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Getting (and Keeping) Your First Client

Getting and Keeping Your First ClientBy QC Event School

New business owners face a list of challenges once their doors open. Among those hurdles is finding potential clients and turning them into customers. This is especially difficult for high-ticket service-based businesses like event planners or interior decorators, where clients might be wary of hiring a professional who’s never had a client before.

Maybe you’ve heard tales of new business owners spending time and effort with inquirers who seem interested but never commit to doing business. Your task will be to identify which inquirer would make the perfect first client and show them the value of working with you.

Some business owners try to secure their first client by investing their time, money, and effort primarily into advertising. Marketing your brand to a wide audience is helpful, but you should adjust your strategy if this method doesn’t bring you an initial lead. Rather than casting such a wide net, consider focusing specifically on your most serious inquirers. The process of securing your first client should look something like this:

  1. Make a name for yourself
  2. Identify your ideal client
  3. Get your name out there
  4. Focus on the goal
  5. Build your client base

Every business is different, but many new owners experience success by concentrating their efforts in a model similar to this list. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Reasons Working from Home is Perfect for Empty Nesters

4 Reasons Working from Home is Perfect for Empty NestersBy Christy Schutz

In the past, I have written about the changes that take place as our children leave the house and we transition to that “Empty Nester” status. I have one more child at home who is entering her sophomore year of high school, so, it is something I think about quite often. As I ponder the who, what, where, when, how and why of this particular transition, I am realizing that my work-at-home lifestyle is actually going to be ideal for the empty nest stage of my life, too.

Maybe you are imagining a morose scene, with me taking brief breaks in between work to visit my children’s empty bedrooms and sob over past memories, but, that definitely isn’t what I am picturing.

Here are four Empty Nester scenarios I am imagining that fit in perfectly with my telecommuting lifestyle.

Travel and Make Money

I have always loved travel. I love visiting new places, particularly historical places, and imagining the wonderful things people accomplished and the cultures in which they lived. Once we become Empty Nesters, my husband and I have plans to pick up and start exploring as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Work From Home as a Transcriptionist

How to Work From Home as a TranscriptionistBy Sheeroh

Digitization is gradually taking over everything and transforming the manner in which things are done. Most of all, it is taking them online. We are banking, shopping, dating, and socializing online. Better still, people are working online!

Transcription is one of the available work from home jobs whereby freelancers are converting their skills into dollars.

Here is everything you need to know about online transcription jobs.

What is it?

In the simplest form, transcription is the process by which live or recorded audio is converted into an electronic document. Better put, it is writing down speech. The audio can be a lecturer speaking, an interview between two people, a sermon, podcast, webinar, or just any form of speech.

Why convert these recordings to text? You may ask. Because some professionals are too busy to type their work they use the help of transcribers. Again, people with hearing complications may require knowledge such as that from lectures. In addition, these people need to understand movies; and again, transcribers come in to help. Also, you may have recorded a very helpful video on social media marketing or another topic, but for some people, such as employees, may not be able to watch it in the office. Therefore, transcripts come in handy. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Her Secrets on How to Get High-Paying Clients

Sharing Her Secrets on How to Get High-Paying ClientsTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My father owns a furniture restoration company in the Northwest, my brother owns part of the business, and my mom helps him run his business and has had some of her own endeavors as well. Growing up, I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else. This was partially because of the freedom and financial security I saw that my parents were able to achieve by owning their own companies, but also because by nature I’m very independent and creative.  Going into the family business wasn’t an option for me with my need to do something that was my own and gave me creative freedom, so I tried and tested several businesses from a very young age. My first company that I started was when I was 12 years old and so being an entrepreneur has really been the only thing I know.

What did you do before launching your business?

Before I started Amanda Becker Coaching I owned a few other businesses. But, I’ll be honest, they existed only for the sake of making money. I was struggling financially and was stubbornly independent, so I started some of my businesses just out of desperation to make money and for freedom. The key businesses were my music education companies, in which we provided in home music lessons. In other words, myself and my contractors drove to student’s homes, in rush hour traffic, each day to provide the lessons. It was incredibly stressful and not very time efficient.

I had over 20 years of private musical training on the piano, voice, guitar, cello, and other instruments. Everyone told me how talented I was, and how this was what I was “supposed” to do. But in my heart I knew it wasn’t the right thing for me. I just wasn’t passionate about teaching music. I would even say I hated it. It didn’t feel meaningful enough to me. I wanted to impact the world in a different way and always had a passion for working with women. I still wanted to teach, but I wanted to teach what I was really passionate about: business and personal finance.
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How to Start Working as a Virtual Assistant

How to Start Working as a Virtual AssistantBy Kelli Bhattacharjee

For more and more individuals, the days of working in an office cubicle under humming fluorescent lights are drawing to a close. In some cases, employers are saving money by downsizing office space and attracting a strong workforce by offering work at home opportunities.

In other cases, individuals are making the choice to strike out on their own with freelance careers. If you’re reading this article, you most likely aren’t asking why you should work at home but how you can work at home.

The answer: Become a virtual assistant. Here’s how …

Define Virtual Assistant

The responsibilities assigned to a virtual assistant can vary widely. They can encompass everything from copywriting to bookkeeping and everything in between. Before you can become a virtual assistant you’ll need to define what tasks and responsibilities you are willing and able to take on. To do this, consider your strengths, education, and experience.

If you are organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and possess basic computer skills, you have the foundation to become a successful virtual assistant. Read the rest of this entry »

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