Vegan Shortbread – Celebrate Christmas

Vegan Shortbread

Vegan Shortbread is the modern, healthier, cruelty free version of the modified recipe which dates back nearly eight hundred years. Shortbread was originally introduced to the market as a biscuit bread which was made from left-over bread dough that had been sweetened and dried in the oven to form a hard, dry rusk. This custom belonged to the whole of the British Isles not just to Scotland and remains a tasty British favourite.

Over time leavening was lost from the recipe and butter was added changing the recipe from a bread base to a crumbly rusk base. This made shortbread an expensive treat that was only bought or made for special occasions and celebrations such as Christmas and Hogsmanay. The large amount of butter is what makes shortbread so crumbly and addictive. When making vegan shortbread make sure you use dairy free butter that is free from hydrogenated fats.

Today, shortbread is an abundant favourite among the British Isles and is more abundant than ever at Christmas. In fact I’d go as far as to say it wouldn’t be Christmas with out shortbread. You can have lots of family fun making and decorating shortbread with your children at Christmas and it makes a wonderful, cheaper but more thoughtful Christmas gift.

So here’s my favourite vegan shortbread Christmas Recipe that will leave you wanting to make a second, third and fourth batch.

 

VEGAN SHORTBREAD – The Recipe

 

PREP TIME      5 mins

COOK TIME    15 mins

TOTAL TIME   20 mins

Serves around: 20 cookies

Perfect for Christmas day or to give as gifts!

 INGREDIENTS

200g / ¾ cup + 2tbsp dairy-free butter

1 tsp vanilla paste or essence

100g / ½ cup caster sugar

300g / 2½ cups plain flour, sifted

Icing Sugar to decorate

Cinnamon to decorate

INSTRUCTIONS

Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together. Stir in the flour and mix into a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 160c / 140c (fan) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Once the dough is chilled, roll out to approximately ½ cm thickness and cut into shapes. Place on the baking sheet, sprinkle with a little extra sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown at the edges, turning half way through to ensure even baking.

Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before decorating. Decorate the biscuits however you fancy, we’ve made ours into Christmas Trees.

Then place in a box, bag or jar, sift a small mixture of cinnamon and icing sugar over the arrangement (if required), package and give away.

 

Merry  Christmas and Enjoy!

 

Shortbread Christmas Treas

 

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For more Vegan Christmas Recipes

Low-Carb Diet, High-Carb Diet, Which Carb Diet and Why?

 Low carb diet

Low-Carb Diets – They’re Not Good For You!

Dr Michael Greger, M.D wrote that a Low-Carb Diet is Metabolically Like Being Obese. But doesn’t this go against everything that the popularist diet books tell us. Why does Dr Greger tell us different?

It’s plain and simple. Each and every year Dr Gregor reads the published research on all aspects of health and well-being so you don’t have to. He then filters the down to the ‘general public who want to be educated’.  Along with other professionals such as Dr Ornish, Dr Campbell, Dr Bernard and Dr McDougall Dr Greger tries to provide us with balanced information that can help us to choose wisely.

I’m not an expert on Carbs, high or low but I do know that once you take refined carbs out of your diet and stick to a plant based diet your metabolism, weight and optimal health return to normal. I’ve tried it, I’ve just lost two stone or 28 pounds in just six months following Dr McDougall’s Starch Solution book. I feel amazing, I have more energy than my normal and I can breath again. My allergies and asthma symptoms are reducing significantly. AND WHY? Because I listened then I took Action.

Anyhow, because I’m not a specialist I thought that I’d bring the information straight to your table from someone who is.  The below information is taken from Dr Greger’s website and is straight to the point.

Have a great read, absorb the information and take ACTION!

 

How a Low-Carb Diet is Metabolically Like Being Obese

Written by: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on November 22nd, 2016

‘Free fatty acids (meaning fat circulating in the bloodstream not packaged into triglycerides) result in inflammation, toxic fat breakdown products, and oxidative stress, which can gum up the insulin receptor pathway and lead to insulin resistance in our muscles. Insulin resistance is what causes pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. I explain the process in my video What Causes Insulin Resistance? As the level of fat in the blood rises, the body’s ability to clear sugar from the blood drops dramatically.

Where does this fat in our blood that’s wreaking all this havoc come from? It comes from the fat that we eat and from the fat that we wear.

The number of fat cells we have stays constant in adulthood. The way researchers figured that out is by measuring the amount of radioactive carbon still trapped in our DNA from all the nuclear bomb tests. After massive weight loss, our fat cells shrink as they offload fat, but the number stays the same. Conversely, when we gain weight, our fat cells stretch as we pack more and more into each individual fat cell. So, when our belly, butt, or thighs get big, we’re not adding more fat cells, we’re just cramming more fat into each cell. At a certain point, our cells become so bloated that they spill fat back into the bloodstream.

This is called the spillover effect. Not only does an obese person have more fat, but they’re constantly spilling that fat into their bloodstream. So, that could be the link between obesity and diabetes. Fat is spilling out from our fat cells and gets lodged in our muscle cells, leading to the insulin resistance that promotes the onset of type 2 diabetes. I show this in my video The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes.

The fat can also enter our bloodstream through our mouths. If you put people on a low-carb diet, fat builds up in their muscles within two hours and insulin sensitivity drops. And the more fat found in the muscles, the lower the ability to clear sugar from the blood. It doesn’t take years for this to happen, just hours after fatty foods go into our mouths. A fat-rich diet can increase fat in the blood, and this increase is accompanied by a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

Studies clearly demonstrate that fat in the blood directly inhibits glucose transport and usage in our muscles, which is responsible for clearing about 85% of the glucose out of the blood. These findings indicate that fat consumption can play an important role in the development of insulin resistance.

Normally, we only have 10 to 50 micromoles of free fat floating around in our blood stream at any one time, but those who are obese have between 60 to 80. But, we can reach 80 just eating a high fat diet. So, a skinny person eating a low-carb diet can have the same level of fat in their blood that obese people do. Similarly, being obese is like eating some horrible bacon and butter diet all day, because obese persons are constantly spilling fat into their bloodstream, no matter what goes in their mouths.

Are all types of fat the same? Find out the answer in my video Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar.

The fat leaking into our bloodstream may also contain fat-soluble pollutants that accumulated from our diet: Pollutants in Salmon and Our Own Fat.

The spillover effect may also help explain the increased heart disease risk associated with obesity: Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow.’

 

If you enjoyed this topic you can find out more from Dr Greger at: Nutritionfacts.org

 

Before you go, why not watch Harvard’s Meat and Mortality Studies DVD. Shockingly honest, and the information is out there to help you to make wise choices, to keep you safe and disease free.

 

Enjoy the DVD, Digest and Take ACTION!

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF EATING A PLANT BASED DIET

Plant based Diet includes pizza

A plant-based diet can detoxify the body of pollutants associated with a meat and dairy full diet. Even if you took one step towards eating more plant-based in your diet you could help to lengthen your lifespan. And yes you can definitely eat a great pizza on a plant based diet.

Eating meat and other animal products are also associated with weight gain something that we all are trying to avoid. It also leads to a shortened lifespan and other negative health effects such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.

This is because meat contains a high amount of saturated fat, trans fats, sulfur dioxide, arachidonic acid, and heme iron which are all toxic to our bodies.  Heme Iron is the bad for us iron that we ingest when eating meat. Meat, fish, dairy, and eggs increase exposure to dietary antibiotics, industrial toxins, mercury and other toxic heavy metals, advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), cadmium, xenoestrogens in fish, and estrogenic meat carcinogens which have an aging effect on the body. With age, especially aging caused by a poor diet life threatening illnesses are inevitable.

Contrary to popular myth, vegans have healthy bones and higher blood protein levels than omnivores. Most vegans get more than enough protein. Legumes and pulses are a valuable source of protein. Vegans and Vegetarians can also obtain protein form Spirulina and Chia Seeds.

Studies have shown that within a few weeks of participation on a plant based diet participants experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein levels.

Plant based Vegans have fewer nutrient deficiencies than average omnivores while maintaining a lower body weight without losing muscle mass. Those eating plant-based diets appear to experience enhanced athletic recovery without affecting the benefits of exercise. The arteries of vegans appear healthier than even long-distance endurance athletes and those on low-carb diets. Image result for b12 supplements

There are two vitamins not available in plants: vitamins D and B12. There is a serious risk of B12 deficiency if no supplements or B12-fortified foods are consumed. Always take a reliable vitamin B12 supplement, do not rely on fortified fioods for your vitamin B12 supply. The only reason meat contains B12 is because the animals have consumed it and not because that’s where it comes from.

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Two other nutrients to monitor are iodine and zinc. Yeast- or algae-based long chain omega 3 fatty acids are also considered be beneficial, but not technically vegan.

Current medical training continues to under emphasize nutrition education, meaning patients often do not receive information about all of the options for treatment. Doctors report they don’t practice preventative cardiology because they fear their patients won’t change their diet. Kaiser Permanente has begun more aggressive efforts to inform his patients about the advantages of a plant-based diets.

Vitamin D is a nutrient found in some foods that is needed for health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb calcium from food and supplements. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

Vitamin D is important to the body in many other ways. Vitamin D is required by muscles in order  to move, for example, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body. Vitamin D is activated by Sunlight, make sure you get out walking each day even if it is for ten minutes.

If significantly more people moved to plant-based diets, medicare costs could go down by billions of dollars throughout the western world. A move from animal based diets to a plant-based diets will also help lessen greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on the environment and global warming.

We know that the transition from animal to a plant based diet is a hard one, especially considering what we’ve been told by our parents, doctors, teachers and the medical industry. We can however should you vast amounts of research that confirm that a plant based diet significantly increases the health and well-being of an individual.

There is a rather interesting talk on the dangers of eating meat which was given to the Hawaii vegetarian society by Dr Oliveira on the dangers of eating meat.

Dr. Oliveira explains how a whole food, plant-based diet changes the way genes are turned on and off to promote longevity.  A closer look into the Blue Zones and the Mediterranean diet reveals why it works. (Hint: It is not the fish, the olive oil, or the wine!)

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For a great Plant based, vegan pizza recipe you have to look no further. Click on the link below and it’ll take you straight there.

Vegan Plant Based Pizza

 

Content is Key

content is king

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I write blogs for website across the globe. From food blogs to car blogs, I’ve even written blogs on reptiles. I provide content for a mahusive number of websites and my clients always ask me the same question. ‘How do I get more traffic’. Up until now I’ve been telling them that it’s a content thing. Google loves good content. Content, content, content. But am I right? Is this all that it takes or is there something else that the online industry is missing?

Is the road to growth paved with content? If you write, film, record, and produce killer content will the world will rush to your website. I’m not so sure, in fact I am sure that the answer is no.

Whatever happened to selling yourself, your products or your services? It seems as though the online industry has taken complete leave of its senses. Has it lost touch with… reality? Or is it just taking the easy option?

We’ve become a global online nation of ‘Fearists’. We have become fearful of exposure and judgment. We’re terrified of exposing ourselves in the flesh. We dread failure and rejection. We don’t want to go out there in person and be in a physical room with other humans just in case everything we’ve worked to create falls flat on its face and we are exposed as the incapable, incompetent numpties that we are (NOT).

It’s easier isn’t it, to just stick our stuff online and expect traffic to rush in and buy whatever it is that we have to offer. Newsflash! ‘It aint ever gonna happen’! Life, even online isn’t like that.

Ok, so let’s get our thoughts straight, when people ignore our content they are just ignoring our ideas not us, right? Wrong! We are our ideas. Our ideas are what makes us. If we spend hours and hours creating interesting, well thought out content and still no one comes then there must be something wrong with us, right? Wrong! We just haven’t yet done what it takes to be out there with the big boys.

Ok so let’s be honest now: Content, is king isn’t it? But it’s not the be all and end all by itself. It’s a Wooptastic tool to build an idea into a platform, a brand, a reputation, position, entity, business, organisation or anything else you want to include. Content is your long-game, but it’s not your only now game. What about the cool stuff that we all need to do but don’t necessarily do. Stuff like:

Content Verses Old Fashioned Get Out There and Do It Stuff

       Such As:

  • Advertising
  • Hosting and attending meet-ups and events
  • Organizing publicity opportunities
  • Speaking to the right people, in the right place, about the right things at the right time
  • Guerrilla marketing (not with real Guerrillas of course)
  • Building and participating in online and offline groups
  • Coffees, lunches, brunches and drinks and maybe a few more drinks
  • Building meaningful relationships (mostly with strangers who’ll become partners, business partners of course)

If you’re interested in reading up on how old fashioned marketing is still alive and kicking, why not pop over to our friends at SmallBusinessTrends.com and see what they have to say.

Do I Seriously, Have To Mix With Real Life Humans?

Yes you do!

That’s right going out there and meeting real people, people who might hate us or love what we have to offer. People who might think that our ideas are mad, crazy or may think that we have the next Eureka Idea.

When you are looking to go from zero to successful hero in 0-60 you must be willing to go a little slower for longer, endurance along with content is key. You can’t just put videos, podcasts, editorial and images out there hoping someone will discover them, follow them back to you, fall in love with you and pay huddles of money on the spot. Nooo, you need to build relationships, earn trust, get yourself out there with google ads and anything else that’ll help, including the dreaded social media platform. Speak to everyone in your niche, find out what they are doing and copy it. Don’t plagiarise their content, make it your own, speak in content as you do in life.

As an introverted, sensitive type o’ girl, I don’t like anymore than you do to get myself out there. But you’ve got to! You see, when people come to my website all they see is words, they don’t see me, my traits, ambitions, passions, aims or goals, just words on a page. Is anyone gonna buy words on a page. Maybe but probably not. On the other hand, if I presented myself, in person with their interests at heart and sold them what they really need, would they buy. Yes, if the price was right.

So, when you are looking to get more traffic to your website remember to use the old fashioned methods as well as the new content methods and you’ll go far.

What about SEO Isabella?

I deliberately haven’t covered SEO in this blog, that’s for another day as I can ramble on all day about SEO. But if you’d like to read more on how content affects SEO then why not pop over to Contently for more info  or/and Inc: for the low down on last years trends. 2016 has only just started, looking back on the past might give you ideas for yet more content.

