In this time of covid, many of us have learned about working from home during lockdown. Zim’s solutions, being a homegrown family business, has its world headquarters in our basement. The basement is also where my bedroom is and where I spend my free time gaming. This setup makes it harder for me to separate work and home. As the summer has gone on we’ve implemented a few measures to help keep the two separate.
We try to clearly separate the weekend and the week by starting off with a starting point meeting every week. This quick short meeting is done one-on-one and is a great way to plan out the goals of the week while also serving as a point where we transition into the work week. We also have an equivalent on the flip side where on Friday we meet to discuss what we did during the week. After the meeting, our only obligation is to write a “golden ticket” where we write about one thing we liked, one thing we didn’t, and one area to improve. Both of these things serve to end the week and help transition to the weekend.
With the family business, there’s also a house rule that there is no work talk at the dinner table. While we occasionally falter, the rule helps us to relax after a day of work and begin to enjoy the night.
All these things have helped us to improve the work-life balance for our business and our family. We hope to continue improving these things to help keep those somewhat separate.
Written by Blake
Pros of having a website
When you have a website you have so much space to fulfill all your content and advertising hopes and dreams. You can create an infinite amount of pages with different subjects in each one! I personally think that is pretty cool and exciting. Sami and I have had a business called, "Scrunchies For a Cure," where we made and sold scrunchies and donated all the proceeds to the JDRF. If we had created a website everything would have been quite a bit easier and less chaotic. We had all our deals through Instagram DM's which was hard to manage and keep track of. With a website, you can see everything organized on a page with all your orders. Having a website has saved us a lot of stress on advertising solely through many social media accounts. Lastly, you have one place to direct all of your customers to. We like to call it our home base. If someone asks you how they can see what you're doing with your business, you can give them one website URL instead of five different social media accounts.
Written by Skylar
How to Make someone's day
Do you know that someone is going through a hard time and you don’t know how to let them know that you’re there for them? Sometimes it can be hard to know how to cheer someone up and show your support, in good times and bad. Whether someone you know is going through a tough time or you simply want to make their day, I have a couple of ideas for you. In the past I’ve really enjoyed picking up a cup of coffee and bringing it to someone’s house to surprise them! You can also spend the time making them baked goods or treats that you know they love, send them a thoughtful text or message, or even just schedule some quality time with them. The common thread among these ideas comes from taking time out of your busy schedule to let someone know that you appreciate them. I always love the feeling that I get after delivering some coffee or homemade treats to someone, paired with a thoughtful handwritten card of course! Even doing simple things such as writing a personal card for someone can make a BIG difference. No matter what you choose to do these ideas are guaranteed to show someone that you appreciate them, making them feel loved and special!
If you need some help getting the perfect card, check out my handmade cards below!
Written by Sami
Sami is a freshman in college and she enjoys being creative, spending time outside with family and friends, and loves coffee and walks.