How to Self Improve…Start Here

Today’s post will be centered on self improvement, something that everyone can use a major dose of… With all of the world population so crazy busy all of the time, there is just not enough time left to reflect on ourselves – what we truly care about – dream about and what things we so enjoy doing…and not enjoy doing.

Have you ever thought of the reasons why you like doing a certain thing but not something else?

How to Self ImproveFor instance: When I was little girl (many moons ago!) maybe around 7 years old, I used to go down to our musty old basement which my Dad had set up a chalkboard for me to play with. I’d spend hours and hours down there, especially in the winter months teaching an “invisible” audience…

I can’t recall the subjects I was teaching, but I was going to town scribbling and erasing, then scribbling some more as I was talking up a storm. I always felt independent and didn’t mind entertaining myself.

Now all of these years later, I had an opportunity to take a “Strengths and Weakness Aptitude” test that listed my strengths and weaknesses and I was blown away from the results given.

It all makes perfect sense to me now…

I feel that everyone in some point in time should self evaluate themselves to see what’s working and what isn’t. We all need “insight” of who we are and why we’re here…don’t you think?

It’s a shame in my eyes that exercises such as this are not taught in our schools. Parents (including mine) always spend more time trying to improve on your weaknesses instead of reinforcing your strengths. Too me, this is ass backwards.

If we centered on what our kids do well, just think of the self-esteem and confidence they would generate. And I’m not saying they can’t improve on their weaknesses, but way too much time is spent in that area.

My Dad was a math teacher to new trainees in a local company. He knew math inside and out. He used to get a little annoyed with me while doing my math homework because I just couldn’t grasp it. No matter how hard I tried and applied myself, I was lucky to bring home a C-. Sound familiar?

If he would of spent the better half encouraging me in English and Art, who knows how it would of turned out?

So…who is behind this test?

The gentleman’s name is Richard Step. Richard spent the beginning of the new millennium fighting off cancer. Having questioned all that could be questioned, he realized the good Lord wasn’t ready for him, yet. Richard has made it his life’s goal to guide the growing, mentor the willing, and help those in need… without all the usual self-help fluff.

Who can benefit from this test?

  • Curious people who aren’t quite sure about their direction in life.
  • Quest Seekers who need a little motivation.
  • Adventurers who know what they want but aren’t quite sure how to get there.
  • Champions who are looking for another tool to enhance the world.
  • YOU!

Interested? Good! This aptitude test is 100% free and I totally encourage all my readers to take it and learn from it.

Click here to learn more

Richard has all kinds of stuff for you to take advantage of; Books – Links – Resources and Tools and other self improvement tests.

Go on…click the link and see what your top strengths are!

Leave a comment below on your top 2 strengths and let me know how this has helped you in defining yourself!

Can You Run an Online Business From Smartphone?

For businessmen, Smartphone has provided the freedom of working from anywhere at anytime. Smartphones are specially designed for those people who want to access their emails and digital documents wherever they want.

Smartphones V/S Traditional Phones

Online Business From Smartphone?Traditional phones provide calling, text, music, camera and other entertaining facilities. Smartphone is an integrated calling device which supports business related activities.

Smartphone helps corporate people to access their work even when they are outside the office. People can enjoy their weekend with family even when they have a massive work load.

How Businesses Have Adopted Smartphone?

Proliferation of the Smartphone is amazing. The device is broadly adopted in input and extracting data in ERP program; it can be used in tracking payment gateway and in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

In an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program, Smartphone can be used for sales data processing. Managers can access this data by logging into the ERP application of Smartphone.

Today, Smartphone has become a virtual platform for business transactions. Digital SMSes, integrated email facility, document reading are the increasingly popular Smartphone add-ons.

Business Prospective Via Smartphone

In the last couple of years, Smartphone has made it possible to run your business online with its various business applications. Smartphones applications are also introducing various customized applications useful for business purposes.

These applications or Apps (in Smartphone language) are very little time consuming and are productive at little cost. Out of all business applications, I tried to introduce major applications mostly useful for business purposes.

These applications are –

Square:

It is the most innovative application for credit/debit card transactions. This is a free application provided in Smartphones which when installed, sends a free card reader to plug into the device.

This application helps users to accept credit card payments without annual fees. Square application in Smartphone is comfortable for small businesses.

CamScanner:

It is a Smartphone document scanner, useful for keeping document backups, receipts, bills and bank statements. This is a single user application. It can be activated through signature scanning too.

CamScanner can be obtained free of cost and supports Google Docs and PDF files.

QuickOffice:

It is a Microsoft office based application, which is available for free to all Smartphone users. Its pro version means a user can edit, update and add documents to the office briefcase. However, the pro version is not available for free if a user needs to edit texts in presentations.

QuickOffice enables business productivity by providing easy document access from Smartphone. Also, its auto formatting facility helps users to read document texts in mobile optimized format. It supports Excel files, PowerPoint Presentation files and Word documents.

SplashTop:

It enables remote accessing of your office or home computer from your Smartphone. With this application, the user can access a connected PC or laptop from anywhere in the world. It works on high speed internet connection for better accessibility.

Splash Top is a highly adoptive application for small businesses.

Skype:

Skype is an audio-video communicating application and highly preferred by top level employees. It is a free of cost application with which employers can communicate with each other.