 

 

 

 

Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur in 2015

Becoming a successful entrepreneur

Becoming a successful entrepreneurBecoming a successful entrepreneur or business owner isn’t as easy as everyone thinks it is. If it was, everyone would be doing it. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication foresight and training. Whilst the basics of starting up a new business are important there are many other things to consider such as education, skills, research and tools. There are several factors that are important for any start-up or expanding business to engage in but the five top reasons as to why new businesses can and do can be found at forentrepreneurs.com A surface look at the top five main factors can be below.

 

 

 

Becoming a successful entrepreneur involves conducting your Research Properly

Why do people just launch straight into a business start-up with an idea? If you haven’t done your market research properly the odds on your business failing are pretty high.

Startups mainly fail due to a poor fit in their market. For most, they find a great product or service that they love and apply their own thoughts and needs to the product or service without actually Identify the value it will provide for their chosen market and how it will impact on the market and potential customer base. Neither do they consider how they will reach customers effectively and efficiently.

So, you have a business product, service or idea, the question you should be asking yourself is, not how many I will sell or how much money I can make but does it show irrefutable value to the customer, does it cater for supply and demand, is there any demand? Is your target groups problem significant enough to sustain your success? How will your product or service change with time? What are the triggers that will make your customers purchase from you rather than your competition? What value are you offering? Etc., etc.

Recent studies have been carried out on what factors make a business successful or not and out of every possible factor, timing came out as the top factor for success. If you have the right product at the wrong time, you’re not going to succeed. The question is: Is your market timing finely tuned? Is your market ready for your product or service, if not change your product, service or idea until it becomes finely tuned with what the market needs and wants.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur means you have to use the right tools

The internet is absolutely choker block full of useful business tools but how do you know which tools will work best for you and your business. If you focus on what existing successful business owners have to say on which tools work best for them and follow their example you won’t go wrong.

Tools such as Wyzowl.com, MailChimp.com , Jing.com , SEMrush.com and Zopim.com are great if you are just starting out marketing your business. Make sure you test an array of marketing tools before you settle for one or the other. You need to find the best fit for your business and your skills in terms of budget and usability in order to get a great return on your investment.

As for specific business tools which are necessary for the efficient and effective running of any start-up, we’ll cover them in the next blog.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur means preparing for change

Change – what a dirty word? Change is one of those words that send most people running in an opposite direction. However, it should come as no surprise that successful entrepreneurs and business owners welcome change. The business world and the global economy are anything other than predicable and as such a level of calculated risk has to be undertaken to survive in the business world. In order to make the change to your business in order to move with the times you must prepare for a change in market expectations, trends and products/service needs.

Change is the constant in any business environment whether you are an entrepreneur, SME or a global company. Having the willingness and eagerness to embrace and adapt to change will give you a competitive edge over other businesses in your market. By positioning yourself to stay on top of trend shifts you can strive to always remain ahead of your competition. Whatever the trend is do it well, do it better than your competition and do it before your competition.

Whatever problem you may be facing or are projected to face, make sure you implement change quickly regardless of any challenges that you may face. Don’t give up at the first hurdle, change, change and change again until you have overcome the obstacles and get your business back on track for success. Successful business people do not give up and they are not resistant to change.

Successful entrepreneurs apply Pareto’s Principle

In business as in life, 80 percent of all results are achieved from 20 percent of our efforts. Most of us waste the majority of our time, resources and money doing what we think is right, or how we’ve been told to conduct our business or affairs, or how we are expected to conduct our business. If your business has the ethos of, ‘it has always been done this way’, change it. Change the ethos and your mind set fast. The times are changing, what is needed and expected is changing and more importantly you need to change the math. Make sure 20% of what you are doing reaps in 80% of the money/income/dosh. If you’re not prepared to make this change, you may can end up losing everything whereas; successful business owners focus on the 20 percent that matters the most, and outsource the remainder to virtual assistant companies.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur means providing customers with amazing service

Many businesses fail due to customer service, or the lack of it. When customers buy from you they expect to go on a journey. A simple example would be when I was in Rome. I went to a simple and small cake shop for cheesecake as it was my birthday. The shopkeeper was happy talking away about how the business had been in his family for over a hundred years and that the recipes were authentic. The shop looked like I’d stepped back in time and was just wonderful. Although I was overwhelmed by the look of the shop and the specialness of the cheesecake I had chosen, the journey didn’t stop there. I took the bag from the shopkeeper, wished him a good day and returned home. When I opened the bag I found a lovely little message and the cheesecake was wrapped in gold tissue paper. What a lovely experience and yes, I went back again and I told my friends too, who also went to the little cake shop. You see, the owner offered more than just the product, he offered an experience, and he took me on a journey. There’s a valued business lesson to be learnt from this story. Don’t focus on the sale; focus on providing great customer service.

Customer service isn’t just about handling complaints and resolving issues; it involves creating loyal customer service program, staff loyalty programmes and incentives for customers and other businesses alike to embark on the journey that you offer by referring others to your business.

If you are interested in growing your business with us, we can help you embark on your journey in a positive and successful way. For more information contact us.

 

The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant Are . . .

Top tips to help you save time whilst making money

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant?

Virtual Assistants help you to streamline your time

and cut your outgoings

The business world is witnessing a surprising rise in the number of virtual assistants hitting the market, to the extent that the virtual assistance and Business Process Outsourcing industry is a flourishing market. One of the reasons for the increased use of virtual assistants by Entrepreneurs and small business owners is that there is now an over abundance of very affordable business tools, services and readily available technology that enables work to be carried out across a virtual platform.

Your business is safe when outsourcing to a VA

When you outsource your business tasks to a virtual assistant you can avoid  the need for office space, tools and equipment for what would be employees. There are no employee costs such as national insurance, pensions or holiday pay and it also, benefits the employer as he/she can hire a virtual assistant to get the tasks done during peak project hours or at other times when extra help is needed. Your business and business task are perfectly safe and secure and will remain confidential to your company and the virtual assistant under contract, so there is no need to worry about your business information leaking to your rivals.

Working on Demand

Many virtual assistants work on demand for their clients and are able to take up extra work to free up time for the business owner leaving the owner to focus on core competencies and higher value work rather than the nitty gritty of running a business.

We are Cheaper than Employees

Hiring a virtual assistant works out much cheaper than hiring an employee as a virtual assistant gets paid a one off fee for the job that they do. The majority of virtual assistants are self-motivated and always strive to produce results of superior quality while maintaining short turnaround times. This is an added bonus for any business.

What Exactly is a Virtual Assistant?

To cut to the chase a virtual assistant is a service provider who assists in their client’s business operations, remotely from a virtual office anywhere around the globe. Virtual Assistants are independent freelancers/outworkers who work on a predetermined basis, which can be short or long-term. They connect with their clients through Internet services and by telephone enabling them to get the work done virtually. Because of this, both entrepreneurs and small businesses are gradually choosing to outsource their time-consuming tasks to virtual assistants.

A varying array of tasks can be delegated to virtual assistants ranging from general administration to specialised tasks which can be undertaken by a virtual business specialist, who is someone who specialises in a particular field of work.

What Types of Work Do We Undertake

The types of work which  can be outsourced to a virtual assistant normally fit into one of two main categories:

a.    work which you can do yourself but takes far too long for you to complete

b.    work you have no idea how to do and need someone with the right skills to help you get it done

Types of business and professionals who hire virtual assistants are:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Start-ups
  • Small businesses
  • Web-based companies
  • Tutors, Coaches
  • Independent Professionals
  • Contractors

 You can gain the following advantages by hiring a virtual assistant:

  • You can save on skilled labour costs by outsourcing work offshore
  • You can be sure of dedication and hard work by the Virtual Assistants
  • You don’t need to allocate office space
  • You don’t need to provide paid benefits such as holiday pay.
  • You get more time to concentrate on business improvement and expansion
  • You can hire a virtual assistants on a short-term basis, especially during peak business hours
  • You only pay for the job done
  • You can pay by the hour or job

So regardless of whether you are a small, medium-sized or big business, irrespective of which field your in, you can hire a virtual Assistant to help you reap the timely rewards which you deserve!

 

 

 

STARTING YOUR OWN CONSULTANCY BUSINESS

STARTING YOUR OWN CONSULTANCY BUSINESS  – In just about any field is possible

STARTING YOUR OWN CONSULTANCY BUSINESS

 

 

Starting your own consultancy business isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is have an idea, a field of specialism and the gaul to get up and do it. Experience is one of those things that you build up along the way. As long as you know enough about your chosen field to be able to answer any practical questions and to solve your clients business problems and provide solutions you’ll be able to go it alone as a consultant.

There are so many opportunities out there to be taken yet most people let them pass bye. Why? Some may think they haven’t got what it takes; some don’t consider themselves experts and others simply find it too much hard work. Each and everyone of us has a talent that we can specialise in, whether it’s gardening, cooking or sewing to programming. Yet starting a consulting business is far from people’s minds and is one of the most lucrative ways of drawing on your expertise and creatively making use of your skills.

Yes it’s a popular field to go into but there are so many areas which you could specialise in, it is nearly impossible to saturate a niche market – and potentially very lucrative for would-be business owners. The consulting industry is worth billions globally and a good consultant could earn up to £500 per hour depending on the field of expertise, location and credibility.

Many people enter the consulting field from all different backgrounds and easily find their niche. If you are ready to become your own boss and set yourself free from the 9 – 5 slave trade then start by following the few simple points below to get started.

BUILD YOUR REPUTATION BEFORE GOING IT ALONE Spend a little time in your niche helping others establish their needs. i.e. if you are going to be a business consultant start by helping local, small businesses get on their feet. Don’t charge for your time initially, as word of mouth and a good reputation will serve you well in gaining new clients. Always remember that any expertise that you have gained in your field is not wasted, if you put it into practice what you know by helping others.

PARTNER WITH OTHER BUSINESSES For some, building their company or brand name is of utmost importance, they can’t see themselves credible without it. If name recognition is more of an issue than expertise is for you, start by looking for a local and established company to partner with. This partnership will allow you to build your name, define your services and reach clients that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access.

MAKE A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN YOUR SERVICES AND THOSE OF SIMILAR COMPANIES One of the most important things to remember when setting up a consulting business is that it is important to call yourself a consultant from day one. So many people do not set themselves up as consultants from the beginning which means that potential customers may not find you or your services credible once you start to call yourself a consultant. Be very clear about the services that you can offer, if you offer business consultancy, don’t advertise non related services to your customers or on your site. If you start off calling yourself anything else than a consultant of XXX services from the start, your potential customers will be confused as to what you are all about.

Make sure your business and your services are clearly defined. If you want to reap the full benefit of being a consultant and for what you are offering, you must only see yourself as a consultant. Consultants earn more money than contractors or a freelancers., it’s as simple as that.

If you are interested in starting up your own business as a consultant make sure that you invest in yourself first. Nothing in this life or industry is rewarded by inactivity. Learn as much as you can, do as much as you can and revise what you’ve done on a regular basis. There’s always room to grow and expand and that’s where you will grow in expertise and confidence. It’s also how you will find your customers, from the need to grow.

 

Google Sniper: The Review 2015

GOOGLE SNIPER. HOW TO RANK ON PAGE ONE OF GOOGLE

GOOGLE SNIPER: THE REVIEW 2015

 

This review’s 100% unbiased and without prejudice, so without further  ado, let’s press on!

My name is Isabella Hawke, Owner of  Hunterhawke.com a business administration outsourcing company. As part of my business I’m often asked to review products, services, books and applications. I was recently asked to review Google Sniper by a friend of mine . Google Sniper is the brain child of George Brown. ‘Who?’ I hear you say. George Brown is an extremely successful Internet marketer, who at the age of 17 made more than half a million dollars in year 2010 alone through the launch of Google Sniper. He made every penny without spending a single dime on generating traffic. Sniper has also enabled more than 50 other people to successfully quit their day jobs and accomplish financial freedom by making a full-time income on the Internet. Google Sniper is one of clickbanks bestselling products.

Consequently, George achieved remarkable success with his Internet marketing system as a result he decided to package it as Google Sniper. The components of the Google Sniper system are available in PDF format and can also be learnt from through video tutorials.

 

WHO IS GOOGLE SNIPER FOR?

This system works well for users of all levels, from beginners to advanced Internet marketers. Google Sniper teaches you how to gain £$’s from a system of blogs and/or websites for generating additional or full-time income.

 

HOW’LL GOOGLE SNIPER DELIVER RESULTS FOR YOU?

The Google Sniper system will enable you to learn the following:

  • How to determine and profit from ‘profitable niches’?
  • How to find profitable keywords for each niche?
  • How to determine which products are in line with the niches you have chosen?

Google Sniper is a 3-step process that must be executed exactly to the tee as explained by George. These 3 steps are as follows:

  1. Pick out the right type of click bank products for promotion.
  2. Create sniper websites by integrating profitable keywords.
  3. Study the flow of traffic & making the required changes to maximize the results.

Throughout the program, you’ll be taught how to create sniper sites using WordPress. You’ll also be taught the correct usage of some of the best plug-ins to help you get ranked fast on the first page of Google. This system is ahead of the game as it shows you how to find the most profitable keywords and subsequently get them ranked ahead of all the competition on Google.

The method explained in the Google Sniper system involves targeting of certain keywords with the help of exact match domains (EMD) and gradually makes those domains authority websites in their particular niches. Eeeeeeerrrrrrrrm, WHAT? Yes you heard. In simple terms it means that an EMD is an SEO technique that produces positive results and in turn raises your SEO value.

WHAT THE GOOGLE SNIPER SYSTEM COMPRISES OF?

 

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Google Sniper system comprises of the following topics:

Getting started – a general introduction of the program and helps you with navigation.

Google Sniper – consists of the Google Sniper e-book, user manual and 25 training videos.

Further training – additional videos to help you maximize results obtained from Google Sniper techniques.

The Empire module – features proven and tested methods of getting jobs finished by outsourcing. You’ll be taught how to take care of aspects like blog installation, article writing, creating backlinks and website building among other things.

Rolodex – additional resources that can help you make some extra money on internet.

Sniper X – Q&A webinars conducted with George.

Support – a major feature that differentiates Google Sniper system from similar programs. The support system is ace.  You can get any of your affiliate marketing related questions answered in no time at all.

 

GOOGLE SNIPER PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • Practical and clear directions and easy to follow explanations.
  • Easily replicable
  • Simple to follow and implement
  • 60 days money back guarantee.
  • Learn how to rank on the first page of Google for any topic
  • Practical tutorials that reveals easy and quick to follow techniques
  • Fantastic backstage Support

Cons

  • No product is 100% guaranteed
  • You’ll have to be patient whilst implementing the techniques. Patience = money
  • You will need to invest in domain name(s)
  • Google sandbox may take a few weeks to rank you
  • Like anything you must be prepared to do a little work especially in keyword research and writing original.
  • if you don’t follow the techniques exactly as explained you may end up getting your website blacklisted by the Google. Apart from that it’s a pretty good system.

