"And by the incantation of this verse, scatter, as from an unextinguished heart ~ ashes & sparks, my words among mankind!" ~ Ode to the West Wind

Hey it’s been a tremendously rewarding year!

2009 was a gorgeous treat for me.

Another year is in store for all of us, one that is full of promise– and I am excited to find new territories to conquer again.  Yet there are more lessons to learn, more people to thank for – my family, the people I work with across the US, and all my friends. The long hours I spent in creative ferment will one day see its prize.

So, alone in this inspired path I would go; tho’ none notice, as I would not require the presence of negative influences *grin. No time to waste on inappreciable company. My rule now: detach from people who are affecting me negatively (at least I hope I can).

Just thankful that I have a clear take on where I want to head for because I have decided to refine my focus on things that will matter to me.

Happy 2010! May this year see us a better person.

All the best,

Tara Estacaan  (**,)

A Winning Online Work Relationship

work must have a heart

Communications and technology are quick to evolve, and as a result, more people are finding themselves working online. Interaction between people has eventually changed to computer-to-computer communication. So a crucial part in giving and getting high quality work can start with a pleasant relationship with people one is working with.

In this world of pc-to-pc communication, maintaining a good relationship in the virtual workplace cannot be underrated. Why? What was considered good behavior several years ago, is still considered good behavior today. Values are still values, and they will remain that way. Read on…

Remember your simple courtesies such as “Thank you”. You are interacting with humans, albeit in the virtual setting. Because of this, you need to cultivate a relationship with them. Just when you think that courtesies are not useful anymore, you can be mistaken with that notion. Appreciation and gratitude can never become obsolete. As human beings, we still value kindliness and politeness in the workplace. Rude behavior, will not, in any situation, be an acceptable conduct when working together.

Be reachable. You can get and receive updates through IM, email or any form of communications that you are comfortable with. You may also want to choose the phone over these methods. As long as the team can benefit, select a preferred line of communication to facilitate easy receipt of messages from both your ends.

Your office hours should be a settled thing. It would also be good if you set fixed working hours for the sake of communication. When the other end knows what time to reach you, it will be easy for your client, boss or colleagues to contact you.

Provide status report for your work. It will become easier for others to track where you are progressing in the work that you have been assigned. People still work in teams in the online office. So give your team an idea how far you have gone with the tasks given to accomplish. A timeframe would help you work your pace, as well as, keep track with others’ achievements on a project, too.

Take these as your helpful hints!

Happy working!

The Need For A Business Marketing Plan

You can get noticed when you are at the top!

A business marketing plan can put elements to work together so that businesses achieve their potentials! It is a maintenance system for any organization or corporation that aspires towards specific goals. The marketing plan becomes a structure where each step made by the company can refer to it, so long as the business continues to operate.

For Business Stability

Whether acknowledged or not, every business can get a good station when it is using a business marketing plan. There are several times in the course of business that things can become unstable, so a simple business plan can serve as a complete reference when implementation of appropriate measures is required.

But the plan should not always expect to impose too rigid guidelines, as some situations or issues will surely call for flexibility. However, it will be a big help for the management team in cases of disputable situations.

Business planning can accommodate what owners want to happen in their businesses. It is always necessary to formulate a marketing guide for each organization. However, not every business marketing plan can work with any business; each one must get a tailored plan, a marketing system for its products.

Guide For All Businesses

Businesses whether it be small scale or large can make use of a business marketing plan. In the online market, those who do not have a clear line of promoting their brand name and products have little to expect in terms of revenue.

Assistance From Online Marketers and Writers

It will need support of top-of-the-line internet marketers and writers who can deliver a system for strategic planning to clients. There may be technology available such as the business marketing plan software, but a carefully planned marketing scheme by only a web marketing expert would be the most practical thing you can do at the start.

If you need business marketing strategy for your online company, ask me! Together, we can target the right crowd for your business!

Dare

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To show your true ability is always,

in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability,

to go a little beyond them:

to dare, to seek, to invent;

it is at such a moment that new talents

are revealed, discovered, and realized.

–  Simone de Beauvoir

– Tara

Twitter- Your Business Buddy

Fact: Building a customer base for your business does not come easy.

