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7 Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Business

It doesn’t matter if you’re self employed, freelancer or if you work for a company, it is always important to stay professional and have awareness of what can go wrong in order to avoid negative impact on your career or business.

Here is the list of 7 most common bad business habits.

1. Procrastination
If you’re procrastinating, stop! It is the worst thing you can do. Plan your work, make reminders, set up an alarm clock, do whatever you need to do to not procrastinate. Emails will keep coming, blogs will keep updating, friends will keep calling. The important part is to organize your activities so that they don’t put your work on hold.

2. Laziness
If you want to kill your business, being lazy is the way to do it. It is one of the worst habits out there. It will affect your desire to work, which will make you put off deadlines, which will affect the quality of your work, which will make your clients leave you.

3. Not caring
If you want to be successful, it is important to be enthusiastic. If you don’t like what you do, it’s probably time to think about a career change.

4. Poor people skills
Another crucial quality is to have people skills. Completing the project on time is not everything there is to a successful business. Let’s face it a smile on the face, or making small talk don’t require too much effort, but it might make someone’s day. We need to remember that we work with people and not robots.

5. Being rude
Now this one goes right along with people skills. It is understandable that you probably think that everyone cares about the fact that you are having a bad day. News flash, nobody does. Clients come to you for quality service, not attitude.
Yes, sometimes we get difficult clients, but it is still our job to stay professional and handle them well.

6. Neglecting mistakes
We are all human beings and we can all make mistakes, and it’s ok. However, it is important to identify the root of the cause. If you lost a client, find out the reasons behind it, if you got a complaint make sure you do everything possible to not make the same mistake again.

7. Ignoring reviews
Most people like to get reviews before they buy something which reveals information about you, your company and the quality of the work that you provide. Having a bad reputation means losing over 50% of your clients. Make sure you always stay on top of what other people say about your business.

Chances are we all make these mistakes sometimes, the key is to acknowledge it and take the necessary precautions. If you have any examples, or just feel like sharing your thoughts, please comment.

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14 Classic Business Books You Can Download For Less Than $5

Some of the most influential business books are available for next to nothing (or even nothing) in the Amazon Kindle store.

For less than $5, you can gather timeless wisdom from classics like Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” build your economic background with world-changing texts like John Maynard Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, and get insight from ancient texts like Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

A few modern classics, like Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking are also available.

If you’ve got a Kindle and a few bucks to spare, it’s time to get reading.

“The Art of War” (c. 6th century BC)

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Price: $0.99

Sun Tzu’s ancient Chinese military classic has become required reading for executives around the world.

Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute, writes in Forbes that the book’s influence outside the battlefield is due to the focus on the fundamentals of management and competition. It explains how you can outlast an enemy that is more powerful through patience and a focus of energy.

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“Meditations” (c. 170 – 180)

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Marcus Aurelius was the great Roman emperor known as the “Philosopher King.” His personal writings from the end of his life have been collected as “Meditations,” and have remained relevant for almost two millennia.

Marcus’ reflections offer timeless wisdom into the nature of human beings, as well as advice on how to maintain self-control and determination in the face of adversity.

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“The Prince” (1532)

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The Italian political theorist Machiavelli’s most well-known work has inspired a wildly diverse group that includes Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and mobster John Gotti.

Machiavelli’s outline for being a ruthless and manipulative leader has been interpreted in many different ways and remains controversial.

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“The Way to Wealth: Advice, Hints, and Tips on Business, Money and Finance” (1758)

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“The Way to Wealth” is a collection of whimsical yet wise advice from US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin and is the source of many of his most popular adages.

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“An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” (1776)

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Adam Smith set the foundation for classical economics (supply creates its own demand) in “The Wealth of Nations,” which is an exploration of free markets, productivity, and the division of labor.

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“The Richest Man in Babylon” (1926)

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George Samuel Clason uses a series of colorful parables to teach the basics of personal finance.

It remains a top seller, especially as a gift for college graduates just starting out in the real world.

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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” (1936)

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There have been over 15 million copies of Dale Carnegie’s book sold since it was first published.

It offers timeless advice on how to rise through the corporate hierarchy or establish your business by selling a story and making important connections.

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“The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” (1936)

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This is widely considered the economist John Maynard Keynes’ masterpiece, and his theories have significantly shaped modern macroeconomics.

Paul Krugman is one of today’s most vocal Keynesians.

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“Think and Grow Rich” (1937)

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Napoleon Hill’s guide to success is one of the best-selling books of all-time.

Its key takeaways on how to be more likable, resilient, and productive will never go out of date.

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“Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy” (1942)

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Joseph Schumpeter was one of the most influential economic theorists of the 20th century, and this is his most widely read work.

Schumpeter is responsible for popularizing the term “creative destruction” and was one of the first to explore the role of entrepreneurship and innovation within capitalism.

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“The Greatest Salesman in the World” (1968)

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Og Mandino tells the story of a poor traveler in the ancient Middle East who works his way to a life of abundance. Its charming story and valuable insight on motivation and salesmanship have made it a bestseller.

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has said that the book inspired him to never take “no” for an answer.

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“Thinking, Fast and Slow” (2011)

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Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman splits human thought into two categories: one is fast, intuitive, and emotional, and the other is slow, deliberate, and logical. In addition to exploring this concept, he explains how fast and slow thinking can be balanced to maximize success in the workplace.

The book topped many publications’ best books of 2011 lists, including the New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal.

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“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” (2012)

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Susan Cain’s book on introversion is a rejection of the traditional idea that only extroverts can be leaders in their fields.

It explains how managers can maximize the value of their quieter and more withdrawn employees and how introverts can best communicate with extroverts.

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“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (2013)

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Men vastly outnumber women in high-level executive positions across the world, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that women need to take charge of changing it themselves.

Sandberg’s book started her “Lean In” movement for female empowerment, which helped initiate a global conversation about women’s equality in the workplace.

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15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.

Learning the new skills necessary to start a new business can be expensive, but fortunately the initiative for free, high-quality, educational resources online has only continued to grow in the past few years. Below are some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, business management and more.

1. CodeAcademy

This great resource offers free interactive programming sessions to help you learn programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. You can save your progress as you go with a free account. Learning to code can help entrepreneurs fix bugs if they don’t have a developer, or even go down the road of building their own website or products (such as apps).

2. HubSpot Academy

The free certification program offers courses on inbound marketing, including website optimization, landing pages and lead nurturing. These skills are a must for business owners as they try to grow their business and online presence.

Related: 21 Resources to Make You a Better Entrepreneur

3. Moz

If you want to learn search-engine optimization to make sure your website is as visible as possible, check out this treasure trove of resources from SEO leader, Moz. Besides having the free Moz Academy, there are also webinars (live and recorded), and beginner’s guides to SEO, social media and link building.

4. LearnVest

The most successful entrepreneurs know how to manage their money both on a business and personal side. In addition to having extremely affordable finance classes, LearnVest also offers some of its classes for free, such as “Building Better Money Habits” and “How to Budget.”

5. Niche consultant courses

The Internet has made for a coaching boom, which is extremely helpful to entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start or better a business in a specific niche. Some great coaches and organizations that routinely have free courses and ebooks on building a business include Natalie MacNeil and MyOwnBusiness. Try searching “niche keyword” + “business course” to find one most applicable to you.

6. edX

This free site currently has over 300 courses on a variety of topics, including “Financial Analysis and Decision Making” and “Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?” These courses not only cover business in general, but can also you help learn more skills that are applicable to your industry, such as big data or environmental conservation.

7. Khan Academy

This free learning resource was created to give everyone access to education in math, science, art, technology and more. There are over 100,000 interactive exercises to put your education to practical use. Even though many of the courses are geared toward high school students, there are several courses that would be good for anyone to have a refresher on, such as taxes and accounting.

8. MIT Open Courseware

These are actual courses taught at MIT and offered for free on the site for viewing and reading at your discretion. The school put together an entrepreneurship page that lists available courses that are beneficial to new business owners. Courses include “Early State Capital” and “The Software Business.”

9. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

This university has almost 100 free on-demand college courses that are extremely applicable to entrepreneurs, including ones that cover business planning, operations and management and small-business tax.

Related: Listen and Learn From These 9 Emerging Entrepreneurial Podcasters

10. Coursera

Much like MIT’s Open Courseware, this site has 114 educational partners that provide free courses to almost 10 million users. One benefit to Coursera is that there are very specific courses that fit perfectly into particular niches, such as “Data Management for Clinical Research” from Vanderbilt University and “Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace” from the University of Maryland. Its wide network of partners allows for a greater selection.

11. OpenCulture

This site isn’t an educational platform on its own, but rather collects and shares free resources from around the web. Its list of 150 free online business courses is a great resource because it offers classes from iTunes U and other lessons on video and audio. The site also has lists of free audiobooks, certificate courses and other online courses.

12. YouTube

It’s probably unsurprising to most users that YouTube is one of the world’s largest search engines, as there are literally videos on just about anything you can imagine. From TED talks to recorded presentations on building a business, it’s a great free resource on just about any topic.

13. Alison

This platform offers free online courses from some of the most well-known names on the internet today, including Google, Microsoft, and Macmillan. With over 4 million users and over 600 courses already, it covers topics such as economic literacy, personal development and business/enterprise skills.

14. Saylor

The Saylor Foundation offers tuition-free courses and also works with accredited colleges and universities to offer affordable credentials. Its course offerings are similar to what you’d see when working toward a bachelor’s degree.

15. Podcasts

Even though it’s not an official course, podcasts are an amazing (and easily digestible) way to become a better entrepreneur. Podcasts can be listened to via streaming on your computer (if that certain podcast offers it) or via iTunes for iOS and apps such as Podcast Republic for Android. Podcasts such as Entrepreneur of Fire already garner thousands of listeners every episode and are a great way to learn the most up-to-date information and strategies possible. Another good list of entrepreneur podcasts include Think Entrepreneurship’s.

Whether you learn best by audio, video or text, this list of 15 learning resources for entrepreneurs can help you learn more about building a business, accounting and getting customers.

Do you have a favorite resource not listed here? Let us know in the comments section below.

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HOW TO MAKE AN AVERAGE OF $1000 MONTHLY WITH JUST $5

The FIVE DOLLAR FUNNEL is an ingenious program because it utilizes the power of leverage to move everyone through a series of cash producing matrices while paying commissions on team effort, so basically in this program/business you do not work alone, you work in a team of people.
T: TOGETHER
E: EVERYONE
A: ACHIEVES
M: MORE
That’s what a TEAM means  in this business.

WHAT IS LEVERAGE AND HOW DOES IT APPLY TO THIS BUSINESS?

Now I would love to use a story to explain what leverage means. Two contractors were given the job to supply the government house with 50,000 liters of water for use by the government. The first contractor was busy carrying the water on his head with some gallons while his counterpart laid water pipes from his water source down to the government house.Now, I ask you who would do the project more efficiently and faster. The second contractor leveraged on the pipes to achieve his goal of supplying the required water at the right time.

In this business, you leverage on people to get to your destination faster and more efficiently.

HOW IS MONEY MADE IN THIS PROGRAM/BUSINESS?

If you notice, I  said that in this program you do not work alone, you work in a team and a team involves people which is our leveraging point. There is no financially successful person in the world today that you can think of that works alone; STEVE JOBS, BILL GATE, MARK ZUGHERBURG, SLIM HELLU and the likes, all of these people work with people to be able to amass the kind of money they have today.

You must note that becoming wealthy does not take a one man effort. It requires a collective effort of human beings or people. So, to be highly successful in this business you need to work with people, get people involved.

IS FIVE DOLLAR FUNNEL ANOTHER SCAM?  WATCH THIS AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF…

This program/business comprises of four matrix positions, the first one is called the Kickstarter Matrix which you start with just $5.

You can also go through this video to have a better understanding of the program;

Five Dollar Funnel Business Presentation

KICKSTARTER MATRIX $5 Monthly Product Purchase (3X5) LEVEL % EARNINGS AFFILIATES CUMMULATIVEEARNINGS
1 5 3 $0.75
2 40 9 $18
3 30 27 $40.50
4 10 81 $40.50
5 10 243 $121.50
MONTHLY 95 363 $221.25

 

The potential earning from this matrix alone on monthly basis is put at $221.25. It means therefore that with only 6 persons in your matrix you would have even gotten your initial $5 back. You activate this matrix with just $5  and the company pays on weekly basis.

After you must have made success with this matrix the system automatically progresses you to the next matrix from the earnings you have made from the kickstarter matrix so you potentially don’tspend any other money apart from your initial $5 or N1200,the next matrix is called the Builder Matrix.

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BUILDER MATRIX $20 Monthly Product Purchase (3X5) LEVEL % EARNINGS AFFILIATES CUMMULATIVEEARNINGS
1 5 3 $3
2 20 9 $36
3 20 27 $108
4 20 81 $324
5 20 243 $972
MONTHLY 85 363 $1,443

 

Now this matrix requires only 363 people to fill up and the potential monthly income is put at $1,443 monthly. Take note that your first stream of income which is the kickstarter matrix is still on and running while you build the builder matrix. So adding the earning from both matrix, you get a monthly income of $1,663. Now the system moves you to the next matrix which is the Leader Matrix.

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LEADER MATRIX $99 Monthly Product Purchase (3×7) LEVEL % EARNINGS AFFILIATES CUMMULATIVEEARNINGS
1 0 3 $0
2 10 9 $89.10
3 5 27 $133.65
4 5 81 $400.95
5 5 243 $1,202.85
6 5 729 $3,608.55
7 20 2187 $4,3302
MONTHLY 50 3279 $48,737.70

 

When you look closely,  you would notice that for you to fill up this matrix you only need just 3279 people but your potential monthly income earning from this matrix alone is put at $48,737,if you add this to your previous two matrix still running your potential monthly income from this three matrix is $221.25 + $1,443+ $48,737.70 = $50,401.95.

I know you are already wondering how is this possible, well let me tell you that two key things makes this possible in this business 1. The power of Leverage 2. The power of People. The money you are receiving is just a fraction of the activities all those in your matrix are performing through the sale of the company’s product, which is the same one you also started the business with.

The system now moves you progressively to the fourth and final matrix which is where everyone who is reading this material now should be aiming at, and it is the Mogul Matrix.

