Instead of wishing for more hours in the day, the secret to increasing your productivity is not as elusive as you think. Here’s how you will not only find yourself getting a lot more done, but also feeling happier with the time you spend building your business. [click to continue…]
Did you know that your website has certain hot spots that can help you grow your email subscriber list?
Whether you’re a solopreneur running a business from your home office, or you’re an artist growing your brand, or have a growing small business building your email subscriber list is an essential part of your marketing strategy. Keep in mind that people who join your list are more Iikely to become customers, hire you, and support what you do. However, in order to grow your list you must have a website that converts regular and non-committal visitors into subscribers.
How can you do this?
Well, read on to find out how making minor tweaks to the 4 hot spots on your website can get you many more email subscribers. [click to continue…]
A few weeks back, we covered how to successfully fund your next kickstarter or indiegogo campaign, so it’s time to dive into some common mistakes. As you know Kickstarter and Indiegogo are to crowdfunding what Facebook and Twitter are to the world of social media. For individuals and small businesses just starting out, crowdfunding a project can be an absolute game changer.
If you’re thinking of venturing out into this brave new world there are 7 mistakes that we’ve identified to avoid like the plague. Take a look and find out what not to do.
Some big changes are coming to the Facebook newsfeed, so it’s important to know how they are going to affect your business. Whether you run a small business, are an artist or a solopreneur; if you have a Facebook page it’s time to get prepared.
So why the change? According to Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg, many people (maybe you’re one of them) have complained that the current newsfeed has become cluttered and overwhelming. The new changes will make Facebook more visual. Also, how stories are displayed on newsfeeds to take care of the clutter problem and get a more appealing look.
Here’s the rundown on what you need to know and how you can capitalize on them.
The fact is crowdfunding has opened up a whole new horizon for people everywhere! Right now everyone’s talking about the Veronica Mars movie project that has raised over $4.4 million on Kickstarter so far. Although this project is the hot topic of the moment, everyone from artists to small business owners have been using crowdfunding to raise money for their ideas, but unfortunately not everyone is so successful.
Have a great business idea? Planning to write that book but you keep getting those disheartening rejections from publishers? What about that great film idea no producer will touch? Well then, crowdfunding might be the answer to your prayers. Gone are the days when, no matter how great your idea was, it went into the waste bin just because it didn’t make ‘sound business sense’ to the higher ups at a venture capital firm.
If you’re not very tech savvy or just not keeping up with recent updates, crowdfunding is simply a way of funding your project in such a way where anyone, people like you and me, can fund any of different projects with their own money. Crowdfunding has been facilitated by the creation of different websites, two of which have risen to the forefront in the past couple of years. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are just two of many you can use for funding your project, but more on that later.
Once you’ve made the decision to go this route, don’t think the work is done. This is just the beginning. Never fear though, we are here to guide you in your journey to crowdfunding success!
Here’s how to successfully fund your next Kickstarter or Indiegogo project. [click to continue…]
Selling is a natural part of life so why is it that so many people hate doing it? Actually, hate is probably the wrong word in that sentence. They fear selling.
But you know, if you get even slightly better at selling, you’ll see that there’s nothing to fear and that’ll make you want to do it more. Twitter is a great place to sell, too… as long as you’re not too salesy about it.
Big brands and businesses were once small fry like everyone else, but they built their way up to become leaders of the pack. Since they’ve been through it before and came out ahead, you can use these 4 examples of how big companies are rocking Twitter to your advantage. I even list 4 companies you can use as your model to follow for each of these tips.
Even though they’re big companies, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them and twist the lesson to fit a small business or brand. And if you’re looking for more tips on using Twitter, check out 5 easy ways to network on Twitter. Now on to the 4 tips from big companies!
Networking on Twitter can be easy, yet thousands of people let opportunities to connect with influencers in their fields or potential clients slip away. That could mean gigs, partnerships, or paychecks GONE!
Don’t let that happen to you – check out our 5 easy ways you can network on Twitter and get out there! Also, grab these 4 Twitter tips from big companies.
“Oh, let me just check my email one more time; then, I’ll start that hard project I’ve been procrastinating.”
We all know what happens there – one email can distract you for half an hour. By then, you’ve forgotten your goal to start that project and are on to something completely different.
If this is your daily life, you’ve got to say enough is enough to procrastination. In this day and age of instant gratification and constant entertainment at our fingertips, it can be even harder to sit down and focus on what we NEED to get done for our small businesses and artistic projects.
People often get caught up in little dramas and they’re pointless. Most times all that drama starts with one person taking something personally.
All that does is distract you from your goals, aspirations, and in your case, building your business. And that negativity can wear you down and make you feel less confident. Trust me, you’ll need that confidence to build a successful business!
So the next time you feel like your hackles start to stand on end (figuratively, of course) because of something someone else did or said, take these steps to free yourself! [click to continue…]