 

HOW MUCH DOES GOOGLE SNIPER COST?

 The Google Sniper program is available at different price points to accommodate everyone. The price points are:

  • Pay a $1 fee for a 5-day trial. Click Here
  • Pay a one-time fee of $47 to make a permanent purchase.

WHERE TO BUT THE OFFICIAL GOOGLE SNIPER

There are lots of scamsters out there waiting to part you from your money. To protect you I advise that you only buy Google Sniper from its official website!

 

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Ideas For Working At Home

The cost of living is increasing day by day almost all over the world. Hence, both parents ought to go for a job. However it becomes difficult to spend time with the children. Work at home helps those who want to stay at home to look after their children and also want to stabilize their financial position.

You can get some work at home ideas from your friends or neighbors who might work from home. Look through the classifieds in local newspaper for some home based job opportunities. There are lots of proven ideas available on the internet.

However before selecting any idea, ensure that it really suits you. This is because any idea that benefits your neighbor or friend may not be suited for you.

There are some books and ebooks available in online that provides some successful work at home job or business ideas. These ideas can help you in your cash raising projects. The ideas are given to each and every person to suit his or her age and interest. Some books even provide step by step instructions to get success in work at home business and job.

Some work at home ideas:

1. Most of the home based workers find their work by asking their friends, relatives or neighbors whether they know some local employers who are looking for home based employees. You can also approach local companies nearby your residence to find out whether they use home based workers.

2. While you searching a work at home job online, try to find out a suitable job in a firm nearer to you so that you can collect and deliver work easily and can sort out any problems.

3. You can also get recommendations from other work at home employees who have worked and get payment from the company.

4. Before accepting a job, take some effort to find out that the company is a reliable one. This helps you avoid wasting your time, and that you get paid.

If you are looking for home based business that suits you and your lifestyle, then you can use some of the following work at home business ideas:

If you are a competent writer, then you can earn a good income as a ghost writer. In fact ghost writers are in high demand from website owners. You can also write an ebook or an old fashioned paper book. You can get lot of ideas from the internet to sell your ebook.

Kids’ oriented businesses are on the raise. Arranging children’s parties, running a kids’ day care, etc.

There are thousands of work at home jobs. However before going with any idea, ensure that you have real passion for that. Only then can you successfully achieve your goals.

Start Your Own Work At Home Business

Starting a home business is not tedious. In fact, there are many advantages in starting a home based business. You can enjoy the fun of working in a home atmosphere and can work at your convenient schedule. But running an own business requires lot of dedication and effort. You must know how to manage time for work and family. However, your hard work and effort would be rewarded well.

Before starting work at home business, consider the following:

1. Whether you would have the freedom to choose when and where to work?

2. Whether the home business would allow you continue your current job and work at home?

3. Would the business require publicity or gimmicks?

4. Would the home business require heavy investment?

5. Are there any risks in starting a home business?

6. Do you have complete training and support to improve the home business?

7. Do you have acquaintance with any successful home business owner who can help as a mentor to you?

If your answer is positive to most of the above questions, you can start work at home business. Another important consideration in starting a home business is to do what you are really passionate about. This is because of the fact that you can put greater effort without any difficulty because you really love it.

Starting a child day care center, candle business, decorative gift baskets, wall paintings, fashion jewelry, photography, party rentals and some other home business is really inexpensive and straight forward. However these businesses may be time consuming and require lot of effort. But once your business is up and running, you can get better rewards for your efforts.

If you have a pc at home with an internet connection, your home business opportunities are vast. You can start work at home internet business if you have adequate knowledge and excellent communication skill. You can start your own online dating site which can provide more profits from every member that joins you site.

However you would need some investment. The dating website can earn you handsome profits when members subscribe for premium membership and when existing members renew their membership. The main benefit of this business is that you need not have any previous experience for this.

You can start work at home business if you want to enjoy the fun and freedom of working at home. However take the time to get an organized plan for your business. This helps you speed up and improve your home business.

You can allot a room in your home for business purposes. Then arrange the essential things like a chair, computer, cabinet, phone etc. A comfortable chair is very important if you have to work for hours at the computer. Also consider filing the essential paper work in a cabinet. Keep it organized!

If you need to spend more time on your home business, then schedule your household routines accordingly. Time management is very important to start a home based business. You need to have the ability to prioritize your work so that you can achieve success.

Scams to Avoid Working At Home

There are millions of people who want to earn a nice income with minimum effort from the comfort of their home. With the advent of internet, home based job and business opportunities are increasing day by day. Though there are thousands of legitimate companies that offer real work at home jobs to people, there are chances of scammers.

Since working at home is attractive, false job offers are prevalent on the net. Some common work at home scams are noticeable, like envelope.

Work at home scams take many forms. Most of the companies do not guarantee regular salaried employment for the home based workers. They do not mention how many hours you would need to work without pay. Some others require you to spend money on instructions before getting the job. Some companies require paid training. Therefore work at home scams cost victims thousands of dollars and also valuable time.

In order to avoid being a victim of work at home scammers, you need to scrutinize the company before accepting any job. In fact legitimate companies provide all the information in writing. Here are some tips to avoid work at home scams:

1. If you need to provide personal information, avoid giving it to an unknown person or company. Provide personal information only to the company that you confirm is legitimate.

2. You can check the company by typing the name of the company in the search box of Better business Bureau. If there is any complaint about that company, avoid contact with it.

3. There is no easy road to wealth. Any job requires some effort to earn better income. Therefore beware of companies that promise to make you rich overnight, there is no such thing.

Reshipping fraud is becoming a common work at home scam. This type of job, the home based worker needs to receive, repack and then mail the merchandise to a foreign address. They are promised a substantial amount of money. But the worker may not know that the merchandise was paid for with stolen credit cards.

The home based worker would therefore become a part of receiving and mailing of stolen goods without their knowledge. The worker receives the merchandize, repackages with their own funds and told it will be repaid at time of pay day, it gets worst!

They are then told, their pay will be via cashier’s check, but oddly it’s for more then owed. The worker is told to deposit the check and send the difference to the employer’s overseas bank account. Eventually, the cashier’s check bounces and owe their bank the amount of the whole check.

If you want to select a legitimate work at home job, then do not accept any job offer that promises to provide high income for a part time job. Some companies would promise you get rich quick schemes. Remember only hard work and dedication can help you earn a good income from home.

If you are asked to pay for start up kits, then do not send money to such companies. Legitimate companies do not charge anything to hire you. If you are not sure about the legitimacy of a company, then ask for references.

If the company is not willing to provide references, then beware!

Free Work At Home Jobs

There are numerous free work at home jobs available through the internet. Data entry jobs, survey jobs, customer service, creative design, human resources and many more opportunities are there that allow you work at home conveniently and earn a smart income.

Free work at home jobs cost absolutely no money to start. All you need is a modern computer with internet connection and a phone. You can apply online and enjoy the fun of working at home at your convenient timings and can earn great pay. These jobs are ideal for stay-at-home mothers, disabled people, and senior citizens and for those who need to take care of elderly or sick people at home.

Free work at home jobs allow you spend as much time as you wish. You can also select part time or full time jobs according to your convenience. Since there are numerous job opportunities available here, you can choose the job according to your ability and qualification. You can apply for the job and get training and scheduling for the job in online itself. Therefore you need not step out of home to get a job. Free work at home jobs database provides you a list of potential jobs which are totally scam free.

Here are some free work at home job descriptions;

Online tutor is one among the best work at home jobs that does not require any initial amount to be spent. If you are an expert in advanced math or science or in some language then you can apply for this job and start working at your convenient timings and enjoy great pay. If you are willing to spend more time, then you can earn more money in this job.

Clerical and data entry work at home jobs require some experience and computer skill. Organization and communication skills may also be required. These types of jobs may require initial face to face training. These jobs provide options like part time and full time. You can also select day shift or night shift work according to your convenience.

Transcription work from home includes many types like legal transcription, medical transcription and so on. Experience and accurate knowledge about the work would be required. However this job helps you earn neat income.

Translation work at home jobs requires sound knowledge in some language and you may need to translate emails and documents from one language to another. If you have good command over any language, then you can apply for these types of jobs. Experience may not be required for these jobs.

Graphic design work at home jobs requires sound knowledge in the field and you may be required to do layout work, icon design and so on. Experience may be either optional or compulsory. You can select part time or full time option in this job.

Management work at home jobs allow you earn large amount of income. However, the job requires some qualifications and experience. You may be required to work for certain hours daily.

There is much more free work at home job opportunities available and you can select any one that can allow you work independently and conveniently and at the same time provides you decent money.

Working At Home As A Customer Service Agent

New York Times specifies that customer service work at home job opportunities have increasing in United States. Customer service jobs also called call center jobs require employing agents in work at home customer service jobs. The main advantage of this type of work is that it provides income to stay-at-home parents and physically challenged people.

Customer service work at jobs ranges from call handling to technical support. If you want to such a job, you would need some basic essentials like a modern computer with internet connection, basic computer knowledge, latest operating system, a phone connection, excellent communication skill to handle varied customers and of course some educational qualification.

How to get a customer service work, home job?

If you want to get a legitimate customer service work at home job that would provide you smart income, then try to follow the under mentioned tips:

1. The first step in betting a work at home customer service job is to understand the type of employment. It is not that much difficult. The concept is that the company hiring your service routes their incoming customer service calls to your home phone.

2. Then understand the type of duties require to be performed. Most of the customer service jobs include taking and logging orders, processing transactions, providing assistance to customers as per their requirements etc.

3. Discover the benefits of work at home. In fact work at home customer service jobs are boon to stay-at-home mothers, disabled people, retired seniors and college students. If you are not able to step out of home but need to earn some income, then you can select any of the customer service jobs according to your ability. Since agent hiring, training and scheduling jobs are being conducted online, you need not even get out of your home to get a job.

4. Once you have decided to work at home, and then do lot of homework to select a legitimate home based customer service job. You need to browse through the list of companies and websites regarding this.

5. Then submit your application and resume to the company you wish to. Always take care to prepare the application properly just like you may do in case of other jobs.

There are numerous benefits of doing customer service jobs at home. That’s why one quarter of customer service agents in North America start work at home. The convenience and independence are the two main advantages of customer service work at home jobs.

Every business requires creating customers and it is very important to retain an empathetic and trusting relationship to ensure customer commitment. Faithful customers surely add to long term success of any business and so their requirements should be fulfilled as soon as possible.

Hence the overwhelming need for customer service jobs arises. This situation provides more job opportunities for you. If you have the ability to do services regarding this, then you can earn some smart income at your convenient timings.

It is estimated that work at home customer service agents are earning more than the representatives working in traditional call centers. By employing work at home agents, the companies also reduce erosion in customer service jobs.

They can also save money on office rent, utilities and equipment. Therefore customer service work jobs benefits both the companies and the work at home agents.

Get What You Want in 7 Powerful Steps

In my most recent columns we’ve covered issues about improving your business and marketing, but today let’s start right at the beginning.

You’re really getting tired of the 9 to 5 “rat race” and are thinking about chucking it for your own business. All your friends keep telling you that you could do for yourself just what you’re doing now for your boss. Why shouldn’t you profit from your ideas instead of him?

You keep thinking about it because you know that you’ll never be financially where you want to be with a weekly paycheck, but what business would you start?

Before you pack in that weekly paycheck, this is the time to evaluate yourself and your future and it takes some real, down to heart honesty. You want to change your life for the better, so let’s start.

Did you know that you have the potential to do and be anything you want? People have different perceptions of the ideal life, and it ranges from obtaining financial freedom to as simple as owning a new pair of sneakers. Unfortunately, many fail to reach their aspirations because they can’t get a solid, clear picture in their mind of what they want.

Take the next few days and embark on a fact-finding journey that will be a life-changing experience. Get a pad and pencil and start with this first step:

STEP 1 – KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT – Be specific in your passions, then focus all your efforts on that particular desire.

Those who always change their minds and those who give up easily when the going gets tough will never get anywhere. If you’re a bit confused and aren’t sure what you really want in life answer these questions:

  1. What makes your heart beat with excitement?

  2. What makes you happy?

  3. What are you constantly thinking of day and night?

  4. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?

  5. What do you enjoy doing?

  6. What are your obsessions?

  7. What things make you jump for joy?

Write down all your possible answers to the above questions. Write down everything, no matter how silly or unimportant it seems. Put all your desires on paper that answers any of the above questions.

When that’s done, go back and circle five to seven items that interest you the most. Then evaluate and choose with your heart, not your mind, the one and only thing worthy to spend all your time and resources on and that brings out the best in you.

Now you may wind up with something like, “I want to play quarterback for the RAMS.” If you’re over 20 I’d say that isn’t too viable a choice, but you could do something related to football or sports. How about starting a sports publication? Or perhaps a sporting goods retail business, sports memorabilia business, or even a gym could be the answer. You can always read books and surf the net to help you in your search.

The most important thing to remember, no matter how “pie in the sky” it seems, is to USE YOUR HEART. Others may disagree with you, but you should be firm with what you really want. Others may offer comments or advice, but the final decision is always yours to make. You should concentrate on what you want, not what others want.

Remember you only get one shot at living your life. There are no replays and you don’t get to do it over. You may not do it right, but at least you’re doing it. Too many lives have been lived in quiet desperation waiting until – until they had saved a nest egg, until the children are out of school, until I retire, and they depart this life before “until” ever arrives.

Don’t go to sleep tonight without making a decision on WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IN LIFE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

Then spend a few days evaluating how to make it possible and make a living at it. Begin living every day as if it were the last day you had – never leaving anything to be done next week, next month, or next year.

There will always be bills, things will always break down eventually and need replacing, there may be storms and earthquakes and repairs – but there will only be one life for you to live. It can’t be put on “hold”!

The final outcome of your efforts may be in the future, but you’re living each day by taking steps toward that outcome.

An Automated Ordering System

When you have an online company, it only makes sense to use all the online resources available. The payments you accept should be credit card and paypal, if you choose. Are you going to accept international orders. If you are going to receive orders daily, which is the goal, you will want to use an online shopping cart that automatically accepts the credit card, approves it and delivers the autoresponder emails and in the end, the product itself.