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MOGUL MATRIX $297 Monthly Product Purchase (3×7) LEVEL % EARNINGS AFFILIATES CUMMULATIVE

EARNINGS

1 0 3 $0
2 10 9 $267.30
3 5 27 $400.95
4 5 81 $1,202.85
5 5 243 $3,608.55
6 5 729 $10,825.65
7 20 2187 $129,907.80
MONTHLY 50 3279 $146,213.10

 

What you must have noticed is that the first two matrix is 3×5 while the last two is a 3×7. Now, you only need 3279 people to fill up this last matrix and your potential income earning is put at $146,213.10 in this matrix alone.

Now this is without adding the other three previous matrix. The basic truth is that with this plan, you come in with potentially nothing out of your pocket . Just Five Dollars ($5 ) and all you need to fill up all four matrix is just 7284 people.

Of course you don’t have to get all these (7284) people by yourself and that’s what makes a forced matrix interesting and fun cause you actually get help from above and below. That’s why it is called a collective effort or team effort to keep the process going and make it go viral. The monthly potential income here is put at $196,615.05 from all four matrix from a program/business you started with $5 and only needs 7284 people, and you get paid in cash.

Payment is done weekly in all four matrix. Guess what, the business opportunity is in 196 countries of the world already and still counting.

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Let’s be clear here, the company pays you a portion of the sales that happens in your team from retail product purchases. This is not a get rich quick scheme, nor is it a cycler or pyramid program.

As you advance to each new matrix, new training programmes and marketing tools are added and unlocked. Think of this as a distribution channel that pays fraction commissions on product sales.

As you can now see the Five Dollar Funnel progressive compensation system is truly ingenious, offering life changing monthly residual income with potentially one time product purchase of $5. And now, you understand why this home business sensation is spreading like wild fire around the world.

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HOW DO YOU PAY FOR YOUR PRODUCT?

After registering, you would be provided with your log in details and link in your email, when you click on that link it would take you straight to your back office, which is where you would be operating your business from and monitoring your progress in the business.

I would strongly advice that you visit your back office daily so that you don’t miss out on anything. Now when you get to your back office you would find a place where it is written “subscribe” which has the logo of mastercard and others, click on it and then it would take you to a page where you would be required to fill in your details appropriately and your account would be activated and you would be ready to start doing business.

Please ensure that you do this so that you can start up immediately cause this would help you position yourself properly in the business for better gains. So go ahead now and get registered.

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SEE VIDEO BELOW FOR TESTIMONIES


It was Lao Tzu that said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Its a profound truth.  You will be surprised how far a small but consistent effort will take you.
It is moments like THIS one that make the difference between winners and losers.

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Be kind enough to share with your friends and loved ones. GOODLUCK

 

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Why Your Temperament Matters More To Your Portfolio Than Your IQ

I often hear from many new investors who fear that they don’t have the intelligence or aptitude to make good long-term investment decisions.  They somehow have the impression that the best investment returns only go to the class valedictorian or the town heart surgeon.  It’s simply not true. temper Your temperament plays a much larger role in your ability to successfully manage an investment portfolio than your test scores or educational background does.  In fact, being too clever can be detrimental if it causes you to become overly confident and take risks that you would have otherwise avoided.

In his classic masterpiece, the 1949 edition of The Intelligent Investor, legendary portfolio manager and scholar Benjamin Graham went so far as to say, “-in the investor’s own mind and temperament – there is likely to be an urge, frequently unconscious, toward speculation, toward making money quickly and excitedly, toward participating in the moods and aberrations of the crowd.  Let us repeat, therefore, that the genuine investor in common stocks does not need a great equipment of brains and knowledge, but he does need some unusual qualities of character.”

When I help my own friends and family invest their own money, there are a few rules upon which I constantly hammer, lest they ever forget them.  These rules are much more important to good portfolio management than an ability to calculate the value of complex derivatives or do advanced pension accounting.  Learn them, and consider using some or all of them in your own life to reduce risk and give your capital a fighting chance at compounding successfully for long periods of time.

1. Never Concentrate Your Entire Net Worth In One or Two Asset Classes

Each asset class has its own advantages and disadvantages.  Disciplined portfolio management requires knowing what they are.  Stocks beat every other asset class in the long-run on an after-tax after-inflation basis, but they can fluctuate wildly in the short-term.  Bonds can provide stability if the duration is low but they can lose real purchasing power if the inflation rate increases.  Real estate produces more cash flow than the other asset classes, but can’t grow in real terms near what high quality stocks can and often require leverage, which introduces additional risks.  It is probable that, if you have at least a few hundred thousand dollars in assets on the your balance sheet, all three should be playing a role in your family’s finances.

