The top source for startup resources, business resources and startup business ideas for young entrepreneurs Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:25:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 25 Timeless And Generally Applicable Pieces of Wisdom You’ll Ever Hear Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:42:15 +0000 These are short but generally useful pieces of advice you can apply to your everyday life.

1.Don’t try harder, try differently. If you’re trying to do something and it’s not working, and you try again and it’s not working again, take a step back and try to figure out if there’s a different way to go about doing things. This is applicable to everything from packing a truck to solving people problems.

2. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.” – Steve Jobs

3. The way you are today is most likely the way you will always be — change is hard. You can’t even change yourself 10 percent. But you can change 10 things about yourself 1 percent. Make tiny changes you can sustain.

4. “In whatever you are doing, failure is an option, fear is not” –James Cameron

5. When you take a new job, negotiate for more vacation time, not for more money. Then take all your vacation every single year. You can always get more money — you can never get more time.

6. “You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to.”–Jonathan Franzen

7. Money talks — it says “goodbye”. Money will never love you, it can only buy comfort, not love or security or health or opportunity. Money is good to have but it’s not the end goal. Loving another person is the end goal. As the song says, “The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return.” Believe it.

8. Listen more than you talk. Whatever the context, people will think you’re smarter” — Esther Dyson

9. Stop looking for shortcuts. No, really, stop. Read the whole book, not the Wikipedia summary. Think about it. Life is not a collection of sound bites.

10. “No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other.”–Bret Easton Ellis

11. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

12. Think progress not perfection. In education when someone improves and moves closer to their goal but still struggles this is a good mantra to keep in mind. In education, as well as in life, instant improvement is rare. In day to day life we seek to get better, and even if we still **** up now and then, thinking “progress, not perfection” will keep you motivated when you come up against a challenge.

13. Idleness will almost always lead to regret later. The secret to being happy and content, in general, is to do something of value to yourself and/or others regularly.

14. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Einstein

15. “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
– The Stockdale Paradox

16. Remember, 97% of all advice is worthless. Take what you can use, and trash the rest.

17. “When the pain of where you are is greater than the fear of where you are going, you will change.”

18. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

19. “The wisdom of the years tells me that growing old is a frame of mind, and the way to stay young is to listen to your dreams and to keep one’s vision more ahead than behind” – Andy Russel

20. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, the power of habit becomes easier to grasp, and the only option left is to get to work.” — Charles Duhigg

21. Giving up is always easier than holding on. Funny how people have the courage to miss out the potential and start all over again. Usually repeating the same mistakes over and over again.Don’t give up just yet.

22. “A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.”–Chinua Achebe

23. “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”–Leo Tolstoy

24. “All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they’ll tell you will be wrong.”–Michael Crichto

25. “Words are important. Your word is the most important of all. Your word is who you are.”–Tom Clancy

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[Infographic] What Does It Really Cost To Commute In The UK? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:32:35 +0000 It’s certainly been a case of “when it rains, it pours” for the poor London commuter recently. A tube strike, a concrete-flooded control room and many, many delays have resulted in workers forced to seek out alternative modes of transport to get them to and from the office.The recent 48-hour walkout, which was the result of an ongoing dispute between the TUC and London Underground bosses, has seen further disruption to companies that are hoping 2014 will be the year of the Great British economic revival.

According to this recent infographic from Buzz Conferencing, train delays cost UK businesses £1 billion every year. Quite shocking, when you consider TUC figures that suggest taxpayers in the UK are already paying annual costs of around £1.2 billion to try to ensure the privatised system keeps to its schedules. When will it end? The answer to that question is down to you. If you’re fed up of being held to ransom by the unreliability of the capital’s public transport network, then the simplest solution would be to stop relying on it.

Instead, cut out the commute and work from home. Teleconferencing can make a massive difference when it comes to achieving this, allowing workers to participate in meetings and communicate with colleagues as if they were still in the office. So next time the Victoria line is closed for unforeseen reasons, the Circle line grinds to a halt or Piccadilly Circus descends into chaos, do something about it. It could be the best decision you ever make.



