Do And Do NOT Of Social Media

Many people are using Facebook to run their businesses these days, and there is a right and wrong way to do it! I’ll share a few things you want to do….and a few things you want to avoid. Facebook is a great tool, when used correctly!

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  1. Professional Profile Picture- Your picture is the first thing people see, you want it to be you, be real, and look as professional as possible. If you can’t afford head shots, get a friend to take some photos of you. Try to do it outside as the lighting is best. Focus on just your face, with no distractions. Its ok to wear a shirt or hat with your company name on it, but you want the picture to be you!
    1. Do NOT make your profile picture the product you promote, an unflattering picture, or quotes. People want to get to know you, and on social media, the first impression is important!
  2. Drama Free Is The Way To Be- Yes we all have problems and issues and drama, but social media is NOT the place to talk about it. Especially if you use that for your business. Many times you are networking and meeting new people, and they don’t want to know about your drama. That’s quick way for them to decide you are not the person to do business with. If you have drama, keep it quiet with close friends, not in public!
  3. Keep Your Page About You- People do not want to see you selling a product 24/7….even if it’s the best product in the world! You need to balance! I recommend 90% of your posts be about you, and only 10% about your business.
  4. Use Your Name- You want people to come to you for help with their needs so it’s important to brand yourself, and not just promote a product. Because of this, do not put your company name in your Profile Name, or use a fake name. It confuses people and makes it hard for them to find you. Be real, be you, and remember you and your product are not the same person.
  5. Keep It Fun- People Need to be engaging with you in order to keep seeing your posts. Share fun activities with your friends, share crafts you are doing, or share motivational quotes. The more people engage with you, the more they will see your posts!
  6. Avoid Selling- Facebook is for keeping in touch with people, not making millions. If you want to share a product you love, that’s great!!! But don’t use it to spam people asking them to buy from you, or posting asking people to buy stuff. The key is to share, not sell.
  7. Get To Know People- If you meet a new friend online, do NOT try to sell them your products. Instead, ask them what they do, what their hobbies are, what they enjoy….get to know them! If you immediately ask them to buy from you, they will most likely un-friend you and that door is slammed shut. But if you get to know them, and later down the road find they aren’t interested, they may refer friends to you! I personally send tons of friends to other business owners! I know my job isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok so I find out their interested, and send them to a job that might be a good fit.
  8. Do not OVER post! Balance how many times you post a day based on how many friends you have. If you have less than 300 friends on social media, only post once a day. If you have around 1,000 you could post about 3 times a day. The reason is, too many posts makes facebook think you are spamming people and they will stop showing their posts to them. Plus, no one wants to see 10 posts from you in one day, even if they really really like you 😉
  9. Don’t share articles, photos, videos etc if you are using your page for you business. Keep it professional. Those funny quotes are cute, but too many of them annoy people and confuse them as to what the purpose is. Make sure people know your page is about you, your family, and your business.
  10. Final Tip- Support Those Who Support You- This is HUGE in home based businesses!!! I remember those who supported me when I first got started, and you will see that those are the people I share the most on this page and on my Facebook Page. They supported me, so I will do everything I can to help them! Those who constantly ask me to buy products or promote their business yet have NEVER done anything to support me….usually do not get my help. I know that’s harsh, but it’s the truth in this business. All it takes is sharing someone’s post about their business, taking a moment to learn more about them, and even refer friends if the products aren’t for you. Showing support can make the difference between someone being successful, and someone feeling alone and giving up. So remember, always always always help those that you can and especially those who have helped you!

For more tips, make sure you are following me on my fun facebook page Work From Home Moms!

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Dana

Why Do You Blog??

Why do so many people blog??? A few reasons we will talk about. One is it’s a good income, though for most it takes years! Another reason is it’s a great stress reliever! It’s also fun way to share your ideas. And many people can test products for free if they write reviews for them!why blog

 

The first thing that shocks people is they can get paid for it. Yes you can, but keep in mind for most people this takes 1-4 years time as you have to build up followers. Most companies require 10,000-100,000 followers for a 6 month period before they will put ads on your page.  My blog hit that range within 60 days, but I worked my butt off during that time.

