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27

Your Smile can Make a Difference

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I watched this video today and it is right in line with my belief that no matter what you are going through today your smile can make a difference. Let’s stay focused on improving the lives of others and give a big smile. Enjoy the video.

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If you own a home business, it would require you to keep your work area arranged, organized and clutter-free. It is important for you to be clearing the clutter so you can succeed. A disorganized workplace will cause unnecessary tension and nervousness. You may also lose your client’s project. You can organize your workplace easily and in no time at all.

Basics

Ensure that you have ample space for yourself, your projects and other equipments. You also need the correct type of work surfaces. You need to have better access to what you need for the completion of your work.

File Management

File Management can be bit difficult at home, but still you can use color-coding as a  means of file management. You should also label your files properly and keep them in the correct folders.

Storage of Office Supplies

This helps you in easily finding your supplies when you need them and it also helps to keep your office clutter – free. Disorganized office supplies indicate loss of money and time.

Moving things around

You should seriously consider moving things around, if presently you have to keep moving across the room to fetch the things needed for your work. Your desk should be arranged in such a way that you can have easy access to all the basic supplies, like pencils, computer accessories, staples, envelopes and note paper.

What Organization requires?

In business, first impressions matter a lot. A client will be annoyed if he is welcomed into a cluttered office.

1.) You need a proper desk, which is able to meet your daily needs. If your work requires you to frequently refer to books, then you need a desk with a hutch to put your books into. If you use a computer, you need an L-shaped desk. You can keep the computer on one section and still manage to have enough workspace for yourself.

2.) You need to practice good time management. You can attain financial freedom with completing your work on time. You don’t have to rush things, as this will result in cluttering your work place and reduce the quality of your work.

3.) It is essential for you to decide which document you will need and which document you will not. For being organized, you must discard the documents you will not need; else it will lead to unnecessary clutter in future.

4.) You can also hire a professional organizer to arrange your workplace. This will help you in organizing your workplace very fast and will also leave no scope for any mistakes.

5.) Do away with all the clutter, to make your workplace an effective one.

6.) The ambience of the room should be created in such a way that the color and lighting is appropriate. You can also replace carpets, paint the walls and buy new curtains depending on your budget.

7.) It is essential for you to filter and toss. You must filter and keep what is required and toss the rest. It is going to be a difficult process as today’s technology has so much information to offer.

Initial organization of your office might take a lot of time and effort, but once you have successfully organized it, you will be sure to view it as an executive level income opportunity. Ideas for wealth management can creep in from clearing the clutter so you can succeed.

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Becoming Successful Is Easy and Making Money is Even Easier! My friend Mack Michaels has been an extremely successful online business owner as well as a private business coach for the last 6 years or so. I certainly wish I would have bumped into him when I was in search of an online mentor.

For many people the world of the internet can put you in a trance, strip your pocketbooks of money and get you so darn frustrated that you are almost ready to throw in the towel and give up.

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With the state of the economy the way it is today I am seeing an increase in the level of interest a person has in starting their own business. When I ask the new entreprenuer a few basic questions regarding the tools they are using to build their new business I am shocked at how many people have that deer-in-the-headlight look.

So many people are jumping to the conclusion that starting a business from home is tied to a big expense and that the tools they need to use are not affordable to operate efficiently. Therefore, many business owners are not empowered to build strategically with the use of the internet. Because I am a big believer in maximizing online tools I came up with a list that will help take your business to the next level.

Here is a list of necessary tools that are free to use.

Webcast: Mikogo is free screensharing software that you can use for webinars, product demonstrations, online meetings, etc.

Video Production: Animoto is a great way to turn your photos into video. As we all know video’s drive traffic to your website. Therefore, a simple way to create a video is to upload pictures of you or your business into Animoto, select sound clips to match the video and publish to YouTube or other video sites.

Conference Calling: Free Conference Call.com is a teleconference line available 24/7. Do you need to have a quick meeting with your team members or sales staff? Easily done with this service.

Calendar: Google Calendar is an efficient way to keep track of your events. I use this service to color code the conference calls, events, and even set up Text Messaging reminders so I don’t miss a beat. A great feature in Google Calendar allows you to invite others to share the calendar so it works great for planning events.

Business Forms: Google Docs has a host of forms and templates that can assist you with your business. Find a template, complete the form and then print it to a PDF file direct from the desk top. Many of the templates will even feed into specific software programs you might use. It is a great way to invoice your clients.

