Step Up Your Selfie Game

As you scroll through social media, you see tons of great content. You hear about your friends day, you catch up on news articles, and even find a delicious recipe. But you also get to learn more about a business your friend might be starting! The problem is, people are having a harder time promoting their businesses unless they are willing to pay big bucks. Pictures that feature their business or their products aren’t shown to very many people, and that can be very discouraging! But there is a way around it…..use your personal pictures!

According to social media algorithms, pictures of yourself and your family will get more views, likes and comments. Stock photos from a company that are being shared by tons of people, get fewer views. Social Media sites deem those stock photos as spammy so they don’t show them to as many people, and of course the fewer people who see them, the fewer likes and comments you get. Skip using those stock photos and instead create your own amazing photos!

Today we have some tips and examples from a few women who take amazing selfies, and are able to use their personal pictures as the way to market their business!

 

12141661_10153920252026091_663243028191776793_nMeet Stephanie! This beautiful lady is a Purple Status Presenter with Younique and has a very successful business she has built online! Stephanie uses her own personal photos to advertise her products and to show customers all the different options they have! Instead of using a generic product picture, she takes the time to demonstrate the products and show what they look like on!

 

12688334_10154134078826091_5954986885425608430_nMost people would put a picture up on social media of a stock photo of eye shadow from the company, but not Stephanie! She puts the colors on herself, and showed the product in her picture at the same time!!! This is an amazing way to advertise as she shows the products actually work and they great results you can get from them! As you can tell, Stephanie takes the time to learn the best way to apply her products and tests each of them out so she can personally share the results! Using social media to market yourself and your products is great tool, but you still have to put in the work which is why Stephanie is so successful!

Tips From Stephanie: “A good selfie is important as they are the first impression people will get on you! A bad selfie can be a deal breaker!! LOL!! Good lighting, angles, and a clean background are also important for a good selfie!! And your shirt!!! It matters!! You don’t have to wear pants, but a nice top is must”

Visit Stephanie and learn how to work with her on her website!

 

 

 

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Meet Crystal! This gorgeous lady is the owner of Train Dirty Fitness and a MASTER of social media! She actually teaches classes on how to have social media success which I highly recommend! Crystal has been successful thanks to her social media expertise for over 12 years! She has built a huge brand with over 200,000 followers on multiple social media platforms.

Obviously she knows her stuff!

Tips from Crystal: “Always have your camera at arms length and slightly raised so it causes you to look up and at an angle. Your lighting needs to be good and to the back of the camera. Keep your tongue inside your mouth! (odd I know but I see a lot of tongues haha), and take more than you think you need because only 1 will be usable. Be yourself and let your personality shine!”

 

 

12745797_582212355262943_1458568375774258076_nNotice how Crystal is wearing her brand, but not talking about it. That’s a great way to promote your brand easily by having it in the picture and using your picture to talk about something totally different!

For more tips from Crystal, visit her on her website and ask her about her Revive Academy to learn how to rock social media!

 

 

 

A few more tips from me:

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  1. Take your photo outside if you can, natural light is the best lighting!
  2. Have a neutral background. No toys, clothes, or toilet paper rolls. Those are distracting!
  3. Keep your accessories and clothing simple….unless you are advertising your jewelry!
  4. Be presentable! If you are looking for people to work with you, you don’t want to look like a hot mess! (even though most of us Moms are a hot mess on a daily basis, its nice to look professional when we show up for “work”)
  5. Be true to you! I love coffee, fitness, and the outdoors so many times my pictures show me outside enjoying coffee in my fitness clothes!

 

A good selfie can help your bring in more business partners, customers, and amazing job opportunities! Take the time to treat your business like a business and be presentable when sharing photos on social media! I promise your business will benefit!

 

Special thanks to the amazing Molly Ritterbeck of Miss Molly for the title of this blog!

