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Nov
15

Professionalism at Home

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One of benefits of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. You can set your own schedule, work around your family and even lounge in your pajama pants from time to time.

However … one of the drawbacks of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. Yep, you read that right. As much as I love working from the comfort of my home, there is a serious side to my business as well. There are times when I must set aside my comfort and ensure that my clients get the very best from me.

The question that comes to mind then is how do we retain professionalism while we’re working at home? Here are a few ideas:

Take a shower– I smile as I write this because I know how basic this tip is. However, I know firsthand that it can be difficult to get motivated to get up and shower as if you were heading to an office for the day. Some days it can be hard just to find the time to shower (if you have small kids at home, you’re nodding as you read this). And don’t stop with a shower – put on a cute outfit, add a little makeup and get yourself feeling good. You’ll be surprised what a difference feeling good about yourself can make on your attitude, which will in turn impact your family, your business and all those you come into contact with throughout the day.

Clean your room – While it may or may not be true that “cleanliness is next to godliness,” it has certainly proven true in my life that cleanliness helps me to focus. When my office is a mess and my desk is piled high with stacks of paper, I seem to get less done. Take 15 minutes each morning and clear your space as much as possible. Not only will you think more clearly,  you will also be saved from embarrassment if unexpected company (or a client!) stop by.

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Oct
20

Driving Research & SAVING SIGHT

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Has Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affected your family?

Every year nearly 10 million Americans go blind due to AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration. The exciting news is that a cure is in sight! The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has provided funding for research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971. In fact, with the research FFB has already made possible, treatments to stop and in some cases even reverse retinal disease is a reality. This is great news for people over 55 and their families.

Download this free pdf to learn more about macular degeneration and how to prevent & cure it: http://bit.ly/FFBFall2017

With AMD it is nearly impossible for grandparents to enjoy the little things in life such as playing games, watching movies and reading to their grandchildren.

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Oct
19

4 Tips for Working from Home

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Business ProposalWhen you decide to start working from home, you’ll think you’ve got the ideal situation worked out. It’s only when you’ve been doing it for some time that you’ll realize that the grass isn’t necessarily any greener. Where you used to depend on your employer and colleagues for your environment, motivation and socialization, you’ll now have to make arrangements yourself. That doesn’t mean it’s all negative, but it does mean that you can’t ignore the structures you work in just because nobody is watching. Read on to find out how to better organize yourself when working from home.

A Working Environment

It may have been your dream when you worked full time in an office, but there’s no way you can do everything that you need to in a day without getting out of bed. You should have a space designated for working in, and it should provide comfort and a distraction-free, focused atmosphere. You’ll find that there are constant interruptions around the house, but whatever it is – make sure you stay on track. If you love trying to fix things, you might be tempted to start tinkering when the heating goes. Use your time more effectively by staying focused. Simply find a plumber or equivalent to take care of the household jobs, as this is a more efficient way of using your time.

Office Hours

Many people who work from home have either converted a room or had an office built in the garden, but whatever solution you employ to get a decent working space, you should stay organized by scheduling regular hours each day in which you’ll be working. Now, you do get some say here – you don’t have to continue working the nine to five hours you sought to get away from. Work out how many hours a week you need to spend working, and draw up a schedule for yourself, which you will stick to no matter what.

Motivation Techniques

The problem with utilizing these habits – a designated space and dedicated times – is that nobody’s watching you, so you’ll be able to get away with skiving. However, you know that you can’t sustain a working routine that doesn’t feature any work, so you need to prescribe yourself intrinsic motivational techniques to keep yourself in check. Reward yourself with regular breaks, on the condition that you finish a task before you take each one. You could even have a system in place where you can only listen to music if you’re ahead of schedule. Get creative, as many rules you create for yourself will help you stay in control of your time.

The End of the Day

At the end of the day, you chose to get out of the office in order to find more time. Therefore, if you’re going to enjoy the time you’ve gathered, make sure you can put your work down when your dedicated working time is over. You need your evenings to rest properly and enjoy your social time. Working overtime can be okay on some occasions, but you should ensure you stick to a routine to get everything done appropriately, so you can enjoy the rest of your time.

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Oct
17

How to Transform Your Small Business Operations

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Do you want to create a more innovative, inspiring and profitable company? A few little changes to your company could allow you to enjoy big results for your business. We are therefore providing some top tips on how to transform your small business

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operations for the better.

