The start of the New Year always brings exciting things. Whether it’s a new set of goals and aspirations or the gradual shift to warmer weather, most people appear to begin the year refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to conquer the world with high spirits and a fresh mindset. However, there’s one thought that begins to linger in the back of everyone’s mind as soon as the holiday cheer wears off the start of the ever-dreaded tax season.
Although taxpayers are given from the start of the year up until April 15 to complete this task, efforts to get all files and documents for tax returns in order can be time-consuming and incredibly frustrating. Unfortunately, it’s predicted that the 2015 tax season will be even more wearisome for taxpayers.
People have been writing love letters for centuries. The time and effort needed to express your feelings and emotions poetically through words are almost more romantic than the words themselves. But in a new world of texting, have we lost the art of writing love letters? Limited by character count and time, we are in a time where “I <3 u” and ILY. need to convey the same message of love. It seems as though something as real and complex as “passion” has been reduced to a few simple letters.
If you are looking for a simple and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift follow these simple easy to do steps:
1. Disconnect to Connect:
What’s that mean? Put down your phone and close your laptop. Remove distractions. Whether it’s “work work work work work,” social media overload or simply just grumpy cat memes, set aside 10 productive minutes dedicated and focus to your loved one. So, remove all distractions.
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While 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only a mere 8% follow through and complete their goals. By early February, even by mid-January, the appeal of a new year and a new beginning has already diminished as we slip back into the mundane routine of everyday life, the exact routine you resolved to break.
While it is unclear what differentiates the 8% successful participants from the 92% failures, we like to think that you have to set yourself proactively up for success and prepare yourself to succeed.
Did you know that increased exercising, being more organized, and drinking more water are among some of the top resolutions? And fortunately for you, they are some of the easiest resolutions to prepare yourself for!
1. Increase Excercise:
Having the right equipment is key. With our Exercise Kit, you will be making use of resistance bands and a step meter in no time. With your progress tracked in the step meter, you’ll be motivated to keep going!
Most office desks include a computer, phone, sticky notes and a stress ball. While many people view stress balls simply as office ornaments, they really are both psychological and physiological reasons for using them as stressful situations present themselves.
The act of tightening a muscle group and then releasing that tension also translates into an emotional release of tension. Similar to how anger release is achieved by beating up a punching bag, stress balls are a physical way to alleviate stress and tension.
Like acupuncture, stimulation of the nerves in your hands triggers the limbic system in your brain, which is the part of the brain related to emotion and motivation. Stimulating this region can increase productivity and improve your overall mood.
Have you ever heard people recommending exercise to boost your mood? Physical movement releases endorphins which promote a positive mood balance. Even if the physical movement is small, such as squeezing a stress ball, the endorphin release occurs and the benefits are helpful. Using a stress ball can also serve as a mental distraction from a stressful situation you are dealing with.
Have you ever gotten an email asking you to review or rate a recent product you’ve purchased? Perhaps you have even gotten one from us asking you for a National Pen Company review! It seems as though star ratings and customer reviews are gaining popularity among both retailers and consumers, mostly because reviews have gained substantial credibility among consumers. But why?
Benefits of Company and Product Reviews — Consumers want to know an honest assessment of the product.
Any company, with the desire to sell a product of service, will advertise their product at its best. The commercial or advertisement will show the new product functioning to full capacity exceeding expectations. Consumers are enticed by this, but most are smarter than their initial impulse to buy.
Tis the season for White Elephant gift exchanges, and work is no exception! If your office has decided to exchange White Elephant gifts this year, you may be on the hunt for one-of-a-kind, funny gift ideas to make for the best year yet. Whether you are looking for nifty gadgets, silly office items, or embarrassing gifts that make for priceless coworker expressions, you can find some fun options in the NEW infographic Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas for the Office by National Pen.
From the Pillow Tie to the Shark Stapler to the Flask Scarf, this infographic displays some practical and yet funny White Elephant gifts. It also goes through a brief history of the White Elephant and how the game came to be. And, for those who need a refresher on how the game as played, as it’s likely to have been a year since your office last played, we list the most common set of rules.
It isn’t often that a vendor is reached out to by thousands of people who are directly interested in their product or service. In fact, companies wish to find themselves in such situations. Millions of dollars are spent every year in marketing efforts to reach potential customers. Internet marketing, email marketing, and advertisements are just a few of the ways that businesses all over are trying to reach their customers in the comfort of their own home or day to day life.
Tradeshows are that rare occurrence of casting your net into a huge school of fish. Because the shows are usually industry specific, the attenders are genuinely interested in your product or service! But here is the real catch, there are many different vendors exhibiting at tradeshows all competing for your business; this is why your tradeshow presence and preparation are so important to a successful tradeshow.
Like the quote says, “Build your own dream or someone else will hire you to build their’s.”
It’s not easy to break out of the mold, quit the typical 9-5 desk job, and start your own business. As many risks and fears, there are associated with starting your own business, there are far more gratification and satisfaction.
In general, people want to support small businesses. But when it comes down to price, small businesses, as you well know, have a hard time competing with your industries big players.
Fortunately, Small Business Saturday has gained a lot of growth, recognition, and participation over the past few years. This year you need to take advantage of everything this specially designated day has to offer your small business.