…Taking Risks with Online Business

Taking Risks with Online BusinessThis week I was tested. I don’t know about you but that can really make me uncomfortable.

Though, I realized it was a very good test- after I overcame my initial negative defense of security, even though there’s no such thing.

See my husband was offered less hours and a new position at his corporate job… Eek!

At first, I really didn’t know how to take it. Like most people would have thought- less time at work means less money!

Yet, I knew he would thrive in this new area, love his time home with the kids and I, while taking advantage of his free time to bust out running 12 miles or watching one of those guy movies.

So, we talked about how this transition would affect us for better and for worse.  In the end, we agreed that it couldn’t have been a better time to take advantage of this new lifestyle. With my ability to grow an online business and work from home, he can contribute his talents of marketing, sales and business development- and caring for our children, while I am given even more time to focus in what I do best.

I don’t how many of you can actually say you would love to work with your spouse, but I am so excited!!! And yes, we’ll have those moment where we’re like “What were we thinking.“;)

Though, as we talked about all our possibilities online, I realized that I was focusing on all the goals here and now and had lost sight of our big picture, long-term goal to have a lifestyle of freedom with family and work when ever because of an online business opportunity.

I just wonder how many of us have lost sight of our goals and missed those amazing moments we could have, should have, would have- if we just knew to let go of what society and even we ourselves can think to be a perfect, ideal life.

So I want to leave you with this, think about your main squeeze goal in life and say to yourself- before it’s too late, “Am I doing everything to get there without conforming to what is ideal in society?” Because it can be hard to let go for there are sacrifices that will become of your decision to live an unrestricted lifestyle or whatever your ultimate goal is.

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What’s holding you back from your ultimate lifestyle goal?

3 Tips for Working with a Virtual Assistant (Part 1)

3 Tips for Working with a Virtual AssistantCommunication                                                                          Whether it is about a new project, a misunderstanding, or not enough feedback from your Virtual Assistant, communication with an understanding mindset can go a long way. Chances are your Virtual Assistant has many other client and project they are handling at once, so it can difficult to balance projects, if there’s not a system in place [i.e. Central Desktop, Asana] when projects are carried out.

Let them know that they can ask questions. If you are a busy person, ask them to try and get questions asked well before the project due date, but in some cases with the implementation of projects questions and problems arise. You can also ask for updates every X amount of days to keep on top of project progress or set milestones and subtasks up within your project management system, so you can keep a closer eye on progress.

I cannot stress how important it is to be understanding toward your Virtual Assistant. They have a lot to keep up with and while they should be organized, they cannot read your mind or always keep up with daily or weekly changes in their clients business. So reminders, thoroughly explaining your needs, and an understanding mindset can really be to your advantage to not stress it out.

One other very important factor to keep in mind is that it could be you. I know that it can be hard sometimes to accept. But being open to accepting your faults as well shows you are professional and simply human. Allow your Virtual Assistant to refresh your memory as well when complications that relate to mis communication arise.

Your Virtual Assistant will thank you for being professional and not blowing them off and moving on without talking it out. I’ve been there and I know how it feels.

Tips on how to communicate with your VA:

  • Outline your business and its efforts

It is great to have a VA who understands your business and what it stands for. Consider telling them a little about what your business is all about and what your goals are and where your priorities lie within it.  

  • Define your expectations in a VA

Explain clearly what type of person you need to perform the tasks you need help with. Maybe telling them what specific tasks/programs they should have experience with or find out ahead of time if they will need a little extra from you to get the project started. This will eliminate any confusion and show you are serious in finding the right candidate.

  • Clearly identify and update the task(s) you need fulfilled

In writing, detail the instructions for your VA about the specific task you need help with. This means composing a list of task you do daily and/or weekly that you would like to have someone else do for you, so you can focus on other areas of your business that require your attention. This also means you should update the list or requirements for the list as changes occur.

  • Outline project timelines and guidelines

Specify each task with a due date or milestones that should be completed as the project progresses.

  • Agree on terms before the project starts and/or sign a contract after a trial period 

This would be payment terms, ideal communication method, project updates, how to submit completed projects, ect… And remember VA’s have their own expectations too. 

I hope this helps you! 

What have been your experiences in communicating with your VA?

Did you find something more helpful in communicating effectively?

Share your comments below!!

 

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Quitting Your Job and Take the Step Into Entrepreneurship

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Learn Exactly How to Approach Quitting Your Job

This has to be something that we as entrepreneurs take very seriously!

Quitting a job or stopping your job search to dive into a home based business and becoming an entrepreneur is a huge step. Working up to comfortable position with a new business can be out of the question for some of us. While some have a spouse to support them financially and others have to start with nothing and build their business from absolutely nothing…

If you are seriously considering taking a step into entrepreneurship, read this article and get some of the basics covered…and live by this motto.

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business | Entrepreneur.com

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Pinterest Marketing: What To Include In Your Description

How awesome is it that Pinterest is now offering business profiles?!

I think that it is absolutely amazing and has so much potential to offer any business owner- large or small. You can sell products like jewelry, home decor, and Ebooks or offer blog content with advice, opt-in freebies, and how-tos. However, the list is absolutely endless. I would highly suggest learning more about how to market your business.

To create a Pinterest business account click here

Here are some great tips to include in your description to ensure you get noticed in the sea of pins-

CTA– This is short for Call To Action. Do you know what this might be? Well, its is a group of words that invite your viewers to sign up for your opt-ins, repin your recipe, or click on your blog post. So the few CTA words to consider are- Repin, Click Here, Sign Up, ect. And remember the importance of CTA words entice your audience to take ACTION.

Links– These allow users to click on your link in which Pinterest then directs to your site, blog, ect and additionally it allows you to get credit for your pin if someone else pins it onto their board. Plus, some individuals don’t know to click on the picture to be directed to your site. **Note- When you are setting up your pin be sure to edit it and include where your pin links to.  

Price– If you are selling a product or service be sure to include your price for a few reasons. One, Pinners will know that this pin is for a product/service for sale. Two, you can automatically be added into the gifts section of Pinterest.  **Note, in order to put a price banner on your pin, you can type anywhere in the description ($-.–) and a banner will automatically appear.

SEO Keywords– This one is kind of a no brainer, but some of you who are new to marketing must know that it is always important to include important words that describe your product/service. If you are selling jewelry, try comparing these descriptions 1.) Repin this awesome jewelry for $4.99. vs. 2.) Click Here to buy Ocean Daze Jewelry- sparkly sterling silver stud earrings at $4.99. Now, which one is more effective, catchy, and concise. Tip- include #hashtags by your keywords like twitter users to get higher ranks in the search results of Pinterest like so #studearrings

Click Buttons– Incorporating buttons on your pictures can significantly increase your repins and traffic. The buttons should be CTA words like described above. They don’t have to necessarily be clickable because when you click on a pin it will direct you to the original site if you set it up correctly (see links for a brief description). To add buttons to your photos use this free tool here. No registration either is a big plus!

So there you have it, the important pieces to make successful pins on Pinterest. Remember to share this post and get the word out about a brand new marketing strategy and comment below if you have any questions about how to set all this into motion for your business.

~ Olivia

P.S. Do you have anything to share? Did you find this helpful? Comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Work At Home Mistakes To Avoid

Work At Home Mistakes To Avoid

I was reading through one of my newsletters this morning, and I stumbled upon a fabulous article for anyone who works from home. It has some great advice about the common mistakes we face in the work at home environment and how one can make changes in their routine to help avoid these mistakes.

I know I am guilty of a couple of these, but I will be incorporating these useful tips.

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