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4 Tips to Effective Networking

by Chris Atley

I have the privilege of both attending and speaking at a lot of events. It seems to me that a lot of people were still networking “old school”! Like sitting down at a table, passing around a stack of cards without even meeting anyone.

I’m excited to share some tips on how to build meaningful relationships that lead to referrals.

“4 Tips to Effective Networking”

Tip #1: The know, like & trust factor. Most of you have probably heard about this before. Essentially people usually only refer others that they know, like and trust. The popular networking group, BNI, is structured in this way. A weekly meeting is held and at each meeting members are expected to pass a referral or to have met with someone from the group in-between meetings. They understand that even when a person is involved in a networking group they will only refer to others within the group if they have a relationship with them and trust them. It takes a little time and effort to get to know someone before referring business to them and for it to be reciprocated. Find a group you resonate with and even better start speaking it at it too!

Tip #2. Set the intention to have a great conversation when you’re meeting new people. I don’t know about you, but I find small talk exhausting. I don’t want to talk about the weather and surface level topics. I like having a deep conversation with people. It’s about connecting on a deeper level and building relationships with people you connect with. I want to refer to people that I really like and believe in. If someone doesn’t sit right with me, then they probably won’t with the people I know either. I also know that they are a right fit for someone else. There is lots of abundance for everyone. I always set the intention before attending an event, that I will have at least one great conversation. Low and behold, I always do!

So definitely don’t go to a meeting and just hand out a bunch of cards and expect your phone to be ringing off the hook. Take the time to have at least one meaningful conversation with someone. You might be thinking that one connection versus reaching out to many doesn’t make sense. The reality though, is that people won’t just call you if you’ve passed your card to them and haven’t even at least met them. It’s a waste of cards. That one connection can make all of the difference.

Tip #3. Think about how you can honestly help people at these events. When I meet new people, I’m truly interested in how I can move them forward and I always have my ears open to whom I can connect them with in order to do just that. This serves a few purposes. First, it just feels good to help people without trying to “get” something for yourself.

People don’t want to be “sold” to and these networking situations are especially awkward when people are trying to do just that. I find it helpful to ask the person I’m talking to a bunch of questions about themselves and be thinking the whole time about I can help them. You will have your turn to let them know what you do too at the right time.

Second, by approaching the conversation his way, it helps to build the trust factor with them. They see that you are a genuine person and nice to be around. This is the first step in building a meaningful relationship.

Tip #4. What to do post-event? It’s important to have a follow-up system in place for the next morning after an event and to allot time for this in your calendar. If someone has expressed interest in receiving my weekly articles, I will make sure they are signed-up to do that. For anyone I felt a connection with, I will ask them to go for a coffee or for lunch. Meaning, I would like to start building a relationship with them whether the purpose is to work together personally or to add them as a center of influence (people who refer business to you).

It’s best to meet with people in-person whenever you can. You will really get to know them this way and vice versa. For anyone I exchange cards with, I will make sure to send them a note by email the next morning, and then look for them on facebook so that we can stay connected on a regular basis. For you this might be a different social media venue depending on which one you’ve had the most success with.

It’s also important to stay in touch with the people you meet on a regular basis. If they are a center of influence, then following-up with them in-person once a quarter is reasonable or more, depending on the amount of referrals they provide. Like any relationship that’s important, you want to be sure take the time to nourish it. Of course this shouldn’t feel like any type of chore, because the people you have developed these relationships with you likely really enjoy being around.

Happy Networking & Business Building!

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

Self-Care for Entrepreneurs Starts with Getting a Good Night's Sleep

self care sleep tips for entrepreneurs
Starting your own business and being successful obviously takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But one of the most important things it requires, is taking care of oneself. Entrepreneurs constantly have their minds on their businesses so often, that often times their health can fall to the wayside.

