Whether you’ve spent months house hunting to no avail, or you’ve always wanted to build your own home, the idea of building your dream home sounds like an amazing idea. While building a house from the ground can deliver you the EXACT house you want, you’ll probably learn some tough and expensive financial lessons along the way.Continue reading “Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Building my House”
Health Care has been the essentially the same for decades. You call a doctor, make an appointment, and then visit their office to get your issues addressed. Whether it’s for being sick or just routine care, the process is pretty much the same. It’s an in-person, at-the-office experience for more or less everyone. We take time off of work, drive to the doctor’s office, and spend at least an hour or two out of our day for the process. But with advances in technology and more and more things being done online or remotely – is that the new future of health care? For some, it will become the norm.Continue reading “Health Care and the Future of Remote Care”
I often joke – never mug a banker since we never carry cash! As a consumer, you know how important it is to be able to use a credit or debit card when making purchases. In fact, it’s surprising how many people don’t carry any cash on them and not every business will accept a personal check – although less and less people are using those as well! So as a business owner, whether big or small, a startup or seasoned, you know that accepting credit and debit card payments from your customers is crucial to your all around success.Continue reading “Merchant Payment Solutions – it’s more than just accepting credit and debit cards”
When it comes to choosing vendors for your business it can be easy to settle into ordering from the same ones all the time because you have a great relationship with them, their pricing is good, and they are easily able to meet your required delivery dates. What happens when they can’t deliver due to unforeseen circumstances? How will you fill orders if a vital part of your production is missing or delayed? When it comes to sourcing your vendors a multi-source approach may be your best approach.Continue reading “The Dangers of not using a Multi Source Approach in your Business”
We live and work in a very data-driven world. We track everything from steps we take in a day, how many likes we get on a Facebook post, visits to the company website, etc., etc. etc. When it comes to business, we are using dashboards to manage metrics and KPIs all to help us make sense of the enormous quantity of information in hopes to turn that insight into actionable items that will improve our business and our customers’ experiences with us.
You’ll hear far less people making decisions based on hunches, guesses, or their gut, and instead making decisions based on data, analytics, and crunching of numbers. When it comes to meeting goals and KPIs, data is especially important and is vital to every organization. The right data and metrics can give us a read on the health of our product/service, help us identify strengths and weaknesses, track improvement over time, diagnose problems, etc.Continue reading “Data Overload – how to avoid it”
If you’ve ever spent some time on sites like Realtor.com or Zillow.com you’ve probably come across a house listing or two that states, the property needs some “TLC”. We aren’t talking about the all women rap group or a TV station, but Tender, Loving, Care. In other words, the property needs some repairs. How much work is needed? Well, there’s no definitive answer, but it could be a lot. Most homes that state they need TLC, or a little elbow grease typically need more than just a coat of paint or new carpeting.Continue reading “What does TLC really mean when used in Real Estate”
Data breaches can be devastating, and healthcare organizations continue to account for a significant share of reported data breaches. Why? Health care facilities carry some of the most sensitive data files, supplying hackers with the intel that has limitless potential to not only effect the health care organization that they have infiltrated, but also the patients involved in the breach.
No company is immune from a security attack or breach. Keeping patient, clinic and hospital information secure is critical, but that’s a challenge that is becoming more difficult to address as the number of attempted breaches rises. Breaches occur due to email security, lost devices, poor network security or hardware intrusion.Continue reading “How to Protect your Patient’s Data from a Security Breach”
Did you know that more than a quarter million U.S. college students spend a semester or year at foreign universities studying abroad? It has become a very popular part of the college experience with nearly every college in the country offering some sort of study abroad program. However, there is a lot to think about before your student hops on that plane to another country and culture.Continue reading “Your child is studying abroad – what you need to know”
Heading off to your first semester of college can be both an exciting and emotional time, and not just for the student! One often overlooked item is insurance. Should your college student remain on the family’s auto policy? Are their personal belongings covered if there is a fire or theft in the dorm, or they lose them? What happens if they are sick and need to see a doctor, are they covered?Continue reading “Back to School and Insurance – is your college student covered under your policies?”
When you buy a house, a home inspection is highly recommended. You aren’t just buying a high-end kitchen, or cozy family room with a fieldstone fireplace, you are also buying any problems lurking behind the walls. The home inspector will look at structural issues and other potential problems that could make the home a bad investment. After the inspection is completed, you usually have about 10 days to pull out of the sale.Continue reading “How to negotiate the buying price of a home after inspection”