Make A Business Partnership Work Well


Do you work with a partner? Did you start a business with one or more people with whom you now work on a daily basis? If so, you know that it can be relatively tricky to work with a partner, and over time, this relationship can become emotionally charged, tense or even boring. Like other important relationships in your life, you have to work on a business partnership in order for it to work well long-term.

One way you can work on your partnership is to be intentional about being kind and emotionally intelligent with each other. If you’ve worked with someone for a while, you know how they tick, and you can talk through things that may hamper your working relationship, such as bad moods, exhaustion, differing opinions and more. Sometimes, simply talking through things can be an act of kindness because it allows both parties to get their feelings out in the open.

If you are struggling in your relationship with your partner, you may also want to try and reconnect over the things that brought you together in the first place. If you started a business together, it was probably over a common talent or passion. By getting back to that, you may be able to find middle ground on some problems or disagreements that keep popping up in your relationships.

It may also be helpful to remember that each of you have different strengths and talents. You do not have to agree all the time or even see things from the same perspective to work well together. Give each other room to play to your own strengths, and use those differences to your advantage.

Partnerships take work in order to work well. It’s important to put the time and effort into ensuring you both feel understood and appreciated. With intentional effort, you can have a healthy and successful partnership for years to come.

By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC

Your Financial Goals Are Still Attainable


The past year has been a difficult time for individuals and business that have certain financial goals. No one predicted a global pandemic would alter virtually every area of life, but you may be one of many who wonder what the next year will be like and how you could make up for lost ground. Thankfully, your financial goals are still attainable, even if you feel like you are behind. Just like any other challenge, planning and preparation will help you achieve your goals.

The first thing that may prove helpful is to do a review of the last year. You need to know how far behind you are, what losses you experienced and how far you need to come to make up for what you lost. An honest assessment of your situation can help you understand what steps you need to take as you move forward.

Second, you need to identify your best opportunities for financial growth this year. While things are more normal in some ways now, you may still have to make adjustments and changes in order to be more profitable and successful. It may also help to look at what didn’t work well last year, as these disappointments can point you to changes you may need to make in 2021.

Finally, don’t get discouraged. You may need to adjust your financial goals and reconsider steps you need to take to make up for any losses you experienced this past year. It can be frustrating to look back and see how this part year affected your finances, but this doesn’t mean a strong financial future is unattainable. Plan now for prosperity and security in 2021 by both looking back and planning ahead.

By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC

Pandemic Pounds Got You Down?


Over the last year, many people find themselves working from home full-time. You, like many others, may be struggling with extra weight gained from a year of a more sedentary lifestyle, ordering food in on a regular basis and boredom eating. If you are struggling with pandemic pounds, you are not alone. However, now is a good time to regain control of your health, especially if you will be working from home long-term.

There is more to losing weight than just eating carrot sticks and working out every day. It involves changing your mindset as well. If you want 2021 to be better mentally and physically, you may consider the following as you develop more personal discipline and a healthier lifestyle:

  • Set a workday schedule for yourself. This will make it easier to stay on track with your workouts.
  • Find a workout that excites you. It may be running, using a workout app, following a plan in a book or even taking online cycling classes.
  • Make it a point to drink a lot of water. Get a large water bottle and refill it often throughout the day.
  • Stay accountable by partnering with others from your work or friends who may also be striving to get in shape.
  • Keep your fridge stocked with healthy food, and plan your meals for the week so it will be easier to stay on track.

If you want long-term success over your pandemic pounds, you must set yourself up for success now. With planning and commitment, you will not only lose weight and reclaim your health, but you may also find you’re in a better place mentally and emotionally. Losing weight and getting healthy is not about looking good on your Zoom calls or buttoning your skinny jeans – it’s about investing in yourself and your future.

By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC

The Fears Standing Between You And Success


Success doesn’t always come easily. If you want to succeed with your specific goals, you’ll have to work hard, deal with setbacks and keep your eyes on the prize when things get tough. Whether you’ve just started out or if you’ve been chasing your dream for years, you’ll have to face some of your fears at a certain point in your journey. This is why it’s important for you to know, exactly, what your fears are and how you can combat them.

One of the most prominent fears for many entrepreneurs and those with specific career goals is the fear of failure. In fact, this fear can be so dominating that it can cause a person to freeze in place, afraid to move forward and take chances. If you do not conquer this fear, it is quite possible that you will never reach your full potential.

Another fear you may have to face is the fear of taking a chance or making a risky decision. Unfortunately, not everything will be easy, and the right choice may not always be immediately clear. Dealing with this fear may involve simply learning how to be decisive and move forward confidently. If you take a chance and it doesn’t go well—you can bounce back. Few choices are so bad that you can’t make up for lost ground.

You may also fear things like losing your competitive edge or never making a profit with your business venture. It’s normal to have fears, and it’s perfectly okay to have things that scare you a little. What’s not okay, however, is to allow these things to keep you from fighting for your dream. The time is coming when you’ll have to face down the things you’re afraid of and fight for success, which is why it’s helpful to name these fears and starting figuring out the best ways to fight back.

By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC