10 Things Taking Over My Dad’s Business Taught Me


10 Things Taking Over My Dad’s Business Taught Me

1. Frustration only drives you to present on when you do what you love
2. Consistency is one of the major keys to a successful business and career
3. People management is one of the necessary skills to be acquired before starting a business
4. The ability to replicate your vision in the mind of your employees is a very crucial skill to be acquired in growing your business
5. Always keep your employees occupied, don’t give room for laxity
6. Your working environment should depict what you envision for your business
7.Be careful to grow your business centered on one employee, he tends to become the heart of your business
8. Build a business system that runs without the owner, a self sustaining business
9. In growing your business, your first three months should be centered on making the business sustain itself not on profit.
10. Money becomes the main motivation to your employees when they don’t understand your vision


Tips on Planning a Suprise Birthday Party Part 2-Setting Up

Decorate the party. Right after the chaperone leads the surprisee away from the house, start decorating your party. Ask a few good friends who will attend the party to come and help set up the decoration before the rest of the guests arrive.

  • Pick decorations that have his or her favorite colors, or decorations that share a theme with the party’s activity or the surprisee’s hobby. Even if the decorations are tacky, the surprisee will appreciate the effort.
  • Think about whether it’s possible and/or appropriate to have balloons, streamers, tassels, candles, centerpieces, or a bar at your surprise party. Keep in mind whether it’s going to involve primarily kids, primarily adults, or a mix of both.
  • Decorate the main areas first. If you have time, put a little attention into beautifying the bathroom/s, the kitchen, and the den. Each new decorated room will be a surprise of its own.
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Choose food for the guests and the surprisee to eat. No party is complete without at least snacks. If you expect the party to last for more than three hours, or if the party overlaps with lunch or dinner, plan to offer more filling food to the guests.

  • Pick out a birthday cake or pie. If you want to bake a cake or pie yourself, try doing it at a friend’s house. Plan on having cake that the surprisee will want to eat, both during the celebration and as leftovers.
  • Choose snack foods that don’t take too long to make. Pigs in a blanket; various dips (guacamole, sour-cream, salsa, hummus) along with breads, chips and vegetables; small wraps or sandwiches; or skewers all make good snacks.
  • If you’re planning on going all-out, cook one main dish to go along with some snacks. You can roast a turkey or a ham; make meatloaf (very 50s); bake pizzas; or cook paella or fish tacos. Obviously, the surprisee’s favorite dish is always a good bet.
  • Find out if anyone is allergic to anything, so you can plan your menu accordingly. You don’t want people getting anaphylaxis when they eat the paella. Not a good recipe for a party.
  • Plan out low-fat, vegetarian options for guests, if possible. It’s a little extra work, but you want everyone to enjoy eating at your party, especially if there are drinks: People who skimp on food will feel the effects of alcohol more, and could cause a stir.

Choose drinks that will be appropriate for the occasion. Depending on who the surprise party is for, you’ll want to serve a variety of drinks so that everyone can get something they enjoy.

  • Consider setting up a bar or hiring a bartender if your party is mostly adults. It’s a little more expensive, but hiring a bartender relieves you of the duty to serve drinks all night.
  • Think about setting up a punchbowl for alcohol — rum punch, caipirinha, or Prosecco punch, to name a few. Round out the alcoholic offerings with beer and red and white wine.
  • If the party is mainly for kids, think about setting up non-sugary drinks in addition to the cola, root-beer, and lemonade. After so much sweet stuff, water is a really welcome sign. Water and non-alcoholic drinks should be plentiful for adult-only parties as well.

Choose music that’s appropriate for the occasion. Obviously, if the surpriseehates jazz, it’s not a good idea to have even Miles Davis trumpeting in the background. Try to find music that is interesting without being obtrusive.

 Invite the guests. Invite the very close friends of the surprisee. For an intimate surprise party, it’s best not to invite any acquaintances or coworkers unless you think the surprisee would very much want to see them.
  • Keep the guest-list small. It’s easier to manage set-up and set-down, and you lower the risk of someone accidentally blabbing.
  • Ask your guests to bring either a present for the surprisee or something that will help you set up the party (food or drink). Don’t ask the guests to bring both. If you’re throwing the party, take responsibility for it and practice good etiquette.

To be Continued…

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Tips on Planning a Suprise Birthday Party

Surprise parties are increasing in popularity. So much so that sometimes guests assume a party is a surprise even when it isn’t! This can often lead to confusion so whether you’re hosting a surprise birthday party or a surprise bridal shower, here are some tips to get you started so you make sure the surprise stays a surprise.11116321

Think about what kind of surprise party you want to plan. The list of things you can do is limited only by your imagination. Don’t worry about execution just yet. Ask yourself the following questions and consider the answers when planning the party.

  • Hobbies. Does the person have any hobbies they’re passionate about? Would it be feasible and fun to make the surprise party revolve around this hobby? Planning a football surprise party is a lot easier than planning a skydive surprise party.
  • Likes/Dislikes. Keep in mind the things that the surprisee likes and dislikes. Pack the surprise party with things the surprisee likes and your party will be a hit. Load it with things the surprise dislikes and someone else will be responsible for heading the planning committee next year.
  • Personality. Is the person intensely shy, making a surprise party of more than a dozen people simply a bad idea? Or is the person more outgoing, letting you think about inviting even people that the surprisee doesn’t yet know.
  • Timing. Is there a good balance you can find between picking a time when the surprisee will be totally baffled and letting everyone, including the person being feted, enjoy themselves? Picking a Tuesday afternoon would certainly surprise them, but it might not offer everyone enough time to relax and enjoy themselves.

