“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell
Looking for a new home can be a stressful experience, and many people are afraid that they will make mistakes during the process. Thankfully, you have Boston business professionals on your side! We compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes made when buying a home so that you can avoid them. Here are just a few examples. Read the full post from last week for more details.
- Going to tour potential new homes without a definitive “Wish List” in mind.
- Forgetting about hidden costs, like closing costs and post-move expenses.
- Buying a home for your present needs instead of considering the future.
- Not asking your home inspector questions about the home you’re looking to buy.
- Avoiding negotiations and agreeing to pay full price.
- Not buying enough Massachusetts home insurance for your new house.
If you need help with your new home purchase, Vargas and Vargas Insurance Agency can refer you to a local professional. We know all the best loan officers and real estate agents in the area and would be happy to share their contact information. Just call 617-298-0655 and ask! Also pick up the phone and call our agency with all your home insurance questions and quote needs.
- April Fools’ Day
- National One Cent Day
- National Sourdough Bread Day
- Easter – Changes Annually
- National Ferret Day
- National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- National Reconciliation Day
- National Film Score Day *
- National Chocolate Mousse Day
- World Party Day
- National Find a Rainbow Day
- National Tweed Day
- SAAM Day of Action – First Tuesday in April
- National Tweed Day
- Jeep 4×4 Day
- National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day
- National Hug a Newsperson Day
- National School Librarian Day
- National Walk Around Things Day
- National Walking Day – First Wednesday in April
- Childhelp National Day of Hope – First Wednesday in April
- National Caramel Day
- National Deep Dish Pizza Day
- National Go For Broke Day
- National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
- National Read a Road Map Day
- National Burrito Day– 1st Thursday of April
- National Alcohol Screening Day – Thursday of the First Full Week in April
- National Caramel Popcorn Day
- National Sorry Charlie Day
- National Student-Athlete Day
- National Tartan Day
- National Teflon Day
- National Girl Me Too Day *
- National Handmade Day*
- National Beer Day
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- National No Housework Day
- National Love Our Children Day – First Saturday in April
- National All is Ours Day
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- National Equal Pay Day – A Tuesday in April – Changes Annually
- National Library Workers Day – Tuesday of National Library Week
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- National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day – Fourth Thursday in April
- National Poem in Your Pocket Day – Changes Annually
- National Devil Dog Day *
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- National Arbor Day – Last Friday in April
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- National Pet Parents Day – Last Sunday in April
- National Bubble Tea Day *
- National Military Brats Day
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- National Raisin Day
- National Sarcoidosis Day
I hope that you are as excited as I am about today, today is the first day of Spring!
With all of this winters storms, this day is so much more special.
I know that it is just a date on the calendar, but it gives us reason to hope that the weather will be changing really soon.
I like to start my week with some words of wisdom,
“You’re frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.” -Steve Maraboli
Do you have a stack of “stuff” that you intend to let go or get to, but never do?
I swear that my wife Kathy is the master of getting things done. She hates to see “stuff” stacked up anywhere. It’s a mindset. I have said before, she is super organized, she has a plan and is amazingly detailed on what she wants and does not want. It’s an addiction for her. Our son Matthew is just like Kathy, Jonathan and I are the exact opposites.
Stop Letting Things Pile Up
I have a silent little secret. It’s books, specifically the buying of books. I have decided that I am not going to buy any more books until I read (or given away) the ones that I have piled up. I’ve purchased many books thinking that they would be great reads, or that I would get some great ideas from them, but some have not even been looked at.
I have started taking notes on all the ideas that I think are useful and want to incorporate into my business and personal life from the books that I am reading. I am using Evernote to keep track of these ideas. I will work on implementing these new ideas as hard as I work to read the book.
I want you to do the same. I bet you’re subscribed to too many newsletters. Unsubscribe from the ones that are not serving you. And I mean MY Monday Morning Message and our connection, too. If you do not find my writing interesting, or useful, click Unsubscribe at the bottom of the email, or unfollow me on Linkedin. It won’t hurt my feelings at all.
You see, I am a believer in the philosophy of “out of everyone you meet, 25% will automatically take a liking to you, 25% will automatically hate you and the other 50% is undecided.” I write these messages for the 25% that like me and the 50% that are still undecided.
Stop Adding “Stuff” to Your Life
Are you one of those people who has a plan, not really following it, and so you start looking for a new plan? You may be thinking that you’re not the problem in this equation. You are. And I am too, sometimes.
Work on ONE plan. Give it all your effort. Execute that plan. THEN, if it’s not working you can abandon it and try another. You are better off having learned from this failure rather than never having tried it.
But neither you nor I have permission to think, “Hmm, I’m not actually doing this anyway, so I’ll go find something else to not do.” Give it your 100% or abandon it completely: half-hearted efforts are a total waste of your time. You won’t be helped by doing this… that’s last year’s mentality.
