Honing in on the Perfect Profit Margin

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Business owners need to possess multifaceted skill sets. Not only is it imperative to possess exceptional work ethic and business management skills, but you need to be an excellent writer, a mathematician, and a creative thinker as well. When it comes to finding the ideal profit margin, it requires both excellent mathematical skills and innovative thinking. Here is a guide to help you hone in on that ideal profit margin, without zapping your mental energy in the process.

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Topics: Small Business

Getting Your Groove Back: 3 Back-to-School Tips for Teachers

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM


For teachers, summer vacation is a necessary break to help unwind from the school year and prepare for the year ahead. The life of a teacher can be stressful, and throughout the year, you’re often expected to do a lot of work outside of the traditional classroom hours. From parent-teacher conferences to preparing classroom activities, the average teacher works about 53 hours per week. Come summer, you finally have the opportunity to relax, but that break can make it all that much more difficult to get back in the teaching groove come school time. Here are some tips to make the transition back to school seamless and carefree.

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Topics: Education and School

5 Steps to Starting a Food Pantry in Your Neighborhood

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Hunger is a devastating issue, afflicting roughly 14 percent of U.S. citizens. While most large cities have at least one food bank, many smaller towns do not, resulting in some low-income families having no way to access the food they need. Endeavoring to launch your own local food pantry is a compassionate and ambitious undertaking, and provided you approach it tactically, one that can be accomplished in a matter of months.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Charity

Leverage the ‘Pokémon Go’ Trend to Catch More Customers

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Pokémon Go is the latest trend, and it has been sweeping the nation with haste. It’s estimated to have 9.5 million active users each day, and players range in ages from young children to senior citizens. It’s safe to say, this Pokémon Go craze is popular among all age groups and will likely remain trendy for quite some time. The question is, how can you as a retailer cash in on this trend and catch more customers?

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Topics: Small Business

Announcing the July Facebook Contest Shopping Spree Winners!

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In July we ran a contest asking you to nominate a nonprofit that provides programs to children outside of the classroom, so that we could award eighteen nonprofits with DollarDays shopping sprees. It's important to the DollarDays team to support nonprofits every day and we thank the hundreds of wonderful people who nominated hundreds of nonprofits in our July contest! It is our honor to donate these shopping sprees so that they can continue supporting our children.

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Topics: Giveaways

How Teachers Can Begin Bracing Themselves for the Back-to-School Frenzy

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Summer is flying by, and it’s just a few more weeks before the new school year begins. There is no time more chaotic in the life of a teacher than those first couple weeks back. Not only can it be a challenge to get yourself back into your daily routine, but the children are often bouncing off the walls from their summer away. Here are some tips to brace yourself for the back-to-school frenzy, so things can feel a little calmer and the transition is a bit more seamless.

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Topics: Education and School

Nominate a Homeless Shelter for a Chance to Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree!

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It's important to the DollarDays team to support homeless shelters, and we need your help this month so we can give away shopping sprees to eighteen shelters that are helping kids and adults cope with their current situation. If you could take a minute to nominate a homeless shelter in our Facebook Sweepstakes, we would be very appreciative (and so will they!). 

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Topics: Giveaways

7 Secrets to Success When Launching a Business

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Have you ever wondered why some startups seem to explode with customers, while others are barely trudging through their first year? Is it investment capital? Is it connections? How do these small businesses launch their brand with such tremendous success? Here are some insider secrets to entrepreneurial success that will give your brand a better shot at growth.

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Topics: Small Business

How Can Your Small Business Prepare for the Back-to-School Rush?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Savvy small business owners are constantly on the lookout for ways to maximize sales and bring in more customers. This inevitably means adjusting your product offerings from time to time to cash in on specific trends or seasonal product lines. When children and college students make their return to school, they are often in a rush to conquer everything on their shopping list, hopping from store to store in hopes of finding the best bargains. For opportunistic business people, this offers the ideal opportunity to leverage this trend by offering a variety of back-to-school supplies.

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Topics: Education and School

A Newbie's Guide to Reducing the Overhead Expenses of Businesses

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM


When first starting a business, everything seems exciting and new. It feels like you have the entire world at your fingertips and your ability to earn money and build a thriving business is all dependent on how hard you work. However, as time goes on, reality sets in. Suddenly that $15,000 you made in monthly profits looks a little less lucrative when you factor in payroll, taxes, overhead expenses, and all the other miscellaneous costs associated with operating a business. Here are some tips to new business owners to help you reduce your overhead costs and increase your profit margin.

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Topics: Small Business