Advertising: Craigslist is a favorite for free advertising. If you own a service business or want to sell a product this service is for you. Not only is it good for advertising it is also great for prospecting. Check out the “wanted” section as you might be able to fill a need of what people are looking for. Be sure to read the compliance section of Craigslist because they don’t hesistate to shut your account down if your ad is flagged too many times.

Autoresponder: Mail Chimp Not only does this site have a cute chimp on the front page it offers a great foundation for new marketers to start building a list. You can build and manage your list as well as design HMTL newsletters for free. I personally use Aweber as it is the list building tool I’ve used prior to learning of Mail Chimp.

Website Software: WordPress.org is a great tool for the new business owner to use while building an online presence. With all the new plugins available to the wordpress owner you can create a website in a matter of minutes compared to a few months and at a high expense. WordPress.org is free but you would need a hosting account to maintain it. I use a few different hosting companies for my sites but I prefer Hostgator as my wordpress host.

These are a few of my favorite tools (sounds like a song doesn’t it?).  Be not afraid to learn any one of them as they all have video instructions and are easy to learn.

Do you need to know where to market your website? Go ahead and opt in at the box on the right. I will send you a PDF file and checklist to get you started in the right direction.

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Well, that all depends. If you have insurance, you probably won’t use it. If you don’t have it, you’ll probably be sorry. Insurance is just one of those necessary evils. Keep the following points in mind when you consider whether or not you need home based business insurance.

First, will you be obtaining a business license of any kind? If so, you will need to check the licensing requirements. Some local governments require that you maintain a certain level of Liability insurance especially if people will be coming to your home during the course of your business. If your local government doesn’t require home based business insurance, then you must look at your individual situation and make that call. You may want to consult a licensed insurance agent to advise you of possible affordable options.

Will you keep an inventory in your home? In that case, you will want to insure it against a potential loss. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover the loss of business supplies so check with your local insurance agent to find out the best option for your home based business insurance needs.

If you use your car consistently in your business, you will probably need to contact your auto insurance agent. Premiums usually increase when you drive your car for regular business use. One thing to keep in mind is that business use of a car is often tax deductible so this can help defray the added home based business insurance cost.

Many people run their businesses without any type of insurance, due to lack of knowledge. Starting a business is hard enough without risking the loss of all of your hard work because you didn’t invest in home based business insurance.

Contact your local CPA and Insurance to find a policy that will suit your needs. Trust me. It’ll be worth every penny and provide peace of mind

Well, that all depends. If you have insurance, you probably won’t use it. If you don’t have it, you’ll probably be sorry. Insurance is just one of those necessary evils. Keep the following points in mind when you consider whether or not you need home based business insurance.

First, will you be obtaining a business license of any kind? If so, you will need to check the licensing requirements. Some local governments require that you maintain a certain level of Liability insurance especially if people will be coming to your home during the course of your business. If your local government doesn’t require home based business insurance, then you must look at your individual situation and make that call. You may want to consult a licensed insurance agent to advise you of possible affordable options.

Will you keep an inventory in your home? In that case, you will want to insure it against a potential loss. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover the loss of business supplies so check with your local insurance agent to find out the best option for your home based business insurance needs.

If you use your car consistently in your business, you will probably need to contact your auto insurance agent. Premiums usually increase when you drive your car for regular business use. One thing to keep in mind is that business use of a car is often tax deductible so this can help defray the added home based business insurance cost.

Many people run their businesses without any type of insurance, due to lack of knowledge. Starting a business is hard enough without risking the loss of all of your hard work because you didn’t invest in home based business insurance.

Contact your local CPA and Insurance Agent to find a policy that will suit your needs. Trust me. It’ll be worth every penny and provide peace of mind.

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Home Business Coaching – Excellent Example of 9 Hour Work Week Schedule For New Home Based Business

By Debbie Turner

As a home based business coach, I’m often presented with the same three challenges for online home based business owners. I felt it important enough to write about this in hopes it makes a difference to others.

Here are the three common challenges:

1) Staying focused on the task at hand. Too many distractions; specifically email.

2) Fitting time into their already busy day to work on their business

3) Feeling overwhelmed – too many things to do which leads to doing nothing.

By reading this article, you will have real bite-sized steps that you can take to organize yourself so you can easily and systematically keep moving forward in your business without the feeling of overwhelm, stress and frustration and the feelings and emotions that go along with those. As you become a home business mentor, you can recommend this same schedule for your new business partners.