What exactly is an online shopping cart. It is a lot like a regular shopping cart, where you can add or remove items as you please. It calculates shipping and taxes and the total of the purchase and passes this information along to the merchant account by a secure site, which protects the customers’ information.

Choosing a shopping cart is crucial because if you choose the right one, it can double your sales. Imagine trying to purchase a product and you are entering all your information when you order and the pages take forever to load. Or worse, there are too many forms to fill out or you cannot find the pricing or product list easily. You would abandon that idea pretty quickly.

In addition, you will also need a reputable merchant account that can handle the amount of sales you are going to send their way. You do not want to find a merchant account that requests a very high escrow fund, because this can be difficult to come up with. Before you launch your product, you need to make sure you have a way to provide customer service.

You could hire a fulfillment house that takes care of customer service, orders, credit cards, and shipping all at once. But, if you intend to have a lot of business, this is not very cost effective. It would be much easier to take care of the customer service with paid employees and have a special fulfillment house only duplicate, package, and ship products for you.

Million Dollar Sales Letters

SECRETS OF MILLION DOLLAR SALES LETTERS –

FOR MAIL CAMPAIGN & INTERNET

Regardless of what you’re trying to sell, you really can’t sell it without “talking” with your prospective buyer. An in attempting to sell anything on the Internet, the sales letter you send out is when and how you talk to your prospect.

All winning sales letters “talk” to the prospect by creating an image in the mind of the reader. They set “the scene” by appealing to a desire or need; and then they flow smoothly into the “visionary” part of the sales pitch by describing in detail how “wonderful” life will be and, how “good” the prospect is going to feel after he’s purchased your product. This is the “body or guts” of a sales letter.

Overall, a winning sales letter follows a time-tested and proven formula: 1) Get his attention 2) Get him interested in what you can do for him 3) Make him desire the benefits of your product so badly his mouth begins to water 4) Demand action from him – tell him to click the right button or send for whatever it is you’re selling without delay – any procrastination on his part might cause him to lose out. This is called the “AIDA” formula (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action) – it works.

On your website, your sales page should be the length of what it would be if were doing a mailing, or longer if you’re using bullets to emphasize benefits to build the desire. Of course on the Internet you don’t have to worry about letterhead stationery or the cost of postage, which is a considerable savings. If, however, you want to also do a mailing campaign then the following would apply. The sales letters in mailings that pull in the most sales are almost always two pages with 1 1/2 spaces between lines. For really big ticket items, they’ll run at least four pages. – on an 11 by 17 sheet of paper folded in half. If your sales letter is only two pages in length, there’s nothing wrong with running it on the front and back of one sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper. However, your sales letter should always be on letterhead paper – your letterhead printed, and including your logo and business motto if you have one.

Regardless of the length of your sales letter, it should do one thing, and that’s sell, and sell hard! If you intend to close the sale, you’ve got to do it with your sales letter. You should never be “wishy-washy” with your sales letter. You do the actual selling and the closing of that sale with your sales letter – any brochure or circular you send along with in your mailing will just reinforce what you say in the sales letter.

There’s been a great deal of discussion in the past few years regarding just how long a sales letter should be. A lot of people are asking: Will people really take the time to read a long sales letter? The answer is a simple and time-tested yes indeed! Surveys and tests over the years emphatically prove that “longer sales letters” pull even better than the shorter ones, so don’t worry about the length of your sales letter – just make sure that it sells your product for you!

The “inside secret” is to make your sales letter so interesting, and “visionary” with the benefits you’re offering to the reader, that he can’t resist reading it all the way through. You break up the “work” of reading by using short, punchy sentences, underlining important points you’re trying to make, with the use of subheadlines, indentations and even the use of a second color, and leaving lots of white space around it. On your website, the sales letter should run down the middle of the page so the viewer doesn’t have to keep adjusting the screen to see the whole sentence. This is very distracting and more apt to send that client to another website than losing patience reading a long letter.

Relative to the brochures and circulars you may want to include in your mailing with your sales letter – providing the materials you’re enclosing are of the best quality, they will generally reinforce the sale for you. But, if they are of poor quality, look cheap and don’t compliment your sales letter, then you shouldn’t be using them. Another thing, it will definitely classify you as an independent home worker if you hand-stamp your name/address on these brochures or advertising circulars instead of having them printed.

Whenever possible, and so long as you have really good brochures to send out, have your printer run them through his press and print your name/address – even your telephone number and company logo – on them before you send them out. The thing is, you want your prospect to think of you as his supplier – the company – and not as just another independent entrepreneur. Sure, you can get by with less expense but you’ll end up with fewer orders and in the end, less profits.

Another thing that’s been bandied about and discussed from every direction for years is whether to use a post office box number or your street address. Personally, I don’t like Post Office Boxes in a business address – because it transmits an aura of instability or temporary location. If your business is run from home, get a mail box from a post box vendor that has a street address. Then your address looks like, 1234 Willow Lane, #567, Your Town, and the box number could appear to the reader as a Suite number. However, if you live in a remote area where your address is 7890 Main St., RFD 42, Box 123, Your Town, then you have no choice but to include both your post office box number, AND, your street address on your sales letter. When doing it strictly for your website, put your street address, telephone number, and email address at the bottom of the page. More than likely, the customer will contact you by email, but it conveys dependability if that Internet buyer sees that you’re willing to give your address. This kind of open display of your honesty will give you credibility and dispel the thought of you being just another “fly-by-night” mail order company in the mind of your prospect.

Above all else, you’ve got to include some sort of ordering page or coupon if you’re mailing. The coupon has to be as simple and as easy for the prospect to fill out and return to you as you can possible make it. The order page on your website should already be filled out, with perhaps just the shipping left to choice. If your product is an eBook or software to be instantly downloaded, then you don’t have any options to be chosen. A great many sales are lost because this order coupon is just too complicated for the would-be buyer to follow. Don’t get fancy! Keep it simple, and you’ll find your prospects responding with glee.

Should you or shouldn’t you include in your mailing a self-addressed reply envelope? There are a lot of variables, as well as, pros and cons to this question. Overall, when you send out a “winning” sales letter to a good mailing list, a return reply envelope will increase your response tremendously.

Tests of late seem to indicate that it isn’t that big a deal or difference in responses relative to whether you do or don’t pre-stamp the return reply envelope. Again, the decision here will rest primarily on the product you’re selling and the mailing list you’re using. Our recommendation is that you experiment – try it both ways – with subsequent mailings and decide for yourself from there.

Work at Home as a Home-Based Business Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is very appealing but not everyone can become one. One of the quickest and easiest ways to become a successful entrepreneur is by working at home through a home-based entrepreneur business.

Firstly, you need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. After the evaluation, you can now determine if you can manage your own online business. Aside from the evaluation process, you must know how to plan, organize, staff, and control. These are your responsibilities as an entrepreneur. You should be able to work alone because now you’re the boss and all business decisions will be made by you.

Some say that online businesses can be run without many problems. Well, they are very wrong because even with an online business, you have to deal with certain business problems and risks. You can’t eliminate such risks because that goes hand in hand with any business undertaking, both for online and offline businesses. However, you can reduce the risks that you’re bound to deal with in the future by choosing the best home-based entrepreneur business that will work for you.

Entrepreneurs are known to be self-starters. Organizing your time is a difficult task but if you want to run a home-based online business, you should be able to do it. Remember, you don’t have a boss that you can rely on. This is your business and you have to be responsible for it at all times.

Running your own business would also mean that you have to deal with different kinds of persons. You will surely encounter demanding customers, moody vendors, and an unreliable staff. To become a successful home-based business entrepreneur, you should know how to deal with them individually. You should know the quirks of every person that you encounter so that you can address them and the situation correctly.

Running an online business is all about your attitude and character. According to some experts who conducted researches about the characteristics of entrepreneurs, there are certain traits that an entrepreneur should possess. As mentioned earlier, entrepreneurs are risk-takers, self-starters, and know how to deal with different kinds of people.

Those traits and characteristics are not enough. You have to have more than that. Another trait that you should possess is being an excellent decision maker. Since you’re the boss, you should be able to make quick yet effective decisions. Some situations are filled with pressures but despite the pressures, you still need to make an informed and wise decision. As owner of your online business, you have no one else to rely on when it comes to business related decisions.

To be an effective online business entrepreneur, you must have lots of energy and superior work ethic. Owning an online business may mean working even on late hours and on the weekends. However, you must not be pressured of your tasks. View them as challenges and strive even harder. Your efforts will be rewarded once you see the profits rolling in.

If you already know the responsibilities of an entrepreneur, then you can assess if you can become successful in an online business. Working at home through a home-based entrepreneur business requires dedication and hard work. You must be able to monitor your finances, tasks, inventory, work schedules, and many others. Good luck and may your chosen home-based business become a success.

What is an Entrepreneur?

People enjoy a lot of comforts as they go through life each day. Have you ever wondered who are responsible for all these life’s comforts? You have to thank the entrepreneurs for it. But, what is an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur has many meanings. If you want to know exactly what it means, just keep on reading.

A person who assumes business responsibility and the risks that comes along with it is called an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, one expects to make profits, whether big or small, depending on the business he or she is involved in. generally, the entrepreneur decides which product or service to offer, obtain the needed facilities, hires the required labor force, acquire production materials, and provides for the capital.

There is no assurance that the business will become a success. However, if the business proves to be a success, the entrepreneur will reap all the benefits and rewards in terms of the profits. In case of a loss, the entrepreneur will also be the one to suffer.

Assuming business responsibilities is definitely not an easy task. Not many individuals are willing to take huge responsibilities, and most especially take all the risks. Only an experienced and knowledgeable individual will dare to become an entrepreneur. The ultimate goal of an entrepreneur is to earn profits.

By putting up a small business, you will also earn limited returns but by establishing a big business, you will also earn more profits. The choice will depend on the entrepreneur and his or her available resources.

As the most important person in a business venture, an entrepreneur will be the one to decide which product or service to offer. He or she must be able to determine the needs of the people and provide the answer to such needs. A careful study of the targeted market is required. This takes time because one can’t decide immediately what product or service to offer.

Once the products or services are identified, it is now time for the entrepreneur to obtain all the needed facilities. This will include the building or the place of business.

Along with it are the other things needed such as the office furniture, fixtures, and many other things. The capital is usually provided by the entrepreneur and a part of it will be allotted for the acquisition of the facilities. Later on, these things will be considered as one of the assets of the business.

Recruitment of the labor force is also an important part of being an entrepreneur. The business will not succeed if it doesn’t have a loyal labor force. Everyone should work together in order to achieve success. It is therefore of utmost importance to hire only the qualified employees.

As you can see, the entrepreneur has to take care of many things. This may be one reason why not many individuals are willing to become one. If the business succeeds or fails, it is all because of the entrepreneur.

Now that you know what an entrepreneur is, would you like to become one? Well, if you have the right attitude, skills, and qualifications, you too can become an entrepreneur. It would be best to embark on a humble beginning. Don’t attempt to reach the peak of success all at once. It takes hard work, dedication, and perspiration. You must take one step at a time.

Work at Home as a Home-Based Business Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is very appealing but not everyone can become one. One of the quickest and easiest ways to become a successful entrepreneur is by working at home through a home-based entrepreneur business.

Firstly, you need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. After the evaluation, you can now determine if you can manage your own online business. Aside from the evaluation process, you must know how to plan, organize, staff, and control. These are your responsibilities as an entrepreneur. You should be able to work alone because now you’re the boss and all business decisions will be made by you.

Some say that online businesses can be run without many problems. Well, they are very wrong because even with an online business, you have to deal with certain business problems and risks. You can’t eliminate such risks because that goes hand in hand with any business undertaking, both for online and offline businesses. However, you can reduce the risks that you’re bound to deal with in the future by choosing the best home-based entrepreneur business that will work for you.

Entrepreneurs are known to be self-starters. Organizing your time is a difficult task but if you want to run a home-based online business, you should be able to do it. Remember, you don’t have a boss that you can rely on. This is your business and you have to be responsible for it at all times.

Running your own business would also mean that you have to deal with different kinds of persons. You will surely encounter demanding customers, moody vendors, and an unreliable staff. To become a successful home-based business entrepreneur, you should know how to deal with them individually. You should know the quirks of every person that you encounter so that you can address them and the situation correctly.

Running an online business is all about your attitude and character. According to some experts who conducted researches about the characteristics of entrepreneurs, there are certain traits that an entrepreneur should possess. As mentioned earlier, entrepreneurs are risk-takers, self-starters, and know how to deal with different kinds of people.

Those traits and characteristics are not enough. You have to have more than that. Another trait that you should possess is being an excellent decision maker. Since you’re the boss, you should be able to make quick yet effective decisions. Some situations are filled with pressures but despite the pressures, you still need to make an informed and wise decision. As owner of your online business, you have no one else to rely on when it comes to business related decisions.

To be an effective online business entrepreneur, you must have lots of energy and superior work ethic. Owning an online business may mean working even on late hours and on the weekends. However, you must not be pressured of your tasks. View them as challenges and strive even harder. Your efforts will be rewarded once you see the profits rolling in.

If you already know the responsibilities of an entrepreneur, then you can assess if you can become successful in an online business. Working at home through a home-based entrepreneur business requires dedication and hard work. You must be able to monitor your finances, tasks, inventory, work schedules, and many others. Good luck and may your chosen home-based business become a success.

So You Want Your Own Business!

There are many reasons for wanting to start your own business, and most of us get to this point. Which one of the following applies to you?

  • Freedom from daily routine.

  • Doing what I want when I want.

  • Improve my living standard.

  • I want creative freedom.

  • I want to fully use my skills, knowledge and education.

  • I have a product/idea/service that people need.

  • I’ll have more time with the family.

  • I won’t have a dress code.

  • There are good tax breaks for business owners.

  • I’m a Type B person and work best alone.

  • I want to be my own boss.

  • I want to make the decisions.

Now granted, every one of the above is a good reason for wanting your own business. The rub is, that not many people think the process through – step by step. There are 7 phases to business planning. They are:

  1. Investigation Phase

  2. Planning Phase

  3. Start-up Phase

  4. Operating/Monitoring Phase

  5. Problem/Challenge resolution Phases

  6. Renewal/Expansion Phase

  7. Selling, Transferring, Retirement Phase

We’ll cover all of the above in my next few columns as a “Business Basics” refresher, but for today let’s take number one.

