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4 Tips for Staying Motivated When You’re Self-employed

When you’re in charge of your own work life, it can be difficult to stay focused. With no one to pay attention to your activities, it’s tempting to talk yourself out of doing work. In the short term, this might provide you with a pleasant break. However, in the long term, a lack of productivity will be disastrous for your personal finances and the development of your career. That is why you need to take control of the situation. It’s vital that you’re doing everything in your power to work efficiently. Luckily, there are plenty of easy steps for you to take. Below are four tips for staying motivated when you’re self-employed.

Schedule Your Day

Make sure that you have a clear plan for your day ahead. You should even try to plan your entire week in advance. This allows you to have a clear idea of everything that you need to get done. When you’re formulating your plan, it’s important that you strike the right balance between being optimistic and being realistic. You should always be pushing yourself to achieve more. However, you should avoid setting yourself unrealistic deadlines. Ideally, at the end of each day, you want to feel satisfied instead of deflated. Read more »

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The Critical Ingredient of Values in Executive Coaching

Contributed article in our professional development series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you could only take ten of your most important Values with you to a desert island, what would they be? That powerful question was prompted during an exercise in a class I was attending at the Coaches Training Institute, one of the lead coach training programs in the world. The entire exercise proved to be my “road to Damascus” moment with regards to my career coaching practice I was building. I realized that a happy, fulfilled and successful career is almost always going to be built around the cornerstone of honoring your most important values.

“Values” is an inherently loaded term, one that can often infer societally-defined morality. It’s not. Values are qualities that define a fulfilled life. When we honor our values in our life, we are fulfilling our internal sense of purpose. When I went through the exercise, I was asked to name all of the values that are important to me in my life. One way to coach on this topic is to ask a client to remember the best day of their life, and start naming all of the words that come to mind when describing that day. For me, it was my wedding. Values like “family,” “friendship,” “creativity” and even “Portola Valley” came out from that session. I then had to rank my top ten values based on the question of “which ones would you bring to a desert island,” which forced me to think about what I really can’t live without in my life. And then, the part that was simultaneously gratifying and personally painful: ranking each of the top ten values in terms of how well I am honoring these values in my life, right now. Read more »

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Why Finance Management is So Important in Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every major business will have to handle money. Fact. Therefore, it’s vital that businesses manage their finances finely to ensure that they can pay for any expenses and that no money is being lost. Sometimes, managing finance can be tricky, but with a lender for short term loans available in every corner of the Internet, finance management can be made so much easier with the click of a mouse.

Bookkeeping

This is simply the process of keeping up to date with the organizations daily financial activities, which includes sales and composing these into balance sheets and reports. By carrying out this process on a frequent basis, you’re receiving useful feedback that can help you alter any of the strategies that you have in process at the company. For example, if your sales income is considerably low, you can take action to ensure that the figure rises, allowing you to make more money for your business. Therefore, it’s essential that bookkeeping is done regularly so that you can keep tabs on your financial situation and make any amendments necessary. Read more »

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Top Tips to Keeping Your Clients Happy

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As a business owner, you’ll have a lot of people to keep happy. Not just your customers, but also your employees and your clients. Your clients in particular are the companies and individuals that will help you to supply your products to your customers. It’s important that you develop a good relationship with your suppliers so that you can work together to grow your business. Understanding your client’s needs and how to communicate with them effectively is the key to keeping them happy, so read the top tips to keeping your clients happy.

Communication

Understanding your client’s needs is vital to the long-term success of your working relationship. To understand their needs, you need to maintain good communication with them. One way you can do this is to have a set way to communicate by email or phone that makes it easy to get in touch. It should be a two-way system so that they can also get in touch with you if there are any problems. After a while, you’ll know what your client needs to get the orders completed. You can then try to predict this by giving them the information as soon as you have it to make it easier for them. Read more »

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BOOK: Golf and Marriage: Improve Your Marriage by Improving Your Golf

Author Garey Johnson shares his insights in this thoughtful & playful book. Enjoy! - Kimberly
Introducing Golf and Marriage: Improve Your Marriage by Improving Your Golf.

Male and female golfer alike will find entertaining and useful discussion, within it's 130 pages, on how to let their golfing experiences work for their marriage.

"Golf and marriage are two of the hardest things a person attempts in a lifetime, because in both your biggest enemy is yourself. Golf can routinely make you want to walk away and never come back, and who hasn’t experienced that same feeling about their marriage? At the core, both golf and marriage are about learning to observe and understand your emotions and directing them for a happy outcome. The good news is, the same techniques that can do this for your golf game can also do it for your marriage."  - Garey A. Johnson

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Effective Marketing and Your Virtual Location

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Almost without exception, your small business needs a virtual location, and that location is a website. What that location looks like and the factors that matter most to your type of business will determine exactly how you create your location. However, just like a physical store, there are some essentials that every virtual location must have.

You Need a Specific Address

You can’t just host a blog on a free site like Squarespace, Blogger, or WordPress. That is like telling someone that your business is located somewhere in a large city, but not telling them where. Google favors sites that have unique domain names. Read more »

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The Need For More Entrepreneurs In The U.S.

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The United States is seen as the land of opportunity to start a business and achieve the American dream. While the U.S. economy faced a devastating crash during the 2007-2009 Great Recession, entrepreneurship remained strong in the United States. Millennials, however, were raised during the Great Recession and therefore may hold on to those financial concerns while they get ready to become the majority of the working population. The question is whether they will put those worries aside and begin their entrepreneurial journeys towards starting their own business.

To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Master of Business Administration degree program.

http://graduatedegrees.online.njit.edu/resources/mba/mba-infographics/the-need-for-more-entrepreneurs-in-the-u-s/

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4 Top Tips for Improving Your Online Presence

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every business must develop a strong online presence to boost their brand awareness, encourage engagement, improve industry authority and increase sales. To maximize your success, we are providing four top tips for improving your online presence.

Website Optimization

Only 51% of small businesses currently have a website. This is despite 97% of consumers routinely searching for both products and services online. Any company hoping to boost their brand and sales must strive to create an aesthetically-pleasing, easy-to-use website that promotes their products, services, history and contact information. Read more »

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Best Products to Enhance Employee Efficiency

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

How efficient is your business? Are all your procedures and processes running in a streamlined way? If you are left wondering about the answer, then maybe it is time you reviewed your business procedures and looked at ways you can make things run better.

That doesn’t mean you have to consider reducing staff; it just means making the workers you have more efficient by removing duplication and unnecessary work. One of the ways you can improve your workflow, is to invest in better technology.

Skype

Communication between employees can take a lot of time depending on how you currently communicate. Emails, especially those between different buildings, can be difficult if one of the workers is away on leave. However, it could be easier if you could speak to someone else straight away; through modern technology such as Skype. Read more »

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Three Online Services Shaking Up Small Business Operations

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It seems that everything can be ordered online today, from a new pair of shoes, to a day at the salon. With digital marketing and sales transforming the way we shop, communicate, and book our services, a business that hasn’t got an online distribution platform runs the real risk of becoming obsolete. While some local newspapers are holding steady, many more are closing down as our news and media consumptions have shifted online to take a new global form. This leaves local businesses in a difficult position, where they have to turn to large-scale corporations to advertise and distribute their services or risk being shut out of the digital marketplace. Consumers want to support local businesses, but don’t know where to turn on a globalized media platform. Here are three businesses in the UK that are shaking up the industry by connecting consumers with local services and professionals. Read more »

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