General Motors Bringing in a New Automobile Model? Hmm….

The auto industry’s got to love big news when it shows up on the digital airwaves. This is definitely the case with General Motors, putting their money where their mouth is, investing a bit on some innovation in the auto industry as we’d expect from several other brands and the advent of the electric vehicle. Do you want to know why they’ve potentially got something going here?

Let’s Just Say That General Motors Will Hit Spending Up to $245MM for Its Orion Assembly PlantGeneral Motors label

That’s a whole lot of dough to fork over just to beef up production and jobs for a plant. 300 jobs, to be exact. But General Motors is doing it for a specific reason — they have in mind a new model line that they’re planning on launching very soon. And we’re beginning to wonder if this line will blow the auto industry right out of the water given they’re investing that much money into just one manufacturing plant. Staggering.

This particular announcement from General Motors actually followed a $160MM commitment only seven months ago for the production of the new Bolt, one of the electric vehicles we’ve been seeing a bit of in the industry. That’s been making auto selections a bit sweeter, right? Well, get ready for some more toothaches knowing that General Motors just invested that much more. What’re they planning?

All that’s being said is this is an “all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.” That’s a bold statement.

General Motors Could Be Making the Auto Industry Go Supernova, It Seems

Like a big fiery fireball. That’s what it’s going to be. Social media will go ablaze. Services for your automobile will skyrocket. All we can say is that this could very well be great news — even if we’re not hearing much of anything at all. It’s like a movie trailer teaser. And it’s whetting our appetites for the big red carpet premier. Go for it, GM.

To Have and to Hold: Why Financial Advisement Should Be Like a Marriage

Your income is your livelihood. Your investments are the lifeblood coursing through your proverbial soul, perhaps; so it would make sense to have someone on staff under financial advisement to be as integral as possible — keyed in to the secrets of your mind and focused as one with your identity so that there will never be any hiccups in your bank accounts, trusts and estates.

Because Financial Advisement Is Like a Marriagefinancial advisor marriage

You’re not going to bed, though — obviously — with any financial advisor. Thank the good graces! But overall, the same commitment, caring and specificity that typically would exist in a marriage would exist in a business relationship between a client and an experienced financial advisor.

It would do you well to ask the right questions to find out if such an advisor can be as committed to you, providing financial advisement for months, perhaps even years. Ask, simply put, for certain examples of the financial advisor’s commitment to an account, for example. Was it difficult to manage? Was the client difficult? Was the candidate under financial advisement overwhelmed? How many current accounts does the prospective financial advisor already have?

These will provide clues as to whether or not the candidate in question for financial advisement will dedicate full-time attention to your account, however complex it may be. For when it comes to financial advisement, you want the full attention — and not divided attention from the best professionals in the business.

It’s crucial that you hear some stories about certain financial advisors backing out of an account for whatever reason — due to difficult issues, difficult clients, and other problems. You can then gauge on whether or not the candidate just might be able to handle your needs. Because you never know….

You Just Might Be a Pain in the Butt

We all are. To some degree. To our spouses, of course. That’s why marriages can relate so well. To have and to hold, in sickness and health, till death and taxes.

Why, God, Didn’t I Know About Cloud Based Bookkeeping Before?

We’re in Hell. There’s no escaping it. Knee-deep in paperwork, tons of numbers, drowning in inaccuracy, tax audits, missing digits, and other vices so well known to the deprived entrepreneur or small business owner. It’s the least favorite thing for any independent contractor to do! We. Hate. Numbers! If we liked numbers, we’d just join some accounting firm and sit at our desks crunching them like Pringles. But we don’t. And we certainly don’t have the funds to hire an in-house bookkeeper or accountant to do it for us either.

And That’s Why We Now Have This Start-up Called Cloud Based Bookkeeping!cloud based bookkeeping praying

Cloud Based Bookkeeping — where have you been all my life? You’ve just made my life a whole lot simpler. But here’s how:

For starters, I’m telling you right now, outsourcing is fun when it’s a minimal cost for an entire package of services:

  • 5-Year Business Audits
  • Quarterly Tax Planning
  • Business Formations
  • Payroll Services

This is stuff you’d honestly have to hire multiple people for in your own HR department. Which I may reiterate again — I do not have the time, money or resources to go through all of that! Thanks to Cloud Based Bookkeeping, though, I can have all of this taken care of by just one person, who actually has a name, and is a real human being, on the other line, talking to me in real-time, taking care of me and my business, so I can focus on making more money.