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The first thing to do if that is your goal, is NOT to focus on money. Instead you need to be yourself, have a plan on what you would like to talk about, and be consistent with your blogging. Before you publish your blog, go ahead and write out 3-12 articles. Make sure you have engaging pictures to go with each one. Once you have that done, you can publish 2-3 a week your first month and spend time focusing on networking.

 

Join blog parties each day if you can and share your articles, plus check out other bloggers with great content. This is a great (although time consuming) way to get followers from people you don’t know. Each time you publish an article, make sure you also share it on social media. Pinterest and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter are the best ones to use. Utilize hashtags that describe what you are talking about.

 

Once you have a good following, you can start doing product reviews. Remember not to “sell out” and keep most of your blog fun! Talk about your week, share funny stories of things your kids did. Share recipes or crafts. Most important, remember to be yourself!! Blogging should be a fun way of talking about life, and if it beings in an income, that is a huge bonus 😉

Dana

Virtual Chat Jobs

Let me be honest. Working from home is hard!! For many people, it takes awhile to build a steady income which can be tough when you need money right away! The logical choice is a customer service job as they pay a set income for set hours, but if you are a busy Mom like me, set hours with kids at home does NOT mix!! So what do you do??? Well we all know I’m a big fan of direct sales, but that does take time. Another option while you build your business, chat based customer service jobs!

 

pppppppThese sound like the perfect job for us busy Mom as you chat with the customers while not having to worry about your kids being loud in the background! Some do require set hours, but not all. Here is a list of a few to check out and apply to!! Happy chatting 😉

 

Arise

http://www.arise.com/

Hires work at home chat agents with flexible scheduling and earnings at $9-$19 per hour

Needle

https://register.needle.com/

Hire online chat agents to help customers with online shopping

Talk 2 Rep

http://talk2rep.com/

Handel consultant sales and recommending product features to customers all via chat

24-7 InTouch

https://247intouch.catsone.com/careers/

All different job options including chat based and email based customer support.

Capital Typing

http://www.capitaltyping.com/live-chat-support

Answer questions for customers through a virtual chat room

PostLoop

http://www.postloop.com/

This is not a chat based job, but rather a company that pays you to comment on different online forums. You can get paid via Paypal each day.

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Presto Experts

http://www.prestoexperts.com/lp/Experts-jobs-online

This site allows you to sign up listing your qualifications, education, specialties and type of clients you can help. You can charge per minute to answer questions and help people with their goals.

My Live Pro

http://mylivepro.com/jobs-mylivepro

Hire for online chat based support agents

Venture Loop

http://www.ventureloop.com

Bringing you jobs at venture and seed capital backed companies. Search thousands of jobs at thousands of great startups

Weebly

http://careers.weebly.com/

Offer customer service chat based jobs when they have openings

Site Staff

http://www.sitestaff.com/

Virtual chat based jobs, must have good typing skills, reliable computer and good internet access

Televated

http://www.televated.com/

Work as an online chat representative

Uber

https://www.uber.com/jobs

Work as an email or online chat support agent

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Making Money Fast

how to make moneyMany work from home jobs are about building your own business and brand. But what do you do when you need money right away and don’t have time for business building?? That is a question I hear a lot lately so lets talk about what to do, and what NOT to do when you need money quickly.

 

WHAT TO DO:

*Find a job that is hiring right away and pays well. This might mean you need to do a customer service job and be on the phone all day, but if you are desperate for money, this is a guaranteed income!!!

*Look where you can make costs. Sit down and go over your bills. See if any will put you on a lower payment plan or if you can make cuts. Say bye- bye to expensive cable and crazy phone packages. Mot libraries and cafes have free internet you can use until you can afford more.

*Cut back on groceries! Find cheaper foods and snacks to eat, skip the extras like desserts and sodas and snacks you just munch on. Go meatless a few nights a week and have a soup and sandwich night.

*Don’t eat out or buy extras. If you don’t NEED it, don’t buy it!

*Shop at cheaper stores such as Costco, Sams, and Aldis. Use coupons for household items.

