What does TLC really mean when used in Real Estate

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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.

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Non-Profits: Setting expectations with your Board of Directors

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You’ve been asked to sit on a Non-Profit Board of Directors – but do you really know what that entails?  Did the Executive Director set some clear expectations with you?  If the answer to both of those questions is “No” – you aren’t alone. 

Non-profit CEOs and Executive teams often struggle with board members either not meshing with their culture/core values or the most popular complaint is “They just aren’t active”.

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Safety in the Workplace – the effects of fatigue and lack of sleep

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Workplace accidents are inevitable.  However, some industries can be more prone to incidents due to long shift hours or shifts that are outside of the traditional 1st shift hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Long hours coupled with short sleep duration and sleep disturbances often lead to higher risk of mistakes and mishaps. However, many accidents are avoidable when employees are alert, focused and fully engaged while performing tasks.

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Making the transition from recent college grad to full time employee

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Being a new graduate is an exciting time. You have accomplished a huge goal by earning your diploma and are ready to start the next chapter. Transitioning from student to full time employee is not always easy so here are some tips to help you navigate the process:

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Foreclosure sales – how do they work?

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When it comes to house hunting, you are bound to come across a foreclosure sale or two. It can be a great way to score a good deal on the home of your dreams, but it’s important to know how the process works.

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Credit Card Churning: What is it and Should You be Doing it

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The term credit card churning is relatively new, but the process has been around for years. So, what is credit card churning? It’s the practice of repeatedly opening and closing a credit card to earn its signup bonus over and over. Churners amass tons of reward points or airline miles from credit cards that they have no intention of continuing to use or even keep open. You’ve probably seen ads or even received offers in your email or mailbox from credit cards that offer valuable points, miles, or cash back to new account holders. Most also require you to charge a certain amount of money to the card within a certain period in order to receive the new card bonus.

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Vendor Management 101

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Most businesses use a variety of vendors to fill skill gaps within their company,  in fact many of the vendors used are critical to your day to day operations.   Vendors include services such as computer and IT support, bookkeeping, or even a graphic designer and writer. Many are key parts of your supply chain, so it’s critical they are well chosen and well managed.

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Finance tips every 18 year old should know

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Do you ever wish you could go back in time and make different financial decisions? Some of the worst financial decisions are made when we are young and just starting to manage our own money and bills. At 18, you get that first taste of freedom, you can get your own credit card, open your own bank accounts without a parent, and even get a loan for a car on your own. But, making the wrong choices this early in the financial game, can set you back and affect your credit for years to come.

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Are you automating your business?

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One thing you can never create more of is time. It can be very difficult to grow your business when you lack time and resources, especially if you are a small business with limited staff. One of the easiest ways to free up time is to automate your business. This is where the adage of working smarter and not harder comes into place – by using technology.

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