Saturday, May 24, 2014

Making Money As A Freelance Writer

One of the best ways to be able to "work from home" (which is a dream of many - working in whatever clothes they want to wear, during whatever hours they want to work!), is by becoming a freelance writer - but even though many people are perfectly qualified for and capable of making money as a freelance writer, many of them never achieve this goal because they have no clue how to go about doing this!

When most people think of freelance writing, they think of newspapers, magazines, and other journalistic-type areas of opportunity, but not only is work in these areas scarce, but it will not pay nearly as well as the money you could make doing other things; rather than looking to write for such areas (where competition is high to boot!), look to write for small businesses or for search engine marketers - which will allow you to write for websites and blogs, and will often allow you to write whatever you want!

Expanding your base of knowledge will also be important if you are wanting to make money as a freelance writer; rather than writing about the things everyone else is writing about, create an "area of expertise" - either becoming an expert in a particular field of writing, or becoming an expert on a particular topic.

And even if you are focusing on a particular area of expertise in your writing (heck, even if you are writing for newspapers and magazines!), one of the most important things for any freelance writer to understand these days is the principles that govern search engine optimization, as this will help you to be far more valuable to websites and blogs than those writers who are at a complete loss as to what search engine optimization means or how they can use it to their advantage. And of course, once you have a thorough understanding of search engine optimization, you will be able to start using it on your own - and soon, you will not only be working from home, but can be working from home, for yourself!


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tips For Having Fun At Work

Most people dream of working a job that they truly enjoy, and one of the reasons why they "dream" of this is because the job they actually work does not fit this bill. But while you will inevitably be able to find things about your job that you are not especially fond of, this would also be the case even if you landed your "dream" job, and once you realize this, it is easy to also start realizing that you can have fun in whatever job you work, as long as you decide to have fun and enjoy it - and in fact, you will also start to find that the more fun you have at work (the more you enjoy work!), the more productive you will be!

Having fun at work can be as simple as decdiding that you are going to start becoming friends with your coworkers; lots of people go to work, do their work, and go home, without ever making an effort to get to know those around them, but when you become friends with your coworkers, going to work and seeing them each day will become much more enjoyable.

Having fun at work can also be as simple as finding fun things that you can do while you are at work; for some people, this is listening to music, for others it is taking short breaks to work on a crossword puzzle, and for others it is simply getting up every once in a while and going for a walk.

And finally, having fun at work can often be as simple as working hard; when you make it your goal to truly work hard, you will start to feel much more fulfilled with your job, and this will in turn make your job a whole lot more enjoyable.

It is certainly easy to complain about your current job while you wait for that "dream job" to come your way, but it is nearly as easy to turn your current job into everything you wish for that dream job to be - and it is also much more rewarding!


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Exploring Three Ways To Increase Your Online Presence

One thing that will be extremely important if you have a business of your own will be that you are able to learn how to maximize all the great benefits offered by the Internet; after all, the Internet can be a great way for you to connect with your current customers, and can be a great way for you to gain new customers without spending a dime on advertising, but if you are not taking the proper steps to get the most out of your online presence, you will fail to capitalize on all the benefits the Internet has to offer!

The first thing you will want to do in order to make the most out of the Internet for your business is make sure you have a website; if you already have a website for your business, this might seem like an elementary need, but there are many small businesses out there wondering why they are not succeeding, and they have not even taken the time to build a website!

After the website for your business has been set up, you will want to make sure you are not just blindly adding content to this site, but are instead taking the time to learn as much as you can about the principles of search engine optimization, and are using these principles in order to ensure that you are showing up highly in search engine searches - as this will go a long way in helping you to gain new customers through the Internet.

And finally, make sure you understand the fact that social media (that is, such tools as Twitter, facebook, and LinkedIn) will be hugely beneficial in allowing you to connect with your customers and your potential customers; create an active presence on these sites, and you will be able to enjoy all the benefits that come as a result!

When it comes to building a successful business, there will be a lot of things that go into this, but when you take these steps to get the most out of the Internet, you will be a whole lot closer to achieving that success you desire!


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Running Your Small Business from a Distance

There are many problems that small business owners run into. Every line of business across the spectrum deal with the same issues as a general rule of thumb. Finding hard working staff that you can trust ends up being the main issue they deal with. If they cannot find high quality staff to work with they will find that the result mean they will end up spending much more time at their business than imagined. This leads to the work-life balance being completely ruined for them.

A book that focuses on restoring this work-life balance for business owners who need it is titled How to Succeed as a Small Business Owner and Still Have a Life. Success in your business really won't bring you any joy if there is no way for you to spend time away with your family. Your small business should help make your personal life more enjoyable and not to eliminate it. The intention of this book by Bill Collier was to provide guidance on a small business that can thrive without the owner being around.

