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Is This Inappropriate Emotion Killing Your Freelance Writing Rates?

NOTE: Feel like you’re stuck with low-paying clients that will never pay higher freelance writing rates? This post is for you. Enjoy! —Carol. Want to make money from home as a freelance writer? I’ve got a question for you today, writers. How do you feel about your freelance writing rates and the clients you work with? I ask because today’s topic is just that — the feelings we have for our clients. Because business isn’t all dollars and cents. It’s also relationships. Our clients are people, too. Some of the feelings we have for them are appropriate and useful feelings, such as enjoying a client’s easygoing personality or the feeling of satisfaction that comes from successfully completing a complex writing assignment. But some feelings freelance writers have are sadly misplaced, and really hurt your ability to earn higher freelance writing rates. Check out what a couple of writers said to me recently, and I think you’ll start to see what I mean: “My client is great and has given me a rave review on LinkedIn. I’ve worked with him for years, and continue to out of loyalty, even though the pay isn’t the best.”–Shari “I’ve been writing for a ‘content mill’ and I do enjoy the work. It’s varied, the people who run it are genuinely lovely, and the man in charge has been happy to give me advice, and permission to email examples of work to clients, even though we publish without our own names on the work. “Of course the pay is very low. I earn a penny a word (in the UK). But I have some loyalty to them, because they’ve really helped me out. “I’m a qualified librarian (my degree is in English linguistics and literature, and my postgrad librarianship qualification is in information management). I can write well. Any suggestions?”-April Yes, April, I have suggestions. Let’s start with this: Don’t be misled As you can see, some freelance writers are highly susceptible to the problem of misplaced loyalty. We fall in love with our clients and stick with them, even though if they are radically…

67% of Smartphone Users Prefer Google Maps, Will They Find Your Business There?

A new survey has revealed Google Maps is the clear leader when it comes to navigation apps. In fact, more than two thirds or 67% percent of respondents say they use it more frequently then other options. The report says Google Maps is 6 times more popular than the next most used navigation app, Waze. Also owned by Google, the app has an adoption rate of only 12% among respondents. Apple Maps is third in line with an 11% adoption rate and MapQuest comes in fourth with 8%. The survey and report were meant to help businesses understand the importance of mobile navigation apps for attracting potential customers. As a small business, making your company available on Google Maps or another app allows your customers to find you easily on their mobile devices. The survey was conducted by The Manifest with participation from 511 smartphone owners who use at least three different apps every day. The vast majority of the respondents or 72% were female, with 25-34-year-olds making up the largest percentage of participants at 28%. Other groups participating in the survey included 35 to 44-year-olds at 21%, 45 to 54-year-olds at 18%, 18 to 24-year-olds at 15%, 55 to 64-year-olds at 12%, and those 65 and over at 5%. So How are People Using Navigation Apps? Overall, 77% of the respondents said they regularly use navigation apps. And when they do, 90% said it was for driving directions. (No surprise there.) Meanwhile, 36% of respondents said they use navigation apps for looking up directions before leaving, while 34% said they use it to navigate en route to their destination. Another 30% said they do both. What About for Non-Driving Navigation? The navigation apps are primarily used while people are driving but are also used to get directions when walking, cycling or using public transportation, the survey said. The survey looked at which regions of the country use navigation apps most often for these purposes. In the Northeast, 24% use apps for purposes other than navigating while driving. In the Midwest and West 12% of respondents use navigation apps for these purposes,…

Halfway Through 2018 Small Business Optimism Remains at Record Levels, NFIB Reports

Positive attitudes among small business owners have hit historic highs, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) reports in its June 2018 small business optimism index. The optimism is being driven by robust sales figures and profit margins. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index June 2018 According to the NFIB, the index for June was the sixth highest ever at 107.2. The unprecedented high numbers started in December 2016, with the index averaging 105.4, above the 45 year average of 98. The all-time high was in 1983 when the index hit 108.0, and if the economy keeps performing at its current pace, it won’t be long before this record goes by the wayside. For small business owners, this is a great time to seek new opportunities, expand and even get funding. In the report, NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan echoes the optimism small businesses are apparently feeling. Duggan explains, “Small business owners continue to report astounding optimism as they celebrate strong sales, the creation of jobs, and more profits. The first six months of the year have been very good to small business thanks to tax cuts, regulatory reform, and policies that help them grow.” Data for the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is gathered from the NFIB membership by the NFIB Research Foundation. The index has been conducted since 1973, and for 45 years it has provided valuable insights into how small business owners feel about the state of their companies and the economy as a whole. The NFIB now counts more than 350,000 small and independent business owners across the US in its membership. Data From the June Index The June index also shows the strongest nominal sales small businesses have experienced in years, according to the NFIB. A net 10% of all small business owners participating in the index have reported higher nominal seasonally adjusted sales in the past three months. This makes June the seventh consecutive month with strong sales reports. NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg attributed the growth to regulatory relief and the new Tax Cuts and Job Act.  Dunkelberg says he expects this will push…

Easy Expansion – 5 Hacks that will Help Your Business Grow

Running a business is a delicate balancing act. From managing customer relationships to staying motivated, it’s a challenging task. Although there’s no way to know which direction your business will… Read more » The post Easy Expansion – 5 Hacks that will Help Your Business Grow appeared first on

