What to Do to Prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm [Slideshow]

Are you prepared for hurricane season? In an average season, about 18 named storms occur. Of those storms, 3 are typically major hurricanes and another 6 vary in intensity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[1]

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before it hits. By knowing how to prepare for a hurricane, you can concentrate on safeguarding your home and belongings as best as possible. Preparing for a hurricane could prevent thousands of dollars in damages.

By following tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide can help protect your home from high-speed winds, hail, driven rain and flying debris. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips to keep you safe.


inside of a house with text "DO: seal your home"
a ladder with text "DO: clear your gutter"
a staircase with text "DO: elevate your belongings"
a grill with text "DON'T: Leave loose items items"
cars on a highway with text "DON'T ignore warnings"
a table lamp with text "DON'T" run generators inside your home"

1. Create a hurricane emergency kit

Create an emergency kit that includes essentials needed to survive if you and your family are stranded in a storm. Here’s a look at … Read more

8 powerful organizations for women in business

This post was originally published on March 9, 2017  and was updated on Aug. 25, 2020.

No woman is an island. You might have gone into business on your own, but that’s no reason to isolate yourself. I’m not suggesting you start hiring (especially if your business is brand new), but I am suggesting that connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs through professional organizations for women can provide you with a dose of inspiration and motivation — not to mention resources you might not have discovered otherwise.

Why professional organizations for women are beneficial

As a female business leader and entrepreneur, I know that community is important. That’s why I advocate for women to get involved with professional organizations.

Unlike brief social media interactions and webinars that focus on conveying quick snippets of information, professional organizations for women are about long-term support, connections and growth.

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10 Steps on How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

Your bathroom gets a lot of use.  As a result, it can be one of the messiest rooms in your house. Outside of the visible grime and soap scum that build up, there’s a multitude of unseen germs that can form. This means it’s absolutely crucial to deep clean your bathroom regularly. Whether you just need to sanitize the toilet or clean the whole space, these tips on how to clean a bathroom will help keep your house clean.

Step 1. Prepare your bathroom for cleaning

Before you begin cleaning, clear out anything that’s in the way, such as towels, shampoo bottles and soap dispensers. Once you’ve done that, gather the necessary cleaning products. You can use whatever you’re comfortable with, but these supplies are the most useful for bathroom cleaning:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach (or alternative)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
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Which review sites matter to your industry

This post was originally published on March 22, 2018 and was updated on August 24th, 2020.

For small business owners, asking how your businesses did is a mandatory component of a successful operation. How do you go about getting an understanding of where you stand in the eyes of your customers? The answer is soliciting, reading and replying to the feedback left at online review sites.

As a relatively recent marketing phenomenon, online review sites have dramatically grown in popularity over the past five years. The primary reason for the growth is the trust consumers place in other consumers to leave truthful, heartfelt reviews of small businesses.

Did you know that nine out of 10 consumers read online reviews before they make a buying decision?

Trust is just one of the many compelling reasons why your small business needs to increase its exposure at online review sites.

Why are customer

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New data shows rise in online orders even after states reopen

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a multitude of ways over recent months, and our everyday shopping habits are no exception.

As widespread shelter in place orders went into effect, consumers were not able to pop into a store or go out to eat in the same way that they always did. More and more consumers turned online, placing online orders for items they might have purchased at a brick-and-mortar location only months earlier.

Increasingly, local businesses have found themselves trying to figure out how to combine online purchasing or booking with in-person fulfillment or local delivery.

 

For small businesses working hard to weather this storm, there is value in understanding if an increased focus on online shopping might persist beyond the crisis as shopping behaviors change. 

GoDaddy examined the performance of its customers across 15 states (Alaska, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Read more