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DollarDays Blog Archives Page 9

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-28 7:00 AM

The weather has been turning quickly, as temperatures across the U.S. are plummeting. For businesses of all types and sizes, wintertime brings about a lot of changes to store policies, hours, maintenance, and inventory. It’s good to begin prepping your business now, so you’re fully prepared for all that winter brings.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-26 7:00 AM

Around this time of year, most homeowners begin winterizing their home and working their way through their winter checklist. Ensuring all heaters work, turning off the hose, leaving the faucets to drip. Winter entails a lot of extra chores that we are freed from in the summertime. Here’s an easy winterizing checklist to help ensure you have all your bases covered for the chaotic snowstorms ahead.

  1. Identify Problematic Areas

If you’ve lived in the home for a while, you’ve likely already identified some areas that give you the most problems. Do mice nest in your garage come wintertime? Do the pipes freeze in your home? Does condensation build on the windows? Take note of the most troublesome aspects of your home, so you can strategize a winterizing plan that’s custom to your house.

  1. Rodent-Proof Your Home

One of the aspects that people often overlook when preparing the home for winter is pests. Pests become far more problematic when the weather gets cold, as they’re rushing indoors to find warmth. Do away with mice before they become a problem. Scout out all holes or cracks in your home that could serve as an entryway for rodents, and either professionally seal them or stuff them with steel wool. Set mouse traps throughout the garage, where rodents are most likely to enter, and be sure to keep all food, including pet food, in sealed containers.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-24 7:00 AM

It’s always disheartening as a teacher to work with students who come from low-income families and often are ill-equipped with supplies for the school year. Whether they don’t have enough warm clothing, are constantly struggling to purchase lunch, or simply don’t possess the required supplies to complete their classwork effectively, low-income students face a lot of difficulties in their education. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple ways that teachers can support these students and empower them to get the most from their studies.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-21 7:10 AM

There are few jobs more exacerbating than managing the finances of a school district. With school budgets constantly at a minimum, school districts need to innovate creative ways to offer a great education on limited resources. Here are a few tactics that will help you squeeze more learning from your budget, while setting your financial worries to rest.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-19 7:00 AM

The weather is turning across the nation, with lows of 19 degrees Fahrenheit already being reported and some mountainous regions experiencing their first snow of the year. Add to that the category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, that swept the southeastern United States – the homeless of our country are undoubtedly scrambling for warmth and safety indoors. There are a lot of ways you can contribute to the nation’s homeless populations, enabling them to improve their circumstances in advance of winter.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-17 7:00 AM

Halloween is just two weeks away. By now, most people have probably purchased their costumes, decorated their homes, and arranged their Halloween plans. However, there are many last-minute items that people will be scrambling for up until the night of Halloween, and your store can benefit by having these items on hand. Here are the top items to stock in advance of the Halloween rush.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-14 7:00 AM

Profits are one of the primary performance indicators that signify the success of a company. Yet, oftentimes, business owners find that their profit margin is lower than desired. When analyzing the data of all factors contributing to gross profit margins, overhead costs are often identified as one of the key areas influencing low margins. Here are some of the top factors that contribute to your overhead costs, so you can innovate ways to slash spending and increase your gross profit margin.

Fixed Business Costs

Typically, fixed business costs will compose the largest chunk of all overhead costs. Fixed business costs refer to all of the fixed payments made to operate your business each month. This includes rent, utilities, payroll, and insurances. The costs are recurring each month, regardless of demand, and tend to remain steady in terms of the overall resources they require.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-12 7:00 AM

Change is a natural part of any business model, but when employees are constantly cycling through a business, it can be hard to maintain an efficient and profitable company. Keeping employee turnover rates low is a crucial aspect to designing a highly productive and successful company that benefits both the customers and internal profits. 

Exploring the Top Reasons for High Employee Turnover

There are a multitude of factors that can influence turnover rates, some of which are out of the control of the business. However, by understanding the key reasons employees are leaving your company, you can restructure your business in a way that fosters employee growth and loyalty. Here are some of the most common reasons employees leave a job prematurely.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-10 7:00 AM

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, stirring excitement in children and teens. Every year, Halloween nets about $2 billion in candy sales and another $7 billion in costume sales. However, it isn’t just for-profit businesses that can cash-in on the Halloween fun. Halloween presents a lot of unique fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations as well. Here are some creative fundraising ideas for your nonprofit that will enable you to raise money, while cultivating community and togetherness.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-07 7:00 AM


In the technological era, a digital business strategy is more than beneficial – it’s absolutely imperative to the success of a business. Gone are the days where a business can thrive off of a yellow pages listing and word-of-mouth alone. With humans spending inordinate amounts of time on their mobile devices, you need a business strategy that reaches them from wherever they are. Here are some tips to improve your digital business strategy and create a memorable imprint in the brains of consumers.