Two years already

Birchyard LLC celebrates second year in business

A different way to approach insurance

Wappingers Falls N.Y. (June 3, 2013)– This summer, Birchyard LLC celebrates its 2-year anniversary. Birchyard was established in 2011, by Bill Van Jura. The company has grown at a rapid pace, striving to keep up with the increasing demand for customized insurance solutions. Birchyard is committed to building trustworthy relationships with clients to ensure total satisfaction.

 

“We are excited at the prospects of continuing to help people buy customized insurance plans,” Bill Van Jura, founder of Birchyard said. “We look forward to keep up with the growth the next year will bring.”

$8 to park at a hospital?

Seriously, that is what it cost when I went to visit my grandmother at the hospital.  That is awful, I have paid less to go to professional sporting events.  $8 can provide adequate nutrition for at least 1 person if not 2 for a day but instead it bought me a parking spot for 1 hour.  There is more than enough evidence that it is the presence of loved ones that truly enables healing yet they make it difficult.  So let’s dive a little deeper;

Real estate, the internet and some random ideas to use

Random thoughts that are resulting from watching a friend try and sell her  home.

Started off good, Realtor helped them buy this home around 8 years ago and kept in touch.  Then, when approached gave some solid ideas on little things to improve the home.  So you have a homeowner doing the right things and now the house is on the market.  Now you also have 5 houses for sale in your neighborhood and yours only shows up when specifically searching for your address.

So your first listing that shows up only has one bad photo, FIX THIS.

Opportunity offered; flexible full or part time hours, internship?

Hello,

Are you looking for a new opportunity or are you looking for a job?  If it is a job, no need to read further.  I am not looking for an employee I am looking for one or more people that want to work with me, create their own success and share in mine.

Getting things done and some phone etiquette

Is just  not that easy.  Maybe there is to much on my to do list, maybe I need to use my assistant better maybe I need to delegate more maybe I am too ambitious(no such thing) maybe I am to slow maybe I need better priorities maybe I am just complaining.

BUT

Unlike an automated message every call, e-mail, tweet Facebook message and beyond means something.  Every interaction feels good, even the annoying ones, even the ones that do not earn money because the interactions and relationships are the only currency whose value exceeds “money.”  Leading with the intention of doing good and talking to people and sharing people and getting beyond the transaction is what gets me up and keeps me up.  How about you?

Timing is everything

When it comes to your insurance policy?  Yes, there are a lot of times when adjusting the start and finish date of your policy can save $100’s of dollars.  Here are some ideas.

  1. You don’t have insurance right now, GET SOME.  Think of this as a temporary policy.  So you get a policy right now and a month from now go shopping.  Since you are now shopping with prior insurance you will likely get a better rate

Two quick lessons from a cashier and a barber

Interesting day last week. Had a few minutes before a meeting so I stopped into Office Depot to buy some markers .  No big deal, like a $5 purchase and at 9:00 in the morning there is no one there. Then Bobbi and I met at the register.  I really like that Office Depot will e-mail me my receipt; 1 less piece of paper, easier for tracking.  Today Bobbi decided he wanted to make the decision for me and pressed “print receipt” .  I said Bobbi why did you do that he said he was moving things along.  At this point there were 8 or so employees in the store and 1 customer, none of which were on line with me.

Insurance for my vacation?

Each year my family packs up and heads to Cape May New Jersey for a week of fun with my in-laws, my wife’s brother and sister as well as their families.  Now this is something we have been doing for years and have not really given any thought to insuring.  See your homeowners policy has some coverage for you as does your umbrella policy if you have one.  Also, realistically you cannot insure everything in your life sometimes you just have to live and deal with what may come up.

Lessons in business brought to you by death

**Going off topic, will be going a bit personal and not talking much insurance**

So it has been the worst four week stretch in my life.  Started with the sudden death of my older brother followed by four weeks of floundering about.   I am finding that the floundering about, trying to get back to full speed part to be especially annoying and difficult.   Normally there is an article, book or mindset I can apply but none of what I know seems to be working.  Either way, you must keep moving forward.