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4 Creative Ways You Can Avoid Missing Business Deadlines Over the Holidays

Missing a deadline is a freelancer’s worst nightmare. Meeting deadlines ensure the workflow keeps moving smoothly and it also keeps clients happy. However, every once and a while, even the most efficient freelancer can miss a deadline. This tends to happen often around the holiday season. During this busiest time of year, meeting deadlines matters even more especially if a client is trying to get ahead or tie up lose ends before everyone takes time off for the holiday. Tips for Keeping Deadlines over the Holidays If you’re already starting to get overwhelmed with tasks, here are some ways you can avoid missing deadlines over the holidays. Work Ahead This is one of the best ways to avoid missing deadlines year round. Freelancers have lots of flexibility in terms of their schedules, but life is also unexpected. If something pops up that prevents you from being able to get work done, you won’t miss a deadline if you’ve worked ahead. In order words, you can afford to fall behind slightly since you gave yourself a nice buffer. It may be challenging to get ahead with your workload but you can take it one step at a time. Start by working ahead with one client, then move on to the next. You may even want to tell clients you’re working ahead so they can give you assignments and any additional details you’ll need well in advance. Communicate When You’ll Be OOO It’s important to let clients know when you’ll be out of the office or simply away from your computer during the holiday season. If you’re planning any travel or events, you’ll want to give your clients a notice so they can plan accordingly. For one of my clients, we all post in a Slack thread when we will be out of town because we often depend on each other to get certain tasks done. When one person misses a deadline, it slows the process down so that we all miss a deadline. If you communicate with your client and team ahead of time, deadlines can be rearranged and you can plan accordingly.…

Your AI Assistant Should Be Able to Answer These 4 Questions

Not all AI assistants are created equal. In fact, many that purport to be AI-powered are simply menu-driven chatbots that do more harm than good. Typically, chatbots designed for business fall short because they don’t really understand what the customer is asking. They’re good with simple questions and uncomplicated situations. But if the customer asks something that is off-script or follows up with a line of questioning that the bot is not programmed to understand—as people often do—the chatbot becomes hopelessly lost. And customers, on their end, become frustrated and angry. So, a tool that you purchased for the purpose of engaging customers ends up driving them away. And that can cost you real money. What you need is a truly conversational AI assistant that can better understand your customers. One that can conduct a relationship-based discussion and give customers get the answers they’re looking for. The result is happier customers, increased productivity and greater profitability. The trifecta.  And that is what we developed at Frontdesk AI. Let’s say you’re running a yoga studio. Your customers and prospects are calling your business to ask all sorts of different questions: Can I take a class if I’m six months pregnant? Do you have classes for kids? Is Brianna teaching the 4pm vinyasa flow class tomorrow? A simple chatbot won’t have the answers. Whereas a conversational AI assistant will be able to listen to what the customer is asking, seek information from you (the business owner) when needed and reply intelligently to as many of the questions as possible. But don’t get fooled by a chatbot that only pretends to have AI. Here are four questions to ask when trying to distinguish a mindless chatbot from a truly conversational AI assistant. 1: Does it learn over time? A true AI assistant gets better over time, as it handles more interactions with customers and engages in more conversations. The ability to learn really sets conversational AI apart from traditional chatbots. With each conversation, the AI assistant becomes more capable and intuitive, and builds expertise around your particular business. The key is the assistant’s…

How to Plan for a Successful Theatre Production

Theatre production companies up and down the country put on successful plays all year round, but it’s the time of year where the pantomime has its moment in the spotlight.… Read more » The post How to Plan for a Successful Theatre Production appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.

PPI Claims: What Lenders and Consumers Need to Know

Payday lenders at risk of paying out on big claims. Recently, payday loans giant Wonga went into administration after years of profit losses. The news emerged after a combination of… Read more » The post PPI Claims: What Lenders and Consumers Need to Know appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.

