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Welcome to Wellness Works!

As a nutrition and fitness professional, I’ve created this series to help you achieve a healthful balance between your mind, your body and your fuel. I’ll offer up tips and strategies for mental, physical and nutritional alignment. The way I see it, when those three systems are ready and raring to go, you’ll run your business better than ever!

This week’s hot topics: the power of sharing, five-minute moves and mmmm… muffins.

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  • How about a subscription to an industry guru's webinar?
  • An upgrade to your favorite app?
  • A much-needed day off and a spa treatment?
  • Something else entirely?

 

Share your wish list with us here!

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Here’s a fun peek at this month in business history!

 

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-- Richard Branson

 

What have *you* learned by doing, and by falling over?

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pasted image 0.pngCrystal-Marie Sealy wasn’t planning to start working for herself as soon as she graduated with an MBA from business school. But when a recession made it hard for her to find a job, Crystal-Marie decided to forge her own path. Recognizing that plenty of professionals struggle with time-management and making smooth business transitions, Crystal-Marie founded Successiory to help entrepreneurs make the most of the time, experience and expertise. Today, her thriving business not only provides financial security and stability, it also lets Crystal-Marie enjoy a fulfilling, flexible way of life.

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As a nutrition and fitness professional, I’ve created this series to help you achieve a healthful balance between your mind, your body and your fuel. I’ll offer up tips and strategies for mental, physical and nutritional alignment. The way I see it, when those three systems are ready and raring to go, you’ll run your business better than ever!

This week’s hot topics: How to calm your mind, ease your back pain and brew delicious, immune-boosting broth.

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Welcome to Tune-In Tuesday, our musical tribute to some aspect of your busy entrepreneurial life!

This week, we’re sharing songs in the key of relationships. Specifically, we’re talking (well, singing) about your myriad and important relationships at work. We hope you’ll groove to some of our favorite tunes capturing the spirit of keeping relationships -- with customers, suppliers, employees and more -- on a high note.

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Nick Leffler is no stranger to the side-gig. Whether he was in school studying web design or employed full-time at companies offering Internet communications and digital marketing services, for years Nick dug deeper into those fields by working for himself, too. 

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QB Community Manager Shana Niederman Shares Her Numerous Nooks

When you work for yourself, you might not have a set definition of “office.” You might do your work in an office collective, atop your sales counter, in your car or on your kitchen table. Your favorite spot might even be your bed! We thought it would be fascinating and fun to find out where you do your best work. Kicking off our series is our very own QB Community Manager, Shana Niederman.

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That's right...a new month is upon us. Let's start it off on the right foot together!

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For much of his career in Dayton, OH, Keith Engelhardt worked for various corporations exploring cutting-edge technology related to robotics, lasers and more. He honed his skills as an innovative web developer and designer, too. But Keith, a self-professed introvert who admits he’s highly sensitive and unusually intuitive, was miserable. He felt stressed, unhealthy and fundamentally out of whack. Weighing his career options, Keith decided to commit full-time to a decades-long side passion: teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Keith decided his best bet for making NeuroYoga Zone successful – and scalable – was to combine his beloved ancient practices with the technology of today.

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Less traffic on their way to work!

 

-- Adam Fenner, QBC member

 

What's *your* favorite accounting joke?

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Do you agree? Disagree? Share *your* thoughts in the comments below!

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What’s on your mind right now? We know folks who work for themselves have plenty to say about the business of doing business. That’s why we want to share your insights, ideas and best practices (confession: we might just ask you about your biggest “uh-oh” moments, too!). Today, we’re spending a few minutes with Steve Chase, a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and founder of Sequentia Solutions. Steve is an active and supportive member in our QuickBooks Community. His super power? Getting -- and keeping -- clients. Steve tells us how he approaches customer acquisition and retention -- a topic we can’t get enough of here in our QB Community.

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Here’s a fun peek at this month in business history...

