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By Diana Schneidman
If you are overwhelmed by your to-do list, be smart and take a few minutes upfront to prioritize.
It takes only moments at the start of your workday, but you will accomplish what most needs to be done while enjoying peace of mind.
When you work at home as a freelancer or consultant, you can structure your day as you wish.
Here is a tremendous opportunity to run your own life, but you must take responsibility and decide what work gets done now and what must wait.
We have no boss to help us figure it out. It’s all up to us.
Priorities: The big picture
Your first priority is to meet client deadlines with the highest quality of work. (If you are not dedicated to doing your best, something is wrong. Perhaps you undercharge and resent it.)
Marketing, longer-term projects and inspired initiatives come in second if you are serious about prioritizing. You can’t focus and do your best on everything all at once. Read the rest of this entry »
By Holly Reisem Hanna
It’s no secret that I adore CAbi. I fell in love with the brand in July of 2010 when I attended my very first CAbi Scoop (their bi-annual fashion show that reveals the new season’s line of clothing). At first it was the clothing and the high energy fashion show that pulled me in, but after being around the exuberant consultants and hearing their stories of success, I knew that CAbi was so much more.
These women are energetic, caring, happy, and confident — but most of all they’re having fun while making money from home.
According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA) the median gross annual income for a direct seller is $2,420. The average annual income for a CAbi Consultant (2011) was $19,031. CAbi Reps can make 20% – 33% commission based on personal sales and team building bonuses. But what does this translate to in terms of real life CAbi Consultants?
With CAbi you make make money in 3 different ways.
1) Host home shopping parties and earn 25% to 33% commission on items you sell.
2) Build a team and receive additional commission on items that your team sells. Read the rest of this entry »
By Christy Schutz
I am in the midst of a professional transition. I left my advertising gig the end of December and decided to start the New Year at my husband’s small business. I am helping him do some general office management, accounting and process improvement stuff, but, more importantly, am focused on upping the ante on their marketing game in hopes that I can grow the business and increase revenues (which would only be a big WIN-WIN for the both of us)!
I knew I was headed for a year full of change. Not only professionally, in how I spent my time from day to day, but also personally. After all, this new venture will mean that my husband and I will be under the same roof for almost 24 hours a day.
So, in honor of all that, I thought I dedicate today’s post to the 5 lessons I have learned so far about working with your significant other.
1. Define clear boundaries between work and home.
Before we started working together, my husband and I discussed how we were going to mentally separate work time from home time. One of the things I wanted was to leave work, and work talk, for work hours. Likewise, we agreed that we’d try to leave discussions about our kids or pets to our off work hours. For us, it was important that we had a clear distinction – mentally and emotionally – between work and our personal lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Tell us a little bit about your blogging journey.
I started blogging way back in 2006, soon after our first child was born. As an advertising copywriter, I used Working Moms Against Guilt as both an outlet for my own personal writing as well as a way to connect with other women who were new to the whole “working mom” thing. Eight years later, I’m proud that it’s now an international community of women at all stages of working motherhood, inspiring thousands of moms to feel good about their choices and get help when they struggle.
What did you do before becoming an online publisher?
I started my career as a journalist, writing for daily newspapers, magazines and eventually websites as more content was being published online. I shifted over to PR, marketing and advertising around 2002, and worked for a number of years at ad agencies and marketing companies in the Cincinnati area. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anneke Steenkamp
The past few weeks I’ve been assisting a client in the editing and proofing phase of creating his eBook. Although eBooks have been around for ages, I’ve never really considered writing my own. For some reason I’m still seeing myself as a ‘beginner’ when in fact I’ve advanced quite a bit in the past few months. That’s the other great thing about eBooks; you don’t need to be ‘somebody’ to create a novel. Self-publication is open to anyone with an idea.
Now that I’ve been working on someone’s else’s content I’ve realized that we all have a story to tell, or knowledge to share in our own unique ways. An eBook is a way to make these snippets of information more permanent and structured. Think of it as just an extended blog post.
Apart from learning about the content and structure, I’ve also been doing some reading on what makes a good eBook and how you should go about approaching the project.
But in this article I want us to explore the reasons why it’s a good idea:
Expand Your Audience:
Make use of an eBook as a part of your marketing strategy. It’s quite a trend in the marketing field to create eBooks and give them away for free. This will help grow your audience and readership and indirectly create traffic back to your website, product or blog. Read the rest of this entry »