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Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:44:07 +0000 Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success (Daniel Goleman).

Habits of emotionally intelligent people

1. Emotionally intelligent people tend to notice more.

They have a candid and realistic understanding of themselves. It’s not just about knowing what to say and when to say it. Anybody can learn social skills, which are centered around acting and don’t require the actor to mean what they say. It takes more effort, bravery, and personal development to become emotionally intelligent.

2. They keep the end goal in mind.

Those who succeed in life and business keep an eye on the big picture. This means letting go of petty perceived slights and road bumps that present themselves each and every day. When you keep the end goal at the top of your mind, it is easier to negotiate with a difficult client, create successful, win-win partnerships, and focus your energy on what is most important — not getting sidetracked by petty annoyances and putting out little fires.

That goes for relationships, too. If a long-term committed partnership with your spouse is your top priority, then you are less likely to focus on the proverbial toothpaste cap conundrums that trip up so many couples. Even bigger issues such as differences in money management or raising kids are more easily negotiated when you are both focused on lifelong collaboration.

3. Emotionally intelligent people have genuine introspection

People who who seem to display high levels of emotional intelligence also appear to be the most gentle, reserved, kind, and genuine people. They appear to be wise beyond their years. People are not born this way; it takes a certain amount of introspection (and often adversity) to develop a deep sensitivity and awareness of yourself and the world around you.

Genuine introspection and truly knowing oneself, then consciously using that information to develop awareness, compassion, and understanding is what sets emotional intelligence apart from social awareness.

Daniel Goleman, Author -Emotional Intelligence and FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence on developing emotional intelligence

1. First, get committed. Mobilize the motivating power in the left prefrontal areas. If you’re a coach, you’ve got to engage the person, get them enthused about achieving the goal of change. Here it helps to draw on their dreams, their vision for themselves, where they want to be in the future. Then work from where they are now on what they might improve to help them get where they want to go in life.

2. Next, get practical. Don’t take on trying to learn too much all at once. Manage your goal at the level of a specific behavior. Make it practical, so you know exactly what to do and when. For example, say someone has “smartphone syndrome”. You have to break the habit of multi-tasking. Make up an intentional learning plan.

When you start to form the new, better habit you are essentially creating new circuitry that competes with your old habit in a kind of neural Darwinism. To make the new habit strong enough, you’re got to use the power of neuroplasticity – you have to do it over and over again.

If you persist in the better habit, that new circuitry will connect and become more and more powerful, until one day you’ll do the right thing in the right way without a second thought. That means the circuitry has become so connected and thick that this is the brain’s new default option. With that change in the brain, the better habit will become your automatic choice.

How to create a greater sense of emotional intelligence

1. Awareness. Recognising individual emotions as they occur, understanding why they occur, and understanding the effects (both good and bad) they have on you.

2. Control. Resisting impulses and urges (delaying gratification), remaining calm even as chaos ensues, and always thinking clearly when those around you can’t.

3. Assessment. Knowing strengths and weaknesses, learning from mistakes, and constantly striving to build on what you have in an attempt to make yourself better.

4. Vision. Creating a sense of direction in your life, having the foresight to anticipate problems/needs before they arise, and paying attention to the details.

5. Creativity. Thinking outside the box, developing a tolerance for ambiguity, and maintaining an openness to change.

6. Innovation. Seeking out unconventional solutions to problems, keeping an open mind to novelty in the world, and applying creativity in practical ways.

7. Ambition. Setting tough but attainable goals, constantly raising the bar in pursuit of excellence, and feeding the need for achievement whenever you can.

8. Initiative. Taking the first step when opportunity arises, never sitting back because it’s not in your “job description”, and bending the rules (occasionally) when it comes to making progress.

9. Conscientiousness. Accepting responsibility for personal performance, adopting a focused approach in your work, and understanding that nobody else is to blame for your shortcomings.

10. Adaptability. Admitting when you’ve failed, remaining flexible in the face of obstacles, and never being too stubborn to change.

