Mistakes of salespeople: what are we doing wrong?

Even though the scope of IT-products should be promoted through the advertisement in the same way as any other goods, its specifics is a bit different. As the area of informational technologies is new, market analysts sometimes notice mistakes that are typical for salespeople in IT-company. Mistake 1: The channel of sales is chosen in a wrong way IT-scope is successfully developing if it is relies upon such channels of sales as: – tender stock exchange, – web-portals of potential customers where industrial espionage could be committed; – work with social media, – mass mailing, – and cold calls. Al...

The Common-Sense Approach to Slimming Down

Just like there’s a right and a wrong way to approach finances, this also rings true for losing weight. Sure, there are a range of different diets, methodologies, programs, and “gurus”, but the goal stays the same and most of the basics are consistent, especially if it’s a sustainable and healthy take on weight loss. It’s true that everybody is different and we are genetically predisposed to have a certain build or store fat in various places. However, it’s important to also see our bodies as smart and efficient machines that work in a logical manner to keep you alive and...

Budgeting Basics

The other day one of my girlfriends asked me for some help with budgeting. Of course I said yes! right away. If there’s one thing I love more than money and budgeting, it’s teaching it and helping others along. I don’t get the chance to do so very often so when someone asks for help I jump at the chance! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I’m going to tell her because she’s a really good friend and I definitely want to encourage her and not overwhelm her. She’s also several years younger so I want to make sure...

What is your Emergency Fund really for? And are you prepared to use it?

Emergency Fund. It’s one of the most basic principles in personal finance. People mostly talk about using it in case of unemployment in today’s unstable job market. But what else is that money for, if anything? What is that (presumably) large chunk of change really doing for you? Let’s take a step back. When developing a ideal number for an emergency fund, most of us look at what it would take to sustain our family for approximately 6 months with no income. After all, that’s what the experts suggest, right? But what other “emergencies” have you considered? Unexpected travel due...

3 Money Mistakes I’ve Made and How to Avoid Them

What has been your biggest money mistake? Did you run up a credit card with cute clothes from the mall? Did you take out too much in student loans and use the excess for unnecessary expenses? If y’all remember my first post here, I confessed that while I’ve never been in debt, until recently I had absolutely no credit history. While I consider that my most major money mistake, I’ve made a few more that I’m sure others could learn from. 😉 1. Refusing to build credit when I had the chance. Like I said. This is by far my biggest...

Why good customer service saves money in the long term

Customer service is crucial when running a business; get it wrong and the impact can be disastrous.  Average customer service is unremarkable, poor customer service can irritate and create a backlash that will increase negative PR, and outstanding customer service will be applauded.  Investing in systems, processes and training to ensure that your customer service is exceptional may seem a frivolous extra but undoubtedly will save your business money in the long term and enhance your business prospects. Ways to make good customer service profitable Invest in the right people: Staff are a business’s most expensive and valued commodity, and...

4 Must-Read Tips to Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer

Freelancing is a very profitable market; you can set your own prices, work when you want, and you can enjoy tax efficiency. Similarly, writing for the web is a very lucrative job. Content is on everyone’s lips at the moment, and content marketing is the way forward for all business’s to boost their brand awareness. There’s no two ways about it; writing informative, engaging, shareable content is the best way to get a company known on the vast playing field that is the World Wide Web. And the way Google is going, it is essential for businesses to publish high...

3 Steps to Eliminate Procrastination I Actually Learned In School

Almost all of us wish we were more productive, well the biggest secret to productivity I have found is time management! If we could eliminate procrastination and manage our time efficiently what we accomplish can be amazing. In this article I share the 3 simple time management steps I learned while I was getting my business degree. Procrastination is the enemy of time management and counterproductive to achieving goals. However, with a little insight, planning, goal setting and action procrastination can be a thing of the past.   Step #1 – Make A List The first step in time management...