How to be authentic in business

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The catchphrase ‘be your authentic self’ has been used for some time now. Steve Jobs threw the spanner into the works and the world noted. If for example you are a woman in business, you have to be authentic to succeed. The catch phrase was meant for women initially but it has now come to be embraced by all.

So what does it mean to be authentic?

Being authentic basically means that you are in your true element. This definition encompasses the things that you do and the people you serve. In a business environment, we have values, benefits and humans to interact with.

What do you achieve when you become authentic in business?

  • Rise above competition
  • Adds substance to your business
  • Improves relations between you and your clients
  • Helps portray you as a trustworthy person

Now that you know what it means to be authentic and how it can help you, you may be asking yourself how you become authentic? well its built on over time but generally speaking you will need to do the following:

  • Act real
  • Be altruistic
  • Avoid contradictions



5-Step Financial Checklist To Complete Before The End Of 2016

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There’s no time like the end of the year to take stock of your financial life. The end of the year is a great time to take a high-level overview of what you have, both assets and liabilities, to prepare for the year ahead and any financial milestones or challenges you may face including; marriage, home-buying, kids, and retirement. Below are the most important money steps to take before 2016 is over.

1. Take Financial Inventory

2. Revisit Your Estate Plan

3. Update Beneficiary Forms

4. Make Smart Tax Moves

5. Assess Your Path To Retirement


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Why SMB’s Have to Switch to HTTPS

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Attention SMB owners, Google has announced huge changes to the way Chrome displays unencrypted HTTP pages that will scare away your visitors with alarming warnings.

Un-encrypted pages are less secure than encrypted pages. You can tell un-encripted pages because they begin with HTTP. Encripted web pages begin with HTTPS.

Right Now HTTP pages display an information icon within the address bar:

Visitors to the page can click the icon to view information about the pages, including security details.

Alarming Change
Roll out date guesstimate is Friday January 13 2017 for Chrome Version 56.

Why Friday the 13th? Maybe because for many SMB websites it will be a very scary date. One that you will remember for years to come. It could even mean death to your website.

When Version 56 of Chrome is released all HTTP pages that collect passwords, credit card, or other secure information will be labelled by Chrome as Not secure.

‘Not secure’ will appear ahead of the page address within the address bar. Here is what the first warning will look like:


It gets worse
In future releases, perhaps Version 57, the ‘Not secure’ logo will have a red warning icon with red letters such as below:


The red warning will be displayed on all HTTP pages, even if no data will be collected. The average user will not visit any website with such a warning. Worse yet, Google will have likely removed your webpages from Google search results. Your traffic will likely be cut significantly.

What can you do?
If you noticed, this site and all other sites hosted by Xponex automatically come with HTTPS.

You could move your site to Xponex media or purchase a security certificate from GoDaddy, Network Solutions, DigiCert to name a few.

If your SMB is interested in working with an SMB host company with real people who answer the phones, try Xponex. The website is or call 513-422-3101.