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Monday, April 17, 2017

Be The Boss Of You To Reduce Home Office Stress


If you have been working from home for some time now, you may have fallen victim to a strange phenomenon:  the I'm-Not-The-Boss-Of-Me syndrome. You may have started out being the 'boss of you' in your home office, but since then have noticed some boss-worker lines getting blurred.

Perhaps you're shrugging off responsibility for deadlines, or letting the office turn into a catch-all for the flotsam-and-jetsam of the house, or wandering into your home office only after reruns of your favorite show have ended. Or maybe you're a tyrant boss, not allowing yourself any breaks or fun. Perhaps you are a boss who is not providing your employee with the tools needed to get the job done properly. No matter what's happening, the balance has tilted uncomfortably.

These scenarios are not unusual. As a matter of fact, most work-at-home people find themselves at one point lapsing into a routine that is not conducive to productivity and a good working environment. The employer-employee relationship is strained. Pulling yourself up by the boot straps and getting back to work takes some re-thinking of your employer-employee relationship.

Let's take a look at a few things the Boss (you) can do for the Employee (you) to relieve  stress and get your home office running smoothly again.

Time Management Tools

The home office environment has some unique time management hurdles to clear. Everyone stresses when time is not being used well. Deadlines are missed and you have to answer to your clients at the same time you're trying to figure out how to motivate yourself to get the job done. As both the boss and the employee, you have some serious decisions to make.

Start by providing yourself with the best time management tools you can find. There are many programs and applications for tracking productivity to help identify the areas that need work. Keep track of tasks and the time it takes to do them and you'll soon understand where to focus and make changes.

Break Time

Every good boss knows how valuable time away from the desk can be. Employees, especially dedicated employees like you, often work long hours, skipping lunch and breaks to get a project done. The fact is, when working without a break the quality of the work suffers. Clarity and focus are lost as the brain gets stuck in slow-motion.

As your boss, you need to remind yourself that you are not a machine. Step outside and take a little walk. Fresh air can work wonders on the creative juices. If you need to, set a timer for breaks, lunch, and, yes, even the end of the work day.

Lighten Up

All work and no play makes for a very unhappy crew. When you are both the boss and the employee, it can be difficult to remember to have a laugh or two during the day. Your boss-self is driving you to work, work, work, while your employee-self is all in trying to make the boss happy.

Find something funny to read or watch each and every day. In fact, schedule yourself a  'laugh break' so you don't forget. It is the job of the boss to set the tone for the office, so go ahead, boss, get that laugh memo out to yourself and enjoy some giggles.

Creating a work environment in your home office when you are both the boss and employee can be a challenge. Taking a look at your work day schedule from both perspectives is the only way to keep both you and your boss happy. Yes, you ARE the boss of you so treat yourself like the valuable employee you are.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Website Infrastructure: Domains, Hosting, and Platform

Before you can begin building your website, you need to make some important decisions regarding where your site will live, how you’ll manage it, and what your site address will be.  

Choosing a Good Domain

Your domain name is your URL – it’s what you’ll tell people when they ask “What’s your website.” It’s a decision you’ll likely have to live with for a long time, so it pays to put some thought into it and not buy the first one that comes to mind.

These days, finding an available domain name can be a frustrating task that often leads new website owners to choose less-than-ideal URLs. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by following a few established “rules”:

  • Always choose .com – You might be tempted to use .net or .org if your preferred domain is taken, but please do not do that. You will lose traffic to the holder of the .com when your potential clients fail to remember that your site is .net.
  • Avoid ambiguous spelling, repeated letters, and numbers – Using transcription4u.com might seem fun, but imagine having to explain how it’s spelled every time you tell someone what your domain name is.
  • Avoid hyphens – For the same reason as stated above. Imagine yourself on a podcast and having to say “www dot quality dash transcription dash services dot com.” It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Always give your potential domain the talk test – say it out loud – and then ask a few friends to look at it. You might just be surprised at what they’ll see that you didn’t expect.

Choosing a Good Hosting Provider

In order to have the most flexibility with your new site, it’s important that your hosting provider:

  • Is NOT the same as your domain registrar – Hosting and registering with the same company gives them far too much control over your business assets.
  • Has cPanel access – While not critical, it is much easier to find someone to help you with any technical problems you might have if your host uses this familiar format.
  • Has a great reputation – Two of the best are Hostgator and Bluehost. They’re inexpensive and well-known, and both offer excellent customer service.
  • Is NOT free – Blogger, Weebly, and other free sites might be attractive from a monetary standpoint, but they won’t convey the professional image you want.