Dana

25 Companies That Have Work From Home Positions

When it comes to working at home, the same thing does not work for everyone. Some people prefer to be their own boss and set their own hours, while other people prefer to be told what to do and when to work. You have to find what works for you! Customer service jobs are a great option for those people who need a boss. The hours are set and the pay is set. This is a great option if you need a set income each week.

25 customer service jobs

For these type of jobs, you do need a quite space to work in with no interruptions and can expect to be on the phone most the day. This is perfect for Mom’s who no longer have kids home during the day. This is a list of 25 different companies that will hire you to work from home. Click the name to contact them directly to apply!

 

 

 

ACD Direct

 

Alorica

 

American Support

 

Apple

 

Apptical

 

Aspire Lifestyle

 

Arise

 

American Express

 

Asurion

 

Convergys

 

Call Center QA

 

Century Link

 

Dell

 

Direct Interactions

 

Enterprise

 

Expert Planet

 

Great Virtual Works

 

Hilton Worldwide

 

Home Shopping Network

 

Live Ops

 

Nordstroms

 

Sitel

 

Sedgwick

 

Talk 2 Rep

 

Uhaul

 

USA Contact Point

 

Ver a fast

 

Working Solutions

 

1-800 Flowers

 

Looking to be your own boss and have flexible working hours? Make sure to check out our Work From Home Directory!

 

 

 

 

Dana

Try, Try, Try, AGAIN!

I Can’t Be Successful Working From Home……

I have heard this a million times, a million different ways, with a million reasons why. Many people have tried and failed and are scared to try again. They think they weren’t successful once, so they never will be. Or they think all companies are the same. But as we teach our children, “at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”.  Some of the greatest people in history, are only known because they kept trying and did not let failure define them! Will you let it define you, or will you keep trying? I will always try as I want to pass that lesson on to my kids, keep trying!!!

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Why are some people successful working from home, and some are not? It boils down to a few things!

  • Your Work Ethic- some people do really good with motivating themselves, while others need people to constantly remind them to stay on track, and give them tasks to do. If you can motivate yourself, then you are already on the right track!
  • Your “WHY”- this is huge! “Why” do you want to work from home and be successful? I challenge each of you to sit down, really think about this, and then write it down. Stick it where you can see it each day and so you will be reminded “WHY” you need this and want it! For me, it’s a better future for my kids! I want to be able to pay for them to do activities, go to college, take vacations, and yet still be home for them each day. They motivate me and push me to be better!
  • Your Determination- this is another huge factor! I have heard every excuse, and I’ve made them myself!!! What keeps you going is NOT making excuses, but finding reasons to make it work! I’ve moved 5 times in the past 5 years, across states, and lost contact with so many people. I don’t know many people where I live now, so I’ve used social media to build my business! Where there is a will, there is a way to be successful!
  • Your Schedule- when working from home, you have to set your own schedule! For some people, this is easy. But for others, when it comes time to work, they don’t. But this is the key, to be successful, you have to WORK! You can’t post one thing on facebook each day and expect that to make you $1,000 a month. If that really worked, every one would do it!!! Some people do have a large following and can be successful that way, but for most people, we have to build relationships, we have to share our love for our job, we have to spend hours talking to people and showing them the great opportunity! If you are spending 5 minutes a day and not finding success, its time to really work!! Figure out what time you can work each day. For me, I get up before the kids and then I also stay up usually an hour or two after them. That is my work time! I write down during the day what needs to be done during that time, and I don’t relax until its accomplished. To build a successful business though, you need to WORK!
  • Your creativity- you need to find new ways to get a customer base, to grow your network, to reach people! Be creative! Ask other small business owners how they do it, try new things, and get outside your bubble! Take post cards around to local businesses, host a “networking” dinner for other business people In your area, go to events and get a booth, give a prize for referrals….there are so many options!!!