The Skype app on Smartphones enables users to share documents by just copying them on the Skype communication box. It can be used even in low internet accessibility situations.

GoPayment:

PayPal enables user to create payment invoices and to manage PayPal accounts via Smartphones. This application helps in managing online transactions “on the go.” The app can also be used to directly send/receive payment online.

GoPayment also provides a financial statement of the user’s online payment transactions. It is a free to download application for compatible Smartphone devices.

WordPress:

Online business setup via blogging is incomplete if the user does not download and install the Smartphone optimized WordPress application. It functions properly just as it would on a laptop or a PC.

Now you can write blog posts, edit and publish blogs anytime and anywhere through Smartphone WordPress.

Social Networking:

Small businesses demand social networking connectivity to promote their products and services online. Facebook, Twitter, MyYearBook are easily accessible social networking applications from Smartphones.

These free applications can be easily downloaded from their associated websites where they are provided with mobile based applications suitable for Smartphone devices. Business promotions via social networking are the foremost requirements of small businesses as it connects business to the people around the globe.

All these Smartphone applications will directly connect your business with your targeted audience.

Disadvantages of Using Smartphones in Online Business Activities:

No doubt, Smartphones simplifies accessibility of business activities from every corner of the world but its major drawback is data security. Every day, Smartphone accesses massive data as users store their passwords for easy and fast accessing of multiple website accounts.

All these activities are performed on its free distributed applications, which is the major issue for lack of security. Applications installed on Smartphone are not secure enough for account privacy. For hackers, grabbing login passwords of important accounts is much easier on Smartphones because of various phishing scams that target massive Smartphone users.

Summary

Staying productive is enough for balancing professional and personal life simultaneously. Smartphones counters this balance and tries to make professional life easy to access from anywhere and anytime. Smartphone is your personal digital assistant to maintain your office without being physically present.

Future innovations are considering Smartphone as the unavoidable virtual part of IT infrastructure. It enhances communication and easy storage of company data without much stress.

Although, the market for Smartphones is enjoying constant growth, it needs to solve the data security issues to protect essential and important data accessed via Smartphones.

How to Sell Your Online Business

This post draws inspiration from the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for 1 billion USD (wow!) and the ongoing trend of selling valuable business websites / blogs to high-end buyers.

How to Sell Your Small Online BusinessUnlike the non-Internet age when people considered selling a business only if they were running into losses or becoming bankrupt, the Internet age has unleashed a new age of online business sellers who thrive by selling perfectly running and optimized money making business websites and blogs at a very high amount.

If you know the know-how of this industry, you can even sell a PRL blog with less than $1 AdSense earning daily for thousands of dollars! The following discussion focuses on selling an online business, with a list of useful tips to help a small business find targeted buyers.

  1. Be Creative
    Finding buyers for online business is just like solving a puzzle; it brings value only when you have creativity to join the pieces of the puzzle together. There can be numerous buyers for the online business and the creativity lies in sifting through the buyers to zero in on the best buyer. Moreover, the seller has to use creative online advertisements to draw the buyer’s interest.

    You can make use of the “Business Opportunities” column of newspapers and various online buy-sell portals like Flippa. These will definitely help you in getting a good list of potential buyers.

  2. Hiring a Broker

    Brokers are those people who work for commissions against successful completion of deals.  These people are hired on a short term basis and hiring such people will help you to gain a list of potential buyers and other investors suitable for your business. Moreover, if you want to save money on advertisement, it is sometimes best to hire a broker because they self-advertise the business on sale.

  3. Kind of Buyers

    In case you hire any broker or any acquisition professional to find buyers for your online business, knowing the kind of buyer is important.

    Positional Buyer:

    These people are third-party buyers to whom you are not related but the acquisition expert comes across them to negotiate the deal. These people may be your customers, your suppliers or your industry competitors.

    Financial Buyer:

    These buyers are interested only in the sellers’ business cash flow. They can be both  individual or a group looking to buy a business just for investment purposes. Hence, they will be interested in your business only if it provides a return on their investment.

    Strategic Buyer:

    People who firmly look towards owning businesses which can fit into their long-range business planning, fall under the strategic buyer’s category. This buyer can be a business competitor or belong to the same range of business looking to expand in local areas and hence, acquiring your business seems to be a profitable prospect.

    Out of the three groups of potential buyers, finding financial buyers is good if you want impressive value against your business. Which kind of buyer will you choose?

  4. Plan Out Selling Memorandum

    Planning out selling memorandums is the best practice to promote the saleable business. This memorandum is composed of your business product, services and market value. This is like a report you send to potential buyers so that they have an idea of what the business is all about. The tools needed to prepare business selling memorandums are:

    • Information regarding your company’s structure and operations
    • Asking prices and terms
    • Your business product information
    • Attached physical assets
    • Projected financial statements
    • Reason for selling your business

    These six factors must be there in the business sale memorandum. Practicing data abstraction while preparing the selling memorandum is necessary to protect business information from being leaked. When you are selling a completely online-operated business, make sure to include details about payment gateways, associated online assets, real income proofs and peripheral details like web hosting, domain validity and others.

Once buyers begin to show interest, negotiate with them, and seal the deal with the best offer.