 

 

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I’ve created Wellness Works to help you achieve a healthful balance between your mind, your body and your fuel. Each week, I’ll offer up tips and strategies for mental, physical and nutritional alignment. The way I see it, when those three systems are ready and raring to go, you’ll run your business better than ever.

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Cheri Drake had been in broadcasting for more than 30 years when she lost her job during a round of “radio slayings.” As she wracked her brain to figure out her next move, a fellow announcer offered some advice: reinvent yourself. Those two words launched Cheri down a totally new career path as co-owner of Sisters Staging, a company that preps homes for sale or for rent in and around her North Atlanta community. Cheri would never have predicted she’d one day be running her own home design company. But like so many people who work for themselves, Cheri’s unexpected “reinvention” lets her turn a long-time side passion into a burgeoning business.

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Charlene Rivera had been working her heart out in a restaurant when, out of the blue, she was slapped in the face. Not literally slapped (thank goodness), but after hearing the restaurant owner explain she’d only bought the business to give her daughter a “hobby,” Charlene was shocked – and nervous. Rather than leave her livelihood in someone else’s hands, she decided to become her own boss. It wasn’t long before Charlene found herself the co-owner (along with a long-time friend and fellow restaurant worker, Cherry) of a busy food-truck service in Swainsboro, GA. The Sassy Sisters on Wheels were ready to roll!

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...What's *your* take on this idea when it comes to your business?

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Dawn Brown is on a mission. As a CPA running her own business, of course she wants to make her all clients’ numbers add up (to say the least). But Dawn is also deeply committed to contributing to society in a meaningful way. 

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Welcome to the first installment of Tune In Tuesday! As you know, our QuickBooks Community is a safe place to ask questions, share resources, celebrate accomplishments -- and have some fun along the way! To that end, we’ve created Tune In Tuesday, our weekly musical tribute to some aspect of your busy entrepreneurial life.

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Robert Collier, Author of The Secret of the Ages published in 1926

What's one small effort you repeat that helps you on your way to success?

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Sherlock Holmes or your accountant? Your accountant, she makes more deductions! Smiley Very Happy Do you have a good accounting joke? Share it!

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Have you ever scoured Craigslist to buy a business that’s for sale? No, neither have we. But that’s exactly what enterprising Beth Arca did in 2016 when she decided to turn her dream of working for herself into a reality.

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We all know that small businesses drive our economy, but rarely stand in the national spotlight. Small Business Big Game was one way Intuit QuickBooks gave small businesses a voice. It was the massive recognition and celebration small businesses deserve.

And it created the opportunity of a lifetime for one small business: a 30-second commercial on the Big Game.

Every year, some of the world's biggest brands pay top dollar to feature their brands during the Big Game. They pay a premium for good reason. The live TV audience on game day has reached upwards of 121 million viewers! Because of the high demand and high cost, the commercials that run are usually just for huge national corporations.

But that has changed.

The winner, Death Wish Coffee Company, received a 30-second TV commercial promoting their products that ran on the Big Game. Intuit QuickBooks covered the cost of developing and producing the commercial as well as the cost of purchasing 30 seconds' worth of advertising time during the Big Game.large (1).png

It’s a great story. Death Wish Coffee Company sells “The World’s Strongest Coffee” using the strongest combination of beans and a perfect roasting process. They were able to beat out 17,000 other small businesses who entered the contest looking to win a commercial on the big game. Their loyal fan base of avid customers rallied together to help them garner more votes than any other small business.

And it paid off – big time. In 2015, Death Wish Coffee generated revenue of about $3 million. Mike Brown, founder and CEO, said he and his accountants conservatively estimated revenue would top out at $10 million last year as a result of the commercial. The actual number was twice that at $20 million.

"In 30 seconds, we tripled in size," said John Swedish, operations manager for Death Wish Coffee. And the trajectory is continuing into 2017. "The Super Bowl took Death Wish Coffee from a little warehouse park in Round Lake, [New York] and sent it on a rocket across the world," Mr. Brown said.

So, don’t walk, RUN to https://www.deathwishcoffee.com/ to get yourself a cup of the strongest Joe around. You won’t regret it!