Fixing Mistakes

Even though I try to be careful while writing posts and articles for my blog, I sometimes keep making mistakes. One thing I learned while being a blogger was to try fix mistakes immediately after spotting them. This allows me to correct my mistakes straight after seeing them. I do not want to wait for too long before fixing mistakes. I rather prefer to do it immediately. If I know that I made a mistake and have not fixed it yet, it will keep me distracted until I fix it. I know that I simply cannot ignore mistakes after spotting them. This is why I always attempt to fix them as soon as possible.

Types of Online Scams

In my opinion, avoiding scams or having the ability to recognize them might be as important as being able to recognize legitimate opportunities. Scams will either just waste your time, or time and money. I will try to give a few examples:

-Programs that will not require any payment or deposit, but will never pay you for their work even if you reach the minimum payout.
-Programs that will not require any payment or deposit, but will not pay you because you did not reach the minimum payout. The scam here is that the minimum payout is so high, that taking into account the pace in which you earn money, it could take you a year or more to accumulate such an amount of money. During this year you might stop being interested in earning money online, the company can stop existing, or it can have financial problems and will never pay you. It requires some experience and knowledge to spot such scams.
-Programs which require a purchase of an “attractive” product, which is supposed to make you money. It may be a pyramid scheme or something else. Into this category I would also include websites that charge a membership fee before you make any money. It might be called a business start-up kit. What all of those programs and websites have in common is that you are not going to earn any money because of them, but rather waste your time and money.

What are your thoughts on different type of scams? Which are the most dangerous?

How to Have Fun Online

Since the Internet was invented millions of websites came into existence. Some websites are business-related, but there are also many sites which emphasis is on entertainment. If you are sitting in front of your computer and you are wondering how to have a little bit of fun, then the good news is that there are many fun sites to visit. I would like to list below a few types of which you have want to visit in order to have fun:

-Movie clip sites. There are many sites of this nature and you may be able to find many entertaining videos on such sites. Some of them might be home made, while other may be even more professional. However, even an average person can make an interesting video by putting some effort into it. Most people that I know love to watch funny videos of people’s pets.
-Websites that allow to interact with other can be fun. It is fun to meet others and it is fun to talk to them about various topics. There are many sites that allow talking to others. Some of them are chat rooms, while others are forums. Social networking websites are also very popular as they can be quite convenient.
-Entertainment sites that feature interactive games can be fun. Many of them allow to play against a human opponent and this way you can enjoy playing games and also have some fun while talking to others.

There are many fun sites to visit and I just listed a few examples in order to put you in the right direction. I am sure that you will find something that will be a lot of fun. The best part is that almost everything on the Internet is for free.

Mobile Internet Access

There were times when you could only access the Internet at Universities. Later, the Internet became popular throughout the world, but these days the trend seems to indicate that the Internet is going to be more and more accessible from mobile devices. Currently, there are approximately 1 billion wireless device subscriptions, but analysts predict that this number will reach 3.5 billion in 2011. I believe that this shows that people really appreciate the possibility of accessing the Internet anytime they want, and they are willing to pay for such a service. Since the Internet is becoming more useful every day, I would not be amazed if indeed 3.5 billion people will have wireless Internet access. In my opinion, the more people have access to the Internet, the better it is for the world.

Competitors

If you are thinking about starting an online business, then there are some things that you should keep in mind. One thing that is important is that you should be aware of your competitors. It might sound complicated, but it is actually not so bad. All you have to do is to do a Google search for various keywords that you are competing for. Such a search will reveal many of your competitors. What you should do next is scour their websites to gain as much information as possible. Compare the prices to see whether you can offer lower prices. Take a look at the website design to see whether your site design is as appealing.

Maximize Writing Time

Not everybody has a lot of time on their hands. Some bloggers are busy people who have many other responsibilities such as rising children or going to work. I am one of such people. Blogging is not the only thing I do. Whenever I blog, I make sure that I stay focused. It is important to me to make sure that I always maximize my writing time. I cannot afford to be distracted by thinking about something else at the same time. I need to stay focused at all times. Words always flow easy when I make sure that I stay focused. It is not that difficult to focus once I have a clear objective.