*If you own a business such as a direct sales company, utilize that!! Ask friends and family members to host parties, sample your products, or look for local events you can attend. Focus on selling products or recruiting, whichever brings in more income quickly.

  • Use multiple sources of social media to reach more people
  • Find out if you can advertise in local groups for your area
  • Offer deals such as free shipping for bulk orders or a small percentage off
  • Check out other social media websites for mom’s to grow your business reach
  • Get together with other direct sales ladies in your areas for a LARGE in home event where you all invite friends

****Focus on ways that will bring you income quickly and make sure you devote time to it daily. Be honest with yourself about your work and make sure you are doing all you can to get ahead. Once you get ahead, start focusing on a residual income so you aren’t scrapping over and over every month****

WHAT NOT TO DO:

*Don’t start a NEW business- this often requires a start up cost and even though many people SAY you can make it back quickly, not everyone can and that can put you further in the hole. Now if it’s a business where you can sell the products in your kit, that might be a good option!

*Don’t spend money- this includes any advertising, start up costs, website fees etc. If you need money badly, you need to focus on ways that will bring in an income. YES most businesses costs money, but don’t spend if you don’t have it. That just puts you further in debt.

*Focus on immediate returns. Building a website takes a lot of time and money so put that on your back burner as its harder to build up a following.

 

 

Ways To Make Money Fast:make money fast

*Sell baked goods. Everyone loves some homemade cookies, fudge and brownies and are happy to pay for it.

*Plasma, hair, breast milk, women’s eggs, and men’s sperm: All these things can be sold to clinics and places for income for yourself. For plasma, you can donate twice a week for $35 each time. For selling your eggs, you are required to past screening tests and do at home hormone shots for a month, but they pay is around $7,000.

*Bake meals for others and charge. Many people have to eat out due to busy schedules but would much prefer if they could buy a homemade and have it delivered. Advertise on your facebook or a local facebook group for your area.

*Offer to baby sit kids, pets, or homes. You can also register yourself on http://www.care.com

*Make crafts that you can sell. Such as front door wreaths, crochet items, signs for kids rooms and much more. You can check out http://www.etsy.com for ideas and to start your own shop!

*Sell stuff: You can use craigslist, ebay, and online facebook yard sale sites. Or have a garage sale.

*Recycle scrap metal. Contact your local scrap yard for prices.

*Rent out a room in your house. Make sure to have a rental agreement and research the person you offer the space too!

*Review music online with Slicethepie http://www.slicethepie.com/

*If you have a college education, you can sign up to be tutor online for many different ages and subjects!

GET PAID FOR USING WEBSITES:

Some websites have surveys, quizzes, activities, games, etc that you can do and get paid for right away, or a little at a time. Here are some of my favorites.

Swagbucks

Survey Savvy

PaidViewpoint

Ibotta  (discounts and cash back on groceries at your choice of stores!)

Inbox Dollars

Fusion Cash

In my personal opinion, building your own business is the best income option when working from home, but that does require time and money. And usually the time frame for that is between 6 months – 2 years. Make sure you are devoting time each day to your goals, keeping a list of what needs to be done, and setting priorities when it comes to where you spend your money and time. Building a business is hard in the beginning, but the pay off is well worth it! For ideas on businesses you can do from home, visit our Work From Home Directory! Or to work with me, visit WORK WITH ME

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Graham Cookies

As a parent, it is always a struggle between finding foods my kids will eat, and my desire to have them eat healthy foods. Lately as I have noticed that effects sugar have on my 4 year old, I’ve been working hard to find healthy foods that I can make. And that he will still enjoy haha. One recipe I recently found that everyone loved, is home made graham crackers! These are very easy to do and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:graham cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or flour of choice
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a blender combine the ingredients.
  3. Next put in the chilled butter.
  4. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of wax paper, with another sheet onto and roll out with a rolling pin or cup
  5. Roll dough out and use cookie cutters to make shapes or a cup just for circles.
  6. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

 

To Freeze, simply cut the cookies into shapes and then place them onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then you can place them in a plastic bag and you can freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to bake them, just cook them with an additional 1-2 minutes of bake time added on and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

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Dana