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Lendpreneurs help career pros

Lendpreneurs are those who assist others in their career or business. We hear all the time about helping others.

Each one of us has access to information, leads or resources that can help another person.
Business Friend shared a digital contract signing service with me & I have shared it with others.
I have shared which CRM program I use with others.

Resources & helping other career professionals usually comes thru conversations we have with others.
Friend of mine once said what CRM they use that’s inexpensive & integrates with LinkedIn.

In the last four years or so; have been blessed with knowing medical professionals online & when I have a question can ask them what resources are best.

The only thing is that when we get help we need to not sit on it idly.

Client & I were talking once.

Mentioned how I’d met people through various business networking, workshops & more.
Sometimes these people were fairly new or struggling.

I’m no Marketing or Profit expert but may be able to introduce them to those who are able to help.

In fact, had said to those who mentioned where they struggled that I may know a person to help them.
Wasn’t an easy road when I started & had no one to help me at the start.

I remember my disappointment from back then and how I struggled.

Hope with a Professional Introduction suited to their business, they will get helped too.

Well, succeeding wasn’t that important to them.

Why? Because they didn’t jump on my offer to introduce them.

I have a rule on the role of Lendpreneurs – offer help twice.

It’s not my business that will benefit financially & should you do nothing; you’re on your own.

If you’re sinking & I throw you a lifesaving device it’s useless not to use it.

Ask Customer Support

Last week was looking at an online service & needed to ask customer support.
It was actually another social media scheduling service with some enhanced features. Couldn’t find the answers in their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) so had sent off a request to their customer support.

The autoresponse was that they answer within a few hours. Indeed they did get back to me quickly.

I asked the questions I needed & even learned something that I didn’t know.
Just as both Facebook as well as LinkedIn both have personal profiles and business pages; so does Google Plus.

It was suggested recently how it’s good for SEO to publish social media posts on Google Plus.

Asked this social media scheduling service when they said Google Plus is that the personal profile or business (fan page)?

Was happy to learn Google Plus has changed their API (fancy word for access).

They now allow third party apps to publish postings to personal profiles. Wonderful news!

Have yet to try out this new scheduling program and I’m confident we’ll love it.

Had I not taken the time to contact the company and ask questions then I wouldn’t have learned any of this or gotten answers I needed about this service.

Sometimes extra information or resources on services we want to use are available but we have to ask.

Had a similar situation with an email newsletter program some of our clients use.

Couldn’t find the answer so contacted the service to ask customer support.
And they happily gave us the answer that yes, what modifications we’d asked about was available.

The role of customer support whether online or by telephone is to assist customers.

We don’t learn unless we ask & if we don’t contact customer support with our questions; their jobs will not exist.

Self Employment for some is a career wish.

For others, it’s what they’d never wish for.

Not everyone is the employee type & do better working on their own.

Self Employed isn’t always your own business (we’ll discuss in future).

Five years ago today left a regular work schedule but still do contract work.

The good side of self-employment is that you can set your own schedule, work your own hours.
Doesn’t matter whether 2AM or 2PM (depending on what needs doing) you can get work done.

We do our best work quietly in the early morning & pre-work tasks before the rest start their day.

Being a person who is always in demand in my regular life & who spent a lifetime dealing with my own illnesses; self-employment works great for me. All those who told me to give it up are the ones who depend on me.

I like being able to set my own hours, work well alone & enjoy less noise. No having to call work and say kids/family are ill & that I must take care of them.

In our home; I handle all the telephone calls, postal mail & other home life administration.

The downside to self employment is you don’t get the same interaction you do in a regular job.
There’s no regular paycheck every two weeks. You don’t get to meet your co-workers & there’s no such thing as days off anymore.

Nothing is regular, not even your workday.

Working for yourself requires much self discipline to keep yourself on track.

You live, eat & sleep work.

All in all, would not give up this career life for anything.

Being self employed was a life long dream.

