May 29, 2013
The featured vintage wine of the week is the ALTO Shiraz 2003.
Smokey, spicy, laced with berry and ripe fruit, supported by woody undertones. A full-bodied wine with delicate spices, subtle presence of oak, vanilla flavours and round, creamy finish.
Great with Mediterranean dishes such as spicy lamb and meat casseroles, it is also a good partner to roasts, oxtail and even the traditional South African barbeque.
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May 28, 2013
‘There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.’
May 28, 2013
Today’s featured wine is the Rietvallei Special Select Range Sauvignon Blanc 2012.
A complex wine with excellent varietal expression. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. Elegant, lively and finely balanced, this Sauvignon Blanc is tightly wound around a core of crisp, flinty and mineral notes. Its vibrancy is amplified with nuances of ripe Cape gooseberry, a touch of capsicum and succulent grapefruit. The sleek mouth-feel, revealing hints of asparagus, culminates in an elegant, crisp and decidedly dry finish.
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May 23, 2013
Time is money when you’re running a small business. Here are a few tips to help shave off some unwanted hours:
Your smartphone can let you work on the go, anywhere you happen to be. There are plenty of timesaving apps for small business owners, and many will also help you automate tasks and keep things organized—saving more precious minutes.
Look for apps that cover tasks like bookkeeping, invoicing, appointment scheduling, document sharing and more. You’ll be surprised by how much time you save. A study by the Small Business and Entrepreneur Council, Saving Time and Money With Mobile Apps(PDF) finds that apps save small business owners an average of 5.6 hours a week.
Don’t Stay Attached to Your Phone
You’ve probably heard the popular time management advice to limit the number of times you check your email. But are you applying this advice to your phone?
Text messages can suck up just as much time as your email. How much time would you save if you didn’t pick up your phone every time it buzzes or chimes? If you have a hard time ignoring incoming texts or messages, try turning your phone off during business hours until you need it.
If your cell is your primary business line, limit interactions to calls only and designate a few times a day to go through texts.
Tackle Your To-Do List
To-do lists are a great way to keep you focused and on target. Schedule a short block at the end of the day to go through your list, check off what’s been done, and add tasks for the next day. But don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t finished everything. Simply move incomplete items to tomorrow.
Read more… smallbiztrends
May 22, 2013
‘The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.’
– Peter F. Drucker
May 21, 2013
This week’s featured wine is the lovely Stellenzicht Sauvignon Blanc 2012.
Very subtle and delicate tones of fig and green peppers will develop with time into a more complex array of gooseberries, litchis and even some honey.
Suggested accompaniments include fresh green salads with apple, asparagus and zesty vinaigrette splashes.
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May 16, 2013
A crucial aspect of any new business is a strong branding presence. Here are a few guidelines to help create a memorable brand:
- Make it visual. Simple branding is best, especially if you can make an association in people’s minds that helps them remember you. Two of my local realtors are Ed Aro and Penny McLaughlin. You guessed it — Ed’s logo is an arrow, and Penny’s is a one-cent piece with her face on it in profile instead of Lincoln. Penny has had so much success with her brand that she grew into a real-estate empire with eight brokers, a.k.a. “Penny’s Team.” Their trucks are often seen around town, with that familiar penny logo on the side.
- Be sure it’s tweetable. Social media is increasingly important in coming up with your brand concept. Look what happened to Netflix when they didn’t check if their chosen spinoff brand name, Qwikster, was available on Twitter. It turned out to be already taken by someone who wanted to post about their drug use. When you’re choosing a brand name, consider how and whether it would work in social media.
- Have fun. Some of my favorite solopreneur brands have humorous or whimsical elements. For instance, a proofreader and writing-consultant friend of mine, Stefanie Flaxman, is the Revision Fairy — check out her cool cartoon. And franchise expert Joel Libava is the Franchise King, down to posing with a red-velvet-and-gold crown (once again, great visual). What better way to instantly communicate that he’s the top expert in his field?
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