5 Tips to Keep Your Business Mojo Fresh

At Atlantic Solutions we are always looking to improve our business skills and entrepreneurial attitudes. We like to keep up with the needs of our customers and clients, so it is more important than ever to stay up to date with the changing technology and business practices of the business world.

Atlantic Solutions put together 5 business tips to keep in mind while navigating this ever-changing field of work, check it out!

  1. Keep up your social media presence. Social media has become such an integral part of any business. People look to your profiles to learn more about you, your company and your business habits. If someone can’t find you online they may not take a second look at a company with no online presence.

2. Always continue to network, and not just through social media! You never know when certain connections are going to pave the way to achieving your goals. This is one of the reasons we love to take our Atlantic Solutions team to quarterly conferences. The more success-minded people we get to meet, the better.


3. Be decisive. You’ll increase your credibility by calling the right shots with confidence. It’s not about making a “quick” decision on impulse — it’s about making an informed decision with certainty.


4. Run your business like a meritocracy, reward those who are working hard. Be sure not to play favorites, instead focus on those who can do better and those who are already working incredibly hard. Building up this system of rewards increases the existing passion for working hard among your current employees. This is the absolute name of the game here at Atlantic Solutions.

 


All of us at Atlantic Solutions understand that running a small business is challenging, but we’re hoping these tips may help to guide the way. The important thing is to look to your mentors and those who’ve succeeded before you. Follow Atlantic Solutions on Instagram to keep up with what we’re doing!

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The Power of Having Business Cards When Expanding Your Network [Insight]

Atlantic Solutions’ mission is to grow into a global leader in the marketing industry. In order to do that, we have to market ourselves to prospective clients for us to able to grow and eventually expand. That requires us to introduce ourselves, give an overview of what we do, and explain why companies should want to hire us.

But we’re not here to talk about ourselves, we’re here to talk about you, and how you can market yourself.

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The reason we talked about Atlantic Solutions’ strategy is because it’s the same strategy you should have when “marketing” yourself to your network. If you don’t properly inform and represent yourself, no one will know who you are or what you do. Enter business cards.

Business cards wield more power than they are given credit for. They leave a lasting impression that entails more than just having a card on hand. A business card can tell someone a lot about who you are just by the design, feel, or layout. Just by being prepared enough to carry them, proves you are someone who comes prepared and goes the extra mile.

When trying to build your network, it’s difficult to keep track of everyone as well as their job position and other work related affiliations. Giving out a business card makes it much more likely that someone will actually contact you. By handing out something easily accessible that contains all your contact information, the invitation is always open. Plus, handing out a business card is far more professional than asking someone you may not know very well, such as a prospective client, for their personal cell phone on the spot.

Finally, a business card is a small canvas that allows you to show who you are. If you take the time to really customize and personalize your card so it has your own unique flare, it will be recognized. Make it your own, and let it tell people a little bit about you.

You’ll find that having business cards will allow you to be more organized, expand your network more efficiently, and increase prospective clients. For you, there’s no reason not to hand out as many as you can, it can only benefit you. While Atlantic Solutions sets up the strategy, it’s the business cards that seal the deal. Take the time to order some and you will be glad you did.

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6 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Atlantic Solutions is proud to have some of the strongest leaders in the industry on our team. But the truth is that none of them got to where they are now without putting in hours and hours of hard work. We thought we’d save you a few of those hours but putting together a list of 6 of the most important lessons that every effective leader has learned.

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”  -Vince Lombardi

1) Actions speak louder than words

Above all else, a good leader must lead by example. You can’t expect your team to behave a certain way if you’re behaving differently. For example, instead of telling your employees to be on time, start coming to work early. If you’re setting a good example, chances are that they’ll follow.

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2) Maintain a student mentality

One of the most common mistakes that lousy leaders make is to assume that they know everything. Surround yourself with mentors. Even a president needs a team of advisors to support him. Observe the habits and actions of other strong leaders and learn from them, because there’s always room for improvement.

3) Patience is key

When one of your employees makes a mistake, take the time to pull them aside and encourage them. Make an effort to always be patient and forgiving. An effective leader is respected, not fearedbut respect has to be earned.

4) Support your team

Your employees are more likely to flourish if they know that you have their backs. Their goals should be your goals, because you can only be as successful as the people that you lead.

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6) Be humble

Another pitfall of poor leaders is arrogance. Healthy communication is vital for any relationship, and if your focus is on being a member of the team rather than a boss, your employees will feel comfortable communicating with you openly.

As will all things, practice makes perfect. Start implementing these good habits today. You may not transform into a world-class leader overnight, but working hard at them will yield results!

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How Having a Clean Space is Correlated with Success

Atlantic Solutions prides itself on delivering premier service to our clients. That requires a lot of time and effort to make sure everything is done properly and things are where they need to be.

