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“I also turn down work because of my stand on honesty, integrity, and quality.
Authenticity and originality are my primary goals in everything I do.
To do less is to diminish me as a person, and brand. ”
—- Robert Medak
There are many job boards and opportunities for academic writers. I have chosen to never write academic articles.
You would probably ask me why?
For me, it is about a moral code I developed decades ago. I believe strongly in honesty, integrity, and quality.
If I were to write an academic paper and a student were to turn it in as an assignment: He/She has plagiarized. It isn’t his work.
He/She hasn’t learned anything. This is the purpose of an academic paper. Research and fact finding thus gaining experience and knowledge.
He/She has not learned how to rely on themselves.
He/She is taking the easy way out by cutting corners.
Even the possibility of academic articles being used for this purpose is enough for me to have no desire to write academic articles.
A number of years ago while in college, I wrote a paper on Microwave Vaccum Tubes. I designed an electronic schematic showing all formulas concerning the parts list and how I derived the values for the components.
There were reasons that this work was assigned. What would I have learned if I had ordered an academic paper?
I also did a review of a book for a political science course taken for my major.
These were for separate courses that showcased my work, not someone else, the grades received were earned my me.
By doing the work I proved that I am not part of the almost 50 percent of today’s freshmen applying to community college must be remediated because they are unable to perform college-level work.
Businesses are spending 3.1 billion dollars a year remediating employees because colleges students do not have adequate communication and math skills for today’s businesses.
Being an old-school grammarian, there are times when visiting websites, readers should be appalled by the grammar and punctuation errors, verb-subject agreement, and poor writing.
Granted, that typos are impossible to catch everyone. The point is, that before anything is posted to the internet or any media it should be thoroughly edited and proofread.
Read and you will find words being used that show a lack of the basic understanding of English.
Where have native English speakers learned that it is okay to use learnt when they mean learned?
Just because a word has been added to a lexicon doesn’t mean it should be used instead of the proper word.
Social media and texting is the downfall of proper English, I can’t speak for other languages since I don’t speak any.
How are your communication and math skills?
Do you read?
Do you practice your communication and math skills?
Do you spend time expanding your vocabulary?
Through the use of judicious use of proper English for verbal and written communication will help in clear and concise communication to establish what the communicator is trying to say and have it understood whoever hears or reads it.
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What to do when Health Issues Ruin Your Week
Living with a number of diagnosed medical and emotional conditions:
Anxiety, Diabetes Type 2, Gout, Hypercholesterolemia, Meniere’s Disease, Neuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Pernicious Anemia, and Supraventricular Tachycardia. I have a small pharmacy in my home because of these conditions.
The week of November 15, 2015 was not a good one for me. This is not an excuse for not keeping up with reading and learning about how to increase traffic and marketing my services online. It just takes longer.
On Wednesday November 15, 2015, my wife and I needed to run some errands. While out of the house, many physical manifestations began to arise. Their toll felt for days afterward.
I am grateful to be able to work from home with no supervisor hovering over me, wondering why I’m not busting hump on the latest project. I did have some problems with supervisors at my job with PacBell, a contributing factor to my retiring early. I retired at age 58.
As age crept up on me, so did other medical conditions. Cataract surgery for one. These are the “Golden years”.
If you are living with health issues
First, create a sick day plan.
The sick day plan should include working on some aspect of your business. Being under the weather doesn’t mean you give up. It only means you may have to rearrange your schedule.
Second, keeping up with clients.
If a time comes when you are not 100 percent, you need to contact your client and let them know, especially if any illness may adversely affect the timeline you’ve given them for their contracted project.
Looking like an amateur to your client is horrendous to your business and personal reputation by not keeping them up to date on their project.
Third, always keep as healthy as possible.
When working, you must consider making time for yourself. You must eat, exercise, and take mental health breaks to maintain optimal health. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for you and your business. If you are not 100 percent, your business won’t be either.
Your health is more important than your business if you work from home as a freelancer or consultant.