Missing meals, restless nights, stress; all these can cause health issues down the road. In order to be successful, business people should keep their health in mind. Getting a good night's sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Studies have even shown that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies more that $63 billion a year in lost productivity. Here are some nighttime/morning routine tips to get better sleep and therefore, have a smoother morning.

Stick to a bedtime


Setting a bedtime is super important to helping get a good night's rest, but this comes with a few challenges. Most people think it's a success to make it into bed at a certain time, but then they start surfing the web and a few minutes turns into a few hours past their bedtime. We've all been there, but don't let this be you. Stick to your bedtime and actually go to bed. This will help you get into a routine and get more sleep.

Prep the night before

Mornings are tough, but don't make them any tougher on yourself. Preparing for the next day before bed is a great way to have mornings run smoothly. Wasting time changing an outfit three times or looking for keys when you should've left already is no way to start the way. So make a lunch, iron your shirt, and lay out your shoes the night before, so you're ready in no time. Who knows, maybe you can even use the time saved to snooze in a little more once you get a rhythm down.

Have the perfect sleep environment

There are certain bedroom designs that are optimal for sleeping. If you don't believe me, try sleeping in a bright room with sheer curtains. To get the best sleep so you can have a productive morning, make sure your bedroom is a relaxing color like a soft blue or green that is meant to calm you down. Also a comfortable mattress and sheets are essential, so get some that are best for your personal comfort. If you are looking for options, Leesa Mattress has some great online mattresses and Parachute has a wide variety of sheets. But no matter what kind you have, make sure they feel like they were made for you.

Make mornings positive


You know when you have those days where you are already in a bad mood before you even get out of bed? Maybe you have them everyday, but what if you had something to look forward to in the morning? A nice cup of your favorite coffee, a TedTalk about positivity that you've been meaning to watch, or maybe it's just writing in a journal before you leave. Having something positive about your morning can really get the day starting right and wake you up too. Starting the day on a positive note can help bring up your productivity.

With just a few of these simple tips you can get a good night's rest and make your mornings run smoothly. By changing up a few of your habits, you'll be sure to get more sleep and in turn be healthier and more successful. Do you have any night time/morning routines that work for you?

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Shirin Behzadi, Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #403

Topic: "How to Strike Work/Life Balance As an Entrepreneur"
 

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space, one of the world's largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisor-franchisee relationships.

HFC's three brands including Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft™ are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by 1,300 franchisees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As CEO, Behzadi leads the HFC executive team to expand the HFC family of brands by leveraging her financial, operational and franchising experience, as well as her passion for helping franchisees realize their financial and personal dreams.

She is currently embarking on a company-wide initiative to grow installations to record levels across all three brands in 2017 - which, for the signature Budget Blinds brand translates into a most-ever 2.6 million window-covering installations for the year at a record pace of 50,000 per week. She also projects HFC brands to be operating in more than 9,000 North American cities by the end of the year.

A recognized expert in all aspects of franchise growth and development, Behzadi is also distinguished as one of a relatively few female CEOs in the franchising space.

Behzadi started her career with Ernst & Young's financial services group in Los Angeles in 1990. In that capacity and as a CPA, she was involved with audits and consultation work with E&Y's financial services client base ranging from large publicly held insurance and banking companies to medium-sized, local and regional financial institutions.

She also spent part of her E&Y tenure in the company's tax services group where she gained tax planning and strategy for multinational and national corporations and individuals.


She was eventually recruited by an E&Y client to serve as CFO of an Orange County, Calif., mortgage bank, where she was responsible for servicing a $1 billion portfolio and the financial management and oversight of the company's secondary marketing department as well as its issued mortgage-backed securities. In addition to being intimately involved in the operation of the bank's 22 branches, she also helped negotiate the sale and transition of the bank to a larger institution in 1998.

Thanks to this experience and her interest in helping growing businesses, Behzadi decided to fill a gap in the marketplace for professional financial management for small-to-medium-sized companies. It was in this capacity as an offsite CFO consultant that she was introduced to Budget Blinds in 1999. What began as a short-term consulting project grew into her becoming CFO and one of five Budget Blinds principals.

