Wishing You an Amazing Christmas!

It has been quite the year of firsts, personally and professionally. So let’s start with the personal stuff. I got engaged! Wow. I’m still getting used to calling him fiancé 😉

As for business firsts, well, you’re reading it! When Business Inspires began in 2018. There were long nights of design for Tufail and brainstorming for me. Then came writing, publishing, and social media promotions. We are still in the beginning stages but have a lot planned in 2019 and beyond. You’ll find out more about that in an upcoming post unveiling our business goals. Stay tuned.

Thank you to every reader for the encouragement, reads, and smiles. Starting a new site takes a lot of time, no doubt about it. Sometimes when there’s no new post, it’s because there are updates going on behind the scenes for SEO, design, and more.

The holidays have been a lot of fun already and the coming days hold more busy happy times! I hope your Christmas is awesome!

If you like what we’re doing so far at When Business Inspires, please click our Like button on Facebook. We are thankful for you all.

Merry Christmas!

Love Christy

Silk City Recruiting’s Top 5 Reasons to Hire Veterans

Sadly, many employers are hesitant to hire veterans, and at Silk City Recruiting we couldn’t disagree more. We believe hiring veterans is not only a great idea but also essential to a winning team. That’s why we put together our top five reasons why we welcome and encourage veterans to join us in transforming the life insurance industry.

1. Health Focused

Veterans pay attention to their own physical health and well-being. They have had to follow extreme health regimens while enlisted, and many of them continue these routines while no longer enlisted.

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5 Digital Marketing Strategies to Increase Conversion Rates

Conversions are the actions that a visitor takes on a certain website. These actions include signing up for newsletters to downloading a lead magnet. Or, filling an inquiry form, participating in a survey, placing an order, and registering for an event. As the Internet engulfs almost all the businesses and selling patterns today, digital marketing strategies are increasingly necessary for brands to showcase their existence and products on a silver plate. If done right, these tactics can increase conversion rates significantly. Which traction channel is best for business-to-business transactions will depend on your business type. Here’s more from marketing specialist Priyanka Bijlani.

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Work from Home Jobs: Build a Virtual Insurance Agency

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing people today is how to juggle home, life, and work successfully. For many, online jobs are attractive because they offer the freedom of self-employment at home, but sadly provide little financial security. There is no shortage of affiliate marketing opportunities, but what if you don’t have a high-traffic website? Pitfalls abound, commission rates can be low, and one always has to watch out for pyramid schemes. Thankfully, it is possible to find work from home jobs that can grow into a six-figure online business. You just have to know where to look, put in the time, and persevere. One great example is building a virtual insurance agency from the ground up.

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5 Employee Appreciation Gifts for Thanksgiving They’ll Love

When your team works hard, it’s very rewarding for a business owner to see the desired results come in, whether it’s in the form of higher sales, an increase in repeat customers, or another metric. To say thank you to them for all of the efforts, here are unique employee appreciation gifts for any budget this Thanksgiving. Remember that when you reward your employees with creative gifts rather than just cash, they will feel valued by the organization. Show employee appreciation with great gifts they love to motivate them to keep giving 100% effort throughout the work week.

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13 Inspirational Business Quotes You Have to Read

There are no two ways about it – starting and running a business is hard. If it weren’t, don’t you think everyone would be an owner? There’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders, and if you have employees, then you’re providing the job that’s helping them feed their families. The positives are many, including having the final say in how your organization grows and being able to truly make a difference with your products or services. While reminding yourself of these benefits can help you keep focus, sometimes a little extra push can get you through the day. That’s where these 13 inspirational business quotes come in. Hang in there and continue to help others!

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Bring on the Inspirational Business Quotes

1. Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you. ~ Tony Hsieth, CEO of Zappos

2. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. ~ Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

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The War On Environmental Damage: Here’s Why We’re Finally Starting To Win

Environmental damage has been one of the hottest social topics of recent generations. The human race has put the future of our planet as we know it at great risk with irresponsible activities. Sadly, the growing population only makes those threats even greater. However, there are signs that we are finally starting to regain control.

A number of factors have contributed to our growing authority in the war to keep the planet in good health. While there is a still long way to go, here are some of the main reasons we can start to feel more optimistic.

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How to Improve your Communication Skills at Work

Effective communication, including knowing how to manage your emotions at work, is essential in business. Whether you are in an office or a less formal environment, you likely need to communicate verbally and non-verbally with your co-workers, supervisors, and clients. Improve your communication skills at work to boost your professional image and get more positive attention.

Emotions at Work

Being able to manage or control your emotions at work is important. You want to appear a confident, capable person in your position. Do you laugh uncontrollably at a person, rather than with a person, or cry uncontrollably when your project is cancelled? These actions are not professional. If your workplace values professionalism, you have communicated that you are not only acting less than professional but that you also don’t handle pressure well.

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Women and Investing: What the Research Says

Kathleen Edwards guest posts today on a very interesting topic: Women and investing. What does research tell us about female investors? Are women winning the investment game? Find out here.

The National Partnership for Women & Families report revealed that women make just 80 cents for every dollar that men make. The good news is that there are multiple arguments and movements being put forward to beat the gender pay gap, but, whilst women are being paid less, they have to be more careful with their cash. As a new study reveals when it comes to women and investing, females are usually more sensible and are making more cash than male counterparts, it begs the following question. What are women doing right that men aren’t? Continue reading Women and Investing: What the Research Says

4 Ways Community Leaders can Help High School Students

High school is a time for teenagers to learn, both from within textbooks and by relations with other people. Many of them are still trying to figure out their sense of self. They may feel pressure to fit into peer groups and also to get good grades to pursue post-secondary education. Community leaders can positively impact high school students, both directly and indirectly.

Community leaders include politicians, businesses, and volunteer organizers. These leaders play a prominent social or political role in the community.

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