Tag: Business opportunity

Collaboration Opportunities and Follow Up

Have you ever witnessed a great meeting between two professionals? I am sure you have. And then … Oh we will certainly keep in touch, let’s do this!
One person sends information and shows their excitement, while the receiving party never responds.
Here are some basic rules for this game:
We all want our small businesses to succeed. So when someone shows genuine interest and acts on their side, do the same.
It’s very impolite to not respond to messages.
It shows that you are either not taking your business seriously, or that you simply don’t care.
Good collaborations don’t come by the dozen, nor do they knock on your door often.
So take this advice to heart.
Show other professionals that you mean what you say.
Thank them if they promote your business on their website, blog etc.
Act on your verbal promises, such as: Let’s get together and talk next week.
Nobody will beg or ask you twice. You are either a go-getter and want to take your business to the next possible level or you don’t.
It’s as simple as that.
Don’t expect second and third chances. We are all trying to help each other, lift each other up and succeed.
REPLY to your messages.
Don’t hide behind the lame “I am busy” excuse. We are all busy.
Show that you are as interested as you first said you were.
Get organized. It takes a village people!

Business owner or Business savvy

Those two terms have to absolutely go together if you want your business to be a success. You can’t simply get an idea, funding, open a business and believe that you are a business savvy business owner.

In order for a business to be successful, you absolutely must give all the possible tools to your employees, so that they can do their job and create success for you. If you have never been to business school, it is never too late.

Your survival depends on your education, business practices, and ethics.

There are rules to follow, there is major organizational need and the most important is that you must LISTEN. Listen to the professionals you hire, because they were hired for their expertise, their knowledge and experience.

When the foundation of your business is not strong, then you are setup for failure. This applies to every kind of business.

In today’s instant gratification world of consumers, you cannot promise one thing, then do another.
You cannot survive, unless you know exactly what it is you are doing.

From shipping departments, storage, inventory, customer service, competition, finances, timely payments and refunds, you MUST have everything into ship shape.

So, business owners out there, do yourself a huge favor and YES, go back to school, learn business 101, and let your teams guide you and LISTEN. This is the biggest gift you can give yourself, your company and your success.

Career behaviors

OK, you just landed a great new job, a further step in your career path. What now?
There are plenty of facets and steps and moves you have to think about in order to become an integral part of an established team.

Here are the basic rules:

1. You never insist on knowing everything, just because you “did it this way” at your old job.

2. You do not piss people off because you are stubborn. This is not the way to get accepted by your colleagues.

3. You are not allowed to be rude under any circumstances. Being a “know-it-all” personality, or inflexible is never to your credit.

4. When someone offers help, you NEVER reprimand them for trying to offer help by saying “I have other things to do and cannot waste more time on this problem”. Also, you take an offer for help for what it is. A simple polite offer. You can say no thanks, or you can accept it. Simple as that. You don’t have to analyze every word. Not everybody has a hidden agenda.

5. Be flexible! This is an absolute must in today’s competitive market. You do not come to your new job trying to implement rules that you were used to. Every company has a different way of doing things, and a different vibe and culture.

6. Do not create chaos and accept others for what they offer. If someone has a different way of working on a given task, accept it and be gracious. Who knows? They might even be doing a better job than you. LEARN, and EVOLVE!

7. The moment you step in to your office, your personal life, ego, behaviors, preferences, routines, stay OUT OF THE OFFICE! See it for what it is. YOUR JOB. You are lucky to have one and you are not the company’s owner. So if the company’s policy is to sit on nail-beds, you sit on it and smile and learn and become a better professional and person.

8. Calling colleagues even if they are below you in rank “my employees”, is not the right thing to say. People have sensitivities and this is plain rude.

9. Micro-management is the absolute worst trait you can have. You show that you mistrust colleagues, you show that you are insecure, and you stall the work flow.

10. Insisting on policies which in turn create mistakes and wreak havoc is also not in your best interest. Follow what’s been enforced and remember that the company you work for existed before you were hired. You do not come in as a bull in a glass closet!

11. Last but not least, a few big No No’s
NEVER undermine others to further your position in a company!
NEVER take credit for something someone else worked their back off to accomplish.
NEVER feel threatened when someone does a great job. This only shows your own insecurity as a human being and not a professional.

This is the basics of Business ethics and behavior. If you have any of the above traits, try to better yourself, try to read and learn, evolve and become a gracious, secure, strong team player. The old bureaucratic, stubborn, cold boss type kind of employee no matter how high in rank, is dead! Move toward the new way of conducting business, conducting yourself and you will have a very successful career ahead.

The uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship

Hi everyone! Have been traveling a lot this summer and have been observing a lot of stuffThe uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship.

There is a frenzy for blogging, for success, for more, more, more and more. S T O P!

Start thinking and calm down. When will OK be good enough? I do not make money from my blog on purpose. I just write my thoughts, my experiences and see it as what it really is. A hobby. Not EVERYONE has to be an entrepreneur, not everyone has to have a blog. Continue reading “The uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship”

Victims of Employment Scams Speak Out

Victims of Employment Scams Speak OutI had to share this article for all of you.

Adding insult to injury during a recession, some people are preying on the vulnerable and unemployed.

You’ve seen the titillating ads, saying things like: “Make $600 a Day Wearing Your Pajamas” or “Achieve Financial Freedom Without Ever Leaving Your Couch.” Continue reading “Victims of Employment Scams Speak Out”

Is your desk clean and organized?

2009-12-01-tocomic-126Which picture depicts you at work?

Some people think that having a messy desk and piles of paper all over the place, makes them seem like they have work to do and that managers and bosses will see that they have a lot to do. So wrong!
If your desk looks like that, messy-deskthen you are definitely disorganized and you are having a priority problem.

 

 

I am giving you some food for thought here today and will write extensively about energies, good work patterns, organization and time management.

 

 

Your desk should be looking something like that: clean-deskCalmness, serenity,and excellent for concentration.

 

Wait for all the rules this weekend.

I’ll be back

 

Home Based Business Opportunities, How Not to Get Scammed

I get it. The economy worldwide sucks. A ton of people need extra sources of income simply to make ends meet. It isn’t easy, BUT there are ways to do this.

I have made it my mission to check out home-based income opportunities that pop up daily on spam emails I receive, and on paid advertising by Google, Yahoo, and more. Guess what? 99% of those are pure scams. They try and try to convince you that they are indeed different from anything else you will find online, and promise a huge income possibility if you only follow their advice.

They all have a video that explains how they went from rags to riches, they all have a home in some exotic place, and they all drive fancy cars. My question here is: Have you seen Donald Trump, Oprah, Bill Gates, or ANY other tycoon actually SHARES their “success formula???”

Of course not. Serious business people just do their business and they never claim that they jumped on the quick million-making wagon. This alone should make you pause during your quest for extra income. Start thinking, start searching. There are legitimate companies out there that will hire you, either as an independent contractor or an employee, to work for them legally, and to make some money.

What companies do that? Companies that need to expand their customer service and would hire you as a virtual phone operator, companies that need accredited employees to do translations, and companies that work on the “cloud” and can hire you for data entry.

Do not spend your money on promises; do not indulge these scammers who profit from your desperation.

These claims are among some of the usual “red flags” you might see:

1. We will never ask you for money, if you only pay the tiny amount of $10 or $15 for shipping and handling.
2. Our business experts will be there for you along the way to help you succeed. In this case, you will start receiving phone calls and very poorly written emails that try to convince you to go on. If you dig a little further, you’ll see that you land on similar looking web pages, which is proof that they are all selling the same secret to others . . . Now how smart is that? Like a virtual chain letter. Remember those?
3. Our “ironclad 60-day money back guarantee.” Oh I have tried to get my money back several times to no avail. The phone numbers they provide are either non-existent or are always busy so you have to leave a voicemail, they give you an email address that goes nowhere, or they challenge you about why you want your money back.

In a few words, you are MUCH better off trying to get a job at Starbucks serving coffee than actually making money by scamming others. This is really a vicious cycle and will stop only if people stop buying into ethereal promises and dreams.

 

Home based income…. a HUGE NO NO

I get it. The economy worldwide sucks. A ton of people need extra sources of income simply to make ends meet. It isn’t easy, BUT there are ways to do this.

I have made it my mission to check out home based income opportunities that pop up daily on spam emails that I receive, on paid advertising by Google, Yahoo and more. Guess what? 99% of those are pure scams. They try and try to convince you that they are indeed different from anything else you will find online, promise a huge income possibility if you only follow their advice.

They all have a video that explains how they all went from rugs to riches, they all have a home at some exotic place and they all drive fancy cars. My question here is: Have you seen Donald Trump, Oprah, Microsoft, Apple or ANY tycoon actually SHARE their “success formula”???

Of course NOT. Serious business people just do their business and they never said that they jumped on the quick million making wagon. This alone should pause your quest for extra income. Start thinking, start searching. There are legitimate companies out there that will hire you either as an independent contractor or an employee, to work for them legally, and make some money.

