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I used to give a talk titled, 10 Ways to Overcome Overwhelm in Business and In Life. It was an excellent resource for getting into action and taking charge of your business. If youd like a copy, just email me and Ill send it to you. After Id given this talk for awhile, I realized that getting out of overwhelm was even simpler. You dont need 10 ideas. Thats overwhelming in itself. You just need one essential key. If you can master this one key, you can pretty much get w...

Best Small Business Idea -- Get Focused And Get Going

Best Small Business Idea -- Get Focused And Get GoingI used to give a talk titled, 10 Ways to Overcome Overwhelm in Business and In Life. It was an excellent resource for getting into action and taking charge of your business. If youd like a copy, just email me and Ill send it to you. After Id given this talk for awhile, I realized that getting out of overwhelm was even simpler. You dont need 10 ideas. Thats overwhelming in itself. You just need one essential key. If you can master this one key, you can pretty much get whatever you want out of your business and your life. Here it is. Dont blink or youll miss it. Focus. Thats right, focus. When you are entirely focused on what you are doing in the moment, you dont have any attention left for being in overwhelm. Focus and overwhelm are opposites. Think about it. You are overwhelmed because you are thinking about all the things youve got to get done today, tomorrow, and the day after. You arent solidly focused in the present moment doing whats in front of you. But when you are stuck in overwhelm, its really hard to get focused. So what can you do?Its actually very simple. Get back to basics. Go back to your core values, your mission statement, your vision. Stop right now and think about the vision you had for your business when you first started it. What did you want to accomplish? Why did you want to do it? Were you looking for freedom? Did you have a better way of helping people? Completely let yourself be absorbed in the dream you had. Feel how it was when you started. Now you are focused. Take this vision and write it down again. Go into detail about what you really want to do with your business. Now from this focused state, get into action. It should be much more clear to you now what the most important tasks are. Focus your energy on those and get going. Any time you start feeling overwhelmed, stop and go back to your dream, your vision. Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Really feel it and then start again. I guarantee you this will get you focused and get you out of overwhelm. Now you can get what you really wanted out of your business.

Blend Your Strengths with Small Business Needs

Blend Your Strengths with Small Business Needs

If you are looking to start a small business of your own, there is a proven process that is necessary to start off with. Many creative people have great business ideas, but their approach to planning is ineffective and eventually flops. First and foremost, you have to find a market that is a good size. Now what does this mean exactly? Finding a niche market that is a reasonable size entails pinpointing one that is big enough to make a profit but small enough for the resources of a "small business" and one that does not compete with large corporations. Two main mistakes that entrepreneurs make in finding small markets are targeting a market that is too broad and targeting a niche that is already heavily exploited. What you decide to sell must connect product to target audience or you will not be successful. To start off with, choose your own unique area of expertise. What are you good at? What do you have experience in? Use your education, your skills and the people you know who could help you transform your idea into reality. If you have many areas of interest and are not sure which one would be the most profitable, a little more research will be needed. Consider how it will be possible to convert your education and skills into money-making opportunities. Research your surrounding marketplace to see what is needed in your area. Now if you are trying to find small markets online, be forewarned that this can be tedious and time-consuming. You will first have to think of a list of possible target audiences, then take your first idea and research an exhaustive list of keywords and keyword phrases that people in that target audience are using for information on their desired product. Next, one must research all keywords and phrases for relevancy and then study which keywords on your list might lead to other niches that will need future researching. Then, you need to compare all your keywords to web pages to evaluate the present competition. You will use all your information to narrow down your list to keywords and phrases that have the most online traffic and those that are the least exploited. If your small market does not appear to be profitable, you must start the entire research process over. If you do find one that seems to be a money maker, you then must focus on finding ideas to profit from.

