HOW TO LESSEN STRESS AND BE PRODUCTIVE

Stress is the greatest nemesis of productivity. This article, therefore, hopes to help you get rid of your stress and increase our productivity.

Below are some practical steps you can take to attain this goal:

Give in to the inevitable. Do not try to resist what is already your present situation. Thinking wishfully of what might have been will not change the reality of your NOW. This will only stress you further and muddle your mind to think clearly. The best option to take is to lower your resistance and accept the situation you are in now. Do not give in to panic. Instead, try to calm down and think calmly of possible solution to the problem at hand.

Do not take life too seriously, nobody has escaped it alive. This may sound extreme but that is the reality of life. Everyone has problems to tackle one time or another. Indulging in them too much only increases the negativity in you. Often times, even minor hitches are blown out of proportion by paying excessive attention to them. Exaggerating these problems will not solve anything but only stress you. It can worsen the situation and cause you to panic. When this happens, thinking clearly for solution becomes impossible.

Misery loves company. Avoid negative and counter-productive relationships. Some people have the masochistic attitude ingrained in them. They seem to enjoy playing the victims in any situation. Stay away from them or you will soon absorb this negativity from them. Instead, read self-empowering books or listen to subliminal audios that promotes positivity. Go to bed early each night and be lulled to sleep by relaxing music.

What’s the rush? You see people in busy city thoroughfares rushing, but for what? Walking or driving fast can only save you 15 or 20 minutes at most. Is that worth the tension and stress you build in you by rushing? The best solution to avoid this unnecessary stressful situation is to leave the house 20 minutes earlier than your appointment. This way you avoid rushing and miss the opportunity to appreciate nature’s beauty around. Also, by starting early you reach your appointment in a more relaxed and refreshed state of mind of body.

Be grateful for the big and small blessings you receive each day. As soon as you open your eyes in the morning and before you retire at night, smile and murmur a short “thank you” for the blessings given to you during the day.

It said that we get more of the bad things because that is the only time we remember to pray. Try praying in thanksgiving every time we receive blessings and more will come our way.

Flexing your muscles is the best way to release the toxins and stress that accumulate in our system. It is not necessary to go to the gym for our daily exercise. Simple bending, stretching, jogging, and deep breathing can do the trick. Take 5 to 10 minute breaks at work is enough to refresh our mind and body. These breaks, coupled with few deep breathing, are also effective energy boosters.

Spread your activities throughout the day. Avoid dumping all your tasks in one sitting. Besides being counter-productive, this will also stress us unnecessarily. Divide your plan of actions for your goal into smaller, more achievable blocks. It will be less stressful to work on smaller tasks one at a time and result to more achievements at the end of the day.

Ventilate your pent-up frustrations with your family and trusted friends. Ask the advice of qualified professional or of people whose opinions you respect. It is said that:” Joy, when shared, multiplies; Sorrow, when shared, is divided”. Do not carry your burden alone. Other sympathetic shoulders to lean on will dissipate stress effectively.

Once you are able to unshackle yourself of stress that hinders you from moving on with life, you will be free to work for greater productivity.

FREEDOM : BEWARE OF THESE THOUGHTS

The mind is a very powerful tool that can dictate what we are or what we can become. It has the capability to change us consciously or subconsciously. We are very often warned to be careful what we wish for because they can become a reality for us.

Having said this, the following thoughts should be discarded from our mind. They spell disaster to our personal or professional lives:

 

1. “I think this is good enough.” Once you get too complacent, then you stop to move on. You lose the motivation to improve yourself or the situation you are in, however mediocre it may be. Regardless of what or where you are now, there is always room for improvement if you wish to. But too much contentment may get you stuck in your life and become too lazy to persevere to grow further. Remember that in life, you cannot just stand still. You either move forward with the life’s ever flowing stream or be carried back by the under current.

 

2. “Why do the hard stuff when doing the easy ones is more convenient?” Unfortunately, often it is the hard stuff that benefits you most. A regular guy capable only of doing the regular tasks seldom move ahead in his personal or professional life. If you are satisfied to remain just another Tom, Dick, or Harry, you can never hope to be an Einstein or a Bill Gates. Always seeking the path of least resistance will prevent you from flexing your physical or mental muscles to be able to overcome life’s challenges to success.