11. Independence. Living with an unshakable sense of who you are, making your own decisions in the face of peer pressure, and acting despite tremendous risk and doubt.

12. Optimism. Understanding we all make mistakes, choosing to persist no matter how many times you’ve failed, and always remaining hopeful that success is just around the corner.

–Twelve aspects of creating emotional intelligence originally shared on Zenhabits

As long as you take the time to really imprint your new behaviours in your mind they’re bound to stick and you’re bound to feel the difference.

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Regeneration Aiding New Startups Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:41:19 +0000 The stormy weather and in particular the floods caused all sorts of expensive damages and wreaked havoc amongst small communities where local residents rely on tourism for the income. However it is not all doom and gloom as the government offered up a pot of £2 million to help refurbish and renovate the worst hit areas promising bespoke advertising campaigns to ignite interest in the area and help regenerate the businesses.

And if you are thinking of setting up a new business, during a time of regeneration is the perfect opportunity. So if you’re considering a new start up then read on for some top tips on making those first few steps.

Clear and Concise

Before you start making any physical or practical arrangements you first need to be totally clear in your own mind as to exactly what it is that you are trying to set up. The best way to achieve a concise explanation that can be rolled out to potential funders, partners and clients is by creating a thorough business plan with clear aims and objectives that outline short and long term goals.


Next consider the practicalities of your business to ensure that it is in fact a feasible opportunity and that you are covered in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. Thinks to consider include business banking which is generally seen as a separate strand of banking to personal banking and as such will need separate research. Don’t just go with your existing bank because they are good with your personal accounts, shop around for the best deals and most appropriate type of banking for your business.

Don’t discount the importance of the different types of insurance you may need as a business such as property and contents, vehicle and life insurance as well as public liability, professional indemnity and employers insurance. If you are unsure about what your insurance needs are then talk to the experts. Internet Insurance Services Ltd can give you a number of quotes based on different packages and will ensure that you are covered.


Next comes the hardest bit, after the research is done, the funds are in place and the business plan is set out comes the grin and bear it bit where you simply have to get stuck in. Often this is the point where people leave their current employment to jump in feet first to entrepreneurship.

This phase generally takes a few months of hard work, stress and little income as everything is put into place. However, stay focused, draw on any support that you are offered and stick at it for soon you will be the proud owner of a flourishing new start up business.

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5 Of The Most Creative Video Ads Worth Sharing Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Most people don’t pay attention to ads anymore. People now expect ads to actually speak to them—to connect to their hopes and dreams, to flip their thinking in unexpected ways and to reflect the world they would like to see around them. Advertising can offer this because, every once in a while, you will  find yourself cracking up or wanting more after watching a commercial that connects with you. These are some of the most creative ads worth sharing.

1. A game of social thrones

A rendition of the iconic opening titles of HBO’s Game of Thrones by Hootsuite.

2. Hands by Honda

This adorably quirkly ad uses sleight-of-hand to celebrate the curiosity of Honda engineers

3. Let’s Save Africa by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (It’s not what you think)

Michael is the best at what he does—when top charities need an African child star for their ads, they call him first. This sarcastic piece reminds us of how ridiculous stereotypes can be, and why we need to throw them out.

4. Stockholm – it’s not a coincidence! Produced by Step2 Communication

This magician’s card tricks will blow your mind, convince you to move to Stockholm.

5. Mistakes by New Zealand Transport Agency

No one should pay for a mistake with their life. That’s the punchline to this powerful conversation between two men without enough time to react to a life-changing accident.

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4 Great Places To Get Content For Your Blog Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:50:51 +0000 Your blog is the lynch pin of your marketing strategy, but constant updates may be more difficult than you thought when you started. While guest posts from other bloggers may help to fill in the gaps on those days when you have nothing to post, they may be a tall order on short notice.

However, there are for websites on the internet that have a large staff of writers ready and willing to generate a post for your blog within a few hours for a price you can afford. Check out these four great places to get content for your blog.

