Practically Prepared

Practically Prepared Practically Prepared strives to provide individuals, families and organizations the tools and resources they need to plan for when life happens.
We are a family owned, female led business that strives to provide individuals, families and organizations the tools and resources they need to prepare for the unexpected challenges and opportunities in life.

My husband works 125 miles from where we live and commutes during the week. On a Friday night, he called to say that he was about 40 miles from home…3 and a half hours later, he still wasn’t home and was not answering his cell phone. The corridor he drives is known for accidents and there have been several treacherous incidents in the last several years. Fearing the worst, I began panicking – and my way of dealing with panic is to try and plan for every contingency. .. If he needed medical attention, did I know his allergies and enough of his medical history to help? Who was his doctor? Where was his medical directive? Did he even have one? If the worst happened, did I know the passcodes to all of our accounts? I knew the name of our financial broker but all of his contact information was in my husband’s cell phone. Which company executed his life insurance? What were his final wishes? What would I tell our toddler son...and how could I manage crisis - gathering all the necessary information - while being the mom he would need? Fortunately for me, my husband arrived home a while later – safe and sound. But that weekend we started talking…could we step into the other’s shoes if something happened? Did we know enough to make the best decisions during a time of chaos? We were faced with the ugly truth; that while we considered ourselves organized, forward thinking individuals, we weren’t prepared. Then we thought: we can’t be the only ones. Thinking led to action…we searched for a company that could meet our need of gathering essential information, planning for the unexpected and talking through some of the tough questions. Not finding the right resource…Practically Prepared was created…your source to plan for when life happens.

Mission: We want individuals, families and organizations to have the tools and resources to gather and centralize essential documents, share pertinent information with loved ones and key members of their staff, and have the support and tips they need to conduct difficult conversations.

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06/13/2014
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We are hiring Outside Sales Specialists in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

If you want career stability, recognition for a job well-done and a balance between work & life, join the Practically Prepared family (www.practically-prepared.com). As a member of our sales team, you will enjoy a career that can provide substantial commission of up to 30% while providing a flexible schedule.

Benefits:
-Commissions are uncapped and begin at your first dollar in sales providing the potential for a lucrative career.
-Performance-based and longevity bonuses
-Plenty of opportunity for professional growth and advancement
-Paid product training and professional development
-Flexible schedule with local travel
-Supportive environment and team style leadership

Job Responsibilities:
-Identify and acquire high quality, long-term, "Preferred" customers to support company growth;
-Give sales presentations to prospective customers at their businesses, local trade shows and meeting places, etc. You may also ride with a sales manager at intervals to learn new techniques and product knowledge;
-Create and implement proactive outbound communications and internal customer follow up to engage prospective clients and referrals to generate new opportunities and positively, maintain relationships;
-Conduct prospect research and identify new customer bases;
-Identify customer needs and match those needs to our company products and services;
-Establish and maintain contact with new and current customers to ensure satisfaction and long-term retention;
-Accurately maintain accounting documentation records;
-Meet established sales and retention objectives;
-Keep up to date on new products by attending company training and departmental meetings;

Qualifications:
-At least a high school diploma or GED
-Preferred sales experience
-A continued willingness to learn and grow professionally
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Interested candidates should submit a resume to:

E-Mail: [email protected]
Mail:
Careers
Practically Prepared
P.O. Box 5366
Glen Allen, Virginia 23058-5366

As we are hiring in multiple states and cities right now, in the subject line of your email or within your cover letter, please be certain to identify which City you are applying for.

05/29/2014
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As we rapidly expand our product line and additional consulting and workshop opportunities, we are looking to add to our team!

Practically Prepared is hiring (contracted, commission-based) Outside Sales Specialists in the following markets:

Virginia:
-Central Virginia (application deadline = 6/3)
-Williamsburg (application deadline = 6/3)
-Hampton Roads area and Virginia Beach (including Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, Hampton, VA Beach) (application deadline = 6/10)
-Fredericksburg (application deadline = 6/3)
-North Virginia & DC (application deadline = 6/22)

Florida:
-Daytona Beach (application deadline = 7/29)
-Miami (application deadline = 7/7)
-Tampa (application deadline = 7/29)
-Orlando (application deadline = 7/29)
-Fort Lauderdale (application deadline = 7/7)
-West Palm Beach (application deadline = 7/7)

North Carolina:
-Raleigh (application deadline = 8/14)
-Charlotte (application deadline = 8/14)

Anyone looking to join a great team and for a flexible opportunity with great growth potential can find a full job description at www.practically-prepared.com.

For questions, comments or to submit a resume, please email us at [email protected]

We are hiring for Outside Sales Specialists!
05/29/2014

We are hiring for Outside Sales Specialists!

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As we continue to celebrate Pet Week, here's a great list of things to remember to do during Spring to take care of your pet.

And don't forget to post a picture of your pet on our site for a chance to win!

Spring is finally here, and the sun is shining at last. It’s the perfect time to load your family in the car and head to the park or do some spring cleaning around the house. Before you prepare to enjoy the fresh air, consider a few tips for keeping your furry friends safe and happy this spring.

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05/05/2014

As we continue to celebrate our pets, we are reposting our refrigerator card for pet owners. Taking a few minutes to fill out and post this card can help ensure your pets have the care they need should an emergency arise. You can download a pdf from our website at www.practically-prepared.com

Don't forget about our pet contest! Post pictures of your pets for a chance to win a gourmet basket & our new Pet Workbook.

Today starts National Pet Week (May 4-11)!   In honor of the joy, companionship, healing and protection our pets bring, ...
05/04/2014

Today starts National Pet Week (May 4-11)! In honor of the joy, companionship, healing and protection our pets bring, we're going to hold a contest this week.

To enter, simply post a picture of your pet on our page by Midnight, Thursday, May 8th.

The winner will receive a gourmet pet basket which includes treats, toys and our brand new Pet Workbook (the toolkit to ensure you have all of your pet's information centralized & their care planned for should anything happen).

To kick us off, here are my two loves, Maggie and Abbey:

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04/08/2014

In our house, our two dogs are a part of our family. In an emergency (or even just when the sitter is watching them while we're on vacation), we want to be sure they are well taken care of. That's why we've created a pet card for your fridge - to provide information on care, food, special instructions, vet contact info, etc.

To download and print this card as a pdf (rather than the facebook jpeg), visit www.practically-prepared.com and check out our resource library.

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To download/print the Childcare Provider Fridge Card as a pdf, visit our library at www.practically-prepared.com

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Thank you to all of our friends for stopping by and visiting us at the Richmond Southern Women's Show! We enjoyed getting to meet knew people and sharing our resources!

03/21/2014

We are looking forward to kicking off the Richmond Southern Women's Show tomorrow! If you attend the show, please stop by and say hi.

03/18/2014

Last pair of tickets to the Richmond Southern Women's Show this weekend. First person to reply to this post gets them.

03/17/2014

2 free tickets to this weekend's Richmond Southern Women's Show to the first 3 people that post "I Want Them".

An amazing reminder to love & care for those that loved & cared for us.
03/14/2014

An amazing reminder to love & care for those that loved & cared for us.

My dear girl, the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don't interrupt to say: "You said the same thing a minute ago"... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don't want to take a bath, don't be mad and don't embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don't look at me that way ... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life's issues every day... the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we're talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can't, don't be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don't let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don't feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I'll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I've always had for you, I just want to say, I love you ... my darling daughter.

Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

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