 

3. “Please, spare me the details.” Refusing or being too lazy to learn the details of any project results in the less satisfactory performance of the task. Asking is the end of ignorance. Always ask questions on things unclear to you so you can meet the job’s requirement. Volunteer your suggestions or expertise for faster completion of the task with higher level of competence.

 

4. “I do not think I can do it.” If you always think you are not competent enough, not smart enough, not old enough, etc. before you even try, then you will never be qualified for anything. In most cases, these are just lame excuses to cover up laziness. If you do not believe in yourself, no one will. Your lack of self-confidence will show in your mannerisms, the way you talk, your body posture, and these will adversely affect your personal and professional advancement.

 

5. “No way this can work.” If you think this way even before you start the task, it really will not work. Anything you think and wish for always will have a way of coming a reality, believe it or not.

 

6. “I’m no good.” A bad experience will not make you a bad person for life. Carrying this heavy load of guilt will just make your life miserable unnecessarily. An unpleasant mistake or wrong-doing in the past cannot be undone but it can serve as a lesson in the future. Mistakes will benefit us because they make us humble and help us keep our feet planted firmly on the ground. They make you feel a real human with all your faults and good points. Try to apologize sincerely to those you may harmed and move on.

 

7. “Do you think they like me?” It is not possible to please anyone—in fact, you should not if it will mean going against what you stand for or can cause you undue misery or inconvenience. Try to be genuinely caring and pleasant to be around with but be yourself at all times. If people seem not to like you despite your effort to like them, then, that is their problem. Never give in to others’ emotional blackmail.

 

8. “Now is not the right time yet.” The “right time” is a myth and “tomorrow” will is always a day ahead— they will never come. This is just a reason for procrastination which is the biggest hindrance to the attainment of your goal. It is now or NEVER.

9. “I wish I were…” You will never be someone else, no matter how hard you try. Be contented with what nature has given you. You may and should improve on what you are to some degree but wishing you are what you cannot be will just lead to disappointments and frustrations. These will eventually result to your loss of self-identity and self-pride.

 

10. “No one loves me.” Your parents and siblings do, and so are many others, but you may too engulfed with selfishness and self-pity that you ignore them. Instead of sulking and withdrawing from the world, why not show love to others first? It could be that you do not love yourself so you feel no one loves you. What you yourself do not have, you cannot give. Also, you cannot change others but you can change yourself. Try having a sunny disposition towards others and other people’s love will shine back at you. Try to be always positive and be amazed to discover how beautiful life is!

HOW CAN WE CONQUER FAILURES

Perseverance plays a big part in most anything we set out to do if we ever want to succeed in it. This applies to us bloggers as well. Blogging is a very good creative outlet for writers and a potential income-generating pursuit as well. As bloggers, we have to regularly come out with content-filled articles especially when we have a position or an image to maintain in the world of blogosphere. This is not a work-in-the-park activity and can be an exhausting brain-draining work.

Failures are among the biggest obstacles in our quest to succeed as bloggers. They sap our energy to continue writing. They make us lose confidence in our ability to be mentally productive. What is worse, this feeling can be pervasive and can affect our motivation to move and persevere.

One reason for the loss of confidence is when the decision we make or the option we choose turns out to be the wrong one. We make several decisions daily and it is unavoidable that some of these decisions go wrong. For some, these failures cause them to lose heart and quit.

Another more devastating reason why we lose confidence in ourselves is when we fail despite putting our best effort and doing everything possible to prevent this from happening. This particular failure gives us the feeling of helplessness.

Here are some tips on how we can bounce back from these failures:

Work on our mindset. The belief that we have the ability to excel is a big factor for achieve excellence. Let us change our perspective on how we see failures. They can look at them as insurmountable stumbling blocks on our road to success or we can regard them as guideposts to the right path to the achievement of our goal. Instead of being deterrent, they can be propeller to push us faster towards our triumph. Bumps on the road are common but they are not impossible to manage with some manoeuvring.