1. Blogmutt

Blogmutt specializes in blog entries and is perhaps the best place to go if you want articles in bulk. You have the freedom to select the topic as well as set a series of sliders to determine what you are looking for in your blog entries (newsy vs evergreen, topical vs promotional etc). You pay a flat monthly rate for set number of blog entries.

Writers are paid a flat rate and submit work to you based on the set of topics and guidelines that you post to your dashboard. You may receive a hundred submissions but you can only buy as many as your plan allows for (from 1-5 posts a week) and the remainder go into a queue that you can pull from in subsequent weeks.

You are free to request revisions, reject inappropriate work, or move posts up/down the queue as you see fit. Blogmutt is a great place to build an inventory of potential blog posts to fill in the gaps in your posting schedule.

2. Interact Media

Interact Media is a website that employs a number of writers on its Zerys platform. Unlike Blogmutt it doesn’t offer a casting call system but rather a job board where freelancers can accept your assignment. This is a more efficient way to get time-sensitive content, as one particular writer will be working on your assignment based upon your deadline.

Their smartpost system lets you customize how much you offer for the article on a cent per-word basis, and this will slowly increase up to the maximum price per work you are willing to pay. Most assignments are accepted well before they achieve the maximum price per word.

All writers on the platform have a star rating that is determined by the work that they have submitted to clients, and you are able to select favorite writers and request direct assignments from them if you think that they perform quality work.

3. Copify is a site that offers more flexibility and transparency than the other services. One of the biggest selling points is that you will know who is doing the work for you and be able to review their online reputation through their profile.

Many services keep their writers anonymous but Copify has an open copywriter directory so that you can see not only the ratings of the writer who will be working on your assignment but also the comments of those who they have worked for in the past.

You are free to order content one post at a time or place a bulk order as is appropriate to your situation, and these will go out to the Copify writing pool for the price you determine. The rate is based upon two tiers of writers: standard writers and professional writers and you will need to compose a brief detailing what you require for your blog post.

4. Textbroker

Textbroker is another option that is very similar to Interact Media, but there are distinct differences. It has a large stable of writers and may be the best place to form a team of writers that you want to work with regularly. You can submit open orders to the job board and determine if you want to have the job open to star ratings of 1-5 star writers, but the higher the star rating you ask for the more difficult it will be to fulfill the assignment.

Unlike Interact Media or Copify writer quality is not determined by client satisfaction with their work. The star rating is determined by a team of editors that review the work long after the fact, and while there is a large number of 2-3 star writers 4-5 star writers are in much shorter supply. This is why it is a good idea to form writer teams of 4-5 star writers and submit your requests as team orders or direct orders.

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The Smartest Product Launch Strategy You Should Be Using Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:28:58 +0000 Your startup launch is the first day you will show your “indoor project” to the  world. A good launch can do great things to your brand & build enough momentum to cut marketing & sales expenditure drastically. The best launch strategy is to build a product people actually want (half the job is done when you are solving a real problem).

6 Months before Launch

1. Get started on Twitter – know the influencers in your area and connect with them. Post content related to your field and build reputation.

2. Get active on forums, Quora on topics related to your product. Answer questions and be a good samaritan.

3. Set up your blog and post interesting content related to your product. Post the broad issues faced etc. Include media to display the human side of your company – photos of your team, office, videos of fun events, etc. Learn the tips for business blogging.

4. Get a good brand name (after some kind of brainstorming) and register your site.

5. Create a splash page – you could use Launchrock – with a signup form.

6. From your small network created in the previous steps, get a few target users to sign up for the alpha/beta.

Goal now: Work on the right product idea that excites your beta customers

3 Months Before Launch

1. Spend some time to design a smart business card that stands out and use the back of the card with a 3 point pitch about your startup.

2. Cultivate relationship with bloggers and media persons in your field. Here are some tips to cultivating the blogger relationships. If you could get bloggers like Robert Scoble and other influencers to get interested, the idea could spread like wildfire.

