For business owners, the need for excellent Powerpoint presentations while soliciting partners is crucial for success. As entrepreneurs, we need to know our audiences before creating presentations to address them, and then we must create a show that will actively engage them. While many of us may display the creative drive to make an interesting Powerpoint, finding the right images, organizing them, and tailoring them to each specific you are trying to reach can be time consuming. As I mention in my book, “How to Start Your Business with $100”, this may be one of those areas it’s best to outsource. Listen to “Who’s Designing Your Podcasts?” for suggestions on creating the best professional Powerpoints you can. So, who will you have design your Powerpoints? Leave your recommendations below! Connect with Ja-Naé on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook ______________ Looking to start a business or own a small business? Please consider buying my book, How to Start Your Business with $100 because it will save you thousands of dollars and you should find what you’re looking for.
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I had coffee with a friend of mine who works from home and outsources a lot of his projects. He was sharing a story of a small business who subcontracts out to him and constantly changes their mind and the scope of each project they work on together. They would like him to be on a monthly retainer, however, he no longer feels comfortable doing so since the business doesn’t seem to know what it wants from each project. It would be one thing if it was just him, but he also has a team he outsources to. Have you heard a similar story? As he was telling me this, I got to thinking: Do we all give off mixed signals at one time or another? –Have you ever told someone to do something for you, but then changed your mind or what the outcome should be? –Have you ever gone out on a date, said you had a lovely time and that you would call the person, but then never did? –Have you ever told your kids not to swear, but then dropped the F bomb? Of course you have! You may not have meant it, but you have [...]
I outsource a ton of things. As an entrepreneur it makes sense. As a strategist, my clients constantly ask if they can outsource their social media engagements (Here are some thoughts on ghost writing and blogging). Here are my thoughts. What are yours? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post below, Tweet me, or Facebook me.
Home based business entrepreneurs, particularly those who are just starting a business, will utilize PowerPoints for soliciting new clients or partners. At any given time, a home based entrepreneur will need to have several PowerPoints ready to go out of the door. Given my artistic sensibilities, I enjoy designing PowerPoints for business presentations. However, sitting down to organize images, write text, insert graphics and add animation to a presentation is VERY time consuming. On top of that, the hard part about designing my own presentations isn’t just about the time. It’s recognizing the importance of professional – and catchy – presentations! Well-executed presentations can offer potential clients and partners the absolute BEST first impression of you and your business. Presentations for current partners will ensure continued quality control within your small business. You could spend hours and hours trying to design your own presentation, or you can hand the task off to someone who can get it done quickly and efficiently. (See my section on outsourcing in How to Start Your Business with $100). One organization that handles other businesses presentation design is www.123PPT.com. 123PPT offers creative and concept development, along with technical capabilities to develop state of the art [...]
Imagination is the key ingredient to innovation. Without it, creativity and possibility would not exist. A conversation with one of my coaching clients inspired this video. Take a look!
In my line of work, I spent a lot of time with leaders, entrepreneurs, social media strategists and freelancers who work from home. Does that sound like your crew? And we’ve all heard people say “I have a system”. That system can be anything from a way of losing weight to getting that to-do list done. What’s nice about them is that systems help take the frustration out of daily living. They help you do what you WANT to do in an easier, more consistent way. A system practically does the work for you. Here are 3 EASY every day systems that will help you get things done: #1. Top 3 Things That Will Make the Most Impact: Make a list of everything you have to do. Then figure out what are the top 3 things that you could do that would make the biggest impact. Make sure you absolutely do those 3 things. If you get to the others items on your list, then it’s an added bonus! #2. Make an Appointment with Your To-Do: When we schedule appointments, we put them in our calendars and treat them with a little more seriousness. So, do the same with items [...]
Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to outsource your accounting. Here is a segment from my book, “How to Start Your Business with $100” due out this May: Did you know that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers? For this very reason, it will benefit your business to know WHAT your customer needs, and WHY they buy your products/services. Chances are, your loyal customers return over and over again because they trust YOUR skills in what you do best. OUTSOURCING menial tasks can offer you more time to do just that. When you can focus on what you love to do, you can enlist others to do your paper-pushing (or, as I like to call it, your “dirty work”). Outsource your accounting (bookkeeping, payroll, financial analysis, tax-related issues) I am no math whiz, so learning and maintaining detailed financial records often results in wasted time and added stress. I once tried setting up my accounting in Excel; while I love this program, it resulted in a lot of wasted time – time I could have spent making a new business contact or taking a trip! This is why I utilize online resources to [...]
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, stay at home moms (and dads) and professionals with a 9 to 5 workweek say the same thing to me: There isn’t enough time in a day. Because there are only so many hours in the day, you need to maximize your profit-making activities through every possible resource. Passive Income (PI) can best be described as a source of profits that are yielded through very little effort on your part. Passive Income should be seen as a supplemental income source – NOT as a primary income source. As I explain in How to Start Your Business with $100, PI is important not only for the sake of increased profits but also for marketing, networking, and strategic partnering. One of the most common forms of passive income are affiliate marketing programs. Affiliate programs are incredibly fruitful for small businesses. One way that I’ve utilized affiliate programs is through the Wild WE website; I’ve identified partners that may be useful to Wild WE members, and provided a link to these partners’ websites from the Wild WE homepage. In return, the Wild WE received space on partner websites as well. Affiliate Scout, an extensive directory of affiliate programs, is [...]
Are you an entrepreneur? Small Business Owner? Artist or Freelancer? What about a mom entrepreneur? If you are reading my blog, chances are that you fully understand why you are – or would like to be – a self-employed entrepreneur. I offer a list of my motivations in my book, How to Start Your Business with $100. All entrepreneurs can agree on at least a few things: We went into business for ourselves because we enjoy what we do, we believe in what we do, and we want to have a bit more control over our work schedule and professional habits. What some entrepreneurs may not realize is that there are inherent health benefits for the self-employed. I offer a list of four benefits, but want to build this list with your help! Working for yourself reduces stress: By having more control over the clients and workload you assume, you can control your own workload, instead of having some pesky manager stack piles and piles of work on your desk as you watch in horror. Helpguide.org offers a great list of resources to help cope with stress in the workplace; as a self-employed individual you have control over your own [...]
Since this past Thanksgiving, the public has been enthralled with the story of the Tiger Woods affair. While I am sure that there is a healthy portion of the population who finds the saga interesting for gossip-purposes, there is also a very notable component that goes un-discussed on programs like Headline News or Entertainment Tonight: the idea of the Tiger Woods brand being tarnished, and potentially beyond repair. In a recent blog post, Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle made a recommendation to Tiger Woods: “Stop being a control freak.” I wonder if his control is the only thing that made his brand stick for so many years. Unfortunately, it seems that Woods has backed himself into a corner. He forced his brand not only on the public, but also on himself. As the Brand Personality framework notes, one of the key facets of a successful brand personality is sincerity. Tiger Woods “family man” brand was incredibly successful because he truly seems to love his wife and kids; yet he tarnished his brand when he failed to live it. As I discuss in How to Start Your Business with $100, your brand should be a way of life, and [...]