One at a Time
Setting habits is like farming – you need to plant the right seed, tend to it, water it, and with the right amount of sun, air, and fertilizer, you will soon be harvesting the benefits of your hard work. You can’t just throw your seeds into the fertile soil of your business and expect them all to sprout. They’ll choke each other out, be encroached on by weeds or be eaten by the birds (your competitors). It’s a waste of time, effort, and treasure!
Plant one seed variety at a time. Nurture it. See the results. And then grow.
Spring is here
Start cleaning now. Clean out the sources of information you’re no longer using. Clean out the abundance of half-started plans in your world. And work on what resonates with the one goal you need to work on FIRST.
It’s time to shut off the spigot of knowledge and ideas and drink what we have poured. Get into a more measured approach. Choose a path and let that guide you forward.
If you need some help elevating your business to the next level, I may be able to help. I have worked with some amazing people who needed help, and I have room to coach a couple of local business people. Just reply to this message and we can set up a time to meet so I can learn about you and your business and see if we are a good fit!
Have a great week!
PS If you or a client, coworker, family member or a friend who would benefit from our high level of attention to service and competitive rates we provided, I would sincerely appreciate your recommendations.Please text our agency at 617-409-0329 or Click here
PPS What I learned today, “What was Leonardo Da Vinci’s real name” Click here to read more.
A business alliance with a company that provides products or services that complement those of your company may help you grow your business.
One reason to consider a business alliance is that it does not have to be a legal partnership requiring contracts and lawyers. You may team up in an informal arrangement with another business, to share customer contacts and marketing strategies. This type of group effort may save both businesses money.
When pooling your resources with that of another company, this may enable both of you to diversify your product and service offerings. This may have the potential of expanding your clientele considerably. You may pool your resources with advertising, internet marketing, participating in local festivals or trade shows, and effectively cut back on expenses.
Before you make a decision on a business alliance, you should do some research on how much business you potential business partner does, what kind of market presence they have. After all, you do not want to partner up with a business that is only waiting for you to send them business and not be reciprocating.
Should you not want to have such a structured framework for your business alliance, you may consider an arrangement in which your company and another company simply refer each other to customers for certain kinds of jobs. Any business expansion may bring with it a need for additional Massachusetts business insurance coverage. You may want to contact your agent to determine any extra policies you may need.*
If you have decided to start such an alliance, it’s important to move slowly and see if in fact you and your partner are really compatible in the “real world”. And many such alliances may make both partners look better.
When you experience business growth, you may want to consider reviewing your Massachusetts business insurance policies in case you need additional financial protection.
Should you have additional questions or wish to learn more about setting up an alliance, please call me at 617-298-0655 ext 101 or leave a message below.
I thought that I would start this month’s message with a positive message:
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
It’s been a rough winter for many of us! With all of the really cold weather, there have been many claims around frozen pipes, check out our blog below on what to do to prevent pipe freeze-ups and Ice Dams.
Check out the story behind Saint Valentines Day, Click here to read more.
February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Each year Americans set aside this month to focus their historical hindsight on the contributions that people of African descent have made to this country. We must celebrate ourselves and do it loudly. No matter the shape, size, hue or ability, all of our stories matter and they deserve to be told through our lens. I recently read this article on the Queens of Black History Month, that I found very interesting, Click here to read it.
Life Insurance is LOVE Insurance, which makes February and Valentines Day a perfect time to remind you of the need for Life Insurance. The majority of Americans would have trouble paying for living expenses immediately or shortly after the primary wage earner in the house dies. Please click here to read more on how much life insurance you should carry. Have questions? Please click here and we will contact you to review your questions and your current life insurance.
I recently had the pleasure of cooking with guest chef Adelina Armas of International Food Gourmet in Brockton. Adelina shows Sharon and me how to make chicken breasts stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and spinach., Click here check out the latest “Get Fresh” cooking show below.
There are lots of great things to do in and around the Boston area this month, please find some fun family things to do below.
PPS, What I learned today, “Which zodiac signs are a love match “ Click here
Here at Vargas and Vargas Insurance Agency, we want to make sure that you’re always informed – that’s why we update this blog several times a week with new and interesting information! There have been lots of fun and educational posts on this blog, and here are just a few examples – one from each month of 2017. Which was your favorite, and what subjects would you like to learn more about?
- January – Planning Your Patriots Super Bowl Party
- February – Our Top Tips for First Time Car Insurance Customers
- March – 5 Things You Should Always Tell Your Houseguests
- April – How to Save an Extra $1k a Year
- May – Is Buying a Condo the Right Choice for You?
- June – Life Insurance: Term vs. Permanent
- July – Low Cost Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business
- August – Create a Family Emergency Plan
- September – Don’t Believe These Auto Insurance Myths
- October – Is It Time to Redecorate Your Home?
- November – Tips for Filing a Condo Insurance Claim
- December – Stay Merry and Bright: Winter Safety Tips
Have you enjoyed our blogs in 2017? We would love to hear your suggestions to make 2018 our best year yet! If you have any ideas for improving our website or blog, don’t be shy – let us know! And remember, Vargas and Vargas Insurance Agency is always here to help with all of your Massachusetts insurance needs. Call 617-298-0655 to get started on an insurance quote or insurance review now.
