It’s easy to fall into a bit of a lazy rut on your final week or so. However, you want to go out on a high note and leave a strong lasting impression with your colleagues and bosses. That means maintaining your level of productivity, staying engaged, and pushing yourself to set your team up for future success. After all, you want to be remembered for being a hardworking, dedicated professional who inspired others. Here are a few things to do.
You know those top-down cooking or craft videos you just can’t seem to get away from these days? There are people out there making a living from them. 78% of B2C companies depend on user-generated content, like those videos, for their marketing campaigns. You can sign up as a creator on a site like Darby Smart and potentially work with brands like Nordstrom, Mattel, and BarkBox. Or, use them to build your YouTube following and monetize through ads and views.
The web designers on our team were hired because of their demonstrated WordPress design and development skills. Since our websites are all built with WordPress, our team creates their designs based on their knowledge of how WordPress works, setting up for a seamless design & build process to allow you to have an easy-to-use, responsive and secure website.
Prior to that group, they had an online community for teachers looking for lesson plans. That probably sounds pretty random, but it's crazy the type of communities you can build and rally people around. If it's something that you're passionate about yourself and you want to connect with others that have that same passion, then an online community is something you should definitely consider.
It can be interesting to go against the grain, I know. It can also be tough to admit you're not happy when you have a good paying job (or a job at all depending on the current economy), food on the table, and a roof over your head. Heck, you might even like your co-workers. But something still might not feel right to you. It might take you some time, but eventually, you know you need to listen to that little voice that's telling you that you need to make some changes in your life, and it might need to start with your job and career choice. If that means quitting your job, current position, or current workgroup, it's OK for you to make the plans to do so. It's OK for you to make choices that will bring fulfillment to your work and life, and the fact is, you're the only one that can choose do it for yourself.
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When you quit your job and start a business, you need to make sure you have a stream of income coming in. A stream of income can include a paid part-time job, freelancing gig or even money from a business that’s already making money before your big exit. Your stream of income will be used to pay your bills and invest in your early stage business. Look through your credit card statements. Are there any recurring payments you can cancel? Can you cut out non-essential expenses. For example, if you eat at restaurants often, you can save a lot of money by cooking meals at home instead. Focus on cutting out as many expenses as possible. Your stream of income will likely be less than working a stable 9 to 5. Be clear about the exact amount of money your stream of income needs to bring in each month to keep your finances stable while also having enough left over to invest in advertising for your store.
Be prepared to answer your boss's questions. In almost all cases, your boss won't just nod and agree with what you have to say and wish you luck in the future. Your boss will have some questions about your decision to leave, and he may even try to entice you to stay. If you are prepared for your boss's questions, you will look professional and thoughtful, and the conversation will go much more smoothly. Here are some things to be prepared for:
The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
In 1999, I started this company with a mission statement that said, “We will work toward bringing in the most amount of relevant traffic to our clients’ websites, using the most ethical methods available.” That mission remains the same today. Over the years, the game has evolved; the rules have changed, and how the game of SEO is played has changed, but our services today still hold true to our original mission.
Online savings accounts usually come with crazy good interest rates to help you grow your money faster (regular in-person banks can’t offer rates as high). We’re fans of CIT Bank and Discover Bank (among others) because their interest rates are often over 25 times the national average. That means the money in your savings account will grow 25 times faster than the pace it’s most likely growing at now. Really, though, you can’t go wrong with pretty much any online savings account that offers over 1.50% APY 🙂
When you're interviewing coaches (you can do an online search for career coaches or personal coaches in your area, or ask around for a reference), you'll want to hire the one that will help you walk your way into your own answers vs. telling you what you should or should not be doing. No one else knows what's best for you but you (I'll say that more than once), but a savvy coach will be able to help you tap into and explore what feels right to you without "telling" you what they think it is and if it's quitting your job. You can read some additional tips on hiring a career coach in the Wall Street Journal article, How to Find a Career Coach.
If you have an eye for design and some experience of creating websites, then you could offer your services as a freelance web designer. You will need to create your own stylish website and have a few other projects that you can show potential clients to demonstrate your skills. You will also need to initially spend time emailing businesses to promote your services and find work.
You can also market your ebook on your own website or blog, particularly if the site gets good traffic. Still another method is affiliate marketing. You can offer to pay sites related to your ebook a percentage of the sale price – say, anywhere between 20% and 50% – for them to post an ad or linked article for your book on their site. This could enable you to market your ebook on multiple platforms for greater market exposure.
There are other things you want to make sure you avoid doing. First, make sure you don’t work on your business while at your current job. During your last few weeks at your job you should actually be putting in your best effort, this is going to be their last impression of you. You’ll have all the time in the world to work on your business when you quit. Second, don’t try to get other people to quit too. Entrepreneurship is your path. It’s bad enough that the company is losing a rockstar like you. Don’t burn bridges by trying to get everyone else to quit too. Third, don’t steal company property. No staplers, post-it notes, notebooks or other products you didn’t purchase should leave company property. Stealing is still illegal.
Your Brand Persona and Target Audience. When you eventually start creating content, you have to know who you’re talking to and tailor your brand voice to appeal to them uniquely. If you aren’t targeting the right audience (those people who will lean in to hear what you’re saying), you won’t find success. And, if you can’t find a way to stand out, you’ll blend into the hordes of other brands competing for attention in your industry.
There’s no avoiding it: internet marketing is critical for the success of your business in 2018. But with all the gimmicks and tricks, it can be difficult to distinguish short-term wins from effective long-term strategies, which is why we’ve created an ultimate guide. Here, we’ll cover everything from marketing strategies to real-world examples, to ensure your business reaches the right people out of that four billion.