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Jun 26, 2013

UnitWise Training Opportunities: July, August, September

The UnitWise Heroes have recently scheduled several training webinars over the next few weeks.  These Live presentations will show how you can organize your business & Save Time with our state-of-the-art features.

On our Webinars Page you can view all of our upcoming webinars & register for them online.  Sign Up Now before these special events are full.  

You may notice that there are 2 different names for the webinars listed.  Here is a summary of what will be covered in each webinar:

UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts
- Edit your Account Settings & Preferences
- Add Customers & manage their information
- Create Sales Receipts, Invoices, & Receive Payments
- Manage Inventory & Import Orders from InTouch
- Track Income & Expense Accounts


UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library
- Create Email Templates & Send Email Marketing Campaigns
- Update your Facebook & Twitter accounts from UnitWise
- Manage your Website & edit your information
- Store documents, images, & videos within the Resource Library & add them to your Training Center 

Event Date and Time Event Title Event Type Action
Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, July 1, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Monday, July 8, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, July 15, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, July 22, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, July 29, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, August 5, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, August 12, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, August 19, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, August 26, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
Thursday, August 29, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Marketing, Social Media, Website, Resource Library Webinar
Monday, September 9, 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT UnitWise Walk Through: Settings, Customers, Sales, Inventory, Accounts Webinar
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Jun 21, 2013

5 Steps to Achieve Great Things

Photo Credit: Squidish
Les McKeown recently wrote an article for Inc magazine that outlined what he described as the "First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things."  In his article, Les is focused on that all-important transition from Good to Great.  There has certainly been no shortage of advice on this transition, and that's because of its importance.  Anyone can become good at something simply through natural talents, but unless there is a conscious effort to become more than that, you will fall short of Greatness.  

Les' 5 Steps are as follows:
1.  Prioritize
2.  Plan Ruthlessly; Execute Relentlessly
3.  Get out of your inbox
4.  Get out of your office
5.  Review, revise, adapt, push on

Prioritize
To achieve great things, you must prioritize where your attention will be focused.  This also depends on how you will define greatness for your particular business.  Prioritization can include making Goals for the Long Term & Short Term.

Plan Ruthlessly; Execute Relentlessly
McKeown defines good planning as having a plan, working the plan, and not being trapped by the plan.  Obviously, you must work the plan in order to achieve your goals, but if you aren't adapting your performance based on your results then you are becoming trapped in a plan.  

Get out of your inbox
Not every email is worth checking the second it is received.  Recent studies indicate that smartphone users check their phone 150 times per day.  The constant notifications from your phone can bring about all sorts of distractions.  A great point that Les makes in his article is that by checking your inbox every chance you get "you're working to other people's agenda, not your own."

Get out of your office
The advice to get out of your office can be taken several different ways.  For example: your business' success in dependent on you getting out there, meeting with clients, and getting product on faces.  That doesn't all happen from within an office.  

Another way to take this advice is to get a change of scenery now and then.  Becoming comfortable is the enemy of innovation.  The more time you spend in one place,  the easier it is to fall into a routine of complacency. 

Review, revise, adapt, push on
After a plan has been put in place, you need to review your success; revise anything that could be improved; adapt your plan to accomidate your recent findings, and push on.



Photo Credit: Squidish
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Jun 19, 2013

Have You Tried Printing Postage With UnitWise?



UnitWise is a big program & it's loaded with Great Features to help you manage your Mary Kay business more efficiently.  With so many features, it's easy to overlook some great ones like the ability to Print Postage from Home with no Monthly fees.  

Unlike most other postage purchasing options, UnitWise does not impose an additional monthly fee to print postage from home.  Thanks to our collaboration with DYMO Endicia, all you need to do is go to Customers >> Postage, Purchase Postage, Select the recipient & package size, then print the postage directly from your computer with no special printer or specific paper to buy.   


To Get Started, you can follow these steps:
- Select Customers >> Postage

- Agree to Terms of Use
- The "Buy Postage" Screen allows you to purchase postage in any amount and charged to the credit card on file.


- The "Print Postage" Page is where you can enter your recipient details and select the package weight.  The recipient must be listed in your UnitWise address book.


- From "Postage Service Options" you can select how the package is being mailed. (First Class, Priority, Express, etc)
- You will then be brought to a "Summary" Page in which you can make any final changes or confirm that the info is correct.
- The final screen you will see is the "Manage Labels" page.  From here you can select "Print" and it will open a pdf.



Note:  Postage can be printed as many times as you want (in case you have problems with your printer)  but it can only be mailed once.


Here Is a Video To Learn More!
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Jun 14, 2013

Get Ready For Father's Day!

Father's Day is right around the corner, and we are glad to help you prepare!  Instead of giving dad another tie to add to his closet, Mary Kay has an entire line of Men's products that any dad would enjoy.  With everything from Eye Cream to Cologne, there is something to fit anyone and any budget.  