What companies do that? Companies that need to expand their customer service and would hire you as a virtual phone operator, companies that might hire you to do translations (you must be accredited), and companies that work on the “cloud” and can hire you for data entry.

Do not spend your money on promises, do not indulge these scammers who profit from your desperation.

The usual “red flags” for you should be:

1. We will never ask you for money, if you only pay the tiny amount of $10 or $15, for shipping and handling.
2. Our business experts will be there for you along the way to help you succeed. In this case you start receiving phone calls and very badly written emails that try to convince you to go on. If you dig a little further, you’ll see that you land on similar looking WebPages, which is proof that they are all selling the same secret to others… Now how smart is that? Like a virtual chain letter. Remember those?
3. Our “ironclad 60-day money back guarantee“. Oh I have tried to get my money back several times to no avail. The phone numbers they provide are either non-existent or always busy and you have to live a voicemail, they give you an email address that goes nowhere, or they reply as to why you want your money back.

In a few words, you are MUCH better off trying to get a job at Starbucks serving coffee than actually making money by scamming others. This is really a vicious cycle and will stop only if people stop buying into ethereal promises and dreams.

 

Knowing your Business

This is a topic that keeps coming up whenever I meet new clients. Everyone is eager to get a placement in the huge world of Social Media, the Internet and other Marketing Apps.

There are so many books out there; so many websites that promise to reveal all the secrets of marketing and viral explosions. The problem is that all this information is so cluttered and chaotic that most people get confused. They arrive to my office with certain ideas that they think are the panacea to what they think they need.

My first question always is: “Do you have a business plan?” That’s when I get the first blank look. Then I go on asking if they know what they want out of a web presence or social media placement. Most people are so confused that they can’t actually trust anyone anymore. They are so skeptic and unsure that in the end they lose focus.

Things are much simpler than they appear to be.

Step 1: Make sure you know who you are, what your area of expertise is and where you want to take it.

Step 2: Telling a professional to create wonders for you is not the key, if you are not ready to tackle the incoming traffic to your existing business.
Example: Let’s say that you offer tutoring in your community and you want to spread the word so that you get more students. Have you done your due diligence? Are you ready for more clients? Can you handle the incoming traffic to your business? Do you have the infrastructure to respond as a professional in a timely manner? Can you keep your new clientele?

Step 3: Sit and write down what your expectations are, how much work you are personally willing to put into your success, what your desirable outcome is and last but not least make absolutely sure that you are committed to learn the necessary skills to update your presence in the World Wide Web.

Having a website, a FaceBook page or a Twitter account is but the groundwork. Unless you are willing to invest some serious time to learn the ropes, update your information regularly and be precise, because the internet and social media sites especially have become the line between our social and professional lives blurring ever more with each passing day. You have the opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones and expand your professional network with only a few clicks, from the comfort of your own home or office.

So, do your work, prepare yourself and seek professional help only when you are 100% ready and sure of what you are willing to invest and how much work you are ready to take on!

Job ads on Craigslist and other classifieds…

Continuing my last post about Needing work and excuses, I am writing today about Companies that do not know how to post a professional classified ad when they need to hire someone. Especially on Craigslist, I did an experiment and replied to quite a few posts. My comments so far on this experiment:
1. NOBODY had the professional know-how to reply and convey a simple thank you, we received your resume, and if it is a match we will call you for an interview.
2. None of the ads I replied to had a complete company name, so a job seeker has to send his/her resume to a “masked” Craigslist return email.
3. Scammers take advantage of this, and start sending you replies, similar to: Hi I am so and so, and we thank you for your resume. Before we call you in for an interview, please visit this link and email us the receipt number. See you soon. I am sure that a lot of people fall for this scam, click on links, pay for anything these people think of, do not read the agreement and end up being charged per month and that forever. When I received not one but two of those emails, I immediately replied, thank you for your email, but please let me know which company you are emailing from, as I have submitted my resume to several companies and would like to know who I am replying to.
Needless to say that I never got a response. Craigslist people are doing a great job alerting everyone NOT to fall for scams and being very careful, but scammers still go through the cracks.
So, I implore the honest Companies and professionals who really need to hire, PLEASE learn how to convey your message in a professional manner, so that people who are looking for work, can trust the source of the classified ad. If you don’t want to put your name out there, at least make sure to reply to each candidate. Create a simple email message that you can copy and paste, which will include at least your name, and the company’s name, so that people know that you are not a scammer.
And for job seekers, create a document with the complete ad list you responded to, so that you remember when a company replies to you.
Good Luck everyone!