We can take failures as signs that we coming closer to reaping our reward. Below is a true story on the wisdom of moving on despite the obstacles:

Capt. Matthew Webb tried to swim across the 22.5-mile English Channel in 1872. His 1st attempt was a failure because after swimming for almost 5 hours, the fog (his obstacle) blurred his view of France where he was supposed to land so he gave up. He later realized that he was only half-a-mile short of his destination. He later succeeded in his 2nd attempt and considered the first man to swim across the Channel successfully. Let us see our longer wait for the attainment of our success is not a matter of our lack of ability but rather just a matter of time needed.

Confine and isolate our failures. We should not generalize them. Let us discard the thoughts in our mind that ”failures are inevitable and always bound to happen”; or that “we can never overcome them”. These and similar negative thoughts only condition our minds for failures, so they happen — what we think becomes reality for us.

Thinking that such failures are just isolated events will help us reset our mind to positivity and help us to bounce back faster.

Let analyze the actual damage and do not presume that it must be huge. Exaggerating the effect of the failure will not help but may worsen the situation. We may be overwhelmed by our preconceived enormity of the damage and lose the strength to recover.

Let us assess the actual wrong done and what is left intact. We should not panic and be paralyzed by the setback. We must start picking up the pieces and plan the steps to recover the loss. The sooner we act, the faster is our recovery.

Move on. Most of life’s failures are not beyond repair. Life will go on despite our failures. Let us not cry over spilt milk. Regretting over what has happened is time wasted and will only delay our recovery period. We should remember that there are still more opportunities ahead although we may not see them right now.

Getting up and moving on is our only way to go. Many successes of stories of well-known bloggers are results of their past failures. Our life can be another testimony of these success stories if we choose to it be one!

 

HOW TO EARN THE OTHER WAY ROUND

Most often, when we think of earning, we immediately think of money coming into our pockets. However, did you know that we can also earn by doing it the other way round?

Let us consider earning as NOT spending instead; or by minimizing the instances when money goes of our pockets. This is commonly referred to as “saving” but for our purpose, we can call it “earning” — – the ability to accumulate money inside our pockets.

Here are some practical methods on how we can “earn” this way:

Spend less than you earn. This simple advice may be a no brainer but many find this difficult to practice this in their day-to-day lives. Hence, they remain perpetually in debt; while others hardly exist till their next paychecks.

Stay out of debt. If a big chunk of your monthly income goes to only to the payment of your debt, try to re-negotiate the payment terms with your debtors. Most of them will settle to lower installments for an extended period of time, while keeping the interest rate as before. This will be a better option for them than the possibility of not being paid at all. They should realize that money not readily available to them can somehow be considered as lost revenue on their part.

Save before you spend. Fix a certain percentage of your income for your saving and give this your PRIORITY over your expenses. Most people spend first and keep what is left as saving. It should be the other way round—set aside first what you plan to save, and budget whatever is left for your expenses. This way, you will be forced to save and learn how to spend wisely what is left to you.

Buy in cash. Ever since banks introduced the cashless way of spending and replaced it with the plastic “legal tenders”, many have literally become cashless. Credit cards are among the biggest milking cows of financial institutions worldwide. By promoting the “buy-now, pay-later” concept to consumers, bankers have lured thousands to spend more than they earn and pay legs and limbs for the convenience. Many consumers are aware of the big interest slapped on them by using credit cards but the temptation to buying without cash and getting the goods immediately is too great a temptation to resist.

Choose your bank wisely. Not all banks are created equal. Compare which ones pay bigger interest for the money you entrust to them, which ones charge less for their services, and which among them collect lower fees on loans. Adding up these differences can sum up to a considerable savings for you.

Keep a monthly budget for your expenses. Although some regular household expenses cannot be avoided such as house rentals and utility charges (electric bills, water consumptions, and cooking gas), you can cut down on miscellaneous spending like entertainment and conveniences. You can go to the movies less often (you can stay home and rent movies once in a while. Also, many blockbuster films are available free over the cables). As regards cable subscription, instead of the premium type, choose expensive options with fewer stations since many are in foreign languages and news/sports reports are just duplications of other similar stations. Avoid eat-outs except on very special occasions (eating home-cooked food can be much cheaper and healthier, too); etc.

To save on your phone bills, consider using pay-as-you-go phone instead of the unlimited text feature especially if you are not using your mobile phone that much.