Luckily from long before VYA started; have other life interests that help balance out the serious work week.

Business Networking happens everywhere.
It happens so casually in our regular lives that sometimes we barely notice.

When I was new in business & had just started business networking

Once at an old workplace, a fellow co-worker was chatting with me.
Mentioned what they were searching for.
Asked me if I knew anywhere they could buy that & I said no.
Yet another co-worker overheard & told us their friend could help.

Once was out on a leisure day & subject of a service came up as we passed by a building sign.
Well, it turned out that one had been looking for that but wasn’t sure whom to ask.
Then they told friends they’d gotten that service.

One person said he believes that people who aren’t in business; do more networking.

It is said that Word Of Mouth is the strongest form of marketing there is.

Many use the same hairdresser, accountant or share a great deal they found.

Often times people invite their friends to what they are going to or want to go because their friends are going.

Business cards are gained from networking events or business meetings but they can also be found on bulletin boards at coffee shops, grocery stores & apartment building mailroom corkboard.

Flyers about local services come in the mail.

Need a realtor? There are notepads, postcards, flyers & letters that arrive in the mail.

Do you ever read the paper seeing the same paid ads over & over?
Eventually, you recall that advertisement & call when needed.

Last week went for groceries & ran into someone employed by an onsite promotional marketing company.
Used to pass by their territory area when going to work. I knew the company thru other people as well.
We started talking & they told me of the different area managers.

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

Quite often get questions from those new to using Social Media For Business.
They want to know what people in their industry share so we usually take a look so they have an idea.

In a few cases have come across shock of having to explain that posting content on your social networks isn’t all about you.

Sharing is about value not just generating money.

One person who was wanting to start had asked is it 80% personal & 20% business?

Reply we gave was that anything “Promotional” should be the second or third posting only.
Imagine each time you talk to your friends or family it’s to ask them to buy.
Or if they did that to you!

With social media; it doesn’t have to be a competitor’s article that you share.
Nor does it have to be in bad taste.

We share our blog posts, useful resources, interesting articles, relevant quotes, Memes
& even a song of the day.

During certain times of the year such as Christmas or even summer; we have a few fun themed postings for ourselves as well as clients.

People tell us that they enjoy what we share!

Many times those we known in real life as well online tells us they enjoy the professional content we share.

Whatever you share or however much you share, keep it consistent.

All too often people have scattered sharing. One week on, two weeks off, then another week on & three weeks off.

If you’re finding that your posting are too scattered or you want to post more often & just don’t have time..Drop us a line!

Side Income for Layoffs

Job loss and layoffs everywhere we turn.
Caught a bit of the news last night & heard of a city with a mill shutting down.
They are laying off 200+ people & December isn’t a good month for it to happen.

Been fortunate to have never dealt with being laid off due to company closure.
Have had two seasonal jobs in my life & one of them turned into permanent.

Now the age of old question is it bad to be self-employed or is it better (or bad) to hold a regular job & risk closures & layoffs.

During most of my adult life was always a two jobs person in order to have a “safety net”.

If one job ended or was slow then I’d at least have a backup.

Many say that sources of income work the same way.

They say the Average Millionaire has at least Seven Sources of Income.

Friend that I’d made thru a former workplace once said that while he’s chosen to stay in a FullTime job; his income doesn’t stop there.

He believes that even those who work a regular job should have side income opportunities for extra money.

Many people involve themselves in Multi-Level Marketing or perhaps they’re a DJ, tutor, baker etc.

Have tried my hand at Multi-Level Marketing but it wasn’t what I was cut out for.

I also had very weak sales & prospecting skills at that time.

People often wonder what to do as a side income.

Friend had once asked myself & another what she should do.

Suggestion offered by me was pick skillset interest.

When becoming a technology tutor; it was because a relative called asking how to do something.
I’m a Geek just never thought it to make $$. Anything is better than zero.

What skill do you have to make extra money?

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