Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Three Ways to Get More Time Out of Less

In today's competitive market more people are working longer hours, which is leading to overworked employees unable to do their best work. For those who have ever felt there is never enough time in the day to get everything done you hoped to accomplish, here are three ways to make sure you and your employees are being efficient with your time.

1.  Identify and focus on your biggest priorities: 
According to the Pareto Principle, 80% of the value comes from 20% of the work. Businesses need to focus their efforts on what creates the most value for them and spend less time or cut out objectives that don't. In addition to tasks, looking at which customers are creating the most revenue can help with narrowing marketing efforts and save money.

2. Write down and complete two objectives every week: 
It's easy at work to get side-tracked with phone calls, emails, and other less important tasks, which can add up during the day, making it difficult to finish other more important objectives. To avoid getting distracted by these lesser tasks set goals to motivate and monitor success. Businesses who have their employees write down two goals and objectives every week get their employees to focus on what is important and prioritize their time around their goals. 

3. Outsource noncore work: 
When a business prioritizes their objectives, and finds certain aspects that create little value and take up a lot of time --> outsource it. Hiring another company to do noncore work will save time and money, because employees will be able to focus on work that creates value. THIS CONCEPT OBVIOUSLY APPLIES TO LARGER BUSINESSES.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Keep Calm It's Friday!!

From us to you; have a great weekend and don't forget to check in with us on Monday!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

BBS Wing Fest 2013 for Operation Smile!!

Check out the latest BBS charity event!

BBS organized a contest to test our endurance by seeing just how many chicken wings we can eat in only 30 minutes.

Operation Smile Update:

Vince Conley and Team Raise $200 in 30 Minutes for Operation Smile!

WHO: Vince Conley, owner of BBS

WHAT THEY DID: They had a wing eating competition on a Saturday. It was $10 to enter and all of the money went to Operation Smile.

TOTAL RAISED: More than $200 in only 30 minutes!

WHAT VINCE THINKS: "We're really excited to have raised such large amount of money in such a short amount of time!" he said. "It shows how much we love chicken wings - and the opportunity to get together to do something that helps children across the globe."

Click here to hear all about how we raised money simply by eating a ton of chicken wings!!




Friday, July 12, 2013

Start Something That Matters~ The TOMS story

If you couldn't tell by now BBS is all about growth, development and leadership!

We are not only interested in the growth and development of our people but we absolutely love to hear about how others 'got their start' and continued to grow. 

Start with an idea and allow it to grow.

In thinking about this, I remembered hearing about a brand of shoes called TOMS. When I was in school it seemed like everyone had them!

What I personally remembered most about the brand was the story behind it;  for every TOMS shoe purchased TOMS would then donate to someone else in need. One for One.

What a great idea!!

So why would I be talking about a shoe company when BBS is in the Sales and Marketing industry?

The point is this...all entrepreneurs have certain things in common. Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, had an idea that he was passionate about and enough motivation to make it a reality

He devised a plan to transform his vision and persevered until the transformation was complete.

Here at BBS we work with individuals that are motivated, dedicated and passionate. People like Mycoskie that had a great idea that he was passionate about and actually did something about it.

In order to make an idea a reality all you really need is a plan, passion and perseverance.

"My goal is to inspire others to go out and make a positive impact, to start something that matters to them," Mycoskie said. "In my book, I felt a deep sense of responsibility to share everything that we've learned at TOMS over the past five years, so that others can learn from both our mistakes and our successes, and go out and chart their own course."

- Blake Mycoskie

~For more information on the TOMS story click here~


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Famous Failures and their Future Success

It can be said that to be an entrepreneur, it requires determination and a strong sense of self.

The road to entrepreneurship can be one of ups and downs but the only way to achieve your goal is to not become discouraged and keep your goals in sight.

Let the following examples of Famous Failures and their Success Stories be your inspiration!

This actor was told by a Vice President that he was never going to make it in the business. Who was the actor you may ask? Harrison Ford.
The Beatles were turned down by a record company before staking their claim as music icons. WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WAS! 