Look into your daily routines that add to your expenses. Consider joining in a carpool arrangement in your neighborhood. Instead of dropping by at your favorite coffee shop regularly for snack, why not prepare a brown bag of sandwich and a flask of home-brewed coffee? Replace some of your light bulbs with CFLs and LEDs. Set your refrigerator thermostat to low and avoid over-stuffing it to full capacity.

Outsource tasks. Saving is not limited to your personal or domestic life. It also applies to your business. A great way to save is to lower your overhead expenses by considering outsourcing some of your tasks at less cost and more efficiency. Many outsourcing outfits like Mr. Outsource can help you meet your requirements for manpower more effectively and at lesser cost.

There are a 101 ways to cut on your expenses and still manage to enjoy the conveniences of day-to- day life. Spend less than you earn will also provide you the invaluable luxury of having peace of mind for being debt-free.

Remember: money saved is money earned!

LEARN THE SKILLS THAT CAN MAKE US GREAT

At some points in our lives, we have had heroes whom we idolized and whose lives we tried to emulate. They may be real people or comic characters. Of course, as regards the latter, we could not fly like some of them or defeat the enemies single-handedly but at least we admire their crusades to fight evil. To some of us, we have not really outgrown that stage. We still look up to great people whose lives influence us. We envision ourselves as like them.

Well, we may not exactly live out our heroes’ lives but we can develop some skills that will make our heroes proud of us. These skills and qualities can help us achieve greatness both in our personal or professional lives.

Be Punctual. This is an important trait especially in the business world. In these times of keen competition, punctuality may make the difference between winning a contract and losing a major transaction. Even in our day-to-day dealing with people, punctuality shows our respect and consideration of others’ time, giving them the impression that we are responsible a person and how committed are we in our dealings. This attitude towards others will, in turn, earn us their respect.

Tardiness on the other hand, gives a connotation of irresponsibility and unreliability which spell disaster in any business dealing. If we have developed the annoying practice of being late in our appointments, it is time we break this bad habit that may tarnish our image, lose the respect of our friends and business associates. Find ways to make punctuality a top priority in all our dealings.

Be Dependable. Be known as a person of credibility. Your always being true to your word gives the impression to others that you are dependable and someone they can always rely on to honour commitments both in your personal or professional dealings. It shows that you are trustworthy and people do not hesitate to do business with you — a very vital asset in the world of business. This applies to your observance of company policies to you overall attitude when working with your teammates or business associates.

Be Responsible. When talking to a client about his complaint or listening to someone asking for advice, show your sincere concern on what they are saying. Be attentive to them and show that you are not just a passive listener but an interested, responsible person who is ready to act on their problem. Show genuine concern on the matter at hand. Express your desire to help others by dealing on their questions and comments promptly.

Be respectful at all times. Disrespectful or insulting words have no place in any conversation with anyone. Unprofessional manners or belligerent actions must be avoided at all cost, even during arguments or debates, regardless if you are right. Except with very intimate friends, no vulgar or malicious jokes should be considered fun even for the sake of livening up the party, especially if elderly people, ladies, or minors are around. Levelheadedness and good manners are always admired in any gathering. Be respectful at all times so you will earn others’ respect in return.

Extend a helping hand. Doing charity work for the less fortunate, performing community service, supporting humanitarian causes, mentoring struggling new entrepreneurs—these are but among the few activities you can do for others. Unheralded little acts of kindness are never left unrewarded for they uplift your spirit and give you an overall feeling of self-worthiness. Lending a helping hand to others is an effective way to use your own success to share and give back to others the blessings you enjoy in life. “Give and you shall receive” says the Scriptures.

Be humble. Practice the virtue of humility, especially in times of success and triumphs. If you are right, you do not have to shout it out on the rooftops and look down on those who fail. Life is a revolving sphere and fate can bring unexpected twists to our lives. The possibility of our destiny to plunge from a dizzying height to a deep pit is always present so let us be humble at all times.

Let us be humble enough to accept when we are wrong. Do not be quick to pass the blame on others. Apologize promptly to those we may have harmed and immediately correct the situation. You are not expected to be perfect, but you are expected to be honest in your desire to satisfy your friends and clients.

Be forgiving. No one expects you to be perfect so do not demand perfection from others. Although you may expect a level of professionalism and hard work from your business associates, learn to forgive them when mistakes are committed. Identify and discuss the problem with them calmly and work out a solution to avoid repeating the same mistake in the future. We all commit errors one time or another and exaggerating them or use insulting words to embarrass the guilty party will not help the problem. On the contrary, it may even worsen it and delay its resolution.