Home-Based Proofreading and Editing Job with Bite Squad

Work at Home Mom Revolution – Work at Home Jobs for Moms Bite Squad is seeking a home-based proofreader/editor in the U.S. This position is 100% work from home. Compensation is $13.00 per hour. This will begin as a temporary 3-month contract, but may turn into a permanent role. From the company: “Bite Squad is a restaurant delivery service currently serving over 300 cities in the US! […] The post Home-Based Proofreading and Editing Job with Bite Squad appeared first on Work at Home Mom Revolution.             Related Stories I Will Teach You To Be Rich Home-Based Finance Editor Job Work at Home: Mommy Poppins Seeking Community Publishers Home-Based Digital Copywriter Job with Twenty Over Ten  

Work at Home Customer Service with Sykes

If you’re looking for a work from home customer service position Sykes is a well-known company that is almost always hiring. They’ve been in business since 1977 and provide customer care for several industries. Here’s what you need to know: Job Duties for Working with Sykes As a Sykes work at home call center employee your main role will be to assist customers via the telephone. The exact job duties will depend on the position you’re hired for. Sykes currently serves several markets including finance, healthcare, insurance and technology. The job listings are currently only available in certain cities and states. (Although there are many different ones listed right now.) You’ll need to browse through the job openings to find one applicable to you. Technical Requirements for Working with Sykes Your home office needs to meet a few requirements including: A Windows-based PC with anti-virus software, a monitor and speakers. A high-speed, wired, bi-directional Internet connection (no Wi-Fi, only DSL or cable modem). A telephone headset and a USB headset. Analog landline which must be one of the following: traditional landline phone service using dedicated copper wiring to pair to the home, a landline provided through your Cable TV service provider, or a fiber optic line provided by a local phone service. A quiet, distraction-free environment for taking calls. Not required, but preferred – a customer service background and experience with financial services, technology companies, or something similar. Some positions may have additional equipment and technical requirements so be sure to check the job listing when applying. The Application Process The application process does take a while. It starts with applying online, they recommend doing this from a desktop computer. The application includes assessment tests of your skills and capabilities to find the best possible fit for you within their clients’ needs. It usually takes a while for them to get back to you, so be patient. They will reach you by email when they have the right job fit for you. Once they find a position for you, they’ll schedule a virtual interview by phone and online, consisting of…

Small Business Trends Recognized in Case Study by AI Platform Ezoic

Small Business Trends Media Group, the parent publishing group of SmallBizTrends.com and BizSugar.com, is honored to be the subject of a case study by its technology partner, Ezoic. The case study highlights Small Business Trends’ use of Ezoic’s artificial intelligence and machine learning platform. The platform dynamically optimizes user experience and ad revenues for publisher websites. Advertising Case Study Ezoic solved real challenges facing Small Business Trends. Facing changing ad policies as well as the shift to programmatic advertising instead of direct ad sales, it became harder to scale ad revenues. “We knew we had to change. We even considered dramatically altering our business model by eliminating ads altogether,”  said Leland McFarland, CTO of Small Business Trends. With a site the size of Small Business Trends, it had become impossible to do testing manually. “We used to keep a tedious log by hand to track site changes, ad combinations, revenues, and results of A/B testing. It was a nightmare,” McFarland added. Then McFarland, along with Small Business Trends founder and CEO Anita Campbell, attended a Pubtelligence conference put on by Ezoic. “After that we decided to go all in with Ezoic. And it paid off in improved results. Those results are outlined in the case study,” he added. Ezoic helps with revenues, but does so much more. As an artificial intelligence platform which includes its proprietary Big Data Analytics reporting, Ezoic delivers invaluable insights about user experience. For example, it identifies which articles are most engaging. The site is then able to build on past successes and deliver improved content for readers to enjoy. “This is the first time we have been the subject of a case study.  Ezoic has been a fabulous technology partner and we’re thrilled to work with them. This case study comes on the heels of our 15-year anniversary as a website and company. It validates all the hard work put in by the team,” said Campbell. Small Business Trends Media Group provides targeted, custom content reaching small businesses. Through its multiple digital media outlets, it features advice, news and resources for small businesses of up…