Being a major tool of your business is essential for your staff if you hope to be able to run it successfully without needing to be there. A staff that is at the center of a business plan is the focus that Collier presents and develops. Making sure they are successful really directly relates to the values that you can provide to them. If you run your business by a strong set of values you will be able to help guide your employees without actually being with them. The ultimate goal of small business owners should be here.

Collier writes 20 chapters that center around goals. There is a specific process that he lines up including thinking of some goals, achieving them through focused planning, and then making sure you follow through on them. Laying out this three step process is meant to provide you with a base for your business. Success will be determined by how well you can run this business without the absolute necessity of your attendance. After some time you won't be constantly worrying when you are away from it.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to Own Your Area Through Relationships

It is very important to establish a presence for your business in the area you have your home office in. The best area for your business to pick up the easy sales should be in the community surrounding although it can be easier said than done. There are effective techniques that you can use to exploit this area and keep all of your competitors away from it. The best technique to use and accomplish this goal is to build solid relationships in your neighborhood through personal interactions. All your business dealings are centered around these relationships.

Your current customers will statistically be more loyal to you the more often you see them. A great habit to get into is to make personal visits to all of your current customers as often as your schedule allows. Your customers will feel like they are dealing with a person instead of a business and will develop a bond with you on that level. Competitors will have little chance at stealing these clients since your will have a personal connection with them.

Acquiring new customers in this way can be much harder. It may seem like a waste of time to stay in touch with them since they have already told you 'no'. Yet they will turn somewhere else for a provider if their current one does them wrong. In this case you want to make sure you are the first person they contact about a switch. So the first time that they have a major issue you will be on speed dial since you have been in touch with them this entire time.

If you want to maximize the business in your immediate surroundings do so through relationship building. Remember that ‘no’ often means ‘not now’ and not ‘never’. If you want to distance yourself from the competition this is the mentality you need to have. By being in constant contact with those in your community you will develop a reputation as a stand up business person to deal with.


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tips For Providing Good Customer Service

One of the most important things in order for you to achieve success in your business will be that you do a good job of treating your customers well; after all, customers have plenty of choices when it comes to who they will give their time and money to, and if you are not careful, it will be easy for you to fall out of favor with them - but while it is quite easy to understand exactly why good customer service is important, it can be much more difficult at times to know exactly what you should aim to do in order to provide good customer service.

When a customer visits you in your store (or even when they call you - or even when they visit your website!), you will hope for them to make a purchase, but you will also want to make sure that you do not harass them in your efforts to nudge them in this direction; learn to help your customers as much as they need, but to do so in such a way that they do not feel that you are "pushing" them to buy.

Making it easy for people to make returns and exchanges is another big part of having success in business (even though this might seem counterproductive on the surface!); a lot of times, customers will end up with the wrong product through no fault of their own, or will end up with a product that is defective, and when you are able to build a reputation with customers of being a place that works with them when this happens, they will be far more likely to turn your way when it is time to shop.

And always giving your customers a place they will want to come back to will be the biggest thing of all for customer service, which often entails treating them with respect and always making them feel welcome each time they step into your store.

As you go through all the things you will do in order to achieve success with your business, make sure you keep customer service in mind - always realizing that this is as important as anything else when you want your business to thrive.


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tips For Keeping Conversations Short

It is often said that time is money; even if you disagree with this, you surely feel that time is an important asset. Time can be anything from money to leisure to fun, but whatever the case, time is an important element for many of us. And even though it might seem funny to figure out how to "end conversations quickly," it is also true that you sometimes find yourself in conversations you would prefer to keep short. Regardless of whether these conversations end up occurring with a neighbor, a coworker, or a stranger, you will find that you have more time if you learn how to keep these conversations short.

Be polite: When aiming to end a conversation quickly, the best thing you can do is to summon every ounce of politeness you can muster. If you are rude to someone when trying to end a conversation quickly, you may find that the conversation actually ends up dragging on longer. If, on the other hand, you are polite and friendly, it becomes much easier to graciously end the conversation, as your counterpart can leave the conversation feeling fulfilled.

Recognize what most people want to talk about: Even though a conversation is supposed to be an exchange between two people, most poeple would much rather be engaged in a "conversation" that focuses on nothing but their own self. If you are trying to keep a conversation short, turn every question they ask you back to them; the sooner they tell you all the things they want to tell you, the sooner they will feel all right exiting the conversation!

Know how to graciously finish: The toughest part of keeping conversations short is often the closing, as people try to make excuses that usually sound like exactly that: excuses. Instead, you should always end the conversation in the same, short, simple way: tell the person that you enjoyed talking with them, and say that you look forward to catching up with them again in the future.

If you follow these tips, you will not only be able to keep conversations short when you need to, but you will also do so in a manner that leaves your counterpart feeling fulfilled!


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