Be guided by the above suggestions. They are among the skills of great people and statesmen whose lives we can emulate and be proud that we can be counted among them someday..

THE POWER OF OPTIMISM

Our success or failure has little to do with our condition in life; rather, it is more about our attitude, our faith, our courage, and our choices!

Most of us who fail put the blame on our situation but winners rise above this. Sometimes, we only look within the 4 walls that box us in, but winners look for ways under, over, around, or through the walls that box in their lives.

The natural law of inertia states that: “a body at rest will remain at rest until an outside force pushes it to move. On the other hand, a body in motion remains in motion at the same speed and direction it is going until an outside force acts upon it either to change its speed or direction or cause it to stop”.

This natural law applies to our life pattern as well.

People who are successful tend to remain successful, and those who are happy continue to be so. People who achieve their goals continue reaching their goals. Those who win the respect of others go on life being respected.

However, there is a difference on how the law of inertia acts on inanimate objects and how it works in our life. In physics, outside force causes the change, but in our lives, the change comes from within us. As William James says, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.” William James is known as the “Father of American Psychology” in the 19th century.

What William James refers to then as “attitude of the mind” is now called by modern life coaches as mindset.

What we think is what we become eventually and this is a very hopeful and optimistic thought. It means we have the power within us to accomplish virtually any worthwhile goal we set for ourselves.

This principle in life can be applied in every phase of our lives. If we strongly believe in it (and why shouldn’t we?), then we all have the ability to change the course of our lives. We can all live the life we have always dreamed of. Only our own minds set the limit as to what we can achieve in life.

Is this not wonderful? Then we can truly say with William Ernest Henley in his poem “Invictus”: “We are the masters of our fate; We are the captains of our souls”.

Liberation : Habits To Improve Your Business

Any activity, if done repeatedly and continuously, becomes ingrained in us and turns into a habit. This activity becomes a second nature to us and eventually we do it almost subconsciously. Habits are good because they free our mind to do routine actions automatically so we can focus on more important activities.

The habit we form can either be good or, unfortunately, bad for us such as smoking, or tardiness, or having a negative attitude in almost anything —and the sooner we break them, the better for us.

Good habits, on the other hand, should be nurtured and develop further for they make us perform easily actions that are beneficial to us like exercising, or waking up early, or having a sunny disposition.

But did you know that we can also form the habit of achieving success in our personal endeavours or in business? Building a successful business also needs good habits. This is possible if we keep on repeating the following steps:

  1. Always set daily goals. Make it a point to start your day with a plan. Prepare a list of activities every night for the following day. These are short-term goals you hope to achieve for that particular day. Make them doable within a day’s work to make sure you can complete them. These daily accomplishments are a good way to make achieving success your habit.
  2. Set a benchmark for success. Every one of us has our own definition of success. Take some time to think what is important enough that you consider as success to you. You can have really big plans for the success of your business. However, for our purpose of developing a habit, short, practical and achievable targets should be set for each day. Daily accomplishments of these short term goals will slowly build your confidence and motivate you to do the same the next day and the day after until such time when succeeding becomes a second nature in you.
  3. Be systematic. Learn to organize your life and you can start by simply organizing your workplace. See to it that your desk is free from unnecessary clutters like unfiled documents, broken stapler, unsharpened pencils, etc. A clear desk influences a clear mind. Have a filing cabinet nearby so as not to waste time searching for documents. Cleanliness and orderliness are also habits you can develop.
  4. Work on your relationships. Unlike in a giant corporation where company-customer relationships are too impersonal, it is easier for your small business to connect with customers and maintain closer and more personal relations with them. Relationship is of vital importance in the growth and success of business. Think of ways to improved further in this area of your enterprise. Try to offer services to your clients that go a little more or beyond their normal expectation. Word of mouth is a powerful tool in expanding your customer base.
  5. Be aware of bad habits. The best way to remove bad habits is to replace them with good ones. Analyze the useless, expensive, and time-wasting practices in your operation that are unproductive. Examples of these are being addicted to social media, or the habit of postponing tasks for later. Are you amiss in following-up customers? Replace these bad habits wit effective and efficient measures. Limit your hours with social media and attend to your more important tasks instead. Reward yourself each time you succeed in overcoming your urge to socialize in the internet or when you are able to complete an important task at the end of the day. Exert extra effort to stick to your plan consistently. You will be pleasantly surprised that these productive activities become second nature to you in no time at all.
  6. As the Romans say,“Festina lente”. It means: “hasten slowly”. Rome was not built in a day and so is your goal to replace your bad habits with good ones. It may take time, depending on your dedication and commitment to do so. What you need is consistency and focus on your plan. Avoid trying to accomplish a complete overhaul of your bad habits in one sitting. You are bound to fail and this may frustrate and disappoint you, cause you to give up your good intention, and fall back to your old habits. Do not bite more than what you can chew. Work on one bad habit at a time until you are able to successfully eliminate them all. This will facilitate consistency and long-term maintenance of those good habits.