3. Start attending started related events – keep building networks & exchange business cards. Make your brand – YOU- known.

4. List your startup in Angel List,, CrunchBase, Listio  etc.

Goal now: Build a kick-ass product that people will love

1 Week Before the Launch

1. Build a great landing page that has a clear call to action – signup/phone number to contact/buy the product etc.

2. Optimize your site well as new customers might not be too patient for the site to load.

3. Do basic SEO for your site to bring customers through search.

4. Test your product well – a lot of times people don’t give a second chance. After internal testing you could use services like 99tests to find out critical bugs and scalability issues.

5. Setup Google Analytics in your site and monitor your site daily. Track visits, bounce rate, traffic sources, time spent on site etc.

6. Learn to use social monitoring tools to track your brand across the social media.

7. Write a good press release. A press release is a content that a media could use directly for their story. It is written in third person and talks about your product, team and advantages of your product. Learn to how to write press release and here are tips to write your press release.

8. Setup your Facebook page. Get your friends and contacts to join it. You might want to use Facebook ads to kickstart the fan building process.

8. Create viral content – emotive stories, videos and pictures that people could share in social media easily.

9. Create interesting infographics and slides on content related to your product (stats, benefits, user demographics, comparison to existing products) to post in your blog. You might be able to use the newly launched to create the infographics if you don’t have a create artist.

10. Tease your twitter followers with tweets that gives them a preview of the product in a fun & entertaining way. Without going overboard, give a bikini –reveal enough to keep it interesting without exposing everything.

11. Create fun contests (quizzes, social games, etc) for your twitter & Facebook fans – throw away a few freebies

12. Write personally to bloggers – give exclusives for the big ones- give them a compelling story. Bloggers like to write interesting content and make your story a coherent and a powerful one. Request them not to leak the story till your launch day.

13. Collect a list of all email contacts you and your team knows. Keep these in your CRM or at the least in a single CSV file.

14. Prepare a video demo of your product and record interviews with the team and your initial customers – post them on your youtube channel. Keep it short and fun.

15. Create a kick-ass presentation of your product covering the problem, your solution, benefits etc – post them on your blog and send it over to any blogger who shows interest in your product.

Goal now: Choose the right launch date – ideally in the middle of the week without any impending holidays and other major product launches.

Launch Day

1. Post the howtos, presentation, videos, any testimonial you received from your beta users in your blog. Make your blog the central repository of everything related to your product.

2. Schedule two dozen tweets (you could use tools like Hootsuite for scheduling) to go every hour – each covering a facet of your product – with an appropriate URL in your site

3. Start mailing to all your email contacts. Use a tool like Mailchimp or Aweber to send and track the emails.

4. If you are an internet startup, post your site link on startup directories.

5. Get your team tuned to the social media and be alert to receive feedback. Monitor your site metrics – traffic, load etc.

6. Respond to email queries as fast as possible.

Goal now: Keep listening & responding to feedback, tracking the results, and be agile in enacting changes

Post Launch

1. Thank any blogger who has covered your event.

2. Be active on social media and engage customers who mention your product and collect their feedback. Take their negative feedback without being defensive.

3. Fix the bugs and work on feature requests if they make sense

4. Write tutorials to help your customer use your features better.

5. Keep looking out for events to demo your product.

6. Put your domain name in your business cards, email signature, presentations and any other relevant communication.

Originally shared on Quora

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The Benefits of Extra Printer Memory for Business Users Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:35:34 +0000 When purchasing a new printer for your business, the price of equipment and its operational costs are understandably the main focus of most buyers. However, in the bid to find a cost-efficient printer, its useful, technical functions are often overlooked.

One of the most important yet neglected features is printer memory, so here are the questions you should be asking when purchasing your equipment:

What is Printer Memory?

Almost every printer has a built-in memory (RAM) which it uses to store the print jobs that are sent to it. When they are printed, they are cleared from the memory and it’s free to accept new requests.

Why is it important?

When you send documents to a printer, it needs to be able to store all of the information transmitted before beginning to print.

