Clarity - Levelfield's Small Business Blog
- Jeannie Samson, President Levelfield.com, Inc
After talking with many of our clients who are Small Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, and Travel Agencies all over the world, it has come to my attention that there is one common element with organizations and businesses that are successful , thrive in a brutally competitive online environment, and ultimately have a satisfying experience for themselves and their clients. That element is building relationships. Truly reaching out and caring for one another, whether you are directly doing business with each other or not.
Doing the right thing, consistently providing top quality service, and keeping your word are all things that grow your business over time and will lead to prosperity. There is no shortcut. Making notes on your client's Mother's health, then following up with genuine caring the following month is not only a good thing to do as a friend, but shows that you are paying attention to the person, then the business will come! Have a clean, functional, and accurate online presence is important, but having those true, honest, and real relationship
will help you and your clients win!
Levelfield Auto - Car Buying Simplified
Levelfield recently moved in to a new space, both physical location and product line. In February of 2010 we moved to a new location. You also may or may not have heard about Levelfield Auto, the newest branch of Levelfield. We've teamed up with local Credit Unions here in Austin to offer their membership a Car Buying Service that takes the hassle out of searching for and buying an automobile.
We entered this space because we saw a need. Through our own experiences and those of others we realized that their was a distinct need for this service that we could provide. At the beginning of 2010 we applied to become a used car dealership licensed to do business in the State of Texas. As soon as we received our license approval we started assisting credit union members to find the exact car they were looking for at an extremely high quality and an excellent value. We focuse our searches to vehicles that are less than 4 years old with less than 50,000 miles to insure quality and condition.
Not only do we find the exact vehicle the member is looking for according to their specifications; we bring it to Austin, inspect the vehicle and insure that it meets our quality standards both mechanically and aesthetically before delivering the vehicle to the member. We do all this with the same software products that are used to serve our website community. We've built a platform that allows us to communicate to our auto customers, search for vehicles across the country that meet the requirements of those customers and at the same time allows us to plan and execute on the quality standards we strive to meet.
We're looking towards 2011 with many happy Levelfield Auto customers with our Vehicle Locating service for credit unions and even more promising is what lies ahead in the new year. Levelfield Auto is certain to continue helping fill this need for credit union members for years to come. In the 8 months of 2010 we were operating, we have already had repeat business.
Building a foundation for your business that can grow and compete in different areas, recognizing the needs your customers have and diversifying your portfolio of products to fulfill those needs is the best way to grow and compete. With Levelfield Auto we recognized a need in ourselves and our customers to offer a quality product at a great value and we took the necessary steps to make it happen. We're looking forward to the future of our Auto business and we wish you the best in the new year as you grow and diversify your business.
Here's to 2011.
To find out more about Levelfield Auto, visit us at www.levelfieldauto.com
Take the Next Step...and the Next Step!
The surviving companies in today's economic downturn are thriving because of their principles that encourage them to take the next step with faith that it will all work. (Think Indiana Jones) Its important to continually think about growth and success and speak those thoughts into actions and continually take the next step and the next step to survive and thrive. About six months ago a friend of mine uncharacteristically decided she wanted to climb Mt. Everest. With no real hiking or climbing experience behind her, the idea of this trip was met with disbelief from family and friends. By simply taking the next step and the next step and speaking thoughts into actions, this same friend will be starting her climb to the base camp of Everest in a week and a half. She is a wife and mother of two. She turned her idea and thought of a vacation into words and then took action and the next step and the next step.
Common Sense -- Uncommon
A Common Sense Stimulus.
Its the time of year that many Americans spend too much money purchasing un-American things to stimulate and simulate happiness in their households. During the holiday season, the news media always brings loquacious "economists" on the television to speak about consumer spending and convince us that we are spending less than the average year on gifts for our greedy children and we should go out and spoil our personal budgets and spend more. This year lets try something new...lets take our hard earned American dollars and stimulate the American economy. Let's Buy American. www.buyamerican.com. Too much of our holiday season shopping spree helps to maintain the Japanese markets with our high end electronics that we can't seem to live without. We're giving people in other countries jobs while our job market is failing miserably. Lets do the next right thing and support our own economy which will help stimulate job growth here in the US. It sounds like common sense to say buy American to support the American economy and American jobs. Why is it so uncommon to think this way and more importantly to ACT this way? Act like an American!, Buyamerican.com It doesn't take a billion dollar stimulus to boost our economy, buy from your neighbor, it will keep your neighbor employed. Spend your money by putting it back in your own community, THAT will save jobs and stimulate the American economy.