 

Habits can make or break you so be careful of choosing which one you will throw out of your life and which you will keep and maintain for your success!

THE SECRET OF 24/7 SUCCESS

The greatest advantage of being your own boss is the freedom to take charge of your life, personal or professional. Every business endeavour has its challenges so it is important to maintain the momentum and enthusiasm you have built. You should condition yourself for success every new day. Keeping an optimistic attitude is needed to strengthen your determination and motivation to succeed. The secret in attaining this mindset is by observing the following guidelines in your day-to-day living:

 

Begin each day inspired. As soon as you open your eyes each morning, take a deep breath and be grateful for the new day given to you. A short “thank you” with a smile will put you in the right mood instantly. Do not miss taking breakfast, the most important meal of you day. It fuels your body for what lies ahead today. While at the breakfast table, skip the morning daily with its dose of unpleasant news. Listen instead to some soothing or inspirational music on the player or over the radio. You may also want to read a short poem or a passage in the scripture. During the course of your day, relieve your stress by reflecting on that morning’s inspirations to keep you going.

Always keep in mind the primary reason you chose the business you are in. You may have reflected on this many times before but when the going gets rough and you feel discouraged, reminding you of your purpose re-enkindles the initial fire and the enthusiasm you had at the beginning on the project. This will keep you back on tract.

 

 

Put on a happy face. Smile even though you do not feel it because it is difficult to feel grouchy while smiling. It is the fastest way to dissipate a bad mood in us and to those whom we smile at. Also, it relaxes your face because you use less facial muscles than when you frown. Smile makes you look and feel younger. Smile is very contagious. It spreads around fast. Try it when you are in a crowd of serious-looking people. Smile and soon, it catches on to others. When you smile, you radiate a positive feeling around you that affects others. It gives you a friendly image so people find it easy to approach you— a very good way to attract them to your business.

Keep your conversations positive. Negative expressions such as “It is not possible”, or “it is difficult” should not be a part of your daily vocabulary. When asked “How are you today?”, do not give a litany of your woes. Rather, give a positive reply with a smile. People feel good when they hear positive things so be careful with your choice of words. Do not be a wet blanket in a group and try always to stay upbeat.

 

Learn to prioritize. Always start your day with a list of activities you prepared the previous night. Try to work on the more difficult tasks first while your energy level is still high. Do not try to finish off too much work for the day that may leave you exhausted. Complete one or two tasks to have a sense of accomplishment for that day. This will boost your morale and make you enjoy the feeling of success. You do not have to worry or fret over some tasks you may leave undone. You can just always include them in the next day’s “to-do” list.

Maintain a good work/life balance. With hard work comes success but too much of it and neglecting your other physiological need may be detrimental to your well-being. It may become counter-productive in the long run. On the other hand, indulging too much in your pleasures may decrease your ability to earn. This may also result in the failure of your business or the attainment of your goal. Give equal time for your work and private life. Spend quality time with your loved ones and pursue hobbies or activities that relieve you of stress. A proper balance of professional and personal fulfilment is a vital key to your overall success.

In short, always try to a positive mindset in order to achieve success 24/7 in your life!

Blogging Tips: Why are you not making it online?