2. Don’t Lower Your Standards for Safety and Return Just Because Values Are Hard to Find

When stocks, real estate, or bonds are overvalued, or credit quality has diminished, or other risk factors have been introduced, it can be a temptation to give up and buy something for the sake of activity.  Don’t fall for this trap.  Bubbles always inevitably pop and, in the meantime, there are always intelligent things to do.  Even Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most brilliant men to have ever lived, was sucked into the speculative frenzy that was the Dutch Tulip obsession.  Stick to your convictions.  Stick to your demands.  If you are risking your hard earned savings, you should be able to sleep at night knowing what you own, why you own it, and that you got a fair price and terms in the transaction.

3. Keep Your Costs Low So You Have More Capital To Compound

Every penny you pay in fees, commissions, spreads, and service charges such as the mutual fund expense ratio makes an enormous difference to your net worth.  A percentage point here or there may not seem like much during the journey, but because of the cumulative effect of the awesome power of compounding, it can add up to hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars in future wealth lost; cash that founds its way into the hands of bankers and Wall Street executives rather than your own family.  It’s a needless tragedy that can be avoided with a little bit of diligence.

In some situations, fees can be worth the cost.  If you have no idea what you are doing, approaching a highly regarded, conservative team of financial advisors who keep you from wiping out your capital, doing permanent damage to your net worth, is a tremendous bargain!  Typically, the absolute maximum you should be paying a portfolio management team at a private bank or wealth management firm is 2% of net assets per annum.

4. Never Buy An Asset You Can’t Explain to a Kindergartner

If you can’t explain how an asset generates cash in two or three sentences, in simple enough terms that a kindergartner can understand it, you probably shouldn’t be making the investment.  Life is full of uncertainties but, to the degree such things can be controlled, there is no reason you should be introducing them to your family’s income statement and balance sheet.  Sure, this means you might pass on some amazing opportunities once in awhile.  More often, it will keep you from losing your shirt.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett once told a story in an interview of his reaction upon reading the Enron annual report and 10k.  He said that even he, one of the most experienced and talented securities analysts on the planet, couldn’t make sense of the financial statements, which lead him to believe someone didn’t want him to understand the figures.  Even though everyone else loved the company, he passed, never buying it for himself or his firm, Berkshire Hathaway.  It’s a powerful defensive strategy that you should seek to emulate in your own life.

5. Your Turnover Should Probably Be Very Low

Your investments should not be protean. One of the major reasons was covered in a recent article I wrote that broke out the compounding advantage you can gain by thinking of deferred taxes as a sort of interest-free loan with few of the downsides of debt.

Some Final Thoughts on Portfolio Management Strategy

Though far from comprehensive, this list is a good starting place for those of you who want to do a good job protecting your funds.

For more tips, visit; http://beginnersinvest.about.com

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8 BULK SMS Marketing Tips Sure to Bring Results

SMS Marketing is about to explode (if not already). Are you already taking advantage of sending timely text messages to your customers? Well, if you are just starting out, here are 8 excellent tips that will surely bring in results.

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SMS is one of the fastest growing ways to reach out to your customers. Most text messages are read

within just minutes of being sent, because most people carry their mobile phones everywhere, so SMS is a highly effective and personal way to contact your customers. SMS messages are best kept short and sweet, which makes them the perfect format to send quick reminders, coupons and updates.

1. Don’t be childish… Avoid using ‘text lingo’

If you think that sounding like a teenager will make you seem cooler, hipper and more in the know, then you’re sorely mistaken. In fact, most of the people you’re reaching out to aren’t teenyboppers but adults with expendable cash. Unless, of course, your products and services are entirely directed at the high school set, then by all means.

For the rest of us, however, talking like a Wizkid fan doesn’t offer anything to you to gain, but everything to lose.

Sure, text lingo is today’s shorthand and it is quicker to type out. But, as a savvy professional, you have all of the time in the world to create your SMS message. You’re not communicating in real-time with your customers over text and because of that, you don’t need to chat as if you are.

2. Stick to a Single Message

With all of your other promotions running, it seems natural and almost mindless to stick in several different sales into your SMS marketing. Remember that you’re limited to 160 characters, and that, smsquite frankly, isn’t a lot of space to write.

Keep your focus on one message at a time. Not only are you using every character available to get across what you’re pushing, you’re also not confusing your subscribers with multiple messages.

3. Time Your SMS Correctly

The beauty with text message marketing is that there isn’t much of a delay from when your message is sent and it’s opened by your subscriber. As a rule, text messages are opened faster than emails. Perhaps it’s due to the incredibly personal way of communicating: you’re message is in their pocket or purse.

Look to the time and day that your customers are most active with your SMS.

Though each business is different, in general, most people are more inclined to act on marketing messages later in the afternoon towards evening and often on the weekends.

So, send your messages at the top three days and times and watch your conversions soar.

4. Make it Easy for Customers to Purchase

It’s important that with any marketing strategy – especially, SMS – that cashing in your promotions is quick and painless.

