Working from Home unites in Co-working Spaces

Most of the bloggers or webmasters who run on their own websites/blogs are actually working from home. Working from home is awesome, no boss on your head no targets to achieve for incentives.

But its some time boring to work from home because after all we are all social animals and love being socializing. As socializing has its own benefits to share knowledge or make new friends just hang out your feelings, this can probably be used as a business tool also.

Keeping this in mind some webmasters/bloggers go to coffeehouse. But coffeehouse comes with own challenges as over caffeination, no place to make phone calls without being a jerk. Nowhere to meet with clients. You have to buy lunch.

This is the only reason that co-working spaces are being popular for the working at home industry people.

You get your own desk to work with other co-workers, you and your friend shares the same desk, so you can easily enjoy your work. No problem of calling as a phone is provided for the use, you have connectivity to the Internet or Wi-Fi. Most of all you have a conference room where you can actually call and discuss your clients in a professional manner.

Co-Working Spaces

The space is shared so the rent is also, therefore is not an overburden on anybody and at the same time you can be with many other people of the same field. Like for example, if you are web-designer, so copyrighters or seo people in your co-working space can really help you in you work and also you can be of their help too.

So, if you are a group of friends or professional and are really bored working from home because of non-socializing factor than the best option for you is to go for a co-working space.

You can easily search for these co-working spaces in Google or other office space providing sites and compare the rate and facilities you want. On the other hand as I have written about that being a group you can also develop your own co-working space, according to your needs.

If you are thinking of developing your own co-working space than you can also see that it has all the facilities that are at par with home, such as shower, books and a TV room etc. so that you could not have a feeling that again you are in office.

Newsletter Developer Business

Overview of business model
Newsletters are a compelling way to create brand awareness and awareness about a company’s products and services. There are all different kinds of newsletters being circulated on the Internet. Some are sent out daily; others are sent weekly or monthly. The higher the frequency of circulation, the more work is required to manage the development and circulation of the newsletter. Most newsletters are free, so the revenue comes from advertising, sponsorship, and mail list management.

In many cases, traditional businesses want to integrate the e-mail newsletter into their marketing strategy and would prefer to hire someone to manage this task for a fee. It would be possible to develop and circulate newsletters for several businesses and make a profit.

Skills needed

To operate this online business, you will need experience in developing copy for public viewing, which demands a catchy and terse writing style to get the message across clearly and in few words. Basic Web publishing skills are needed to update the Web site where you market your services as a newsletter developer.

Cost to start this business
You will need a computer, appropriate software, a printer, and an Internet account. The main expense will be the design, development, and hosting of your Web site. The estimated cost is $3,000 to $7,500 to start.

Number of employees needed to start
The number of employees needed to run this type of business is one dedicated individual, and you can start this venture while keeping your regular full-time job.

International potential
This business has strong international potential if the newsletters are translated into several languages and the content appeals to a demographic that spans across the globe. E-mail can go anywhere, so the possibilities of having a global business are high.

Important business issues to be addressed
The development and management of newsletters and the mailing lists that they are associated with is becoming a more valuable business as the traditional print version of the newsletter becomes obsolete. Make sure the pricing of your services is competitive with other newsletter developers, and carefully plan how much time you will spend on each circulation.

You must be aware of e-mail courtesy and privacy guidelines so you do not spam your subscribers or send them viruses.

Payment for your services should be half the total fee when you accept the job and half when each campaign is complete. In every case possible, try to get clients to sign a six-month to one-year contract, allowing you to manage their newsletters for a prolonged amount of time.

Newsletter

Online marketing techniques

  • Develop your own newsletter and send it out to prospective clients outlining your services and the benefits of having theirs developed remotely by you.
  • Develop a sponsored listings campaign to bid on appropriate keyword phrases with the popular search engines.
  • Get listed and linked from directories and meta-indexes related to mail lists, newsletters, and Internet marketing services.
  • Include your clickable logo at the bottom of all newsletters you develop for clients, if possible.
  • Participate in newsgroups and discussion forums related to online advertising or the industries to which your newsletter services would appeal.
  • Organize a strategic reciprocal linking and advertising strategy between your site and all the businesses that currently use your services.


Additional income

Additional income can come from creating a newsletter development business that broadens the scope of services by integrating the newsletter with other online marketing techniques that cooperate with ad networks, marketing research groups, and mail list buyers.

Three Easy Steps to More Cash

You’re about to learn how a tried and tested three step process can transform your world and bring you all the riches you’ve ever imagined.