Start planning a theme. As mentioned earlier, there are tons of different kinds of surprise parties. Here are some ideas for surprise parties that might get your creative juices flowing.

  • Throw a surprise party at home. Find someone who will occupy the surprise somewhere else for the time it takes to set up; text to stay in communication with your conspirator, making sure your surprisee doesn’t come home sooner than expected.
  • Throw a surprise party in the great outdoors. The woods or the beach would be a great location for a surprise. You could have a Survivor-themed party in the woods, or a luau-themed party at the beach. Outdoor games are especially fun at these events.
  • Throw a holi(birth)day surprise. If the surprise’s birthday happens to fall in between the holidays, they’ll often be forced combine a birthday celebration with a holiday celebration — with half the presents. Throw a birthday party for the surprisee during the holidays, and the surprisee will thank God that someone finally recognized their perilous bad luck.
  • Throw a double-surprise party. Surprise the person once, all while another group of their friends are off in another room. After the shock of the first surprise has died off, surprise them again with the second group of people!

Find a chaperone who will escort the surprisee while others plan/set up. A chaperone is really vital to the surprise. If you don’t have a minder along with the surprisee, the surprisee could come and ambush the party before it’s adequately set up.

  • Typically, a best friend or spouse acts as a chaperone. This is because the surprisee feels comfortable with them, and won’t feel any social anxiety, causing him or her leave unexpectedly.
  • If you’re planning the surprise party at home, have the chaperone take the surprisee shopping, to a movie, or on a hike. Plant a firm time commitment in their minds. Give the organizers at least two hours to set up. If the surprisee only expects to be out of the house for a short time, they’ll catch on when the chaperone keeps deflecting and delaying.
  • Have the chaperone do something fun with the surprisee. A boring outing will make the surprisee want to go home sooner. Plus, wouldn’t the surprise be even more memorable if the surprisee and chaperone had a blast on their own before they went to a legendary surprise party?

To be Continued…

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Tip of the Day – The Budget Dilemma!

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Whether you’re engaged and are planning a wedding, or looking to celebrate your parent’s  upcoming anniversary, having a budget can save you stress and time. You know you want something beautiful and memorable but, something fun as well. No matter how grand or small the event; finances always dictate how far you can go but, this does not mean you have to sacrifice taste. Let your budget be your guide. Ever heard of making your money work for you? This investment technique coupled with resourcefulness can also be applied to planning a successful event. Don’t let your budget limit how you celebrate the important things in life!

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Planning Your Event — What Should You Do First?

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Once you decide you’re hosting an event, it’s time to get busy planning! Deciding on all the details of your event is plenty of fun, but it can also be overwhelming. Since we have planned plenty of amazing events, we want to share some tips for getting started that should help all your decisions fall into place.

As soon as you know you’re having an event, it is important to pick your date and reserve your venue as soon as possible. If your event date is far off in the future, it can be tempting to think you don’t need to get do this right away, but that isn’t the case! Many venues book out over a year in advance, especially during their peak season or on coveted weekend dates. If your event is right around the corner, it is crucial to find out what venues still have openings and…

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Tip Of The Day – Envision the Sentiment!

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Today’s tip comes from witnessingmany folksfall into whatwecallthe Pinterest Illusion. The PI affects the best of us, and this is where many find themselves faced with endless choices that they becomeindecisive. Stay grounded, you can have a budget friendly,beautifullymeaningful, and memorableevent if you stay focused.The primary goal of your event should be about the sentiments shared with yourloved ones so, don’t get clouded by those oh so perfect (staged – yes sometimes staged) pictures on your idea boards. Start close to home, and the rest will come naturally. Happy Planning!

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Pros & Cons of Hiring an Event Technician


How Do You Decide If An Event Technician Is Right For Your Event?

I sat down with Ryan MacAdam, expert event technician and asked him the tough question: Why Do Event Professionals Hire You? His response was surprisingly simple:

The flow of an event can be in the hands of the technical personnel. Having an event technician for your events helps them run smoothly and impacts the overall event experience.

Advantages to Hiring an Event Technician

shutterstock_101304490 copyIf the purpose of your event is to get a message out to a group of people, hiring an Event Technician makes sure your message reaches the audience effectively regardless of where your guest is seated.

Event technicians take ownership of the quality of the event and work out the kinks with the event planner in advance, ensuring smoother performance on the event day.

Disadvantages to Hiring An Event Technician

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The last few weeks – how to prepare for a stress-free wedding day.

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Don’t be like this…                                                         …be like this!

Wedding planning’s a funny thing.  It starts off with a flurry of activity, visiting wedding fayres, finding a venue, researching and booking suppliers, writing the guest list and deciding on decorations and outfits, among other things.  Then there’s usually a looong lull when, other than re-writing the guest list (a few times) and adding to the decorations budget (often substantially!), there’s not really much to do.  Until the last few weeks that is when everything needs to be pulled together and it can feel like you’re arranging 5 weddings all at once.

To make it easier I’ve highlighted 7 key things you need to tackle in the last few weeks.  From the big picture to the tiny details, if you get these things right then everything else should take care of itself.

Timings – how do you want your day to run?

You need to…

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All you have to do is Look!

It is proven that sometimes what you see affects what you think. So don’t just stay at home cracking your head on what to do to make your event good. Yes, it is nice to jog the old brain sometimes but it also helps to learn from others. I know an Engineer that is a very good interior decorator although now he is going to study it fully in school now but he made waves without going to study it for fives years and counting.

You can read magazines, watch shows and read blogs like mine to get good info on what to do to make your events awesome, even to a small scale event. It can be small but very classy

So stand up and go out on a Saturday just take drive around your neighbourhood and look!

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