. Many seniors don’t like to work with younger people; they don’t feel understood.  Your older workers can relate better to your changing clientele and bring you more business from unexpected places.


Read more: About Age Discrimination | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_4743342_age-discrimination.html#ixzz1Fh2G26s7


Powerer in the Palm of Your Hand

Do you worry about getting the best deal when you are shopping? You can spend hours researching and comparing prices both before you go out to the stores and while you are in the stores. Free bar code scanner apps show you info about an item, where to find it, the lowest price, and more about products.  bar-code-qr-code

If you have a smart phone you can download a bar code reader that will tell you just what you are looking at. The information is available instantly to save you time and frustration.

There are dozens of free apps to guide you to the best deals; convenient barcode scanner apps 
are available for both iphone (iOS) and Android phones.

Bar code readers work just like the scanners at grocery stores except they are portable and fit in the palm of your hand. Your smart phone camera “reads” the black and white light pattern on the product code and then the computer in your phone translates it into information you can use to be a smarter shopper.

Having the information you need to make better decisions will save you both money and time. You can also use bar code scanning applications to find out more information regarding products you want to purchase.

Remember knowledge is power; use bar code readers, become a savvy shopper and make your life a little easier.

Old School “Thank You” Notes

The best notes are handwritten, and sent by snail mail. You can use the internet, but your message won’t be as personal and may not get read.With the increasing use of the internet, personal mail, the kind without windows in the envelope, will make your communication stand out.

When we were kids, we hated to write thank you notes for birthday or Christmas presents. It was just another chore because we didn’t understand how important they were; or how good the recipient felt when they opened their mail. Think back, didn’t you get a small thrill when you got a note in the mail addressed directly to you?

Using email can be appropriate for short business notes if you are starved for time. They are fast easy to send, and you know that they are being delivered, but not if they are being read. Email, however has become very impersonal and should not be used for personal messages.

Keep all of this in mind when communicating with your customers and clients. They will appreciate that you have taken the time to thank them, personally, for their business and an offer of further assistance when they need it.

Hand written notes matter in your business personal life as well as your personal one “Thank you for wanting to do business with me.. Thank you for returning calls quickly. Thank you for being so nice. Thank you for treating me like my business matters to you.”(Jenn)

Jenn August has it right. Do you send Thank You Notes for you customers as well as your friends? They are an important tool for letting your world know you are ready and able to help them reach their goals; thank you notes can make a big difference in the future of your business. Customers and clients like to know that you appreciate their business, and that you care about their feelings. Your thank you note tells them that you care. This will make them more likely to come back again, and again and send their friends, too.

If You Dream It…

Kids have dreams, too.

Do your kids have vision boards? Vision boards give you pictures of your wishes and dreams for your future. You may have one your family with pictures of your dream vacation, your landscaping, or your new car. Having them posted with magnets to the refrigerator door will insure that everyone sees them every day.

The question is, have you talked to your children about their visions and dreams. Relatives or friends may ask them what they want to be when they grow up, but that is usually the end of the conversation. Their initial reaction will probably be police man, fireman or ballerina, stock answers for children still creating their identities; as they develop these may change.

vision-board Children have dreams just like grown-ups, but they often don’t know how to express them. For kids that have not yet learned how to verbalize their wishes the perfect solution may be a vision board and starting it can be a fun family activity. They just have to go through magazines and cut out pictures of what they want someday; a pony, a race car, toys, or electronic games. Don’t question them, encourage their dreams. The pictures get pasted to a large board and hung where they can see it every day. The board can be changed or added to; it is not carved in stone. It will change as they grow.

I don’t know what the magic is that makes vision boards work, but they do. Apparently having the pictures of your dreams in front of where you can see every day creates the right attitude to make them come true. Learning to use vision boards is a great way to teach your kids about positive attitudes and how to make choices that will help them when they become grown-ups, too.They can start conversations that can help the whole family grow.


“The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should be a happy as kings.”

Here we go again. For the last eight years we have been publishing a newsletter primarily aimed at small business success; how to start it, how to grow it, and how to maintain it. There are many more things to explore so we have moved over here. We hope this stuff is things you can you use to enhance your life. We welcome comments, new ideas, and guest bloggers. With your help this can be your go to blog and the best blog ever.