Choosing a Business Coach

You can benefit from a coach no matter which field you work in. The professional will help you understand your business process better, improve your marketing efforts and increase the success rate of your business. Below are a few tips that will help you look for the best business coach.

Recommendations

You may want to ask reliable sources for some recommendations. For instance, you can discuss this matter with your HR advisor, financial planner, banker, accountant or lawyer.

Needs

Consider your needs as well. Actually, these professionals specializes in a host of areas, such as corporate profitability, turbulence tolerance and emotional intelligence, just to name a few.

Interview the candidates

It’s a good idea to interview many coaches in order to increase your chances of looking for the best match. Actually, the decision is important for you to choose the best lawyer and financial advisor. Just stay patient and cautious.

Interview questions

Make a list of common interview questions. The coach should give detailed answers to your questions during the interview. The questions should be related to the professional’s background in business, experience, credentials, coaching style and type of clients, just to name a few.

Get feedback

You may want to let the professional know your situation so you can get feedback from them. When interviewing good coaches, you may want to get early feedback related to your business issues. The coach should be able to let you know how to deal with the issues and solve them.

Working style

Just like a good personal trainer or therapist, a business coach also has his or her own style of coaching. How do they carry out their coaching sessions? Do they use the phone, email or some other medium? How much do they charge for each session? How will give you feedback? The coaching style of the coach should meet your needs.

Get references

You may want to get a list of references from the coach and then contact each of the clients. If the clients are satisfied with their coach, know that the professional is worth a try.

Follow your gut

Good relationships are based on feedback, support, honesty, safety and trust. In the same way, your relationship with the coach should also be based on the things mentioned above. Once you have interviewed the professional, ask yourself how you felt about them during the interview. Was the professional honest with you? Do you think he is the right fit for you? Trust your gut and make your decision accordingly.

Mutual roles

You may want to have a solid understanding of the roles of your coach. A good one will help you develop your capacity and resources in order to respond skillfully, consciously, and appropriately. The professional will guide you so you can make your decision properly.

Ideal Results

There are plenty of benefits that come with laminating your documents. Some of these advantages include:

Enhancing and preserving the color and contrast of the images
You have professional looking documents
Lamination protects the documents thus they last for a long time even with frequent handling
The process is easy, and you achieve immediate results

Laminating tips

Whether you have a home or office laminating machine, you need to use it correctly for you to obtain perfect results. Some of the tips you need to consider include:

Use the right pouch: This seems like a no-brainer, but you will be worried by the number of people that fail to achieve perfect laminating results due to failure to use the right pouch. If you have a high-quality machine, the chances are that the unit has different pouches. For ideal results, use the right pouch for the product you are looking to laminate.

You also should place the document at the right area. To be on the safe side, leave a 2mm border around the entire document.

Properly warm up the machine: Different machines require different heating temperatures for them to work efficiently. The cool thing is that they all come with manuals from where you can refer on the right temperature to use. If you aren’t sure, check the manual and set your unit.

Properly laminate irregular surfaces: While most of the documents to be laminated come in regular shapes, there are a few that feature irregular shapes. When laminating these documents be cautious. As rule of thumb, send them through the machine twice. This is to avoid wrinkling.

Clean the machine: Just like any other unit in your home or office, you need to regularly clean the laminating machine for it to work effectively. When cleaning it, pay attention to the rollers. The best way of cleaning the unit is heating up the machine to its normal laminating temperature and then pass a non-glossy piece of paper through it as you are laminating.

Leave a seal: Once you are done laminating a document, cut it appropriately to give it a professional look. The best way of going about it is leaving a seal around the edges of the document.

Conclusion

These are tips to consider when laminating your documents. For the unit to give you the service you deserve, buy a high-quality machine. The unit will not only give you professional looking documents, but it also will last for a long time.

Faster Writing

Would you like to write a great blogpost or email in half the time without losing quality – and perhaps even making it better in the process?