If you make your customers jump through hoops to get their 20% discount, they’ll just as soon turn it down instead of using it.

A note about promotional codes: ensure that they’re easy to remember. For example, SHOE20 is far easier to remember than SHOE4892034, especially if the discount is 20% off their next purchase of shoes.

5. Link to Your Other Promotions

As long as your message remains shorter than the 160-character maximum, you’ll be able to link to your online life. But, don’t over do it because you’ll waste valuable space on the other end.

So, the best thing to do is offer links that are relevant to your promotional message. Further, set up a directed landing page that offers more information regarding your deal as well as additional links to your main website and social media pages.

6. Start Your Message with “Action” Words

Action words are nothing more than verbs, and starting off sentences with verbs makes for more lively prose and cuts to the chase faster. Verbs save precious character space by replacing a whole bunch of unnecessary words. Also, verbs inspire action on the part of the customer.

Consider these action words to start your message with: buy, sell, jump, run, save, spend, purchase, stop.

Whatever action you want your customers to take, start your message with that.

7. Write Short Sentences

By nature, text marketing doesn’t support long and winded descriptions of your promotions, products and services. You only have 160-characters to get in, get out and get it right.

If you tend to write nicely worded sentences, then try breaking them a part.

Short sentences do many things for your text messages. First, they give your subscribers plenty of space to forward your message to their friends and include a personal message of their own. Second, short sentences force you to get to the point quickly and efficiently. Third, writing short sentences actually improves the way you write.

8. Use “Sentence Case”

Writing in sentence case is like not writing in text lingo. They essentially go hand-in-hand. Why?

Typically, with text lingo, CAPITALIZATION comes along for the ride (think “UR”). There is a special place for capitalization in text message marketing, namely to highlight an action like a SALE. But, using capitalization throughout your message is poor form. Its exceedingly hard to read on a small screen.

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Ways to Increase Your Freelance Writing Income in 2015

Do you want to know how you can earn more income with freelance writing in 2015? Do you have a New Year’s goal to reach or a personal goal to increase your earnings?

So here we have even more ways to increase your freelance writing income in 2015:

Skip the shortcuts and just work hard- Stop trying to find a way to make quick cash or “get rich quick”. Stop looking for your big break or your miracle and just put in some good, old-fashioned hard work. It will pay off for you.

Break free from content mills- It’s a controversial idea for many freelancers who have gotten sucked into the idea of content mills/content farms but I assure you, no good will come of it. The time that is spent writing tons of cheap paying articles every week for a content mill could be put into marketing yourself and finding high quality clients and connections. What if you could write one article a day for $200 instead of 40 $5 articles to earn the same amount?

Let go of your doubts- One thing that holds many freelance writers back is the doubt and the fear that they are not good enough or that they will be rejected. Here’s one thing you need to know about freelance writing- there WILL be rejection. But it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. It just means you need to keep trying, or to hone your skills, or to apply for positions more fitting to your skills. Get rid of the doubts and believe you can do it.

Send query letters- I cannot believe how many self-professed freelance writers today don’t know what a query letter is. Seriously, this is not meant to be mean but the query letter is one of the single most important tools for a freelance writer and today they are easier than ever before. Few publications want SASEs and you can just email your queries with ease. If you don’t know what a query letter is, put that at the top of your list to study and learn how to craft them well.

Get out and meet people- It’s easy to be a hermit when you work at home but networking in real life is a great way to increase your income. I have business cards and I even give them out when service and repair people come to my house (Make the most of every situation!). I have been hired by a man who trimmed down a tree that was growing into my fireplace, a plumber that came over for a minor toilet repair and even a cleaning service. Those are just examples of people who came into MY home. When I am out and about and people ask what I do, I just give them a card and explain. Many have called me or referred me to others who later hired me.

Increase your marketing- This goes along with the last point but it’s more important than you might believe. So many writers say they don’t have time for marketing but if they did a little more marketing, they would have more time because they would not have to work as much. I rarely seek or apply for jobs anymore. The only time I apply for a job is if it is a very unique, interesting position or project that I really would like to be a part of. I get more than enough work through my writer website and word of mouth referrals. In fact, I get more than I am able to do myself and often turn down work and refer potential clients to my writer friends. I say, “There’s more work than there is Lisa.” That means there is plenty of work there for you as well.

Join a solid writer’s community- Another way to earn more money is to join a solid community of writers who are focused on finding or continuing success themselves. You can network, share advice and ideas and learn from one another. But this only works when you are in a solid community of successful writers. Sadly, the forums of your frequented content mill are not going to give you what you need to succeed. If anything, these communities will just hold you back and make you believe there is nothing better out there for you.

Use promotional products – You should consider getting a magnetic car sigh, brochures and business cards or promotional products such as pens that help advertise who you are and what you do. Print your website URL, phone and other info on these items and spread the word.

