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Time is Precious ~ Not (Always) Money

Posted by Tiff's Editing on March 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Just as the hustle and bustle of business ownership can roar in and out like a lion protecting its cubs, so can our time. Time appears, decreases and in some cases forgotten how it was even used. We may ask ourselves; Did I send that package yesterday or Wednesday? Was that the client I expected to call back? Which job did I work last Monday? (Sure, technology helps but the mind has received such an overload that we no longer depend on it to remember even the smallest of details.) Oh, God forbid we lose our electronic devices. Back-up, smack-up.

Specifically, do you set business hours for your “work from home” business? There has to be a time when there are no inquiries, requests, complaints, collaborating, or even investing. Managing time is a proven way to answer all the above questions with ease. Consider these:

1). Identify times or parts of the day when you are at your best: free of fatigue, major interruption, etc.

2). Choose working hours that allow your clients and potential clients to speak to you directly.

3). Texting: I believe it acceptable to send texts giving information, answering questions or stating that a call will be returned. However, it is best practices that both parties agree.

4). Choose days within the week to return calls, voicemail messages and email messages.

It is vital to make sure that you have instituted protocol that informs clients and those inquiring how your company operates as it pertains to contact. Once you set those boundaries you will feel more in control of your business connections which is in place to create a more stress-less work relationship.




Single Mom in Business

Posted by Tiff's Editing on February 19, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Having children and raising them primarily or all on your own, as a Single Mom in Business (SMIB) can be trying. It takes strength, patience, financial budgeting, time management, and much more. During these times, we tend to forget about ourselves and the talents that we already possess as women. Without even thinking about it, we counsel, advise, lead, write, design, persuade others to perform, are tech savvy, cook, bake, operate machinery, and maintain multiple schedules on a daily basis, just to name a few.

One of the main issues I have as a SMIB is budgeting the infamous finances. Knowing that there is a need for more income in the household, even obtaining outside resources, I definitely didn’t want to work several jobs any more. Been there, don’t even want to return to that nightmare!

So, now we have to brainstorm and seriously think about what our talents are? Once we think about what we can do (sometimes we’re unable to think clearly when we speak about ourselves and our talents). Once we decipher what our abilities are and what we enjoy, we then have to decide which ones on that list others would be willing to pay for….then we’re off! Here are just 3 suggestions to get your business-minded wheels turning:

Are you able to braid or style little girl’s hair? So many families would kill to save that time and pay a fee for you to turn their daughter or niece’s hair into a masterpiece that will last for two weeks. What a blessing for so many other moms! Style the hair of 3 of 4 young models, take before and after pictures and begin your portfolio; manually and online.

Are you considered "Katie the Cleaning Lady" by your friends? Let that be your niche. Begin by letting others know (or hell, show them) how well you clean and organize or change the furniture in certain rooms or areas of their house, office or garage. Who wouldn’t be willing to pay you to help spring clean or change out all of the fall/winter items with the spring/summer ones? Just remember to obtain insurance because if we don’t believe it, the “You-break-it-you-bought-it” rule is oh so real!

Is writing or editing two of the many passions you have? Your drive in this area maybe the one you love most. Is it creating the resume, writing the grant, blogging, editing manuscripts or working as a journalist or a news reporter? I say try them all, trust me your skill will reveal itself. Connect with those who just wrote a book, essay or article and edit for them. Request a chance to be a guest blogger for someone to get exposure then begin to applying to write for others. Writing your own book may be a passion also. Earning money from the sales (oh it isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but fulfilling) can be a blessing!

So, let’s get out that notebook and begin bullet pointing your talents, skills, and overall what you love doing. If it is a struggle, then that’s not what you should be turning into a business. Be honest with yourself, face your fear, feed your faith and begin a new day with new ideas.