Behzadi has been intimately involved in all aspects of Budget Blinds ever since, in the growth of the brand as a franchise-industry leader and the establishment of HFC and its subsidiary home-related franchise businesses, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft.

In 2015, Shirin oversaw the negotiations to secure an equity partnership with Trilantic Capital Partners (Trilantic), a New York private equity company. The alliance established dramatic new opportunities for growth of the three HFC brands under the condition that Behzadi become CEO, a position she continues today.

As an entrepreneur, herself with a compelling personal success story, Behzadi is uniquely poised to usher HFC into its next season of synergistic sales and franchisee growth. She will be unveiling her aggressive vision for the company and a new "There's No Place Like HFC" positioning in January 2017 at the 2017 Budget Blinds National Convention in Las Vegas.

A resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Behzadi is married and has two children. Sam graduates from the University of Southern California in 2017 and will follow his mother's footsteps by working with Ernst & Young Capital Advisors in New York City. Sara is a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Millionaire Success Stories Who Started in Customer Service

When it comes to being a woman starting or running a business, there are fewer examples and fewer mentors to turn to. That's because women, historically, have had more limited opportunities and resources-and the stories of women who built something out of nothing have gotten less attention, too.  

But if you look far enough into the history of women in business, you'll find some pretty inspiring stories to guide you as you make your way forward in creating and running a successful business. Take Massachusetts's own Karen Kaplan: She got her start as a receptionist-and she didn't even know how to type. Eventually, through ambition, education, training, and smarts, she worked her way up to head of an advertising firm that bills over $2 billion each year.

Of course, there are other more well-known examples, such as Oprah Winfrey. She's got countless lessons about starting from very little and working your way up, as well as overcoming obstacles that are particular to being a woman in business. Use this graphic to find even more inspiration.


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They Started at the Bottom of the Corporate Ladder. Now They're Millionaires.

3 Pertinent Ways to Shift Your Limiting Money Beliefs

by Chris Atley

Beliefs. They are the underlying operating system for how we make our decisions and therefore what we decide to do and not do. They live in our subconscious mind, which does not have the ability to accept nor reject information.

Meaning, any time we have an emotional reaction to something, the belief around it is automatically accepted into our subconscious mind unless we are using our conscious mind (which can accept or reject information), to vet what goes in there. Most people don’t realize they can do this, and what happens if they don’t!

So if deep down we don’t feel worthy of success, we will see life and make designs form this lens. We must first get clear on what is in there, and then reprogram it with new empowered beliefs if what’s in there isn’t so great.

My motto is that we need to be of service first and foremost always in our businesses. When we can accept and trust the universe always has our backs, and is going to show-us more and more people and opportunities to serve, we can relax, have fun and be of complete service. We’re not worrying about money in this place or where the next client is going to come from. The money is secondary.

However, if we aren’t open to receiving money, we will create all kinds of problems for ourselves. For example, when I first started looking at my own money beliefs, I realized deep down I believed rich people were in some way arrogant and selfish. I was sabotaging the success I said I wanted because I had a value conflict – I didn’t want to be that type of person.

Here are 3 things you can do now to become aware of your beliefs around money and start shifting them too :)

1. What do you believe about money and success? What were you taught by society, your culture and influential people in your life while growing-up?

2. What would you like to believe instead?
What is the new empowered belief you would like to have in place for the old? Repeat this over and over and OVER!!!! You will start to reprogram your subconscious mind by creating new experiences that support this new empowered belief i.e. things will start happening in your external world that support this new belief! YAY!!!!

3. Find role models who are at the level you want to be at, who also share the same values as you. This will help you reframe how you are seeing successful people. As Tony Robbins said, money just magnifies who you are already. If you’re an a-hole, it will make you a bigger a-hole. If you’re kind and loving, you will spread more love and kindness. I totally agree :-)

Have fun exploring, and get ready for financial abundance!