Choosing Your Website Platform

Finally, before you can build your site, you’ll need to decide what will power it. You have a lot of choices here, from HTML you build yourself using Dreamweaver or a similar program to proprietary software offered by your hosting account. All have their good and bad points, but for most new website owners, the absolute best choice is SoloBuildIt.

It’s simple to use, offers nearly endless customization options, and with a huge community of users and developers available, it’s super easy to get help if you need it. You can customize your site with one of thousands of themes so it looks exactly the way you want it to look, and you’ll never have to dig into the code to make changes – unless you want to, that is.  And they do provide hosting as well as domain registration (the only exception to rule #1 above in my opinion) plus all the analytics you could want.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Is Your Personal Filter On/

Walk around your home and I'll bet you have plenty of filters.  Water filters to keep our water clean and pure.  Home heating and AC filters to reduce allergens.  We have all of these to protect our health and the health of our families. 


It's amazing what we'll do to protect things that are important to us.  So, then, why do we put more emphasis on protecting our possessions than the most important asset we own - our mindset?


Have you ever gotten up in the morning excited and ready to work on building your dream?  And then things happen.  Your spouse is cranky.  You stop for coffee and your waiter is rude.  Your best friend laughs at your latest plan for greatness.  You turn on the TV or radio and hear supposed adults - government leaders, religious leaders, business leaders - bickering and arguing like children.  You go shopping or out for lunch and all around you people are making hateful and hurtful comments about others.  And before you know it, you are sucked into all of THAT.  No wonder you don't feel like pursuing your goals.


Filter what goes into your mind.  If your filter is off, it's like a glaring light that affects your sight.  You CAN choose what you let into your life.  For example, in my home, we have stopped watching the evening news.  Why?  Because I don't like all the drama and negativity.  I already know the world is not as it should be.  I don't need to be reminded daily.


Another way I protect my mindset it to filter who I spend time with, especially on social media where it seems that the level of negativity and outright hatred has reached epidemic proportions. Almost every social media platform has a way to unfollow, unfriend, and block someone.  And I know how to use them all! 


It's the same with people I interact with face-to-face.  If you are always negative, judgmental, whining and complaining, chances are we won't spend much time together. 


I'm not saying that you will never have a disagreement with someone.  And I know that you can't shut out the entire world.  Sometimes you have to see the negative stuff if you are going to help change it.  And yes, even I get frustrated and angry from time to time.  But I'm talking about the consistent offenders.  Disconnect from those who constantly seek to bring you down.  They will probably never see your vision.  Why allow them to cast their shadow on it?  Seek out people who lift you up.  Look for those who have a clear vision of their own. 


Many coaches, no matter what their specialty, will encourage you to visualize your goals as a way to help reach them.  But it's not enough to just visualize what you want. You can't just create good thoughts and hope they will overwhelm the bad ones.  You have to actually ensure that you do not allow negative things to alter your vision or your goals.


So add one more filter to the filters you already use.  Protect your mindset.  Filter out negativity, anger, hatred, fear.  Release it and you just might find your path to your goals just became much clearer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't Let Work At Home Benefits Backfire

If you are like me, there are a lot of reasons you decided to work from home.  At the time you made the decision, all those reasons sounded like wonderful solutions to the problems of working outside; commuting, childcare, and restrictive schedules, to name a few.

You now have you home office arranged and you're enjoying the good life and all the benefits of working from home.

Except...

Some of the benefits have actually morphed into unexpected trouble. Let's take a look at a few of the ways work at home assets can turn into liabilities, and how to correct it.

I Can Spend More Time With My Family

Skipping the commute and time at work for a day at home with the kids, spouse, and pets is a common reason for working from home. Everyone is happy you're right there in your office, close at hand, all day long, accessible at the drop of a hat.

The problem is, of course, you don't get any work done. You are just a few steps away from everyone's wants and needs, so why wouldn't they call on you? The solution is to set up boundaries and schedules. You have to treat your workday as if you were gone from the house. Schedule in plenty of play time, as well, and you will enjoy that extra time with the family that you wanted.

I Can Get Housework Done While I Work

If you worked outside the home for any amount of time, you'll remember how much you disliked having to spend your evenings and weekends doing household chores. Now that you're working at home, you can easily get those chores done during the day.

