3 Business New Year’s Resolutions To Make in 2019

The new year is well and truly here and while many of our salaried friends are making the usual resolutions to watch what they eat or head down to the gym more often, those of us who run our own businesses will be making some resolutions of our own. A good business should be in a constant state of self-reflection and evaluation and the sense of renewal and rejuvenation that comes with the year, combined with an  infectious enthusiasm for change make now a great time to implement changes for the better. No matter how well your business is performing or how happy you are with your processes, there are still a wealth of opportunities available to you to help you to improve your operation and gain a crucial foothold in an increasingly unpredictable economic and business climate.

If you’re hungry for change but unsure how to affect it, here are some potential new years’ business resolutions which could make for a transformative 2019…

 

Invest your trust in outsourced services

If you’ve been reticent to trust outsourced service providers up until now, perhaps 2019 will be the year in which you take a leap of faith. While all entrepreneurs have a specific way in which they like things to be done, entrusting functions like HR, IT and digital marketing to outsourced service providers can be surprisingly cost effective while also easing the pressure on your employees to make for a more productive and harmonious working environment.

Check out the digital presences of quality outsourced service providers like https://www.xbase.com/ and you’ll see that they are dedicated to working with you in ways that won’t compromise your business or your brand. Outsourcing simply allows you to focus more time and effort on doing what makes your business special and unique.

 

Trust your employees more

If you make one promise to yourself this year, it should be to afford yourself a greater work / life balance. You don’t benefit your business, your employees, your loved ones or yourself by becoming an obsessive workaholic. ‘

It’s understandable that your business is your baby and one of the hardest (but most important) lessons any parent has to learn is when to let go and entrust their baby to others. Trust your employees to keep the ship sailing in the right direction while you take a holiday or spend more time with your family. Fail to do this and you risk burning out which could have disastrous consequences for your business and your personal life.

 

Spend more time in your office

It’s admirable that you love to roll up your sleeves and join your employees at the coalface, mixing it up with customers and keeping a watchful eye on your employees. However, there’s a fine line between a hands-on boss and a relentless micromanager.

Try to spend more time in your office looking at your business from a macro perspective and looking at ways in which you can make your processes more efficient and your customer experience more pleasant.

By making the right changes now, you can lay a strong foundation for a happy and prosperous year!

 

Basic Invite Business Cards Are Amazing, NOT Basic

As a person who owns TWO small businesses I will say that without a doubt one of the things I always need to have on hand is business cards. I attend Networking events at least once a week, and always hand at least one to clients for client referrals. All they have to do is write their name on the card and they get a discount for every referral they send to my Sugar and Skin Spa. So as you can imagine I go through them pretty quickly. There are certain things I require in a business card company and without a doubt Basic Invite meets ALL My needs! I’m telling y’all, Basic Invite business cards are amazing, NOT basic!!

First of all they have over 180 different colors to choose from. WHAT? Yes ma’am, over 180 colors!! Y’all, my favorite color is blue and when I was designing my business card there were over 20 shades of blue to choose. Incredible! With that many choices I can have a completely custom business card and get exactly what I envision in my head!

They also have many themes and professions to choose from. They even had a category for Estheticians. You know most companies can’t even spell that correctly, but Basic Invite not only spells it correctly, they have gorgeous business card design templates for not only Estheticians, but all types of Beauty Professionals. Here are just a few samples of the amazing designs you can choose from.

Another thing I really liked about this company is that they have custom samples. That means that I can order a printed sample before I place my final order. That way I can see EXACTLY how my business card will look when printed in case I need to make any changes or tweak anything. So when I place my final order I can be assured

I will get exactly what I want. No worries about having a problem and then waiting for a reprint. Basic Invite has that covered!

So when I designed my business card it was super simple to make a business card with a logo. I just had to upload the photo I wanted to use. You can also upload photos from Flickr and SmugMug. The photo I loaded was too big and the system was smart enough to tell me that. I have used other companies that were less clear about margins. Basic Invite was very clear and even required me to button to ensure I knew there was a problem with my photo.

Business cards aren’t all you can create on Basic Invite either. You can make invitations, holiday cards, stationery, event announcements, and much more. You can embellish cards with different colored foils, and can even make clear cards! Awesome.

If you are going to get married, Basic Invite is a one stop shop. They can do everything for you, including letting you make a FREE website so you can collect addresses, manage RSVP’s, and share all of the important details of your wedding with guests!

