When to Hire and Where to Find Them

tips Aug 07, 2020

Hiring, Training, Payroll OH MY!!! 

 

Hiring can be an unnerving event. There are so many concerns surrounding it: What if they aren’t suitable for the job? What if they can’t meet your expectations? What if cash-flow problems arise by hiring them? 

 

While all of these fears are valid, they shouldn’t stop you from letting new people into your business. Why? If you’re drowning in a sea of work or if your business has been stuck in a loop for years, it’s time to start hiring others to contribute to your company’s growth. 

 

Who should you hire and what tasks should you give them? 

 

Decide on the role then fill the position. 

 

Before you create a job post, you must define the role of your new employee. Do you need someone to develop your website? To edit your photos for your social media pages? To create Facebook ads? Or do you need a Virtual Assistant who can help you with various administrative...

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Confessions of a Studio Owner

business personal Jul 24, 2020

To call these last several months unprecedented would be the understatement of the year. I never in my wildest dreams thought that phrases such as quarantine, social distancing, or flattening the curve would become part of our everyday vernacular. Nor did I imagine that I would be forced to close my business for an entire quarter with only a moment's notice. 

 

So many have been affected by this pandemic. Parents have had to learn to homeschool, teens have forfeited their senior year athletics and graduations, millions have lost their jobs, thousands have lost their lives and there is still no real end in sight. 

 

As the owner of Pilates in the Grove, a multi location service based business, I completely believe it is all of our responsibility to do our part to flatten the curve and do what we can to slow the spread of this virus. I along with countless others made the difficult decision to close both of my studios on March 17th and pivoted quickly to online...

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I Am Not for Everyone

blog Jul 10, 2020

I am not for everyone and that’s okay.

 

I grew up as a people pleaser. I believed that it was very important to be aware of what other people thought of me and my actions at all times. Before I made any decision, I carefully analyzed how it would affect others and their thoughts of me.

 

As a kid, it worked out pretty well. I was terrified of getting in trouble, having people think badly of me so I excelled at school and stayed out of trouble.

 

As an adult… not so much. The constant need to have everyone like me came back to kick me in the butt, again and again.

 

I built myself completely around others’ expectations, from the way I looked, to my friends, to my relationships, passions, personality, and more.

 

I became an expert at analyzing people and situations so that I could figure out the person I needed to be for those certain people in order for them to like me. I had no one true self, but instead, many different versions of me...

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5 Ways To Increase Cash Inflow Without Outflow

finance sales selling tips Jun 26, 2020

Hello, everyone. 

 

Does ”selling” make you feel awkward, manipulative, and sleazy? 

 

If it does, then maybe it’s time to change your mindset about it. Think of sales as a medium for serving the community. We are in the post-COVID era and the community needs your services now more than ever. If you ever find yourself having negative feelings about sales, just remember that you are offering people an improved quality of life.  

 

So why don’t we turn that fear and awkwardness into something profitable and powerful? Today, I’d like to share 5 ways to make sales-- the kind that you enjoy and builds long-lasting relationships with your dream clients-- without breaking the bank: 

 

1. Write a blog.

Write a short piece or make a video blog about ‘no equipment Pilates workout that you can do at home’ or ‘10 best yoga poses for flexibility’ and put it on your website. Make sure you use key...

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Stressed and Overwhelmed? Try This One Thing.

Hi everyone. 

 

Let’s talk about priorities. As a business owner, I’m sure you have a long list of tasks that are due soon. How do you prioritize which tasks need to be done first? 

 

You may be stressed and overwhelmed from trying to do so many things at once. I used to be like that too when I was still improving the infrastructure of my business. I wanted to launch a membership and an online course, and then think about a new program-- I just had too many ideas. From this experience, I learned that if your attention gets shifted between too many things, you won’t be able to deliver on one specific task. 

 

I read a book called The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and it helped me organize my tasks and avoid feeling stressed and overwhelmed. According to the book, you should ask yourself this every morning: What is the one thing that you need to accomplish today? 

 

I have a list of tasks in Asana and I choose three...

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Top 4 Tips to Prepare for Reopening

covid19 tips May 04, 2020

Hello, everyone. 

