Why Evaluate Your Business? (+ WHAT to Look At)

Why Evaluate Your Business? (+ WHAT to Look At)

A business evaluation can provide you with valuable insight as to how your business is making money and how you’re spending it. Taking a closer look at your finances can reveal things you never knew about your company’s finances, and where you need to plug potential holes in your expenses.

Here are 5 things you should evaluate when performing your business evaluation.

Business Evaluation Component #1: Employee Performance

Labor is probably the biggest expense for your business, and if your employees aren’t measuring up to certain standards, you’re throwing away your money. As business owners, we set standards to ensure that we’re paying employees fair wages, based on what they can do and how well they perform in their areas of expertise. If employees aren’t measuring up, it’s time to take a look at how this really impacts your finances.

Let’s say you’re paying someone $50,000 per year for a high-level job that requires a lot of work. This employee has continuously failed to meet goals throughout the year, causing other employees to have to pick up the slack and help do their job. Not only is this detrimental to the cost of keeping this employee on the payroll, but it can cause serious frustration and extra work for other employees.

If someone on the payroll isn’t measuring up, perform a review twice a year and give them goals to reach. If they continuously fail to meet those goals, it may be time to consider seeking out a new person to fill that position.

Additionally, because blogging can help your business thrive, you should be sure to hire bloggers who can create compelling content for you on a regular basis. This will help boost your brand’s visibility online as well as help you rank in the search engines. Read More

How to Become a Self-Published Author on Amazon/KDP

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How to become a self-published author on Amazon/KDP is the topic of this article. It contains both an infographic of the steps as well as the steps listed in text form, with a full explanation for each one.

Self-Publishing (and Becoming an Author) is Easy!

Self-publishing in today’s world is easy. ANYONE can become an author, nowadays!

Many people, however, get overwhelmed with the process, because there are many steps involved in reaching their dreams of becoming an author. That is why Wording Well offers help to those who need it!

That is also why I put together this article. It outlines the steps to becoming a self-published author and how to self-publish a book on Amazon through KDP.

This article also lists the steps in the order they need to be taken, making it easier for you to understand what is required for you to achieve your dream!

An Infographic of the Steps for How to Become a Self-Published Author on Amazon/KDP)

The following infographic lists the steps for how to self-publish a book on Amazon.

Below it, you will find a full explanation for each step, so keep reading!

infographic for How to Become a Self-Published Author on Amazon/KDP

A special thanks to the team at AirTract for creating this infographic for me!

A huge thanks to InVideo (affiliate link) for making this video for me! (InVideo is an SaaS platform that helps anyone transform their content into great videos. They help serve publishers, media companies, and brands to expand audience engagement through the power of video content.)

How to Become a Self-Published Author on Amazon/KDP

1: Write a book.

This is the hardest part of the whole process. It’s time-consuming. You might suffer from writer’s block during this step. You might lack discipline while writing your book. That is why it is important to hire a coach or find an accountability partner who will help keep you focused and on target during this phase.

There are many steps involved in writing a book and the best one I have found to help you through your journey is the post from Write to Done called The Ultimate Guide to Plan and Write Your Book. It contains the following tips you can use:

Step #0: Check That People Actually Want This Book
Step #1: Get Clear About Your Book’s Eventual Format and Purpose
Step #2: Figure Out a Working Timetable
Step #3: Get Your Book’s Outline Started by Mindmapping
Step #4: Develop Your Ideas into an Outline
Step #5: Fleshing Out Your Chapters with Key Points
Step #6: Make Writing a Breeze with Your Standard Chapter Template
Step #7: Tackle Your Writing in a Sensible Order
Step #8: Staying Focused When You Sit Down to Write
Step #9: Knowing How to Write Each Sentence of Your Book
Step #10: Follow Your Working Schedule (and Get Back On Track When Needed)

Of course, if you are writing an e-book instead of a full-length novel, this step won’t take you nearly as long!

2. Edit your book.

Hire Wording Well’s editor, Lorraine Reguly, for this! (Yes, hire me to edit your book. I am a FANTASTIC editor! Just check out the testimonials I have received from some of my clients!)

Editing is a necessary component of the writing process and is essential to your book’s success.

If your book is not properly edited, you will receive bad reviews on Amazon, you will lose readers, and you will lose money. People won’t buy your book if they see negative reviews. They also won’t buy any additional books you might write.

It’s worth it to pay for an editor’s services, skills, and knowledge ONCE. By investing in an editor, you are also investing in yourself. You are proving that you are worth listening to, too. People will, therefore, be impressed with your book, the way it was written (ergo, the way it was edited), and you will gain fans for life! You will also reap additional rewards, such as great reviews on Amazon!

3: Finalize the book’s text.

If you have hired me for Step 2, this part will already be done.

