Mistakes 0 Comments

my mistakes my facepalm

It was the last year I started a freelancing business. Although in the past, I had worked primarily as both a nurse and social worker, I had always loved writing, and so when I finally retired (at the young age of 56) it was natural to me to pick up my pen and do the one thing I had always been passionate about. Having no background in business I read many books to prepare myself, but soon found myself trying to take shortcuts. Needless to say, it didn’t work, and it was only after restructuring that I found myself getting clients and making a bit of money.

1. Not Treating My Business as a Business

Despite the fact that this was highly stressed, it just didn’t seem like something a writer should worry about. It didn’t take long to find out just how wrong that attitude was. I was soon overwhelmed and confused about what to do next, had I taken the time to set up files and an accounting system I would have soon found myself on track with no missing deadlines or lost contacts. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether it’s in a creative field or a production field, a business must be treated as a business to survive.

2. Ignoring Marketing

Like many creatives, especially writers, I found marketing to be a big and scary undertaking. Cold calls and query letters just didn’t sound like me, besides I had read a few marketing books and they were all boring. Let me state that there is no substitute for marketing. If no one knows who you are or what you are offering, there will be no customers to support your business.

3. Not Keeping Business Hours

This one happened because like so many people I thought that business hours were a little ridiculous for a writer, after all, writers have so much free time. Again I was wrong, if I only worked when I felt like it very little got done. Within a short time I was far behind and struggling. It all became easier when I worked from six in the morning, (I’m an early riser), until at least three in the afternoon. It also gave my clients a time frame in which they could expect to reach me.

4. Not Keeping a Database Of Client Information

A database seemed like a great deal of work, so instead I wrote everything done in a notebook, or so I thought. These quickly scribbled notes were often incomplete with missing preferences, pay averages, length of deadlines and contact information. It only took one time of missing an important deadline before I saw the necessity of a database.

5. Not Keeping A Presence On Social Media Sites

Social media has become a vital necessity too both traditional and on-line businesses. Persons who buy today demand interactions. They rightfully, expect a company to share not only it’s brand, but it’s personality and values. The experts tell you that social media should be addressed as often as needed. That means that Facebook can be addressed once a day but Twitter should be addressed several times at prestated intervals. In all the confusion of my other mistakes, I ignored social media, this action led me to lose large numbers of followers as well as potential clients. A hard lesson that I won’t soon forget.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a creative freelancer or a manufacture just starting out, the rules of running a business are much the same. Shortcuts may sound great but are often a road to disaster, so unless you want to restructure your business after losing clients, then you may want to pay attention to the rules.

Techie 0 Comments

why no battery life
While batteries for smart phones aren’t that costly nowadays, when they do run out of power, they always seem to go out at the most inconvenient of times. Other times, you notice the battery charge isn’t as long as it used to be. These are indications that you are losing battery power.

To avoid these situations, finding ways to conserve your battery power. So here are five tips which savvy people can utilize in their daily lifestyle to help keep their device running for a longer period of time:

1. Know When to Charge the Battery

Every smart phone user needs to know what kind of battery it uses and charge it accordingly.

Lithium-ion batteries have a longer life cycle than Nickel-based batteries. However, they require more frequent charge use in order to keep it at or close to its original full energy storage capacity.

By contrast, Nickel-based batteries should get charged when they are close to or out of power, not when there is still a good amount of energy left. These batteries lose some of its original storage capacity whenever it gets charged. While they don’t require as much charge use, it is better to charge them when needed in order to keep its energy storage capacity high.

2. Cut Down on Vibrations

While vibrations are useful when you are in a meeting or a play, notifying you of a call without a ring tone disturbing anyone, it also hurts your battery life. Vibrations use more energy than ring tones, so make sure you switch to ring tone when you are in a more public setting. This will help conserve the energy being used on your device.

3. Brightness Means Consumption

A simple thing such as dimming the screen can greatly cut down on power consumption. Screens often light up when receiving an e-mail. In such a scenario, it is easy to see a screen lighting up every few minutes, thus draining away battery power.

In the same vein, shortening the time when a screen times out into inactivity can help keep battery consumption down. This cuts down on how long a screen stays lit after interaction.

4. Minimize Unnecessary Apps

Too many applications can wear out smart phone batteries. People get updates and notifications all the time. But, how many really require immediate attention? Each notification takes away a little more from your batteries and that can add up in a short amount of time if you are getting numerous of irrelevant notifications.

So close apps in order to cut down on unnecessary power drainage from your battery. Using your settings to make sure you adjust things to where you are using the minimal amount of applications and are only getting notifications for more essential items such as text messages.

5. Keep the Device Cool

Batteries tend to run out faster when smart phones get too warm. Thus, avoid leaving your phone out in sunlight such as in the car or by the pool. In that scenario, the device can get warm if the windows are up, thus draining the battery charge. Instead, make sure it in the shade or under something that doesn’t attract heat.

Sometimes, people get too haphazard with their smart phones and don’t take care of it. Making small lifestyle changes such as taking a little time to minimize notifications on settings or turning off the vibration for a time can add up and help keep the battery power going a longer on your device.