PS If you are doing really well in your business, but still always seem to just have enough to get by with your current expenses and lifestyle, there is more digging and shifting to be done :-)

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

As a small business owner, you get a credit card to easily deal with financial transactions and keep the business running. The payment to the debts incurred will be taken from the business. Imagine if you have used the credit card for online transactions and hackers were able to access your credit card information.

Your business will most likely suffer. Since you have just started the business, you are still a long way to go from being stable. A problem like credit card fraud will most probably bring your business down. Take note that if your credit card information is stolen, those who have access to the credit card can use the amount to the maximum.

Business credit cards usually have a high limit. If the entire amount was used up, you will end up paying for what was stolen. There is also a high possibility that you can’t capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

This means that you have to be extra careful in using the business credit card for various transactions, especially online. You must also not have anyone in the business have access to the credit card. You should track all your transactions to determine where the scammers could have possibly gotten your information.

You must also have the hotline of your credit card company on your speed dial. As soon as you notice that your credit card was lost or you think someone else accessed it online, you have to cancel it right away.

There are many ways to stay protected from these scammers. Go ahead and check the infographic below. It contains the information you need so your company won’t be a victim. If you are careful when using the credit card and you are vigilant, you can prevent these people from defrauding you.

Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

Marketing Consultant & Event Planner Melissa Forziat on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #402

Topic: Small business marketing on a budget


Melissa Forziat is a marketing consultant and event planner. She founded Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing in 2012 and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans.

Before starting her business, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. In her spare time, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors at Ventures – a Seattle-based non-profit that helps low-income entrepreneurs to gain self-sufficiency through business ownership. She is also very active in the Seattle improv comedy scene. http://melissaforziatevents.com 

Download Melissa's free ebook: Small Business Marketing on a Budget http://melissaforziatevents.com/free-ebook-small-business-marketing-budget

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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017

Theme: #BeBoldForChange


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/


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Epic List of 50 Must-Have Blog & Business Resources for the Solopreneur

by Deborah A Bailey

Whether you're an "solopreneur" or an entrepreneur with a team, you'll need the right tools to make your life easier.

When you're working online (or working from home) you need resources to get things done. Here are some of my favorites.



Blogging & Web Hosting Resources


Bluehost - Hosting services. I use them for my self-hosted Wordpress sites.

GoDaddy - I get my domain names here and have a free landing page here as well. (GoDaddy offers promotions when you buy domain names.)

Blogger - This blog runs on Blogger. Use your Gmail login to create an account.

Blogging class - Jessie on  Journey teaches you how to create a blogging business so you can get paid to travel.

Restored 316 - Wordpress themes (featuing the Genesis framework) and support. (They recently added a business planner to their offerings.)

Georgia Lou Studios - Feminine Wordpress themes and Blogger templates. She created the template for the Secrets of Success blog and the themes for this blog and this one.


Business Start-up Resources


IRS.gov - The Small Business & Self-Employment section has a wealth of documentation and resources.

Legal Forms - Get 5% off legal documents tailored to your specific needs when you go through the Legal Forms page of this site.

FTC - List of resource guides for disclosures.

17 Hats - All-in-one system to manage business applications.

FreshBooks - Software to track your expenses, send invoices, manage clients and more. 


Shopping Carts & Payments


Paypal - Popular portal to set up payments, transfer funds, send invoices, etc. Accept credit cards anywhere using Paypal Here's card reader.

Square - Accept credit card payments anywhere. They'll provide a card reader to use with your mobile device.

Stripe - Accept online payments.

WooCommerce - Ecommerce platform. Use plugins to integrate into your website.

Payhip - Sell digital downloads.

Shopify - Ecommerce platform. Free trial available.

E-junkie - Sell digital downloads.

SendOwl - Sell digital downloads.

