Monday, January 31, 2011
" Do not underestimate the power of Thoughts. Just as water has the power to shift and mold earth's landscape, your thoughts have the power to shift and mold the landscape of your life."
- Chuck Danes
Thursday, January 27, 2011
1. Invest in enough office space. Your office needs a clear work space; that means providing enough space for computer hardware and peripheral equipment, a place for reference items, file space and an area for regularly referenced supplies and paper. Be sure your office furniture gives you plenty of space for work and storage.
2. Create activity centers. An effective office needs to be zoned into these activity areas:
The Work Center- This includes a clear work area, your computer and frequently-used office items.The Reference Center- This includes manuals, binders, dictionary and professional books and materials.
The Supply Center- This includes office and paper supplies.
3. Properly place the hardware and periphals. Position your equipment by how often you use it. For instance, if you use your printer every day, it needs to be within easy reach. If your CPU is only used for troubleshooting, you can put it under or next to the desk. If you rarely use your scanner, you can put it outside the work area.
- Bundle like wires together to lessen cord clutter. For instance, put computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires.
- Used fabric softener sheets are great lint and static-free rags for cleaning CDs and DVDS. Be sure to handle CDS by their rims to reduce fingerprints. The back of the CD is the side that needs cleaning since that's where the CD carries the info. Use the dryer sheet, and stroke out to the edge from the center.
- Use a surge protector for all delicate electronics. Look at the back to be sure it's UL listed and is a transient voltage surge protector. High-end protectors are made with replaceable fuses and will last longer than the less-expensive kind that might not work after a large surge. (Get more tips here).
- Make an area in your Work Center for papers that need instant action.
- Keep paper associated with clients or current projects in an area that's easily accessible and in your view.
- Create a permanent filing system for papers you'll reference but not regularly.
Monday, January 24, 2011
"It isn't enough to sit on the sidelines and hope for things to get better. You've got to ask yourself, 'What steps am I going to take to get the things in life I want?' Achieving great goals takes planning, and your life is no different."
- Jane Powell
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
"Every [person] who accomplishes things sees first in his mind what he wishes to do. He puts away all doubt. It makes no difference how small or how large the thing you want to do may be; if you have an unlimited confidence in your ability to do it, you will do it."
- Charles Fillmore
Friday, January 14, 2011
- Get a mentor. Find a freelancer who has a successful business and who appears to have it all together. Ask the person if you can follow him or her through the business administration process a few times. Be sure to watch how they send invoices, see when they purchase new items, etc., and ask tons of questions. That may be plenty to help you get going.
- Take a few classes. Do you learn best in a classroom setting? Why not take a class at the local community college? These colleges usually provide inexpensive business courses and will let you take the occasional class without you having to pursue a full degree. And some offer a few business classes with their adult education system.
- Read. As you probably know, there are sooo many resources out there about running your freelance business. Research, and read the best ones you can find. (A couple of blogs I find beneficial are Freelance Folder and Freelance Switch).
- Hire assistance. You can hire someone do the business stuff for you if you have enough work to keep you busy and an income where it's affordable. A good bookkeeper can handle a lot of your business administration tasks. Keep in mind that you need to have some knowledge so you don't end up with a not-so-great bookkeeper.
Monday, January 10, 2011
"Let [abundance] flow through your thoughts, your actions, your words and your feelings. Let go of the doubts and fears that seem so real but which exist only because you keep them alive."
"Replace those doubts with beautiful, authentic dreams. Replace your fears with powerful, positive determination and the commitment to be your best."
Friday, January 7, 2011
- I make the amount of money I want through Mocha Writer and For Colored Gurls. (*Note: I do have a specific number).
- I receive at least four advertisers per month on FCG.
- I increase the number of subscribers to FCG and both e-newsletters (I have specific numbers for these, too).
- I successfully self-publish my first book, and it's a hit.
- I gain two more long-term clients for MW.
- MW is known for being an effective, fabulous copywriting service for small, women-owned businesses.
- I improve FCG's content, update the look, do bigger interviews and host/co-host an event.
- FCG becomes a top lifestyle and motivational blog for women.
Happy 2011 : )
Monday, January 3, 2011
"No one ever got ahead by going through the motions. You have to constantly be improving yourself. Make your life the masterpiece you want it to be."
- Queen Latifah