Business Travel Tips!

When you travel the world around you, it changes the world within you. That was one of my quotes a few years ago from my travel blog when I was blogging the World Tour. It holds true to this day, in my opinion.

I have traveled a lot these past 3 months, in particular, and am often asked how I do it. How do I maintain my energy, my focus, my connections, my health. So here are my best travel tips – try them, you’ll like them.

TIP #1 – MAINTAIN REGULAR SLEEP HABITS. This is normal for me, anyway, whether I am travelling or not. But when I am on the road, it is critical for me to get my sleep. I adjust to the time zone I am in and go with it. I ensure the room is dark, cool, quiet and normally, when at conferences, for example, I always room alone. I know that many people find great joy sharing a room when attending events. That doesn’t work for me because I get enough stimulation during the business days and meetings – I don’t need the additional stimulation of someone in my room wanting to de-brief for the next few hours. It’s my down time so that I can get mentally ready for a restful sleep. That also means limited electronics or TV.

TIP #2 – GET REGULAR EXERCISE. These days, that can mean just counting your steps in the airports – they are so HUGE! It takes a lot of time and a lot of steps to get around. I hired a personal trainer this year and, when I am at home, it makes a huge difference. When I am on the road, I stay accountable, get my exercise and post photos for my trainer so I show evidence of my commitment. At a minimum, I do some Yoga moves which helps with stretching after long plane rides. I bring my exercise DVD with me, too – me and Jillian Roberts – look out world!

TIP #3 – I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES. There’s not really any reason to look at a menu when I travel. I know what I regularly eat for breakfast, lunch and supper – now, remember my 80/20 rule. When I am somewhere special (like in Africa – I WILL have the chocolate croissants… just sayin’!) – I will try different foods. But for normal travel – I stick with my regular food choices – and rarely will I have a drink when I am on the road. It ruins my sleep. I know it. So why do it?

TIP #4: I KEEP MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Next to my exercise clothes, my Gratitude Journal is the one thing that goes in the suitcase. It IS when I travel, that I realize and recognize what a blessed life I live and I want to keep my attitude of gratitude.

TIP #5: KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR. Travel these days can be frustrating, challenging and difficult. There are many things beyond my control. It is so important to keep a sense of humor – and I do that by people watching. I love it! Most people have their face glued to their electronic devices – I just sit, with my latte, and watch. It’s great for keeping stress levels low. (good quality chocolate and a Starbucks latte makes me a happy traveler! – find your happy place, too!)

I have travelled a lot and will continue to do so. My travels tips are not rocket science – they are pretty basic and yet they work. Try them – you’ll like them too.

How Killing Your Business Can Make You Successful

When your hosting provider closes the door, and your website is gone forever, you may think the end of the world is there, and you’re done. But really… It isn’t. In fact, I’ll tell you right now, if you’ve been around for more than a fortnight, and you’ve got a following of any kind, they’ll find you again. And when you reboot your blog, you’ll have a bigger, better business than ever before.

Build on Your Brand

The crisp renewal of your thought concept from the last few posts you wrote will revive your real brand… This is the brand you’ve learned to lean on for a while now, and the one you remember as you’re building content again. This renewed sense of direction, empowerment, and THRIVE will lift you above the abyss, and you’ll be better branded than you literally EVER were before. In fact, I’ll guarantee that you’ll increase your market share within the first two months after, without all that excess baggage on the backside of our blogs.

Oh well, move on!

Build a New Brand Identity

Your old blog was probably built on the process of building your brand, meaning every tom, dick, and quandary you suffered through is imprinted on that mouser, and most of them have left their imprint. The stellar YOU that you’ve become since you started blogging, won’t even recognize the old junk, if you’ve been writing new and better material. Don’t lose hope, and don’t grope for access. Just move on. Add more content, build a better brand, and let those awful blog posts subsist back there in blogger la la land while you build some new quality stuff.

Focus on Functional Branding Results

The best part of losing it all is writing it all new, and finding ways to make it better. With all the new information you have, you’ll be up and running in no time at all, with better, higher quality content driving your business model. And that niche you’d just found on your blog… You can create it again. You can create it better. It’s like having the pattern, and knowing what kind of fabric your pattern looks best in for your program. You can do this!

The one Branding Mistake You’ll want to AVOID!

This is important. You’re going to want to miss this party. You’ve already settled on the top concept, so don’t back away and lose it now!

Use the writing style you’re most comfortable with, and run with that voice. You’ll be better off at this point in time if you don’t try to reissue those old blog posts, or all the mishaps you’ve had in the past. If you pickup here and look forward, you’ll be creating a strong, survival capable brand of loyalty with your new audience.

Keep moving forward. Don’t look back.

That’s how killing your business can make you successful – you instantly loose your fear of failure, because you’ve seen it, stared it in the face and beat the game.

What is Green Business?

Many new and old businesses are choosing to go green. Philosophies are changing and many business owners and entrepreneurs are putting the environment at the forefront of their operations. It will be helpful to better understand what this type of business is, how to find ideas, and five current business opportunities that exist.

Defining Green Business

A green business is one that does not have a negative impact on the environment. There are certain principles that help to define whether or not a business is green. These include adding sustainability principles to each business decision, replacing non-green services or products with environmentally friendly services or products, is greener than the competition, and has committed to long term success following environmental principles.

There are some essential characteristics for sustainable business. One of the most important essentials that can be found in all green businesses is the triple top line production value. This means that a business is pursuing three main goals simultaneously. These include financially benefiting the company, bettering the world naturally, and providing social advantages to employees as well as members of the community.

Finding Green Business Ideas

There are several different ways to find business ideas that are green. There are magazines that provide information and resources specifically about green business. This is an excellent way to learn about building sustainable companies as well as keep up on trends. It is also possible to visit a green business blog or attend a green business conference in order to become fully immersed within this industry. This will be one of the fastest ways to find out current trends and ideas that are becoming popular. The difficult part about looking for opportunities this way is that there are not a lot of conferences that occur and there are not a lot of blogs that offer great information. The websites that are available do provide a tremendous level of excellent information for entrepreneurs to read.

5 Green Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

These generally can be broken down into three different categories, which include recycling, reducing, and reusing. Following these three guidelines can be helpful to for someone that is looking for green business opportunities.

Below are 5 green business opportunities that have great potential, especially during recessionary times.

1) Open up a barter business:

A barter system allows businesses and consumers the opportunity to trade goods without the exchange of currency. Products and services can be exchanged for other products or services without money changing hands. Money can be made from a barter exchange by charging a small fee for each transaction that takes place.

2)Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment Systems:

This idea involves capturing fresh rain water using containment systems. With the world’s fresh water supply declining, there has become an increased demand for inexpensive rain water harvesting systems. Green entrepreneurs can help to distribute these water harvesting systems to people in third world countries.

3) Recycled products:

Manufacturing new items out of recycled products is another growing trend in green business. Entrepreneurs are taking others peoples junk and are using it to make new items that can be sold on the marketplace.

4) Luxury leasing:

Luxury leasing is an excellent idea to generate revenue by renting out high end merchandise. Consumers are interested in luxury items, but don’t have the same desire to buy these items. By renting out luxury shoes, hand bags, & accessories, you generate repeat revenue off a single purchase of a luxury item, which gives you a terrific return on investment.

5) Microfinance & Social Capital Investing:

Microfinance can be defined as a way for people with low income to be able to secure micro loans when they do not have access to other financing sources. It works by allowing poor people to borrow money from peer to peer or similar lending institutions. Money can be made from this business idea from fees collected as well as interest charged.

Green business ideas can be a great way to make money and do something great for the environment at the same time. For those that are interested, there are even green home business opportunities that exist that allow people to start a small business from the comfort of their own home.