I’ve put together a sample schedule based on a 9 hour part-time work week that I use in my home business coaching program. As you become better skilled in drafting your content and posting it online, you will be able to do this same work in about 7-8 hours a week.

Keep in mind, if your budget permits, you can outsource pretty much all of this. However, having mentioned outsourcing, I always recommend you do your own videos. You can outsource the editing and posting of your videos, but let people hear and see you on a regular basis. It’s your face, your voice, and your authentic self that your prospects will be building a relationship with.

Also keep in mind as you read this article, these are money generating activities. Your daily personal development, shuffling papers, organizing your desk, learning skill sets, participating in seminars, webinars, etc., is NOT included in this schedule. Those kinds of activities do not replace your job income, nor, your goals.

I’m also taking into consideration that you are utilizing your lunch break to write your articles. If you do not have the ability to write your articles during your lunch breaks at work, you will have to add that in your schedule perhaps bringing your weekly part time hours to 10-13 hours a week following the full time job/career you already do.

Or, here again, based on your budget, you may want to provide your keywords to an article writer and let him/her do it. They can also rewrite the spins on your articles.

Here are defined action steps you can take immediately to get yourself in a routine and stay on track:

1) First things first: Go through your email and unsubscribe to any and all emails that distract you and steal your focus. If it’s a contact you don’t want to lose, set up a folder in your email and save the contact information. Then unsubscribe, or set up a rule in your options email where the emails you received from this contact go directly into the folder, rather than clutter your email inbox.

2) Next, write out your game plan for all the ways you want to market so you can make sure to get them all in during the course of your working week. Remember, success online depends greatly on the quality and consistency of your content being placed online. Keep in mind that you are in the relationship business and in my opinion, it’s necessary to have a presence online in the social communities.

You don’t need to be in a slew of communities but certainly you will want to identify 3 or 4 to be actively involved in them. At the time of this writing, the ones I’m recommending are Facebook and Twitter. Then choose a couple of forums where you can establish yourself as a leader in your industry.

3) Set your business hours and commit to work those. Hold yourself accountable. Show up for work. Don’t accept excuses from yourself. You are building an asset that will create freedom for you and your family.

HERE’S THE REALITY: Most of you will be tired after working all day at a 9-5 but do the work regardless. Do the work in spite of being tired.

Most people who join a home based business or network marketing company do so because they want to escape the 9-5 rat race. So, when you come home tired and not feeling like you want to put the effort into your home business, remember your ‘why’. If you will do what it takes for a short period of time, you will not have worry about your future.

This is one of the things that positively separates those who make it from the ones who don’t. You will find yourself repeating these same words to your new business partners as you begin your home business coaching and you’ll fully understand where they’re coming from.

Committing to 3 nights a week and half a day on the weekend for your money generating activities will put you on the path you want to be on. It will get your phone ringing and people finding you online. You must be putting out value packed content. This is key. Failure to do so will throwing content into the wind and hoping someone sees it and you won’t get the results you are seeking

Here’s a possible schedule for you.

PREP WORK TO DO DURING YOUR 9-5 LUNCH BREAK EACH DAY

Rather than eating lunch with the work crew in your office, find a quiet place, even your car if need be, put on your CEO and Million Dollar Mindset and write articles. Take your lunch to work so you can maximize your time.

Keep your articles short, about 300 words. Change up the articles to make them at least 25% different, using different titles, rearranging sentences, paragraphs, changing out related keywords etc.

So, by each Friday, you will have 3 original articles and 3 rewrites of each for a total of 12 original articles you wrote.

Take the three articles and their ‘spins’ that you wrote during lunch last week and work with those as follows:

MONDAY: (Should take no more than 2 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Submit your 3 original articles you wrote last week to 3 articles directories. (30 min.)

2) Create a Squidoo Lens or Hub Page with a spun version for article #1 (30 min.)

3) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)

4) Say hello on Twitter, offer value (5 min.)

5) Post another spun version of article number 1 to your blog (10 min.)

6) Bookmark your articles and blog post (3 min.)

7) Vote and rate 2 other’s stuff on your booking marking site (10 min.)

8) Pop into a forum and contribute 1 post (15 min.)

9) Do keyword research to build your list of key, targeted words and phrases you will be using in your articles. (20 min.)

TUESDAY: (Should take no more than 1.5 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Create a hub page or Squidoo lens with a spin version of article #2 (30 min.)

2) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)

3) Say hello on twitter, offer value (5 min.)

4) Post another spun version of article number 2 to your blog (10 min.)u

5) Bookmark your articles and blog post (3 min.)

6) Vote and rate 2 others’s stuff on your book marking stuff (10 min.)

7) Pop into a forum and contribute 1 post (15 min.)

8) Continue with your keyword research (20 min.)

THURSDAY: (Should take no more than 1.5 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED hours)

1) Create a hub page or Squidoo lens with spun version of article #3 (30 min.)

2) Add a few friends to Facebook, offer value (15 min.)

3) Say hello on Twitter, offer value (5 min.)

4) Post anther spun version of article number 3 to your blog (10 min.)

5) Bookmark your article and blog post (3 min.)

6) Vote and rate 2 other’s stuffs on your bookmarketing (10 min.)

7) Pop into forum and contribute 3 posts. (15 min.)

8) Continue with your keyword research (20 min.)

SATURDAY: (Should take no more than 4 FOCUSED, UNINTERRUPTED HOURS)

1) Create 3 videos based on your 3 articles you worked on last week. (30 min.)

2) Edit videos and upload through Tube Mogul or Traffic Geyser (1 hour)

3) Add videos to your blog posts, Squidoo Lens, Hub Pages, that you put up already this week. (30 min.)

4) Write out some new titles for the upcoming week’s articles and make a list of your keywords that you want to be using. Make a summary of your main topics so you care ready to write come Monday at lunch. Your lunch time for writing is not preparation time to write, but rather actual writing time. So, prepare for your 3 articles during this Saturday work time (30 min.)

5) Finish up any work that didn’t get done so you can hold yourself accountable to your goal of getting your minimum content online. (1 hour)

Give this a try, change the days of the weeks you work based on your family schedule, allow yourself to be flexible, but just be sure and get your work in. I’ve given you some bite sized action steps and the amount of time each step should take. You understand that as you become better and more efficient and comfortable with doing the work, you will accomplish your work in a quicker time.

For many more articles on how to become a Home Based Business Coach, or if you are seeking to align yourself with a home business mentor in a business opportunity, visit http://www.DebbieTurner.com

Debbie Turner is an entrepreneur, a Renegade Professional, a network marketing and home based business coach and is the author of: How to Avoid the 7 Most Common Rookie Mistakes New Home Based Business Owners Make. Grab a complimentary copy of Debbie’s ebook and 7 part video series at http://www.MentoringWithHeart.com

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The Internet revolution and the opportunities of many a prosperous home business for women entrepreneurs have dispelled the guiltiness that weighed down office going moms. Today more and more married women with children are opting for money making home businesses like in home online business for moms so that they can have financial security and enjoy professional success while taking care of the children. That childcare is a balancing act when working from home is what many of these women entrepreneurs will need to realize in order to attain financial freedom.

Balancing Your Act

Balancing your act is imperative and you simply cannot ignore your business responsibilities to attend to your children’s needs or else you will lose your executive level income opportunity. Your money making home business needs a fair share of your time and attention to give you the monetary benefits and mental satisfaction. So, strike the perfect balance by apportioning adequate time when you can give undivided attention and look after your business needs.

Planning Childcare

You will have to do some realistic childcare planning in order to run your prosperous home business for women entrepreneurs smoothly, otherwise you will not be able to join other successful women entrepreneurs:

• Prepare a work-plan for yourself according to your kids’ schedules. Wrap up your work when the children are attending school or when they are sleeping.

• Enroll your kids in a day camp or in any recreational activity that interests them. This way they will be pleasantly engaged and you too can have some free time.

• Ask your husband to lend a helping hand. You can work when your husband baby-sits or helps the children with their homework; this will also strengthen the bond between the children and their father.

• If you have an extended family, you can leave your child to their care in your work-hours.

• Another good option will be sharing/swapping childcare duties and working hours with a friend or neighbor who too is a work-from-homer with kids. She can take care of the kids when you are working and vice versa.

• The last option for you would be to hire a sitter and you can really have good, inexpensive help from school or college attending youngsters.

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The Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season really brings out the best in people, but it can also lead you astray.

By all means, give this holiday season. Volunteer, drop toys in the Toys for Tots bins, throw change or a few bills in the Salvation Army Santa’s kettle. But keep these points in mind, too:

1. People need your help year-round

The toy drives your local organizations carry out are pretty successful. In December. When May comes around, though, shelters have little on hand to give out.

