21 01 14
writer training

Ever wondered about what it would take to write an ad, sales letter, or just an article on your favorite topic? If you have ever considered becoming a writer, full time, earning a six figure income, you can do this. The programs are there to teach you the basics and move into advanced copy writing skills.

American Writers & Artists, Inc offer several programs to get you started on developing a writing career. Even if you are full time employed, you can fit the training into your schedule.

Copy writing can be as simple as writing a short letter, or as complicated as creating a 1000 word article about a topic. You can write for products, create “How to” articles, blog topics, the list is endless.

Working from home is not a passing fad. More companies are closing their doors and unemployment rates are rising. The competition for what you do is stiff. And I am not sure of you, but considering minimum wage is so low, I would rather work on creating a six figure income. Each day is another day to creating it.

Just think, if you can fit an hour a day in, say five days a week, you are on your way. A writer’s life can be boring or glamorous, it is what you make of it.

Here is a list of a few of American Writers & Artists, Inc.’s programs:

  • Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting
  • How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites
  • The Barefoot Writer
  • Copywriting 2.0 Your Complete Guide to Writing Web Copy that Converts

These are just a few of the programs American Writers & Artists, Inc. offers budding writers.

Wishing you the best on your copywriting career.

10 12 13

The holidays are coming soon, full of good food, family and presents. For many of us the holidays are the happiest time of year and something we look forward to for months. However, with all of the lovely distractions, it can be easy to forget other commitments—such as our desire to help the environment. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be hard to go green and still enjoy all of your favorite holiday traditions. Here are five ways how you can do just that.

1. Reuse Wrapping Paper

All of those beautiful wrappings are one of the biggest sources of waste during the holiday season. Instead of going out and buying new paper every year and then immediately throwing it away Christmas morning, save the paper that is salvageable and use it again the next year. The same goes for boxes, gift bags and ribbons. You can also make your own pretty wrappings out of paper bags from the grocery store by using a Christmas stamp or some pretty ribbon to dress it up. Functional wrappings, such as a scarf or towel, provide a quick option if you aren’t crafty or have a last minute gift to prepare.

2. Buy Used Decorations

There’s really no reason to spend our hard-earned cash on brand new decorations year after year. Instead, go to thrift shops to look for used bargain pieces that can get a second life, be used year after year and save your money for other things
(such as more presents or a killer Christmas dinner). Carefully wrap and store your decorations away after the holidays are over, and pull them out again next year. After 12 months, they will feel like brand new.

3. Cut Back on Energy Consumption

We tend to consume much more energy in the winter, as we are heating our homes through the cold winter months, and tend drive cars instead of walk in order to stay out of the cold. There’s no need to freeze out your holiday guests or yourself this holiday season in the name of saving the planet, but there are some easy ways to cut back on energy consumption. Many digital home automation systems come with a smart thermostat that will automatically turn the heat down while you are away and then turn it back up, so your house is nice and toasty when you arrive back home. Turning the thermostat down at night, or during a party, when the room temperature tends to rise naturally, are also good options.

4. Go Paperless

Receipts, family letters and Christmas cards all use up a lot of paper and are all thrown away in a matter of weeks. Instead, save paper and money by going paperless. Ask stores to email you a gift receipt instead of printing one, and send cards and letters via email or other e-card services. Most of these services will now let you customize your card complete with the traditional family photo and all for free, so no need to make sacrifices.

5. Watch Water Use

Water use tends to go up during the holidays as we are feeding big crowds and washing lots of dishes. Be conscious of how much water you use while you are preparing and cleaning up meals, and look for ways to conserve. Filling the sink up with suds to wash instead of leaving the faucet running, for example, can save gallons of water. Scraping plates into the trash instead of rinsing them will also save water.

10 09 13

customizable trading pins to reward employees
Reward employees for a job well done
It’s about 3:00 PM and you look around in your office and everyone just has a “burnt out” look, and production starts going down. It’s perfectly normal to see the office dragging a bit during certain hours of the day or later in the week. That’s why so many companies do incentives or have commission based programs to keep their employees working hard all day every day.

Many companies have monthly goals for their employees to work towards with some kind of incentive like extra money or a gift card to a place. Or sometimes an office competition is the right amount of office motivation to get your employees working hard. You need to be careful though to make the incentive worthwhile to make your employees excited about it. No one wants to work hard for something cheesy.

Throughout this article you will get some ideas of what to do to help your employees have fun and work harder in the office.

Candy Bars

This is a very simple and inexpensive incentive that you can offer your employees. You obviously want to make this something for a afternoons worth of work or something simple like that. Odds are if you use a candy bar to try and encourage people for a months’ worth of work it’s not going to get the results you’re looking for. However, this is a perfect little thing to give your employees during a afternoon competition. You could also use soda or something else like that, just swing by a gas station during your lunch break and grab something for your office.