In the online realm, there have been many strategies that business owners have adopted, just so, to improve their reputation.  When Twitter became popular in 2006, the web found an alternative to mobile SMS. With its 140 character message length, it was easy to send word to other people about “What’s happening?” at your end.

The rise of URL shortening became popular as well. Thus, Twitter became one of the widely used messaging platforms where people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world, can promote their trade. But business advertising became so aggressive in Twitter that people became tired of reading “check this outs” and the like. Microblogging became a sickening trend that people slowly disliked the use of Twitter for a season.

The crowd must be educated on this, that Twitter was supposed to create a venue where people can make friends with other people. What happened was the reverse; there was no real interaction between followers than for business purposes. This defeated the goal of being a social network.

There are ways to repair this kind of perception. Make the proper approach to Twitter followers so you can build trust and create a better way to connect to people. Some tips below will give you hint on how to do that.

Create a relationship before anything else. Your followers are people who do not always have money to buy products that you advertise. Be more interested in helping them, rather than desperately pushing your products into their lives. Aggressiveness at the wrong moment can become your Waterloo.

Not all people want to do business in Twitter. As a social network, some people would just want to get in touch with others from the other side of the world. Some are simply searching for a support system where people can give them real advices, or suggest recipes, or gather ideas on best methods in doing some things like carpentry, or gardening.

Twitter is after all, a community where people can naturally interact with one another. Do not be in a hurry to promote your products.

If you do not have a friendly relationship with your Twitter followers, no matter how you blast your message box with promotions, they will become pointless. Interaction is the keyword in Twitter.

Determine the right time to present your company. Someone may ask while chatting with you, “What are you doing for a living?”, then that is the time you can introduce your business. If they do not have the need to buy your product, they can endorse that to their group of followers. So your Twitter friends can refer your business to other people now.

Although your motivation for being online is to make money, you can be subtle about it. A big turnoff for people would be the thought that you are only after the sale that you can get from your interaction.

Make people feel important first and they will be happy to help you later. This is a better way of using Twitter for your business.

Catching Up With The Entrepreneurial Train

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Online entrepreneurship. I have decided to pursue this path.

What made me strike on something that many consider hard to follow through? My reasons are a-plenty and they are all valid reasons for me.

My raison d’etre, they will justify why I am taking a different route this time.

1. Though I am not driven back with the idea that I can work for a company or for someone else, I just realized that I will be stuck evermore in a corporate chair, with limited income and a dim salary prospect.

2. An 8-hour office job failed to bring the kind of satisfaction that I thought it will provide me. Aside from that, it has become so tiring that work becomes dragging. When you are working for someone, you get up at least 2 hours earlier, prepare for work, take a ride from home and back again. I arrive at the office tired, and return home depleted— both the pocket and my energy reserve.

3. I am disillusioned with office politics. Corporate culture is stifling talent more instead of enhancing it, and there are no more better opportunities that can be seen. It is repulsive and downright ugly. It reminds me of dogs that fight over a piece of meat.

4. I become my own boss. Come to think of it. I make my own decisions, and choose the people I like to do business with. I can also choose what service and products to render, like the ones where I am good at.

5. I can handle my own team and manage them the way I think is proper. I become involved in conceptualizing things that are good for my business. I am in charge, and I make the right contribution to what can be called mine.

6. I obtain quality in my personal life. I can choose the time I work, where I go for vacations, without begging anyone to allow me to take a leave from work.

These things provide me a clear motive why I am going to make this a gainful engagement. Though I cannot guarantee that everything will become smooth, I will see to it that my efforts will be productive.

I am no longer a work junkie of the corporate world. Energized by this new light, I give cheers to new possibilities!

Pursuing A Virtual Assistance Career?

VA

VA work needs you to be efficient in administrative and secretarial tasks. Your communication skills should be sharp.

When you love to be of service to people, and take pride in providing your efforts to businesses, you are a good candidate to becoming a Virtual Assistant. In addition, cyber skills and a keen sense of collaboration with others can be qualities that will give you a great chance of pursuing a VA career.

For people who want to accomplish things the easy way, hiring a VA to help with business and personal transactions can be a practical decision. So the market that wants to hire Virtual Assistance will never lack because a VA can be an all-in-one support online.