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Networking – A Great Way to Motivate Yourself

As an entrepreneur you may hear a lot about networking and wonder what all the hubbub is about. Networking, both online and off, is a wonderful way to build connections in your industry. It’s a great way to increase awareness for your business and to build your customer base and ultimately your profits. And you probably know that already. What you may not know is networking is also a great way to motivate yourself.


Mompreneurs: Pick-Me-Up Foods to Increase Your Energy Levels 

Stay-at-home moms are extremely busy. Add entrepreneur to the job description and you can imagine the energy required to pull it off. There’s always something that needs to be done and someone vying for your attention. This is why it is imperative to treat yourself well and pay attention to your health. Food is energy – well, the right food is. Here are three-pick-me up foods to increase your energy levels.


MomPreneurs – Dealing with Isolation, Stress and Motivation

You work from home. Your children are at home. Some days you spend 24 hours a day at your home and the only ones you see and talk to are your children, your pets and your spouse if you’re married. The checkout clerk at the local grocery has suddenly become your best friend, only because you see them more than anyone outside of your family.

Sounds a bit depressing, right? It can be. Being a work-from-home mom can be extremely isolating. The good news is that you’re an entrepreneur, which means you’re a go-getter. You don’t sit around and wait for things to change; you make changes to suit your needs.


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.


Top Characteristics of Successful Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Successful leaders and entrepreneurs can be born or made, but they tend to share some common characteristics that are crucial to their success. In general, an effective leader is:

1) Exemplary – A good leader is a role model for his (or her) team. With his character, he sets a standard, and he inspires others to follow his lead. He must demonstrate that he is trustworthy and pays more than just lip service to his professed ideals.


Keeping a Cool Head in Stressful Business Situations

It’s no secret that work life can be stressful, especially for entrepreneurs who are often solely responsible for their own and their family’s livelihood. When stressful business situations arise, a few simple steps can keep the stress at bay and help you keep your cool.

First, identify the source of your stress. Are you worried primarily about a rude email you have just received, or about the presentation you have due tomorrow? Try to pinpoint what is really bothering you.


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.


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

Every home business owner would like to find a way to save time and increase productivity. Unfortunately, working from home often means that productivity can take a back seat to the million other things competing for our attention.

These three sure-fire tips will help you work smarter, save time and increase productivity.

#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, however, this can lead to reduced productivity.


How To Use Yahoo Answers to Generate Traffic to Your Website

When it comes to driving website traffic, internet marketers are always on the lookout for creative ways to attract attention to their website. Yahoo answers might be your answer if you’re looking to add a new traffic generation tactic to your strategy.
What is Yahoo Answers?
Yahoo answers is essentially a forum where anyone can post questions and anyone can answer. Questions are posted on just about every topic imaginable from “how do I change the oil in my car,” to “what should I wear on my date tonight?” And of course the answers are just as broad.
To post a question or an answer on Yahoo Answers you must have a yahoo account, which is free and easy to obtain. And as a member of this forum you can earn points for the number of questions you answer and the quality of your answers because here’s the kicker, people can vote on your answer. Best answer wins.
How Can Yahoo Answers Drive Traffic To Your Website?
Yahoo answers questions and answers turn up quite frequently in the search engine results. In fact, search engines just love yahoo answers. This means your answers, which will include a link to your website, will also show up frequently and high in the search engine results. Instant traffic to your website, which is now viewed daily by hundreds or thousands of viewers each month.
 Additionally, Yahoo Answers has a dedicated group of followers. According to Yahoo Answers “There are simply around 90+ million global users on Yahoo! Answers. This site got about 60 million users just after a year it first launched.”
Finally, when you post an answer on Yahoo! Answers, you’re generating a back link from a quality website, which means better page ranking for you.
How to use Yahoo! Answers?
Step #1 Visit Yahoo! Answers and sign up with Yahoo. Create your profile and include links to your website in your profile along with any other relevant information.
Step #2 Become a knowledge partner or you can simply start using Yahoo! Answers. Using the search bar, search for questions by keywords commonly used in your niche industry – keywords for questions you’ll have the answers to.
Step #3 You’ll see a list of “resolved” questions and “open” questions. The open ones are still waiting for an answer that satisfies them. Answer the questions and when appropriate, include a link to your website.
Voila! You’re all set. The more questions you answer the more awareness you’ll build for your business and the more traffic you’ll generate to your website.
When it comes to generating traffic, organic and free traffic is often the most preferred. Yahoo! Answers generates that kind of traffic. Use it and find out for yourself!


How to Transform Yourself from a Procrastinator into a Highly Motivated and Disciplined Individual

It’s so very easy to want to accomplish things and quite another to actually accomplish them. If you have a list as long as your arm and have procrastinated on every single item, there is something you can do to become a highly disciplined and motivated individual. Really, you can do it. Here’s how:

Transforming tip #1 – Create a habit of success. One of the easiest ways to transform yourself from a procrastinator to a doer is to feel the sweet touch of success. Once you have the bug, you’ll want to continue. Start by setting small goals you know you can achieve. An easy example is exercise.