Handle your business

“I’m not a business-man’! I’m a business . . . man! Let me handle my business, damn!”

-Jay Z

Woooooooooooooosah. I’ll just get right into it as business owners across the world UNITE! We kick butt when we’re good at operating our businesses- because it’s not easy.

And on that note, there were five (5) lessons that knocked me right over the head this week: some were reminders while others were new. It’s all about growing pains and I grew about 20 inches this freakin’ week.

Business is business 
Don’t take situations or business decisions personal. It’s perfectly OK if people don’t understand your business acumen (or vise versa) –  just keep moving. We can still be friends . . . maybe #workinprogress.

Your response (or lack thereof) speaks volumes 
Please always respond and not a week later. A complaint goes further than a compliment and people will talk when you are not on top of your game.

Manage expectations
If you can’t do it, then say it — but have another option. Don’t over promise and under deliver. Do what you say you’re going to do with no excuses. It’s just that simple.

Time is money 
There’s really no further explanation needed here. Don’t waste time when you (and I) could be making money. That same energy could be put into a new client — because “I needs my coins.”

Charge what you’re worth and then add tax
I actually read this on social media and it resonated immediately. Yes, there will be times when you may have to work out a deal (to get your foot in the door) but always know your worth. If you don’t know it, people won’t understand WHY you’re worth it.

I am certain there will be many more lessons but in the mean and between time: handle your business.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain. . .

Sun Taylor

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Doe Joe on that Beat

I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our kids is responsibility. I have always told my family and friends: my kids are either my problem now or society’s probably later- so I try to teach them how to be right now and do what they’re supposed to do.

The best way to teach kids responsibility at an early age – chores. I actually didn’t mind chores growing up which is probably why I am somewhat of a neat freak now. If my house is in disarray, I can’t function and then everyone is in trouble #workinprogress

According to the Center for Parenting, research indicates that children who have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school.* Walah. Bring it on!

This past week, we started chores in the house. At school, my oldest son gets “doe-joe” points if he is a model student and/or does a good deed. So at home, we decided go with “doe-go” dollars as in “do good,” dollars for chores. It was easy peasy and I was willing to give it whirl with my 4 and 6-year old.

This is how the conversation somewhat went down:

Me: “Ok, we are going to start chores this week for an allowance.”

Kids: “Allowance? What’s that?”

Me: “Money!”

Kids: “Oh, like doe-joe points at school?”

Me: Blank stare…”Ohh, yes.”

Me: “We’ll call them doe-go dollars, like do-good dollars, ok?”

Kids: “Ok!”

And then. . . the skies opened up (insert hallelujah music here)

  1. The playroom was immediately cleaned and vacuumed (with little assistance mind you) and I didn’t have to ask twice.
  2. The family room was dusted (with some of my help) without any fighting over who was going to do it.
  3. The beds were made with no issues like whining that tends to drive me KRAZY.
  4. Socks were put on without “I can’t” or “I don’t want to.” Is this a joke?
  5. Shoes were put away BEFORE I broke my ankle and tripped over them.
  6. And most important, they learned to work together – for now at least.

I should have started this when they were 1 and 3 years-old. Now, I’m broke.

In any event, I am glad the kids want to help and can appreciate earning (and saving) money. The best thing about having three kids: I will not be cleaning as much (live in housekeepers); the yard will always be done (yes, work needs be done outside too darlings!); and the laundry service will come to a halt soon (they’ll be washing their own darn clothes) because I am about tired of all these socks.

I can’t wait . . . because the sun always comes out after the rain when your KIDS clean your house. Off to the nail salon!

Sun Taylor

*Center for Parenting Education website