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Tips to Save Money in your Home Based Business

Tips to Save Money in your Home Based Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
In Using Utilities and Services. It is more practical for an entrepreneur to use either bundle services or unlimited services. Internet service connection for instance has a promotional DSL bundles that already includes the telephone line. This service is also considered on unlimited use already. With these kinds of services, you will not have to think of your bills when connecting to a client, thus, you have a quality time and better service.


In Using and Purchasing Office Supplies. For office supplies, you can save more if you buy in bulk. You may look for generic brands that are cheaper; however, you should also not compromise on the quality when it is a protocol in your business. For example, if your business needs to be precise about the quality of colors for toners, you should opt for branded ones. Also look for ads of sale and grab the opportunity so you can save. Office supply depots can be a great place to buy cheaper supplies.


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The Many Paths to Freelancing

The Many Paths to Freelancing | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

To be a freelancer is sometimes a hard job. It need a lot of qualities and perseverance to be it for long time... What I like in this post, is that it speak not only about the advantages but also about the disavantages. [note mg]


With more and more workers turning to freelancing, you may wonder whether you should freelance. Are you ready? What is the best path to take to become a freelancer?


In this post, I’ll identify five different routes people take to freelancing. I’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Path 1. Right After College


Faced with a weak job market, many new graduates turn to freelancing to find employment. There are some positives and negatives to freelancing right out of school.


Here are three advantages to freelancing right out of college:...


Path 2. After Working for Someone Else

Path 3. As a Part-timer

Path 4. Job Loss

Path 5. A Need for Flexibility


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Manage Your Time to Reap Bigger Profits – A Freelancers’ Guide

Manage Your Time to Reap Bigger Profits – A Freelancers’ Guide | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

The difficulty when you're a freelancer, may be the organization of your time. here is an excellent article on the subject which gives many ways to stay on track. [note mg]


Freelancers are those who work from their own comfort zone: be it home or a public café, they can work from any space of their choice. Freelancing, therefore, comes with many advantages, such as flexibility of working space and environment, flexibility of time, and so on. However, many responsibilities come with your decision to freelance.


When you work in an office, everything is arranged for you, including your system and timelines, but when it comes to freelancing you need to handle all these responsibilities. Being a freelancer sounds easy and is tempting along with its striking benefits; but it is not as flowery as it seems.


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5 Reasons Why All Freelance Writers Should Learn To Write a Sales Letter

5 Reasons Why All Freelance Writers Should Learn To Write a Sales Letter | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

When was the last time you wrote something with the intent to specifically motivate your readers to take action?


Admit it or not, we’re all in the same game.


Whether you want someone to buy your product, join your email list, retweet or +1 your post, you’re doing one thing — leading your audience down a path at the end of which lies the action they’ll take.


You want them to do something.


In other words, you’re selling.


Unfortunately, many content creators don’t know the first thing about selling.


A few years ago, neither did I. Well, not online, anyway. Not until I developed one skill that changed everything.


I’d had plenty of experience selling at the flower shop I owned. But selling through the written word was an entirely new skill.


Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/sales-letters/

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Get Paid to Travel the World - Travel Writing Tips | The Lost Girls

Get Paid to Travel the World - Travel Writing Tips | The Lost Girls | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Want to get paid to travel? If you’re interested in sharing your travel experiences, there are several travel websites that accept pitches from freelance writers. Here are a few of them, and what they pay per word or post. If you know of any other great sites for freelancers — that either pay or publish for experience — please let us know in the comments as we’re planning to expand this list! Also: We plan to do a “How to Pitch” series with some of these websites, so stay tuned!...

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Ebook Security - Protect Your Ebooks from Piracy

Ebook Security - Protect Your Ebooks from Piracy | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
The Virtual Vault is an affordable ebook security solution that protects your PDF and EXE downloads from illegal file sharing.

 

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If you're thinking about pinching pennies by selling your ebook without using an ebook security solution, you might want to think again.. All it takes is one person who legitimately purchases your ebook and then turns around and shares it with their friends, relatives, and co-workers. They, in turn, share it with their friends, relatives, and co-workers, and so on and so forth. The end result? Literally thousands of pirated, unpaid for copies of your ebook are being circulated around the Internet!

 

Ebook Piracy Costs Authors Thousands of Dollars in Lost Sales...

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Tips and Resources for Being a Freelancer

Tips and Resources for Being a Freelancer | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Being a freelancer is challenging in many ways. For the most part you’re a one-person show. You have to handle everything: sales, marketing, operations, billing, etc. As a freelancer you’re running a mini-business, with all of the trials and tribulations that come with that.


But going freelance has its benefits too. You have much more control over what you do, how you do it and when. You are the “master of your domain” (if you exclude customers, who are generally, always the masters…) Typically freelancers can be more creative, experimental and certainly get to see a more direct link between their work and the results. There are less politics, and more upside potential...

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Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You

Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
February 1st, 2009, was a very memorable day for me. It was the day I arrived back at my family home in Newcastle, England, to start working for myself full-time.


I had just left a job which for the previous two years saw me working with companies like Nissan, Hewlett Packard and Land Rover as their social media manager. My position in the rat race was actually an awesome one, but it was nothing compared to being my own boss.


