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MBA vs EMBA: Understanding the Difference

In today’s workplace competition is fierce.

The unemployment rate is down but many are still struggling to achieve the salary and position their education and experience merits. To gain an advantage, completing an advanced level degree such as an MBA or EMBA may be the answer. Graduates of these programs see benefits like better job security, promotions and raises. But which of these Master’s of Business Administration degrees is the better choice? Read on to understand the difference between an MBA and an EMBA, as we answer some frequently asked questions.

What makes them different?

Both an MBA and EMBA are Master’s of Business Administration degrees. What makes them different is the “E”. An abbreviation of Executive, the “E” encompasses the experienced level of the curriculum and students in an EMBA program.

An MBA is designed to prepare an entry-level or mid-level associate to enter an executive level position. Sometimes a student may even be a recent business school alum with very little out of the classroom experience. Since MBA students can be a bit green, programs tend to cover all aspects of business administration so that students leave carrying the knowledge to communicate with professionals across departments. Additionally, students are required to choose a specialty, such as supply chain management or strategy, to prepare for their future career.

EMBA students do not need to select a specialty since the majority will enter programs having already spent years in a management role. Since these individuals are currently supervisors and leaders within their company, the curriculum is geared towards helping them expand their skills, learn new techniques and grow as leaders. An EMBA program also differs from an MBA in its schedule. Classes are offered evenings and weekends so that students can maintain their full-time job while they pursue their degree.

Which has better benefits?

Both programs equip students with the tools they need to succeed at the executive level. Students graduate with the ability to run a team in an efficient and productive manner, and can apply their new knowledge to improve procedures and the work cycle. Increasing your value as an employee often comes with monetary benefits, such as a higher salary or raise.

How many years are needed to complete a Master’s of Business Administration?

A full-time MBA typically takes two years to complete. Some universities offer previous business majors the option of fast tracking their MBA and completing the program in one year. An EMBA takes a bit longer, usually two to three years. Electives are omitted from the course schedule and students are not required to choose a specialty, therefore completing the degree in two to three years is possible even though classes are only held evenings and weekends.

How can I manage going to school and working at the same?

The curriculum in a Master’s of Business Administration program is definitely demanding, and if you are planning on pursuing an MBA full-time you will need to leave your job to do so. Alternatively part time MBA programs and the EMBA are options for working professionals who want to earn their degree while remaining employed. Classes cater to the workweek and are offered on evenings and weekends so that you can balance your time between work and school.

How am I going to cover the cost of attendance?

Determining how to pay for your master’s can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. There are many options to help you afford the cost of attendance. If you don’t have savings to apply towards tuition you can take out a federal or private student loan, and see if you qualify for any scholarships. Your employer may also be willing to help.In 2009, 32% of companies completely reimbursed employees for the cost of their EMBA degree.

Inquire about company contribution or reimbursement for employees seeking advanced degrees. If financial burden is a concern, an EMBA might be the better program for you since students are able to continue working while pursuing their degree.

Is getting an MBA or EMBA worth the cost?

The payback period of an EMBA is just 17 months. In a marketplace where many degrees have a low impact on salary, graduates of MBA programs anticipate their salaries to increase by 33%. Investing in a Master’s of Business Administration is an almost guaranteed return on investment that will continue to benefit you long after the cost of attending is covered.

Get Rid of Your Chapped Lips in 4 Steps!

Chapped lips are not a big deal for some – they go through life with lips that look great whether they are wearing lip gloss or not. But for most people, chapped and dry lips are a problem. If not taken care of in time they can get worse, developing little cracks that bleed. You don’t have to let it get to that. I stumbled upon a great post on how to get rid of chapped lips. There are things that you can do every day to ensure that you lips are always soft, supple and looking gorgeous such as…

1. Apply petroleum jelly; yes, there are lots of expensive chap sticks out there that promise to do the magic trick but petroleum jelly that costs next to nothing, such as Vaseline, will do wonders. Petroleum jelly is so effective because it locks in moisture – the reason your lips are so dry in the first place is because they lose moisture faster than other areas of your skin. After applying and gently rubbing in petroleum jelly you can then follow it with a simple lip balm that contains moisturizer. Do this early in the morning before it gets hot and your lips start to dry out. For those who chap chronically applying a thin layer before bed helps.

2. The sun and the wind are not your friends when it comes to nice, soft lips. Think about it – when are your lips most chapped? Usually in the summer and winter months. In the summer, the heat is what dries them out and in the winter it is the wind. In summer, wear a lip balm that contains lots of moisturizer and that has SPF protection. In the winter, you may look dorky but cover your lips with a scarf before you step outside.