Gumroad - Ecommerce platform.

Selz - Ecommerce platform that you can use as a storefront for your products - including digital downloads.


50 must have blog and business resources for the solopreneur

Create Graphics for Marketing & Branding


Canva - Free online graphics software.

Adobe Photoshop - Adobe suite of products can be purchased as a subscription using Creative Cloud. Free trials available.

Gimp - Free graphics software.

Uplevo - Free online design platform.

Photopea - Edit Photoshop files online.


Audio Editing & Podcasting


Audacity - Open source audio editing software.

Wavepad Sound Editor - Free audio editing software.

Adobe Audition - Audio editing software. Free trial available.

Podomatic - Podcast platform.

Libsyn - Syndication for podcasts.

iTunes Connect - Submit your podcast feed to iTunes.


Graphics, Printables & Other Useful Things


Creative Market - Design assets and resources.

Etsy - Online marketplace.

Design Cuts - Design resources. 

Graphicdome - Design resources.

Blend Images - Royalty-free stock photos.

Lucid Press - Online Print and Design Publishing Software.

Colorstock - Diverse stock photos.

Her Creative Studio - Styled stock images.

Haute Chocolate - Styled stock library.

50 Shades of Black Stock - Styled stock images of women of color.

SmartMockUps - Free online sofware to create computer and mobile device product mock-ups.

Unsplash - Royalty-free images.

iStockPhoto - Royalty-free images and videos. 



Writing & Editing


Chicago Manual of Style Online - One month free trial available.

Grammarly - Free grammar checker.

Smart Edit - Software for editing creative writing. Free trial available.


File Storage


SmugMug - Create your online photo sharing site.

Dropbox - Online file storage. You can also use this to send files.


Copyright © 2017 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, blogger and author of several non-fiction books, novels and a short story collection. She's the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ , a weekly podcast featured on iTunes and Podomatic. For more information about Deborah visit her site: http://DeborahABailey.com.  

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. Resource recommendations are based on my personal experience and my policy is to only promote products and services that I can safely recommend to my readers. Read about the blog disclosure policy.









5 Tips for Getting Control Over Your Calendar

get control of your calendar
 by Chris Astley

1.  Get clear on your priorities. I remember an old mentor once saying that you can tell what is important to a person by what is in their bank account and on their calendar.

Take a look at your top 5 values, i.e. family, security, freedom, spirituality, etc. Make sure you have time allotted in your calendar for all of these.

It also makes saying no a whole lot easier when you’re clear. If values like freedom and financial security are on your list, that relates to growing a successful business. Also, make sure you are a priority in all of this and that your self-care is recognized. When you take care of yourself, you will be more grounded, clear and have more to give :-)

2. How to block time. I have found the most successful way to do what you want to be doing, and to be actively working toward your goals, is by scheduling everything. A lot of business owners have resistance to this because they feel controlled and that it goes against why they went into business in the first place – which was for the flexibility and freedom.

The reality though is that you are the one dictating what goes on the schedule – you are in control of it. This is a way to ensure that everything that is important to you is on the calendar and actually gets carried out. It also ensures that you are working toward your bigger vision, which again is what you’ve decided on. If you’re working toward someone else’s vision – then we need to have a whole other conversation :-)




5 tips for getting control of your calendar


3. Narrow down your tasks. After deciding what is important to you both personally and professionally, start to break both down into tasks, i.e. working out, meditation, sales calls, project work, emails, etc.  For business activities, look at what the top 2-3 revenue-generating tasks are and make sure those take priority in your calendar.

4. Block out chunks of time based on #3.
I find it best to allot chunks of time based on a monthly basis, i.e. sales calls every Monday from 12-3 pm (I highly advise to allot at least 3 hours a day to having those conversations though when you’re just starting out or have a team in place). It’s also important to stay flexible, so from there you can adjust your schedule each week depending on what you have going on, i.e. you may have an important meeting one week and need to readjust that particular day.

