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Business Plan Outlines – The Very Basics

Nobody’s perfect, myself included. One of the things that I’ve resisted the most is writing a business plan. I had it all in my head and I didn’t have the time to write it down.So what’s the big deal? Well, because I didn’t have an official plan, every new thing that came along would send me into a shiny-object spiral.Having a specific business plan can help safeguard against shiny-object syndrome and keep you on track to meet your goals.ComplexityWhen it comes to business plans, they vary in their complexity. Depending on your situation you may just want to follow a very basic business plan outline.I stuck with a basic plan and I’m glad that I did. I added things as I needed, but it wasn’t as intimidating to start.Regardless, the process of sitting down, creating a business plan outline, and writing a business plan is one of the most valuable exercises you will do. Once I did, it was a lot easier to keep track of what goals I was working toward.Basic Business Plan OutlineList your business credentialsWhy are you qualified to start this business and sell your products and services?Do you have any certifications, degrees, or extra trainings? If

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Searching in Facebook Groups

Today we’re going to talk about searching across Facebook. Facebook is moving towards groups. They want everyone to be in groups with people that have similar interests and have conversations with each other. They’re trying to be a little bit more social and adding the “social” back to social media. If you’re looking for potential clients on Facebook one of the best places to search is in groups. We want to search Facebook to find those clients asking questions so that we can answer them and start to build a relationship. Facebook however does not always make it easy. Instead, you can use the search feature in Facebook with filters to narrow it down to posts that contain a specific word or topic. Watch the video above to learn how and download the text file to shortcut your way into the filters. FREE DownloadSearch All Your Facebook Groups At Once for Your Ideal ClientGet this template to get all the filters in a simple URLGET IT NOW Facebook Filter.txt Share Me! Share0 Pin0 Tweet0 Share0 Jennifer AnastasiI'm a software engineer with nearly 10 years of experience in software and website development. I help women entrepreneurs with their website and technical

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Becoming a Virtual Assistant

Scrolling mindlessly through Facebook, I see another post from a business group. “Help! I need to make money fast from home! What should I do? No MLMs please.” I usually see at least one a day and they usually go the same way. People post MLMs (multi-level marketing opportunities) and then there’s a debate about why people don’t want MLM opportunities. It’s easy to go down that spiral. The truth is, there’s not much that you can do with no money upfront (a usual rule to these posts) and there’s no secret “get rich quick” answer. If someone is honestly looking for a work at home job however, becoming a virtual assistant is a great way to make some money from home doing highly skilled work. There is an upfront cost, but it’s minimal compared to most businesses. Why become a Virtual Assistant? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a need for more flexibility in the workplace. Companies are downsizing and childcare costs are rising. From this mess comes the need for finding an alternative way to make a good income with built in flexibility and the ability to work remotely. Now more than ever, families

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Tips For a Good Quality Web Design

Once you have your website up and running, you’re good to go right? I mean, you took my advice and you don’t have ads all over the place or pop-ups. That is a fantastic first step! Keep in mind however that you’ll always want to be on the offensive making sure you have a great quality website design. I can’t stress enough that it is important to have a gооd quality website design. While design quality can be subjective, there are standards out there on the web to make sure that sites that are included in the search engine index fall within a certain minimum criteria. If they fail to fall within the acceptable range, they will be removed from the index and good luck getting traffic from any of the search engines, often the holy grail of website traffic. Bing, Google, and Yahoo (and other search engines) evaluate your design as well as your brand when it comes to indexing. There are a few basic elements that you should always include to make sure you don’t end up on the naughty list. So if you’re working on search engine optimization, then you’ll need to work on your visual design

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5 Important Rules in Website Design

“Ouch, it hurts my eyes!” I yelled at my computer screen, hitting the back button on my browser to get off of the offending website. There were ads and bright colors (in a bad way) all over the place. Often, we know what we don’t like in other websites. We don’t like a million pop-ups, know that ads should be minimal, and that we don’t care to see random stuff all over the place. When it comes to your own website however, it can be more challenging. You know your website so well that it can be hard to make sure that it’s communicating properly. Because of this, it’s important to follow some rules when it comes to creating and designing your website. These rules can help you stay out of trouble when it comes to your user experience. As someone who provides design services it’s especially hard to look at poorly designed sites. It’s always clear when someone tries to create their own web page or hired a poor quality design company. Extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are five important rules of thumb to

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Technical Difficulties Happen to Everyone: The Website Problems that Took Me Down

Today I want to share a story with you. I know a lot of people get really frustrated when it comes to technology. I’ve had my own fair share of website problems that I want to talk about today. I want you to know that you’re not alone. This week, I am launching an online course. So the entire week has just been craziness of trying to get everything ready. This is my first course and I’ve been working on it for the past three months with amazing results. This means however that I’ve been trying to get everything perfect. I so badly wanted this launch to go off without a hitch. Two weeks ago, I decided to change my entire platform. I moved all of my content over from one content creator to another content creator. Bold move, I know. I had to figure out how to make that all work. I’m thrilled with how it all came out, but it took a lot of time and there was a learning curve. While it ended up being a great thing for my course, it wasn’t something that I had initially expected to do. I’ll admit, I was a littlefrazzled

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What Is A Bounce Rate?

