Happy December, folks! Are you in the holiday spirit?
I’m one of those people who refuses to have anything to do with Christmas-related stuff until after Thanksgiving, but now I’m on a roll decorating my tree, listening to music and shopping for gifts! Besides getting festive, Team Belle has also been knee-deep in prep for 2015. Can you believe it’s only a few weeks away?
If you’re feeling the holiday craziness already taking hold, grab a candy cane and settle in for #THRIVEable Friday, our roundup of what you need to know to get ahead next week. Ready, set, go!
Entrepreneurship…LIKE A BOSS.
Create Great Client Relationships.
It might sound basic, but the foundation of success, particularly in a service-oriented business, is building and maintaining a good working relationship with your clients, vendors and customers. Entrepreneur discusses best practices for making your clients happy without sacrificing your time or productivity.
Succeed in Consulting.
Many who want to work for themselves start by offering their services as a consultant. It sounds perfect – you have the expertise they need. Win-win, right? Unfortunately, it takes more than knowledge to become a successful consultant. This article from Forbes describes the habits and traits consultants need in order to thrive.
Give Back to Help Your Business.
Giving Tuesday occurred this week, and the day is becoming more and more popular. Countless organizations and causes have campaigns encouraging holiday giving, and philanthropy can have many benefits to you, both personally and professionally. This post from Inc discusses why giving back can help your business.
Tips and Tools to Empower Your Life
Instagram is a great medium for sharing images, and many people are joining in on the fun both personally and professionally. One annoying feature with Instagram is that the app forces you to crop your photo, meaning sometimes features of the subject (or people) get cut off. That’s why Squaready is such a cool app – it fits your picture into an insta-size square without cropping, meaning your product, family member or food pic is seen in its entirety. Perfect for your holiday card!
Links We Love
- How a Little Hashtag Research Can CRANK UP Your Content Marketing
- 6 brands that are dominating on Instagram
- Social media expert: Restaurants need to get better at brand storytelling
- 10 elements every measurement report must include
- 3 Workplace Trends to Watch for in 2015 — And Beyond
- Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Plan to Cut Calories in Soda Over Next 10 Years
- Local is King and Content is Queen
Have a great weekend!
–Megan & Team Belle