5. What will help you stick to it? This is where it can be difficult. Your subconscious mind wants you to stay where it feels safe, and growing a business and putting yourself out there is threatening. It will try to talk you out of your plan. What will help you stick to it?

Make the decision to commit to the above for at least 6-months and watch how your business and life are completely are transformed.

Namaste, Chris :-)

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Go Into Business for Yourself


by Deborah A. Bailey

Thinking about starting your own business? Or maybe all you want is a side hustle (with "hustle" being the key word). When it comes to business ownership, do you have the right mindset?

Here are some important questions to ask yourself first!

1. Are you afraid to fail? 

Failure is not a bad word in the entrepreneurial world. A high tolerance for risk and the ability (and desire) to reinvent yourself is required for long-term success. On social media you might only see smiling, happy entrepreneurs who claim to make six figures with every launch. But for every successful launch there's one (or more) that didn't work. You might not hear about those as often, but they're much more likely. Entrepreneurs have to be resilient enough to learn from what didn't work and keep it moving.

2. Do you hate working overtime?

There's no such thing as regular nine-to-five hours when you work for yourself. Even if you have employees or contractors, you'll still have to provide direction. "Auto-pilot" doesn't mean you can have your business run itself while you sit on the beach. Even businesses with efficient systems still have to be managed.

3. Does it make you feel uncomfortable to stand out?

If you’re not comfortable promoting yourself, it will be almost impossible to market your business. You can’t fade into the background then wonder why potential clients don’t know you exist. Even if you hire professional help to market your business, you'll have to get out there at some point.



4. Do you have trouble sticking to self-imposed deadlines?

When you work for yourself, there won't be any managers setting deadlines for you. No supervisors watching you work and no time-clocks to punch.  You'll have to be accountable to the timetables you set. If you have trouble being proactive, you’re going to find it hard to stick to a plan and generate an income on a regular basis.

5. Do you know your worth?

If you come from an “hours for dollars” environment, you're going to have to shift your thinking. Rates and fees should be based on the value you’re delivering, not on the hours it takes to do something.

You'll have to feel comfortable asking for what you're worth. Otherwise, you'll never stop discounting or giving your work away for free. Not that free is bad. It can certainly be used very effectively for some offerings. But if you end up giving away everything because you're afraid to put a value on it - you won't be in business for very long.

As a small business owner, your business will be tied in with your beliefs and feelings about yourself. You won't be just another employee tucked away in a big corporation. You'll be the CEO of your own business.  You've got to be ready to deal with the setbacks along with the successes.

Check your mindset first, then you'll know if you're ready to step out as an entrepreneur.

Copyright © 2017 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, blogger and author of several non-fiction books, novels and a short story collection. She's the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ , a weekly podcast featured on iTunes and Podomatic. For more information about Deborah visit her site: http://DeborahABailey.com.  

7 Exercises You Can Do Right from Your Chair

Business owners who work from home may seem like they are more flexible with their time and with what they do compared to working at the office. However, many of them are still busy with their work and they are glued to the things they have to finish that they even forget taking a break. This is much needed as not standing up or stretching for an extended period can lead to various health risks.

Some of the health problems that you may develop include diabetes and heart attack. The reason for this is that insulin efficiency becomes lower and so as the good cholesterol in your body, as you sit for a long time. This doesn’t have to be the case as there are basic exercises that you can do every now and then while working at home.

Stretching your hands and legs is a good way to loosen those muscles and get the blood flowing properly in your system. You don’t even have to get up from your chair to do these stretches as they can be done while sitting.

There are more exercises that you can easily do while on your chair. We compiled seven of the simplest ones that you can try in an infographic. We want you to stay healthy while working hard to make your business successful that’s why we prepared this.

Start taking better care of your health even when you are busy managing your business from home with the exercises found on this amazing infographics.

7 Exercises You Can Do Right In Your Chair!

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