There are two things I have trouble passing up: Any meat on a stick and any chocolate candy. I have a serious sweet-tooth. It's my blessed weakness, I try to resist, but only half-heartedly.
Shannon Newton, Director of Creative Development for Market7
Your viral video or vblog should be like C-A-N-D-Y. Your audience may have a small tinge of guilt upon consumption, thinking they should be spending their time doing something "more productive". If created properly, they will still gobble up your scrumpdelicious treats. Seven of my favorite candies are listed below, each representing what your video content must be for maximum viral or word-of-mouth growth.
Have you considered starting a business while still employed?
My Shanghai-born friend, Annie, says the Chinese have a term for this: “riding in the big boat while carrying the little boat.”
Some entrepreneurs only launch their business officially once they leave employment. However, they incubate the business concept while employed.
Other times, they actually launch the business and run it on the side while still employed. They may continue to run it as a side business for a period of months or even years. Only later do they leave their jobs.
Effectively communicating the benefits of your products, services, and points of differentiation with prospective customers is critical to generating new business. Effectively communicating with current customers so you build a long-term business relationship is just as important – after all, it’s widely assumed that it costs 6-7 times more to find a new customer than to keep an old one.
Here’s a list of 20 projects you can hire Elance writing professionals to ensure you get your message across in a professional and engaging way. For ease in reading, we’ve organized the list of jobs into functional areas, but be sure to browse the entire list:
As the workplace contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, I report on just about every imaginable career related issue. So when anchor Diane Sawyer challenged me to find ways for our viewers to make money from home, imagine my delight when I discovered the Elance community.
There are so many great elancer stories out there to tell. In fact, I featured one Elance provider, Erin Bocherer (ErinKB1), in a recent GMA segment. She's a mom of three kids under six who, one morning when not watching cartoons, tuned into GMA and discovered Elance. Now she's making $50 an hour through the site, providing media relations services to her clients. And I recently included Elance CEO Fabio Rosati as a guest in webinar I hosted on this topic: It's Women For Hire's first-ever Work From Home Webinar.
Do you feel as informed about your customers and their needs, or about your industry and recent market trends as you want to be? It's easy to stay up-to-date when you work with a qualified professional to do market research for your business.
Market research can provide you with valuable information to help drive the strategic direction of your business, and your business will reap the benefits:
Analyst firm NelsonHall recently forecast that business process outsourcing (BPO) will grow to a $450 billion market by the year 2012.
I’ve been noticing that small businesses are doing an increasing volume of outsourcing of project work and even certain parts of their business processes. It’s a strategy that helps you grow your business flexibly. You can increase your capacity and throughput, without adding fixed expenses that would be difficult to scale back.
If you’re a student, you’re lucky if your summer job is somewhat related to your field. (If you land an internship, it'll probably be related – but you might not get paid for the privilege of developing your skills.)
Freelancing provides high-end work for college students supplementing their summer income – or can even serve as your stand-alone summer job. Plus, freelancing over the summer could easily generate long-term clients you can work for throughout the school year as well. Who knows – you might get paid to complete a project that also satisfies class requirements!
It’s hard to post a project if you don’t know what you want. What may not be as obvious, especially for design projects, is a secondary – but nearly as important – consideration: How do you want your project developed? Knowing what you want done and which application you’d like to be used helps ensure your deliverable fits your current – and possibly your future – needs.
Different applications create different end products, so let’s take a look at some of the more common design applications. Keep in mind this is merely intended to be an overview: Hundreds of books have been written describing the uses of each application.
This is the first of a three part series focused on the development of applications for the Apple iPhone. We start the series with a spotlight on Nick Dalton (username: 360mind), an iPhone SDK application expert and author of 101 iPhone Tips and Tricks.
What is an iPhone SDK expert, you ask? An iPhone SDK specialist is a programmer who can design and create applications – similar to downloadable games or widgets for other cell phones – but specifically for iPhone users. The SDK (software development kit) released by Apple in March, opens the iPhone platform to development by third party developers.