The problem created by this benefit of working at home is you lose focus rather quickly. On the way down the hall you pick up the laundry. Then as you head to the laundry room, you see dishes in the sink. Each little chore will end up growing into larger chores if you allow it. Instead, choose an hour during your day to catch up on a few things that would have otherwise waiting until you arrived home at night after work. Your evenings are free, like you wanted, and the housework gets done.

I Can Work When I Want And How I Want

The image of pajama-clad work at home folks is not that far-fetched. Many people like the idea of getting the kids off to school and spouse off to work, then getting cozy with another cup of coffee and snuggling on the couch with their laptop, answering emails and starting their work day.

Unfortunately, this lovely scenario can backfire. When we are in this cozy mode, we can lose track of time. The day disappears and we are still in our pajamas and deadlines are looming. Now we are stuck working into the night trying to get things done. This is not the 'when and how' we planned. In order to make this benefit work is to, again, set a schedule. Treat your work day like, well, a work day by punching a time-clock you create for yourself. Get ready, get dressed, and get to work.

I Can Have My Own Peaceful Little Office

Having your own space after perhaps sharing desks or cubbies with other workers sounds like a nice thought. No more office politics. No more gossiping. No more stress. Right? Just the peace and quiet of your own keyboard clicking away.

Peace and quiet. And more peace and quiet. Now you're feeling lonely and isolated. You begin to miss the camaraderie of having co-workers. The solution is to create a similar circle of co-workers in your work at home situation. Reach out to people in the same type of work, either through professional groups or social media. Find forums that are engaging and purposeful. And don't forget to wander out of the house routinely to meet up with friends for some face-to-face fellowship.
 
There appears to be a common thread among people who work from a home office. Most work-at-home folks say they chose this career path for family, convenience, and for a more relaxing work environment. All these benefits of working from home are possible to achieve, but they each have pitfalls, which are avoidable once you recognize the risks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Free Classic - The Science of Getting Rich

Although The Science of Getting Rich was revealed over one hundred years back, there are numerous helpful tips inside it for people that are trying to build better businesses and build better lives for themselves, their family and society as a whole.

You get what you have by doing things in a particular way and people who have been successful once will apply this to other companies and usually continue to grow rich. For people who've not discovered the simplest way to use these techniques, it does not matter how hard they work or how devoted to their jobs they are , they will never grow rich.

Wallace Wattles says in this book that any individual that can find that formula will be ready to become wealthy.

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Knowing how to go about things that can make you rich is the key and that key according to Mr.Wattles is in your head. The elements are very like Steve Pavlina's ideas in his Law of Attraction.

You are in command of what you do so if you are repetitively failing and doing things wrong, it is time to figure out why. The explanations for failure are virtually always in your own subconscious mind. Inversely, individuals that are terribly successful seem to be born with this power of positive thinking and become entrepreneurs as fast as they can.

The Science of Growing Rich was written so that people could achieve a positive fashion of thinking, a sense of self worth and take that perspective out into their everyday lives to gain wealth.

The Power of Human Will

Your will is why you do everything you do, and also the reason why you cannot do things. Will is why plenty of people are awake before the alarm goes off, while others hit the snooze button - thus they are running behind all the time.

The early risers are packed with expectation and passion for the day ahead. The "snoozers" are thinking negatively, and unless they already have a bunch of money or have won the lottery, those people won't usually become wealthy.

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It's easy to become cynical about all the numerous courses and Internet programs there are at present about making personal prosperity and being successful. This book could have dropped into obscurity. But it didn't. That's because it is full of good information! 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Color Your Home Office To Create The Mood You Need

Take a walk in the woods or stroll through an art museum and you will instantly be aware of the color that surrounds you. What you may not be aware of is your mind and body responding to the color on a sub-conscious level.

Chromotherapy, or color therapy, is used in many parts of the world as a means for reaching a person's psyche for better health and well-being. This type of therapy is not without debate, but when you consider the importance color plays in nature, you can see where we might want to discuss the matter further.

Surrounding ourselves with a variety of colors, in what we wear and in our home, is believed by many to have a very real impact on our state of mind. It is not considered a coincidence that a woman wearing red feels more power and vigor, while a woman dressed in blue exudes peace and tranquility.

Your home office is the perfect place to experiment with the effect color can have on stress, mood, and energy. Let's take a look at the kind of struggles you face in your home office and how color might be able to switch things around a bit.

