Category Archives: Health Check Tuesday

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.” The boy dropped
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Health Check Tuesday; the Numbers that matter Men’s Health Week has just been and has drawn attention to some  rather disturbing information regarding men’s health in Australia 5 Australian men die every hour from a preventable cause or disease and 8 000 more men than women die every year in Australia from preventable causes and diseases. Time has proven that early detection really works in preventing unnecessary illness and death in many cases. The stats for men indicate that more men now die from prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer. Early detection is vital, don’t wait until it is
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I was reading the newsletter from an amazing organisation called “Fitted for Work”. Part of their mission is to “help women gain the self-esteem and confidence to secure their goal of sustainable employment” through providing a wide range of services from interview skills and resume writing to actually assisting with a new wardrobe of clothes so that women are able to have their own income. Truly Amazing People. There are times when I feel like there are too many email newsletters in my Inbox, like most people, and last week I was waiting in an airport lounge and decided to
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One of the things I love about having a business named Healthy Numbers is that I can include all kinds of interesting information in my Health Check Tuesday segment and it still relates to Healthy Numbers. The first Tuesday of each month I try to pay attention to a Healthy Number relating to our personal health. This week is a doozy! I was at my regular yoga class recently and our instructor, Thy gave us a Fabulous strategy to warm ourselves; slap our skin. She had us hold out our arm and slap all the way up and down, the
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Yesterday I was working with a new client  looking at Cash Flow in her business.  As we were working through the Numbers, Sarah (not her real name) realised that she doesn’t know how much it costs to run her business on a daily or weekly basis. One of Sarah’s other issues is that she doesn’t know how much her personal life costs. What do I mean by this? She knows that she has an income of $xxx and that she spends almost all of it every week. She tries to save some but there isn’t much left at the end
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“It’s only 3 kilos, that’s nothing!” he said to me … what did he know? A strange and interesting thing happened to me last week.  Some Wednesdays, I work with a corporate client and last week they were having a “Safety Week” event that included information from Weight Watchers and one of the leading health funds. There was a “station” manned by the health fund with a machine that measures whether you are standing evenly across both feet.  Naturally I was curious to find out if I stand evenly across both feet – the fact that there is a machine
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A recent article about Password fatigue suggests that people like to use social media to log in to websites rather than having to remember passwords. This got me thinking about all my passwords. I have an Excel spreadsheet with all my login emails and usernames and the relevant passwords. I used to have all the passwords the same and then some one told me that was not a very good idea. My intention was to try to mix them up a bit … one day. Then the bank said there was an “issue” with a log in and required a
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People say to me “What do I need to measure to tell me if my business is doing well?” While every business is a bit different, there are some key measures. Total Expenses or Fixed costs: these are the amounts you would still need to cover even if you didn’t sell one single product or one minute of service. Have you calculated your Fixed Costs? as a weekly? monthly? quarterly? cost. Health Check Tuesday; the numbers that matter

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Health Check Tuesday; the Numbers that Matter Have you ever seen a Bee Hummingbird? This is the smallest bird on earth. We travelled to Cuba a few years ago to find them and they are amazing! I am in awe of the Hummingbird. Hummingbirds live at the edge of what is possible. A Hummingbird heartbeat is 400 bpm (beats per minute) when they are sitting on a branch A Hummingbird heartbeat is 1 200 bpm when they are hovering mid-air while taking nectar from a flower. As a small animal they naturally have a faster heartbeat. Small animals need to
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What are the numbers that matter in your business? Let’s start with profit. There are a few different “profits” Gross profit = the amount remaining from sales after you deduct the total cost of production. It is always useful to express this as a percentage of revenue Revenue or Sales = all monies generated from selling what your business offers – goods and / or services Cost of Goods Sold = the cost of all the materials used to create your offer – ingredients, materials Cost of Sales = any cost incurred to create your product – materials, parts and
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