Swapping Marbles: How to Get a Top-Notch Site Without Paying a DimeWritten by Stefene Russell
My father is a lawyer, and a good number of his clients are plumbers, plasterers and car mechanics. When they get in trouble, they call my father, because they know that he will rescue them in their hour of need-and they won't have to pony up their rent money for legal fees. My father trades his legal services for drywall, wiring and car repair, and with a nearly 200 year-old- house and a car that's not far behind, he puts that labor to good use.
Though "barter and trade" sounds like a medieval concept, it's actually a very common occurrence, even in big corporations. Huge dot-coms often swap ad banners with restaurants and sports promoters, who supply them with event sites, gift certificates, and "shwag" for contest giveaways. Most of small business owners I know have been a little squeamish about dipping into barter and trade pool, unless they're massage therapists, naturopaths or Reiki practitioners (until insurance companies cover alternative healthcare modalities, these friends will be forced to get creative with their compensation, whether they want to or not).
So what does this have to do with websites? Plenty. I know many webmasters and mistresses who have swapped their services for hypnotherapy sessions, vintage clothes, horseback riding lessons
Goals Galore!Written by Terri Seymour
Our lives, personal and business are made up of a series of goals. We want to be successful, happy, earn a good living, have a family and so on. But how do we achieve these goals? Hopefully, in our personal life, we meet right person to help us make our personal goals happen. For some of us, this happens right away and for some it may take a lot of years. When it does happen, all of your personal goals can become reality. Our business goals on other hand, may take more work to make them happen.
When you are deciding on your business goals, one thing you can do is divide your one main goal into several smaller goals that will make your main goal seem more attainable. Instead of your goal being to make a million dollars a year, you can divide this into yearly, monthly, weekly and also daily goals.
For example: If you are an ezine publisher and your goal is 100,000 subscribers, your first year goal could be set at 1000. You make your goals into attainable steps and follow those steps to success. You will accomplish more and not be so easily discouraged by working your business this way.
When you first decide you want to start your own business, what you should do is write down your plan for your business and also what you want your main goal to be. Put all this in an outline. Then you decide on smaller monthly, weekly and yearly goals to work for in order to achieve your main goal.
Another good idea is to organize each day by what you want to achieve for that day. Organize your time each day into blocks and write down what is to get done in each time block. Example:
6:00-7:00 Breakfast and kids to school. 7:00-8:00am Read and answer all emails. 8:00-10:00am Domestic Chores 10:00-12:00am Promotion & Site Maintenance 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break 1:00- 2:00 Answer Emails 2:00-4:00 Work on Ebook and/or Website 4:00-6:00 Cook & Eat Supper & Do Dishes 6:00-8:00 Work on ezine & articles. 8:00-10:00 Break 10:00-11:00 Answer Emails