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damn dress better fit

The Damn Dress Better Fit! – A personal journey becomes a business lesson

What if ordering a dress in a smaller size could equate to announcing a launch of a book, a webinar series, or training modules? For me, the dress is forcing me to create a mind shift and strive to achieve a goal that is already preset. The same can be said if an announcement and/or sign-ups were in place for a book, a webinar series, training modules, etc. EVEN IF they hadn’t been completed yet!

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Don’t Send a Referral to a Freelance Site

I don’t recommend you send a referral to a freelance site. Let me explain why.

Let’s say you are a client in need of a service: transcription, audio/video editor, graphic design, logo creation, virtual assistant work, et cetera. You are not sure of what company to use or of any solopreneur that might be a good fit for your needs, so you put a job bid out on a freelance site.

In short order, you find a freelancer (on a freelance site) that appears to be a good fit. You go ahead with the agreement and hire them to perform the service. That person performs the service for you and does a GREAT job. You’re excited; it worked out really well.

Your satisfaction likely isn’t coming from the processes and procedures of the freelance site itself, but that of the freelancer and the high quality of work that they had performed. In fact, your satisfaction level was so high that you don’t forget about that freelancer. You might even go back to that freelancer on several occasions to perform the same or similar services.

At some point in the future–whether talking with a colleague, others in a group forum (such as Facebook), or maybe your own client–you become aware that they are also in need of someone to perform that same or similar service and ask whether you can refer them to a person or company. Of course, the first person that pops into your mind is that freelancer who did a GREAT job for you.

PLEASE do not send that referral to the freelance site! Often I hear people say, “Oh, just check out _________” –insert name of freelance site here. Chances are you’re not helping that colleague or client out at all! They will have to go through the same vetting process, weeding through good and bad freelancers until they find one that will deliver consistent, high quality services.

PLEASE do not give that referral the freelancer’s freelance site link! Why? Because, if at all possible, cutting out the third party will not only save the freelancer those extra fees, but you also might save your own colleague or client some fees as well. While some freelance sites only charge the freelancer a fee, there are a few that charge the client too.

I understand that, in some situations, clients and/or freelancers may only want to work through a freelance site, and that’s okay. That’s your choice. But, there are many reasons why it’s a great idea to be able to work with clients directly.

Again, if you are a client and you’ve had a wonderful experience with a freelancer through a freelance site, think twice before you send the referral to the freelance site or to the freelancer through the site link. Please take that extra moment and, if possible, give that referral the freelancer’s website link, direct email address, phone number, or even just point them to the freelancer’s social media page such as Facebook or Twitter.

It’s a great bonus that is not costing you any money, just a little bit of time, and it’s a BIG thank you to that freelancer because you’ll be saving them that extra third party fee. And, in some situations, you’ll be saving your client or colleague a little bit of a fee as well. Referrals are such an important part of building an online community and are very appreciated.

I’d like to say thank you to each and everyone who has sent referrals to me. They are very important and appreciated. Thank you.

Tina – Owner/Operator

It's All Fun and Games... blog pic

Top 3 Lessons Learned Participating in a Dubsmash Challenge

It’s all fun and games… until you learn something.

While participating in a month-long Dubsmash Challenge certainly is a great deal of fun, there are also lessons to be learned about social media and video marketing. In this YouTube video, I briefly cover my top 3 lessons learned and also share a link to the entire compilation of 29 Dubsmash videos. Read More →

Android Locate Ring

How to Locate Your Android Device

How to Locate, Ring, Lock, & Erase Your Android Device – All from a Desktop

Well, crap. You can’t find your phone. Normally you would just use someone else’s phone or maybe the home phone, a landline, to call it – hoping it would ring so that you could find it.  BUT, those options aren’t available. Well, if you’ve heard of “Find My Phone” through Google, you can use your gmail account that’s associated with the phone to locate it on a map, ring it, lock it, or even go so far as to erase the device completely.

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FTR Player

FTR The Record Player – A Complete Walk Through

FREE Transcription Player Available

FTR Player

Although For The Record has products geared towards the legal industry, included in the many great software programs available on its site is FTR The Record Player, which is completely free to download.  This player is a handy player that offers many great features.  It is also sometimes referred to as The Record Player or FTR Player.

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Transcription Media Player

Transcription Players Available – Audio/Video Media Players

Transcription Media Players – A Comprehensive List

Getting started in my journey as a work-from-home transcriptionist back in 1999 was a bit tricky for me because I had no formal training (or really any informal training either) and so it was very much a “learn as you go” type of thing. It was suggested to me–by the transcription firm I was doing subcontractor work for–to purchase the Start-Stop kit that included the basic items I would need such as a headset, foot pedal, and software. The cash investment was more than I was willing to pay in order to start in a field that I wasn’t even sure I’d succeed at. Read More →

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Add Closed Captions to YouTube Videos with Transcripts

Boost SEO and provide a greater customer experience – Add Closed Captions to YouTube Videos with Transcripts!!

There are many reasons to add closed captions to your YouTube videos.  You may be looking to capture those all important keywords, especially those that are uncommon words or words with unique spellings.  This is important for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes, as audio or speech is not used for web search purposes.  Maybe a large portion of your audience is hard of hearing or deaf.  Providing the words to your videos is crucial to inform and engage that segment of your audience.  Another reason to add closed captions is that perhaps the language you are speaking is not the first language for your audience.  Being able to read the words being said allows them the opportunity to better comprehend what has been said, especially if the speaker has a heavy accent or speaks at a fast pace.

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PayPal Invoicing

3 Great Reasons to Use PayPal Invoicing

Being a self-employed solopreneur, I needed a way to get paid by clients that didn’t involve sharing my personal banking information. Although there are a few options available, including Google Wallet and Stripe, I was already familiar with PayPal in my personal life, and decided to use PayPal for business. There are many different electronic invoicing options to choose from.   However, I prefer to use PayPal Invoicing for 3 main reasons:

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Movie Maker Windows Essentials 2012

Movie Maker Windows Essentials 2012 – New Features Review

Edit and Create Amazing, Professional Looking Videos With Windows Movie Maker!

With live video streaming, vlogging, YouTube, webinars, etc. all on the rise, having some type of video editing software is an important tool to have in your toolbox. I personally use Windows Movie Maker and find it very intuitive and packed with many great features. The program came free with my Windows computer, which is a no-cost alternative to some of the more feature-rich, costly video editing software programs available on the market today.

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