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Resolutions to Improve Your Bottom Line in 2010 With NO NEW MONEY NEEDED!

As 2010 approaches, it is time to sit down and make resolutions for the New Year.  Most certainly there will be the typical; losing weight, finding a mate, being a better person which will last for the average three weeks.   But what about making resolutions that you can stick to because they will have a big financial impact on your bottom line?  

Better yet, what about picking resolutions that are guaranteed to make you money without costing you any new money?   While this may sound too good to be true, the reality is that these simple resolutions are guaranteed to have a BIG impact on your bottom line. 

As the year comes to a close, both businesses and individuals will be busy closing out their books only to find that they are owed money.  According to government records, there is $35 BILLION in unclaimed funds owed to individuals.   You can search for your own personal goldmine at www.unclaimed.org.   Even more telling is the estimated $200 billion is owed to businesses and if unpaid judgments are factored in this figure rises to nearly $300 billion!

The reality is that along with unpaid bills, an astounding 80% of all judgments go unpaid, as well.  As an attorney friend put it; getting judgments is easy but collection is the true test of ability.  Don’t let that money lay around; make a resolution to work with an expert to track it down with NO NEW MONEY required on your part.

Another popular resolution this holiday season will be to find a job or make a career change.   If the news is any indication, good jobs will be very difficult to find.   While we are in an economic downturn, don’t let this get you down.  There are jobs that can be quite lucrative, they just aren’t being advertised with any great frequency.

In checking with contacts in various industries, it seems that the larger the company the fewer the jobs.  While on the surface this may seem counter intuitive, it actually does make a lot of sense when you consider that larger companies have greater economies of scale allowing them to work with existing resources.   Smaller companies, who are capitalized properly, are actually recognizing now as a great time to make strides towards gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace.   Often time’s smaller companies aren’t hamstrung by the same government regulations and mandates making additions to staff easier.   The downside is that these companies often lack the resources necessary to openly market available positions.  

By reaching out into the community or seeking resources designed to help you find new jobs you can get yourself on track for a very prosperous 2010.  

As we begin to close out 2009, keep an eye on the Finding Millions blog, or better yet become a subscriber and have free updates delivered right to your inbox.  There are many resolutions that we will be discussing including energy savings, staffing improvements, workflow enhancements and looking outside of the box for more ways to improve your bottom line with no new money required!

Chris Tidball is the author of Kicked to the Curb, a book that combines the spiritual journey of The Secret and The Power of Positive Thinking with the insight gained during his twenty years as an executive for multiple Fortune 100 companies.  Using his concepts, the author assists many individuals and businesses in finding new revenue streams in today’s difficult economic times.  For more information please visit www.christidball.com or email the author at chris@christidball.com.

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December 21, 2009 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Growing Your Business During Difficult Times By Finding Money Left On The Table

By using organizational workflow optimization to find money left on the table business will discover that they have the capital to expand during these tough economic times giving them a competitive edge when the market improves.

Continue Reading December 17, 2009 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Attitude Is A Little Thing That Makes A Big Difference

In today’s 24/7 culture of media negativity one often forgets the power of positive thought.   Yet, it is positive thought that is behind just about every great creation of man.   Just how do you maintain positive thought your company loses money, bonuses become a thing of the past and jobs go by the wayside?   We hear about record numbers of foreclosures, increasing personal and national and a housing market debacle.  Yet, we continue to plod on.

I have said time and again that much of our success is rooted in the fact that we are Americans, the most resilient culture on earth.   We take our lumps and get right back up and continue the fight.   Our resiliency comes from the very fabric of self reliance and rugged individualism that made our nation great.   It is this fabric that defines Old Glory; the red, white and blue. 

As I discuss in Kicked to the Curb: 20 Essential Rules for Coming out on Top When Your World Has Been Turned Upside Down, negativity can easily manifest itself in when times get tough. In the face of economic challenges, in particular a constricting labor market, it is easy to let negativity thoughts become your greatest impediment to success.  After all, negative thoughts result in negative behavior which in turn have a negative impact on your life.  

Negativity begets more negativity.  The reality is that there are winners and there are whiners in all aspects of our life.  Perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than at your office.   Think of who congregates together to complain?  Who congregates to share the highlights of the latest quarter, stock prices or new marketplace innovations?   It is the latter who seek light while the former seek dark and it is your challenge when negativity has the potential to manifest itself to overcome this in search of the light. 

