Barack Obama and John McCain differed on many things – social issues, economics, foreign policy and more. One of the things that also differentiated their campaigns was their use of technology. What can your business learn from how two politicians, in the most closely watched contest in most of our lifetimes, used technology?
Traditionally, Republicans have led Democrats in the use of technology to reach and organize local organizers to drive “get out the vote” campaigns. However, in this election, according to all “Monday morning pundits” one of the reasons the Obama campaign was able to rally an army of volunteers and voters was due to its superior use of technology.
What about your business? Are you investing in the right technology and strategically using it to maximize productivity in your business?
Here are some technologies you should be investing in and planning to maximize for 2009:
Your profile, portfolio, credentials, references, and feedback establish your credibility and showcase your skills - but, in most cases the first (and possibly the last) impression you make on a potential client will be through your bid proposal.
Whether you submit a proposal on one job or 100 jobs, you’re only looking for one outcome: to be hired. Here are some ways to make every proposal count:
Do you want to increase sales? Yes? Well, you’re not alone. In all likelihood, you’re limited by the amount of time you can spend finding, targeting, and building relationships with prospective customers. Give yourself – or your sales team – a boost by hiring an elancer to do your legwork so you can connect with your customers.
Showing your customers that you care and value their business is more important now than ever. But how can you do this credibly, and genuinely? The key is to have a reason to communicate (other than just simple appreciation).
Read on for a few effective ways you can show your customers you care:
Dan Pierson found success while leveraging both Elance worlds – working as a provider and hiring as an employer. As an Elance provider, Dan completed over 30 writing jobs, and currently uses Elance as his main source of income. As an Elance employer, Dan hires providers located down the street from his office to around the world, and turned his business idea into reality.
Having just joined Elance in January of this year, Dan experienced quick success both as an employer and as a provider, and is thrilled to share how he did it.
Tough economic times call for tough decisions when thinking about hiring full-time employees. Many small business owners don’t have the resources to hire full-time employees and even during boom times – they may decide against committing the resources.
Elancers are your secret weapon to get critical work done without the hassle and expense of hiring full- or part-time staff. Here are 15 ways that you can use Elance as your secret weapon.
Inspired by Tim Ferriss's book, 4-Hour Workweek, elancer Jesse Krieger set a challenge for himself: Launch a new business relying exclusively on the help of remote experts. Here's Jesse's story:
“A few months ago, I read about Elance in the 4-Hour Workweek and was blown away," Jesse said. “The idea of having a business staffed entirely by workers via the internet and not having to deal with an office environment was motivating.”
Elance provider Frederick Pohl’s lifelong dream was to become a successful business owner and family man. His dream became a reality earlier this year when he launched his design business, Pohl Media, on Elance – giving him more time to spend at home with his new daughter.
How did Frederick do it? Here’s his story in his own words: