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Keeping Up on Tasks

When I started working my first job, I was surprised to find that a lot of people took forever to finish projects that could easily be done in a few minutes. I couldn’t figure out why this was. At the time, I was struggling to keep up with my life as a full-time student, part-time worker, and a social butterfly. I would run from one thing to the next to get everything done. Everything was listed out and organized in my planner. Every hour of every day was planned.

I didn’t have time to dawdle on my tasks.

I was just getting things done and I was working as quickly and proficiently as I could. If I didn’t organize my schedule just so – I could run into the problem of not having enough time to finish an assignment or I would forget something important. So I just kept going day in and day out – scheduling my hours and working my hardest. Of course there were days when I failed to get everything done and there were times when my assignments were finished just seconds before class. But overall, as I look back, I completed an amazing amount of work in such a short amount of time.

Whenever I had a long list of tasks to complete, I would just jump from one task to the next. While on the other hand, in the instances when I didn’t have as many meetings to attend and I didn’t have as much homework to do, I would stretch out my time and wouldn’t work as proficiently. I got lazy about planning my schedule and I got lazy about keeping up with assignments. I grew to become more like […]

Know Your Learning Style

Everyone is different; from the way we respond to situations to the food we like.  We each have a unique personality.  So, it’s no wonder that we all learn differently too.  One person could look at graph for 10 minutes and get all the necessary information they need from it.  Someone else could look at the same graph for hours and still not completely comprehend the whole picture.  It has nothing to do with the intelligence of the people, but rather their different learning styles.   Knowing your learning style with help you be aware how to approach learning a new skill or how to best expand your knowledge about a subject.

There are four different learning styles.  Each category has specific techniques that will contribute to a person’s potential for learning.  They are visual, aural, kinesthetic, and logical.

People who learn visually can usually be found in professions such as architecture, photography, design, or video and film.  They learn by using images and color in the place of text.  It is recommended that people who learn visually should use colored pens when they are studying.

The next learning style is aural.  These are the people who have interests in music; whether it’s playing, conducting or composing.  They learn best by using sound, rhyme and music.  When memorizing facts or a script, put it to song and that will help to engrain it into your memory.

Another way to learn is through logic.  Those who think and learn logically are able to see patterns and trends in various texts.  They are able to group content together in ways that are easier for them to understand.  Logical thinkers excel in areas such as sciences, mathematics, accounting, and law.  To learn best, make lists and […]

The Right Words Can Boost Sales

The best thing you can do for your company is create quality products or provide quality services. But even the best products can’t sell themselves, and poor marketing can bankrupt million-dollar ideas.

Marketing doesn’t have to be difficult – often, it’s just a matter of saying the right thing. The right words can help you sell your products and services, and there are resources to help you if you get tongue-tied. Books like Words That Sell and More Words That Sell by Richard Bayan offer helpful advice, as do other websites and resources. Here are a few good words to get you started.

Free. Giving products and services away might seem counterintuitive, but it can bring great benefits. People love getting something for nothing, and letting consumers try your product is a great way to get them to buy it. Provide free samples or offer free shipping with certain products. People pay attention when they see the word “free,” so use it to your advantage.
Value. Especially in today’s struggling economy, getting quality products or services for less-than-premium prices is appealing to consumers. When you point out that your product has great value, you’re more likely to attract customers who might be more hesitant to purchase something more frivolous.
Solution. The best products make life easier for consumers. Frame your product as a solution to their problems. Using “solution” and its synonyms illustrates that consumers’ lives will be better if they use your product, which inspires them to purchase it.
You. Using the word “you” in your marketing copy makes it feel more immediate and relatable to customers. A product description that says, “The perfect gift for the little one in your life” is generally more effective than “The perfect gift for a little one.” It’s a subtle difference, but speaking directly to […]

By |February 25th, 2011|Resources|0 Comments
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    Don’t Let the Holidays Slow Down the Work on Your Business

Don’t Let the Holidays Slow Down the Work on Your Business

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Parties, gatherings, meals, activities, family, friends, and others are each demanding your time. Unfortunately, this can easily lead to your home-based or small business being neglected. Not just because there aren’t enough hours in the day, but also because it’s physically impossible to get any work done with a belly full of turkey.

But you can’t let your business fall behind these next few months. You need to find the motivation and focus your energy, perhaps even more than usual. You need to stay committed to your business. Don’t allow yourself to put off what needs to be done today. Don’t deviate from the schedule you’ve set for yourself. Don’t think that it won’t make a difference.

This doesn’t mean you should skip the family gathering (although, if you’re looking for an excuse to avoid that awkwardness that can be associated with those types of events you’re welcome to say you have to work) and it doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a little break. What it does mean is you have to plan and schedule what you can in advance.

Write a handful of blog posts now and schedule them to be posted throughout the holiday. Figure out which days you simply won’t have any time to work and schedule some extra time on the day or two you may have free. What you don’t want to be is surprised and unsure about what to do.

Look at a calendar, plan the next few months, and do what you can now to get ahead. That way you won’t be trying to catch up for all the lost time come January (when you’ll be busy trying to keep up all those resolutions). As Benjamin Franklin […]

By |November 24th, 2010|Resources|0 Comments

Finding the Right Balance between Precision and Speed

Unless your childhood was incredibly deprived, you’re familiar with the ongoing (and, as far as we know, still-going) battle between Wile E. Coyote and the elusive Roadrunner. Many of the coyote’s attempts would involve high-powered rockets which would give him the speed necessary to catch up to the roadrunner, but not the precision he needed to finish the job. Then again, even the most precise of systems is not going to be able to turn a profit if the time and money spent making a product costs more than the end product is actually worth.

That’s why, like most things in life, it’s important to have a balance between precision and speed. Even if your company is able to quickly fill orders and ship products, if customer service and accuracy suffers, then your business model should be reassessed. The same is true if no mistakes are being made but you’re not doing the volume necessary.

It’s important to periodically go through all the various systems, protocols, and rules your business has in place to seewhat can be improved. Perhaps an employee knows how to streamline a filing system or you can see how to simplify an order form. Seek input from others and look around to see what other businesses are doing. Many modern technologies can make your business both faster and more precise. Weigh the cost with the potential value to see if it’s something you should invest in.

Unlike the cartoons where falling off a cliff or getting blown up doesn’t result in any permanent damage, having an out of control business can do serious harm. If things get out of hand, take a step back and objectively analyze what parts of your business can be improved, and […]

By |September 23rd, 2010|Resources|0 Comments
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    Determining Where Your Business Fits in Your Priorities Is Crucial Before Setting Any Goals or Expectations

Determining Where Your Business Fits in Your Priorities Is Crucial Before Setting Any Goals or Expectations

Having a business takes time and effort, and its success if based mostly on how much time and effort you put into it. If your business is a lower priority for you, the end result will be a less successful business. It’s possible you’re okay with that; maybe you just need a little extra money each month and don’t want to do the extra work to bring in a lot of extra money each month.

But this is why it’s important to set clear priorities – including details from both your business life and your personal life – before setting your goals. Only by prioritizing and doing the most important things first will you be able to get everything to fit.

If your goal is to make $100,000 this year, then you have to bring in $48.08 per hour – assuming a 40-hour work week. This per-hour amount obviously gets higher the fewer hours you’re able to work each week, making it harder and harder for you to bring in that amount of money.

This is why it’s so crucial to determine your priorities before you set goals and expectations. If you take a look at your priorities and realize that you’ll only be able to spend 20 hours per week on your real estate or online business, you’ll be able to set more reasonable and attainable goals.

Once you determine how much additional time and money you’re willing to put into more training and education, you’ll be able to better determine how much growth you should expect for your website.

Once you decide how much you’re willing to invest in various marketing campaigns, you’ll be able to gauge how much potential revenue you can expect from those campaigns.

The point is, it’s easy […]

By |August 31st, 2010|Resources|0 Comments

Resources to Help You Learn How To Use the Internet

If you grew up before the internet was a necessity in every household, you might feel like you have some catching up to do in order to keep pace with current technology.  Technology is developing at an exponential rate and many users feel overwhelmed by the rapid changes. Read on to find out about some great websites that will teach you how to make the most of your internet usage.

How to use a search engine

Without search engines, the vast wealth of knowledge that is available to us online would be useless.  If we can’t find the information we need, it might as well not be there.  Learning how to effectively use search engines is one of the most important skills an internet user can develop.  Here is a link to an article that demystifies search engines:http://www.learnthenet.com/how-to/search-the-web/index.php.  There is even a website dedicated to using one of the most popular search engines in the world: Google.  Check out www.googleguide.com to learn everything you need to know about conducting searches with Google specifically.

How to send an email

Email is one of the most common ways people use the internet.  As a child, I remember having an email service for at least a year before my family finally got an internet service that allowed actual surfing.   A great guide on how to send emails is located here: http://www.learnthenet.com/how-to/send-email/.

How to bookmark a website

In your internet exploring, you will undoubtedly find websites that you want to be able to return to quickly and easily.  Bookmarks are place holders that you can add to a list on your web browser that will allow you to return to your sites with one click.  There are free services that you can use to organize your bookmarks […]