No Energy

If you are sitting in your home office hour after hour, staring out the window because you simply can't get a spark going to get anything done, your energy level needs a boost.

Red and orange are definitely colors that will set your mood on fire. Lethargy, tiredness, and just plain sluggishness won't last long when surrounded by these passionate colors. Use these powerful colors as accents so they don't overwhelm you and make you nervous instead of energized.

Anxiety

When your mind is racing, your heart is pounding, and you find yourself pacing instead of working, anxiety is in over-drive. This is often a result of stress and possibly fear.

Calming, quiet blues and greens are the colors for you. These colors create what you might think of as a cool hand on your forehead. You can include a very soft pink to help balance your energies. Blue, green, and soft pink; are you thinking of a calm ocean sunset? That's the idea.

No Focus

Sometimes we get so involved in multi-tasking that our focus suffers. This situation causes stress, but relieving the stress is secondary to regaining focus. We want to fix the problem first; and the problem is lack of focus.

Clean, crisp, fresh white helps restore clarity of thought. Include the color violet to renew wisdom and strength to help guide you through your work and keep you on task.

Negativity

If your every thought seems to turn negative for no reason, and you can't talk yourself out of this downward spiral, perhaps a dose of color to lift your mood would help. Depending on where the sadness is coming from, colors could affect your mood in different ways.

Yellow is a cheerful color and can create a more positive feeling. Orange is another color that invigorates the psyche, helping to perk up the mood. Pink can be used in this instance as a way to balance negative energies with positive energies so one doesn't dominate.

Stress is caused by many factors, both internal and external. Losing focus, having negative thoughts, feeling tired and lethargic, and feeling anxious to the point of serious distraction, are things we may have to face as we try to accomplish our work. Dealing with these issues in a proactive manner is the first step to creating a real solution. Consider using color as one tool to help alleviate these moods. It's easy to do and well worth a try.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Next Wave of Social Network Marketing

Social network marketing has become one of the hottest profit-making ways of making money online today. Some people are earning thousands of dollars in commissions each month by utilizing this strategy.  But others are failing miserably.

There are a several things you really should know with social network marketing before you enter that crowded marketing if you want to be one of the successful ones!.

You Need A Methodology in Social Network Marketing

You always have to keep an eye fixed on the competition, and that means following and watching what the competition is doing. Call it spying if you will, or research, but it is the best way to discover the reasons for their success.

When you decide to enter into social networking fray, you have got to build your personality, make people feel that they know you and like you, and most importantly trust you.        

When you enter the arena of social networking, no one knows who you are. So part of the strategy is to build your internet personality. Engage with others continually. It is called "Social" networking after all.

You can't mix your personal life with your business life. When starting social networking on Facebook you must make a page for your business, and keep this completely separate.

Pictures of you at a party with a lager in your hand, and comments from your chums about how great the party was, isn't going to electrify any person if they are mixed in with your business promotions. Do you understand this? Few people will buy something from you, if they think that all you do is party each night. Keep your business and personal life separate for the most part, and brand yourself.

Social Network Marketing Using Video

There are billions of hits on videos every day on YouTube. It is one of the hottest social media marketing platforms today, and many of us make giant incomes from posting videos, so it's critical that you learn the way to make good videos that show you in them. If you hate being in front of a camera then sadly you are just going to need to become used to it, and if you do not understand how to make a video then you will have to learn. There are lots of websites that give directions. Video marketing has gotten very important, both on social media sites, and blogs and websites.

Video is the Internet's answer to old school face-to-face marketing. Remember those people who used to stand in malls and demonstrate products, and ladies that used to have Tupperware parties at home?  Now they do it online with video!

Social Network Marketing is Simply Attraction Marketing

To draw in people you've got to show your face so you should be smiling. Posting a photograph of something or someone else isn't going to work.     

In social media people need to feel like they know you and what makes you tick. If you do push your business through social media sites, you should expect to encounter people who want to socialize too much. You will have to learn how to be polite and still keep those distractions to a minimum. In fact, this is how you hope to earn your earnings, so you should keep your real socializing separate.     

 You're doing this to produce leads, and don't forget that. Think leads all of the time. Think personal branding all of the time. Always be aware that you are growing your business.

When you start to learn to do it properly, you will be ready to create enough leads on demand to have a successful business and pocket thousands of dollars in commissions. You will also be able to sign up a lot more reps by simply having a system that promotes a massive online social network marketing lead generation strategy. You'll find out more by following this
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