First, let me introduce you to the basic three steps:

  • Create a Target that defines what you want, one that is clearly understood by all aspects of your un-conscious mind.
  • Prioritize your Target —Flag it so that you will remain unconsciously focused on it while you get on with your normal activities.
  • Resolve any self-defeating un-conscious habit patterns that can prevent you from achieving your target.

Think about driving a car…

Most of what you do requires little conscious attention. You attend to the traffic, what’s on the radio, the time, etc. You don’t pay much attention to the numerous minor steering corrections, evaluating your distance from the cars on your right or left, slowing to adjust to the car in front of you, etc.

Now, remember what it was like when you first learned to drive. Every single thing required a conscious decision. Remember how tiring that was? Didn’t your palms sweat? Didn’t you hold your breath a lot?

The difference is that now, through repetition, you have created unconscious habit patterns that operate automatically, making things much easier. Those unconscious habit patterns persist, seemingly forever.That’s why we say, “You never forget how to ride a bike.” You’re never going to forget how to drive a car, are you?

More Cash

But driving a car is a simple example. And you’ve already accomplished it, most likely.

But what about the things you want—like more money—that you don’t yet have? What keeps stopping you from achieving that goal?

Some of your persistent, unconscious habit patterns don’t work well for you any more. They can automatically block you from getting what you want. They are probably even operating right now, keeping you from getting more money (or any other target).

For example, an infant learns to cry when it is hungry. Crying is very effective for an infant. Cry, and someone pretty quickly comes to meet your needs. But this automatic response loses its effectiveness as we grow older. Think of someone you’ve seen in your business life. They’re frustrated because they’re not getting what they want. Their voice gets louder, they get red in the face, maybe they even wave their arms around or pound on a table

Just like an infant when it is frustrated.

Why? The unconscious habit pattern they learned as an infant is still working — but now it’s working against them.

For you to be successful at things that seem impossible, those inappropriate unconscious patterns have to be changed into new habits that enhance your ability to get what you want.

I call that “resolving unconscious habit patterns”— Clearing the unconscious of whatever prevents you from achieving your target. It’s the third step in this magical 3-step process. It’s fun. And it’s very, very powerful. There you have it.

What Skills Will You Need For The Basic Achievement Three-Step?
You’re probably wondering what you’re going to have to pack to make all your dreams come true. Well, not much. Actually, they are very familiar skills that you already learned in school:

  • reading
  • writing
  • editing

They also include two very important ones that you’ve learned simply by living:

  • separating things into logical groupings
  • being aware of whether things feel right for you or not.

The Five Steps to Getting a Raise

Be advised — this column could be dangerous if not handled with extreme caution. One of the most delicate issues in business is compensation, especially when it comes to your own, and mishandling the matter can set you back or even cost you your job.

Moreover, amid a widening gap between the highest income earners and everyone else in the current economic landscape, you might find it frustrating to have to fight for a standard 3 to 4 percent salary increase.

So what can you do about it?

The following five steps offer you the best chances of getting a raise, while at the same time minimizing the attendant risks. If you follow them thoughtfully and sensitively, you’re likely to position yourself for a compensation increase in the short or medium term.

Here are the five steps:

1. Deserve a raise.

In order to get a raise, the most important thing to do is deserve one. Why? Under relentless pressure to satisfy insatiable investors, companies must achieve increased profitability quarter after quarter. To keep their P&Ls in fighting shape, they look for ways to eliminate all nonessential positions, through the application of technology, outsourcing, or just pushing employees ever harder.

While nearly everyone thinks he or she is performing well at work, the fact is that some are more central to the organization’s success than others. Your best protection is to make yourself as indispensable to the enterprise as possible.

More than ever, you should find a way to work on things that support how your company achieves growth and creates value. It’s incumbent upon you to know exactly how what you’re working on fits into the strategy of the company. If you don’t know, find out. If you realize your project is on the periphery, find a way to get involved in something in the center of the value-creation engine and corporate strategy.

Once you’re sure you’re working on the right things, work hard, be a team player, be positive, and take the appropriate amount of initiative.

2. Get the facts.

It’s also your responsibility to know your market value and how your compensation stacks up. You need to learn how your level, role, experience, and performance compare to the market.

To find out, talk to your company’s human resources professionals to understand the pay scales in the company. Also talk to recruiters and people from other companies in similar roles. Of course, never has so much salary information been so readily and publicly available — enter “executive compensation” in Yahoo! Search and you’ll get around 20 million results.

One easy-to-use, high-quality resource is Salary.com. This site includes a Salary Wizard feature and Career Resources center with information sorted by job type, level, ZIP code, performance, education level, and so on.

If you work in a public company, be sure to study your company’s proxy statement, where the compensation of your own top executives is detailed. This will help you understand the pot of gold toward which you’re striving so hard.