Gift Cards

This is a great goal that you can set for your entire office for a monthly incentive. If you have an office that thrives off of numbers or new clients you can set goals for individual employees. For example let your employees know that if they get 100 new clients then you will give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant good for a dinner of two. Its not much but it is something that will get your employees to work harder. Plus incentives like this gain steam in the office when people talk around the water cooler. Your employees will want to work harder because they are not going to be out done by their coworkers or seem less valuable to the boss. .

Business Apparel

This could be a way to promote company loyalty and make people. If you offer to get some people some company jackets, shirts or some customizable trading pins then your employees can get some company gear they will wear outside of the office and then that turns into free advertising and could even get you a couple new customers.

Money

Who doesn’t love a little bit of cash? This one is about as simple as it gets and can be what most people in the office wants. That is the reason why they are working in the first place. You can offer to stick and extra 200 dollars in their paycheck if they reach their goals. You want to make sure that it is enough to encourage your employees to work harder to make sure they are getting their numbers and an extra handful of cash.

Make sure you talk to all your employees to get an idea of what each one wants and what would be the best possible ideas for your employees. If you listen to them then they will feel like you value their opinion and then you can build better relationships with your office and that in turn gets your office to work harder.

Author Bio

Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

Email- Annabellesmyth@gmail.com

22 08 13

A business is nothing without its customers. Customers, however, might be a little difficult to attract. Potential patrons may have scores of other shops and businesses they could spend their money on. Therefore, it is up to the business to take a few extra steps to draw in those much needed customers in Utah. Here are six extremely helpful means of achieving just such a goal.

Be As Personable As Possible

Basically, you do want to take time out to get to know your customers. This way, they become frequent customers. More importantly, they will speak highly of your business and their recommendations will aid in drawing more customers to your establishment. Consider implementing some sort of customer feedback program.

Offer Great Deals and Discounts

Lower costs are always appealing. When special offers, deals and discounts are offered, the eyes of potential customers will be captured. Once they have entered into the store to take advantage of the deals and discounts, they may be suitably impressed to become regular patrons. The 80/20 rule is often cited when it comes to discussions about business success. This rule means 80% of your sales comes from 20% of your customers. Offering special deals might help you boost those much needed sale numbers. Offer special deals over social media and text to get new customers.

Allow Your Customers to Know You Are There to Help Them

You do not want to just make a sale for the bucks. You also want to convey that you are in business to help people who walk into your establishment. Once this sentiment is conveyed, customers might end up becoming very loyal to your business.

Improve the Look of the Exterior of the Business

No one is going to be in much of a rush to enter into a business if the exterior is lacking. Simply calling a commercial window cleaning service might be more than enough to make the exterior inviting. Commercial cleaning service professionals can help a business much more than you would initially think. A welcoming store has the potential to be very successful. Some may even wish to go the next step which would be to redesign it or decorate it. So be it! This might be a very helpful tactic as well.

Be Original and Specific

Boring, generic advertising campaigns may be able to effectively convey what product or service your business deals in, these campaigns are not exactly very captivating. By getting across what it is that makes your business special, you just might draw in more customers. If you’re a software business, find your target niche and work to attract them over social media and through SEO. Target your marketing campaigns at specific markets.

Never Be Shy To Flaunt Your Positive Points

As the saying goes, it is never bragging when what you are saying is true. If there is something very special about your business, you definitely want to make sure the world knows about it.

Author Bio:

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

15 08 13

When operating a business, it’s important to appear as professional as possible in all areas, including the financial part. For that reason, most businesses open a separate checking account for their business to maintain not only a professional appearance, but to also keep personal and business finances free from one another. In addition, there are many other reasons to not use your personal checking account for business purposes.

Image is Everything

Using a personal checking account for business purposes makes it appear as though the owner does not take the business seriously enough to establish a separate account. On a business account, an owner can use his Doing Business As name rather than his personal name. Because some personal accounts are joint accounts, the checks used for business would have spouse’s names on them, as well as the home address and possibly phone number. It’s considered far more professional to send checks with a business name on them, and they also allow an owner to request payments with the business name on them. Using cheap personal checks with silly designs will be a quick way to becoming a laughingstock with new and established customers.

Company Finances

Using a business account that’s separate from a personal account makes it easier to manage the company’s finances. Having a business account will allow an owner to pull up a year-end report to review charges and deposits without having to sort through a bunch of personal transactions.

Analyzing Business Trends

Using a business checking account will allow an owner to gain a better understanding of business trends and how the company is spending money. Being able to compile financial statements quickly and accurately will save an owner not only time but money.

Avoiding Confusion

One area that often gets mixed-up when using personal checking accounts for business purposes is the information needed to open both types of accounts. Personal accounts require only an ID and social security card, while a business account requires a business registration form, fictitious name form and business license. Also, business accounts require a tax ID number and social security number while the personal account needs only a social security number. Using a personal account, then trying to switch to a business account can sometimes result in transactions going to the wrong account.

By taking these steps, any business will have a much greater chance of projecting a professional image while avoiding financial confusion for themselves and their customers.

Author Bio:

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.