Happy Halloween! I hope you have a safe and uneventful one this year with no major incidents. But you know the stores have already moved on to other holidays. I even saw a Valentine's Day display in a store the other day! Talk about moving on...
In CAM Management this week we were also moving on, from how to survive when you lose your job, to dealing with the fallout from high legal bills. We also looked at the laws and standards around home-based businesses in community associations, and beefing up your brand for your management company. It's all this week in Community Association Management!
As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!
“According to U.S. Small Business Administration statistics, over half of all small businesses begun in the last decade have been home-based—that’s more than 38 million in real numbers—with a new home-based business being launched every 12 seconds. Home-based businesses (HBB) earn more than $427 billion per year. So what businesses can be run from a co-op or condo unit?” The answer isn’t as clean cut as you might think.
Branding Your Management Company
“At the CAMfire Conference in February, TOPS UX Developer Aaron Jorgensen gave a great session on branding your management organization. Aaron speaks from experience, having run a digital media agency for a decade, as well as teaching branding and marketing for a national design college prior to coming to TOPS. With CAMfire coming up soon, we wanted to share with you a great example of the kinds of sessions you'll find at CAMfire. Please enjoy!”
Running Up The Bills
Ever get the bill from your association lawyer only to be bowled over in shock at the pricetag? If the legal bills are too high, it might be time to take a look within - the board, that is. Here's a tip on how to use constraint to keep your legal bills low for your community association.
HOA Board Best Practices
“Serving on the HOA board can be a very rewarding experience, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. The board is tasked with making decisions for the betterment of the entire community, effectively managing finances, calmly dealing with disagreements, and much more. As a board member, it’s important to follow best practices and keep the best interest of the community as whole in mind. Here are five best practices to consider!”
The Community Manager Throughout History
“A community manager is tasked with keeping the community flowing smoothly. However, this isn’t a new position. The role of a community manager actually traces back to before the Great Depression, but the role has vastly changed due to the needs to the people and economy.” Check out this article for a brief look at how the role of the Community Manager has changes since the days of the Great Depression.
Surviving Job Loss
“You can begin your new job search by leveraging your contacts. Let everyone know that you are available; ask for references, introductions, advice and direction. Swallow your pride and be prepared to take a lesser position if it means you learn a new skill as well. Personally thank everyone who helped you whether they were directly responsible for your new gig or not. They were willing to help, and that is valuable. So my advice is: shake it off. Start today by doing the best job you can. Look ahead, the windshield is much larger than the rearview mirror.”
*Image credit: Jim Brennan