3. Talk to your boss.

Now you’re ready to have the tricky compensation conversation with your boss, and it’s imperative to be sensitive: Asking your boss for a raise is one of the most delicate conversations you can have.

It’s well known that managers find giving performance reviews anxiety-producing in the extreme. They find compensation discussions even more stressful. So make sure you have this talk in a constructive manner by putting the conversation into a broader context.

Talk about how your work fits into the company’s strategy. Discuss how you see your contribution and performance. Solicit his or her feedback. Share your findings from step 2, and ask what he or she thinks your expectations should be. Don’t be pushy, but be clear that compensation is an important part of the overall equation for you.

Make sure to communicate that there are other important dimensions as well, such as feeling that you’re making an important contribution to helping the company win; enjoying and respecting the people with whom you work; and continuously learning and growing. Your boss will almost certainly respond better when compensation is “on the list,” but not at the top of the list.

There’s one other thing to recognize, however — your boss probably feels the same way about his or her compensation that you do about yours. The ability to give you a raise is likely to be constrained by your boss’s own compensation, as well as by approved salary ranges for different employment levels. But here’s the key: If you conduct this conversation well enough, you might even be able to arm your boss with the approach to have the same discussion with his or her boss.

4. Take on a special project.

If your compensation is locked-in for 2007, and it may well be, another approach is to come up with a special project that you can offer to lead. Assuming that you now fully understand how your job and work fits into the company’s strategy, you should be able to devise a viable effort that would further support the strategy.

Suggest to your boss that you lead this special project — and if you’re successful, that you be eligible for a special performance bonus.

5. If all else fails…

If your salary is locked-in, the pot of gold isn’t all that enticing, and there’s no real opportunity to be rewarded in the way you think you deserve, then it may be time to consider looking outside the company for a different opportunity.

Obviously, this should be a last resort if you like the work you’re doing and enjoy and respect the people with whom you’re working.

By Jim Citrin

Why Women Get Paid Less

Dear Annie: My sister, who is in her late 30s (as am I), is a super-successful salesperson, one of only two women on an 18-person sales staff. She recently found out that she and her sole female colleague make about 20% less than the men, even though both women are highly productive “stars.” I think she owes it to herself to talk to her boss about this, but she says she’s satisfied with her current pay and doesn’t want to “rock the boat.” Should I butt out and mind my own business? What do you think? – Just Cathy

Dear Cathy: I think that women’s unwillingness to “rock the boat” is a big reason why, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the wage gap between college-educated women and their male counterparts has actually gotten bigger since the mid-’90s. A decade ago, women earned 75.7 cents for each dollar paid to a man. Now it’s 74.7 cents.

“Talk to your sister and help her try to figure out why she puts up with this,” suggests Barbara Stanny (www.barbarastanny.com), a career counselor based in Port Townsend, Wash., who specializes in women’s pay issues. “Women often get paid less because we allow it. Why doesn’t she value herself enough to mind that she’s making less money than her peers?”

Encourage her not to put off dealing with this. In the course of her coaching work, Stanny says, “I met one woman who tolerated being paid less than the men she worked with for decades, until she was 48. When she finally got around to confronting her boss about it, he said, ‘You’re right.’ This woman said to me, ‘Just imagine how different my life would be now if I’d done that 20 years ago.’ ”

Remind your sister, too, that even though she apparently feels her present pay supports her current standard of living just fine, she needs to think about what kind of retirement she wants: Defined-benefit pensions, company-matched 401(k) contributions, and Social Security benefits are all based, directly or indirectly, on the level of her income during these prime earning years.

You might also get your sis a copy of Stanny’s book, Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve (HarperCollins, $24.95). It’s packed with terrific down-to-earth advice, including these tips on asking for a raise:

1. Research the going rates in your field, by checking out salary ranges in want ads and on Web sites like salary.com. Then ask for the high end of the spectrum. It’s easier to negotiate down than up.

2. “No” often means “Not now.” Even if a pay hike just isn’t in the budget at the moment, that doesn’t mean it never will be. Don’t get discouraged.

3. Negotiate more than plain dollars and cents. Your total compensation might include other items you may want more of, like performance bonuses, profit sharing, paid time off, flexible work hours, tuition reimbursement, and club memberships.

4. Act confident (even if you don’t feel it). Communicate with authority. “Perceived confidence has a big impact,” Stanny says.

5. Remember, the best time to negotiate is when you have other offers.

6. Have points prepared and build a case around your value and what you bring to the company.

In your sister’s case, that sounds like plenty. Good luck to her!

By Anne Fisher (Copyrighted, Fortune. All rights reserved.)