Told by a music teacher that he was hopeless as a composer... Beethoven.
Famous for countless characters and films, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he, "lacked imagination and had no original ideas." He has since built and empire.
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom--> Winston Churchill, failed the sixth grade.

Famous Hall of Famer, this NBA Allstar was cut from his high school basketball team - Michael Jordan

This author's first book was rejected by multiple agents and major publishing companies.  You may have heard of John Grisham?
One of the most celebrated triple threats in Hollywood of all time, Marilyn Monroe was told by many that she was unattractive and could not act. Hard to believe I know.

His book rejected countless times, Stephen King overcame this major obstacle with the help of his wife and finally published his novel. The book was Carrie. I'm sure many of you have seen the  film too!
The entire point of this post is to stress the significance of overcoming obstacles and remaining focused on your goals. 
Everyone has to do it. Even the legends mentioned above!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Meet Lauren Beliveau

Lauren Beliveau, Account Manager

*Lauren was just promoted this week!!!*

Name: Lauren Beliveau
School: Southern New Hampshire University
Major: Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing
Activities: Tennis, Soccer, Cross Country Skiing

1. Who has been the most influential person in your life? 

“I would say that my Dad is probably the most influential person in my life because he is always so busy but always finds time to spend with our family. He has figured out how to balance everything in his life and that has definitely helped me to figure out mine.”

2. What is your favorite aspect of the Management Training Program?

“What I love about this program is that it's all based on your hard work. The environment here is very team oriented so everyone is very helpful with helping their peers work on things that need improvement.”

3. What was your previous work experience before joining BBS?

“I used to work at a DSW shoe store and at a water park at the Customer Service Center.”

4. What do you like to do during your free time? 

“I absolutely love going to the beach, shopping and spending as much time as possible with my friends.”

5. What is the best advice you have received from someone here? 

“I think the best advice that I have received from someone here is to stay positive. I love this advice because it not only fits for what I do here but it is also great advice in general. Anyone can have a bad day so you have to do your best to maintain a positive attitude.”

6. What are some of your goals for 2013?

“I have a few goals for this year. The first thing is to gain confidence in myself when talking to new people; in this business you meet a lot of people and I want to be super confident when doing so. Outside of work I really wish to expand my horizons by traveling outside of the East coast!”

7. What are some of the obstacles that you have been faced with in the company? How did you overcome those obstacles? 

“As I previously mentioned, I have been faced with stepping outside of my comfort zone when meeting new people because I am typically pretty shy. I have found that the best way to get over this is by talking to a lot of people; the more I do it the easier it becomes.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

So you want to be a Fortune 500 company...

The entrepreneur major leagues, also known as the Fortune 500, is a list every company strives to be a part of but only a select few make it there. Here are five important attributes companies on the Fortune 500 list deem necessary, if you have your sights on joining them.

1. Adaptability: Fortune 500 companies are always able to adapt to the ever changing economy. Be ahead of the game, and search out new innovations, because if you know change is inevitable then why not be at the forefront? Apple for example has internalized the idea of adaptability-->they come out with new models and products before other companies have a chance to catch up to their previous model. 

2. Long-term focus: Build a business to last by making long-term decisions, and remember that patience is key.  When building a business for the long-term don't get frustrated if you're not seeing instant results, know there will be a big long-term payoff. Furthermore, don't let the fear of investors make you rethink your long term focus. Investors at Amazon keep boosting stock higher, even though there is little profit change because they trust the CEO to invest in a payoff long-term. 

3. People priority: Having reliable and successful employees is the best way to keep a competitive advantage. Google is a good example of a company that believes in the impact of having good employees and is infamous for having an intense hiring process to make sure they are hiring the right people. 

4. Strong ideas over financial capital: In today's world it is more important for a business to have big ideas than to have big financial capital. Walt Disney and Coca-Cola are good examples of ideas over capital because they focus on imagination and creativity, which they know in the long run will ultimately lead to a bigger profit.

5. Non-stop growth: No matter the size of the company, non-stop revenue growth is crucial if you want to be on the Fortune 500. Companies need to be able to keep up with the revenue of Fortune 500 companies which  has increased at a 4.3% real rate since the list started in 1955. 

Turn impossible to possible!