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Taking the Sting out of Feedback

Taking the Sting out of Feedback By Mitch Shepard

Last week I met with a client facing a very common dilemma: how do I give feedback without zapping motivation? Feedback can be a delicate topic, one many of us would rather avoid. Who doesn’t have bad memories of feedback conversations gone awry?

Luckily, I learned from a master. One of my teachers in graduate school was so skilled at giving feedback, I’d walk away feeling as if I’d been given a gift. She spoke with such care, compassion, clarity, and ownership, there was no question she was trying to help me—not punish me. Wouldn’t it be great to have others consider your feedback a gift?

The following 10 steps will help you become a feedback pro:

1. Choose your timing carefully.

Consider the best time for a conversation—from your perspective and theirs. Make sure you build in space to think through what you want to say so it comes across well—a hasty conversation could make matters worse and leave you with a lot of cleaning up to do! (more…)

Growing Your Business … Right in Your Backyard

Growing Your Business…. Right in Your BackyardBy Kathy Rembisz

Are you struggling for ideas in your quest to attract more clients? Adding to your client list might be easier than you think. And many can be found right in your own backyard.

1Less media, more social. 

I think I first heard the phrase on a McDonald’s commercial, and it’s a great concept that’s certainly applicable to modern society. Social media is an important aspect of today’s business environment, and it’s here to stay. However, how many of you are guilty of spending more time interacting with others via your computer or smartphone rather than in person? Many of us are offenders. While appropriate social media placement certainly plays a part in your business plan, be cautious of investing too much time online and too little in person.

Solution: There is still something to be said for face-to-face time with others. Whether it’s attending a networking event or a fundraiser for your favorite charity, or simply taking a class to learn a new skill, make sure you’re including social time in your marketing plan.

Example: The owner of a specialty yarn shop was having difficulty with website maintenance and building a following on social media. Feeling left behind by today’s technology, she brought up her dilemma during a recent class she was teaching in her shop. (more…)

Defining Home Business Success

Defining Home Business Success - The Work at Home WomanBy Deb Bixler

The definition of success varies depending on who you talk to and their personal interpretation of the word. The same holds true for home business success. But for most home business owners, success can be defined in terms of a few common goals. Many home business owners have chosen to work from home so that they can have more time with their families, flexibility with their work hours, or a greater sense of personal satisfaction from their work. Although financial success is usually a goal, it is not always the defining goal for home business success.

For example, a mother working from home can arrange her hours so that she works while her baby is napping. During her child’s waking hours, they can enjoy walks in the park or a play date with her baby and other mothers. This adds to her sense of satisfaction and fulfilling her need for contact with other adult women. Earning money from her home business is helpful, but in this case, being able to have an enjoyable social life and have contact with other women also helps this woman reap enjoyment from her life. Success for this woman is earned through the flexibility of her work schedule.

A father of a boy who is nine years old works from home and schedules his work hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm and 10:00 p.m. till midnight during the week. Setting these hours means he will have time to go to all of his son’s baseball games after school and on weekends. Flexibility with his work hours adds to this father’s enjoyment of his life, and helps in his bonding experience with his son. (more…)

Are You CEO Material?

Are You CEO Material? - The Work at Home WomanBy John Philips

As a work at home woman, you may run your own business – which technically makes you a CEO. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re CEO material.

Top CEOs often share a series of attributes which have helped them rise to the top of their field. Here are some of the most common traits of top CEOs – and how to cultivate them.

Hardworking:

The most important attribute of any CEO is a strong work ethic. Starting a business from scratch requires a lot of time and effort – in the early stages at least, you’ll need to do most of the work to get your company off the ground.

It’s common for many business owners to rise early. A survey by Yahoo found that 80% of top CEOs wake up at 5:30 am or earlier – allowing them to do a portion of the day’s work undisturbed by distractions.

Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t mandatory for CEOs, and there are plenty who don’t rise until much later – create a daily routine which works best for you. However, regardless of the time your alarm goes off, it’s important to put in plenty of hours of good-quality work each day.

Knowledgeable:

CEOs rise to the top of their respective industries because they’re extremely knowledgeable. (more…)

Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing

Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing By Jennifer Mattern

Last week, I asked the question, “Many people want to make a money from their writing — but often get stuck writing for low paying gigs. What can freelancers do to break this cycle and earn more money from their writing”?

Jennifer was one of these freelancers who answered, but her response was so detailed that I thought it deserved it’s very own blog post. So here is her response on how to make more money with your writing.

I’m a big fan of what I refer to as “query-free freelancing.” This is where you build a network and professional presence with a built-in demand for what you have to offer. It involves attracting prospects, getting them to come to you rather than you seeking individual clients or writing gigs.

There are countless tools for doing this, and it’s up to each writer to decide what’s best for them in order to reach their unique target markets. Some examples of things you might focus on are blogging, search engine optimization of your professional website, e-books, e-courses, webinars, social media profiles, guest posting, and speaking engagements.

I’ve seen freelance writers focus on a solid platform and their professional network who fill their schedule with incoming prospects in a few months. And I’ve seen a couple of writers who managed to do that in just two to three weeks. It’s all about the upfront effort you put into building visibility and your authority status in your specialty area. (more…)

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