I can attest to this from personal experience.
Consider creating a wellness program for optimal health that will allow you to run your home based business efficiently and effectively.
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Many People Want to Work from Home
Unfortunately, working from home isn’t as easy as some portray. Many individuals and companies are willing to tell you it is, if only you buy this book, program or software, their agenda is to make money from you.
A Bit about Who I am
I have no agenda other than to help people by what I have learned from nine plus years working from home trying to build a business online. I began this journey three years after retiring from a job I held with a company for thirty-seven years.
The company was downsizing and wanted older employees to retire with a package that was hard not to accept.
Because of medical conditions, my wife and I decided it was time to take PacBell up on their offer. I retired in December of 2003 and began my journey my way in February 2006.
Along my journey, I added other services because the company I was contract with asked me to edit a manuscript besides the reviews I was writing for them. Through that company, I began to contract for another company as a reader and writer.
I would read books and determine if a book was worthy of being printed and to write a review if my opinion was yes the story should be considered for publication. Almost the duties of an acquisitions editor.
I have interned as a copy editor for and online site and worked freelance from job boards. I mention this only as a bit of background of what I’ve done from home.
Work from Home
First, ask yourself why you want to work from home.
- Be your own boss
- More time for life (Family, friends … etc.)
- Something you feel qualified to do (Would you do it if you never received money for it? This is what passion is all about.)
- Make some extra money
Second, forget about life work balance if you want to grow your business and be able to afford to quit your 9 to 5 job. Until your work from home scheme is able to pay for your present lifestyle, don’t quit your day job.
Third and perhaps the most important, how many hats you are willing wear in your business.
Hats? Yes, hats. Let me list a few hats unless you have deep enough pockets to outsource them.
- Office manager
- Business plan writer
- Content writer
- Data Processor
- HTML manager
- SEO manager
- Social media manager
- Web designer
There may also have to wear other hats that may crop up while running a business. You must be quick on your feet and flexible. There are always challenges and opportunities to learn more about being a contract employee.
There may be state, county, and local licenses and taxes that may be required to run a business from home.
As a work from home freelancer, you will be responsible for health insurance, business insurance, records, keeping books for the IRS if you are in America. You will be paying quarterly taxes.
How will you conduct your business? You will need to consult an attorney to make a decision to be a DBA (Doing Business As), LLC (Limited Liability Corporation), or an S or C Corporation.
Each has pros and cons. I highly recommend you consult an attorney to explain the differences to you so can make an informed decision.
What do you need to Work from Home?
- High speed internet
- Computer with sufficient RAM and Hard drive space for business only
- A dedicated business telephone line
- A dedicated workspace free of distractions
- A separate business bank account
As you can see, working from home is far from as simple as some think. It is hard work and long hours to create a thriving home based business.
It is not all downside; there are many benefits to working from home, one needs to look at the reality of working for themselves in a home based business.
Any business is hard work and long hours to make is successful.
If you decide to go into business, think about what I’ve said here and be clear about what your motives for going into a home based business are.
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What do I mean by “You are Your Platform”?
Are you online?
Whatever you post, how you interact, are you helpful and engaging, have you built trust with your contacts, do you add value, and this is your platform (You).
Are your interpersonal skills good or do they need work so potential clients want to work with you.
What happens when someone Googles your name, what will they find on sites like Facebook and other social sites. Are you sure that everything you post portrays you in a good light and someone that is a good fit for people searching for what you offer.
You must always guard your reputation because it is all you have to put in front of potential clients. Do not post pictures or rants that portray you as someone extreme with views that might reflect a negative persona. This could hurt your chances to convert visitors to your site.
You as a platform, may be a foreign concept but think of it as applying for an open position. The open position is your client has and you want it. You have to present yourself as the best choice or their open position. The question is does your online and offline person reflect you as the best choice because you are in a competition with others. Why are you the best? Do you bring value?
