Facebook Fun and Games!

I admit it, I absolutely love Facebook! I check it every morning just after I check my business and personal email. I update it most every morning, sometimes several times a day. I check it before I go to sleep at night–I confess I love Facebook! To my friends and family, this comes as no surprise, to those of you who don’t know me–well don’t judge until you try.

Why do I love FB? Several reasons divided into two different categories. First personal reasons. Did you know I hardly ever miss a friend or family member’s birthday now? And, I have reconnected with a friend I started elementary school with. In fact, more than one. Several people I went to high school with, people I knew from 25 years ago; it’s amazing how many people I am finding. I found a lost cousin, people I love that I used to work with, and about a hundred kids I taught while they were in high school who are now raising kids of their own. I see what my own kids are doing even when they don’t take the time to call their mom, and can take pride in my nieces and nephews as they enter their high school years. It’s wonderful–I LOVE Facebook.

The second reason I love it is for business. I use it to introduce cruise specials, connect with clients and post my blogs, tweets, and pictures. I met my business coach and have received help, advice, and a chance to mentor from several like minded industry leaders and new friends. I have found suppliers and resources as well as inspiration from other small business owners working their way through the joys and problems of business ownership. I LOVE Facebook.

Some people maintain you really need to have two separate accounts, and they may be right. I tried it and didn’t like doing it that way. I wound up mixing the two parts of my life by accident or lack of time anyway; plus I feel a person is the sum of their parts, so there you go.

However, I have a little advice that I would like to pass along.

If you are like me and use FB as a personal and professional tool, be careful that you keep a decent balance. Too much info either way may be aggravating.
Don’t use your FB as a political, moral, or economic platform. Think before you expect other adults to change their minds about any of the before mentioned, no matter how eloquent your debate.
Be careful the information you list in your updates. I freely give my business phone, but almost never give out my home phone or home address.
Remember your Facebook page may be indexed by Yahoo and Google. Often my FB page will come up higher than my actual web page. And while most of the info is protected, any entry level hacker can figure out a way around the safeguards, so again discretion is advised.

Just some friendly advice, some unfortunately I learned the hard way. I am certainly no expert, but then that’s another one of the beauties of Facebook–anyone can learn to use it and enjoy the product for personal and professional benefit. Just another reason
I LOVE Facebook!

Fun Kids Games – Any Day’s A Great Day For Fun Kids Games!

Any day’s a great day for fun kids games! Rain, shine, or any season is a perfect time to play games. Has it been awhile since you thought about fun kids games? Here’s a short list to jog your memory . . .

Do you remember “Duck, Duck, Goose”? It’s terrific fun, and can be played outdoors or in. And believe it or not, it’s fun for any age! Here’s how it’s played:

Have the children all sit down in a circle (make a smaller circle for the little tykes).
One person is “It,” and he or she walks around the outside of the circle, touching the other children’s heads saying “duck, duck, duck.”
When he comes to the person whom he wants to chase him, he calls “goose.”
The goose chases the “it” person around the circle, and the one who reaches the empty space first sits down.
The other one is now “It”!

Add a few twists to the “Duck, Duck, Goose” game and you have another of the most fun children games called Indy 500:

Have the kids sit in the circle (on the floor, or in chairs) and give each a number and name of a car (example: 1’s are Ferraris, 2’s are Fords).
The game leader calls out a car name, and those cars have to get up and run around the circle.
The first person back to their spot wins . . . BUT, the cars can have “mechanical difficulties”, as their leader chooses.
The leader might choose to holler “run out of gas!” or “flat tire!” or “no muffler!” or “turbo boost!”
The person has to act/sound out those commands in their attempt to get back to their seat!

Of course, Hide and Seek is always a favorite, and for a sitting game, Old Maid is fun for parents, too! Think back about the games you played, or thumb through some magazines. You’ll get excited to share ideas with your kiddos!

6 Questions To Be Answered By Every Online Business

Every successful online business has a plan of where they are going and how they are going to get there. Where will your business be when it’s most successful? How can you ensure that you get there? Can you answer these 6 questions?1. Who Are You And What is Your Business?Is your online business as just a hobby? Or is it a serious business that you’ll stick with even if the going gets tough? The internet can be impersonal business environment. Your website visitors will want to know who you are. Your ‘About Me’ page can become one of the top read pages on your website. Tell people who are, why you’ve built your online business and how it can help them.2. What Do You Offer?What solutions does your online business provide? Is it freedom? Maybe more time? Or is it something else? What problem can your product or service fix for your customers? If you can answer that, your journey towards having a successful business will be quicker.3. Who Is Your Customer?Knowing your ideal customer is an important part of running a successful online business. Create a customer avatar so that you can look at it and know exactly who you’re doing it for. To find that “perfect” prospect do your research to discover their desires, emotions, demographics and other physical and mental personality traits.4. What Makes Your Business Different?Generally, another online business will be offering something like yours or close to it. You have to make your offer for a product or service more attractive to buy from you than it is to buy from one of your competitors. What makes you and your business stand out so that it’s better, different, or special?5. How Will You Deliver It?It’s important to know how you’ll deliver your product or service to your audience. Will you sell a physical product that’s delivered to the customer’s front door? Or a digital product that’ downloaded instantly to the customer’s computer once they have bought it? Perhaps it will be both? But without knowing how you’ll deliver what you’re selling, it will be difficult to succeed in your online business.6. How Will You Determine Success?A successful online business can mean different things to different people. Do you want to sell a specific number of products, get more website traffic, enhance your online reputation, broaden your brand or something else? If you don’t know what you want to achieve, how will you know if have ever achieved it?