While Atlantic Solutions utilizes these methods for business, they can be applied into your everyday life to help you be successful. For instance, having a clean living space requires attention to detail, organization, discipline, and effort.

By implementing these into your everyday life, you’ll get into a routine that will help you achieve success because of these principles you are exercising. A simple act such as making your bed every morning may not seem like a lot, but they are proven to help you achieve more.

Discipline

No one wants to do chores, especially right after they’ve woken up. But starting the day on the right foot and making your bed, folding your clothes, and keeping your bathroom organized teaches you discipline. It’s the little things no one wants to do, but if you do it, you’ll get in the routine of accomplishing things you may not have wanted to do.

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Organization

Staying organized is a great routine to get in because you can apply it to multiple aspects of your life. Organizational skills are highly valued in today’s labor market, and they’re appreciated by your peers. If you are ever in the situation where you have to entertain guests at your place, or simply have someone ask you a question in your office, people will notice and appreciate how organized you are.

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Effort

Staying organized and disciplined requires a tremendous amount of effort, but it is almost always worth it. Having a clean place doesn’t just happen, and people know that. By being clean and organized, others will recognize the amount of effort you put forth to do so and it eventually translates to giving effort in other areas of your life. Effort is highly valued and sometimes tough to figure out. By staying on top of things and being clean, people will acknowledge your efforts.

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Atlantic Solutions understands that these three principles apply to everyday life rather than just the business world. However, as mentioned above, they can certainly translate into long-term success. Who knew making your bed could help you be successful?

Our Prized HR Manager, Chavely Mendez, Gives an Inside Look at Her Job

Chavely Mendez is the Human Resources Manager here at Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) which is a position that holds a lot of responsibility. She handles all of the recruiting for the company, including all of the logistics and paperwork for new hires. Chavely also regularly analyzes and documents best practices for recruitment, while speaking to over 100 people per day. It’s safe to say that her position requires a certain degree of diligence, patience, organization, and an arsenal of people skills.

After college, Chavely worked in retail. However, she didn’t feel a passion towards the industry and was soon on the hunt for a position that would fill her needs.

“I had another company that wanted to hire me for a human resources position, but after Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.16 AMmy first interview at Atlantic Solutions, I knew where I needed to be. The people were just so welcoming and friendly here and it actually made me feel really comfortable. My nerves were calmed and the environment just felt right. I was asked to come in for another interview at the first company I mentioned; but, instead, I interviewed again with Atlantic Solutions which was the best decision I’ve made.”

When she did come back for that second interview, Chavely felt the familiar comfort and ease that she did before. I bet you’re wondering if that same feeling held up once she was hired and started her career in Human Resources – well this is what she had to say about her job:

“What I love the most is performing behind the scenes and having a real, tangible sense of responsibility. I love helping DK help build his company. I love being able to talk to everyone before they are hired and that I get to show them around the office. I really love my job.”

She sure does have a strong passion for what she does. Another part of the Human Resources role is fostering relationships with coworkers in the workplace to maintain a positive morale and a teamwork mentality.

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.54 AM“We do something called “Team Night” where we bond with DK, the leaders, new employees, and the rest of the team. For instance, last night we went bowling. It’s a fun and engaging way to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the workplace. Team night provides a stress-free environment where I can learn more about our employees’ goals and what they want to accomplish, which I think is important when trying to stimulate success.”

She speaks highly of her coworkers, stating that it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and we’re so lucky to have her on the Atlantic Solutions team!

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Get to Know James Schnell [PART 3]

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We’ve been speaking with one of our best and brightest leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. To read the part 1 of our interview with James Schnell, click here. For part 2, click here. Otherwise, keep reading to find out about what James has learned in his six months working with us and the legacy that he wants to leave behind.

What personal and professional lessons have you learned from working at Atlantic Solutions?

I’ve learned a lot. Professionally, I’ve really learned about becoming a leader and taking on a management role. All of the other jobs I’ve had, I was always an employee. I hated my boss and I never liked having a boss. This job has shown me that there are opportunities out there where you don’t have to be a boss. I always thought about opening my own business, and watching someone like DK has shown me that as long as you’re a good mentor, people are going to respect you. You don’t have to demand that leadership. People respect you for being who you are. Personally, I’ve learned to be a very positive person and to look on the bright side of things. The past couple of years, my family has been through a lot. I’ve always looked on the bright side of things, but I never thought that I could be more positive. I was around negative people in my life. But being around positive, happy people have made me even more positive. I thought I was positive already! That really helped me out. Nothing really gets me down anymore.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a guy who was always there for others. A guy who was always happy and always helping others and could always be relied on. I love when people say “I can count on James, I’m going to go to him.” Whether it’s my family or people that I work with here or friends, I love when people know that they can count on me. I love being there for people. That’s definitely one thing I want to be remembered for.