In the Investigation Phase you take a look at yourself and also your business options. There are careers that are suited to personality types, so the first thing you must discern is “Which personality type am I?”

Duty Fulfillers

This is an introverted personality who is serious, quiet, thorough, orderly, matter-of-fact, logical, realistic, and dependable. They take responsibility, are well organized, know what should be accomplished and work steadily toward it disregarding distractions. They are careful calculators, and 20% of this group become accountants.

The Mechanics

These are also introverts and are cool onlookers. They are quiet, reserved, observing, and analyzing life with a detached curiosity and have unexpected flashes of original humor. They’re usually interested in cause and effect, how and why mechanical things work, and in organizing facts using logical principles. They usually are craftsmen, mechanics, or handymen with about 10% becoming farmers.

The Doers

These people are extraverts who are good at on-the-spot problem solving, don’t worry, enjoy whatever comes along, are adaptable, tolerant, and generally conservative in values. They tend to like mechanical things and sports, and dislike long explanations. They are best with “real” things that can be worked, handled, taken apart, or put together. About 10% of this type go into marketing or become Impresarios.

The Executives

These are another extravert group and are hearty, frank, decisive, leaders in activities and usually good in anything that requires reasoning and intelligent talk, such as public speaking. They’re usually well informed and enjoy adding to their fund of knowledge. They may sometimes appear more positive and confident than their experience in an area warrants. They’re sometimes called “judgers” and “thinkers” and 21% of this group become legal administrators.

To go into each personality type would be far too complicated, but to give you an idea of the roles that personality types could fall into look at the following list. Beside the categories we covered in depth here are some simply broken down into Introvert or Extravert Personality.

Introverts choose careers that satisfy being:

  • Nurturers

  • Guardians

  • Artists

  • Scientists

  • Protectors

  • Idealists

Extraverts are usually:

  • Performers

  • Visionaries

  • The Inspirers

  • Givers

  • Caregivers

The second part of the Investigating Phase is looking at your business options. When choosing the business you want to start consider the following:

  • Do you like to work with your hands or brain, or both?

  • Does working indoors or outdoors matter?

  • Are you good at math, writing, puzzles, blueprints, installing things or fixing things?

  • What interests you? What are your hobbies?

  • Do you like to work alone or as part of a team?

  • Do you like to plan things, or go to events?

  • Do you like machines, computers?

  • Do you like to drive or operate equipment?

  • Do you like to travel, collect/display things, give/attend shows, or take pictures?

  • Are you small, large, strong?

Make a list of your likes and dislikes. Keep a diary of things you do that relate to business and rate each entry from 1 to 5 based on your interest. Then prepare a list of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and concerns. After doing all that, you should have a list of candidate businesses that are right for you. Then you can make a list of the “candidate businesses” and rate them from 1 to 5 based on your own chosen criteria.

Some criteria could be is it feasible, low in cost to establish, meets my objectives, will make money, there is a “niche” market of existing customers, or it will produce residual income to name just a few.

By the time you’ve accomplished all that, you should seriously consider visiting the local chapter of S.C.O.R.E. or your own mentor to use as a sounding board for your plan. Next week, if I haven’t dissuaded you so far, we’ll cover the Planning Phase.

Email Lists

How to Build your Opt-In List

Some companies decide to send customers a free newsletter to get an email list. But there are other ways to collect email addresses. Sometimes having a newsletter just doesn’t make any sense for your company. For instance, if you happen to sell dishwashers, how much information could you send your customer, daily, on dishwashers. So, instead here are a few other options for increasing your email list.

You could run a contest. The puzzle, game or task should be easy and straightforward so that you don’t frustrate the customer and you still get their email address in the end.

A great incentive to collect email addresses would be a free eBook. People love getting free stuff, especially eBooks that interest them. Remember, it doesn’t have to be 100 pages long; five to ten pages will work fine.

Surveying the customer is a great way to collect email addresses. You can find out what the customer likes/dislikes, and what they have problems with or need solutions for.

Advertise your opt-in offer in an e-zine or classified ad. It actually doesn’t cost tons of money and if you find the right place to advertise, you could see dramatic results.

Email signatures, or electronic signatures, also referred to as a, sig file is a three to six line footer that you can add to the bottom of each email message you send out with your name, company and a free report with a link attached. You will be surprised how many visitors you get this way. Make sure you track where you are getting your traffic by the different links you send out.

If a customer is interested in downloading an article from your web site, they will definitely have no problem providing their name and email address. They will love to receive more articles from you or have access to a members only area of your site with plenty of resources.

Offer your customers a free course or a free download to collect email addresses. They will love to get something for free. Customers who opt-in when something free is being offered think to themselves what have I got to lose. It a great deal for both of you.

Tips for Achieving Your Goals

Do you have long-term projects with short-term expectations? If you do, that is a sure path to frustration and failure.

Lifestyle goals such as exercise and healthy diet have to become habits in order to be effective. Career change also takes time and planning, and it doesn’t happen overnight.

Your world has shifted. There’s voice mail, e-mail, pagers, and faxes that have made a “waiting” period unacceptable and almost obsolete. With information immediately available, we expect relationships and goal achievement to be done the same. As you read this you know that it is unreasonable to expect that, don’t you? We’ve been led by advertisers to believe that we deserve immediate gratification, and that it is readily and effortlessly available!

When you want to train a puppy, you know that it’s going to take time and consistent reinforcement. You’re ready for that, because you want your puppy to behave in an acceptable way. Why then, are you so patient with the puppy and so hard on yourself?

When you plant seeds in the garden, you tend them, water them, hope for sunlight and nurture them. Are you nurturing yourself?

The best way to move gently and effectively towards your goals is to take a reasonable approach. Break your long-term project goal into sub-goals. Break it into doable, short-term chunks. Today prepare the soil; tomorrow plant the seeds.

Each action you take and each step is satisfying because you know that it is contributing to the completion of your goal. You cannot rush Mother Nature with your garden, and the same is true for your goals.

This process is much more than “bloom where you’re planted”, because when you’re the gardener you choose what to plant and how to nurture it. Do the same for yourself, and grow yourself beautifully. Your goals will be accomplished in due time, and you won’t end up up-tight and frazzled.

Five Easy Steps to Staying Motivated

Motivating yourself to excel at your job or to be an example to your employees, should not be something you do only when the spirit moves you. It’s an ongoing process that should include every facet of your business life. This means your mental attitude, physical well-being and appearance, work atmosphere, your interaction with others (clients and employees alike), and your off-the-job environment.

Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors. How do you do that? Follow the 5 tips that follow, and watch the changes.

  1. Maintain a Positive Attitude – Let’s realize that life is only 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. We’re responsible for our own actions and attitudes, and changing them when appropriate. When you’re around people/things that are uplifting and positive, you feel that way. You have more confidence in yourself, and know you can change whatever needs changing. If you can make your workplace such a place you’ll find happier workers and higher production. You might even find your employees look forward to coming to work!

  1. Leave Personal Troubles Home – Everyone has problems, but they don’t belong at work. Turn your attention and energy entirely to your on-the-job tasks. This will actually be good for you because you’ll get a mental break from your troubles.

  2. Create Positive Affirmations – The reason for writing goals for your business is the same as creating positive affirmations on paper. What your eyes see and ears hear, your mind will believe. Try it! After you’ve written them down, read them aloud to yourself – and do it every morning when you get into work. You’ll be amazed at what happens. Come up with a set of new ones every month. Statements such as, “I’m an important and valuable person,” or “I know I’ll make good use of my time today.” Repeating them out loud everyday at a set time will help reinforce positive actions.

  1. Make Sure Break Times Are Really Break Times – This is an area where most bosses/entrepreneurs fall down. You become so intense about the project or situation you’re working on that you don’t ease up. Thinking that it’ll be solved in the next few seconds, and then you’ll get a cup of coffee can lead you right up to quitting time. Regularly adhering to a specified break schedule, even if you’re the boss, releases the tension. If you work on a computer this is even a greater problem because before you realize it – you’ve been working in that same position for hours. The best answer to this is to set yourself a reminder on your appointment calendar for every 2 hours, and let the computer reminder chime send you the alert to move around.

  1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise – I know that lately it seems that “exercise” is the cure-all to every physical ailment or your love life, but despite that there is some truth to that ugly word. By “exercise” I don’t mean that you should go out and join a gym and spend your lunch-time, 3-days-a-week there working out. What is really beneficial and workable is that at those chiming alerts from your computer, get up and walk around your desk or room. Maybe go outside and get the mail and enjoy the sunlight (if you’re an entrepreneur that has a home office), or just get up and do a few stretches. Concentrated, tense thinking – typing – plotting plans – or whatever your work, makes all those muscles tighten up and knot up. Then when we move we “ooh” and “ouch” because we’ve knotted up into a ball of tension. Periodic stretching, even at our desk, or just getting up and walking over to the window and getting a different view can help. One of the greatest disservice modern business décor has done to us, is making our offices pristine, sleek, unencumbered spaces. There is nothing more relaxing than getting up from your desk and walking over to a peaceful, serene, seascape or pastoral painting and just drinking it in visually. Momentarily transporting your mind out of work and into that place does wonders. A few good paintings and less shiny chrome in offices would benefit us all.

It only takes a little concentrated effort on our part to keep motivated and productive, which leads to success. I know you’re going to hate hearing this, but it’s true anyway – and that is, “WHEN LIFE GIVES YOUR LEMONS – MAKE LEMONADE!”

Finding your “Niche”

When you are considering starting an online company, you want to make sure you find the right product. What do you want to sell. What is your passion. What subject or topic do you have a lot of knowledge about. Let me start by telling you that selling an information product online is easier than selling a service. But, selling a service online makes more money with monthly memberships.

Before you spend all your time working on a website and writing up eBooks, you want to be sure that your customers are going to be interested in what you are selling. Do your market research. Start by seeing how many competitors you have -this is a good sign. Read through newsgroups, discussion boards, and chat rooms and learn about your target market customer base. If you already have an email list, send them a survey to see what they are most interested in.

Most internet marketers preach that there are three reasons why a customer will want to buy your product. Your product has solved a problem for your customer. Your product has made life easier or more comfortable for your customer. You are very passionate about your product and it shows in everything you do.

When researching your niche, you may want to use www.Amazon.com and find the current top sellers. Find out what people are reading about. You will want to research keywords with keyword tools such as www.wordtracker.com. You need to discover which keywords are being searched for frequently.

Doing a little poking around your competitors sites isn’t a bad idea. This is one way to come up with ideas on what would make your company different or better. Take a look at their traffic rankings and their related links. By analyzing this information, you can see how many visitors they have each day and how profitable their company is.

Once you find your passion, ask yourself does this serve my customers. You want to provide an excellent service to each and every person that spends their money with you. This cuts down on complaints, bad reputations, and, worse of all, chargeback’s.

Entrepreneur Training Program

Entrepreneur Training Program: Why is there a need for it?

In the world that we live in, several multinational companies tower over one another. It is not something to bring wonder to all as these occurrences form part of the goal to which everyone is geared towards—it is none other than global competitiveness.

You must not get the shock of your life when you see multinational companies springing form one continent to another, from one shore to another shore, and from one border towards another. In your most unexpected places, multinational companies may pop out and can also expand at any minute.

With the innumerable businesses in existence today, you might think that your effort to put up one will just be futile as it is like planting a seedling in an array of towering trees. It may be but it may not also be. Got the logic? Then, read on!

Despite all the lording gigantic businesses there are in these days, the rise of entrepreneurship cannot be stopped. The rate of entrepreneurship is in fact growing day-by-day concerning the hundreds of people who want to start up something with their capitals in hand. For someone who wishes to put up a business, risk must be taken. Competition is inevitable in this kind of industry. That is why you must be firm with whatever decision you will make and capable of risk-taking.

If people discourage you to dwell into any type of business, better not listen to them. After all, entrepreneurship is indeed very much alive. Government systems in fact encourage entrepreneurs that will help boost up the economy and save the nation from further crises. While the government is welcoming with open arms these foreign investors, it is not as well turning its backs from local investors. In reality, the government is encouraging investments from their local people. After all, the government deems that investments are the sole solutions to provide the nation some stability and certainty in terms of the economy.

Do not be taken aback by the giant investors existing in the market. They are already stable so they would not bother to pull you down. Just concentrate with your own stuff and think of better ways to further improve your craft. Who knows, someday you might be one of those giants lining up the business arena.

But how will you start? How can you be turned into an entrepreneur? Look into your own self. What can you offer? What capabilities can you boast of? What are you capable of doing? Just have a vision of what you like and certainly you can make it come true. Before pursuing into any type of business, equip yourself first with the utmost trainings.

Entrepreneurial training programs will make your qualifications sharper, fluent, and competent enough to face the battle among the existing competitors. Where can you gain access of entrepreneurial training programs? Several companies offer these training programs. Schools are also hooked into this scheme. Always consult the expert in the field of entrepreneurial training programs.

Do away with the negative vibes. Do away with negative thoughts about yourself. You know you can do it. You know you can face it. Do away with confusions. Do away with self-pity. Just sport a positive perspective about yourself and you will soon see what will become of you. Maybe you will not be too successful on the first try. But then the more you try, the closer you will be with success.

One ultimate source of entrepreneur training programs is the internet. Yes, online entrepreneurial training programs are widely available. These trainings harness and hone your entrepreneurial skills even you without knowing it. Online courses are at times free. But mostly, they need to be subscribed to. If you think you are now ready to face the battle, try searching for online courses on entrepreneurship training programs.

There are literally lots of them. While undergoing the training program, be sure that you pay keen attention to whatever lessons are given out. These lessons will determine the knowledge that you may manifest as you already deal with the actual reality.

A training program on entrepreneurship will let you reap fruitful results. Just believe in your own capacity.

EBook Writing Business

If you are a savvy writer with great English grammar skills, you should consider writing eBooks. It pays very well and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. It is very simple to write up an eBook. All you need to do is have Microsoft word and the internet. Do some research first on the topic. Know everything you can know about it, read up on it and save some quotes in your favorites area. You may want to stop by the local library to pick up some books on the topic too. That will help you when writing up your eBook.

EBooks should be between 50 – 75 pages depending on the topic and what the assignment is. After you have thoroughly researched your topic and you know a lot about it you want to create a table of contents. You want the chapters to flow freely from one thought to the other. Make sure you cover as much as you can about the topic and title each chapter, writing a few notes about what you want to write about -which you will delete later.