If you hire a different editor, that person might suggest you rewrite some sections of your book. In that case. you will need to have your book proofread by an experienced editor or proofreader (such as myself). Do this to ensure the quality of your book is high and your words, sentences, and paragraphs are perfect (without typos, grammatically correct, and impactful).

4: Add images, if desired.

Images are easy to add to books (to both the digital and print versions).

Many authors are now adding images to their books because it’s easy to do so.

I included many images in my book, From Nope to Hope.

book cover for my book, From NOPE to HOPE
Maxwell Ivey included many pictures of his trip to New York City in his book, The Blind Blogger’s NYC Adventures. (Note that this link is an Amazon Associates affiliate link.)

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Some Resources for You (#10)

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I’m too lazy too busy editing to put a lot of time into blogging these days.

But you are still on my mind… and that is why I have compiled this list of resources for you. 🙂

I am doing this from time to time. I’ve already published:

Some Resources for You (#1)

– Some Resources for You (#2)

– Some Resources for You (#3)

Some Resources for You (#4)

Some Resources for You (#5)

Some Resources for You (#6)

Some Resources for You (#7)

Some Resources for You (#8)

Some Resources for You (#9)

Resources for Bloggers

How to Write Catchy Headlines and Blog Titles Your Readers Can’t Resist

Resources for Freelancers

Top 25 Free Online Courses for Freelancers

Resources for Authors

All New 2019 Book Publicity & Marketing Toolkit!

Resources for Writers of all Kinds!

17 Sizzling Tips to Becoming a Hot Writer

Resources for Business Owners (Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs)

How To Create A Sales Page For Your First Online Course Or Product

Additional Resources (for Success)

Focus as an Antidote for Wanting to Do Everything

FREE STUFF

All of these resources are fantastic!

Plus… as my way of thanking you for being a reader of Wording Well, I want to give you some free stuff. Find my freebies on my Resource Kit page!

Plus, there are many more (and I mean MANY MORE)  Resources for Writers, Authors, and Freelancers) here as well!

Enjoy… and let me know what you want MORE of… in the comments!

Some Resources for You (#9)

Wording Well's business card image
I’m too lazy too busy editing to put a lot of time into blogging these days.

But you are still on my mind… and that is why I have compiled this list of resources for you. 🙂

I am doing this from time to time. I’ve already published:

Some Resources for You (#1)

– Some Resources for You (#2)

– Some Resources for You (#3)

Some Resources for You (#4)

Some Resources for You (#5)

Some Resources for You (#6)

Some Resources for You (#7)

Some Resources for You (#8)

Resources for Bloggers

How To Write Click-Worthy Email Subject Lines (Tips, Tools, And Templates)

Resources for Freelancers

Freelance Writing Jobs: 300+ Websites That Pay

Resources for Authors

How Authors Can Sell More Books

Resources for Writers of all Kinds!

13 Common, Clunky Sentence Structures That Weaken Your Writing

Resources for Business Owners (Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs)

How To Ditch Your 9-5 Grind And Join The Ranks Of Solopreneurs

Additional Resources (for Success)

10 Tools To Make Every Day More Productive

FREE STUFF

All of these resources are fantastic!

Plus… as my way of thanking you for being a reader of Wording Well, I want to give you some free stuff. Find my freebies on my Resource Kit page!

Plus, there are many more (and I mean MANY MORE)  Resources for Writers, Authors, and Freelancers) here as well!

Enjoy… and let me know what you want MORE of… in the comments!

Some Resources for You (#8)

Wording Well's business card image
I’m too lazy too busy editing to put a lot of time into blogging these days.

But you are still on my mind… and that is why I have compiled this list of resources for you. 🙂

I am doing this from time to time. I’ve already published:

Some Resources for You (#1)

– Some Resources for You (#2)

– Some Resources for You (#3)

Some Resources for You (#4)

Some Resources for You (#5)

Some Resources for You (#6)

Some Resources for You (#7)

Resources for Bloggers

A Quick Guide To Crafting Guest Post Pitches That Convert

Resources for Freelancers

How To Save Money As A Freelancer

Resources for Authors

28 Resources, Tools, and Tips for Self-Publishing Your Next Book

Resources for Writers of all Kinds!

4 Ways to Create (And Maintain) a Writing Habit

Resources for Business Owners (Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs)

3 Ways To Find Talented Freelance Bloggers For Your Business

Additional Resources (for Success)

Instant Flow: How to Train Yourself to Think Creatively

FREE STUFF

All of these resources are fantastic!

Plus… as my way of thanking you for being a reader of Wording Well, I want to give you some free stuff. Find my freebies on my Resource Kit page!

Plus, there are many more (and I mean MANY MORE)  Resources for Writers, Authors, and Freelancers) here as well!

Enjoy… and let me know what you want MORE of… in the comments!