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Month: December 2016

That Kind Of Morning

With the frigid temps sweeping over the midwest this week, I thought it was a perfect morning to set up shop on the couch and do some research on other real estate blogs. How lucky am I that that is even an option? While working for yourself has its challenges, it certainly has its perks.

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[My view while writing this morning]

 

My goal was to find a couple other blogs to see what others were doing and to discover how I could improve both my blog and real estate skills. Below are a couple links to blogs that I found interesting and helpful for all businesses. Whether you are in sales, marketing, real estate or an entrepreneur, many of the skills are crossovers.

 

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Nothing will devalue a traditional phone call, but we all know texting is increasingly the preferred way of contact. Instead of ignore it, businesses should embrace it an learn to do it well. BoomTown, a real estate marketing company had a great blog post about lead generation that is worth a read.

 

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Keller Williams mission is “To build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.” I love that this company encompasses our whole life in to it’s work. To piggy back on this idea, a blog from Afford Anything did an amazing job of breaking down 12 essential lessons you must learn about money and life. Most people don’t have time to read entire books on this subject, so finding shorter reads via blog are very helpful.

 

Other honorable mentions of blogs I found:

Bigger Pockets – “Leading source for the best articles on real estate investing, personal finance, marketing and being successful.”

85 Best Real Estate Blogs to Read in 2016 – A lot of content on this website, but you can find anything you wanted to know about marketing, investing and more.

 

Even though blogging is increasing in popularity, the midwest seems to be slower to catch on. If you know of a local blogger, no matter the subject, please send me a link! I would love to support other local bloggers and see what others are doing!

 

Giving Local

You’ve known me to preach “shop local”, and now that we’re in the heart of holiday season, I encourage you to give local. Local news stations, the Sioux Falls Business Journal, Huffington Post and USA Today have all attributed Sioux Falls as one of the best cities in the United States. Cost of living is low, unemployment is low, but that does not mean we don’t have our fair share of people struggling to make ends meet. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but it is also an expensive time of year. I hope you find it in your heart and budget to give to a local organization this holiday season.

 

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The Children’s Home Society is South Dakota’s oldest human services, nonprofit organization, and the organization my team  has chosen to collect donations for at our holiday party. The programs and way people are served through Children’s Home Society is all encompassing. A few of their biggest needs include paper products, snack items, gift cards and size 4 diapers.

 

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My childhood church, First Presbyterian, hosts an angel tree every year and delivers the gifts and food to the families themselves. I love participating in this every year because I am buying for a specific person versus a general donation. I envision their happiness Christmas morning with their new toy and how they will look in their new outfit. This is when the act of giving becomes a gift.

 

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As you could have guessed, the Sioux Falls Human Society is on my list. It is difficult to visit this place as I wish I could take them all home, but it is a joy to bring food and toys to the shelter so the animals can share in the Christmas spirit as well.

 

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If money is tight for your family, your time can be the greatest gift of all. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of serving at the west side Banquet. It was less than three hours of my night and you could feel the gratitude from the guests. Other organizations you can help by donating time included Habitat for Humanity, food banks or the VA hospital.

 

There are countless deserving organizations in the Sioux Empire. Are you passionate about a certain one? I would love to hear more about your organization and learn how to get involved. Please share in the comments!