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I’ve been told I’m successful because I have a large network or a lot of friends or I got in at the start of the company. None of those are true haha. I’m successful because I put in the work! When I first started working from home, I was a senior in college and my kids were 1 and 2 ½. I got creative, I worked each day, I had success….and then I quit!!! That job was not for me, and it was a bad experience, but I didn’t let it get me down. I kept searching until I found the right job, and I tried again!!! For a few people, success comes easy, but for some, it takes years of hard work! But isn’t the hard work for a few years worth it to own your time???

 

Your success is determined by YOU! Do you have what it takes to keep going and never give up? I believe in you! After all, us Mom’s are some of the strongest people in the world. Keep going!!!!!

 

 

Dana

Get PAID To Test Websites

More and more companies these days are turning to the World Wide Web as a way of finding new customers. It allows them a larger reach, plus its more convenient for the consumer! But before they go live, many companies like to have their website tested! They want to know if it’s user friendly, are the links working, are words spelled correctly. And to do this, they need people to test it for them!

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This is a great option for all us busy Mom’s who can’t commit to working set hours each day! Most of these tests take about 20 minutes so you can fit a few in before the kids wake up, and a few in the evening when they go to bed!

 

Most of these companies do require you have a computer with a microphone (they record you talking about the site as you test it), good internet connect, a paypal account for payment, and a few ask you have a web cam too.

 

Check out this list below of some companies I found who will hire you to test their sites for them! If you work for any of these, let us know in the comments what you think!!

 

 GET PAID TO TEST WEBSITES:

Userlytics- Earn $10 per testing websites (average time is 20 minutes). Must have a computer with good internet speed and have a paypal account.

http://www.userlytics.com/sitepublic/

 

UserTesting- Earn $10 per each test (average time is 10-20 minutes). Must have a computer with a microphone, be 18 years of age, and have the ability to speak your thoughts. Payment is through PayPal

http://www.usertesting.com/

 

YouEye- Earn money for participating in panels. You must be 18, be willing to share information and have a computer with a webcam and microphone.

https://www.youeye.com/participate/

 

WhatUsersDo – Earn $8 or more per test (average time is 10-20 minutes). Must have a computer with a microphone and internet access.

https://app.whatusersdo.com/apply

 

Userfeel.com- Test websites and talk about your thoughts on them into a microphone. Good testers can earn $100-$200 per week. Pay is by PayPal

To sign up as a Tester, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “become a tester”

http://www.userfeel.com/

 

Analysia- Test websites and surf the web and share what you think about them. Get paid $10 for 10-15 minutes of website testing.

http://www.analysia.com/user.asp

 

StartUpLift- Test websites and earn $5 and up per test. Payment is every Monday via PayPal. Must have a computer with internet and web browsers.

http://startuplift.com/get-paid-to-provide-feedback/

 

trymyUI- Test websites and apps, provide your honest feedback and earn $10 for each test.

http://www.trymyui.com/worker/signup

 

Enroll- Test websites and apps and help make the web a better place. Pay varies per job.

http://www.enrollapp.com/

 

TestingTime- Earn money testing digital products via Skype or in person with clients. Pay is $50 per test.

https://www.testingtime.com/testusers

 

Looking for more jobs you can do from home? Make sure to check out our Work From Home Directory for other great options!!

 

Dana

Lasagna Roll Ups

One of the hardest part of cooking with 3 kids is finding things they will eat…other than mac and cheese!! Of course once I find a recipe they approve of, I have to share it so other parents can give it a try!! This is a favorite in my house for both the kids and adults! And if you want to get some veggies in, just puree them and add them to the sauce. The kids never even know! Enjoy!!!

 

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**12 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles 
**1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
**3 cups Sugar Free Pasta Sauce
**10oz. Frozen Spinach – THAW AND DRAIN
**2 1/2 cups Fat Free Cottage Cheese
**2 cups Part Skim Shredded Mozzarella
**3 egg white
**2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Directions:
Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Combine parmesan cheese, spinach, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg white, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl – Mix well. Spread 3/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Lay the noodles out on a plate, and spread the cheese/spinach mixture on them. Roll them up and place them in the baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce. Bake COVERED at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

 

Dana