 

Some states are lifting stay-at-home restrictions so let’s talk about how to prepare for reopening your businesses. Whether it be in a week or a month from now, you need to know which steps to take to help your customers feel safe as they come back to you. 

 

I’d like to share some practices that we’re currently doing at Pilates in the Grove: 

 

1. Survey your clients.

 Create a survey on Google Forms or Survey Monkey and tell your clients that you’re looking to reopen. Make sure you ask all the important questions such as, “What do you need to see for you to feel safe as you come back to our business?”. Then, start preparing based on the feedback. 

 

This is a big factor for us in the health and wellness industry because we have clients and patients who are part of the high-risk demographics, and you may have some of them too. Even if your state reopens, there’s no assurance...

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Say No to Anxiety: Keep Calm and Take Action

covid19 tips Apr 21, 2020

I hope you and your family are staying healthy and happy at home.

 

Because of the recent events, I have been hearing a lot of concerns from my clients and other business owners. Many of us are worried about our businesses closing or losing income and status, and your feelings are valid. 

 

However, we should not let our worries govern us. While it’s true that we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control our reaction to it. 

 

Anxiety only begets more anxiety. According to mental health experts, we tend to get trapped in false or limited ways of thinking when we are anxious. These thinking patterns can take over our lives by convincing us of impending doom and worsening our sense of helplessness.

 

But they can be avoided. Here are some ways to prevent your negative thought patterns and help you be productive during these stressful times: 

 

Control the thoughts that come through your head  

You may think, Oh...

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COVID-19 Quarantine and Homeschooling

covid19 tips Apr 16, 2020

Homeschooling and why it can actually be a good thing…

At this point, my company Pilates in the Grove in Miami has been closed for 21 days, the longest the business has ever been shut down. So I’ve been staying productive by thinking about relevant topics to talk to you about and some tips to share.

 

Recently, there’s been a lot of concern among parents about their kids possibly staying home for the rest of the school year. This leaves many parents anxious about their kids’ academic progress and the thought of homeschooling the next few months.

 

And because of that, I would love to share with you my firsthand homeschooling experience today...

 

Homeschooling my 7th grade son for 5 months. ‍

Let me preface this by saying that you should give yourself grace.

 

An abrupt transition to homeschooling can be a major inconvenience, but it is the safer alternative right now. And believe it or not, it can be a mutually fulfilling experience...

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Business Tips That Test "Positive" During Quarantine

Hi everyone.

 

Today, I’d like to share with you a quick run down of my FB Live last Tuesday with the topic: COVID-19 Q&A where I answered any and all business-related questions regarding how to navigate this “new normal”. 

 

I’ll also be sharing with you a couple of business tips and best practices that are working for Pilates in The Grove and that would hopefully work for your business too.

 

Without further ado, here are some of our Q&A highlights:

 

1. What is the “CARES Act” stimulus package?

The CoronaVirus Aid Relief Economic and Security act was passed last Friday, March 27th, with the guidelines yet to be official and applications to begin on or before April 3rd, Friday. 

 

Under this act is the PPP or Payroll Protection Program that should help people keep their team and staff and pay for operating expenses.

 

The application duration would be from April 3rd to June 30th for companies...

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My Struggle with Anxiety and Depression

personal Mar 16, 2020

My first child was born 2 weeks ahead of schedule on September 19, 2003 weighing it at a whopping 9 lbs 15 oz.  He was perfect. We had been looking forward to bringing him into the world and adding on to our little family. I can honestly say I had a pretty easy pregnancy (with the exception of carrying a large child) and delivery. Despite the size of our little boy, I was able to have an uneventful healthy delivery and after just three hard pushes we welcomed him into the world. Everything so far was going so perfectly…I had no idea what was awaiting me in the very near future.

As I look back, I started to know something was wrong about 3-4 days after bringing him home. I was unexpectedly hit with feelings that I did not comprehend and emotions I could not put into words. I felt as if a deep dark fog crept in which I could not pull myself out of.  

I was bewildered by what was occurring. We were ecstatic about the baby. We had done everything to get ready for...

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