Here’s how:

1: Create an outline. Your outline is your plan, and it’s going to make your entire task easier for 3 reasons:

a) Having a plan diffuses procrastination. When we look at a project our mind tells us it’s big – too big. This causes stress, which makes us want to avoid the whole thing. By having a plan, we can break the writing down into manageable, stress free steps.

b) Having a plan keeps you from wandering off topic. If you have a simple outline to follow, it’s just a matter of filling out each section of the outline. But without a plan, you could waste a great deal of time writing about things that in the end don’t even pertain to your main topic.

c) It makes research super easy. Once you have an outline, researching can be as simple as Googling each item on your outline. Without a plan, your research can lead you into never-ending time-wasting circles.

2: Once you’ve got your outline, set it aside for an hour or a day and let it bake in your brain.

By setting it aside, you can let your mind focus on something else. Meanwhile, your subconscious is still working on that outline. You’ll be surprised by what your subconscious gives you. All of a sudden you’ll realize you left out the most important part, or you’ve found a much better way to illustrate your main point.

3: Write every day. Writing, just like anything else, is a skill. The more you do it, the better and faster you will get.

Write even when you don’t ‘fee’ like it. As Stephen King has said, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Or as another writer stated, “I wait for inspiration to strike. Fortunately for me, it strikes every day at 9 am.”

Even if you absolutely, positively do NOT want to write, tell yourself you’re going to write for just 15 minutes. Then start writing. You can write anything – anything at all – but you must write. Pretty soon you’ll be working on your project and wondering why you were feeling such resistance to something you actually enjoy.

4: Use deadlines in your favor. Without a deadline, there is no stress. With no stress, your brain puts off the task of writing for later. After all, writing takes brain power, effort, thinking and decision making – things your brain would rather put off until later. Or never.

But when you have a deadline, you have stress to get the job done. The closer the deadline, the more stress. To relieve the stress, you’ve got to get busy. Now your brain is telling you to, “Write right now!”

If self-imposed deadlines work for you, then you know what to do. If not, you’ll have to find a way to get others to hold you accountable for your deadlines. For example, telling your blog readers that your next post goes live on Tuesday at 10 am PST should work nicely.

No blog readers yet? Have a friend hold you accountable. If you don’t make your deadline, you owe them dinner.

5: Focus on the “feel goods.”Back when I had a regular job, I loved my days off. I especially loved them when I knew well in advance that they were coming.

But if I found out that morning that I wasn’t working, then half the joy of having time off was gone. There was no anticipation. No looking forward to that day off. Frankly, I felt ripped off if I didn’t know I wasn’t working until that same morning.

You can use this knowledge to self-motivate yourself. Think about how great it will feel to hit publish or send. Think about closing the file and doing something you love as a reward. Think about the accolades you’ll receive for finishing the project, or the money you’ll earn, or whatever it is that motivates you to keep working until you’re done.

6: Turn off the internet. Some folks, me included, tend to get distracted by the internet. We think we’re going to ‘sneak off’ for 5 minutes to check Reddit, and an hour later we still haven’t gotten back to work.

So whenever possible, just disconnect your wifi. Turn off your cell phone. Remove anything else that tends to distract you. And then go to work.

7: Speed up your typing. If you’re not able to type at least 50 words per minute, maybe it’s time you improved your typing skills.

It’s difficult when your thoughts are coming faster than your fingers can tap them out. But you have options:

· Type faster. There are plenty of free and paid courses online that will teach you how to touch type faster.

· Use a voice to text program such as Dragon Naturally.

· Record yourself and have it transcribed.

Writing by itself isn’t hard. It’s all the baggage we attach to it that makes it difficult. But if you can think of writing as simply assembling the pieces to a puzzle, you’ll do it much better and faster.

Software

Ever since I started spending time on the Internet, I noticed that the Internet allows me the possibility to download software. I do not mind paying for some kind of software as long as I find it helpful. Have you ever tried any security software like I did recently? If yes, did it help you in your job or in your personal life? I have some software installed on my PC, but I am always on the lookout for even better software. I do not have a lot of experience when it comes to choosing the right type of software. This is probably why I always ask for help when it comes to my choices.