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Celebrate National Mentoring Month

Jan 28, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Celebrate National Mentoring Month

Being a business leader involves more than success in your field. Around the world, business leaders are called upon to serve in their communities. That’s why many businesses are celebrating National Mentoring Month. 

Benefits for Businesses

Businesses today are looking for ways to get involved. Giving back is good for your business. Consumers want to purchase products from businesses that give to charity. Data from Cone Communications reveals that 88 percent of consumers said that they would purchase a product if it had a social or environmental benefit. Additionally, partnering with the community to support social initiatives can be an excellent way to grow your brand. It’s also an opportunity to network with other leaders. One such way to get involved is through the National Mentoring Month. Created by the Harvard School of Public Health, the event is an effort to focus the nation’s attention on the need for mentors. 

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The Digital Driver’s License

Jan 26, 2015 in Tech . 0 Comment

The Digital Driver’s License

Driving a car involves certain habits that an experienced driver takes for granted. Most people drive their daily routes automatically with hardly any thought at all. Likewise, a majority of people find it easy to keep their drivers licenses on them when they drive. But who wouldn’t love the freedom of not having to worry if you have it in your wallet? Thanks to the prevalence of smartphone technology, that option may be right around the corner. 

Going Digital

In Iowa, a plan is in place that will allow the driver’s license to go digital. Many see this as a natural progression of using the available technology to the fullest. The Iowa Department of Transportation is working on a smartphone app that will give drivers in the state of Iowa access to a digitally encoded license. The company developing the app, MorphoTrust USA, also currently produces the physical licenses for 42 states. 

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Rules for Running a Successful Small Business

Jan 23, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Rules for Running a Successful Small Business

Small businesses have grown over the last few years, and it appears that 2015 will follow suit. If you’re thinking about starting your own business this year, follow these guidelines to gain a foothold on success.

Start With the Right Legal Structure

Should you operate as a sole proprietorship, or as a corporate entity? Your decision will depend on whether or not you have employees, whether you’re providing goods or services, or if you have partners. 

You’ll automatically start out as a sole proprietor. Keeping that status is much less expensive than becoming a corporate entity, but it also risks your personal credit and liability. If more than one person is involved, filing for corporate status will spell out the equity each partner has in the business, and what will be done if it dissolves or if one partner leaves. It also gives you some legal protection. Online resources like Legalzoom or Incfile can help you minimize expenses associated with obtaining corporate status.

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Smart Homes through Smartphones

Jan 21, 2015 in Tech . 0 Comment

Smart Homes through Smartphones

Today’s smartphones have thousands of apps for just about anything that you can imagine. These phones not only keep people connected to the web, but they also take photos and videos, and help people shop and stay organized.

Smartphones can now go one step further in making life easier by connecting you to your house. Many of today’s abodes can become smart homes by incorporating state-of-the-art technology that can be controlled by a touch of the screen. Lights, appliances, doors, thermostats, television and security systems can be monitored, updated and controlled all through one device.  

Internal Home Components

Some of the most readily used options can control the temperature of individual rooms in your house while you’re away. You can set patterns for your thermostat while at work, and adjust the temperature before you arrive. This can save you money on heating and cooling bills.  

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2015 Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

Jan 19, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

2015 Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

Part of successful entrepreneurship is creating new goals and assessing your progress. The following are some of the best New Year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs.

Time Management

Even the strongest of resolutions can slip away from your grasp through poor time management. Working on your time management skills will help you to accomplish more than just the tasks on your to-do list. It will also make room for you to set and tackle an entirely new set of goals. There are a number of ways you can improve your time management skills. One such method is using technology to the fullest. Harness the power of your smartphone by using all of the included calendars and alarm features. Additionally, there are a number of productivity apps that are designed to help cut through the clutter of a busy schedule. For example, mobile app Timeful provides intelligent time assistance through advanced algorithms. The more you use the app, the better it is able to assist with your schedule. 

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Aviara Real Estate

2555 Townsgate Road, Suite 200
Westlake Village, 91362

Cathy Byrd
Mobile: (818) 917-1707
Email: michael.haupt1@verizon.net
Website: www.aviara.us

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