As a website designer who is focused on user experience, I talk about bounce rate a lot. What exactly is a bounce rate? What are user comes to your website, in general you want them to stick around for awhile. You probably want them to visit other pages on your website. If you are an e-commerce site, you want them to go to your product page. From there, your visitors should go to your checkout page where they would purchase the product. Meanwhile, if you are a blogger, most likely you want them to read a blog post and then go to an email opt-in page. Or maybe you provide services, then most likely you want them to go to your services page and either learn more about what you do or contact you in order to schedule a consult call. And all three of these scenarios, you are depending on your user going to more than one page on your website.  Your bounce rate is when the user lands on your website and does not navigate to any other page before they leave. That means that they’re not sticking around or visiting other areas of your site. Bounce rate

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Why Branding Is So Important

Were my colors right? This question was keeping me up at night, as I contemplated if the colors I picked for my Etsy shop were working the way I wanted them to. I had created a logo, used colors I had gotten from an email freebie, and had considered what I wanted my “brand” to be. Maybe that’s why nobody was buying? I was so lost and not sure where I was going wrong. I’m not running that business anymore, but knowing what I know now, it wasn’t my colors, it was my entire thought process around branding that threw people off. Branding isn’t just the colors that you pick and maybe a font or two. And so many people (including me from two years ago) get that wrong. It’s not about fancy Instagram filters, or a beautifully designed logo that you spent $200 on. Branding is about feelings. I’ll say it again for the kids in the back. Branding is about FEELINGS. When someone lands on your website, or social media, how do they feel? Do they feel like they’ve come home? Or do they feel like an alien visiting a dissimilar planet? THAT’s the essence of branding. What

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Using Keyboard Shortcuts Can Save You Boatloads of Time

  ​Do you ever sit down at a computer over the course of your day? If you own your own business, it’s hard to avoid your computer. ​When I use my computer, I want to sit down and get back up as soon as possible. The goal is to be as efficient as possible because I’ve got stuff to do and people to see! ​One of the biggest time savers I’ve found is using Windows keyboard shortcuts. They allow me to save time instead of clicking around with a mouse. Moving your hand to your mouse and back to the keyboard might not seem like a big deal, but when you do it over and over again that time adds up. Shortcuts let you keep your hands on your keyboard and saves you boatloads of time. Ever since I’ve started using shortcuts, I’ve been able to sit down at my computer and get back up much faster. It’s helped me save time as a parent so I can do more of the things I love with my daughter.​ When it comes to keyboard shortcuts, a lot of people feel as though they are too technical. Unless you spend all day

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5 Tірѕ Tо Hаrnеѕѕ Thе Pоwеr Оf Blоgging As A Fеmаlе Entrерrеnеur

How can I bring in more traffic to my website? I see this question time and time again. When it comes to getting more views on your site, the more pages you have for your visitors to land on, the better off you’ll be. It’s kind of like if your friend started a lending library. If you read all of her books and she never got new ones, would you continue to use her library? Probably not. But if she was consistently getting new books, especially books that you LOVED and made you think, you’d keep going back. And you’d probably tell your friends about it. Online, that’s what the power of blogging does for you. It gives you fresh content and more “books” or posts for people to read. Aѕ a fеmаlе entrepreneur оr wоmаn іn buѕіnеѕѕ, uѕing a fеw tірѕ whеn уоu’rе blоgging wіll еnаblе уоu to еаѕіlу аnd еffесtіvеlу inсrеаѕе thе рrоfilе of уоur buѕіnеѕѕ. This helps with both social media (can you say hello Pinterest?) and wіth thе ѕеаrсh engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. Imagine uѕіng thе роwеr оf blоggіng tо rеаllу ѕuссееd in уоur іntеrnеt mаrkеtіng ѕtrаtеgiеѕ. Ultіmаtеlу уоur рrоfіlе іnсrеаѕеѕ аnd уоur оnlіnе

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