Hi. My name is Terry, and I'm the President of Quicksilver Accounting & Consulting,  Wilmington NC.

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The World is Just Not Fair!

Okay, so it was my own fault! But...

My son and daughter-in-law are vacationing in Italy today. My son sent me an e-mail that they are going on a 'dark night' ghost tour of Rome tonight (after spending the day at the Vatican, that should be quite a twist).  But the last line is the clincher,he says  "it's her birthday today, so she gets to choose what to do", and then the bottom fell out!   Holy Smoke, how could I forget that her birthday was coming up.  This sweet young woman, the mother of my only grandson, the  wonderful wife of my only son.  I must be the worst mother-in-law on earth I start to think....

But wait,  why is it that when it's my mother-in-laws birthday, I remind everyone in the family, and if it's my husband's birthday I'm on the phone making sure the kids remember. Daughter's birthday, sister-in-law, etc. etc. etc.   So how come no one seems to think sharing this very important information with me would be beneficial, so I don't look like a wretch!    I've decided my family has had a melt-down. After all, isn't that what family is suppose to do, look out for each other!   Who's looking out after me?  After all, I spend my whole day getting my clients organized; it doesn't seem fair that I can completely forget about my own little world!

Well, of course it's water under the bridge by now.  She knows I didn't remember, I know I didn't remember and I will have to spend some real quality time coming up with something special at this point.  Now don't get me wrong, she won't say a bad word about me...she won't have to.  As the queen of everything organized I am in total dismay all on my own!  And of course, my daughter the clone, who also seems to have inherited the "organized" gene,  will be hearing from me next!   After all, doesn't she realize how many times I got her out of tight situations? Were is the love?



Ingredients for a win- win negotiation

If you are a women, you are  probably most comfortable with a 'relational' style of negotiating.  A woman wants to be respected for her knowledge and wants everyone to come out feeling like they got the best deal.  A man typically  likes to get right to the point without alot of small talk. He doesn't want to be challenged directly.

Everyone can benefit  from the use of a collaborate mood as part of the negotiating process.Give and take on each side

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What are you really paying yourself?

Entrepreneurs, remember when you worked for Corporate America and made your typical salary each year?  I bet you never really thought about what the actually dollar value of that salary was to your employer.   Then you left it all to work for yourself.  Of course, in the first year or two you didn't expect to make that much, but did you ever really figure out just what you truly need to make per hour  to make the same money?   Unfortunately, if  you are charging the same amount you made per hour  back then, you have cut your true earnings by half.

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Do you have the Entrepreneur spirit?

Did you ever wonder why some businesses seem to flourish, while others never really get off the ground?  Why some seem to create great buzz, and others languish trying to find their place in the sun? 

I work with some great small businesses and have owned a few myself.  Here's a few things I've noticed:

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Something great is coming! A Book Club!

Updated on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 06:51AM by Registered CommenterTerry

 A few business minded women are getting together next week to chat about how to bring a "Business Book Club" to our local area of Wilmington, NC. How cool will that be!  Ok, so it is a little geeky, but I just love to read business books.

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