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Learn to Never Handle a Paper or Email Twice

We all do it… to our own detriment. So, let’s make a pact that we will try, if not succeed, to handle our incoming messages more efficiently. Personal time management helps immensely to make a better manager of you and me. All of us have time management tips and tricks to help us get through […] The post Learn to Never Handle a Paper or Email Twice appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Valuing Time: Your Customers’ and Yours

Time is the only non-recoverable thing that each of us controls. We waste it, it’s forever lost. We waste our customers’/prospects’ time, we’ve cheated them out of their most precious commodity. We let our customers/prospects waste ours—we’ve enabled them to de-value us and what we can do to help them. Ironically, we seem to treat […] The post Valuing Time: Your Customers’ and Yours appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Start Writing with This Simple 15-Minute Hack for Busy Freelancers

Short on time? It can be easy to think you’ve got too many thigs on your to-do list to start writing. Whether you’re a stay-at-home freelancer or working a day job and writing on the side, carving out time to start writing or marketing your services can be a challenge. There’s a long list of reasons (aka excuses): Meetings, kids, email, laundry, phone calls, grocery shopping, writer website updates, etc. You’re thinking you need an hour or more of time to start writing, finish an assignment or spend time marketing to land more client work. But that hour never seems to materialize. It happens. Plans change. Someone pukes on the ride to school. Your toddler won’t go down for a nap. Or your designated writing time gets annihilated by some other priority. If I waited around for a day when I got all the time I planned for writing, I would never get anything done. I had to figure out a better way. Here’s my simple strategy to hack 15-minute blocks of time to start writing: Start writing: How to hack 15-minute chunks of time As a writer and educator with two kids under the age of four, there is just no way I can depend on my schedule being my own. That whole story with the puking and no naps, that is my real life, and it all happened yesterday. In a perfect world, you could hide away for hours at time to write without distraction. Projects would be completed according to your planned deadlines. You’d maximize every minute of the day, but it doesn’t always work like that. Stuff happens. Fortunately, I figured out a way to be more productive by making the small, often-wasted parts of my day more useful. You can get a surprising amount of work done in small chunks of time, even in as little as 15 minutes. It takes a little bit more organizing, but investing in this time can salvage hours of usable work periods that would otherwise disappear. Here’s how to hack 15-minute chunks of time to start writing: Know your…

Convenience is in the Eye of the Beholder

I have a message for you from your customers. This is something they want you to know: “I don’t really care how you would like me to communicate with you. I want you to offer me the choice so we can communicate according to my needs. Don’t make me call you. Don’t make me visit […] The post Convenience is in the Eye of the Beholder appeared first on SmallBizClub.

4 Key Ways to Make the Most of Your Business’s Down Cycle

Starting and growing your own company is exhilarating, exciting and rewarding. It also scares the living daylights out of you when you find yourself strapped into your seat, plummeting towards the very bottom of a roller coaster ride. Ups, downs and roller coaster metaphors aside, business is anything but a linear journey. Many businesses are built on momentum, which can be […] The post 4 Key Ways to Make the Most of Your Business’s Down Cycle appeared first on SmallBizClub.

10 Time-Saving Apps to Boost Productivity for Freelance Writers

Are you one of those freelance writers who is always short on time, scrambles to get stuff done, and lives in a constant state of procrastination? It happens. Shiny Object Syndrome is a real thing when you’re sitting in front of a computer all day. There’s email, social channels, your favorite blogs and websites, the latest gaming craze called Fortnite, and much more to distract you from getting work done. Sound familiar? In the perfect world, you spend all your working hours writing for clients, marketing your services, and making lots of money. But it doesn’t always work like that. Right? Fortunately, the Internet’s abyss of never-ending distractions is also a great place to find apps to help you work smarter, get organized, and be more productive. As a freelance technology writer, I’ve tested and used a long list of Chrome apps to boost my own productivity, and ultimately make more money. And so can you. Check out these 10 time-saving apps to help you move up and earn more: Google Chrome: Productivity for freelance writers You probably already know a lot about Google Chrome, like the ability to preview a URL destination before clicking on it, and being able to log in to different Google accounts in different windows. But how much do you know about Chrome browser extensions? There’s an entire category of extensions or apps that can help you be more productive and model the behaviors of other successful freelance writers. Tech solutions to manage distractions When I’m working from home – whether by choice or out of necessity – there’s inevitably more distractions (in the form of three small children) than in the office. I use productivity extensions like a Pomodoro timer (Strict Workflow is one) to timebox myself on certain tasks, and the Todoist extension to project manage my team back in the office. And those are just two Chrome extensions you can use to stay productive out of the office. There are hundreds if you check the “productivity” category of the Chrome Web Store. The best freelance writers know how to manage their time well. But…

Want to Stop Trading Time for Money? Avoid This #1 Mistake!

“Stop trading time for money.” Thanks to the Tim Ferrisses of the world, that has become the rallying cry of people who are stuck in a job they don’t like and who want to create the freedom to quit and do something different. They say it with pride, confident they are making the smart, strategic […] The post Want to Stop Trading Time for Money? Avoid This #1 Mistake! appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Time, Our Scarcest Resource

We all know the single thing we cannot recover is time. Once it’s passed, we can never recover it. Most everything else, we do, we can recover from. We can change our strategy if things aren’t going right, we can find new customers if we don’t have enough deals to make our number, we can […] The post Time, Our Scarcest Resource appeared first on SmallBizClub.

8 Small Business Time-Saving Tips

No matter how driven and hard-working you are, it’s very easy to get carried away and lose track of the time. This especially applies to small business owners who try to do as much as possible during their working day or week. With a hectic schedule and stress, you’ll be all over the place in […] The post 8 Small Business Time-Saving Tips appeared first on SmallBizClub.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Work-at-Home Mom

By Kimi Clark Work-at-home moms have the best of both worlds, right? We get to earn an income while staying home with our kids. But staying motivated while balancing work life and family life is no easy task. Just like achieving work-life balance requires boundary setting and eliminating distractions, staying motivated as a work-at-home mom entails […] The post 5 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Work-at-Home Mom appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

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