Saturday, March 28, 2015

FREE Online Tools that can Grow your Small Business

If you have ever started a small business you will know that often you have to grow your business on a shoe string budget. Here are some free online tools that you can use to make your make business grow.

Wave provides business with ten or less employees with accounting software. Wave is a cloud-based, integrated software tool for small businesses. The software includes invoicing, accounting, payroll, payment collection and more. It also includes a platform for the user to manage their personal finance along with their business finance. However, users of this site will have to pay to use the payroll software.

What I love about this software is that you can create excellent invoices that you can tailor to your
unique needs for customers. Your invoices can be shared to your customer via a unique link. Once your customer views the invoice. You the business owner will see that reflected in Wave. If you own a small business but accounting is not your strong suit, this software simplifies the process for you. It is very user friendly.

The draw back to this software is that some of the futures are only available for persons operating a business in The United States or Canada.


Jotform is a personal favourite of mine. JotForm is a web based form builder; that allows the user to create forms by dragging and dropping various fields on a template to create a form.

You can create what seems like any document that you need for your small business. What makes Jotform ideal for the small business users is that it  you can integrate these forms into your website, blog, email or facebook page at no cost to you.

When you integrate JotForm into your site and you can receive real time messages to your email when someone completes your form. A copy of the completed form is also in the email you receive.


Canva instantly turns you into a graphic artiste. With Canva, you can create newsletters,  blog headers, Facebook covers, business cards and the list goes on. Canva is very user friendly, you can also upload your pictures or purchase pictures from them at a minimal cost. Once you have created your desired design you can download it as a picture and share it with your friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's New @ Lioness Boutique

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Out and About- Columbus Park Jamaica

The Discovery of Jamaica

On May 5, 1494 Christopher Columbus, the European explorer, who sailed west to get to the East Indies and came upon the region now called the West Indies, landed in Jamaica. This occurred on his second voyage to the West Indies. Columbus had heard about Jamaica, then called Xaymaca, from the Cubans who described it as “the land of blessed gold”. Columbus was soon to find out that there was no gold in Jamaica.

On arrival at St Ann’s Bay, Columbus found the Arawak Indians inhabiting the island. Initially, Columbus thought these Indians were hostile, as they attacked his men when they tried to land on the island. As he was determined to annex the island in the name of the king and queen of Spain, he was not deterred. Columbus also needed wood and water and a chance to repair his vessels. He sailed down the coast and docked at Discovery Bay. 

Columbus Park is said to be the location that Columbus first discovered Jamaica.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What's New at Lioness Boutique

Today, I wanted to share what's new at Lioness Boutique. Lioness Boutique has gone through a number of changes over the years. The idea for Lioness Boutique (VISIT SITE) came from my years of experience in blogging. Lioness Boutique offered the opportunity to use the skills I learnt blogging on Lioness Rebirth to create and run an online store primarily on Facebook. 

With this said, there are a number of new and interesting things happening on at Lioness Boutique. We are offering our customers the change to partner with us (Become a Hostess) and earn money doing what they love.

We are also providing a number of services. These include: gift baskets, jewellery parties, personalized gift certificates, etc. Ordering any product or service is made easier with order forms available at your finger tips. 

These are just a few of the new products and services we are offering. 




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Steps to Increasing Your Value as an Employee and Getting Paid More!

There's a lot of employment advice focusing on finding a new job or starting a new business. Advice on becoming a more valuable employee at one's current employer appears to be virtually non-existent. So, what is a woman supposed to do if she loves her job, but wants and needs to make more money? How does she guarantee herself an opportunity to advance from where she is now without jumping ship? Good news! There are many ways to earn the confidence of co-workers and become the kind of employee that bosses are willing to pay top dollar for. Looking to get ahead at work? Take some time to consider the following:

Don't Become Pigeon-Holed

Expertise can be a two edged sword. Consider this scenario. Joan is a whiz when it comes to the email system her company is using. If there are problems with the email server, she knows just what to do to get it started up again. If one of her co-workers wants to figure out how to send an email with an electronic signature, Joan has the skills to help. In other words, Joan is the go-to person for that particular piece of technology. Chances are this has earned Joan quite a bit of praise. Here's the problem. A company's loyalty to a particular piece of technology is fickle. What happens if Joan gets a new boss who is a fan of another email system? Can she adapt? Will she be replaced by another go-to person? Hopefully, Joan has also demonstrated leadership skills and adaptability in addition to her technical skills. If she has, she might be up for a promotion.

Become an Example of Positivity

Many people underestimate the value of soft skills. That's a shame. Here's the truth - people want to work for and with people who make them feel good. Not only that, they talk about it to others. So, anybody who wants to earn that raise or promotion should take the following into consideration:

·      Life is stressful. Lack of sleep, arguments with loved ones, bad commutes etc., are things that everybody experiences. Shake it off at the door and become a positive, engaging co-worker.
·      Notice the accomplishments of co-workers and genuinely praise them.

See the Big Picture

In the corporate world especially, it can be very easy to develop tunnel vision. Marketing people tend to focus on marketing; IT people tend to focus on computers and networks; and Operations staff tends to focus on the day to day nitty-gritty of running the business. Anybody who wants to get ahead, should ask themselves the following questions:

·      What projects would my boss like to accomplish over the next twelve months, and how can I help?
·      What is the company doing in the community? Are there opportunities for me to become involved?
·      Is there any training I should be pursuing in order to become more valuable in my department?
·      Do I already possess talents that I can begin utilizing in order to become a more effective team member?

Finally, Self-Promote

It's a shame that so many people are taught to be modest to such an extreme extent that they cannot use their own hard work and accomplishments to get ahead. Fact is, bosses admire those who are willing and able to list their triumphs. So, never be afraid of asking to be acknowledged for any positive contributions to the corporate culture or bottom line.

Employers do not want to lose valuable people – it takes a lot of time to recruit, interview, and train a new hire. Make yourself valuable by using the strategies above, and do not be afraid to ask for that raise, once you know that your boss values you!

Kateline Jefferson believes that, only through experiential knowledge does one become an engaging and creative writer. Her degree in Journalism and a host of real-world study and experience has made her a permanent and popular blogger for
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