How can that not be a good thing?

Thank You, God, for the Pringles

I literally could eat those all day — knowing all my bookkeeping needs are managed with efficiency. Prestige. Accuracy. No errors. That’s Cloud Based Bookkeeping services for you in a nutshell. I suggest you check it out right now. With the wealth of services, such as legal assistance, available — you won’t be able to resist all of these benefits.

Why California May Be Seeing Rainwater as a Viable Resource for Real Estate

This is probably already happening as we speak in California. Heck, it might be happening in plenty of places, and for good reason. It’s smart and savvy — and it’s one of the many latest real estate trends we’re seeing this year. Water conservation.

Using Your Real Estate to Your Advantage

We’re of an age where the home isn’t just the dwelling. It’s a machine. A functioning machine. We use that machine as a way to be self-sustaining. We grow our gardens and eat from them. We harness solar energy for power, saving us expenses in electricity and other utilities. This is the wave of the future, and we’re seeing it everywhere — from luxurious beach homes to rainforest cabins and everywhere in between.

This isn’t only smart, though, but for many, a necessity, as you may have guessed. Specifically in California, drought’s pretty standard, aside from the earthquakes, but homeowners have been getting pretty wise about what to do when there’s a lack of water source:real estate water

  • Harvesting Tanks and Cisterns
  • Graywater Systems
  • Weather-Controlled Watering Stations
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Drought-Tolerant Plant Life
  • No- to Low-Mow Grass

A seller in a particular region would get a leg up on the real estate competition, taking advantage of these trends in major ways. A buyer would also make it a point to prioritize any of these possibilities, because you certainly wouldn’t want to dry up for lack of sufficient moisture.

A Good Glass of Water

It’s undoubtedly become such a hot commodity, this thing simply known as H2O. Such things the real estate market will trend on, right? This is only the beginning, though, as the environment itself has — and has always been — a major component of the real estate industry. And for good reason. That does make a home, though, that’s for sure: just a good, clean, healthy glass of water.

True or False: Small Businesses “Need” Social Media

That depends, in all honesty. Does your corporate culture suggest that some viral and digital outreach via social media must be prioritized? If so, then go for it! If not, you don’t need to focus so much on the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace stuff, because all it’ll do is distract from the necessity of building a business and generating leads, revenue and profit.

Social Media as an “Option”social media small businesses

Believe it or not, yes, social media — while at the forefront of our ability to market and achieve visibility — isn’t for everyone. Yes, you need a website, yes, you need contact information, yes you can promote and market links to your heart’s content. But if your major mode of marketing mojo works — such as flyers from car to car, or door to door — or word-of-mouth marketing is enough for your local needs in generating your revenue goal, then why bother with the tweets and likes? Save them for when you’re planning birthday parties with your family.

You’ve Got to Love These True or False Discussions!

You may have seen Joe Delfgauw’s “True or False” most recently, and if you have — bravo. This is designed to get you thinking about the concept — but more so, about whether or not a particular concept should apply to you. So ask yourself the question:

Do you need social media? Do you really need social media? Just ask Mr. Spock, in all his infinite Vulcan wisdom, and maybe he would know the answer.

This is just one of the many questions a board of directors, CEO or COO may ask when developing the basic business structure and plan to propel the budding company toward stardom and successful operations.

I will say this, though: it’s ironic that I’m using social media to my advantage right now to reach people with this article! So I guess for me the answer’s simple: it’s true. What is it for you?

Breaking the Mold: Why a New Education Model Might Bolster the Economy

As Jerry Zandstra makes a move to penetrate the commercial real estate market with the Steelcase Pyramid project involving his soon-to-be-realized campus group, we all beg to ask the question: what will this do for the economy? I mean, seriously — is this a good idea? We’ve seen many an idea or initiative aim to bolster the economy with minimal efforts due to the fact that Michigan seems to be a literal black hole of nothingness at times with job supply rising and falling, the real estate economy looking a bit shaky at times, and question marks sent by Batman’s Edward Nygma Riddler hovering over the heads of every house, store, school or even library clear across the west side to east side of the state. Is this that much of a mystery?

When It Comes to How We Bolster the Economy, the Short Answer Is NO

This takes some ambition to bolster the economy and break the mold, so to speak, reinventing a model that’s been around for years and turn it upside down on its head. We need a little bit of a shake-up in this industry. First off….