The bigger the memory, the more frequent or complex jobs the printer can process; which is particularly useful for producing high volume documents or those with high resolution images like brochures, presentations and promotional materials.

How much memory does a printer have?

This varies between manufacturers and models. As a rough guide, a compact printer used by a home user or small business could have anything between 32MB and 128MB of RAM.

More robust printers that are suited to the workplace are more likely to have 256MB to 512MB of RAM, while printers specifically designed for graphics could have anything from 1GB upward.

Can I add more memory?

Yes! When buying a printer, one of the most important things to look for is whether the memory can be upgraded.

Having the option to add more memory, means that your printer’s performance can keep up with future business demands and you won’t face the unnecessary expense of replacing your existing machine.

What happens if my printer memory is full?

Have you ever stood by the printer and wondered why it’s taking a long time to produce your work? A full memory is likely to be the cause.

When printer memory reaches capacity, it slows down the whole system which impacts on output quality and causes a backlog of jobs waiting to print. This can be really problematic for networked printers which a lot of people use.

Installing extra memory usually fixes this problem and returns your printer’s high speed and quality to normal.

Another advantage of having extra printer memory is that employees can send documents to a printer and leave them there until they are ready for production, reducing the amount of trips they have to make to collect documents.

It also means that large printing jobs can be scheduled to run overnight so they don’t interfere with daytime operations.

How is extra memory installed?

You can buy or even rent additional printer memory boards. These need to be fitted inside your printer and the method of doing this will vary between manufacturer models.

Check your instruction manual for a step-by-step guide, or call your printer technician or maintenance contractor who can do this for you.

If you want to purchase a new printer or upgrade the memory in an existing one, contact the industry experts at Copy Logic who can offer you great advice and support to find the right memory capabilities for your business, and keep it running smoothly.

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6 Important Tips for Hiring Your Next Online Freelancer Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:49:39 +0000 The freelance economy has grown considerably in the last half decade or less and according to some studies in the USA; freelancers are estimated will be half of the workforce by 2020.

Needless to say, it’s understandable why this is the case; the freelance economy is a fantastic alternative for businesses hoping to leverage their contingent workforce. Statistics from the Staffing Industry Association saw online staffing increase by 60% in 2012 – a remarkable increase.

The reason a lot of businesses are still wary of the getting involved in the freelance economy is based on it being something of an unknown to them. Luckily for businesses, there are a number of websites out there, including PeopleperHour that do a great job showcasing the freelancer’s job history, portfolio, previous work and a whole lot more.

However, with hiring freelancers becoming incredibly common and a range of great transparent options that showcase freelancer’s talents clearly online very prominent, it can be considered a safe bet. So, to ease you toward considering hiring online freelancers, here are some tips and advice on how to do so.

1. The Description

For businesses hoping to hire a quality freelancer, the job description is everything. You want the people applying for your position or job to be completely clear with what’s involved before sending a proposal.

If you create clarity from the off, you’ll be far more inclined to see clear responses and proposals in return. So, create a detailed, clear description of what you need and when you need it by, making sure that you point out any specific needs or focuses.

2. Portfolio of Work

Talking the talk is good and well, but walking the walk is incredibly important. You need to know that the proposal sent matches up the delivery and the best way to do this is to take a look at a portfolio of work.

That said if you feel the need to ask a freelancer something, then just go right ahead and do so. Always ask anything you need clarified or aren’t sure of, check for previous work and take heed of their reviews – all of these are great for evaluating the quality of the freelancer.

3. Communication

A good freelance relationship is based on good communication and setting the ground rules for keeping contact is very important.

Ideally, set up a means of communication, time of contact and when and how regular contact should be. If you deal with freelancers from a different country then it’s often best to use messaging systems for communication as time differences may not make such a method simple.

4. Price isn’t everything

Remember that you often pay for what you get, so use some discretion regards pricing when deciding on someone to work for you. Even though there are plenty of great low cost contractors out there, it’s often a good idea to examine other factors besides price before choosing.