The coming of cyber age, and with it, the internet, opens to us the chance to express ourselves and share our ideas to many. And to the innovative and resourceful entrepreneurs, it also becomes a great tool to earn. Among the many ways entrepreneurs achieve this is by writing blogs and articles which can be accessed by almost anyone with computers (who is almost every 4th person on the planet) — a huge market indeed!

Unfortunately, many writers such as the bloggers and website owners, miss to tap this enormous earning potential because they cannot seem to make anything online. Let us analyze why this happens:

1. PERFECT ENGLISH. Maybe, you delay or abandon altogether writing because you feel you must be a perfect writer in order to qualify to do the task. You think that your grammar must be flawless and you should dot all your i‘s and cross all your T’s. Well, take heart. For a blog to be good, it is much more important that your ideas are clearly understood rather than having a flawless grammar where ideas are hazily expressed. So, go ahead—write that blog and share your ideas! Tiny slips are easily ignored.

 

 

2. A WALKING ENCYCLOPAEDIA. Maybe you believe you have to know everything about a subject, sort of a walking encyclopaedia on the topic, in order to write about it. True, you should try to be resourceful enough to try to research more about your topic but be practical and pragmatic about the whole process. When you feel you have done your best, go ahead and write about it. If you make some mistakes, apologize sincerely and try to rectify the wrong as early as possible. Nothing could be THAT serious that it could not be corrected. Do not allow the inordinate quest for perfection stop you from expressing yourself in writing. Go on with your blog! As Tim Ferris writes in his bestseller “A 4-Hour Work Weekend” to commit mistake and say sorry later.

3. PROCRASTINATION. Are you waiting for the perfect time to write! Sorry to disappoint you but it may never come at all! So many great ideas and dreams never materialize because of this waiting for this mythical “perfect time” which is always a step away to reality. Procrastination will take you nowhere, much less to your goal so take up your pen and start working on your blog NOW!

 

4. A LONER. “No Man is an island” and this adage applies especially if you are in the business of sharing thoughts and ideas online. You must learn how to share with others so they reciprocate and share their ideas and expertise with you. That way, you will grow and progress faster by living in a symbiotic relationship with your peers. It is a world of give-and-take in the cyber community.

5. “GRATIS ET AMORE”. “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could” is the lyric of a famous song from “Sound of Music” and this describes well the online business. Do not depend on free social media like Facebook or Twitter to advertise your business because they will take you nowhere as far as earning is concerned. If you invest free air, that is what you will harvest in return—free air.

 

First of all, you must put up your own website. Here is how:

  • Buy your domain name and subscribe to a good hosting service. This need not cost you much. Some hosting companies may only charge from as low as $10 per month with domain name thrown in for free.
  • Buy a premium email list management software. A mailing list is a must to get your targeted market. This will avoid wasting time, money, and effort in sending mails blindly to every To, Dick, and Harry
  • Buy other software and tools. The difference between a professional and an amateur is the knowledge of how to make use of the appropriate tool for the job.

 

6. GURUS?. Consulting with some experts or Guru is commendable but be very discerning. Make sure they know what they are doing and can show proofs based on the actual results of their ideas and marketing theories and strategies. As they say, “the test of a pudding is in the tasting”.

If you are not satisfied with your mentor, do not hesitate to change him. We suggest, too, that you do some research and self-study using the internet. There are many sites, like this one (www.mroutsource.com), that can help you.

7. ONLY ME FIRST. Being selfish in your dealings with others will not take you far, if you would move at all, in your business. Avoid being too self-centered in your blogs, talking only about yourself and your business. Sooner or later, your readers will tire of reading nothing from your blogs that is of benefit to them so they move to other sites. To be a successful blogger, write something that is uplifting or will help others. However, do it sincerely. Readers can easily recognize sham and dishonesty. Make helping others be the primary purpose and moving principle of your blogging and generosity will come in good measure back to you by means of increased patronage by readers, and hopefully—more business.

8. JUST ANYTHING WON’T DO. In relation to the above suggestion, you can be of help to your readers if you blog something that you yourself is passionate about and you think will benefit them. Do not blog just for the sake of blogging or just to fill up the spaces in your website. Write topics that relevant to your targeted readers (this is where your mailing list comes handy). Also, when you blog about something you yourself is interested in, you will sound more credible and enthusiastic and this enthusiasm is transmitted to our readers

9. GIVE YOUR ALL. Your dedication to your work is of vital importance. A half-hearted action result to half-hearted reaction. In order to succeed in your endeavour, learn to sacrifice some things that will hinder your work such as giving in to temptation to postpone tasks related to your work in order to watch your favourite TV program or chatting in your computer or too much socializing outside the home.

