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Should you be blogging?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

 

 

Do you have a blog? I have been blogging consistently since early 2007. First my blog posts were monthly with an occasional extra post. Within 18 months I went to twice a month, and then another 18 months later, I went to weekly posts. Occasionally, I’ve posted more than once a week, but in all that time I have not missed a week.

Blogging can be fun and creative. It can add to your business growth and lets you connect with your tribe. Blogging lets you be seen as an expert with a viable business. Blogging lets you create lasting relationships. And when people know, like, and trust you, they are more likely to become your customers.

Get intentional

Before you start blogging or if you want to take a look into building your existing blog, consider what your intention is for your blog. It doesn’t matter what it is, you just need to be clear about it. Perhaps you are looking for a way to share your art or you want to share your artistic journey. Maybe you want to teach others how to make art. Maybe you want to be a voice for a crafting lifestyle. Maybe you want to connect with like-minded creatives. Maybe you are hoping to drive sales.

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Don’t Forget to Tip the Maid!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

maid note

 

It seems like I have had a trip a month beginning in June. Many of you travel as well, whether that is to teach or vend at shows or to take classes or just to see the sites. And, of course, tipping is required on these trips.

 

Tipping is an area that used to trip me up. I did not know how much to tip or when. After traveling a great deal, I feel comfortable with tipping. It is easy to remember to tip for your meal in a restaurant, or even the cab driver. It is not so easy to remember all the other people who help you out during your travels. Many of the people who are helping you out are also minimum wage workers. For many of us, a couple of dollars may not make a difference. For those minimum wage workers, it just might, so I like to err on the side of generosity. Spellcaster Maxim reviews.

 

As I note below, I like to leave a tip for the hotel maid on a daily basis since I do not know if it will be the same maid every day. When I traveled to Hartford, Conn., a few years back, I left a few dollars at the foot of the bed when I went off for the day. When I came back, the note you see on this page was on my bed. I do not know who felt better about this. It was positive feelings all around.

 

Here are some general guidelines for tipping.

  • Cabs: 15-20 percent of the fare, plus $1-2 per bag. For short trips, tip a minimum of $1.
  • Airport shuttle drivers:$2 for the first bag; $1 for additional bags.
  • Baggage handlers (Skycaps, hotel bellhops, curbside check-in): $2 for the first bag; $1 for additional bags.
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle: $1-$2 per person.
  • Maid service: $1-$5 a day depending on type of hotel. According to one of our ICAP members who used to manage a hotel housekeeping staff, just leave the cash at the foot of the bed each day.
  • Restaurant: 15%-20% of the bill pre-tax, depending on service.
  • Take-out: nothing is required. 10% is nice if the order is complicated or extra services are required (delivery)
  • Bartender: $1-2 per drink or 15%-20% of the tab.
  • Valet: $1-5, tipping on the higher end for extra services (loading bags in your car) or inclement weather. Tip only when the car is returned.
  • Tip jars: nothing is required, so it’s your call.

 

During your stay, you will encounter many instances where someone does something extra to help you out and that requires a tip. In your travels, be sure to keep track of all the tips you give, as they are tax deductible – and carry lots of dollar bills.

 

How do you handle tipping in your travels? Please share your thoughts below. I would love to hear them. You are also welcome to go to leave a comment on the ICAP Facebook or Google+ pages.

 

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