Managing and Motivating Virtual Employees

In today’s globalized, decentralized, wireless economy, more and more businesses are hiring “virtual employees” – employees who work remotely, often from home, and who may rarely or never come into the office. Needless to say, managing these employees from afar can be challenging. Effective virtual management begins with hiring the right people and continues with regular, frequent communication and recognition of success.

1) Hire the right people. The successful virtual employee is a disciplined self-starter who is productive in an isolated environment but is wise enough to maintain connections with other outside communities. The employee must also be trustworthy, self-reliant, organized, efficient, and dedicated to their own and the company’s success.

Common Mistakes to Avoid for Successful Blogging

Blogging is easy, right? Yes, for the most part, blogging is easy. However, on the way to achieving your blogging goals, there are mistakes many new and even experienced bloggers make. Here are the most common mistakes to avoid for successful blogging.

#1 – Not publishing often enough or not publishing regularly

If you want to build a community around your blog, the key is to create content on a regular basis. People like to subscribe to their favorite blogs and make reading them part of their daily or weekly habit. If you’re not providing enough content to satisfy their habit, meaning at least one new post a week, then you’re likely going to lose readers. Additionally, more posts boosts search engine results.

Fitness Friday: 3 Pick Me Up Foods For Work At Home Moms Wanting To Increase Their Energy Levels

Work At Home Moms are extremely busy. You have to juggle your family responsibilities with your business responsibilities. Whew. That takes a lot of energy. It’s absolutely vital that you pay attention to your diet. No I’m not suggesting you go on a crash diet or anything like that. I am saying that you need to pay attention to the food you eat on a daily basis. What you put into your body fuels you through the day. So the rest of this article will give you some ideas of foods you can eat for more energy throughout the day. 

Teaching Tolerance to Your Kids

In this day and age, diversity is everywhere. People of different races, religions, genders, sexual orientation and abilities live in close proximity. Many parts of the world including the United States have become a true “melting pot” in most cities. It is high time that we learn to live together as respectful human beings. That is where tolerance begins.

What Is Tolerance?

Tolerance is the mindset that differences among people are to be acknowledged and respected. All of us come from various ancestral backgrounds. The history of some is fraught with danger and a fight for the very rights that were given freely to others. These facts beg to be understood and recognized as a part of accepting who each person truly is.

Teaching Kids How to Be Patient

Kids are not the most understanding of beings. They don’t have the capacity in most cases. One virtue that will do them well in life is patience, and here is how parents can learn to instill it into their little bundles of joy.

Instant Gratification

Children are not used to waiting. They get it honestly from birth. Because they can’t speak, they cry. When they cry, parents come running. They get picked up and cuddled. They get their diapers changed. They are fed a bottle. They hear dulcet tones from mom’s or dad’s lips in an effort to lull them back to dreamland. What is to prevent them from expecting to have their needs met all the time in this way?

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Work Smarter, Save Time and Increase Productivity

For most business owners time is money. You make the most money when you can get a lot done in a short amount of time. Many small business owners struggle with finding enough time to do everything they need to get done. Read the rest of this post to find out how you can save time and be more productive.

#1 – Set a schedule and stick to it.

It’s tempting to stray from a set schedule when you work from home. After all, working from home means we have the freedom to set our own hours. Unfortunately, this can lead to reduced productivity.

Teaching Children to Cope with a Friend’s Lie

Childhood friendships offer valuable lessons about life. They can be tough to navigate, but they are an important part of growth in every area. One of the challenges your child will likely face at some point is how to handle experiencing a friend’s lies. You can even use these painful moments to help your child learn more about themselves and others. Here’s what to do when it happens.

What Was the Friend’s Motives?

Fitness Friday Article: Do You Sit Down Too Much Every Day?

I’m implementing another new category for this blog. This one is called Fitness Friday. Every Friday I will post an article about something related to health and fitness. After all if our health is not where it should be, we can’t serve our clients, right? So this week’s article is discussing whether or not we sit too much and what we can do about it.

New research results keep confirming what we have suspected all along – sitting is bad for us. But just how bad?

Is Your Marketing “Buzzing?”

Looking for a new way to add liveliness to your marketing strategy? Buzz marketing may be the answer. In a nutshell, buzz marketing is the practice of getting people to talk about your products or services. It’s word of mouth marketing, only better.

What is buzz marketing and why is it better than standard word of mouth marketing?

The majority of word of mouth marketing happens by accident. You offer spectacular products or services and people talk about it, refer or recommend you and your business grows.

What Is Society Teaching Our Kids?

This is a question that can have more than one answer. It bears examining a few things to get at a more definitive answer. Let’s take a look at the age-old question and see what we can come up with.

Pacification

Families used to spend more time together. In the evenings they would read, sing and/or talk. With the invention of things like the radio, they gathered together to listen. Once the television was born, families gathered to watch. But, somewhere along the way, it became a sort of “technological pacifier” for kids.