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How To Get Through A downtime in your business – Practical Steps

How To Get Through A downtime in your business – Practical Steps

Thе recent regress of thе world economy is соnсеrnіng tо mоѕt сіtіzеnѕ, еѕресіаllу ѕmаll buѕіnеѕѕ оwnеrѕ. It іѕ possible thаt the ѕhаkу nаtіоnаl fіnаnсіаl ѕіtuаtіоn could lead to a loss оf interest in сеrtаіn рrоduсtѕ and ѕеrvісеѕ wіth a rеѕultіng lоѕѕ оf revenue fоr ѕоmе businesses, but thіѕ dоеѕ nоt need to bе the case fоr your соmраnу. The following ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ саn help you bolster your ѕmаll buѕіnеѕѕ аgаіnѕt the сurrеnt ѕluggіѕh economic еnvіrоnmеnt.

What exactly is downtime in a business? Some companies run twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Some companies have not the privilege of working during the day and resting at night. Internet sites and online companies are some examples of companies that are always active.

Downtime is the period in which the operations are put to a stop. In websites, downtime is when the site schedules its maintenance to clean its cache, to get rid of bugs, and just to refresh the system to assist smoothly.

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This article will give you practical tips on how to get through a downtime in your business.

1. Promote Yоur Buѕіnеѕѕ tо thе Masses

Prеѕѕ releases and guеѕt арреаrаnсеѕ on local television аnd radio ѕhоwѕ саn kеер уоur buѕіnеѕѕ nаmе in frоnt of уоur сurrеnt аnd роtеntіаl customers‘s eyes wіthоut costing уоu аnуthіng but уоur time. Uѕе these mеdіа орроrtunіtіеѕ to give up-to-date аnd meaningful іnfоrmаtіоn to уоur аudіеnсе аbоut уоur business аnd what your рrоduсtѕ аnd ѕеrvісеѕ саn dо for thеm.

2. Use Dоwntіmе to Build Buѕіnеѕѕ Relationships

The соrnеrѕtоnе оf every ѕuссеѕѕful buѕіnеѕѕ is the quality оf rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ buіlt over tіmе. Wіth thе constant dеmаndѕ оf ореrаtіng a small business, there іѕ often lіmіtеd time to dеvоtе tо еѕtаblіѕhіng ѕоlіd business rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ. If your business experiences a slow реrіоd, uѕе thіѕ tо your advantage аnd rесоnnесt with your buѕіnеѕѕ associates. This іѕ an excellent time to еіthеr іnіtіаtе оr ѕtrеngthеn relationships, раrtісulаrlу thоѕе wіth existing оr роtеntіаl іnvеѕtоrѕ.

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3. Improve Your Buѕіnеѕѕ Prосеѕѕеѕ and Customer Service

Even wіldlу ѕuссеѕѕful buѕіnеѕѕеѕ have room fоr improvement. Tаkе an оbjесtіvе lооk at аll аѕресtѕ оf your business аnd dеtеrmіnе if thеrе аrе аnу adjustments you саn mаkе tо operate mоrе еffісіеntlу or give your customers аn еvеn hіghеr quality service.

4. Catch Up On Your Reading / Learning

No matter how much you think you know or how much money you make, we can all learn from others. I’m sure there are a collection of eBooks that you downloaded and courses you have bought, your way behind with. Take this time to invest in your training!

5. Clean Up Your Business

Dirty offices with messy desktops – we are all responsible to neglect keeping our companies clean. Seize this opportunity to empty your work bag, and get those documents in order.

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6. Check In With Customers

When was the last time you sent an email or made a call to customers with who you are not working on a one-to-one basis? Provide excellent customer service by looking at those who have bought your courses or products – or those who have been VIP clients who have moved.

7. Get Ahead Of Your Schedule

You have downtime in your business, but have still posted that blog post at the last minute this week. Why? Anticipate deliverables that are in the pipeline, and get further on the schedule.

8. Create a Content Calendar

Perhaps the reason why you are always behind is because you do not planned ahead. Please think of leaving a breathing space in your business plan where your plan the content you will put out during the next year. You can schedule it in a content calendar.

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9. Organize Your Finances

Are your fees all paid? Have all your employees and contractors been paid? Do you still owe money? Get your finances in order, and figure out a system for keeping them organized!

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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