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Dealing With The Pressure Of A Home-Based Business

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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What is the most effective way to deal with the anxiety that a home-based business entrepreneur experiences? The quick answer is to realize that this is part of being a business owner and to learn to live with it. The anxiety will not go away over night and you may be experiencing it for many years as you look at the profit/loss margins that occur with starting a business and moving to a place where it is stable and successful.

Many people are drawn to the idea of being self-employed, and not having to work for a boss. They also realize that there are many freedoms with this type of business. They soon find out, however, that this is often not the case and they will actually be working long, hard hours for a few years as they try to get their business on its feet. The difference in being self-employed is that everything rests on your shoulders. When you were working for someone else, you had to deal with things you probably did not want to, but the entire weight of the financial success of the company was not your concern – now it is. You are now concerned if there will be enough profit to pay your employees, your vendors, and your bills.

Remember that simply because you are feeling pressure does not mean your business is going to fail. It simply means you are now in business for yourself and are facing the same pressures that all business owners experience at some time or another. Anxiety is a great motivator. You may wake up and not want to do any work, you would prefer to make an early round of golf or other “fun” activity. Instead, you realize that if you choose this option you will only be making it more difficult for yourself and you will lose money, as opposed to making money. I would actually be concerned if you started a new business and had absolutely no fears at all. That is being arrogant and has a great chance of leading to failure.

There is a difference in being confident about your business venture and arrogant. Arrogance is thinking nothing will go wrong and you do not have to make an effort or sweat over the financial affairs of your new business. So, how do you deal with the pressure? Make sure you have a financial plan. Talk to those who are involved in your business and make sure everyone knows their goals. Talk about the risks and whether-or-not they are worth taking. Do not stick your head in the sand and pretend they do not exist – they do and you need to face them head on. When you do, you will be successful and your anxiety will lessen and will eventually go away.

Another great bit of advice is to realize up front that while you may be ABLE to do everything yourself, this is NOT the most productive way to run your business. Delegate the pesky details that you either do not enjoy taking care of, or do not know HOW to take care of. Spend the bulk of your time doing what you enjoy doing, are best at AND will make money for your business.

I can help you by taking those tasks off your hands, leaving you with peace of mind and the time and energy to run your business and make money!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

Tips To Help You Find The ‘Perfect Clients’ For Your Business

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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When you work with the “perfect” client, life is wonderful and business is simple. The perfect client pays on time, is thrilled with your work, tells all of her friends about you, and makes doing what you do easy. If you could replicate the perfect client, then business wouldn’t be difficult, right?

Let’s discuss how to locate more perfect clients so you can increase
your income and decrease your not-so-perfect client drama.

First, define your “perfect” client. Write a list of specific items that makes (or you think would make) a client great. Is the client male or female? Does he have children? Is she married?
In what area does the client live? How much money does the client make? What type of car does he drive? What type of personality does the client have? In what age range does the client fall? What does she do for a living?

Once you have a list of criteria that make up your perfect client, find out what the client does in his spare time. What are her hobbies? Does she do charity work? Is he involved with coaching sports for his children? Is she a member of any professional organizations or chambers of commerce? Does your client like to entertain guests in her home? Where does your client shop?

Knowing what your client does with his time will help you know where to market and where to find more perfect clients. For example, if your perfect client is involved with a local charity, you may also want to become a part of that organization to meet other potential clients. If your perfect client is a member of a professional organization, you may be able to write an article or speak for that organization. If your perfect client shops at a particular store, you could make arrangements with the store owner or manager to have flyers about your company at the check out counter or you could do a joint promotional mailing together.
The possibilities are endless – if you understand specifics about your perfect target client.

Also, ask the clients who already fall into the “perfect” category for referrals. My personal favorite way to ask for referrals is to say, “You are my perfect type of client to work with and I’d love to work with more people like you. If you have friends or acquaintances in your niche who need similar projects, please have them call me. You’ve been such a joy to work with.” Then give them a business card or a flyer or other piece of marketing material they could pass on to their perfect friends. You can also include this information in a thank you note or follow up letter.

The more perfect clients you work with, the more opportunities you will find and have to work with other perfect clients. Keep in mind, if you have clients who have been less-than-perfect, they are more likely to refer you to other less-than-perfect people. So, do everything you can to surround yourself with perfect ones, and your business will be wonderful!

I work mostly with other Virtual Assistants, coaches, writers, (doing proofreading & editing) and business owners who are very active on social networks and need assistance with their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or other social interaction venues. I get most of my referrals from these past and present clients. I occasionally get asked to do something not in my line of “expertise” and then can add that newly learned skill to my arsenal of tasks I perform as a Virtual Assistant.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

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When Do You Use A Comma Before But?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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This question, along with using a comma before AND are two that seem to come up the most during proofreading and editing assignments. I often lose the argument over the “oxford” comma debate so am moving on.

I, personally, use a comma when two complete thoughts or even sentences can be made from the statement, but then, I also want to hang onto the now old-school use of a semi-colon for the same purpose. Having been an Honor Roll student at best, or a straight A student at worst, it was drummed into my generation of spelling and grammar gurus that if parts of a sentence can stand alone, there MUST be a ; instead of a comma separating them. All of that has changed and I am trying to keep up with the times, even when it literally makes me scream inside. :-)

My favorite writing & editing tips ezine, Daily Writing Tips, has this to say about the comma before but dilemma:

The rule for but is the same as that for the other six coordinating conjunctions: and, for, or, nor, so, and yet.

If the conjunction precedes an independent (main) clause, use a comma: “Jack tried a new diet, but he still gained weight.”

If the but is not followed by an independent clause, no comma is needed: “Jack tried a new diet but still gained weight.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I feel that we could debate this all day, but

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Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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