Upgrade Your Technology

Technology is growing at a rapid rate month after month, year after year. Your business should therefore take advantage of the many tools at its disposal to improve efficiency and profitability. From contactless payments to 3D printing, there are a million and one technologies that can help grow your business. You simply need to identify the best technologies to catapult your company into the future.

Marketing Automation

Monotonous tasks can not only take up a great deal of time, but they can also decrease employee morale. Take control of your promotional campaigns with marketing automation, which can schedule your email marketing campaigns in advance. As a result, you can turn your attention to other aspects of your organization.

Organize Your Business

Are you regularly sifting through various piles of paperwork? It’s time to say goodbye to documents and papers piling up in the office, and say hello to the cloud. Scan and save all your important business documents onto a cloud platform, so you can access the files from any location at any time – and you can easily share them with your employees or clients. Not only will it boost efficiency in the workplace, but it will provide a backup of the important documents should you misplace an important file.

Start Networking

Networking will allow you to connect with likeminded businesses and entrepreneurs, which could lead to a unique collaboration that could yield fantastic results for your business. Utilize networking platforms, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, to reach out to industry leaders, inspiring entrepreneurs and innovative companies. You could even go one step further and host a networking event to connect with business professionals to meet once a month to share inspiring stories and advice. Read More→

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Oct
16

How to Create a Stronger Relationship with Your Customers

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The benefits of forging strong customer relationships are clear: When done right, this approach improves customer retention, creates a competitive advantage for your company, and builds unparalleled brand loyalty. Plus, it’s a cost-effective way to land new customer referrals.

Now, you’ve likely heard the stats on poor customer service — and they’re not pretty. So why should your company invest in creating an exceptional overall customer experience? Simple answer: Your customers have a big voice, and money talks. In fact, 95 percent of all consumers have taken action as a result of a poor customer experience. And, of those same individuals, 85 percent wanted to warn others about doing business with a particular company.

Many experts find it difficult to show a connection between improving the customer experience and growing revenue. But market research company Forrester Research has demonstrated how investing more in customers drives revenue growth through increased loyalty. Indeed, the payoff of cultivating strong customer relationships cannot be overstated. Here are a few ideas to help your company get started.

Make Customer Service a Top Priority

Do you have an unwavering urge to resolve customer service issues quickly and effectively? How well do you provide online customer support? Providing excellent customer service is not only a common business principle that has withstood the test of time — it’s also the best way to boost customer relationships and stand out from the competition.

Like anything in life, consumers make future business decisions based on first impressions, so going the extra mile from the outset must be a priority. Moreover, customers’ expectations must be met and exceeded as often as possible. Airbnb founder Brian Chesky knows this firsthand. His company, valued at $30 billion, focuses on providing seven-star customer service. Read More→

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Oct
12

Finding Your At-Home Business Niche

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Working from the comfort of your own home is liberating, fun and convenient. Sadly, you’d be surprised at how few people make it big from their at-home businesses. This is usually because they fail to tackle a niche and they aim for a goal they can’t possibly reach. It’s important to identify niches in the market to take advantage of, especially considering you have very little capital and you’re just a new startup.

To help you achieve this, we’ve put together a couple of tips that will help you find your own niche and grow your business to new levels.

Expand on your current skills

First of all, try and expand on your current skills in order to find a niche that you can really identify with. Let’s say you studied engineering at university and you’ve yet to find a job relating to it. Instead of trying to start a blog or a website about something random, consider expanding on those skills first. Take a look at the best MBA for engineers that you can study online and you’ll find that it’s easy and relatively cheap to expand on what skills you currently possess. By learning new skills related to your current interests or qualifications, you can unlock more paths to take in life and it can inspire you to start an at-home business with a niche that is based on the skills you have.

Master social media

Social media is one of the most useful tools for startups because you can keep up with the latest trends and popular products. Many companies use social media for marketing purposes, so the earlier you learn to use platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, the faster you’ll be able to grow your at-home business. It’s also amazing for finding niches. You can judge a market by looking at social media and you can see important feedback from the most important people in a business: its customers. Audiences aren’t afraid to speak their mind on social media because it’s largely anonymous. They’ll say what they really think and they will request what they really want. If no one is answering those calls, then it’s your turn to step in and offer a product they can’t refuse. Read More→

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Oct
02

October Featured CWAHM

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We love featuring CWAHMs from some of the best work-at-home opportunities available! This month’s CWAHM spotlight introduces you to:

Myndi Shafer
LuLaRoe Retailer
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Tell us a little about your business:  I schedule pop-up parties, either online via Facebook; or in women’s homes; or in my own home, which I love! If you’re interested in scheduling a pop-up with me, or just learning about the perks of hosting a pop-up (they. are. AWESOME!), feel free to shoot me an email or message me on Facebook. If you just want to join our Tribe and lurk a little bit, that’s totally cool too (and you should, because Rising Tide Tribe is a group of fun, supportive, positive women. You’d fit right in!).