The Accounting Equation

The Accounting Equation

As an entrepreneur, who are thinking of going into business, or who is already conducting business, you have to start learning about the basic concepts of Accounting because they are the concepts that are used in reporting your business activities to the government come tax time. It is time you must know about one of the most fundamental concepts in accounting. Accountants process data into documents called financial statements. It is the accounting equation that is the basis for the entire accounting system. So what is this magical equation? The Accounting Equation is: ASSETS = LIABILITIES + OWNERS' EQUITY. In crude definition, ASSETS are economic resources of the business that are expected to bring benefits for the business in the future. LIABILITIES are economic resources borrowed by the business from another person or an organization. OWNERS' EQUITY is the economic resources that was contributed by the owners of the business to the business. One way of thinking of this equation is that the left side is what the business has including its money, equipment, building, land, furniture, etc... The right side indicates where these assets had come from. Were they borrowed from parties outside the business, or were they contributed by the people who own the business. The other version of this equation, that you might bump into is the: ASSETS - LIABILITIES = OWNERS' EQUITY. In other words, if the business's assets pay off all its liabilities, you are left with a figure that indicates the economic resources that belongs to the business's owner. It is pretty much the same thing, a concept of transposition in algebra. If you take a look at a business's BALANCE SHEET - or what is now modernly called as A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION - you'll notice that all the items in there are arranged following this accounting equation in either one of its versions. Of course in a BALANCE SHEET, it is written vertically, instead of horizontally as it is in the equation. You'll see the items arranged somewhat as: ASSETS XXX LIABILITIES YYY OWNERS EQUITY ZZZ Where, XXX = YYY + ZZZ. So, next time you see a balance sheet aka statement of financial position, take the time to recognize this logic. ______________This article was written for OrangesAndLime.com, to help creative individuals artists, musicians, designers, illustrators and entertainers build their own freelance businesses. Please note that this article serves as a guideline only. You should still seek professional advice regarding the matter because laws and practices change over time and they differ from country to country.

Partnering: Dealing with Clients Beyond Your Expertise

Partnering: Dealing with Clients Beyond Your Expertise

At some point youre going to need to develop partnering relationships with other non-competing complementary tech providers in your area for partnering and subcontracting type of work. That way you can meet the needs of your clients for many different types of projects.Partnering- How To Be The Virtual Solution for Your ClientsSometimes you may be asked to do some work that you don't have experience or skills in. For example, let's say youre a really good generalist and youre good at setting up simple LANs, but all of a sudden your client merged with a company who's got a sophisticated WAN infrastructure.Help Your Client by Partnering In order to be able to deliver the complete virtual IT solution, you need to have a Rolodex of people that can come in and fill in for things that are outside your expertise and beyond your comfort level.How Can You Handle Customers Who Have Needs You Can't Meet?If you dont yet have specialized partners or subcontractors that can assist in these areas, do you tell your future clients upfront you can't help them, or do you search for the partners first? This is the chicken or egg dilemma. Do you get the clients first or do you line up subcontracting and partnering relationships first? Identify The Needs You Can MeetYou should be able to map out most of the typical types of services that youre going to provide to small businesses. Then, consider what your clients might need that you can't provide.Start meeting with potential partners and interviewing subcontractors to try to fill in your gaps. Ideally, you should have a rolodex of anywhere from three to five people that you have ready to go as the clients needs arise.The Bottom Line about Partnering Always be upfront about this with your clients. If you have partners or subcontractors that can help deliver the full solution to your clients, tell them. Copyright MMI-MMVI, Computer Consulting 101. All Worldwide Rights Reserved. {Attention Publishers: Live hyperlink in author resource box required for copyright compliance}