Is this crazy or what? December has completely snuck up on us. Did you know that there are only 6 “work days” left between now and December 22nd when things will shut down for the holidays? While December is a month of celebration and cheer, it’s also the time to get planning for a successful 2017.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “What you don’t measure you don’t improve”?
I started this writing last week thinking that I would be writing to you about New Year resolutions, but the more that I dug through my past resolutions, I found that I have never succeeded with almost any of them. Some of my past resolutions have been; lose weight, become more physically active, be a better life partner (I hope that I have made some headway with this one), be a better parent, be a better person, prospect for more of this or that kind of insurance lines of business, etc.. This quote became so poignant when I read it.
Don’t get me wrong; I think that New year Resolutions may be worth making for some, but, perhaps they are a guideline for us to follow, rather than an exact recipe that will place more pressure on our already overburdened lives.
It’s certainly true in business, sports, and science, but what about in life? How do you measure progress in your life? With work or business, we could use our income. But what about our health, relationships, or intellectual growth?
So, are You ready for 2018?
Will 2018 be your best year yet?
What are you doing to make 2018 your best year yet?
I will be truthful with you, I failed a lot in 2017, but also had many successes. I have learned from those failures, and hope to harp on the achievements.
Do you know the feeling; I mean the failure feeling?
Don’t use the “failure feeling” to rekindle those strong negative emotions (it’s not easy, especially if they were severe). Instead, I hope that you learn from your failures as I do.
Like many people, I sometimes struggle to stay focused on my goals. Week in and week out, there is always a “new way of doing things” or a “new shiny whistle” that tries to take my attention away from what is important.
While planning and goal setting is vital in the business world, I hope that you don’t forget that it is just as important to establish goals for your personal life. Don’t forget that without our health and our relationships, many of our lives would be meaningless!
Setting and achieving your goals may be difficult, but there is help available. Here are few of my recommendations:
Here’s what Michael Hyatt says about goal setting:
Make them “SMART.” This is an acronym, as you probably know, and it is interpreted in various ways by different teachers. When I refer to SMART goals, I mean goals that meet five criteria. They must be:
- Specific—your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can muster.
- Bad: Write a book.
- Good: Write a book proposal for The Life Plan Manifesto.
- Measurable—as the old adage says, “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” If possible, try to quantify the result. You want to know absolutely, positively whether or not you hit the goal.
- Bad: “Earn more this year than last.”
- Good: “Earn $5,000 more this year than last.”
- Actionable—every goal should start with an action verb (e.g., “quit,” “run,” “finish,” “eliminate,” etc.) rather than a to-be verb (e.g., “am,” “be,” “have,” etc.)
- Bad: Be more consistent in blogging.
- Good: Write two blog posts per week.
- Realistic—you have to be careful here. A real goal should stretch you, but you have to add a dose of common sense. I go right up to the edge of my comfort zone and then step over it. (If I am not out of my comfort zone, I’m not thinking big enough.)
- Bad: Qualify for the PGA Tour.
- Good: Lower my golf handicap by four strokes.
- Time-bound—every goal needs a date associated with it. When do you plan to deliver on that goal? It could be by year-end (December 31), or it could be more near-term (September 30). A goal without a date is just a dream. Make sure that every goal ends with a ‘by when’ date.
- Bad: Lose 20 pounds.
- Good: Lose 20 pounds by December 31st.
Once you have SMART goals for your professional and personal life, make sure to Write them down and place them in a visible location, like on your desk or the refrigerator (I have my goals taped to the wall in my closet).
Click here for more information on Michael Hyatt’s goal setting techniques.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
I hope that you have a happy, prosperous and safe new year!
Your motorcycle insurance will protect you and everyone else on the road from the financial consequences of an accident. You need to make sure that you choose the right policy to get the insurance coverage you need at a price you can afford.
Vargas & Vargas Insurance in Dorchester, MA wants to help you find the motorcycle policy that fits your lifestyle. The following are three mistakes to avoid when you purchase motorcycle insurance to make sure you get the ideal policy:
1. Not specifying that a motorcycle is only a recreational vehicle
Some bikers use their motorcycle to make an everyday commute to work. Others are merely recreational riders who might go for a ride on the weekend or only a few times a month.
Make sure you opt for recreational coverage if you’re not using your bike every day. This can save you money on coverage without detracting from the amount of coverage you’re going to get.
2. Buying a bike without considering the costs of insuring it
The costs for insuring particular bike models can widely vary. You should factor the cost of insurance into the decision of making a bike purchase. A higher end or faster bike will more than likely result in higher insurance costs.
3. Purchasing separate motorcycle insurance without first looking into the possibility of a motorcycle endorsement
If you have a car or another type of vehicle, you may be able to add a motorcycle endorsement to your policy so that it will cover both your vehicle and your motorcycle. Bundling insurance is a popular choice if you have all your policies under one insurance agency.
Find the right motorcycle policy in Dorchester, MA with the help of Vargas & Vargas Insurance. Our agents are waiting to answer your questions and are ready to help you start a policy.