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Mar 02
2017

Customer Sales

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From time to time I receive questions about the value of holding sales to attract customers. Some business owners feel it is a waste of time, or they don’t like to discount product. Others believe the concept may work, but they’re not quite sure how to implement a good sale.
 
Sales do work. Everyone wants to believe they are getting a bargain. One tactic is to sell some items at or below cost and focus on these bargains. Your goal is to lose a little on the sales, but bring customers in the door who will buy other things to increase profit.

Mar 01
2017

Predicting the Future

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I spend time thinking through what the future will bring and what steps I need to take now to be properly positioned for the future.  At the same time I need to remember that the future is not predictable. As scripture states, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.’” (James 4:13-14a, NIV) When looking forward, it is helpful to gain perspective by looking backward first.

Feb 27
2017

Keeping Appointments

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I have written a number of times about the importance of keeping promises and commitments to customers and others.  Scripture gives a very pointed perspective on keeping your word when it says “They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.” (Hosea 10:4, NIV)

Feb 23
2017

The Effect of Department Stores’ Falling Sales

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You’ve heard that “a picture is worth 1,000 words.”  In the case of department store sales, it is true. Woolf Street posted a chart that helps us visualize their predicament. (See chart below.) In 2004 retail store sales surpassed department store sales, and the trend has accelerated. Clearly this trend is not going to be reversed.

Feb 22
2017

Skipping Prayer Time

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The other day I woke up late and started my day significantly behind schedule. I had a phone message that needed attention and a number of e-mails in my inbox that required responses as well as a full schedule for the day. In an effort to save time, I read my scripture study quickly, with little attention, and skipped my regular prayer time.

Predictably my day didn’t go well. I started behind and seemed to get further behind at every turn. I went from one ineffective action to another, accomplishing little.  Halfway through my day I realized what my biggest issue was. I failed to honor the Lord by giving Him my attention first.  I didn’t commit my entire day to Him through prayer.  I confessed my shortcomings, reread my scripture, and prayed through my prayer list for the day. While my day was still off-balance, the Lord provided peace for the rest of my day.

This reinforced a key Bible verse that most of us know: “pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV) It is a good reminder for me and the rest of us.   When we slip, we need to stop what we’re doing, confess our shortcomings to the Lord, and alter our path. On this particular day I never fully recovered but when I stopped and took time I didn’t believe I had, my day improved. A wise pastor once preached, “The more responsibility you have and the busier your schedule with more demands on your time requires more prayer to accomplish those activities than when you have little to do.”  This was good counsel.

I encourage you to place personal devotional time on your schedule and maintain that commitment as a high priority. My experience is that my days go better when I do.  I believe yours will also.

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