Honestly just check out this website! There is so much on there and you will receive your order in 5 business days. I don’t know what company you have been using your business card and other paper needs, but you need to stop using them and switch to Basic Invite. I know I am!!!

Oh and they have 15% off EVERYTHING until the end of the month!!! Just use code 15FF51.

Sugaring (Sugar Waxing). What It Is and How It Works.

Many new Sugaring clients have make a comment that makes me think I need to write a blog to tell you all exactly what Sugaring is and what it is not. Quite a few clients have come in for their appointments, and been surprised when I show them the jar of sugar paste. Because they have never heard of Sugaring they think I am going to put sugar on them (granulated sugar) and somehow remove their hair. I wish it were like that. That truly would be sweet and pain free hair removal. However, that isn’t exactly how Sugaring works.

The ingredients of sugar paste truly are ONLY sugar, lemon juice and water, but they are combined and heated so they create a sticky paste that is a phenomenal way to remove unwanted hair.  I purchase my Sugar from a wonderful company called My Gold Sugar that makes an awesome professional sugar paste. The owner Grace Powers has been Sugaring for many, many years and is dedicated to educating and supporting Certified Sugarists.

Sugar Ingredients

Because sugar paste is made from sugar, lemon juice and water it is natural and has NO chemicals or additives in it. This is awesome, because most hair removal waxes (both hard wax and soft wax) have chemicals added in to make them smell a certain way, or be better for sensitive skin, etc. Additionally, both soft and hard wax have ingredients added to them that can be allergenic for some people. Since sugar paste is used at room temperature, there is no possibility of being burned when you are Sugared. Wax is heated and then applied, and anyone who has been burned by hot wax (raising my hand here) can attest to how uncomfortable that is. Also, the sugar paste only adheres to hair and dead skin cells so there is no way for you to have any live skin removed. Anyone ever had their skin taken off with the wax? (Raising my hand for that too). In fact I have permanent light areas above both my eyebrows from damage to my skin caused by pulling my skin off during eyebrow waxing.  Sugaring does not pull your skin; therefore it is safe for use ANYWHERE, which is why it is such a wonderful medium for Brazilians. Sugar can safely get ALL the hairs, even inside the labia.

To prep the skin for sugaring I spray some witch hazel on a gauze pad to clean the skin, and then apply powder to ensure the skin is dry. (Sugar paste doesn’t adhere well to damp skin). Once that is done I put on clean gloves and grab a ball of sugar paste to apply and remove the unwanted hair. One of the great things about sugaring is I use the same ball of sugar on only one client so it is hygienic and not wasteful. No sticks or strips to fill up a landfill. Once I have completed the Sugaring service I simply remove my gloves with the sugar ball inside and throw it away.

Sugar Ball ready to be used

Besides being completely chemical free, and applied at rom temperature, sugar paste is also different from wax in the way it is applied and how it removes the hair. Wax (both soft and hard) is applied in the direction of hair growth and pulled against the direction of growth. As you can imagine this can cause many hairs to break and the Esthetician unable to remove the entire hair from the skin. With Sugaring, the sugar paste is applied against the hair growth and hair is removed in the direction it grows. The benefit of this is that it hurts less (however it is NOT painless) and because you remove the hairs in the direction they grow, you are more likely to remove the entire hair, making it take longer to grow back!! With Sugaring clients can expect the hair to stay gone for 3-4 weeks, and as they get Sugared regularly that can even go to 4-5 weeks of hair being gone. Whaaat???

When you schedule your sugaring appointments monthly you will have the best results from Sugaring. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, hair grows in stages, and it is possible for some hairs to come back within a few weeks if they were in the final stage of growth (Telogen) when they were removed. During this stage of hair growth there is already a new hair at the root pushing that hair out and a new hair was already on its way to the surface.  When you get Sugared monthly. After a few sessions, all of the hair will be growing in the same cycles, and this won’t happen. Secondly, because Sugaring removes the hair at the root, it is possible some hair follicles will become damaged and those hairs may not grow back at all, or if they do they can be finer and softer. Yes please!!

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Hopefully, this has answered some questions you may have about Sugaring and how it is done as well as the results you can expect.

If you are now ready to book your Sugaring appointment, simply head to Sugar and Skin Spa website, click the Sugaring Services tab on the website and book your Sugaring (Sugar waxing) appointment now!