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Applying Feng Shui in Retail Environments

picture-31 If you are serious about your retail business succeeding, I strongly recommend hiring a qualified Feng Shui Consultant. The tips I offer here are helpful, but each situation has unique factors that someone with a trained eye and knowledge can help you find the right solution for. But here are some things you can try now:

Become Your Customer

The best exercise to perform when evaluating your retail space from a feng shui perspective is to pretend that you are a customer. Walk out of your establishment, get a cup of coffee, or have a brisk walk away from your business. Clear your head. On your return, look at your space from the point of view of never having seen it before. Have a pen and a piece of paper handy. Jot down your answers to these questions:

How does it feel when you approach your establishment?

How does it feel when you enter?

Is it inviting?

What was your first impression?

The main thing you are looking to find to apply feng shui in retail are obvious issues such as clutter, bad placement of signs, or poor display of your products. Maybe you notice where you need some paint touch up or small repairs.

That is a good place to start. Do this when you feel business is slipping. That is a sign something is "stuck" in your store.

Lighting:

The other thing to keep in mind is lighting. You want people to see your products clearly, and you want the light to cast a favorable glow. Having good light will increase the energy of your store. It will also require you to keep your merchandise clean; the light will show off flaws as well as benefits!

The exception to this recommendation is regarding certain restaurants that wish to create an atmosphere with dim, romantic lighting.

One other recommendation is to apply scent and music to improve the environment. Be sure the music is appropriate for the clientele and don't overdo it on the scents. Subtle but pleasant is the right approach.

Once you've got all the customer's senses working for you, applying feng shui in retail environments is a snap. Just make certain the space is beautiful, nothing jars, there's room to move about, and your products are displayed attractively.

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9 Ways to Pump Up Retail Sales with Feng Shui

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If you're in business, there's nothing better than hearing the cash register ring. Every time you make a sale, it's a thrill - no matter whether your business is online or a retail establishment.

But when the sales don't come in, it's extremely frustrating. You wonder why your products aren't moving, why the phone isn't ringing or the sales just aren't coming.When you're ready to see more sales start streaming in, it helps to understand some of the key principles of feng shui. Once you do, you'll see how you can stimulate movement if sales have been flat  -- and help start the flow of sales again.Follow these tips to help you get that cash register ringing.

1. Change your merchandise.Feng shui likes movement and flow. Rotating your merchandise is one way to both keep your merchandise fresh and the sales stimulated. In a retail establishment, keep rotating seasonal merchandise and regularly mix up the floor plan of the store. Sometimes just moving the merchandise to a new location can make sales. In an online business, move your offerings around and have a variety of options at a variety of price points. Point out different items you have to sell at various times.

2. Make use of the lucky corner. These are the feng shui power corners. The corners opposite and diagonal to the door are the "lucky corners" that can be used to create a special corner with special offerings or unique products. These corners are perfect areas to add extra eye-catching details, too. Add lighting and plants in the lucky corners to add extra growth and fame energy - which also stimulates sales.

3. Hide the bathroom. I shopped at a local boutique for five years before I ever noticed there was a restroom in the establishment. Never call attention to a bathroom. Because these are "yin" spaces, they'll drain sales, so don't make them prominent in your business unless you want sales to go down the toilet.

4. Be a sore thumb. Yep, that's right. Sticking out is good feng shui and captures people's attention -- always a good idea when you want to make sales. Find a way to catch someone's attention in a unique and unusual way and you will help draw attention to a product, and lead your customer to the cash register.

5. Show gratitude.Gratitude is excellent feng shui because it creates goodwill, and that often keeps businesses afloat. Make sure customers know you're happy they made a purchase with you. You can do this with a free gift, a note tucked into the purchase, even a label on the box (if you ship) that says "thank you for your purchase." How could you show your customers that you appreciate them?

6. Be friendly. Customers like to feel appreciated and that you're happy they're there. Atmosphere is critical in feng shui.  An atmosphere that is welcoming and warm helps bring in more customers and is just as important as great merchandise. One very popular local hamburger restaurant greets customers as they walk in the door and says a hearty "thank you" as they walk out the door. The whole restaurant has a family feel about it and it creates long-term repeat business because the customers feel welcome there.

7. Hire the right people. The right people will create a positive feeling in your business and your customers will be happy when they interact with them. Good employees will create more goodwill with your clients and will a draw more customers.  These employees also create good chi for the business. Customers will continue to come to your business when your employees are knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant.

Marie Burgos

www.manobluedesign.com

marie@manobluedesign.com 

 

Feng Shui means Business!

If you have read my previous posting:

WHAT DOES IT TAKES TO BE A DONALD TRUMP BUSINESS?

You must be well aware of all the benefits of Feng shui for your business...

 

Now, have you asked yourself those questions:

 

Are you energized when you are in your office, or do you feel tired?

Would you like to improve teamwork and reduce health costs?

Does your business experience high employee turnover, unstable earnings or tense relationships?

Are you planning to move into a new office building?

 

 

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 If  you answered "yes" to any of these questions - then you may need my Feng Shui consultation services.

 

A FENG SHUI CONSULTATION May Include a Review and Analysis of the Following Services:

Determining Proper Placement of Furniture, Artwork, Decorations, Plants and Symbols.

Implementing the Five natural Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Determine the Most Powerful Location to Place a Desk and Locate Important Offices.

Arranging Work Spaces and Offices for Peak Performance and Peaceful Interpersonal Relationships.

Checking Ergonomic Flow in Offices to Ensure Safety, Increase Productivity, and Reduce Health Risks.

Clearing Clutter and Freeing Resources.

Bringing in Color to Calm or Enliven Offices, Lunch Rooms and Reception Areas.

Reducing Electromagnetic Stress.

