Management Strategies

Books to Get You Ready for Your Entrepreneurial Goals

Are you confused why everyone is crowding the malls, shopping until they max out their credit cards? Some of us take a while to get to the place where we realize we want something more out of life. And though we all still need clothes to wear when it gets cold, we don’t all need all the stuff.

This becomes much more apparent when you’re ready to start your own business. Suddenly, you may find yourself scouring the bookstore shelves to learn how to secure funding or the best ways to manage people. We’ve read almost everything we can get our hands on, and our family entertainment center software reflects that expertise. But, maybe you’re just starting out. Looking for books to read to get you going? Keep reading for a list of classics and new kids on the block.

Self-Employed by Joel Comm and John Rampton

This book is a little bit of a test. Essentially, the book contains stories about real entrepreneurs who made it happen, and asks you to relate. If you don’t? Well, we’re not saying you don’t have the skills, but starting your own business may be easier with them. We all have to choose at some point whether we want to work for someone else or strike out on our own. This may help you decide which kind of person you really are.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Ah, social media: the ultimate time-waster. This book teaches you how to avoid social media, email chimes, and other distractions that keep you from getting important things done. Being able to dive deep into the work is the goal here.

What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore

Passionate about trampoline parks? You know we are. But are you? Moore helps motivate and inspire you to take that leap of faith, and turn your passion into a business. She includes plenty of tips and strategies to get you moving.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

This behemoth contains highlights and interviews that Ferriss touches on in his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. By digging into the minds of some of the most successful and influential, Ferriss allows us to see how other people think. Ready to pick up some new routines and tactics? Grab this brick and attack it over the next year.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This book explores how habits influence everything we do in life. So, whether you want to quit smoking, or just understand why you put off the things you want to do, this book could be the answer. And yes, this does include tips on how you can change and create new habits to be the person you want to be. But, no, it won’t help you run your trampoline park (though we can help with that).

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

You know how people say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, that’s pretty much what Manson says in his hilarious book. Embracing the things that you do well is important, but so is understanding what you’re not so good at. Nice.

You are A Badass by Jean Sincero

Looking for some motivation? Go out and get this book. Sincero aims to give you that shot in the arm you’ve been needing with lines like, “Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.” Ready for someone to give you a hug and tell you you’re amazing?

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Looking for more? How about less? This book aims to help you trim the fat and focus on what’s important. So, no more multi-tasking and no more distractions. If it’s not the most important thing, don’t let it take up your time.

What else should be added to the list? Anything we need to read in the new year?

If you’re ready to dive in and start your business next year, we wish you all the luck. And, let’s face it, you’re going to need more than luck. So call us to learn more about the best trampoline park point of sale software in the biz today.

The Slow Season: The Best Time to Test and ReTool

You may be thinking that summer is the best time of year for your trampoline park or family entertainment center, but how much would you like being busy every moment of every day of your life? We need sleep, guys.

And even though you may be wandering around your park and thinking of pulling in people off the street, restrain yourself and keep reading. We have a few reasons why you may love this time of year after all.

The Slow Season

A slow season is a great time to re-calibrate. When we’re busy, we often react to issues and problems. We don’t have time to think or analyze. This can feel like we’re getting plenty done, but is it being done well? Nobody wants to feel like a short-order cook.

In fact, taking time to analyze why you’ve done things a certain way is the best way to illuminate what you’re doing right, and what you can fix. This is the time to check in with employees, ask questions, and test theories you were too busy to try before.

It’s a great time to update your website too. Make sure your hours are listed, and the phone number links correctly so people can click and call when they find your site on their mobile devices. Also, check to make your location is clear and your photographs look professional. If they don’t, it’s a good time to update them.

If your sad old point of sale system is barely limping along, it’s time for an upgrade. The last think your business needs is an out-of-date system that crashes or doesn’t work properly. Your birthday party booking software should make your life easier, not harder. Plus, did you know that Active8 can help streamline your entire system?

Keep yourself busy, test theories, reorganize, and ask your employees what they think could be improved. If you’re ready to upgrade your family entertainment center point of sale system, well, we can help with that. Call us at 1 (888) 500-2618 to learn more and schedule a demo today.

How to Get Your Employees to Feel Invested

Memorial Day signals the real beginning of spring for so many kids throughout the country. Summer vacation is close, and might already be in full swing in your neighborhood. It's a big day for barbecuing and getting ready for summer. So, with the Memorial Day dust settled, how did you feel about your first trampoline park's foray into summer? Maybe you're looking to upgrade your Trampoline Park Point of Sale Software. (If you are, we can help.) But, if you're looking for improvements from your employees, keep reading to learn how to help them feel more invested in what you do.

Make Work Fun

Having a good team that gets along can make all the difference between happy employees and workers who can't wait to punch out. Encouraging your team to get along with a quick get-to-know-you game or party can help them like coming to work a little more. They might not show how happy they are on the outside, but getting a chance to learn a little about each other can really help down the road when they need to switch shifts or pass the time on a quiet morning.

Game-ify It

Encourage good work ethic by showing employees that their extra efforts won't go unrewarded. You don't need to offer a huge bonus to make it worth their while. Buy a gift card every once in a while and have a competition. Who can sell the most grippy socks in a week? Who can make the perfect ice cream cone swirl? 

If you're looking for Trampoline Park Software, Trampoline Park POS, or Birthday Party Booking Software for your trampoline park give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 today to learn more about Active8 POS.