As some people here don't care about making their living from the internet, I understand that this post will not be for everybody. However, if you've just made the leap to working for yourself, currently run your own business, or you're looking to make your money online in the future, this article may be just what you need.


13 Lessons from 18 Months of Self-Employment...


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Freelancers’ Guide to Balancing Work and Life

Freelancers’ Guide to Balancing Work and Life | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Balancing work and life is very important, and it is necessary to manage both sides perfectly to ensure success in the professional world. Although it sounds simple, managing both sides can be very difficult at times. This is more difficult for freelancers because they need to manage their own time between work and life.


Freelancers are people who choose to work from their own comfort zone, which is usually their house. Unlike office employees, freelancers choose to work according to their comfort level. Office employees have their own office schedule, where their log in and log out time is recorded. Accordingly, they work only during those hours and devote the remaining hours to their personal lives. But freelancers operate differently. They work during hours that suit their comfort zone, but if they don’t maintain a balance between work and their personal life, problems could result.


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Martin Gysler's comment, April 25, 2012 10:04 AM
Of course I do it my dear. I work very fast, maybe I should become your mentor for your efficiency on social media... let us thinking about our future collaboration... lol! Of course, the snow is gone... since two days and the weather is going better now! Que du bonheur...
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 25, 2012 10:50 AM
I do see that.I work fast and effectively as well; learn fast too. I would be forever grateful to have you as a mentor and forever is a long term. Would be great to collaborate with you. Am very open minded and flexible. In exchange, I can offer always positive attitude, healing energy, humbleness of a peace warrior...I really need a mentor, greater mind than mine :)) Merci d'avance! Passez une belle journée ensoleillée.
Martin Gysler's comment, April 26, 2012 2:24 AM
:)... I think we should contact us next week for a discussion on Skype. Send me a private message on FB with your availability (Paris time) and we will find a time convenient to both. Une excellente journée également!
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Eight reasons why you shouldn't be scared to go freelance

Eight reasons why you shouldn't be scared to go freelance | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Too afraid to break out and become a cultural consultant or start your own arts business? Katy Cowan dispels some of the more common fears.


"You shouldn’t be afraid to work for yourself", says Katy Cowan. 


It's laughable the amount of times I've heard people say to me: "I wish I had the guts like you to go freelance!" These people are usually employed by someone else and are stuck in jobs they don't enjoy, dreaming of the day they can start their own business.


So what's stopping them? Well there are plenty of reasons: they might be afraid of the unknown; they might lack confidence and think they're not good enough; they could prefer the job security of their present full-time position, thinking that freelancing is far too risky.


If you're stuck in a job you don't like and want to work for yourself, what's keeping you from living the dream? Are you making similar excuses? Are you too afraid to break out and start your own business? Well, it's time to stop procrastinating and start making a name for yourself. Here are the top eight fears of going freelance and why you shouldn't be afraid to work for yourself.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/jan/05/reasons-to-go-freelance

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Tom George's comment, January 26, 2012 3:50 PM
Hey Martin,
Everything should be running smoothly now on IB. We have a much better server set up now so that's a plus right. Anyway have a great evening.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 27, 2012 4:34 AM
Hey Tom, thank you for the information, great, a better service is always a good thing :-)
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20+ Helpful Google+ Brand Page Resources for Freelancers | FreelanceFolder

20+ Helpful Google+ Brand Page Resources for Freelancers | FreelanceFolder | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago Google+ rolled out their much anticipated brand pages. These brand pages are intended for company and business use (in contrast to the original Google+ profiles, which had to be registered to an individual).


Many big brands have jumped on the bandwagon and set up their Google+ Pages. Many freelancers have also set up pages for their blogs and businesses. You may be wondering if these pages can help you build and strengthen client relationships.

 

If you haven’t looked closely at the Google+ Page functionality yet, you may be wondering if this feature is for you. While I can’t make up your mind for you, I can provide you with information to help you decide whether a Google+ brand page is right for your freelancing business.

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15+ Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes to Help Your Freelancing Business

15+ Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes to Help Your Freelancing Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you’re like many freelancers (me included), there’s just not enough time in the day. This is especially true if you’re seeking to maintain a healthy work/life balance.


It’s easy to think that you need a lot of time to make a difference in your freelancing business, but that’s not always the case. A few minutes a day, over time, can really add up and may even make a real long-term difference.


In this post, I’ve listed some tasks that each take approximately five minutes (give or take a little) to complete. While these tasks may seem simple (and of necessity, they are), they can still make a difference in your freelancing business.

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How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business

How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Starting a business is risky. Horribly, terrifyingly risky.


Nearly all new businesses fail — that’s the official statistic, right? Some say 4 out of 5, some say as many as 95%.

 

Successful entrepreneurs have a different kind of DNA from the rest of us. Ice water runs through their veins. They thrive on risk. The more insane the odds, the better they like it.

 

For those of us who have families, or who just don’t feel like living on ramen for the next four years, we’re probably better off keeping the day job.

 

Do you believe any of those?

 

Because I call B.S. on all of them...

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