As a blogger, organization and productivity go hand-in-hand. If you want to increase your output and see better results, it all starts with how organized and prepared you are. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. That’s why we’re providing you with some tangible tips that can be implemented into your daily routines. [Read more…]
As an entrepreneur, one of your biggest concerns is to find a way hack the growth of your startup and reap its immediate rewards. Given that building an online business generally requires time and a lot of patience, it is your responsibility to find the fastest and most efficient way that will lead you to greater leads and sales.
Thankfully, there are growth-hacking tools that will help you achieve success in your business in the shortest time possible. Interestingly enough, most of the tools featured in this post are also startups themselves. Using their products is like helping their startups success as well – it’s a win-win situation for both of you!
Below are tools that you need to consider using to turn your startup into a profitable venture. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Antonio, a blogger and a consultant who provides writing assistance to job seekers. He loves writing about marketing, education and productivity. He’s also crazy about riding his bike and bumping into new people (when he’s on foot). He will be happy to meet you on Facebook and Twitter.
Procrastination is a dirty word for many writers, because it means they are not doing the work that needs to get done because they lack the discipline to do it.
It sounds pretty bad put that way, but that is how psychologists characterize chronic procrastination. Yes, it is a disease for some people, and they need professional help to tell them to get going!
Fortunately, most bloggers only suffer from occasional procrastination, and need nothing more than a little push in the right direction.
Hence, there is no need to feel bad. Procrastination happens to the best writers. To prove it, we asked professional bloggers, writers, and branding experts to weigh in on the procrastination dilemma and give their piece of advice on how to combat it. These practical tips are from their personal experiences with the dreaded P word. Find out how they got themselves out of a stall. [Read more…]
Nielsen reports that there are more than 181 blogs out in the blogosphere. Overall, 6.7 million people blog from a platform and 12 million use social networks to blog. With such a dense blogging climate, you’re likely thinking, “How can I make my blog stand out?” From fine-tuning your writing to using images in every post, starting with these tools can certainly help. And best of all, you can access all of these tools on-the-go. So unchain yourself from your desk and get to blogging. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Rupert Adam, marketing manager at Emailcenter, the UK’s largest independent ESP. He specialises in marketing and strategy development. Follow him on Twitter: @RooAdam.
When it comes to dealing with your inbox, you’re probably one of two types of people. There’s those with tens, hundreds or even thousands of unread messages stacked up in their inbox, or those who can’t relax until every single message has been read and either deleted, delegated, responded or deferred.
On average, we send and receive 100 billion emails every single day (just imagine how many that equates to in a year). With that many emails being sent daily, and with research suggesting that the average professional receives more than 100 emails every day, it’s little wonder why so many of us can get lost in our inbox and spend more of our working day dealing with and sifting through messages rather than actually getting any quality work done. In fact, messages from fellow bloggers, guest post requests, meetup/conference invitations, sales messages, newsletters and spam are probably filling up your inbox right this very second!
And that’s where Inbox Zero comes in. [Read more…]
There goes that word again. Does a blogger need to be prolific?
The answer is yes. That is, if you want to keep offering your readers something new to consume and keep Google happy (it loves regular, new content).
It’s easy to give tips on how to be a consistent blogger and write regularly. Ideas come up a lot, but putting them on paper – or on your screen – regularly can be a different story.
The good news is that you can make some easy changes in your life to help you write more blog posts – and great ones at that. The ideas below may not seem to be directly related to blogging, but try them out and see if they work for you. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Kanika Sharma, who works as a writer at ProofHub. For the past 2 years, she has been writing for various technology blogs. Being an engineering graduate, her background allows her to connect with cutting edge technologies and relate them with real world scenarios. Follow Kanika on Twitter to know more about her.
Every now and then, we see successful entrepreneurs around us or read stories about those who made it big, and we wonder how they did that! Well, they’ve got no super-brains or magic wands. They’re normal human beings, just like you and me. Then where’s the difference? Let me tell you the secret behind their success. Besides putting the best of their efforts, they resort to those ‘key points’ where others fail to make the stroke.
Productivity, i.e. getting the most out of your everyday, is one key area where most of the startup entrepreneurs, project managers and even employees lack. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your own productivity along with that of your employees, this is how you should go about it. [Read more…]
A lot of freelance writers and bloggers have their preferred working space, where their productivity is optimal. There are times, however, when we need to be out of the house or on the road, for one reason or another.
If you can postpone work for those periods, then good for you; but what if you absolutely need to get an article done and emailed before you get home? What if you need to publish a post in an hour, and you can’t get to your computer on time? You may have your data stored in a flash drive, but how do you access it with minimal hassle? [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Martin Stephens, Corporate Director of Action Days UK. He has been blogging for almost a decade. Over the years, he has amassed tons of experience and shares excellent tips and best practices with his peers. He encourages online workers to go out in the real world and engage in top outdoor events to have a balanced work-life relationship.
Bloggers, freelance writers, and practically every online worker have a tendency to stay in their physical comfort zone. Whether it’s a home office, the couch, or the kitchen table, online workers spend majority of their time indoors, relentlessly working and making sure that they meet deadlines and satisfy their clients.
This is quite understandable, as remote workers do need a certain level of routine to be able to maintain – and even increase – their output, which their income depends on. There is, however, something to be said about going out of that “blogging cave” from time to time. Let’s take a look at a handful of convincing reasons you should get out of your blogging cave more. [Read more…]
Too much work? Is there such a thing for a freelance blogger/online writer? I think that, if anything, we always want/need more work. I think, though, that we may have the tendency to just want more work whenever the opportunity presents itself even if our plate is already full.
This is probably due to the fact that the freelance writing life has a high degree of uncertainty. There are good months, but there are lean months. And what we want is to build up a nest egg for when those lean months come. One of the most obvious ways to do that is take on as much work as you can when it’s there; and that’s when the “too much work” scenario comes up. [Read more…]