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The Power of Your Story  — And Why it Belongs in Your Marketing

The Power of Your Story  -- And Why it Belongs in Your Marketing By Kelly Robbins

Why are you in the business you are in?

How did you get where you are today?

Your prospects want to know about you. Since the beginning of time, one of the most powerful ways to connect with people has been to share your story. In business we do this on our website, in talks we give, and during sales conversations.

Your personal story can be:

  • Inspiring.
  • Motivational.
  • Show positive character traits.
  • Make you human and relatable.
  • Demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for why you can help.

Your story isn’t necessarily about making a sale – it’s about making a connection, which is what comes first. It’s a part of what makes your business unique.

Here’s an example of how using your story can create a connection and differentiate your business from everyone else who is doing the same thing: (more…)

Start Your Own Business and Work From Home with Arise Virtual Solutions

AriseArise Virtual Solutions Inc., the leading global provider of virtual business process outsourcing and crowdsourcing solutions, provides thousands of legitimate work-from-home opportunities to small businesses run by stay-at-home moms, veterans, students, retirees and other entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Joining the Arise network is a great opportunity for those who are looking for flexibility, to earn a living working-from-home, to spend more time with friends and family or to start a business.

Arise has pioneered a unique businesses model involving a network of tens of thousands of at-home independent businesses capable of providing customer service, sales and technical support on projects for Arise’s clients, which include many of the top Fortune 500 companies. These Arise projects are not jobs, but exciting work opportunities for small businesses. As an independent business owner, working with Arise, your company will provide inbound customer service, technical and sales support to our roster of clients from the comfort of your own home. (more…)

The Biggest Killers of Business Growth When Working From Home

The Biggest Killers of Business Growth When Working From HomeBy Deborah Sweeney

Whether you’re in an office or working from your domicile, getting stuck in a routine is common for just about anyone who works! When you’re working at home, though, it’s easy to fall into the trap of just getting by. So often things feel rushed at home. You’re rushing to wake up kids, make sure they’re getting ready, preparing breakfasts and lunches, and playing taxi driver for what feels like the rest of the day. Before you know it, it’s 10:00 am, and you haven’t gotten any business work in.

The next time you feel like the day is getting away from you, be sure you’re not getting bogged down by any of these three business growth killers!

Starting your day after 10:00 am.

Though it’s easy to do, getting a handle on any work mid-morning instead of early morning can cut you out of some of the bigger business opportunities. Especially if you’re a west-coaster who works with a lot of east-coasters, you’re constantly battling that time zone to finish assignments earlier and earlier. If you plan on releasing a press release, posting a company blog, or getting in touch with a client or partner you know you need to speak to earlier in the day, try and wake up a little earlier than the kids to get a jump start on your day. Even if you just get up an hour earlier to tackle some emails, you won’t feel so behind once the rest of the morning’s duties are taken care of.   (more…)

11 Ways You Can Make Money Teaching What You Love

Make Money Online Teaching What You LoveBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Are you looking to make money from home, but have no idea what to do? Then consider selling your expertise online; musicians, cooks, life coaches, teachers, and crafters can all sell their knowhow. Today there’s a multitude of online platforms that allow you to set up shop and instruct via phone, email, and/or video chat. Most platforms allow you to set up shop for free, accept payments, and even market yourself.

If you’d like to make money online selling your expertise, here are 11 online platforms to check out.

1. BrainMass

BrainMass is an online academic academy where experts can make money by assisting university, college, and high school students though an online library, one-on-one help, or via their e-book library. Experts must be working on, or have obtained a graduate-level degree from an accredited university. To get started, register online, watch a training video, take a quiz, then send in your credentials and proof of education. Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to generate content for BrainMass. The academic expert pay rate works on a sliding scale. Payments are paid on the 15th day of the following month via PayPal or check.

2. Clarity

Clarity is an online marketplace where people can sell small business advice to entrepreneurs. Simply create a profile through LinkedIn, set your rates, link up your PayPal account, and wait for calls to come in. (more…)

What I’d Teach My Kids About Working at Home

What I’d Teach My Kids About Working at HomeBy Christy Schutz

Last week I clicked on a funny link on Buzzfeed called “38 Things Only People Who Work From Home Will Understand.” There are several examples that definitely ring true, like our insanely awesome commute or the sad fact that we rarely get to enjoy office Christmas parties. There were a couple of other examples of how others might be a tad bit confused about what we are really doing at home, even our family members. As I reflected on that fact, some interesting questions popped into my head. Will any of my children choose to work at home during their professional careers? Are there some important things I need to teach them about working remotely? As a result, I compiled the following list of things I’d like to teach my children about working at home.

1. You will be able to stay more connected to your family.

The flexibility telecommuting typically offers and a physical presence at home is what gives remote workers the edge in this instance. And this point alone may be enough to entice the next generation into considering arrangements that allow them to work from home, particularly when considering the career goals and needs that research shows are most important  them. For example, according to a study done by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), which has been surveying incoming freshmen at U.S. colleges and universities for the past 50 years, 73.6% of kids who participated in the 2012 study reported that they considered “raising a family” to be an “essential” or “very important” aspect of their future lives. This work situation can help you to keep your family a priority. (more…)

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