We’re lucky to have you on our team, James!

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Get to Know James Schnell [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of our top performing team leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. If you need to get caught up, you can find part 1 here. In this next part of our interview with James Schnell, he shares his thoughts on leadership, building professional relationships, and what he thinks of his boss. Check it out!

Being in a position of leadership, how do you balance professionalism and friendliness with your team?

I used to watch my brothers and sisters when my parents were working, and my relationship with my team kind of reminds me of that. I have personal relationships with the guys on my team, however, I respect them and they respect me and trust me enough to follow me as a leader. Anytime I get close with one of the guys on my team, I make sure that they know that this is a professional business first. We’re here to grow together in a professional business environment.

What other qualities do you think make you a strong leader?

I always make sure that I’m at work early. I’m here much earlier than everyone else is every morning. I’m very professional with my image and in my actions as well. I make sure that I stay professional both inside and outside of the office of course. I always make sure that I’m reliable. I respect my guys and they respect me. They know that they can always rely on me for anything job-related or otherwise. I’m very responsible too.

Can you describe DK, the president of Atlantic Solutions? What do you admire about him as a leader?

Even in that first interview with him, he was so so energetic and positive. We had a great connection immediately. He’s such a great mentor. A lot of people respect him. At every conference we go to, everybody loves DK.

He actually reminds me of my dad. My dad actually worked for the buses with the MTA for 32 years. Everywhere he went, people loved him. I still have people that tell me “Oh, I love your dad!” DK reminds me so much of my dad because he’s so loved and respected, you can’t help but really like someone like that. He’s such a good guy, and you know he always has your back. That’s such a cool thing. If somebody does something wrong he doesn’t yell at them, he just takes them to the side and has a good, critical conversation with them. He always makes you feel good. I’ve had a couple bad days. Of course, everyone has bad days. Just one little two-second conversation with him will perk me right back up. He’s the man.

Read the finale to this interview series by clicking here!

 

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 1]

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At Atlantic Solutions, we believe in training our employees to be excellent and effective leaders. In just six months since starting here, James Schnell has become an exemplary member of our team. We caught up with him to learn a little more about what he’s learned, what he does, and why he loves it.

How long have you worked at Atlantic Solutions? How did you end up working there?

I’ve been here for about six months. Before this, I was actually managing a FedEx warehouse. I had graduated the previous year from King University with a degree in Psychology. I was kind of stuck and didn’t know where I wanted to go in my life after school. I had put my resume on a recruiter website and I got contacted by Atlantic Solutions. And I thought “Oh, this could be something interesting.” So then I came in for the interview and it all happened from there. I met with DK. It was more like a conversation than an interview, it was awesome. I was really excited about the growth opportunity in this job; starting at one level and then grow to one day running my own branch office.

What’s your favorite part about working at Atlantic Solutions besides the growth opportunity?

My favorite part is definitely the work environment. We have a lot of fun. I’m a big family guy, I’m actually one of seven kids. Since the day I started, I’ve seen everybody working hard but also being themselves at the same time. Nobody is robotic. They don’t need to be told what to do. Everyone is very professional and we’re one big family. I’m closer with the people at this job than I am with my childhood friends. We’ve spent so much time together and we’ve become really close. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Want to read more of our interview with James? You can find part 2 right here!

 

The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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The Growth Mindset at Atlantic Solutions

At Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) we are committed to delivering measurable results to our clients and because of that, we are making waves in the sales and marketing world! One of the reasons that we have been able to continuously exceed our client’s expectations is the on-going training that we provide our team. Not only do we make sure that they are confident in their job responsibilities, but we also attempt to provide them with skills and mentalities that will enhance both their careers and their personal lives. James Schnell, who has been working with us for just over two months, enlightened us with some of the things that he has learned so far. Check it out!

“The most important professional skill that I have learned thus far working with Atlantic Solutions is training and developing others to learn what I was taught. I feel that having what I call a student/teacher mentality is extremely key in a career. Someone who can learn something, then teach it to the next person will be very successful in business. Someone who can take advice/constructive criticism then apply it to not only their work but their development of others will succeed. It is something that I will take with me throughout my time here with the company and further.”

Not only did James share his professional growth, but also how he has grown as an individual;

“In my time with the company, I have learned many things about myself. If I had to narrow it down to the biggest personal lesson, I would have to say that it is taking initiative. I have never been one to step up and take the lead. I have always been laid back and very shy, but this position has taught me that in life, taking initiative is what gets you to where you want to be. It is like a domino effect. People will do what others do, especially if they are confidently stepping up to do the right thing and they will respect you for it.”

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