New Report Shares Facts Small Business Owners MUST Know about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO), poisoning is responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. This is especially important to remember for small business owners who have employees on site. A new report from Safewise looks at the safest and most dangerous states when it comes to CO poisoning with the goal of identifying the risks and finding solutions. The report contains some important facts you will need to keep your employees safe. Being able to identify and mitigate the causes of CO poisoning is especially important because this is an odorless and colorless gas with deadly consequences. Often times people are only aware of CO poisoning because of the symptoms, which also highlight the critical importance of knowing what the symptoms are. As the temperature dips and small businesses across the country start firing up their heaters, this is a good time to make sure they are in perfect working condition. Rebecca Edwards, who wrote the report for Safewise, emphasized the need to be more aware of CO poisoning. Edwards goes on to say, “This is one of the most preventable tragedies there is. Regardless of your state’s track record for CO poisoning incidents, there is plenty you can do to minimize (if not eliminate) your chances of falling victim to this covert killer. Know the signs and symptoms, and follow good practices to keep you and yours out of harm’s way. And, for goodness’ sake, run out and get a CO detector if you don’t already have one.” SafeWise used CDC data from 1999 to 2016 for both accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and accidental poisoning from vapors and gases. The rankings were based on state laws that require residential CO detectors and local CO poisoning tracking programs. The researchers were able to determine which states had the lowest and highest CO poisoning-related deaths per 1,000 people. Because of unreliable data, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Washington DC were not included in the rankings. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Statistics: State Rankings According to the report, death from CO poisoning was high in…

What SMBs Must Know to Join the AI Revolution

Sponsored Post It comes as no surprise that nearly three-quarters of small and midsize businesses (SMB) will invest in software and apps over the next year, according to this June 2018 Vistage survey. But would you have guessed that — along with CRM — artificial intelligence (AI) tops the list of technologies that SMBs are planning to invest in? Joe Galvin, Chief Research Officer at Vistage, attended Dreamforce ‘18 to discuss the whats, hows, and whys of AI for small and medium-sized businesses in a session titled, “Customer Insights: How AI Is Revolutionizing SMBs Today”. Joe was joined on stage by Admir Hadziabulic, Director of Support Services at HCSS, and Ali Moshfeghian, Chief Operating Officer of Xtreme Lashes — both Salesforce customers who use AI to power their businesses. Joe opened the session with a bold affirmation: “AI is in your future.” It may not be tomorrow or next week, but eventually, AI will be part of what drives SMBs to the next level. Are you ready to embrace the future? Here are a few key learnings from the discussion to help your small business join the AI revolution. Business Intelligence is not Artificial Intelligence Let’s start with a working definition of what AI is — and isn’t. Vistage defines AI as “computers that perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, and decision-making.” In a business context, AI can be used for anything from customizing home automation systems based on real-time usage data to predicting customer behavior using data gathered from past purchases, loyalty programs, and other behavioral signals. If you think this sounds similar to business intelligence (BI), you’re not alone. Admir put his finger on one of the key differences between AI and BI. “With BI, you have to depend on somebody to analyze the data and then tell you what to do next. Whereas, AI is prescriptive. It tells you, ‘This is what you should do next.’” At Vistage, they lay the difference out like this: Business Intelligence Predictive analytics Answers the question: What will happen going forward? Example: Based on past performance, your business is  likely to lose these particular…

How to Create a Financial Business Plan

A financial business plan is essential to help your small business. These important documents are put together to help your business plan for the future. Make no mistake. This part of your business plan might look like accounting but a financial business plan is designed to look forward. Here’s how to put one of these plans together. Important Parts of a Financial Business Plan First off, it’s important to remember these don’t necessarily follow any kind of sequence. Although they include profit and loss statements, a balance sheet and cash flow statements, you might jump back and forth when you first start putting one of these together. For example, when you put together a cash flow, the numbers might tell you that you need to go back and rejigger your estimates for expenses and sales. That said, there are some important benchmarks you’ll need to cover when you’re putting together one of these financial business plans. Sales Forecast Using a spreadsheet is the best way to put together a sales forecast. You’ll want to forecast the sales for your small business over the course of three years to attract investors and lenders. For the first year, you want to set up columns for sales monthly. Afterwards, you can go to a quarterly basis for years number two and three. Expenses Budget Putting together and expenses budget will help to balance out your sales forecast. In a nutshell, this will tell you how much money it’s costing to produce what you’re selling. This will have a variety of different categories including leased equipment and utility payments. Of course, you can’t forget other items like payroll and rent as well as depreciation on any equipment that you use. Cash Flow Statement When you put the sales forecast and the expenses budget together, you get a cash flow statement. “The cash flow statement is often overlooked but it provides a good summary of what’s going on in the other financial statements. It tracks the changes in the balance sheet as well as incorporates PL and Equity statement items,” Steven Vertucci, CPA Audit Partner…

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