How to Succeed Even When You Feel Like Giving Up

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NOTE: Whether you are a blogger or entrepreneur or just an average person, the tips in this blog post will help you.

Today, we are going to talk about several things you can do when you feel like giving up:

– how to cope with overwhelm
– how to outsource tasks (and which ones to outsource)
– how to stay on track (stay motivated)

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” ~Zig Ziglar

OUR MANY RESPONSIBILITIES CAUSE OVERWHELM

As business owners, we have many responsibilities.

These include:

  • Marketing our products or services (finding customers)
  • Dealing with customers (and customer complaints)
  • Keeping accurate records (bookkeeping)
  • Managing our websites and social media accounts
  • Ordering supplies
  • Finding time to do “all the extras”

All of these responsibilities can cause us to become overwhelmed.

Today, we are going to talk about how we can cope with such feelings, learn which tasks can we can outsource to others (and where to find such people to help us), and what to do to help us stay on track and continue to be motivated to not only run our businesses, but grow them.

HOW TO COPE WITH OVERWHELM – 10 WAYS

There are many things we can do when we feel overwhelmed: Read More

How to Achieve Entrepreneurial Excellence – 3 Ways

How to Achieve Entrepreneurial Excellence – 3 Ways

We all want to be successful at what we do.
We all want to be the best we can be.
In order to achieve success as entrepreneurs, we need to strive for entrepreneurial excellence.

A lot of people look at me and wonder how I went from a rape victim a drug addict, a high school dropout, and a prostitute to getting two university degrees, becoming a high school math and English teacher to owning my own business and becoming an author.

Once they read about my life journey, they know. And everyone who knows me knows that I’m all about helping others!

That is why, today, I am going to help you learn how to achieve entrepreneurial excellence!

How to Achieve Entrepreneurial Excellence

How can we achieve entrepreneurial excellence??
There are many ways. Today we are going to look at 3 which are the best ways:
1. Be an ethical entrepreneur
2. Use social media to grow your business
3. Outsource tasks / hire help

We are also going to discuss a few other factors that can enhance our success as entrepreneurs.

NOTE: The things we are going to look at today are a bit different from the other strategies you can use to improve yourself and your chances for success, which we looked at in the 3-part “Success Series.”

As a reminder, the Success Series consists of these articles:

1: How to Use Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Life

2: Use Meditation, the Law of Attraction, and Visualization to Be More Successful

3: 3 Ways to Change Your Mindset and Become More Successful

Now, let’s dive in!

Entrepreneurial Excellence quote 1

“Every business is successful exactly to the extent that it does something others cannot.” ~ Peter Thiel

Entrepreneurial Excellence quote 2

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ~ W. Clement Stone

Entrepreneurial Excellence quote 3

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen

Entrepreneurial Excellence – Way #1: Be an Ethical Entrepreneur

What are ethics?

Ethics are the moral principles that govern a person’s behavior and affect how people make decisions and lead their lives.
For entrepreneurs, ethics are those standards upon which businesses are run. Basically, ethics are rules of “good” that people live by.

Entrepreneurial Excellence quote 4

“While you live, while it is in your power, be good.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Are You Ethical? 8 Ways to Tell!

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4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

Regardless of your age, sometimes it’s hard to be productive.

You know this already; this is no secret!

However, if you properly learn how to effectively manage your time, you will increase your productivity.

Because we now live in a highly digital age, where it’s tempting to spend (waste) time constantly checking email and social media, freelance writers and bloggers must learn how to block out distractions so they can get things done!

To help you become more productive, you can also use one or more productivity apps to help you.

Today, my guest, Wendy Dessler, is going to share four of these apps with you, which will work well from high school, through college, and into the business world.

4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

1. Clockspot

Apps like Clockspot help track all the hours that are spent on a project. Knowing where your time is being used is the first step in controlling it and harnessing your power. This also gives you the knowledge of your work pace. You will soon know how much time you need to complete a certain project and that will help you become more efficient.

2. FocusON

Learning to focus and maintain that focus is one of the most powerful tools you can give your child, and yourself! In the era of Internet each of us is easily distracted. From social media, mobile phones, computers, television and video games, there is always something screaming for our attention.

FocusON is one of the best apps available to help with this issue. It is a free download and it is easy to use. It is also difficult to turn off once you have set and activated it. This will discourage you from trying to stop the app when you walk away.