Imagine an 11th grader taking classes at the university level because of this ballsy move on Zandstra’s part to bolster the economy. Pretty interesting, right? Now imagine that same 11th grader actually partaking in an apprenticeship or internship with a manufacturing company associated with the steelcase pyramid campus: now we’re getting somewhere.

Driven by Manufacturers

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or Casper the Friendly Ghost to know that Michigan’s Grand Rapids city’s strength is all about manufacturers, so why not foster that as much as possible? In fact, that’s a must — especially if you were to visit one of the plants here only to find that all the engineers and technicians out there on the floor are at least 50 years of age.

The clock’s ticking. They need fresh blood. Merging education and business to bolster the economy through commercial real estate development on this grand of a scale might be a gutsy maneuver — but I’m willing to bet that it’ll pay off in spades, solving this mystery for good. And perhaps we may see light at the end of the tunnel not only for education, but the entire economy.

Why It’s Okay for Smart Startup CEOs to Outsource Certain Projects

Your plate’s only as big as your ability to use a fork and knife. Not to mention your oral cavity can only open up so wide. There’s a lot for you to swallow as a budding entrepreneur/CEO with the whole world at his or her fingertips, but the worst thing you can do is try to handle all of it at once. Don’t fall into that trap. I know you’re one of the Avengers, but seriously — you’re still human, and you have only so many hours in a day to get your business running like a well-oiled machine.

So as Smart Startup CEOs, You Have One Thing You Can Do: Outsource

Think of sites like Elance, or Fiverr, or Guru, or Freelancer.com, or any of those other places where you can pitch a project and have an independent manage it for you at minimal cost. The bonus is that startup CEOs get some flexibility, minimal need for overhead and supervision, and they can then focus on what you mainly need to target about your business.

How’s that possible? Bear in mind that when startup CEOs outsource, they’re removing all accountability on your end and allowing a true expert to manage those initiatives for you, free and clear without hassle. It’s a great convenience, worth every little penny.

Freelancers do get paid a decent amount of money given they’re independent contractors capable of juggling multiple projects all at the same time. They don’t have the specific requirements expected of them at the W-2 level, and they operate with flexibility, which may be a positive factor in the quality facet of work done. Before you know it, your projects are completed, you didn’t have to shell out insurance costs, you paid a flat fee, and you lost no time in the process.

Can You Say “Win-Win”?

Productivity is crucial when it comes to entrepreneurship and startup CEOs with the bright imaginations. Let them shine by taking away the projects other experts can handle for you. Start outsourcing. Your budding business will thank you.

“There Is No Spoon”: 3 Ways to Manage Brainstorming in the Matrix

I just don’t believe when they say they’re not “creative.” That’s bull. Some would even say they were born with not one creative bone in their body. Double bull. That’s a total cop-out, and I won’t stand for it. When it comes to brainstorming, know this: you were born with those creative juices, and the problem is you aren’t tapping into them at all. It’s like there’s no spigot there, so you can’t pour any of it out. It just sits there.

THis Is What You Do Then: You Think Like Neo!

You remember that movie called “The Matrix,” don’t you? The one about the dude in the black coat, shades and guns? Sure, it was a great action flick, and Keanu Reeves is super cool, but look underneath all the slickness and see that this is all about breaking molds, reinventing yourself and transcending what you think you know and essentially creating new worlds.

Brainstorming is easy when you try to “get outside the box” (only more so if you read here) and being a trendsetter. Besides that, really get into the grits of the movie. There were a lot of layers there, right? After all, I think it took me two tries to really grasp what the whole idea was.

This would make sense given the fact that Neo questioned everything. That’s how you optimize brainstorming. He questioned the world he lived in. He even questioned Morpheus. He even questioned the Oracle, if you remember. Skepticism fueled his imagination to envelope the “what if” of the world as he knew it, or the world he didn’t know, or the world that could be.

That’s the essence of brainstorming right there, especially here with these six creative ways to go about brainstorming effectively, that you absolutely have to see to believe.

Brainstorming: Is Seeing Believing Then?

That depends. After all, Neo thought he was looking at a spoon. What you see may not be what it seems. Right there you get the core of brainstorming. Let your imagination go and come up with ideas no one ever has.

Just stay away from the agents, though. They’re quite dangerous.