So You Want To Start A Business...?

I will be the first to admit- I never imagined myself owning a business. I knew that I loved business, I wanted to work, but carving out my place in the working world involved a bit of trial and error. In many ways, I stumbled in my industry and I am so thankful to have... Read more »

Stress... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Today’s election will determine who will run our country for the next 4 years. It really makes you start to think—if any of us feel stress or pressure in our jobs, can you imagine how much stress the President deals with everyday? There are two types of stress: positive and negative. Positive stress keeps you... Read more »

The Art of Public Speaking

Did you know most Americans fear public speaking more than they fear death?  If you are one of the many, fear not!  I am one of those who does not enjoy speaking in front of large audiences, so I wanted to share my favorite tips and tricks that I use to help make public speaking a... Read more »
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The 10 Best iPhone Apps for Small Businesses

From games to ringtones to mobile banking, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of applications in the Apple App Store. But why not use these user-friendly apps to your advantage? It seems like there is an app for everything–and lucky for us, it makes everyday living and working even easier. Here are... Read more »

How To Land Your Dream Job in 2012

In today’s (or any!) economy, searching for a job can be overwhelming. There are times when it may feel like you are competing against every qualified candidate and there is no way to make yourself stand out. Here are some of my favorite tips for a successful job search in 2012: DO: -Utilize job sites... Read more »

Time versus Money

GUEST POST BY GREG WALSTRA Itʼs the conclusion that all busy and affluent people come to at some point in life: Once you have more money than you need, money is no longer the most precious resource you must save up and spend wisely. Time is the only resource for which there is an unchangeable... Read more »
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Calm, Cool & Collected

One of the biggest things to learn when entering the corporate world is how to stay calm, cool and collected under pressure. Any job, whether it is working for yourself, being the boss, or having 10 bosses, will have stressful situations. Most often, these stressful times pop up out of nowhere and you don’t see... Read more »

Don't Let the Audience See You Sweat

Public speaking can be a stressful and daunting task, no matter what industry you work in. Many of us have taken a speech class in college or a speech seminar at work, but public speaking really comes down to one thing: confidence. You may have heard the age-old points to “imagine the audience naked” or... Read more »

Sifting to Simplify

The single most important aspect to succeeding at your job is being organized. Yet, for many people, it’s a nearly impossible task that creates more stress than it relieves. Being organized is key to staying on track when it comes to tackling various assignments (aka. multi-tasking!). The overall benefit is a stress-reduced work environment and... Read more »
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Hierarchy Stops Here

A major factor in the success of making your employees happy is balancing their work world and their private lives. As a young, urban professional, I understand that the world of work culture is rapidly changing with the emergence of a more playful and fun work environment. There are many small and simple steps to... Read more »
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    Before founding Alter Ego Concierge, Caitlin Hofherr worked as the director of a lifestyle management and staffing agency in New York, catering to the needs of elite clientele ranging from Fortune 500 CEO’s to today's biggest celebrities. Beginning her career in the fashion industry working in public relations, Caitlin brought unparalleled customer service to the staffing industry, finding the perfect fit for her clients' household needs. Highly regarded by her clients and peers in the industry, Caitlin has taken her expertise to Chicago, establishing Alter Ego Concierge to bring the finest in lifestyle management services. Alter Ego Concierge is Chicago’s premier full service concierge and domestic staffing agency, offering clients the ability to truly maximize their time to live a stress free life. Caitlin is a contributor at Simply Magnificent, the blog for the Ritz Carlton Residences of Chicago, and has been featured on DailyCandy, ABC News Chicago, Chicago Parent, NBC Chicago, and Mommy On A Shoestring Radio. Caitlin lives in, and loves, Chicago.

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