New Personnel Can Be A Safety Risk

Asking new workers about their previous safety education and work experience helps businesses ensure the workers know the basics of workplace safety. Too many accidents occur because businesses assume that everyone knows the basics. Businesses many times will find the worker did not know the basics only after an accident occurs. Ensure every new worker knows their rights and responsibilities. Workers must know they have the right to participate in health and safety training and safety programs in the workplace. They also have the right to know about hazards they may be exposed in the workplace. They have the right to refuse unsafe work and they have the responsibility to follow safety procedures and wear any personal protective equipment that may be required by the company and that is required by law. New employees are more susceptible to accidents than those who have experience in the business workplace. New workers can be classified many ways. The most obvious is any new hire; this can be permanent or temporary personnel and can include supervisors, with or without experience in the business or even the industry. Student workers, co-op placements or apprentices are also obviously new to the workplace. Less obvious are current workers who are assigned new jobs. Contractors, subcontractors, and visitors to your workplace all need to know the general safety rules of the workplace.Orientation is more than just a tour of the workplace. It should cover emergency procedures, "workplace safety" rules everyone must follow at your workplace, general requirements for "personal protective equipment" , first aid provisions, information about where the safety board is posted and any other essential health and safety facts. If possible introduce new and young workers to the health and safety committee members or the health and safety representative during orientation and show them where their names are posted.Supervisors need to be in regular contact with workers. With new personnel additional contact will be required. Communication should freely flow two ways between the supervisor and the worker. Questions on unsafe working conditions should be dealt with immediately. Supervisors must provide instruction and ensure safety regulations and rules are followed. Providing a safe working environment and ensuring a safe start when "new personnel" come to work will ensure the workers are fully capable of performing work and in a safe manner. Safety legislation includes a general provision requiring employers to ensure their workers have been provided with proper information, instruction and supervision to protect their health and safety while they perform their jobs. These regulations are to protect all new personnel to the workplace. These regulations are also set to protect the company as long as documentation can be provided if there is an accident.