In order to arrive on the plane of positive thinking you must adhere to the following ten rules: 

  1. Believe in the power of positive thought.
  2. Beware of those people who do not share positive thought.
  3. Be objective when analyzing your current situation.
  4. Be mindful of living a healthy life.
  5. Be a facilitator of change if negativity enters your sphere of being.
  6. Be patient with those who also seek the power of positive thought.
  7. Be kind to those seeking the power.
  8. Be aware of a greater power to whom you are serving.
  9. Become a better person.
  10. Be the light when entering a room. 

As Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  It is your attitude that will define your path of your life’s journey.

Chris Tidball is the author of Kicked to the Curb, a book that combines the spiritual journey of The Secret and The Power of Positive Thinking with the insight gained during his twenty years as an executive for multiple Fortune 100 companies.  Using his concepts, the author assists many individuals and businesses in finding new revenue streams in today’s difficult economic times.  For more information please visit www.christidball.com or email the author at chris@christidball.com.

December 16, 2009 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Seeking Out Your New Venture

I had an interesting discussion with an acquaintance who is currently looking for a job.   He had worked for a large financial institution for the past fifteen years until his department was closed and relocated to India.  I am sure that this story may be familiar as it is played out daily across America, as more and more jobs are sent overseas.  

In my new book, Kicked to the Curb, twenty simple rules are laid out to assist those who have been impacted by our imploding job market.  Names of companies or job sectors really don’t matter, as this is an across the board phenomenon that is reaching epidemic proportions as the government becomes more and more intrusive in the private sector.   While not diverging into how today’s society was scarily foreshadowed in Ayn Rand’s cult classic Atlas Shrugged, it is important to share the parallels that are occurring. 

The job market is not going to pick up anytime soon for the simple reason that the government feels the need to control decisions that should be left to executives.   As companies get pushed further and further into a corner, they are forced to make decisions that are having an impact on employment.  With exhorbitant tax rates and excessive regulation, companies are offshoring more of their business.   From their standpoint this makes all the sense in the world; but it doesn’t create more jobs. 

The next issue is healthcare, which may soon be a mandated part of doing business in America.   This high cost proposition has employers warily watching for an outcome.   If healthcare becomes a mandate, look for increased unemployment because even more of our job functions will be moved overseas.   In addition, there will be a decrease in traditional full time employees as companies look to hire independent contractors to whom they won’t owe healthcare benefits.  

During our discussion, my acquaintance was becoming ever more uneasy which is a natural response when your primary source of income has dried up.   As suggested in Kicked to the Curb, check your fears at the door.   Never before have there been so many opportunities to make money.  With a little courage and a good plan, anyone can become independently wealthy; even in these tough economic times. 

By understanding the direction of our nation and the changing demographics it is clear that government will play a bigger and bigger role in the private sector.   This happened under George W. Bush and it is happening under Barack Obama.   The reality is that this has been happening for the last eighty years and it will continue.  A change in political leadership will do nothing to alter the current direction because Washington is about nothing more than power.

Knowing this, you now have to develop a plan to capitalize on this direction.   By understanding that double digit unemployment is here to stay, it is probably not wise to look for another 9-5 job where your new employer may kick you to the curb and you’ll be right back to square one.   My advice is to avoid the status quo and think outside the box.   Understand where your talents lie and then utilize them to assist others in industries where you have a level of expertise. 

My background is in the financial sector where I have demonstrated to past employers my ability to dramatically impact their bottom line.   Rather than finding millions for just one company, I am now sharing my proprietary methods with many companies resulting in their finding millions of dollars that had otherwise been left on the table.

Sharing my journey and plan seemed to have a positive impact on my acquaintance who is now giving some thought on various ventures that he could enter into.   As Vance Havne said, “the vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”

Chris Tidball is a former executive for multiple Fortune 100 companies and the author of Kicked to the Curb: 20 Essential Rules for Coming Out On Top When Your World Has Been Turned Upside Down.  For more information visit www.christidball.com or email chris@christidball.com.

 

December 14, 2009 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Finding Million$ Outside the Box

Often the key to finding millions of dollars is to think outside the box…as these opportunities are often right in front of you.

Continue Reading December 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment


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Chris Tidball is a claims and revenue management consultant and author of the "20 Essential Rules" series of self and organizational improvement books. You can ask him a question at chris@christidball.com

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