Remember that freelance marketplaces tend to push prices down to a degree, so you’ll probably get good value anyhow. Also, remember that the value of some jobs may be less or more depending on geographic location.

5. Manage Expectations

If a project tends to miss out on milestones again and again it can be a big problem. Sorting out expectations beforehand can prevent this being a problem. So, provide clear details as regards these expectations and be organised and provide a clear framework for the job. This will greatly ensure your project works on time and to schedule.

6. Payment Terms

Payment terms can work in conjunction with the milestones and paying as certain goals are reached can be a reasonable way to work with freelancers. Most freelancing websites will keep money in Escrow until it’s required and offer a safe and secure way for the freelancer and the buyer to work together.

These tips will ensure you and your freelancer has a smooth, fruitful and hopefully long relationship together.

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Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happy For At Least 90 Days In A Row Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:03:14 +0000 Everyone aspires to the greatest goal in life: to achieve true happiness. But most people are simply not happy, they just don’t achieve it. The choice you make today will impact the way you feel mentally and physically: choose happiness. Are you happy right now with your life, work and your relationship?

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” 
― Tom Bodett

–The kinds of happy lives

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by your genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to you. In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and the meaningful life, which “consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are.” According to him the pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution to a lasting fulfillment.

–Joy is contagious.

Researchers of the Framingham Heart Study who investigated the spread of happiness over 20 years found that those who are surrounded by happy people “are more likely to become happy in the future.” This is reason enough to dump the Debbie Downers and spend more time with uplifting people.

–Science-based ways to be happier from Belle Beth Cooper, Content Crafter at Buffer.

Sleep more: You’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions

We know that sleep helps our body recover from the day and repair itself and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out sleep is also important for happiness.

In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects positivity:

Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine.

In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.”

The BPS Research Digest explores another study that proves sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions. Using a facial recognition task throughout the course of a day, researchers studied how sensitive participants were to positive and negative emotions. Those who worked through the afternoon without taking a nap became more sensitive to negative emotions like fear and anger.

–Kate Bratskeir of Huffington Post on habits of happy people.

Forget small talks, focus on deeper conversations

Sitting down to talk about what makes you tick is a prime practice for feeling good about life.A study published in Psychological Science found that those who take part in more substantive conversation and less trivial chit chat experienced more feelings of satisfaction.

“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings,” is one of the top five regrets of the dying – a sentiment that hints at the fact that people wish they’d spent less time talking about the weather and more time delving into what it is that makes their heart swell.

Laughter is still the best medicine

In the case of The Blues, this may hold some truth. A good, old-fashioned chuckle releases happy brain chemicals that, other than providing the exuberant buzz we seek, make humans better equipped to tolerate both pain and stress.

And you might be able to get away with counting a joke-swapping session as a workout (maybe). “The body’s response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise,” explained Dr. Lee Berk, the lead researcher of a 2010 study focused on laughter’s effects on the body. The same study found that some of the benefits associated with working out, like a healthy immune system, controlled appetite and improved cholesterol can also be achieved through laughter.

 Cultivate gratitude

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise.” It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.

Remember, money can’t buy happiness

Research shows that once income climbs above the poverty level, more money brings very little extra happiness. Yet, “we keep assuming that because things aren’t bringing us happiness, they’re the wrong things, rather than recognizing that the pursuit itself is futile,” writes Daniel Gilbert in his book, Stumbling on Happiness. “Regardless of what we achieve in the pursuit of stuff, it’s never going to bring about an enduring state of happiness.”

–Jeff Haden of Likehacker on what not to do to be happier.

Stop doing these things right now

Stop the blame game: Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others is empowering—because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time. And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.

Don’t try to impress everybody: Genuine relationships make you happier, and you’ll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.

Whining makes you feel worse: our words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better. If something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better.

Don’t let your fears hold you back: We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, or what we won’t be able to do, or how other people might perceive us.Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today. Do something. Do anything. Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ― Guillaume Apollinaire

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