Clearing Unhealthy Energies in a Building with Space Clearing.

Evaluating Buildings and Properties

 

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For your office, cubicle, home office FENG SHUI solutions, contact Manoblue Design 

marie@manobluedesign.com  www.manobluedesign.com

Be in "The Command position" at the Office

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What is being in "The Command Position"at the office?

You don't need to be the CEO to be in the command position, each of us can and should be in our Command Position. Feeling empowered, feeling safe, being recognized by others and reduce stress are all entities we want to have at the office.

 

Here are some guidelines for the placement of your desk to be in control of your life at work: 

The position:

Specifically for the office, it is important to face the door.

Avoid placing yourself directly in front of the door but in the farthest corner, in diagonal from the door. It offers the best command position.

 

The benefits:

Seating in the command position gives you power and control over your space. You can see people coming in and out and are never surprised. It helps with your confidence, your feeling of being prepared and your stress level.

 

The threat:

 Sitting where you can’t see what is going on behind you makes you feel tense and vulnerable. The consequences can be multiple. You could be in conflict with your colleagues or boss. You also can go unnoticed and passed for promotions and projects that are of interest for you. You can feel undermined. You can also have difficulties concentrating, being productive and bringing projects to their end. In addition, this position creates stress and tension for your back and can affect your health in general.

 

The solutions:

Of course, it is not always possible to move your desk around because you work in a cubicle or because of the size or shape of the room but in Feng Shui “cures” can be applied to address these issues. 

Ensure you are seating on a solid chair that is high enough to protect your neck and head. 

Put a picture of a mountain in the inside of the back of your chair for support or the picture or business card of your boss to get his support. 

Install a small mirror on your desk that allows you to see who is coming behind you so you are never surprised. 

Make a list of your objectives and goals and display it on your desk so you can read them everyday.

 

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design LLC

www.manobluedesign.com

marie@manobluedesign.com 

GROWING YOUR WEALTH WITH FENG SHUI: "THE SPIRITUAL STEPS"

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Growing wealth will involve good placement in your environment but it is also very important to address your own personal thoughts and behavior towards money. Wealth starts with attitude.

Changing Your Inward attitudes about Money

1. Pay attention to how you handle money every day. Do you keep paper money neatly sorted in your wallet or money clip, or is it jammed in there any old way, or crumpled up at the bottom of your pocket? Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet, and start handling your money as though you value it. Balance your checkbook regularly and pay your bills on time. Put your checkbook in an attractive cover (choose green, purple, red, blue, or black) and keep it in the wealth area of your desk - that's the rear left corner again -- or in the wealth area of your office.

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2. Live generously. Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Having it immobilized in, work against more coming in, while giving generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don't yet have ample money to share, give of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.

3 Create a “financial plan” that speaks your dreams and desires. Put together a board of images, words and even figures of things you want to acquire. Those will inspire you when you see them everyday and reinforce the intentions you have.

4 Count your Blessings like gold. Take a few moments every evening to think about all the good things that happened to you today and to express your gratitude for what you have received. Small things count, too, it doesn’t all have to be spectacular. It's not what happened that's important; it's getting in the habit of focusing on the positive side of things every day that matters. The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.

A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. As you de-clutter, repair, and accessorize your wealth area keep in mind your final intentions and be positive about the path that you are taking to bring abundance in your life. You will start by celebrating being rich in friends and family, rich with good moments, rich with ideas then material blessings will come to you as well.

Marie Burgos

Tel: 917-353-9149

marie@manobluedesign.com

www.manobluedesign.com

"GROWING YOUR WEALTH WITH FENG SHUI"

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Why do some people feel wealthy with a few dollars and others poor with Millions? The answer is: Attitude. Wealth is a state of mind!

There is an endless pool of wealth in the universe, enough for everyone; you can have everything you desire. You just need to think you have abundance and prosperity around you. And the place to start with is actually inside your home.

Feng Shui used properly in the Prosperity area of your home could create many changes in your life, you could:

Get a raise

Receive unexpected money

Make more money with your business

Have money to go on a dream vacation

Acquire a stable income

Increase wealth for good things in life

Find inner peace and true happiness with what you have in life

There are three main steps you need to consider in order to create more wealth:

1- Define your intentions

2- Locate and create areas that will boost your financial success

3- Study your attitude about money.

Defining your intentions:

1- Know what you want: The strength of your intention is what makes your success with Feng Shui. If you are enthusiastic and excited with an idea or a project, your energy level is so much higher than if you don’t really believe in it. When you focus on an unsatisfactory situation, your energy becomes stuck there. You need to approach things with optimism, confidence, enthusiasm and panache! This helps keeping the energy high to feed the project.

2- Make a list of things that you desire or want to achieve. Doing this helps you clarify your intentions. So be bold! Take a notepad or open a new document on your computer and make a list of 108 things you want to do or have in your life (It sounds like a lot but it is a multiple of 9: the Feng Shui Lucky number). Each time you achieve one you should cross it off and send your thanks to God or the Universe.

3- Make affirmations of what you want or where you want to be like though you are already there. Good examples are “My financial resources are increasing steadily every day”, “I always have what is necessary for my family”, “Money comes to me regularly and easily”, etc…

It is important to clarify your intentions to reach your objectives. Feng Shui will help you to do so in different steps.

A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. As you de-clutter, repair, and accessorize your wealth area keep in mind your final intentions and be positive about the path that you are taking to bring abundance in your life. You will start by celebrating being rich in friends and family, rich with good moments, rich with ideas then material blessings will come to you as well.

You will find all tips for the practical and spiritual ways of growing your wealth on the “Growing your wealth with Feng Shui” articles series.

Marie Burgos

Tel: 917-353-9149

marie@manobluedesign.com

www.manobluedesign.com