The next step would be just to get started on it! Start writing creatively, from your heart, not just spitting out facts on a paper. People are reading your eBook because they do not want to read and search for information located everywhere about a specific topic. They want a concise, easy to read; interesting eBook they can print out and curl on the couch with. It goes without saying that no one should ever plagiarize; not only is it unlawful, it is disrespectful.

Always spell check and edit your work by reading it when you have finished. Polish it off by organizing each chapter into an eBook. Come up with a savvy title that catches the audience. If you really enjoy this line of business, you could do this full time and quit your day job.

Characteristics to be an Effective Entrepreneur

Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

Similar to what the abovementioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

• Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on his knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

• Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

• Stability – either physical, mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

• Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life. Who says a charming man is less than an intelligent one? A good entrepreneur must have the certain magic glistening in his eyes and could convey enchanting words to get hold of that convincing power no one dare resist.

• Risk-taker – as someone beginning his own dream, he should be stern and must have the guts and the balls to take the big leap of plunging into his own doom or success. He should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

• Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. His drive must always be at its highest level for being an entrepreneur would make you work overtime. His enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

• Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on the top of every innovation. By looking at our past, we could predict our future.

Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs. He should have sturdy shoulders to put on extra weight of carrying a responsibility that could change his or her life.

One’s greatest failure is sticking with the mentality of being conventional. This would be one of an entrepreneur’s greatest downfalls. Think big. Act. Make your business dreams come true.

An Online Newsletter

When you start an online newsletter you have the opportunity to collect opt-in email addresses to build your subscription base and establish creditability with your subscribers so that they may want to purchase products from you, a trusting source.

The best part about an online newsletter is that it is free to start up. With an online newsletter you can offer your subscribers juicy daily or weekly information and they will love it. It will slowly build up their curiosity and they may purchase a monthly membership or products from you because they love receiving the information you supply.

Now, if you send them junk, the complete opposite will occur, so having an online newsletter takes work, but you can always pay someone to do it for you. So, with all this work put into it should you consider charging for subscription. That depends on what you want to accomplish. Do you want to attract visitors and entice them to your main product. Or are you only offering an online newsletter with no products. How often do you send out autoresponders and how in depth and valuable is your newsletter. Is this information easily found free somewhere else on the Internet.

Free newsletters are much easier because you can get a lot of people opt-in and you can sell them a subscription in the future. Everyone loves free stuff. Occasionally, at the end of the email you may want to offer special subscriber only promotions or notify your subscribers of new products or services. You could even offer special subscriber only bonuses with a purchase.

By the way, if you send your subscribers what begins to look like sales letters, they will opt out quicker than you can say wait! Be careful because this is your potential customer crowd and it is like gold to you.

21st Century Business Women

When the first generation of women entered the workforce in earnest in the 1970s, they succeeded in the only way they could – by imitating men. Authoritarian leadership and tight control was the hallmark of that day’s businessman, and women were not exactly welcomed into the ranks of management. Well ladies, that was yesterday, and today is today!

Forget what your mama or your boss told you, because following the rules can be bad for your career. Today’s CEO/entrepreneur can no longer tap his/her company’s full potential using a “command-and-control” style. The 21st century business woman needs to be able to build a vision based on the awareness of economic transformation, then help her partners and staff fulfill that vision. She must draw on a wide range of skills to get to the top and stay there. Following are 7 Key Characteristics that are essential:

  1. Sell the Vision: A leader with a fresh, independent plan for her company’s growth and future has a distinct advantage in luring and keeping great talent and investors. Vision is not some lofty ideal, but an obtainable concept that is easy to understand and will make the company grow to another level.

  2. Reinvent the Rules: While women have traditionally been socialized to please others, the 21st century leader knows that good girls rarely post great returns. The strong managers/owners today not only anticipate change, they create entirely new organizations that respond to shifts and search for innovation.

  3. Achieve With A Laser Focus: Go where others fear to tread! Being aggressive and ambitious has long been considered male traits, but they are key qualities for new leaders. Today’s business woman has the ability to home in on opportunities that others may simply not see, and then excel in that uncharted territory.

  4. Use High-Touch in a High-Tech Era: When a number of leaders are conducting business by e-mail, voice mail, passwords, and PINs, the female entrepreneur succeeds because she guides with a strong, personal, bed-side manner. Today’s business woman is just as technologically savvy as her peers, but her skill with staff and customers is “high-touch” which gives her a critical edge and separation from the “pack”.

  5. Challenge or Opportunity? – Women are great at turning a challenge into an opportunity instead of using the “slash-and-burn” approach. They are able to make bold strokes, but they also win the cooperation of others in the organization in making any transformation a success.

  6. A Customer Preference Obsession: In this information age which makes it easier to shop around for the best “whatever”, businesses must work harder to give people what they want before their competitors do. There is no substitute for spending time with clients to become expert at their businesses and learn their demands. Female leaders are almost intuitively adept in doing just that, and without the client even suspecting.

  7. Courage Under Fire: Show me any career woman or female entrepreneur today that isn’t able to “stand-the-heat” in any tough-call situation. Their decision-making skills are rooted in a high level of confidence, because they’ve had to weather and surpass any and all “corporate” storms they’ve encountered over time.

It takes a certain mind-set and bravado for anyone to start their own business and succeed, but it’s even more difficult for a female entrepreneur. Let’s face it, ladies! We’ve always had to be twice-as-smart and twice-as-confident as any male counterpart in the corporate world. After all, if we can bear and raise the future generation, how can running a successful business scare us?

10 STEPS TO SUCCESS IN DIRECT SALES

Every year thousands of men and women across America sign on with direct selling firm-Tupperware, Amway, or a cosmetic company-hoping to make money enough for new draperies, a new davenport, or some new clothes. They sell a little merchandise toa few relatives and close friends. Then they are through. They quit before they give themselves a chance to learn the basics of success in sales. “I am simply not a born salesperson,” they often say.

No one is born a salesperson, any more than one is born a doctor or born a lawyer. Sales is a profession. To be successful in any profession one must learn not only the basic techniques, but also how to apply those techniques. Success in sales makes use of all the abilities one is born with, plus all those acquired through education and experience.

If you are looking for a career opportunity or “extra income” to help with the family budget, direct selling offers you dream-fulfilling possibilities. However, you must give yourself time to learn the techniques of sales. Ask yourself. “How long does a doctor to be study? A lawyer to be study?”

WHAT IS DIRECT SELLING?

Direct selling is marketing a product directly to the consumer with no middleman involved. Most reliable firms are members of the National Association of Direct Selling Companies. They bring to the public fine products that are modestly priced in order to insure mass consumption.

Most direct selling companies furnish their representatives with a starter kit and essential supplies below-cost prices. In many instances the investment is under $100.

There is an old adage which says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Many of them were able to change their lives for the better. They took their families on nice vacations. They purchased a piano or an organ and provided music lessons for their children. They saved money for college education. They redecorated their homes, bought needed furniture. One highly successful saleslady built a new home.

The rewards of direct selling are many

1. You can be your own boss.

2. You can set your own hours.

3. You can own your own businesses with little or no investment.

4. You can pay yourself more than any boss would ever pay you.

5. You can give yourself regular raises as your business grows.

It is only fair to tell you that there are failures, too. There are people who will not work for themselves. When working for a boss, they rise early, are well-groomed, and get to the office on time. However, when they are their own boss, they are still in a bathrobe, drinking one more cup of coffee at 11:00 A.M. If you can be your own boss and discipline yourself to do what has to be done when it has to be done, direct selling offers a most unusual earning opportunity.

THE TEN STEPS

Here are ten steps that will assure your success:

1. BE A GOAL SETTER. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to save for college education for your children? A new car? A new home? You can have whatever you want, but you must want it enough to do the things that have to be done to get it. Whatever your goal, write it down and set a target date for reaching it.

Divide the time period into blocks of achievement that are reachable. Work consistently toward accomplishing each day, each week, each month what you set out to do. Goal-setting is a must in every area of life. Little is ever accomplished without definite goals.

2. BE A LIST MAKER. Each evening list all the things you want to get done the following day. That gives you an organized approach to each day. As each task is finished, mark it off your list. It is amazing how much gets done when one works with a “things-to-do” list. Also, have a notebook listing appointments, potential clients, repeat clients, and referrals, and keep it with you at all times. You will be adding to it constantly.

3. BE ENTHUSIASTIC. Enthusiasm is the high-octane “fuel” that salespeople run on. Enthusiasm generates its own energy. Energy and good health are synonymous with busy, happy people, people who are achieving.

4. RECOGNIZE THAT THE MAGIC WORD IN SALES IS “ASK.” In direct sales we don’t have to wait for business to come to us. We create our own business by asking for it. Ask for appointments, then you can do business. Ask for business, then you will close sales. Ask for referrals, then you always have a full list of potential clients. Be quietly, yet firmly aggressive.

5. EXPECT NO’S. Realize that no’s are not personal. In sales, as perhaps nowhere else, the law of averages works. Every no gets you closer to a yes. Keep track of your ratio. It will help improve your techniques. Are you getting ten no’s to one yes? Is your ratio five to one? Remember, the yes’s are your income. Also remember that “no” does not necessarily mean “no.” Often a “no” is simply a stall for more time to think. It may be a request for more information about your product or your service. What your client is actually buying is assurance. Assure here by your helpful attitude and your complete honesty, that you want what is best for her. She will most likely respect you and do business with you.

6. SCHEDULE TIME WISELY. A schedule is the roadmap by which salespeople travel. It takes the frustration out of the day. It assures that the necessary things get done and get done on time. Plan your work then work your plan.

7. BE POSITIVE IN YOUR ATTITUDE. Success in sales, as in all areas of life is 90 percent attitude and 10 percent aptitude. All of us must work at developing habits of constructive thinking. I am proud to be a salesperson. Sales make the wheels of our economy turn. Bernard Baruch, advisor to several presidents, is quoted as saying, “If every salesperson sat down and took no orders for twenty-four hours, it would bankrupt our country!” Every company that manufactures any kind of product depends upon salespeople to move that product. Without salespeople business would be paralyzed. Remember, sales is one of the highest paid of all professions. Statistics show that good salespeople enjoy incomes far above the average.

8. HAVE AN OFFICE AREA. Most direct salespeople work from their own homes, but it is essential to have a place where you can work in a organized and efficient manner. An office plus a strict working schedule gives you dignity. Both are absolutely essential for efficient operation and accurate record keeping, so important to the success of any business.

9. BE INVOLVED. Most sales organization offer contests to stimulate production. Include winning contests as part of your business goals. Contests make your business fun as well as adding considerable dollar value to your income.

10. LEARN TO HANDLE MONEY INTELLIGENTLY. A regular nine-to-five job usually means a paycheck at the end of the second week. Direct sales “reps” handle money constantly. Direct sales is instant income and constant income. Therefore. it is absolutely necessary to become an efficient money manager.

Deposit every penny collected from clients into a checking account set up especially for its business. Since bank statements show an exact record of all monies collected, and business expenses can be verified by canceled checks, record keeping becomes simple and accurate. Everything except a few “petty cash” transactions can be directly taken from bank statements. Money saved regularly and put at interest, soon develops a second income in addition to earned income. A long-term goal, which is realistic in direct sales, is to be able to live in retirement off the interest earned on savings.

Would financial security mean a lot to you? If so, ask yourself these questions:

* Am I honest?

* Do I really like people?

* Am I willing to learn?

* Am I willing to work?

* Am I capable of being my own boss?

If your answers are yes, to find a good product for the direct sales market, one that you like, one that fills the need of a lot of people, and go to work for yourself! .You can turn dreams into reality.

Stop Living on Autopilot

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Living life on autopilot, following in the footsteps of our parents, siblings or friends and generally lacking motivation and self-esteem isn’t the life that we would want for ourselves or our loved ones. How can we make life more interesting and more positive? How can we work towards achieving the life we want or desire? Answer: very simply, by following a few easy steps towards creating lifetime goals and achievements.

 

How do we improve our lives: by doing the little things that we do each day? Where do we start? Good question, it’s not easy however the best place to start is with our direct environment and the stimulus that we subject ourselves to. We can start with what we listen to on a daily basis as this affects the way we think about ourselves, others and the world in which we live. Most of all it subconsciously affects our thoughts.

Instead of living your life on autopilot, letting any and every thought come into our minds we should make a conscious effort to filter our thoughts and enable our minds to think positively. This will enable us to assess our thought patterns and our actions before we act. Positive actions are always better than negative ones. Retraining our brains to only think positive is not an easy challenge especially in the world in which we live. There are however, things that we can do to help the process along.

One way of reprogramming our brains to receive positive thoughts is through monitoring the stimuli that our brains process each and every day. Instead of reading fiction, magazines or newspapers why not read inspirational books or listen to classical music, especially baroque music as its said to be: ‘intelligent music’. It’s never a good thing to listen to the news or to read the newspapers, normally the information contained in the media is of a negative nature and can be potentially damaging to us. The media inject us with negative information each and every day and it is absorbed into our subconscious just like a hypodermic syringe injects into flesh.

Just think about your journey to work each day. How many adverts on billboards do you pass each day, injecting subliminal messages into your subconscious brain? How many times did the news come on during your journey to work only to inject you with the negative happenings of the world around you? How many newspapers did you glance at in the lobby at your office or place of work? It is a guestamate; however my guess is that most of us are directly affected by the media on a day-to-day basis and over time.

Life on autopilot is boring and monotonous and as we get bogged down by the day-to-day stresses of work, family and finance we become overwhelmed by unnecessary stress. This is where others come in to the equation. We all need someone to talk to at times, being by yourself all of the time isn’t conducive to good health and close support network is vital to good health.

If you feel in need of support you could call on a helpful, positive minded friend to assist you in assessing the situation at hand. You could join a local club, church or other organisation. You could brainstorm until you have an answer that you are happy with then discuss it with someone in the know. The one thing that you shouldn’t do is to ask the advice and guidance from someone who knows less about the situation than you do. Most of us are guilty of this, we ask friends, family and work colleagues what they think and they give us their valued point of view. The question is; how helpful is their answer?

YouTube can be a positive source of inspiration; there are plenty of inspirational people out there including Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Zig Zigglar Jim Rohn, Dennis Waitley etc. There are so many of them that if I carried on naming them one by one this blog would be about men that have found the answers to all of their problems. It’s not that blog that could be the next one.