3. Start healing your lips from the inside by increasing your water intake. Yes, water, not other drinks. Many people don’t like the taste of water and they prefer to quench their thirst with other sugary drinks. This doesn’t work; if you want to have a healthier skin, including your lips, the answer is to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Start with a glass first thing when you wake up.

4. Don’t lick your lips; this is something that we all do often when we feel our lips drying out. Because the saliva dries so fast after you lick your lips it leaves them dryer than before. Instead of licking them keep a chap stick handy that you can apply when you feel them start to dry out.

Use these tips to keep your lips moisturized at all times.

Growing Your Restaurant In A Digital World

For a lot of businesses in the food industry, take out orders are a large part of the business. For fast food, take out orders make up a huge percentage of sales. How do I know this? Since I can remember, my family has always been in the restaurant business. My great grandfather opened a healthy deli in our hometown decades ago and it has always been manned by someone in our family.

As time moved on, we needed to adjust to the needs of our customers. We created a new website, offered free delivery but none of that mattered because we didn’t have an easy way for customers to purchase from us. That is until we found NetWaiter and learned about online ordering for restaurants.

Before having our own online ordering system we tried some of the famous portals out there but the margins they take are incredibly high – more than 10%! That means we would need to focus a lot more on volume of customers just to make up what we were losing out on.

After browsing the web for a new way to allow our customers to order food online from us, I found NetWaiter. Their benefits page goes into detail on how they pay directly, we would be in control of our brand (logo, color scheme, etc), and it cost less than portals. After a ten minute talk with a success specialist, I was convinced this was for us.

What is great is I don’t have to cancel my portal sites. All I need to do is refer customers to the new NetWaiter site and the portal will act as a free marketing tool!

Besides the fact that it offers a great way for our customers to order from us online, it has a whole slew of other amazing features…

  1. Mobile Ordering – This is one of my favorites. Our new website was set up to be mobile optimized, so having our NetWaiter site mobile optimized is a huge plus. When we ask some of our recurring customers how they usually order, they almost always say “on my phone”. Having everything easily load for them on their mobile device makes the process simple for them.
  2. Great Management Console – One thing I hate is complex systems. It’s not that I don’t want to spend the time learning, it’s that I don’t have the time in the first place! NetWaiter’s management console is super simple to use and makes the entire process of managing and organizing online orders a breeze.
  3. Integrates With Social Media –Everyone knows how important it is to have a social media presence but not a lot of people actually do it. I was stunned when I found out that with NetWaiter customers can now place their order from Facebook. How awesome is that?
  4. Email – Many of my friends who own businesses themselves always tell me how important it is to build an email list and market to them. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to reach your audience. Again, I was stunned at just how easy NetWaiter makes it. I can even send individual customers emails on their birthday :).

I definitely recommend checking out all of the features they offer here.

How To Deal With Long Car Rides

I love my family but I hate long car rides with them.

Not only do I get headaches easily but I also get carsick (motion sickness) very easily. I still can’t get on a boat without feeling nauseous!

We’ve decided to take a road trip to my husbands aunts house for Thanksgiving this year and I am already freaking out. Of course my husband thinks it’s hilarious and has been taunting me the whole day. His solution is to take a sleeping pill and sleep until we get there but I did that last year with horrible results. I took the sleeping pill at 11am, when we started the car ride, and woke up around 1pm. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I felt a little “off”. Of course, I didn’t know that the sleeping pill still hadn’t worn off. As we sat down to dinner someone handed me a glass of wine and that is literally the last thing I remember. From my husbands account, I had apparently started talking about how I never got over the death of my dog when I was sixteen. Then I laid my head down on my plate of food and fell asleep.

Needless to say, I don’t want that to happen again. So I’ve done my research this year and figured out how to deal with long car rides…

1. Give the kids movies and headphones

One of the big reasons why I get headaches is when my two kids start fighting in the backseat of the car. This year I hooked up two tablets to the front seats and will be giving them headphones to listen to it.

2. Take Bonine

Bonine is a freakin’ godsend for traveling. I swear it cures my motion sickness for a few hours. If you ever do traveling, buy some just incase.

3. Take Valerian Root

The safer alternative to a sleeping pill, Valerian root is all natural. It doesn’t make you fall asleep bot rather “promotes” relaxation which can put you to sleep. I have tried it before and was very happy with the results.

4. Listed To A Book On Tape

I have been getting behind on my reading and since I will be in a car for a few hours I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up. However, since I get bad motion sickness, I don’t want to risk it. That is why I decided to buy the same book I was reading but the audio version. This way I can skip up to the point I was at and finish up the book!