Does your persona reflect confidence and trustworthiness? If it doesn’t, you could lose out on jobs you might like and feel are in your wheelhouse.
You must always put you best foot forward at all times. One way to do this is to answer questions that others online and offline may have. Be helpful and pay it forward. You’ll be surprised what you get back in return. Be the go to person for your niche.
If you are helpful and offer value to clients, your chances of getting referrals and testimonials increases without have to work at it, happy clients are your best advertising.
Consider being a lifelong learner by keeping up with the changes in your niche and the Federal Trade Commission rules if you are in the United States.
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Many people in business on the internet have heard the term “Content Marketing” but may not completely understand what the term means.
“Content Marketing – Formal Definition
Content marketing is the marketing and business process for creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience – with the objective of driving profitable customer action.
A content marketing strategy can leverage all story channels (print, online, in-person, mobile, social, etc.), be employed at any and all stages of the buying process, from attention-oriented strategies to retention and loyalty strategies, and include multiple buying groups.
Content marketing is comparable to what media companies do as their core business, except that in place of paid content or sponsorship as a measure of success, brands define success by ultimately selling more products or services.”
This may be a bit too formal for some. My definition of Content Marketing is this:
The creation of value added content (any medium such as a blog, website, social media, networking, etc.) that explains what you as an entrepreneur, freelancer or small business owner have to offer that is of benefit to your customers.
I would also like to add the definition of the term “copy” which I use quite often when writing about blog posts, articles, press releases (PR), etc.
According to the definition found in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition “Copy” is:
4 a: matter to be set esp. for printing.
b: something considered printable or newsworthy – used without an article
c: text esp. of an advertisement
Copy is anything suitable for printing. Is a blog post suitable for printing? When you hit the post button, your post is electronically printed. Therefore, anything created that involves text is copy.
Content consists of video, eBooks, whitepapers, infographics, case studies, how-to guides, etc. Content is any media that positions you to drive traffic to your business with an audience looking for what you have to offer.
In subsequent posts, I will be covering more about the marketing aspect of content as it relates to your ideal customer.
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What do I mean pay to play?
Facebook, created years ago, has a growing membership in the multimillions. Facebook frequently changes their algorithms, with subsequent algorithm changes, organic page likes fluctuate as does post reach, unless an account holder pays for expanded reach. The more you pay the greater the reach, these costs for expanded reach range from five dollars to two hundred dollars. The more you are willing to purchase reach the greater the reach. Promotion and advertising reach will cost you whatever you can afford. The more you can afford the greater the reach.
What is Reach?
Reach simply put, is the number of people that will see your Facebook post or advertisement.
Is Pay to Play Right for Your Business?
First, no business should go into debt, to fund their business and reaching out for new customers and advertising. Going into debt to fund your business is one way you quickly go out of business.
NOTE: Never spend more than you can comfortable afford on your business from revenue.
If you are an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business, how much can you budget for paying to play against revenue to run your business is an extremely important equation. This is part of your marketing budget expense. What can you realistically afford without leaving the business short of funding and operational expenses? All businesses must know this number at all times. Put your account hat on and keep a handle on your working capital and budget items.
Whether entrepreneur or freelancer, you are a business, this is something that you must keep in mind. You must also realize that the business income is not your money; the money belongs to the business for operation and growth, not for paying personal living expenses.
Under funding, is a major cause of businesses closing down. Can you afford to spend money you don’t have? Most people who spend more than they make are soon in deep financial trouble. Don’t be one of them!
If you plan is having money and time to be free by starting a business, don’t. For a business to be viable, you will be spending many hours, weeks, and months devoting both to the business.
There is a dramatic learning curve to creating a startup. Most startups cannot afford to outsource many of the day-to-day operations. In the beginning, these operations are up to you until the business can afford the costs of outsourcing which isn’t cheap.
This is what true pay to play is all about. You want to freelance, or create a startup; it is going to cost you to join the ranks of entrepreneur. Don’t spend what you don’t have from the business.
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