Vacation Tips For Business Owners

October 1, 2013 by  
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For many business owners, the thought of planning a summer vacation can be complicated at best and unthinkable at worst.

Concerns about customer or client care and anxiety about missed business opportunities can make many small-business owners feel they cannot take any time off.

Despite these worries, more than 67 percent of business owners still expect to take a break for at least one week this summer, according to an annual survey by OPEN from American Express, the company’s small-business team.

“Small-business owners work very hard, and it’s important that they take time off to recharge,” said Alice Bredin, small-business adviser for OPEN from American Express. “Advance planning can make it easier for them to take a much-needed vacation and quell concerns about their companies running smoothly in their absence.”

The following tips may help business owners justify some time off this summer and save some money as well:

* Plan ahead to save money. Some credit and charge cards allow cardmembers to earn points toward everything from airfare to car rentals to hotel stays and let them redeem points at virtually any airline with no blackout dates or restrictions. By using a charge card like the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express throughout the year for business purchases, you can accumulate points quickly to help offset the cost of your next vacation.

* Brief key clients or customers. When possible, give them a minimum of two to three weeks’ notice. Identify your stand-ins and communicate your confidence in their ability to help should a problem arise.

* Take a day trip or a three-day weekend. Sometimes a long getaway is just not in the cards. In that case, a brief escape with a change of scenery can do wonders and allow you to return to work rested and refreshed.

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Travel With A Private Jet Charter For Business Or Personal Purposes

September 8, 2013 by  
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In today’s demanding business and corporate world, air travel is becoming increasingly expensive and annoying. Travelers are keen on finding solutions to meet their travel needs, and are mostly eager for alternative to commercial airline travel. In the world of private jet charters, the solution has been found.

Do you want to be in charge of your own trip? Then taking things in to your own hands via chartering a private jet means you get to determine the exact nature of your travel, while cruising along in the ultimate of comfort and luxury. Once you realize how stressful the travel experience can be, chartering a jet becomes an attractive option. The less hassle, the better and at the end of the day, you deserve the best. Right?

But why not just travel in first class on a commercial flight? Isn’t it the same experience? Wrong. Chartering a jet reduces the travel time by nearly half. When flying on a private jet charter, you don’t have to wait in long lines when checking in. Private ground transportation can be arranged to take you directly to the plane and pick you up when you arrive. That way, you save money on airport parking costs. What’s more, private jet charters often fly to airports that commercial airlines simply don’t go to. Which means you can get a lot closer to your final destination than you would on a commercial flight.

Travelers also prefer charter travel because of the high degree of comfort this kind of trip offers. Spacious comfortable seats that you just don’t find in normal aircrafts, gourmet meals, bars, and in flight movies are just some of the perks you can expect to find on your next executive jet charter flight. It sure beats those cramped commercial airline flights where you can barely move your legs.

What’s more, private chartering can be a cost effective way of traveling, particularly if you are traveling in a group. Up to eighteen passengers can be accommodated on most private jets, and when the cost is split evenly between passengers, the final amount is often significantly less or equal to what you’d spend on a commercial flight.

If you have many stops on your itinerary, a private jet charter can save you on hotel costs. After all, you get to decide on your departure time and you don’t have to rely on an airline to tell you when you can and cannot travel.

There are many advantages when choosing to fly with a private jet charter service provider and once you have had a taste, it will be hard to fly with a commercial airline again.

How To Run A Successful Home Based Business

June 16, 2013 by  
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Time is one of our most precious assets when we work in a home office. If we don’t invest our time wisely we can easily get to the end of the day and wonder where the day went! Try some of these tips to help make your time work for you in your home based business.

Book it in. Block-out regular meetings and activities in advance, including work, family and social commitments. Schedule these in your diary as soon as they arise and for as long as they will continue – this way you won’t forget important appointments or double-book yourself. Using colour coding can help you to distinguish between work, family and fun activities at a glance.

Remember travel time. So many people only schedule time for the actual meeting and fail to plan the time needed to travel to and from the venue. Schedule the meeting and the required travel time together, and be sure to allow yourself enough of a buffer in case of bad traffic or other delays. Travel time can be put to good use returning calls, thinking about and planning projects, listening to motivational or educational CDs or even enjoying some relaxing down-time. And, before you do travel, consider whether it is really necessary – why not try a teleconference instead?

Before and after. The other thing most people overlook is the need to schedule time before and after each meeting to prepare and complete follow-up activities. We’re so used to rushing from back-to-back meetings to our desks only to get immediately caught up in returning calls and responding to emails and colleagues that the work and undertakings that come out of meetings doesn’t get done until long after. Scheduling time will allow you to turn up prepared to contribute and to action minutes, follow-up on projects and create the communications required as a result of the meeting while the information is still fresh in your mind.

Make time for the regulars. Schedule time for regular activities such as the first 60- and last 10-minutes of your day for planning, weekly reports, project updates and monthly newsletters. You know these activities will come around, so don’t leave them till the last minute or overbook your time with so many other meetings and activities that you can’t find the time for them – schedule the time and use it to meet your regular commitments.

Make time for a break. Block-out your vacations and short breaks at the beginning of each year. By scheduling and planning for your holidays in advance you’ll not only have something to look forward to but you’ll have a much better chance of avoiding the usual pre-holiday stress which comes with trying to complete everything before you go – and much less chance of neglecting to take those much-needed breaks. Letting your clients know in advance when you’ve scheduled your vacations for also means that everyone proceeds with an awareness that your away-time needs to be factored into plans.

It is also good practice to block-out time every day for lunch. Too many people work through the day without even a 15 or 20-minute break away from their desks in the sunshine and fresh air. Human beings are incapable of working at full capacity for such extended periods of time, so schedule a break everyday and take it.

Protect your time. It’s especially important to ensure you block-out time for all of these activities and commitments if other people have access to schedule appointments in your schedule. Only allow access to those people who have a real need to book time with you and give them clear guidelines about the meeting bookings you will accept to prevent them from wasting your time. If you have a personal assistant, ensure that he or she understands which appointments can be made without your approval and which must be referred to you first. This groundwork will ensure that your diary is maintained and that you are only seeing people who have a direct impact on your results.

Keep a back up. If you’ve ever lost your schedule or data you’ll know it can virtually bring you to a stand still – as well as cause embarrassment and hassle when you can’t remember which appointments you had when. Keep a back up of your schedule: if you use a paper schedule, photocopy it weekly, if you use an electronic schedule synchronize it with your computer and back it up weekly.

Assorted Tips For Business Travelers

March 28, 2013 by  
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Our web community of business flight attendants is always thinking of ways to make traveling easier. You have to when your job takes you away from home base for several weeks at a time! The following tips are for business as well as leisure travelers.

1. Ring Around the Collar Dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars can be removed by putting shampoo on them. Rub the
shampoo in as if you were washing your hair. Shampoo is specifically made to remove body oils the “ingredient” of neck rings.

2. Removing Gum You can pick up just about anything on the soles of your shoes. Removing gum can seem like one of the most difficult things to do. The solution? Rub ice on the gum to harden it and then use a dull knife to remove the gum. The gum will come right off without damaging your soles.

3. Killing Flies Are there flying insects in your hotel room? Hair spray will kill flies and most other insects.

4. Drying Out Wet Magazines or Books Place paper towels on both sides of a wet page to absorb the moisture and prevent wrinkling.

5. Lingering Onion or Fish Smells on Hands Can’t get rid of onion or fish smells on your hands? Wet them, sprinkle them generously with salt, and rinse.

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