3. Anti-Social

We are a globally social community. Social media sites are part of our everyday routine. We feel we have to know where everyone is and what everyone is doing 24/7.

But when it is time to work, study or write, we need to be antisocial for the duration. Anti-Social blocks any of the social media sites that you set as a distraction. You set the length of time and for that period of time, there will be no social interaction.

4. RescueTime

Sometimes we need to get a good look at the whole picture. That is what this app does. RescueTime allows you to see how much time you (or your teenager) spends each day on social media, YouTube, and any other site that you frequent. It runs quietly in the background of the computer and then gives you a report that will outline what you did, and how long you did it.

This amazing tool lets you see how much time you are wasting each day. Knowing this allows you to change your behaviors. While we all know we spend a little too much time on different sites, we are often shocked when we see just how much time we actually spend!

This also allows parents to see and change emerging patterns in their children.

Be Productive!

Activating these apps will give you the power to mold yourself into a more efficient and productive person, and teaching these skills to your children is an invaluable asset to them that will remain throughout their lives.

So what are you waiting for?

Go get productive!

26 More Apps to Help you Succeed

To further increase your success in blogging and business, you can also use some of these 26 Phone Apps to Make LIFE Easier.

And please share in the comments if you use other apps to help you be productive!

We are always on the lookout for new apps to try!

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Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

15 Tips for Effectively Managing YOUR Precious Time

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Time. It’s one of our most precious commodities.

There never seems to be enough of it, especially for bloggers and writers, and those trying to brand their business online. (Hint: Use my 12-Step Guide for Branding Your Business Online if this is something you are trying to do!)

Sometimes time seems to stand still.

There’s a ton of information on the web that claims to provide “helpful” information, but doesn’t actually help you because once you read the tips, you end up falling back into the same old rut.

Good news. I have the solution! In fact, I have 15 of them plus one bonus tip.

They are the 15 tips for how to effectively manage your precious time, plus learning how to create a good work-life balance.

I even created a free planner for you!

15 Tips for How to Effectively Manage YOUR Precious Time

1: Relax.

Yep. You heard me. Just relax.

It’s easier than you might think!

When you’re relaxed, you’re more likely to become inspired. When you’re inspired, you will find the time to write. To create. To do the things you’ve been putting off. To work.

In short, to become productive.

2: Don’t Schedule Things; Work When You’re Inspired

One of the tips I’ve read about managing time is to create a schedule and stick to it.

Now, we all know that’s not gonna happen. Something always happens to disrupt your “perfect” plan. Family or friends demand your attention. The phone rings. Your favourite show is on TV. An emergency arises. And so on.

Basically, life happens. Read More

How to find Content Writers (That Won’t Cost an Arm and a Leg!)

How to find Content Writers (That Won't Cost and Arm and a Leg!)

Blogging is time-consuming, and so is writing. Creating quality content takes time, it takes a lot of research, planning, outlining, and drafting, and polishing before you can complete the publishing step.

Yet millions of blogs rely on fresh content each day.

As a website owner, entrepreneur, or business owner, it is oftentimes easier to hire content writers to produce quality content for you.

But where do you go to find good content writers? Especially ones who won’t cost you an arm an leg?

And what kind of qualities should you look for when hiring content writers?

This article is going to answer these questions for you.

I’m also going to share a secret that many freelancers don’t know!

The Secret Most Freelancers Won’t Tell You

I am more than a blogger. I am a freelance writer and editor. I’m an author. I’m a content creator. I’m a business owner, too.

I do coaching. I help others become authors. In fact, there are many jobs I do online, and there are many tasks I’m responsible for.

I’m more than just a blogger… and I have various income sources.

Related read: The Essence of Blogging and How to Earn Money Online

I sometimes outsource tasks to others to make my various jobs easier. This includes hiring writers to do research for me and draft articles, which I then add to, edit, and either publish or give to my clients.

My standards are very high, and that is why EVERYTHING must meet with my own personal approval before they are shared with others, with my readers, or with the world.

When I first started freelancing, I did everything myself.

As my business grew, I realized that I needed help. I could no longer do everything myself!  There simply are not enough hours in the day!

While speaking with a fellow freelancer, I learned that she outsourced many of her tasks… including the writing projects she was hired for!

I was a bit flabbergasted. I was surprised that she did this! But the more she explained it to me, the more it made sense, from a business standpoint.  What she did was hire a writer to write the article she was hired to write. She paid that writer a fraction of what she was paid. Read More