What do your days look like? I am a LuLaRoe retailer, which on the surface means I sell clothes. Ridiculously comfortable, super cute clothes. So that’s great, but that’s not where my passion lies. My passion for this business is in helping women embrace their own personal beauty–just as they are. It’s in creating a community that lifts each other up and does good. It’s in creating a safe space where the seeds of new friendships can be planted and nurtured into bloom. It’s in creating financial freedom for my family and enjoying myself in the process.

Why did you choose this particular business? I chose LuLaRoe because their business model is unique. Most people assume LuLaRoe is a typical MLM, but I liked that I could do well for myself without ever building a team. That’s not to say that I don’t want to build a team, but I wasn’t interested in making team-building my #1 goal right out of the gate. Another thing that attracted me to them was their point margin–as the wife of an entrepreneur, I understand the necessity of a decent point margin in order to turn a profit, and LuLaRoe’s point margins are very good. Demand for their product is high, and word-of-mouth about the brand was rampant and generally positive.

I also loved that they don’t charge a ‘fat tax’ on their plus size clothes–any plus size gal knows what it’s like to shop and see the prices gouged because of their size. Also, in doing research for my business plan, it because clear to me that in spite of the occasional bad press, the company has its stuff together–a vision for their long-term future and the capital to implement it.

What do you love MOST about your business? There are three things that I adore about this business. The first is the women I interact with. My Facebook group Rising Tide Tribe has grown from 40 people to 350 in just two months, and it is a crazy, fun, positive place to be. These women–most of them didn’t know each other at all before the Tribe–lift each other up and join hands to do good together. It’s amazing. We’ve donated money to hurricane relief. We’re currently doing a month-long blood/platelet drive. We are selfie-crazy because we feel good about ourselves and want to encourage each other to be kind to ourselves! And it’s a joy and privilege to be brought into their lives–I’ve had so many messages of requests for prayer, or notes of how wearing LuLaRoe has helped them deal with chronic pain, or how looking forward to our online pop-ups has given them a little ray of light in their struggle with depression.

I expected selling LuLaRoe to be fun. I didn’t expect it to be so important, and that is beautiful and humbling. The second thing I love about it is that I can work from home. I know that seems obvious, but truly, that’s a gift that I don’t take lightly. To be able to pull in a decent part-time income from home is such a blessing. And the third thing I adore about this business is the culture of the company. There is a sisterhood among most retailers and a sense of care from corporate. Anytime I have felt lost or like the learning curve was too much to overcome, someone has always come beside me, grabbed my hand, and said, “How can I help?” That’s pretty freaking cool.
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Sep
28

What You Need to Know About Hiring Your First Employees

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Woman working from homeHiring your first employees is bound to be a little daunting. In addition to sharing your business responsibilities with new people, you will also have to adhere to your legal and moral duties as an employer. To ensure the process is as smooth as possible, read our top tips for hiring your first members of staff.

Embark on Applicant Checks

Have you found the ideal candidate for a position at your new company? If so, you must ensure the prospective employee has the right to work in the United States. You must also embark on criminal record checks to ensure they are the right person for the job. Don’t forget to follow up on any references to ensure their employment and academic history reflects their CV.

An Employment Contract

Once you have hired a candidate for the advertised vacancy, it is advisable to draw up an employment contract if they will work for you for a month or more. This must detail the terms and conditions of the employment, and you should strive to provide the contract within two months of hiring a new member of staff.

The employment contract must provide an outline of an employee’s responsibilities, rights and their working conditions. The written document will therefore protect both the employer and the employee.

Acquire Business Insurance

There are different insurance plans to choose from when you first start a business. It is wise to invest in cover to protect your company from claims that could be made by employees following an accident, injury or illness at work. This will ensure your business is financially protected should an employee unfortunately experience a fall, injury or contract a debilitating illness at work.

Register as a Business

It is imperative to register as a business before you hire your first employee. After all, you will be responsible for paying your members of staff an agreed salary. What’s more, you will also have to deduct federal income tax, social security and Medicare taxes.

