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Security Cameras: Much More than Just Theft PreventionFor years, security cameras have been associated with the prevention of burglaries and little else. Especially in a business setting, cameras have been traditionally used to deter criminals or to help identify the perpetrator if a crime has been committed.

But although these are very valuable uses of security cameras, it turns out that businesses can use these devices in numerous additional ways. Here are some of the most beneficial:

Create a Safe Workplace Environment

When people come to work every day, it’s imperative that they feel safe. If an employee is walking to her car in the dark when she stayed to work late, or the person in charge of handling cash in the office has concerns about being targeted, all employees must know that you, the employer, is watching out for them.

This is one of the best reasons to invest in high-quality security cameras. There are numerous options available, some of which are wireless and some of which don’t require technical installation. Whichever option is best for your company, it’s important your employees know that they have security cameras there to protect them and ensure their safety.

Insulate Yourself from Legal Woes

It seems that every other day there is a news story about a workplace lawsuit. In 2016 alone, there were nearly 100,000 cases of workplace discrimination reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And discrimination is just one of the types of lawsuits that an employer can face.

It’s in your best interest as a business owner to protect yourself from unfounded lawsuits by using surveillance systems in your workplace. Although you can’t catch everything on camera, security cameras can record the vast majority of goings-on in your office. If you ever need to substantiate your side of the story in a court of law, you’ll be glad you have the video footage backed up on a cloud service.

Increase Productivity

There’s an ongoing debate about the ethics of monitoring employees at work, but most people would agree that a reasonable amount of monitoring can be extremely useful. In fact, 82 percent of managers surveyed revealed they use some type of electronic monitoring in the workplace. As a business owner, it’s your duty to remind employees that their email usage, work output and general conduct while working are all subject to supervision by you.

When you decide to install security cameras, be upfront with your team and let them know these cameras are being used for their own protection — and yours. Let them know you’ll be periodically reviewing footage to ensure that productivity is at its peak, and that they can expect to be monitored in some way. Keep morale high by also mentioning the cameras will be used for other purposes and that you trust they will continue to perform as well as they always have.

The decision to purchase and install a security system at your office is not one to be taken lightly. But it is a worthwhile investment that can keep your staff safe, spare you legal troubles and help incite employees to be even more productive when on the job. Just knowing that a figurative pair of eyes is always around can really cause a positive shift.

Female entrepreneurship is flourishing. In 2016, there were an estimated 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating $1.6 trillion annually. Between 2007 and 2016, women-owned businesses grew at a rate of 45 percent, five times faster than average.

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But finding financing remains more challenging for female entrepreneurs than their male counterparts. Only 29 percent of female small business owners who seek business loans succeed, compared to 37 percent of all small business owners, a survey by Pepperdine and Dun & Bradstreet found. If you’re struggling to find financing, here are four strategies to help get your business on the right track. [click to continue…]

(Dedicated to the memory of Jon Nunez, the biggest Tom Brady fan I know. The affiliate marketing industry still misses you very much.)

Back in the seventies, I remember watching an episode of Sesame Street where Kermit sang, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green.” Little did I know that the wise hand puppet’s song would eventually become my mantra, as a long-suffering fan of the New York Jets.

Photo of Tom Brady by Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link Photo of Tom Brady by Jeffrey BeallOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

 

In as much as die-hard Jet’s fans know how difficult it is to remain loyal to our team, I know they’ll appreciate how hard it is for me to write the following sentence:

Tom Brady, of the New England Deflatriots, is undeniably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

(Heh, heh. See what I did there? I'm such a Jets fan!)

The Tom Brady Story

Tom Brady played baseball in high school. His skills as a left-handed hitting catcher impressed MLB scouts, which got him drafted by the Montreal Expos.

But Brady was much more passionate about football, so he passed up a future in baseball, and signed with the University of Michigan as their quarterback. Unfortunately, he wasn’t exactly Heisman material during his time on the Wolverines, and many NFL scouts ignored him.

In 2000, the Patriots drafted Brady with the 199th pick in the 6th round. Bill Belichick, previously the Jets' assistant coach, became the Patriot’s head coach that season and made Brady a fourth string QB.

By the end of the year, Brady, was backup, and got the start in 2001 when the Jets Mo Lewis knocked out Drew Bledsoe.

Since then, he’s taken the Patriots to the Super Bowl six times with four victories. He’s won three Super Bowl MVP awards, and has led his team to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history.

On top of the $196.1 million he earned as a quarterback, he’s also received $184.9 million in endorsement deals, making the “business of Tom Brady” something to be revered.

Here are some lessons from Tom Brady’s story that can help you score on your own field.

Don’t Settle for What Comes First

Whether it’s a job opportunity or getting involved in a new startup, don’t jump on the first offer that comes your way. Brady shows us that waiting for the right opportunity, doing something you're passionate about, can work out much better.

Work Hard Every Day Until You’ve Accomplished Your Goals

Tom Brady sweats the details. He drills for hours, on every single skill, even during the off-season, to ensure no one surpasses him. His determination and work ethic are fundamental to his success.

Haters Gonna Hate

Like other successful people, Tom Brady has haters –lots of them. Rather than letting them get in his way, he tunes out their noise, and then puts them all to shame by working harder to achieve his goals.

Steer Clear of the Asterisk

One of the most important assets of any business is integrity. Compromising it goes on your permanent record. Brady will retire as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time with an everlasting asterisk by his name.

Even, as a Jets fan, I take no joy in that.  Erright… maybe just a little.