Sick kids in hospitals, children in battered women’s shelters who have fled their homes in the middle of the night, and others might like a toy or two, but nobody’s donating in the middle of the year – and most non-profits can’t afford to store their December bounty year-round.

The same goes for other forms of volunteering – there are homeless, disabled, ill, poor, and otherwise hurting people who need help year-round.

2. The recipients of charity are people with feelings, value, and dignity

Poor people don’t need the dregs of your life, whether in the form of your material cast-offs, or your time, emotion, and advice. Being poor means lacking resources, not lacking humanity – if you can’t connect with the people you aim to serve, as people, then nobody is the better for your alleged charity.

3. Consider the gift of autonomy

One of the resources most lacking for impoverished people is autonomy. The greatest hardship of poverty is the way it limits you – often in ways that create greater poverty, like the way stores in poor neighborhoods often charge higher prices than stores in better-off neighborhood, because the poor often lack the transportation options to make meaningful choices about where they shop.

Think about the way you volunteer or give charity – is there a way you could increase people’s abilities to make their own choices, to follow their own paths, to develop their own abilities?

4. Only connect

Too often, people in a position to help hold themselves apart from the people they hope to assist. And no wonder – for the once-a-year volunteer, there is little time to get to know anyone, let alone really understand what their lives are like. If you can, make a long-term commitment and open yourself up to the lives of the people your charity is aimed at. Get to know people face-to-face, as friends and colleagues and equals.

5. Forget you

Last but most important, remember, it’s not about you. Yes, it feels good to give, and there’s no point in feeling guilty about that, but don’t do it because it makes you feel good, or because you earn points towards a merit badge or college credit, or because it’s part of your organization’s charter, or for whatever other way that charity benefits you. Do it because you must, because being a giving person is right.

And this year, instead of giving during the season of giving and then returning to your “normal life” when you pack away the tree and lights, let the holidays be a starting point to a life of year-round giving.

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Dec
09

Some Helpful Public Speaking Tips

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Public Speaking

If the idea of getting up in front of a large crowd makes you feel ill, then
you may need to use public speaking tips as a way to calm your nerves and
learn how to overcome stress. These simple, but effective, suggestions will
help make giving speeches an easier thing. While we certainly cannot claim
that they will cure your nervousness (this is not magic, after all), we can
guarantee that using these public speaking tips will make the burden less of
one. While you may still hate having to give a speech, you will better know
how to handle yourself during one. And that can make all the difference.

Some helpful public speaking tips:

One: know your material. The worst thing you can do is show up unprepared.
Of all public speaking tips, this is the one you have to remember. Even if
you are not naturally gifted with speech-making and even if you cannot
manage more than a mono toned voice, you can still convey a message if you
know your material. It does not matter how charming you are or how witty you
can be; you need to know the information. Come prepared.

Two: know your audience. What sort of occasion is this? A wedding
reception? A business presentation? Understand who you are speaking with so
you can form something appropriate. You can turn any fact into something
suitable, if you just take the time to think about what the audience will
best respond to.

Three: practice. This should be among the most obvious of public
speaking tips. Just showing up to improvise is not a smart choice. Some
people can manage to do this; they thrive on spontaneity and pressure. Most,
however, do not. You should practice, reciting your speech and knowing
everything about it. It should be a second nature to you, not something you
wing at the last second.

Four: remember to move. Standing behind a lectern, clutching at its sides,
does not inspire confidence. Feel free to move about the area, use hand
gestures and connect with your audience through body language. It can
instantly send a message of conviction and confidence, even if you are a
complete mess inwardly. This will also keep you from unconsciously shuffling
papers or tapping your feet, nervous habits that will distract the audience.

Five: fake it. For the last of our public speaking tips, we encourage you
to fake ease. Even if you hate speeches, even if you are nothing more than
stress and panic, fake confidence. Smile, nod, make eye contact: do
everything you have to for a positive message. While this is not always
easy, it is necessary. You do not have to charm your audience, but you do
have to make them listen. Confidence will do that. Of course, it helps if
you believe in what you are saying but, even then, you may need to pretend.
Do everything you can to look casual. If this means you have to study body
language and mimic it, do so. If you have to practice for hours at a time to
learn every word so you won’t have to worry about forgetting your place, do
so. When it doubt, smile and fake how nervous you are.

With these public speaking tips, you can make the transition from an awkward
speaker to, at least, a more capable one.

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