Create a Pay Stub

Not only must you ensure you pay your employees on an agreed date each month, but it is also essential to provide them with a pay stub each month. This should provide details on their gross and net pay, as well as their taxes, pension contributions and any deductions (such as medical, dental and vision). However, providing your employees with a pay check doesn’t have to be complex, as you can turn to an online paystub maker that will take as little as two minutes to create. What’s more, you can include additional information, such as the company name and salary details.

Adhere to Health & Safety Requirements

Every employer has both a legal and moral obligation to adhere to health and safety requirements, which will provide their team members with a safe and secure working environment. You must therefore assess the risks within your organization to prevent an accident or injury from taking place.

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Sep
26

5 Ways Of Making Your Website Look Super Professional

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If you’re running your business online, it can be hard to make your website look professional, especially if you’re new to the online world. Luckily, there are some techniques that you can undertake to make your website look super professional.

Domain

Buying your own domain name will always make you look more professional than the websites with .wordpress.com or any other variation of it at the end of their site name. It’s really easy to do, and often very cheap to buy the domain name that you’re after. Head over to GoDaddy or BlueHost to buy yours and begin making your website look more professional.

Opting to have emails alongside your domain that will match will also make you look professional. Here’s an idea on what it would look like: example@domainname.com.

Self Hosted

The words ‘self hosted’ scare many people when it comes to designing a website, but the logistics of it aren’t as hard as you think. Once you have bought your domain name, the company that you have bought it from will often offer you options to start building a website through their platform. Choosing this option will certainly make your website look more professional. If you choose to go with WordPress hosting, they will set up your dashboard for you so that you can easily navigate around it to start uploading your content and making it look how you want it to.

The great part about going self hosted, is that if something goes wrong you are able to contact your domain provider for help on resolving an issue. Also, if your website takes off, they will be able to offer plans for you to utilize the traffic that you’re receiving and turn it into profit.

Design

How you design your website makes a massive difference on whether people stay on your website too. If you did decide to go with a WordPress hosted website, there are thousands of free themes that you can find on the internet. It is recommended that you put your own personal twist on your website to make it stand out above other websites. Adding your logo is a great way of doing this. If you’ve yet to design a logo, try using Adobe Illustrator to get you off to a good start. There is Adobe illustrator training available if you’ve never used it before. Designing your logo on a program like this will ensure that it comes out looking very professional.

Another thing to look out for when you’re setting up your website is the layout of it. If a website is too difficult to navigate around, people will leave and try and find the information that they are looking for elsewhere. Make sure that even if you’ve gone for a modern theme for your website, that it’s easy to find things.

Make sure your color scheme isn’t too ‘in your face’. That’s not to say that using bright and bold colors is off the menu though, just make sure that the colors fit together nicely and compliment each other on your webpage.

Contact Details

Having your contact details clearly displayed on your website will show your visitors that you’re open for business, and that they are welcome to contact you at any time to query your services. Whenever possible, make sure you list an email address, postal address, phone number, and also a contact form for them to fill in so that they can get hold of you as easily as possible.

Pricing

Listing the prices for your services on your website is also a great way of showing your potential customers that you’re professional. Don’t be afraid to list your prices in fear that people will think you’re charging too much. You will find that people will be more likely to take on your services because they know the cost they will be paying before contacting you. Many websites make the mistake of not listing prices; therefore turning people away to find a more clearly laid out website.

As you can see, these five techniques will help you improve your website no end. They will also help the visitors that you do have be able to get in contact with you easily, and also see your pricing straight away. Apply these 5 things to your website today to make it look super professional. Good luck with your online business!

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Sep
25

4 Ways To Create An Online Presence For Your Business

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There’s a lot to think about when you’re running a business. You have to secure customers, network and hire the right employees. Another important area many companies are experimenting with is getting online.

If you’re not sure where to start, it’s easy to catch on. You have a lot of options, so it’s best to do your research and slowly dabble in different opportunities to see how they work for you. Trying to do it all at once will be a big undertaking and you’ll run into issues managing it all. See four ways to create an online presence for your business.

Social Media

It’s a good idea to get involved in social media. Create a presence by creating a few different accounts with a couple of the platforms that interest you. See where your target audience is hanging out and what type of content you’re looking to share before deciding. You’ll most likely want to hire a social media manager who’ll be able to keep the accounts current and engage with your audience. Have the team help come up with content ideas and be open to posting videos and infographics.

External Sites

Reach out to other website owners who’d be willing to share your work on their site. Either exchange a blog post or see if they’d be up for showcasing you. It’s smart to get your information and links on other relevant websites that are out on the Internet. It will take some extra effort on your end because you have to contact each person individually and make an introduction. Be willing to offer them a tradeoff in return. Read More→

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