What it means to be related...
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and being thankful for the meal that Americans gather together to share, it made me think of what it means to be related. Most of us gathered together with family and friends yesterday to celebrate over the traditional turkey or another meat of choice. Gathering in thanks for the blessings of the past or the promise of tomorrow bring many of us together each year. However this does not mean we're related. Sharing a meal or a holiday one day a year does not mean we're related. Talking to someone every day over the phone does not mean we're related. What it means to be related is an unspoken back up plan for the unknown. On any given day, in any given situation you can make a single phone call to a person and they willingly accept you and your immediate family (kids, parents, wife or husband) into their home for an extended period of time. Helping you get on your feet when times are tough with nothing but thanks in return. No bargaining, no trading and absolutely no backlash or spite. If with one phonecall a family member or friend welcomes you and your family with open arms into their home without any details written in fine print, THAT'S what it means to be related. Blood relation or not, a family friend or long lost pal, having someone in your life that would reorganize their own life in order to lend a helping hand when your life is uprooted for any given reason; THAT's what it means to be related. Be thankful for your life and all you've been given and most of all be thankful for those you can describe as "we're related".
Your Words Mean Everything
I have stated before in a previous post that we only occur in languaging. We as individuals only exist in terms of our words and descriptions. Let them be our strength. I occur in this blog post because our common language allows you to read what I have written and to understand the meaning of my words. If we exist because our language allows us to relate to each other and the world then shouldnt we treat every word as if it can change the world.
On another note, a few weeks back the tragic events in Killeen Texas occurred. The media and government officials have tiptoed around the event calling it a tragedy (which is was), that one of our own soldiers took the lives of his own. What everyone has failed to say is that this tragedy was in fact a terrorist attack. This soldier, one of our own, a muslim, attacked Americans on our own military base. This man was not simply misguided or suffering from a mental disorder. This man committed a terrorist act on American soil. He took the lives of Americans and he planned to do so. What everyone out there is skirting with their words is the fact that society's political correctness has promoted likemindedness and the inability to speak up and use your words for their true meaning. If its proven that an American soldier shot down 13 American's on our home turf then the man is a terrorist. If that man was a Christian, then he's a Christian. If he was a caucasian male from Minnesota, then he's a caucasian male from Minnesota. If the man was of Indian descent, African heritage, or a newly minted US Citizen from the country of Djibouti, then that is what he is. If that man just so happens to be Muslim, then he's a Muslim. Call a spade, a spade. We've learned recently that this man spoke with a known radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki prior to this tragedy. We also know that this communication was intercepted by investigators. If this radical was a Christian so be it. If someone, anyone had spoken up and said "hey this guy is communicating with a radical" maybe this terrorist act wouldn't have happened. Use your words to "call it like it is". If someone is acting like a terrorist, muslim or not, SAY SOMETHING. You never know what the strength of your words could help prevent.
Each day is so important...
If you live to 80 years old you would have been alive for 29,220 days. Thats less than 30,000 days. Urgency with life is real.
As of today I have been alive 15,103 days. If I only live to 80 years old I have 14,117 days left.
Have I used the 15103 days of my life so far, wisely? How am I planning to use the next 14,117 days?
Each day of your life is so important...we should all make the most of our 29,220 days and start living.
If it were all gone tomorrow would you look back and say that you truly Lived? Don't write off life and say tomorrow I will. Use every second of every day to do what it is you were meant to do.
I'm happy to say that I don't think I've wasted ALL 15,103 days of my life and I am sure that knowing a lifetime is less than 30,000 days will create an urgency in my life that life is real. Get busy living or get busy dying.
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