"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick, don't lose faith!"
That powerful quote from the late Steve Jobs pretty much sums up the last year of my life. It seems like every time something great happened, I suffered a personal tragedy. I landed an awesome contract, then someone close to me passed away. I got an awesome speaking opportunity that came with international travel, and then the romantic relationship I was in ended unexpectedly. I started generating revenue from my website, and then health issues dominated my life.
If you have felt like every accomplishment has been met with unexpected tragedy, you are not alone.
Adversity is inevitable, but difficulties or misfortunes don't have to keep you from achieving your intended goals and finding the happiness you seek in business and in life. It's how you overcome these adversities can make all the difference.
Read on for 6 inspiring quotes to help shift your perspective when #TheStruggleIsReal
Conferences and trade shows are reinventing themselves from old fashioned talks to interactive experiences. While some business owners will tell you that it’s all about networking online these days, that’s not true.
There’s still a lot to be said for a firm handshake and a face to face meeting, people can’t get to know you properly online after all. Trade shows are also a good opportunity for customers to get to see your product up close which is far better than seeing a picture or a video online. You can make a lot of good contacts at a trade show but you’ve got to be careful that you do it right. There’s going to be a lot of competition at these things so you’ll have to fight for the attention of the customers and make yourself stand out from the crowd. If you’ve been to a couple of trade shows and only come away with a few useless contacts, you need to read these tips on maximizing your efforts before you go to another one.
There are lots of ways you can upgrade your business, and lots of rewards that come when you do! By stepping up your game in a few key areas, you can reach new audience and increase production.
Whether you are are fleshing out the plan for a brand new startup idea or if you are a well established business looking to freshen things up, researching and keeping up with the market you are in is always a fantastic idea. You can never do enough research when it comes to improving the marketing around your business, as there are constantly developing technologies and new competitors popping up everywhere.
We all know that every great business starts with a great idea. However, most people don’t get further than dreaming about owning their company. If you are determined to succeed and get to work, you will have to face several challenges, and must be prepared for a bumpy ride. From selecting your office location to choosing your advertising agency; there are several things that can go wrong. Below you will read about some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make.
Mercedes broke the internet with its "Last Fan Standing" Superbowl game.
The concept was like a virtual version of a stunt many car company's have used in the past. Players place their hand on a car and the last person there wins the whole shebang.
Well, Mercedes tried this on Super Bowl Sunday with a virtual car, but glitches from the millions of would be winners seem to have foiled their plans, turning the entire contest into an epic fail.
It was a genius idea, but even Mercedes Benz couldn't have prepared for the sheer volume of interest from Joe Q. Public. You see one of the perks of ambition is you become the "first." But what happens when your big moment comes and the universe seems to be working against you......
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Strong visuals but audio not so great.
Don't worry, it's happened to the best of us! I remember the feeling, having shot one of my first celebrity interviews for my YouTube channel.
I raced back home so excited to listen and then I discovered it. My audio was wayyy too low. So low in fact, it was distracting.
Read on for a quick tutorial on how you can easily boost the volume on your next video in just a few steps.
So, you have a fantastic idea for a startup, you’ve done your preliminary research, found your market, and even put together a plan. Unfortunately, you’re missing the money you need to get the ball rolling. There are a lot of supposed entrepreneurs who spend years languishing in that area, ever looking for the money they need to be handed down from the heavens. That isn’t going to happen, so how are you going to fund your startup?
For me the hardest part about getting older is that my elders are getting older too. It's important to stay connected, but with tech changing so quickly, it's hard for even me to keep up with everything and I'm a millennial!
Can you imagine what it must be like for the 60+ crowd?
While they didn’t grow up with today's technology, I've found that our parents and grandparents are eager to integrate tech into their everyday life, they just need a little help!
So, if you’ve found this page because you’re part of the older generation - or maybe you’re looking for tips for your parents/relatives - below, I’ve listed some great bits of tech that are perfect to keep our elders connected.
Whether you’re a start up business or a long standing one, your main goal is to treat your current customers well to keep them coming back while trying to get new customers attention. This can be a difficult task with all of the other tasks that you have to keep on top of as well. Also, the trends for getting people’s attention changes all of the time, so you need to keep on top of things as best you can. Here are some genius ways to grab potential customers attention that you can apply to your business game plan.
The system is broken. You can sit idly and gripe about injustices like equal pay or the lack of opportunities or you can be a change agent.
Social innovators and entrepreneurs from across the world gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC for the inaugural Wonder Women Tech Global Summit. We spent the day hearing from some of the most brilliant minds in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Read on for 6 inspiring quotes on feminism, inclusion and life.
As a small business owner you are vulnerable to a cyber attack as hackers try to get access to your computer systems. In actual fact you’re even more vulnerable to being hacked than larger companies, as most larger businesses have their own department totally focused on cyber security.
Often small business owners don’t have the funds to install the most sophisticated defense systems, so it is important to educate yourself on how to avoid being hacked.
You can’t safety-proof a company. Either they succeed or they fail, and there is no in between. Still, bosses don’t want to run their business into the ground. If possible, owners would love to spot the danger signs ahead of time and make the necessary changes. At least that would make the prospect of going under easier to fix. Sadly, lots of firms are illiterate regarding their own safety. The alarm bells are there, yet they don’t react. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are the indications to watch out for in the future.