Ghost Hunting Should Be Professional

Ghost Hunting can be very fun and yet at times it can be one of the most terrifying things you will probably ever do in your life. The following are just a few of the things folks have encountered during ghost hunting or paranormal investigations: 1. Smells: These smells can seem to come from no where, and develop instantly and disappear just as fast. The smells are often putrid like rotted meat, or like fresh bowel movements, and are very overpowering at times. 2. Apparitions: Some spirits appear as barely visible forms, while some become as solid and normal looking as a living person. 3. Clouds - Mists - Masses: Often fleeting shadows, things seen out of the corners of the eyes are encountered. Or a rolling black mass may appear, sometimes a whispy form like smoke is seen. 4. Disembodied voices: These are often heard and at times they can be very scary. Imagine being in a darkened room, and having something invisible whisper or even shout in your ear. These are not EVP's, but normal sounding speech. 5. Physical Sensations - Some ghost hunters have been touched, pinched, slapped, had their hair pulled, been scratched or even bitten by invisible entities. 6. Rappings - Scratching - and Knockings: In walls, ceilings and floors. Strange sounds and noises are often heard in haunted locations, as well as hearing what sounds like objects being dropped, or moved in nearby rooms. 7. Cold spots: Sometimes just before a spirit manifests they draw energy from the surroundings. Often a spot in one area of a room will suddenly become very cold. For example the temperature thoughout a room may average 75 degrees but in one corner or area, the temperature will suddenly plummet to 50 degrees or even colder. This is a sure sign of a spirits presence or a soon manifestation. 8. Power drains and equipment malfunctions: Like cold spots, when a spirit is drawing energy needed to become solid or more visible, they will often draw-in nearby energy, this energy can also come from batteries in video camers, and other devices. Often cameras, tape recorders, even lights will suddenly go haywire or stop working all together when a spirit is present. Almost everyone that does "ghost hunting" believes that there are two types of spirits, human and in-human, the latter are also called demons. I am a born again christian and believe the bible 100%. From my beliefs in the bible as factual. I believe there is only one type of spirit involved in any haunting, and these are in-human or demons. According to the bible, when we are dead our spirits or souls are present with God, from there we are either granted a life of love and peace in heaven with the creator and the other believers, or we are cast into hell forever, with no chance of escape. The bible also says there is a huge chasm or void that separates the living from the dead, they cannot cross over or communicate with each other. There are other statements in the bible that clearly says that ghosts can not be the spirits or souls of people who have died. Whether the creatures involved in a haunting are spirits of dead humans or whether they are demons, if one is trying to prove that they truly exist or if you are trying to disprove a haunting, then you must do "paranormal investigations" as a professional. A professional Ghost Hunter or paranormal investigator needs to have the right tools. Here I will explain devices that every ghost hunter or paranormal investigator MUST have, if he or she is truly taking the phenomenon as real or as a business, and not as a joke. 1. Voice Recorder: It doesn't matter if you use a standard tape recorder or one of the new digital recorders, what does matter is the quality and the ability to use an external microphone. Try to get one that is of good quality, but make sure you get one that has a plug in microphone with a cable or cord so the end of the microphone is away from the recorder. The small all-in-one recorders that have the built in microphones, pick up a lot of the hiss and gear noise from the recorder when they are in record mode. A recorder is a necessity for recording EVP's. EVP's also called (electronic voice phenomenom) are a very unique and sometimes frightening thing that is often encountered in a haunted area. What an EVP is, is a voice or other communication that is heard on a tape or digital recorder during playback, that was not heard when the recorder was recording. 2. Film Camera: Do NOT use a digital camera because the photo will always be questioned as being fake, no matter how good it is, where if you use a film camera, you at least have the negatives as some proof. And unless you buy a high mega-pixel digital camera, the photo quality will be less than a nice cheap 35mm film camera. 3. Camcorder: A camera is good, but a camcorder is even better. Get one that uses a tape, either the small cassettes or one of the older models that use the full sized VHS tapes. I bought two of these older camcorders for under $75 each recently. 4. Thermal Imaging scopes or goggles: These capture the upper portion of the infrared light spectrum, which is emitted as heat by objects instead of simply reflected as light. Hotter objects, such as warm bodies, emit more of this light than cooler objects like trees or buildings. Often spirits that manifest have a temperature in their form that stands out in this spectrum, especially if a spirit is present in a cold location. 5. Night Vision scopes or goggles: These little devices have become very cheap, a nice night vision scope can now be purchased easily for under $200. They work by collecting the tiny amounts of light, including the lower portion of the infrared light spectrum, that are present but may be imperceptible to our eyes, and amplifying it to the point that we can easily observe the image. 6. Flashlight: Take along two small pocket ones for each team member. What can be worse then exploring a dark cellar or underground area, and having the lights or another flashlight fail. 7. Walkie Talkies: If you have a group of team members, and you are investigating a large location, walkie talkies are not just a good thing to have, but they can be a life saver at times. 8. Notebook and pencils: Often any electronic, electrical or other devices may fail in a haunted location, so it's very wise to carry along a small notebook and some pencils in case you need to keep some valuable notes. 9. Thermal Scanner: A hand held thermal scanner (thermometer) uses infrared technology to measure the surface temperature of material without touching it. You simply point at your target, pull the trigger and read the temperature on the lit LCD display. One of the best tools I recommend, is also the cheapest, under $10 U.S. It is a computer software program that is made just for Ghost Hunting and Paranormal Investigations. It's called 'Ghost Hunter'. The software is for anyone who explores haunted houses or locations where any type of paranormal activity is occurring. Whether you are trying to gather evidence of the haunting or other proof, this software can help make the job more organized and easier. Ghost Hunter software was made as a scientific tool, for paranormal researchers that believe in spirits, demons, or ghosts. Researchers can easily keep track of vital data gathered at the haunted locations. With this software you can know at a glance such vital information as; the date and times of the activity, location info, GPS data, telephone numbers, notes, sounds heard, odors detected, temperature anomalies, and more. You can use the software on location during the investigation with any WINDOWS based notebook Computer or back at home or in the office after the investigation. For more information and the ability to download and try a free demo version of the 'Ghost Hunter' software, please visit the website: http://www.rb59.com/ghosth By Robert W. BenjaminCopyright 2007 You may publish this article in your ezine, newsletter on your web site as long as it is reprinted in its entirety and without modification except for formatting needs or grammar corrections.

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I used to give a talk titled, 10 Ways to Overcome Overwhelm in Business and In Life. It was an excellent resource for getting into action and taking charge of your business. If youd like a copy, just email me and Ill send it to you. After Id given this talk for awhile, I realized that getting out of overwhelm was even simpler. You dont need 10 ideas. Thats overwhelming in itself. You just need one essential key. If you can master this one key, you can pretty much get w...