Meero raises $45 million for its on-demand photography service

Have you ever wondered why photos on Airbnb, UberEats and your favorite hotel platform always look so good? French startup Meero has been working on a marketplace and AI-powered technology to make it easy to get good photos of products and places. The company has raised a new $45 million round led by Alven Capital and Idinvest. Eight months ago, Meero already raised $15 million from Global Founders Capital, Aglaé Ventures, Alven Capital and White Star Capital. “We focused on this idea because we wanted to make the web beautiful,” co-founder and CEO Thomas Rebaud told me last year. “We realized that we are all on Instagram and that photos are beautiful. But then, you go on a marketplace and photos aren’t great.” The company first looked at the real estate market and partnered with real estate companies to optimize the photography process as much as possible. It starts with finding a photographer. Instead of working with hundreds of photographers in hundreds of cities, Meero lets you find a photographer in over a hundred countries. Prices, contracts and processes are all standardized in order to avoid any surprise. Meero takes a cut on every transaction. After the shooting, photographers usually have to spend hours selecting and editing the best photos. This usually takes even longer than the shooting itself. Meero has been working on AI-powered algorithms so that you don’t have much to do. You upload your photos, and the service will automagically take care of the editing. By speeding up this process, a photographer can work on more projects. And Meero can also cut variable costs drastically — this is key when it comes to Meero’s scalability. With today’s funding round, the startup is going to open new offices in the U.S. and somewhere in Asia. Meero will also hire more computer vision experts in France. Meero currently has 40,000 clients and processes a new transaction every 30 seconds. Clients usually get photos within 24 hours. The company now also lets you order videos from the same platform.

How to Use HR Software to Save Your Small Business Money (INFOGRAPHIC)

Small businesses appreciate a good strategy for saving money. And what better way to save money and time than by automating repetitive and arduous operations in your business? Many of the processes consuming valuable time in your HR department can benefit from automation. HR software tools for small businesses like BambooHR, Zoho People and Ximble can boost efficiency and eliminate chances for human error in your business, saving you significant money in the process. So, how much money can you really save using HR software? Benefits of HR Software BambooHR, a company providing human resources software as a service, highlights some of the areas an HR software can help your business save money in a recent infographic. The Lindon, Utah-based HR firm uses a hypothetical company and a hypothetical HR professional, Caroline, to demonstrate the benefits of integrating HR software and automation into your business operations. The savings highlighted are significant. Using baseline averages, BambooHR determins Caroline’s time is worth $33 per hour and an average employee’s time is worth $23 per hour at her company. Then, the HR firm further breaks down the numbers: 1. Savings with Onboarding One of the biggest savings is in onboarding, where automation of the processes involved can save a small business roughly 50% over traditional methods. According to BambooHR, the traditional onboarding process, with all of its paperwork and training, consumes about 11 hours of Caroline’s week or $363 in HR time (11 hours x $33 per hour) whenever there’s a new hire. Automating onboarding can cut this time in half, which quickly adds up when you consider how many new hires your business makes in a year. 2. Savings with Paperwork Another benefit of automation comes when tracking down and signing business documents and forms. According to BambooHR, you can save time and money by implementing e-signature software in your business. “E-signature software can save an average organization up to 40 working hours each month,” says BambooHR. “Plus, with digital documents, you can also save about $20 per document on printing and postage costs.” That adds up to savings of $920 (40…

6 Things You Need to Know about Working for TranscribeMe

Do you want to break into the transcription industry, but you don’t even know that a foot pedal is? TranscribeMe could be a great place for you to start! This is one transcription company completely open to newcomers and a good place to improve your skills on the job. They have minimal equipment requirements, and […] The post 6 Things You Need to Know about Working for TranscribeMe appeared first on The Work at Home Wife.

Humana Work from Home Nursing Jobs & More

If you’re looking for a work-from-home job with an established company, Humana may be just what you are looking for. Founded in the early 1960s, Humana began as a nursing home with a mission to treat residents like family. Now, they have evolved into much more, and they’re known as a Fortune 500 company providing […] The post Humana Work from Home Nursing Jobs & More appeared first on The Work at Home Wife.

Pointy raises $12M Series B to help bricks and mortar retailers fight Amazon

Pointy​,​ the​ ​startup​ ​that​ offers tech to help ​bricks and mortar​ ​retailers, put their stock online so that it can be discovered via search engines, has picked up $12 million in new funding. The Series B round is led by Polaris Partners and Vulcan Capital, and brings total funding for the Irish company to $19 million. Founded on the premise that people often resort to e-commerce behemoths like Amazon because they can’t find the same item locally, Pointy has developed a hardware and cloud software solution that makes it easy to create a bespoke website as means of making local stock discoverable online. Specifically, the ​”Pointy​ ​box”​ hardware ​gadget connects to a store’s barcode scanner and automatically puts scanned items on a Pointy-powered website for the store. Store pages are then optimised for search engines, so that when you search for products locally — say your favourite artisan beer — a Pointy-powered result shows up and encourages you to visit the store and make a purchase. In other words, this is about helping local retailers drive more footfall, but with very little additional overhead. Pointy CEO and co-founder Mark Cummins says the Series B round will be used by the startup to accelerate growth and build on increased uptake by U.S. retailers. It currently counts 5,500 retailers using Pointy in total, with 70 percent from the U.S, and the remaining in Canada, U.K. and Ireland. “To put the U.S. number in context, just under 1 in 200 U.S retailers is now using Pointy,” a company spokesperson tells me. Since we last covered Pointy, it has extended its reach considerably via partnerships with Lightspeed, Clover and Square, which allows retailers using these POS systems to use the Pointy platform for free because it doesn’t require the purchase of the $499 Pointy device. The startup has also partnered with Google via the search giant’s new See What’s In Store (SWIS) program so that shoppers can discover what a store sells within Google’s search and maps pages. “For all the hype around e-commerce and the media narrative of ‘Retail Apocalypse’, people still make…

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