Take care of your health- This is an easy one to neglect if you’re busy trying to make money (especially when you don’t have enough money). But you need to be sure you get out and exercise, eat a healthy diet, get proper sleep at night and take at least one day off the computer a week. When you take care of your body and brain, it keeps working properly for you. You will avoid burnout, produce better work and be happy with the results.

Learn to master LinkedIn- This networking site is not just for people looking for traditional jobs. Freelancers can make the most from LinkedIn as well. You can reach out to publishers, to companies in your niche and others who may need the skills you have to offer. When you build a solid, professional profile for yourself, people will also reach out to you and they’ll be ready to treat you a lot better than someone on some bottom-feeding job board.

Keep an ideas list at all times- There’s no better way to stay fresh and excited about your work than by keeping an idea list handy and writing down the ideas when they come to you. Trust me, you are going to have plenty of clients and gigs to fill up your time so keeping all of those ideas handy will give you many great resources to fall on when you need to pull some ideas out of the hat.

These are just some of many ways to increase your freelance writing income in 2015. Do you have any tips or ideas you want to add? Have you made any resolutions to increase your earnings this year?

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20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:
1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.

Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.
2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.

Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.
3. You have raised your standards.

You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.
4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.

No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. Self-love is success. Love yourself enough to say ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t make you happy, doesn’t serve your purpose, or drags you down.
5. You have moments where you appreciate who you see in the mirror.

Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. But even if that doesn’t happen, if you do it more than you used to, then that is success. Love yourself. You are awesome.
6. You have learned that setbacks and failure are part of self-growth.

Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. That’s just not realistic. Life is about victories and losses. So look at your setbacks as stepping stones to something better. In reality, there really is no such thing as as setback. It’s all just part of a wondrous journey.

You may be interested in reading this too: 20 Common Habits Successful People Consciously Reject
7. You have a support system that includes people who would do anything for you.

If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. This is a painful realization, but once you learn to see the signs of betrayal, you can stay away from those people.
8. You don’t complain much.

Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. Unless you really have gone through some horrific life experience and had unimaginable losses, most of what we all experience on a day-to-day basis is just mundane. And successful people know that. And they live in a space of gratitude.
9. You can celebrate others’ successes.

Just because other people succeed, that doesn’t make you a failure. Applaud the people who rise to the top. The more positive energy you give to other people’s victories, the more you will create your own.
10. You have passions that you pursue.

You are not stagnant. You know you have something wonderful to contribute to the world. You have unique talents and gifts. Not only do you know that, you pursue it.
11. You have things to look forward to.

If you don’t have exciting things going on in your life that you are eagerly anticipating, then you are slowly dying inside. Successful people create goals that they are passionate about pursuing. They let this excitement drive their life.
12. You have goals that have come true.

Even though “failures” are a part of life, you have stuck to your goals and dreams long enough to make them come to fruition. You have some tastes of victory. It fuels you.
13. You have empathy for others.

A person without empathy is dead inside. Empathy equals spreading love and positive energy into the world. Successful people know this. They love others as if they are family.
14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.

Love is risky, and sometimes scary for people. It’s the one thing we all strive for, but it’s also intimately tied to the one thing we fear the most – rejection. If you open your heart enough to love and be loved, then you are successful.
15. You refuse to be be a victim.

You know that life doesn’t always happen to you. Many times, you are a co-creator of your life experiences. Successful people know this and refuse to be kept down by life experiences. The rise up and conquer anyway.
16. You don’t care what other people think.

You know you can’t please everyone. You know that the standards with which society judges people is many times unrealistic. So you just keep true to yourself and love the person you are.
17. You always look on the bright side.

Life can be full of disappointments – if you choose to see them that way. Otherwise, they are learning opportunities. No negative experience is ever wasted as long as you learn from it.
18. You accept what you can’t change.

Let’s face it – there many things you can’t change in life. All you can change is how you view what happens. If you can change your negative perspective on situations to a positive one, then you are successful.
19. You change what you can.

And let’s face it again – there are many things you can change in life. Successful people don’t sit around accepting the negatives that are changeable. They get out there and do something about it!!
20. You are happy.

To me, this is the ultimate definition of success. It doesn’t matter what the balance is in your bank account, how big your house is, or how many fancy vacations you take. If you are happy, then you are succeeding in life.

Even if you don’t see yourself in many of these 20 things, don’t fret. It’s okay. Be happy that you see yourself in just a few. In time, the rest will come. You just need to keep moving onward and upward.

Read more here: http://www.lifehack.org/

 

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Your 14-Step Roadmap To Becoming An Influencer by Ivana Taylor – Marketing Advice for Small Business

Building your personal brand to reach new customers takes time and dedication. Here is how to get started.


