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Posts from June 2013

The Top Five Things People Say They Would Do If They Were Rich!

If you won the lottery, and never had to worry about money again, what would you do?  You've probably thought about it before.  Well, a new survey asked people that question.  Here are the top five answers.  Would your list look like this!?~Dennis

1.  Travel the World.  24% of people said that's what they'd do.

2.  Retire Early.  Which kind of goes with traveling the world.  But that's what 22% of people chose.

3.  Spend it on Your Family . . . 15%

4.  Buy Your Dream House . . . 13%

5.  Turn Your Passion into a Business.  Or in other words, quit your job and launch your OWN business.  11% of the people surveyed said that's what they'd do.

But 84% of people said they're not sure if they'll EVER achieve financial freedom. 


 (PR Newswire)

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Here's a few tips on how to enjoy some old fashioned- summertime-FUN!!

Prep the ice. The night before your lemonade stand prepare ice cubes with fresh mint leaves, basil or diced fruit. Place the desired item in your ice cube tray andfill it with water and lemon juice. As the ice cubes melt in the lemonade they will lend more flavor without watering the drink down.
2) Garnish. Slice up lemons, limes and oranges for garnish ahead of time. Let customers choose which garnish they'd prefer. Also, use a colorful straw in each lemonade you serve.
3) Signage. Use sidewalk chalk to create a colorful sign to attract customers. If you're serving more than one type of beverage, create cute tags to label each putch or dispenser.
4) Keep a portable cooler nearby. Store extra ice and beverages in your cooler to avoid running back inside for refills.
5) Have a calculator handy. Keep a calculator and a variety of change ready in case a customer shows up with a ten or 20-dollar bill. Keep a tip jar on the table to encourage tipping.
6) Have a dog bowl of water handy. A fresh bowl of water on a hot day is a great way to attract neighborhood dogs out on their walks, and of course your neighbors.
7) Provide shade. Use an outdoor umbrella and make sure everyone selling lemonade is wearing sunscreen. Don't forget the lawn chairs!

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You Spend Almost $5,000 of Your Salary on Work-Related Expenses Every Year

According to a new study, the average person spends $406 every month on work-related expenses.  That's $4,872-a-year . . . or about 10% of the average American salary. 

So apparently you need a job just to afford HAVING a job?  Here's how it breaks down . . .

Commuting costs $248-a-month, or $2,976-a-year.  Whether it's getting gas, taking public transportation, or parking fees.

Lunch and snacks, $90-a-month or $1,080-a-year.

Coffee, $21-a-month or $252-a-year.

Random birthday and retirement gifts for coworkers, $9.50-a-month or $114-a-year.

Work wardrobe, $24-a-month or $288-a-year.

Sponsoring your coworkers' charity walks, buying their kids' cookies and candy, and other donations . . . $3-a-month or $36-a-year.

Expenses you forget to claim, $10.50-a-month or $126-a-year.

(Daily Mail)

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6 Ways to Handle a Crying Coworker!

If you've ever had a coworker start crying at the office, you know how awkward it is.  So awkward that you probably get IRRITATED at the person for making you uncomfortable.  Here's a list of six slightly more appropriate reactions.

1.  Be yourself.  Put yourself out of work mode for a minute, and do what comes naturally.  That is, whatever seems natural given how WELL you know the person.  So if you're friends, give them a hug.  But if you don't even know their name, ask what you can do to help.

2.  Find out what the REAL problem is.  Sometimes an incident at work can trigger emotions that were caused by something else.  You can't help if you think someone is crying over missing a sale, when it's a dead pet or something totally unrelated.

3.  Keep it simple.  Short, comforting responses work best.  Whatever you do, don't make it about yourself.  Don't start talking about the time you went through the same thing.  If someone wants your advice, they'll ask for it.

4.  Focus on work-related problems.  If it's not a work problem, you probably don't know enough about it.  But you might still be able to help, if you can make the person's work day easier.  Offer to pick up some slack for them if you're in a position to do it.

5.  Don't try to be a psychiatrist.  This goes back to keeping it simple.  Because there might be problems that are too serious to handle on the spot.  So refer it to HR or management if you think the person needs outside help.

6.  Pay attention every day.  That way you can stop problems before they start.  Especially if you're a supervisor, you should give people opportunities to talk about what's bothering them. Then maybe things will get solved before someone makes it awkward for everyone.


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