Avoid the naysayers at all costs; they’ll only bring you down. You’ll find that you finally get inspired by something, encouraged to go out there and make your mark then someone will say something to dissuade you. My advice to you is Ignore them! Go and do what it is that you need to do as long as it hurts no one or anything. If you fancy going on a helicopter ride at the ripe old age of 92 then do it. You never know when you’ll next get the chance. The worst thing that will happen to you if you don’t carry through with your aims and goals is that you’ll look back on life with regret and think, I wish I had have… The thing is, do you want to put yourself in that position?

Avoid the path of least resistance and keep a journal every day as this will allow you to monitor your thoughts and actions and make value judgements and changes that you need to make to your life. Make sure that you start every single day with a gratitude list and input it into your journal. What you think about each and every day directly affects your outcome. If you write down everything that happens to you every day with a positive slant attached to it, it won’t be long before things start to look up.

Why not try Affirmations, they seem silly and no doubt you feel silly doing them. If this is the case then they are not going to and will not work for you. Affirmations are supposed to affirm your mind, your subconscious mind that you are… x, y and z. The sub conscious mind you see does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. So if you imagine with affirmations and imagery you are in with a chance to convince your brain that you are… x, y and z.

Positivity is not easy and especially not easy to maintain on an on-going basis however, I promise you that if you practice with intent and the conviction and the commitment that is needed to achieve then you will succeed. It only takes 21 days for the neural pathways in the brain to reproduce and 30 days for repetitive actions to become a habit. However, to achieve this state takes relentless repetition, dedication and self-discipline. Trues self-discipline involves relentless practice, practice, practice, practice through the use of mental imagery and physical dedication. Sounds touch I know nevertheless, worth it.

So when people say they can’t give up x, y and z it isn’t because it’s an addiction that can’t be overcome. It’s because the challenge is too difficult for them at that point in time and they are not committed to achieving the change that they want to see. Commitment to the cause and the innate desire to change and improve is at the foundation of every success story.

Change isn’t easy; nonetheless positivity is the way forward.

www.Hunterhawke.com

 

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The First Five Steps to Becoming Successful

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What’s your ‘Big What’?

We can all have ideas and aspirations but without a clear map of where we are going our efforts will result in failure. So before you start out on your journey to success, be very clear about what you want to do and why you want to achieve. Be specific; don’t state random things such as I want to be rich . . . What’s that mean? If you want to be a millionaire then state: ‘I want £2.3 million in my bank account by . . .’ Don’t be unrealistic and sit there watching TV checking your bank balance every other day expecting £2.3 million to have been dropped into your bank account by some mysterious force. It’s not going to happen. I’ll tell you what will make it happen. Motivation and drive to achive that Big What that you are going to decide on. So be very clear what it is you want and wh you want it or you’ll be on the big success bus to know where.

What’s The Cost

If you ask any millionaire how they got where they are today none of them will tell you that they got there by sitting on the coach every night complaining that their 9 to 5 job is doing their head in. No they decided on their road map and then set about putting things in motion to ensure it happened. Just like going on a vacation, it takes a lot of planning and the biggie to most of us, including millionaires id ‘ how the heck am I going to fund this project’/ Most people stuck in the 9 to 5 pay check life just can’t see past the need for money. Others who are prepared to take risks see that the world is full of money and start thinking up ways of creating the funds that they need. Number one pointer, probably the most important: ‘You don’t have to be rich to be successful. You have to have the persona of success to become rich’! Yes I know change is hard, life is hardbut if you want to be a millionaire entrepreneur then you’ve got to get off the sofa and start scribbling down your road map. It ain’t going to happen without it.

For Goodness Sake Focus!

So you’ve got this road map and you now have some idea of where you are going and what you want to achieve. You have an idea of where to get funding from and how to motivate yourself but why the heck can’t you focus. I bet that before you even finish reading this sentence you’ve started thinking about lunch, tea or sports in fact probably anything. Learn to silence your mind and to only concentrate on one thing at a time or aiming high is a waste of time. You might as well throw your road map in the bin and save yourself and others energy and money because without focus you won’t get anywhere. So Focus on whatever it is you want to achieve.

Who’s Backstage?

No one ever made it to the top by themselves. History is full of people who made it and yet those who helped them up the ladder never get a mention. I guess you have to receive and Oscar or something before your trusted crew get a mention. Always remember that no one has all of the knowledge or experience and it takes a group of people with shared knowledge, experience and finances to make that road map with it’s final destination happen. So once you’ve decided what it is you want to do go and look for a group of successful people whom you can lever insider information from. Create yourself a mastermind group and don’t be scared to ask as most successful businessmen love to help those on the way up.

Start Small and Invest in Your Best

It’s human nature to want to excel yourself to the top of the ladder as soon as humanly possible but in the entrepreneurial world starting small is best. Start small with baby steps making sure that you surround yourself with business/success minded individuals. Don’t ever let the naysayers pull you down, keep you back. Have you ever taken business advice from someone who works a 9 to 5 job? If you have, stop it! Have you ever taken financial advice from someone who always appears to be broke? If so, stop it! Take advice from people on whatever front you aim to work in that have proven themselves. If you don’t know of any such people check out youtube.com. Most successful people have YouTube channels and are willing to share their journey with you. Why don’t you build your own channel and start your own journey online, you never know where it will get you. Always be and do your best, plan and follow your map. If you find out somewhere down the line your map is wrong, consult someone who can help you get back on track but whatever you do . . . DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM because the success is just on the horizon for your taking.

HOW TO WRITE GREAT CONTENT WITHOUT SPENDING THE TIME OR FINANCE ON PRODUCING IT




Social Media Marketing - where to get your free information fromAs the owner of a small business you don’t always have the time to write stunning social media content or to update your website with interesting and useful information. Neither might you have the time or funds to write or pay for regular blog entries to keep your readers hooked.

At times it may seem as though you are sinking surrounded with work you don’t have time to do and finances begin to act like a chain around your leg pulling you deeper into the never ending ocean paperwork and Web stuff to write. It doesn’t have to be like this though.

There are several ways that you can find interesting information from the web without paying for it and without spending huge amounts of time writing it. The secret is Public domain content. These can include books, articles, films, photos and more.

Two of the best places that you can grab your free public domain films and books are Archive.org and Project Gutenberg. These are probably the best known resources for public domain films and books.

One of the main points to remember when using public domain work is that it is not your. You cannot lay claim to creating it so it is wise to post a note at the bottom of your article or blog to say that the work posted is in the public domain. And should it not be you will remove it immediately. This keeps you out of trouble and allows the owner the right to ask you to remove it. If I were them I’d just ask for a credit to say it was my work with a link back to their website. OH look, we’ve just created a valuable and honest backlink. Just a note of caution just because something appears in the public domain it does not mean that it is a public domain article, photo, film or book. So make sure you double check which features of the public domain work you are using is considered as having public domain rights.

The best thing about public domain works is that once you have modified it, it no longer is the original so you then own the rights to the modified version. Be careful though, don’t fall into the plagarised version of modification make your version original in its own way.

This article should help you to find a quicker easier way of building content and writing blogs with limited time. One last note always make your articles useful and engaging with a fab picture to make them stand out in a crowd.

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STARTING AND GROWING A BUSINESS ON A SHOESTRING – THE BASICS



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With every business venture there a significant ups and significant lows but this doesn’t mean that the business is not worth the effort. Most failing or failed business people tell me that it was down to a lack of cash flow. This may have been the case prior to the internet explosion but now days it is just an excuse for not being business savvy.  Why do I say this? I say this because nearly everything that you need software or tool wise can be found on the internet for free. ‘What about services I here you say, they’re not free’! No they are not but for this aspect of business you have two choices. You can learn to do it yourself for nothing by researching on the internet or by taking online ‘free’ courses in your chosen subject or by using such sites as www.fiverr.com,  www.e-lance.com, www.freelancer.com, and www.o-desk.com.
 

The number one business tip that all new businesses need to adhere to is:

Put your money where it will be productive.

 

Below you can find a few money saving tips on how to start and develop an effective and efficient business on a small budget

  • Don’t hire staff, outsource.

There are plenty of places that you can outsource your jobs to from virtual assistants to video editing firms. Now days anything can be undertaken cheaply and to be honest from my experience the quality of work is to a high standard because people are using these sites to gain experience, build international portfolios and in most cases to supplement their incomes. Try Fiverr.com for any business related task. If you want a more office based task try o-desk.com, freelancer.com or e-lance.com. We are on all four and do very nicely from these sites. Administration tasks can also be outsourced through a number of sites including www.e-lance.com www.freelancer.com, www.fiverr.com, and www.o-desk.com.

 

  • Don’t layout £$000’s on software packages

Don’t spend huge amounts of money on software that you can get for next to nothing each month. We are not talking about free illegal downloads from share sites. We are talking about gaining the best business software that you need to run your business effectively and efficiently at the least cost possible. We’ll explain what we mean in a moment. But before we go on to explain, we want to point out that large multi-conglomerate organisations are also in a position where they can’t afford to waste money. That’s what makes them successful: they make sure that the right staff, business model and leadership are in place to deal with a growing customer base, product development and international relations, marketing and production. Take a look at why google are so successful:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130628195308-4802093-google-s-strategy-explained Small businesses need to apply the rules that large businesses do but on a smaller basis to succeed. Don’t go out and buy the best of the best when you are just starting out. You just don’t need it and if you do need it we’ll show you how to get it on a shoestring or for FREE. We like FREE!

So Here we go:

  • Bookkeeping: Most small businesses need their bookkeeping doing for them as this is the most time consuming task that the business demands and let’s face it most people run in the other direction or have panic attacks when numbers come in to the frame. You can outsource this to a company like ours that will do all of the hard work and give it back to you in a format you understand or you could outsource it on e-lance. Either way, you don’t have to worry about your books or the cost of employing consultants or staff to take care of it. A one off fee leaves you knowing where you stand. If you decide that you still want to take care of your own books you can find free bookkeeping software from Turbo Cash called Turbocash 5, this appears to be the best free tool available. You can find the free download here: http://www.turbocash.net/
  • General Software: Let’s use Adobe Photoshop as an example. It’s a lot of Money and it’s just another software package that you need but can’t afford. You have two options. You can use Irfanview, downloadable for free from a number of sites or you can continue to use Photoshop, but pay monthly by creating an account with Creative Cloud. We spend $8 a month on our subscription and that gives us access to adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom. This comes to $96 per year and you can cancel at any time. If you are unable to create your own marketing, promotional material you can hire a good graphic designer for all of your needs from here: www.fiverr.com. I have used Fiverr on a personal basis with success for nearly two years now. They have created, movies, flyers, digital artwork, book covers, you name it they’ve created it and I haven’t been unhappy about the work delivered once.
  • Customer Relationship Management: ‘What’? I hear you shout. Don’t worry it’s a fancy name for saying: ‘This is how I am going to look after my customers and manage my affairs’. There are so many cheap, value for money CRM packages out there now that you can pay for on a monthly basis. Insightly have a free package which will be good enough for a start-up or newly developing business or you can opt for their $7 a month package which will provide you with everything you need. You can find them here: https://www.insightly.com.
  • What about business cards and Flyers: Always have a business card at the ready. Give it to everyone you come in contact with after building rapport with them. Don’t just hand them out or they will go in the bin or wallet never to be used. Most people now do not use business cards they use mobile contacts. So always have your contact details set up in a text so you can text them to potential customers following your rapport building session. Look at every conversation as a potential sale and you won’t go far wrong. If you still want to use business cards then the cheapest place to get them is www.vistaprint.com. They have just about everything you could want for marketing and advertising at a reasonable cost and the quality isn’t bad either.
  • Marketing: Yes marketing! It is a major part of your business and if you neglect it you won’t have a business. You can have the best product or service in the world but if no one knows about it, you fail! Marketing can be done in many different ways. Currently social media is the way to go but be sure not to put all of your eggs in one basket. There are many social media platforms out there and whilst it’s important to be on as many as possible the main forums are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Pinterest, Tumblr and Stumble are also good platforms to be seen on.
  • Don’t forget about e-mail marketing. Grow your list and send out promotional items, useful free information and value to your customers. You can use mailchimp for this process or through an autoresponder attached to your website. Awebber is by far the best tool for achieving this task and comes at a fee of £19 per month. Mail chimp however, is FREE. If you want to take a look at a review for both tools check here: http://mywifequitherjob.com/mailchimp-vs-aweber-a-comparison-of-two-email-marketing-providers/
  • Website: You do not need to hire someone to build a website for you. You do not need to spend £$000’s on website maintenance. If you are a technophobe then use Godaddy. It’s simple and easy to use and they even do the hosting for you. You will need to purchase a domain name which you can do with them too. If you are better able to use computer based programmes WordPress is the best you can get. Be careful though. If you buy from wordpress.com you cannot install plug-ins which you will need to develop your site. Buy from wordpress.org and then download plug-in’s from WordPress. You can take a look here: www.Wordpress.org.
  • SEO for your website: ‘What’s that’! Don’t worry it’s just a fancy name to say. This is how google, Bing and other search engines find, track and see your website. It’s one of the ways that you will drive traffic to your website. WordPress provide a free all incorporated plug-in for SEO you do not need to buy one or even download one from any other source. Take a look here to see how google sees your site: http://www.browseo.net/how-google-sees-your-website. Type in a URL at the top and take a look.
  • Do not spend hours and hours of your time on the phone looking for customers, it doesn’t work it just drives up your costs and deflates your motivation. The best way of getting local customers is by networking. Join your local business forums or associated forums and mingle, don’t be shy. Rehearse your patter and stick to it. Remembering that people aren’t interested in your product or service they are interested in how it will improve their situation or life experiences. Don’t sell them your product or service; sell them a solution to their problems. The main thing to remember here is that you are an expert whether you think you are or not and people want to listen to your solution for their problem. So give them what they want in a humble way.
  • Social media is the next best thing for local and global customers. Make sure you have a positive and ongoing presence and that you provide valuable content on a regular basis. If you can’t figure out what you should be writing about, nip over to www.feebly.com or www.Buzzsumo.com and post other people posts to your site. This is not illegal; you are not steeling anyone else’s work you are helping them to get out there. In helping them you help yourself, and Google will pick up that you have great content on your site. This helps to raise your rankings. We’ll discuss this in a future blog.

Hopefully you’re not feeling too overwhelmed with the information provided and we have done our best to explain the basics of business to you. We have designed a series of blogs to help you get up and running on a shoestring. Each blog is a bite sized chunk to help you get where you want to go.