On Friday, January 26 the Wonder Women Tech conference kicks off at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
This event will feature breakouts, panels, and exclusive interviews with speakers, CEOs and event sponsors.
Follow @WonderWomenTech and @SashaTalksTech on Instagram to follow along on our weekend in Washington.
Productivity is a huge issue in the business world. An issue that can make or break your company. That is why it needs to be addressed wherever possible. With this in mind, check out my recommendations below on the digital tech that has the biggest effect on productivity in the workplace.
Data analysis has evolved so much that it has led to the apparition of new tools and professional careers entirely dedicated to the collection, organization, monitoring of data in order to make informed decisions. In fact, what was once the role of a business owner has now become a job in the marketing, technical and business management departments. Nevertheless, only large companies have the luxury of multiple data analysts within their teams. More often than not, small businesses need to make do with one data expert or with one tool. Ultimately, data analysis is a difficult task that often hits obstacles. Here are the four most common causes of data analysis failures in small and large companies.
When it comes to the success of your company, you need to learn to look outward as well as inward. You won’t be able to deliver a service that your potential customers want and a service that’s better than other options out there if you don’t keep your eye on the market.
You need to think about what other businesses in your shoes are doing if you want to get a better understanding of the market.
Become too insulated in your business approach and you’ll lose touch with the outside world. You won’t be able to remain relevant. You need to ask yourself whether your startup is as cutting edge as the competition.
If the answer is “no” then it’s time for your business to do some research in order to get back on top of its game.
Here’s how to be as cutting edge as your competitors in any industry.
Playing games is something that has been a part of human life for hundreds and hundreds of years. Studies have linked games to combating stress, promoting health and keeping your brain fit and active. Since the dawn of the internet a couple of decades ago, online games have continued to become more and more ubiquitous. There is now always an opponent ready and waiting to play all sorts of games with you. So, let’s take a closer look at why online gaming continues to be quite so popular.
Taylor Swift's newest app, The Swift Life, is now available for Apple users to gain exclusive access to photos, videos and news, as well as chat with Taylor herself! It's the perfect digital gathering place for Swift fans to socialize and bond.
We’re coming to a point in life where tradition is being put to the side, and emerging trends and innovations are dominating.
In the world of business where companies are starting to shift towards more modern and tech-focused ways of doing things, as such, the need for a hi-tech office space is increasing. Businesses are looking ahead to the future and can see that technology is taking over. So, they want to get a head start and beginning the modernization process right away!
Before you consider turning your office into a hi-tech place of work, there are certain things to be wary of. For me, whenever I’m faced with a decision - be it big or small - I like to weigh up the pros and cons to figure out if it’s the right thing to do.
We've created this list to help anyone that may be thinking about creating or moving into a more modern and hi-tech office space.
First of consider why exactly it is you want to build a mobile app? Is it merely to jump on the bandwagon of other money makers, perhaps you have discovered a niche in the business that is currently untapped? Believe it or not, how you answer this question will indicate whether or not you have what it take to succeed.
This essential guide will get you off the mark, though of course it will not apply to all and you may need to tweak each stage. Take from it what suits your plan or skill level best. The important part is just to get started. There is no time like the present, and you may well be sitting on a winner.
Read on to find out how you can do this from both a style and business angle, read on.
When Bob Dylan so famously stated that the world was “a changin” he probably wasn’t referring to what economist point to as the fourth wave of the industrial revolution. Forbe’s magazine describes the phenomenon as an event that will change most of our jobs.
Striking out alone in business and moving from a steady office job to one you run yourself, is a scary prospect for some. Working for yourself and getting a business from an idea to a fully-functioning company is a bucket list item to be ticked off, and if you can do it from home rather than from a paid office, you’re going to drastically reduce your overheads. Many solopreneurs choose to work from the comfort of a home office purely for cost reasons, and others do it for comfort. It’s not an easy feat, though, working from home. If you have a family, you need to be able to carve out a space that is entirely yours where you won’t be interrupted. This isn’t always possible, especially if you don’t have a spare bedroom or an office space to work out of.
Being able to concentrate on your work and stay motivated is important, and to do this you need to ensure that your work space is perfectly set up to support your day to day activities and routines. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got some of the best secrets to give you so that your home office is a space of calm, inspiration and success.
If you’ve had your computer for a while, there’s a good chance that it is full of mystery files, abandoned downloads, and pictures that you haven’t looked at in years. This sort of clutter can make your computer slow and sluggish and do nothing but increase frustration when searching through Amazon.
With a little break coming up, now is a good time of year to comb through your computer and throw out anything that has gotten in the way. Consider it a digital spring clean to enter the new year with a clear mind, and a clearer hard drive.
Being able to work for yourself from the comfort of your own home is a dream come true for many. No long commute, annoying colleagues or boss breathing down your neck. You get to work for yourself at times that suits you and around your other commitments, what could be better? Thanks to the internet more of us than ever are able to make that a possibility, and if you have a skill or passion there's a good chance you can turn this into a thriving business. It's not ti say it's all sunshine and rainbows, there’s no denying that working for yourself takes dedication since you have to be self-motivated. You also have to be prepared for peaks and troughs in profits and make sure you can afford to pay your bills either way. However, if you work hard and do everything right, freelancing and working from home could be ideal and your escape from the rat race. Here are some things to think about to help you succeed when working for yourself.
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