In today’s cluttered marketplace, you will have to be known for something if you want your ideal customer to choose you. And that means becoming an authority.You may already be an influencer and not even know it—in which case, the steps I’m going to describe here will catapult you into stardom (maybe not, but they will help). And if you’re not an influencer, but would like to be, you’ll find this roadmap a helpful start on your strategic plan toward dominating your target market.

1. Focus on a specific topic area

You must find a targeted, focused niche in which to specialize. You will not limit your audience, instead you will attract an interested audience. Start by brainstorming. Then do some keyword analysis—use Google Keywordsand check out SEO Book to start. You can also go into your own accounts and target the most profitable and fun ones.

2. 10,000 hours of working in your area

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that you need 10,000 hours to get good at anything. This is another way to look at where you may have influence. What subject or work has engrossed you over the last decade to the point that you’ve invested 10,000 hours in becoming better? The answer may surprise you because it may not be in your existing business.

3. Own the keywords in your area of expertise

You will need to have done the Google Keyword exercise above to do this step. Pick a handful of keywords that you will own. When people type in this combination of words, your goal is to be at the top of the list. This doesn’t just apply to Google searches—this applies to mind-share.

4. Blog

You must blog if you want to be an authority. You don’t have to blog daily, but you must provide valuable content that is congruent with your keywords and your area of expertise. Blogging is a full page advertisement for who you are and what you promise. Use it well.

5. Write guest articles for high-traffic blogs

If your blog content is good, then your guest posts should be better. Target popular high-traffic blogs in your area of interest and send the editor a killer article. Make sure that it will bring traffic to them as well as yourself. Educate their audience, inform them, make it easy for them to take action and learn something. The editor will appreciate the content and you will both appreciate the traffic.

6. Write a book or e-book

Self-publishing is not a bad word and publishing e-books and Kindle books can be down-right profitable. Just read about John Locke, the Kindle Singles sensation (he’s an entrepreneur who writes short novels). He’s figured out how to become a best selling e-book author as well as an influencer and motivator of self-published authors.

7. Schedule speaking engagements

Hit the speaker circuit. This will be an investment in time, money and energy, but the payoff may be worth it depending on your presentation skills and your subject matter. Don’t think that your niche is too small, rather focus on the value that you bring to the audience.

8. Create and run seminars and/or webinars

Running a seminar or a webinar involves your putting in some serious marketing and promoting energy. The upside is that you can charge for seminars and webinars, so they are a way to promote as well as sell. In addition to this, you can record them more readily and use them over and over. Check out Stealth Seminar (I can’t believe I’m sharing this) it will allow you to record a seminar and run it over and over as if it’s live.

9. Send press releases

Social media is a great public relations tool, but don’t forget about press releases. They are still powerful. Remember, that when you’ve targeted a specific industry, you’ve narrowed your distribution list and also increased your chances of visibility. Post them on your blog, use PRWeb or other release distribution service. One last hint about releases: Write them as a ready-to-print article so that the people who pick them up don’t have to do too much editing.

10. Do a radio or Internet-radio show

BlogTalk Radio is a great resource. You can set up an Internet radio show in less than 30 minutes. Your content will be syndicated and distributed (based on those keywords again), and is immediately available. Do a show that features other experts in your area. This creates a win-win promotional opportunity for both parties.

11. Help others succeed

This is more of a general tip that goes with every strategy that you take on. For each action you take look for ways to partner and co-brand with other experts. When you cross promote with other experts, you get the benefit of being referred to their list and they get referred to your list.

12. Do research in your area and own the data

Another strategy that many experts forget about is doing research or surveys with their audience. With so many free survey tools available it’s a huge waste of opportunity not to start gathering data about your industry and audience. You can use any number of free online survey tools, but also consider learning about mobile research panels. This way you will be able to run shorter surveys and have a conversation with your respondents.

13. Create information products based on your expertise

Don’t let any bit of your knowledge go to waste, turn it into articles. Then combine the articles into a book. Take the book and rework it to become a seminar or webinar. Focus on one area and do a speech on that. If you’re currently consulting, start a diary or blog post a review of your day. Convert the advice you gave into something educational for a broader audience.

14. Participate in influencer projects

Last year Fast Company did an experiment called “The Influencer Project.” Regardless of whether you feel that it was a valid measure of who an influencer is, it is evidence of a trend that includes creating communities of trusted experts. If you see events or projects like this, nominate yourself and your clients. Work to promote their progress in the project. Each of these projects creates a living database or list of people that others have felt are influential enough to describe in a nomination form. Take a look at the SMBInfluencer Awards as an example. People nominated individuals, companies and media organizations they felt influenced small business. This is a living list and a promotional opportunity.

Becoming an authority, expert or influencer is all within your control. Focus on where you spend the most time, money, effort and skill and share it consistently and persistently. And remember, to decide on whether you’re in it to make money or be famous, because the two don’t always go together. Focus on your business goals and then use these tips to build your influence to achieve them.

For more advice on how to develop your business, visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum