Can YOU Choose Your Kids Friends?

When my daughter was 5, she made friends one afternoon with another little girl at the beach where we went for swimming lessons. The two girls were having such a good It, me that the mother invited Audrey to come home with them for lunch, and I said yes.

This is not good.

This is not good.

Two hours later, when I picked up Audrey at her new friend’s house, I had to step over garbage on the porch, and though it was a beautiful summer I found the girls in the living room, blankly watching a game show. The mother was busy yelling at an older child, while the father was yelling at the mother.

Good Software and Your Business

Aside from having the best employees, a major contributor to the success of your business is having well-executed POS software. While this system will require a large payment up front, it is an investment that will yield increased revenue as you continue to use it. You can choose from the very basic package to a more feature rich version including incorporation to basic accounting software. Depending on what you need, there will always be an option available for you.

Gone are the days of manual cash registers, manual counting and manual report creation. If you buy a POS system, you can have everything linked in one program. Setting up the program is …

Looking at Some of the Best Franchises Ever

I thought I’d take some time out to look at some of the best franchise ideas that have you ever occurred. These are the things that we all take for granted, but I businesses that have made billions of dollars doing what they do, in the best way possible.

Gearing up for AAMCO

AACO’s Rebuilt Transmission

2 BEFORE AAMCO, THE AUTOMOTIVE aftermarket was nothing more than a corner gasoline station manned by mechanics self-taught on their own hot rods. After AAMCO, the industry blossomed into a $148 billion highly competitive market where professionalism and specialization are the hallmarks of customer service.

Accounting for the transformation were Robert Morgan and Tony Martino, unlikely …

Bookstores On Rodeo Drive? Wha?

Rodeo Drive? Really?

Despite, or perhaps because of, the surrounding giitz, selling a bookstore on Rodeo Drive isn’t easy. The store isn’t in a neighborhood in the normal sense of the word–or even in a common shopping area for most Angelenos. “We have to make that store a destination,” says John Brancati, vice-president of merchandise. “We’re not Barnes & Noble or Crown. We can’t afford full-page ads in the L.A. Times. We have to determine who are audience is and how we should approach them.”

Thus, Rizzoli advertises aggressively in local tabloids as well as such trendy, glossy magazines as L.A. Style. (In coming months, Rizzoli and L.A. Style will co-sponsor several …

Retail Wisdom Is Always Interesting

Just before Father’s Day, he sent a survey to the wives of his customers. He asked them to “fill out the enclosed self-addressed stamped survey and enclosed a 10-dollar gift certificate to be used before the upcoming Father’s Day.

With the survey he enclosed a personal letter explaining he wanted to know more about his customers so he could serve them better.

His letter begins:

“I’ll give you more than a penny for your thoughts…nine dollars and 99 cents more, in fact.

Knowing your husband values your opinion, we’d like to determine the extent of your participation in his wardrobe selection. I would sincerely appreciate your taking one minute to compete the

How Popular Is Setting Up A Blog Nowadays?

pbThere are many sites that offer free blog hosting nowadays. However, there are sites that want their name included in your web address; in exchange, they will give you your own site for free. There are also others that will give you independent blog site but the default suffix is “.com” and there are extra charges for changing it to “.net”, “.co”, etc. The process of setting up a blog is easy but decorating or making your blog site famous is not easy.

The site will be built up with codes for the background, font, etc. Each word that is contained in the blog site is equivalent to a code. Most bloggers …

Neiman Marcus Rocks The House

Neiman Marcus is boosting its rate of multiple sales and promoting cross-vendor shopping with an open-sell merchandising approach in some of its fragrance and bath departments.

The concept was initially unveiled about three years ago at the chain’s Galleria unit here, when the store underwent a massive renovation. The concept has since spread to other branches and Neiman’s plans to put it in more stores.

In the cosmetics department, the revamp mostly eliminated closed counters and glass cases.

According to business and tech blog, it’s been a huge success.…

Getting More Involved In Your Kids’ Life

When the students in Monica Jones’s seventh-grade classes at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, DC, received among the highest achievement scores in the city, she got a call from the schools’ deputy superintendent. He wanted to know the secret of her success.

“I told him it was the involvement of parents,” she says. “I could have taken credit, I suppose. I could have told him about my lesson plans, how often we go to the library, how I have them write essays, or even how the students inspire me. But really, I know in my heart, if I did not have the support of the parents, my students would not do

Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

ssSun, wind and other elements dry out sensitive skin causing wrinkling. Craw feet are common in people who work outdoors; therefore, it is important to obtain an anti wrinkle cream that smoothen the wrinkles. The cream chosen should boost and maintain skin health. Most people who have given anti wrinkle cream reviews suggested buying a cream that contains ingredients that promote cell regeneration for youthful skin. Applying sunscreen with anti wrinkle cream will offer more protection to sensitive skin.

There are several anti wrinkle creams to suit every skin type; a dermatologist can help you chose the right one for you. A prescription may be required before you can purchase from the …

Doing Your Homework On Effective Homework

I knew I was in trouble as I watched my 9-year-old daughter at the kitchen table, her head bent over complicated math worksheets. Outside, it was a gorgeous, sunny afternoon. But inside, the mood was overcast and cloudy. The only sound that broke the silence was the resentful scratch of a pencil–until my daughter suddenly hooked up to emit a tragic sigh.

funhomework“I hate long division! I’m no good at it! Why can’t I go out to Rollerblade instead?” she beseeched me.

Homework that frustrates a child is pure torture for a parent. But what to do? You may worry that an assignment is too tough or that there’s too much of