Posts Tagged ‘The Work at Home Woman’
By Lisa Stein
Divorce yourself from thinking about your own, or your competitors’ business for a minute.
If you were looking to hire house cleaners and these were your two options — what would you choose?
- $179 full home cleaning package from Maid Yourself at Home
- $29/hour, two-hour minimum from Maid Express
Obviously, if you’re already trying to talk your husband into why hiring a cleaning service is worthwhile, price is a consideration. But doesn’t the “full home cleaning package” intrigue you? What do they do that a simple hourly maid doesn’t?
It makes me imagine a checklist to make sure that every corner of your home is shining, a managing maid in a pantsuit inspecting her team of workers and an overall transformation of your home from normal to something new and sparkling.
Can a maid service really do all this? Maybe. But in the early communications, it’s not as important what they do as what they make prospective clients think they do.
Before you even try them you’re already doubting the quality of the cheaper option—after all, you want the best for your house and you’re willing to spend money to get it! And that’s how you need to view your business (though, of course delivering on your promise is also very important). (more…)
By Kelly Robbins
Do you want to start your own home-based business, but you’re not sure where to start?
Some of us start a business working from home because we have a clear passion and desire to help people in a certain way. We feel a calling deep inside and know exactly what we are meant to do and how we are meant to help people – we might not know how to make money at it, but we are clear on our mission and purpose.
Others of us know we want to live a certain lifestyle or want to leave the constraints of the corporate world. We are clear about the lifestyle we want to create – but not how to create it. We feel a strong desire for change but feel constricted or unclear on what steps to take next. If you feel stuck and are in either one of these positions, try answering these four questions and view your business in a different light.
Here are four steps you need to take in order to start creating your life on your terms.
1. Define what lifestyle you want to create for yourself.
For your family. Describe it in as much detail as you can. Be vivid in your imagination. How many hours a week do you want to work? Weekends? Does it matter as long as you can be home with your kids or travel? Or are you really aiming for that three day weekend each week? Look at four specific areas, relationships, work, home, and self. (more…)
Do you struggle with what to make for dinner?
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About Tastefully Simple:
At Tastefully Simple, it’s our vision to make life a little more simple … a little more delicious … and a lot more fun. Tastefully Simple provides exceptional tasting experiences and lifestyle solutions, through simple, delicious food and enriching business opportunities. (more…)
By Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com
The Internet has revolutionized marketing forever. Ads were once expensive, and had to be in your face or no one would pay attention to them. Today, you don’t have to slap potential customers over the head with pictures of your product or slogans in order to get them to recognize your brand. However, you still have to take an active role in advertising, and writing is a great way to do just that. According to HubSpot’s 2013 State of Inbound Marketing report, 82% of marketers surveyed attested to finding new customers through daily blogging. Strong, well-written content will grow your brand, but if you aren’t writing or blogging regularly, consider do it for the following reasons.
Good writing reaches new audiences
The nature of my industry puts me in contact with a lot of other small business owners, and I’m told time and time again that they regularly see my name show up online. I blog with other businesses and outlets whenever I can, even if they aren’t directly connected to my target market, because every blog puts me in front of a new audience. Businesses and owners I never thought of working with have sought me out because I wrote for a popular blog within their industry. Everyone who reads your content becomes aware of your company, and your brand effectively reaches new audiences. As long as you write solid, custom, tailored content, you’ll see a positive response, regardless of where the article gets posted. (more…)
Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.
I’ve only had four jobs in my 48 years on this earth; babysitting, picking sweet corn, working in the office products industry, and running my successful virtual assistant and freelance writing business. Pretty amazing in a world where some people change jobs like they change socks!
I worked in the office products industry for 30 years, yup, I said thirty. I started when I was 16 and worked for two different companies in 15 year stints. For the longest time, I loved my job and loved sales. But soon I noticed the challenge was draining away and going to work wasn’t fun or exciting anymore. Right around my 43rd birthday, I had this epiphany moment of, “is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?”
The answer was a resounding no. I felt a strong need to try something new for the “second half of my life” because … well … life is an adventure, right? Writing was something I had always loved and blogging gave me a thrill and freedom in writing that I had never experienced. Social media ran a close second and was also something that fascinated me. The problem was I just didn’t know how to make a living doing those things. Then one day I mentioned my dilemma to an acquaintance and she immediately piped up and said “You want to be a Virtual Assistant.” I have to admit, I’d never even so much as heard of a VA much less thought of myself as one. But, once I had that word … that title of Virtual Assistant, I very quickly discovered where to go for support, training, skills and even clients. It was the piece of the puzzle I needed. (more…)