The Mary Kay Men's Product Line contains such items as:
Domain® Cologne Spray
- Mary Kay® Men’s Fragrance Travel Collection
MK High Intensity™ Cologne Spray
- MKMen® Advanced Eye Cream
- MKMen® Advanced Facial Hydrator Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30*
- MKMen® Cooling After-Shave Gel
- MKMen® Face Bar
- MKMen® Shave Foam
Tribute® for Men Spray Cologne
True Original™ Cologne Spray
- Velocity® for Him Cologne

While these items make great gift ideas for Father's Day, they also make great gift ideas for the UnitWise Heroes :)




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Jun 12, 2013

5 Signs of Burnout & How To Stay Motivated

Photo Credit: Sara V
In a recent article for Inc Magazine, Jessica Stillman writes about 5 Surprising Signs of Burnout. In the article, Jessica points out that there are several tell-tale signs of burnout that you may not expect.
Stillman begins by explaining the difference between exhaustion and burnout. Exhaustion is something that can be easily fixed by a good night's sleep, but burnout is more significant & complex.
In the article, burnout is described as "lack of motivation, empty creative reserves, or the slow but steady accumulation of little stressors." Unlike exhaustion, burnout takes weeks or months to take effect and can be a harder to recover from. 5 signs of burnout are as follows:

1 - Inability to Concentrate: Due to constant stress, the human brain cannot focus as well, leading to decreased productivity
2 - Guilt: Due to the decreased productivity, one will become guilty, resulting in more time working in attempt to reconcile one's shortcomings
3 - Frequent Mood Changes: Burnout is closely associated to emotional exhaustion. This can lead to depersonalization, alienation, and depression
4 - Social Isolation: Becoming depressed can lead to separation from others, which leads to more depression. Burnout can be a viscous cycle to break
5 - Overeating: The Mayo Clinic suggests that food, drug, or alcohol abuse are indicators that someone may be struggling with burnout.

That's enough about Burnout. What we really need to focus on are ways to avoid burnout. Stillman's article suggests that time with one's family & loved ones is a great way to combat the effects of burnout. This advice falls directly in line with the guiding principles set forth by Mary Kay herself when starting her company: God first, Family second, Career third.

Other simple tips to avoid burnout are to seek motivation in your work, strive to always be improving, & look toward the people that inspire you, this may be a family member, loved one, Sales Director, or a NSD.

People often blame monotony for burnout, but this can be easily fixed. As Albert Einstein stated: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Monotony is often within our control; you can reorganize your routine to a solution that works best for you. It makes no sense to keep doing things a certain way if you are not getting the results you are aiming for.   Exercise is another great way to combat burnout and foster healthy habits.  Sometimes an act as simple as taking a walk can help you refocus on your priorities. 


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Jun 1, 2013

10 Tech Basics You Think Everybody Knows (But They Don't)

As a software company, we take great pride in making things easier, so we thought we would share these basic tech tips to help you use the web, your computer, and your smartphone more efficiently.  New York Times tech columnist: David Pogue recently presented this TEDTalk about basic tips & tricks that can help you use technology more effectively.  

1. Scrolling
Instead of using your mouse and dragging the scroll bar on the right, you can simply click the space bar to scroll down a page.  Likewise, you can click Shift + Space to scroll up.

2. Quickly Complete Forms
Use the Tab key to quickly move to the next box on an online form.  This is a great deal quicker than moving your cursor & clicking on the next box.  Also, when entering your state from a drop down list, all you need to do is click the first letter of your state repeatedly.  

3. Zoom In / Out
If you are having trouble reading small text on a screen, you can use Ctrl + to Zoom In and Ctrl - to Zoom Out. the + or - can be pushed repetitively to make the text bigger or smaller.

4. Typing on Smartphones
Pressing the space bar twice will automatically end a sentence with a period, add a space, and capitalize the first letter or the next sentence.

5. Quick Dialing
On any mobile phone you can quickly call the last number dialed by tapping the Call or Dial key.  

6.  Interrupt Voicemail
Since we all know how to leave a message after a beep, you can skip the process of listening to the instructions by pressing the carrier's interrupt key.
- Verizon: *
- AT&T, T-Mobile: #
- Sprint: 1

7. Google Tricks
- Google can also be used to Define any word by simply typing the word "Define" in front of any word.  
- If you need to track an upcoming Flight, you can search a flight number to find whether or not it is on time, what terminal it is arriving at and even the gate number.
- Google is even a currency & Unit Converter if you need to convert Dollars to Euros, tablespoons to cups, and much more.

For another fun Google trick, try Googling the phrase: "Do A Barrel Roll"

8. Text Basics
- Double-click to highlight a word
- Don't waste time clicking delete.  Just highlight something & type over it.
- Double-click & Drag to highlight one word at a time.
- Triple-click to highlight an entire paragraph.

9. Enhance Your Digital Camera Skills
To eliminate the shutter lag on your digital camera, you can half press the shutter button to pre-focus the lens before taking a photo.  This trick works for any digital point & shoot camera to calculate focus and exposure.  

10. Presentation Tips
While giving a PowerPoint presentation, you may notice your audience loosing focus.  You can attract more attention to yourself by clicking the B key to blackout the slide while you are presenting.  This does not close the presentation, it simply changes the screen to black.  To return to your presentation, you can click B again.  Similarly, the W key can be used for a whiteout effect.



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