After reading this blog you should be able to go away and implement it for yourself before you move on to reading stage two of the process. Let’s recap what we’ve covered below:

  1. Bookkeeping and administration
  2. Software packages
  3. Marketing
  4. Social Media
  5. Customers
  6. Website
  7. Website SEO


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Your Business Should Hire a Virtual Assistant (VA)




 

Your Business Should Hire a Virtual Assistant (VA)

 

It’s not rocket science, to grow a business in this economy you have to cut costs and the easiest way to cut costs or to keep your costs down is to hire a virtual assistant rather than a full or part time member of staff. With a VA there are no hidden costs to consider such as payroll costs, sick pay, NI or pension contributions to pay. In fact there aren’t any associated costs attached to a VA apart from the initial cost per project or payment plan.

Most VA’s are their own bosses and work to their own timescales so achieving demanding, out of hours deadlines are not an issue. In most cases they are welcomed. They tend to work around your calendar to give you the benefit of their skills, experience and timescales. VA’s are a value added bonus to any business that is trying to grow.

Below are just some of the reasons why you should hire a virtual assistant to complete your tasks.

  • A VA consistently undertaking work that you don’t have time to do.
  • There’s no requirement for a physical office.
  • There are no organisation expenses as with permanent workers.
  • You don’t have to use any cash on representative preparing.
  • You won’t pay for any additional time incurred once the price has ben agreed.
  • A VA may have aptitudes that you don’t have but require ‘to get the job done’
  • A VA thinks about your business as their business

 

There is so much to do when trying to establish or grow a business, and you the business owner can fast become burnt out and run out of steam. As VA’s we’d love to help you grow your business the easy way and there’s nothing that we can’t do – because there is a team of us just waiting for you to give us the go ahead to work on developing your business.

 

If you’re interested in the skills and jobs available to you please check out our website: www.hunterhawke.com for details and pricing plans.

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How to do Twitter



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Do you need to grow your Social Media presence but don’t know where to start?

Starting with Twitter is the easiest way to go. It doesn’t take long to set up and once set up the amount of time it takes to post messages each day is limited to 140 characters. Below are some pointers to get you started.

1. Choose the right username for your business The first step in getting started on Twitter is creating your account. When creating your account, it’s important to remember that your username will be what the public uses to identify your business.i.e [email protected] is my ‘Handle’ and as such people can find my business name easily. Yoo-cht is registered as a business and my customers know where to find both my businesses hunterhawke and Yoo-cht. If your business name is not available you’ll want to come up with something that will still make sense to your followers [email protected] You want your username to be around 10 – 15 characters so your customers can “mention” your business without using too many of the 140 they have to use. You can also use hyperlinks to do this.

2. Create a Profile that captures your business niche not your hobbies Twitter is recognised as one of the most open social networks, as most of the communication on the site takes place in front of people in the news stream. Keep in mind when creating your profile, more people will find you on Twitter if they understand what your business is about. I.e. Hunterhawke virtual business solutions. If you had just 140 characters to explain your business to a complete stranger, what would you say?

3. Upload a photo or image that makes you stand out from the rest but make it relevant We see in pictures and we remember in pictures especially full colour. Make sure your profile picture stands out and shows what your business does. Don’t underestimate the importance of picking the right picture or image for your profile and don’t send tweets until you have uploaded a photo or people will not follow you. We humans like to see what we are doing and who we are doing it with. For businesses, the perfect profile image will be one that your customers already associate with your business such as your company logo.

4. Introduce yourself by sending your first tweet ‘Hello World’ Some people may disagree but it’s a polite way to introduce yourself to the world of Twitter and may encourage people to follow you. I recommend something like this:

5. Find the right people to follow, don’t just build a list of non-buyers and Bots Who you follow on Twitter will dictate the type of content you have access to and the quality of the relationships you’re able to establish. People you want to follow may include: friends, industry professionals, local businesses, colleagues, and current and potential customers. The key is to follow businesses similar to yours that are doing well pay attention to how they are engaging and the type of content they share and do the same but don’t copy them. This is not good practice

6. Tell your network/customers you’re on Twitter Growing your following on Twitter is not easy especially if you’re starting from scratch. If you are an established business your customers may have already joined your mailing list and they might likely wish to connect with you on Twitter too. Why not send out an email to your contact list, inviting people to follow you on Twitter.

7. Get the tools you need they’re free If you want to be successful on Twitter you want to make sure that you have the right tools to hand. There are a number of tools out there that you could use to enhance your performance. You can find three below:

  • Monitor your profile on the go with the Twitter mobile app
  • Schedule tweets and track your reach with Hootsuite
  • Stay on top of your activity with Nutshell Mail

8. Create your first Twitter List – but wait, get followers first Twitter lists allow users to organise the people that they follow into specific groups based on industry, relationship and expertise. When you’re first starting out Lists won’t be a top priority because you’ll still be growing your followers. You only need to create them when you really need them.

9. Save your searches, if they interest you or maybe needed further down the line Similar to Lists saved searches let users organise their content, it is best to save by content rather than user. Some ideas for searches to save include your business name, your name, the city/town that you’re in, industry related topics and popular hashtags.

10. Connect your customers where you provide an outlet – your touch point Would it surprise you to know that 80.5% of small businesses do not link to social media sites? In today’s digital age this is a big business mistake to make. Connecting your website to your Twitter profile will help drive traffic and organically build your social following. You’ll also want to make sure you’re inserting a link into your email newsletter with a strong call-to-action. We like providing free and informative information for our readers. If you’d like to be one of our customers then please drop us a line at: [email protected]

Don’t forget to have a plan! Let’s rewind quickly to the point when you first decided to sign up and log on to Twitter. What were you trying to accomplish? Were you looking to drive more business? Increase brand awareness? Establish yourself as an expert in your industry? Just being on Twitter won’t be enough to accomplish those goals—even if you follow these 10 steps to getting started. What will allow you to achieve those goals is having a social strategy about the way you plan to engage on Twitter, the type of content you want to share, and the milestones you hope to achieve. Your strategy probably will change once you get started, but without having one before you launch your first tweet, you won’t make it much further than these first 10 steps.

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Because our customers are important to us we aim to provide the most high quality packages at cost effective prices.

Below is our standard rate card for administration work and is provided to give you an indication of cost. We provide a customised quote for each client, depending on their needs. So if you don’t see what you want drop us a line and we will put together a quote suitable for your needs.

One Off Tasks

For one off tasks we charge a minimum administration rate of £45 plus an Hourly fee depending on what the task is and how long it takes to complete. Our hourly fees depend on whether you are a valued package customer or one of our  valued ‘when needed’ clients. We always charge value for money and never over charge our customers. Your loyalty as one of our ongoing customers is however rewarded with lower hourly fees.

Pre-Paid Packages

Need some work completed, but on a strict budget? Try our pre-paid options! Pay up front for a bundle of hours, then use them when you need them. The hours are valid for up to 12 months after purchase – you need never to worry about unexpected bills again!

HOURS  –  5 Hours @ £125 – that’s just £25 per hour

10 HOURS – Our most popular plan!  –  10 hours @ £225 – that’s just £22.50 per hour

50 HOURS  –  50 Hours @ £900 – that’s just £18 per hour

100 HOURS  –  100 Hours @ £1600 – that’s just £16 per hour

 

Retainer Packages

If you have consistent and ongoing work, our retainer packages are just the thing for you! One set amount per month covers all of our work. Easy to budget for, and only pay for the hours you use.

BASIC  –  £500 per month – for up to 20 hours support/month

PREMIUM – Our most popular plan! – £1500 per month –  for up to 60hours support/month

PLATINUM – £2000 per month  –  for up to 100 hours support/month

Full-Time Virtual Administration Support – £13 per hour, (ongoing contracts)

 

Business Babysitting

Want to take a vacation, but don’t want to abandon your clients?

We’re happy to look after your business while you’re away. From replying to emails to answering phone calls — sometimes we can even complete your work for you! Packages start at £200 per week.

Contact us with your needs and we’ll create a quote just for you.

Urgent Work

Want us to drop everything and move you to the front of the queue? We can do that. Let us know your needs and we’ll quote for the work and start on it straight away.

Quality Assurance

We pride ourselves in consistently delivering an excellent service. Our Virtual Assitants and business consultants are carefully screened and undergo comprehensive training on the services that we offer. We have carefully selected them from their field of expertise. Aside from this, we have senior virtual assistants who guide and train our new virtual administrators to ensure a high quality of work.

 

 

 

 

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Privacy Policy

We at HunterHawke are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our visitors and clients.
In running and maintaining our website we could collect and process the following data about you:

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b) Information provided voluntarily by you. For example, when you register for information or make a purchase.

c) Information that you provide when you communicate with us by any means.

 Use of your information

We use the information that we collect from you so that we can  provide our services to you. In addition to this we may use the information for one or more of the following purposes:

To provide information to you that you request from us relating to our products or services.

To provide information to you relating to other products that may be of interest to you. Such additional information will only be provided where you have consented to receive such information.

To inform you of any changes to our website, services or goods and products.

If you have previously purchased goods or services from us we may provide to you details of similar goods or services, or other goods and services, that you may be interested in.

We will never pass on your information to third parties no matter what the reason.

Storing your personal data

Unfortunately the sending of information via the internet is not totally secure and on occasion such information can be intercepted. We cannot guarantee the security of data that you choose to send us electronically, sending such information is entirely at your own risk.

Disclosing your information

We will not disclose your personal information to any other party other than in accordance with this Privacy Policy and in the circumstances detailed below:

We will not sell any or all of your information

We will only disclose your information where we are required to do so by law.

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In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to access any information that we hold relating to you. Please note that we reserve the right to charge a fee of £25 to cover costs incurred by us in providing you with the information.

All of the information that we hold on you as a visitor or client will be held under the guidelines of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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We aim to conduct our operations on sound business principles with trust, honesty and integrity and with respect for the human rights and interests of our employees and clients. We respect the legitimate interests of all those with whom we have relationships with.

Obeying the law

The Company and all our employees must comply with UK laws and regulations and conduct our operations in accordance with accepted principles of good corporate governance.

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We are committed to providing quality, high value services which meet all applicable safety standards.

We value the trust our clients place in us and will safeguard the information provided to us in accordance with relevant laws and contractual commitments.

Business Integrity

No employee may offer, give or receive any gift, payment or entertainment which is, or may reasonably be construed as being, a bribe.

Any gifts or entertainments offered, given or received must be incapable of appearing to interfere with the impartial discharge of duties. All gifts must be recorded for business and compliance purposes.

The Environment

We are committed to making continuous improvements in the management of our environmental impact to promote environmental care and awareness with emphasis on the need to reduce energy consumption and waste production and to monitor and report on environmental management.

 

Quality Assurance 

We pride ourselves in consistently delivering an excellent service. Our Virtual Assitants and business consultants are carefully screened and undergo comprehensive training on the services that we offer. We have carefully selected them from their field of expertise. Aside from this, we have senior virtual assistants who guide and train our new virtual administrators to ensure a high quality of work.

 

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Hire a Virtual Assistant

As virtual administrators we provide a range of services for a full range of business sizes and types. Below is a list of the main services that we offer as a solution to your unique business needs.

This is not an exhaustive list, if you need an important  job executing fast that is not part of the list below please complete the contacts form on the contacts page with as much information as possible and we will be in touch as soon as we receive your information.

 

Our Services include:

Research and Intelligence: We have really found our niche with Research and Intelligence. If there is anything to be found on a subject then we can find it. We will research your paper, book, article, project or just about anything you can think of.

General Administrative Service to include small business services: typing, spreadsheets ,invoice processing, full administration including bookkeeping, e-mails and mailing lists. Want to start up your own business but don’t know where to start? Then we can help you start up your own business from scratch: You may want to get some ideas on what business to start by clicking the link below:

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 Local Event Organisation: for business. We can arrange any type of event. Together we have over fifteen years experience in event organisation, from small to large events.

Writing: Transcripts,Ghost-writing, proofreading and Spell Checking, Blog Writing

Press Releases: local and international. Not only will we draft your press releases but we will also submit them to directories for you. We can even submit them to your local media.

Website Assistance: Regular updates to your self-editing website for general and SEO purposes. As it is important to keep your customers up-to-date with relevant and current information by keeping us informed we can do the time consuming work to keep your customers informed. We do not build your website.

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Social Media Management: Create and maintain your media presence to attract customers and general traffic to your website, Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin sites.

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Imagery Sourcing: We will source and edit Images for websites and for marketing material. We will spend look for the right image for you and your company. We have access to millions of images on just about any subject that you may require.

Business Coaching: We are experienced Coaches and we can help to iron out those business problems that you may be facing. We can also Life Coach your member of staff who may need some help in fine tuning their performance. Whatever the issue, we can help.

Business English Teaching: We have a proven track record of enabling people to learn the English Language to a high degree for business purposes. We can teach classes or individuals from beginner level to advanced. Whatever your field of work we can teach your staff English to suit your needs.

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Virtual Assistants and business consultants Hunterhawke is a smart outsourcing company. We offer all business administration services in a virtual environment.

We offer high-quality yet affordable virtual business and personal assistant solutions for your administrative, customer service, internet marketing, SEO, copywriting, graphic design, and web development needs. We go that extra mile to ensure that you the customer are happy. No task  or challenge is too great for our team of administrators, accountants and business consultants.

We were stuck in the dreary world of 9-5 until we took the leap and became self employed freelancers. We know only too well how hard it can be to develop a business whilst trying to carry out the mundane day-to-day tasks associated with running a business and keeping it on track. That’s why we are here to help you with all of your business administration.

We provide virtual business solutions to a wide range of businesses and individuals from sole traders to large organisations. What ever you are looking for we can help.

What Are the Benefits of Using Hunterhawke as Your Freelance Virtual Business Solution Provider ?

Financial: There are many rewarding financial benefits of working with us.  You only pay for what you need; by the hour, day or per job.  You do not have to pay for a full time or part-time member of staff,  holiday, sick pay, NI or pension contributions. There are no agency fees or hidden extras added to your bill you simply state what you want and we will charge you accordingly.

Flexibility: As freelancers we are very flexibility. We  fit in around you and your business needs. We have a very tight turnaround time so we are able to help you meet your deadline at short notice.

Quality: Because we have over 70 years of combined experience in the business field we deliver high quality work at realistic prices. We don’t cost the earth for the outstanding work that we deliver.

Time Management: Because we tailor our business to your needs we can produce work with very tight demanding deadlines. If necessary we will work whilst you sleep taking the pressure of you and your company.


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