Category: Business strategies

10 Tips for Business and Education Professionals

Few business items are as irritating as people who don’t respond to email in a timely manner. If you regularly start your responses with, “Sorry for the delay….”, you need to read this post.

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10+ Ways To Improve Volunteer Booster Meetings

By John Gardner Everybody who likes going to business meetings – raise your hand! Exactly. In this “Band as a Business” series, I will share experiences from my small business experience running a fundraising distributorship and cross-compare similarities to running

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Digitizing Media as a Profit Center

I asked a group of band parents how many had LP and VHS media at home. Someone asked me back if I was including 45’s and Beta. Oh my! Yes. Most of the adults in the room raised their hands. When I asked how many had a way to play them, about 3/4 of those hands went down. When I asked if they knew how, or knew how to get that media digitized (put on CD/DVD, etc), almost every hand went down.

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Burn me once…..but not twice

I did NOT want the renewal and called the vendor — and was told that when I signed up for that discounted first year rate that the “terms of service” stated that my membership/subscription would be “automatically renewed” at the regular price. BUSTED!

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Social Media Management Services

Have you ever noticed that some people, and more often businesses, seem to have their name on your social media news feed whenever you are there? No, they are probably not sitting at their computer constantly posting and tweeting.

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Monetizing the Band Blog

As a 30-yr veteran school product fundraiser, I utilize words like fundraising, money-making, profit, etc. Merging that fundraising mindset with my high school teaching assignment, I look for creative “monetizing” ideas to make the band blog an income stream.

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How may I Virtually Assist YOU?

In the worlds of small business and education, my life mission is to teach and work with achievers and to achieve with them.

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10 Email Tips for Teachers

  By John Gardner FACEBOOK POST ON MY WALL. “I’m fairly certain that you’re the only high school band director in this part of the state that actually responds to e-mails from the public.” Answering email is basic courtesy-101. As

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3 Credit Card Processing Recommendations for Small Business

For years, we’ve paid by credit card at department and grocery stores, at restaurants and gas stations. Now that we are handing our cards to the order-takers in fast food drive through lanes — is there anyone NOT accepting credit card payments?

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Fundraising and Fire Fighting

By John Gardner When a business professor at Huntington University asked me to describe my management style, I called myself a fire fighter. That went contrary to his experience in management at Fuji, a Japanese company with a very methodical

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