10. DRIFTING. When you go sailing, do not just drift aimlessly. Use the rudder and a compass to plot your course to take you fast to your destination. This is equally true when running a business. Come up with a clear plan and formulate strategies to achieve your goal. Do not let past mistakes or misjudgements bog you down but like a rudder of a boat, consider them as learning experiences to propel you forward to your destination.

I hope the above suggestions will help be an effective blogger NOW! Good luck and happy blogging!

SHOULD I OUTSOURCE TO THE PHILIPPINES?

The dilemma of most small business entrepreneurs, especially the newbies, is if it is really wise to outsource. If so, when should they start outsourcing?

 

Best Time to Outsource

There is no right time to outsource. However, for small businesses, it is better to outsource from the start which is the critical time for you to lay down the foundation of the business and begin tracking its development.

By knowing what tasks to outsource, you can estimate immediately how much to spend for your manpower, a vital part of almost all business ventures, and budget it accordingly. Note also that by outsourcing, you can limit the number of your worker and avoid buying or renting an outsize office space to accommodate them. This is a considerable reduction of your overhead problem. Delaying your decision to seek outside help may, otherwise, leave you guessing your expenses in hiring people later. This may upset your finances. As much as possible, eliminate all the “unknowns” in your business plan as early as possible.

 

 

Multi-tasking To Save Money

Many new entrepreneurs are very much fired up at the start of their business ventures. Fanned by their enthusiasm, they feel so energetic that they think they could handle all the phases of the business almost alone. They think that the tasks at the beginning may not be that very demanding yet so they try to do things themselves in order to save.

Unfortunately, multitasking almost always gets the opposite results. Instead of saving, you may end up spending more, and not surprisingly so. Imagine running around doing a mixture of different tasks from the important roles like bookkeeping, scouting for manpower, attending to business permits, etc to trivial tasks such as answering calls, checking and replying to e-mails, shopping for supplies, etc.

The obvious downside of doing all these things alone is to get physically exhausted and to feel mentally and emotionally stressed at the end of the day. Under this condition, wrong judgments are made, errors multiply, and more crucial matters are neglected. These inevitably result to considerable loss of money and waste of time that may make you abandon your project prematurely. No wonder very few new business ventures fail at the start or just after a few months of operation.

 

What to Outsource

Maybe you do not have to outsource everything so be selective. Outsource only tasks you do not have the time nor the talent to handle. Hiring employees to do some of this work would be costly and impractical.

Among the common tasks that small businesses may outsource are the following:

  • Repetitive tasks: Data entry, for example, is a highly repetitive task. Although this is an important task, it is advisable to outsource this and use your regular staff for more useful work.
  • Specialized tasks: IT support is among this type of tasks. You may need IT support for your network, but it is not necessary to assign a full-time employee to do it. Hiring a contractual VA may be ideal for this specialized work.
  • Expert tasks: Experts like a financial analyst, although you require a high level of expertise for the task, can still be outsourced easily. Also, a small business may not afford yet to pay for highly-skilled executives so hiring a financial analyst on a contractual is more practical.

 

How to Outsource

Do some research work. You will be on the safer side if you go to legitimate and dedicated outsourcing companies. Your business associates who are experienced in hiring contractual workers may recommend some, like Mr. Outsource Company (www.mroutsource.com) who is among the more popular ones in this field.

To ensure a smooth business relations with the outsourcing company you choose, be clear at the onset of your dealing with them of your requirements and a commitment from them that these can be met satisfactorily. Draw a clear and firm contract between you and the contracting company. Do not leave anything to assumptions. Establish a clear communication between you and the contracting company to avoid future misunderstandings.

Leave some allowance for the outsourcing company for adjustment to your work procedure if needed to avoid unnecessary strain in your operation.

Avoid micromanagement that may hinder your outsourcing efforts. Remember, the whole idea of your outsourcing is to save you time —stay focused on the core aspects of your business.

For further assistance, you may contact us anytime.