[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”][/pullquote]It is true every small business owner will encounter obstacles and setbacks. Learning how to remain confident and calm during these difficult times is vital for any successful business owner.
Many setbacks may arise while running a business such as customers canceling orders, low funding, spouses & family members are not supportive and much more. It happens all the time.
The majority of people, when they first encounter a setback, tend to give up, throw in the towel and QUIT. Some may even shed a few tears. That is not the answer. It may be hard to do, but just stay put.
In order to overcome any obstacle, one must have a belief that they can get through this burdensome time. This is the first key to getting through any situation. A setback helps in moving forward and is only a learning curve that has a remedy attached at the end.
The next step is to remain calm as possible and keep a positive attitude at all times. How? Reading a good motivational book or listening to an inspirational tape helps.
Another great way to overcome an obstacle is to take some time off. Take a relaxing walk or drive. Go see a movie or simply take a nice long nap. Getting your mind off your worries, if only for a few hours, allows a refreshing come back. Problems can be attacked and solved more efficiently.
A small business owner should remember that dreams and goals can be lost quickly. T.V., family, friends and others can sometimes suck one back into mediocrity. Obstacles and setbacks can ruin emotions and daily routines. They also force us to evaluate what will work and what won’t in running daily business activities.
Be sure to make yourself a schedule and stick to it. Write down what you are to do everyday. You can start small. Start with a daily plan. Increase it weekly until you are scheduling your tasks on a monthly basis.
Get yourself a calendar to mark important dates and tasks. Place the calendar on a wall or somewhere where you will be sure to see it daily. Make a check list and check items off that are completed for the day. Be sure to take notes if needed.
In conclusion, every single entrepreneur or business will encounter, at some point or another, obstacles and setbacks along the way. Learn and look at it from different angles and move forward. Take time off if needed to re-charge emotions and make better business decisions.
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It’s no longer enough to just drive traffic to your website, you need to engage your web visitors and create an online journey that leads them quickly to the content they’re searching for.
LinkedIn understands the need to engage their members so they recently released an updated version of LinkedIn. The new site is dramatically different than the original version with a clean, easy-to-navigate interface. The new LinkedIn website focuses on engaging LinkedIn members which will keep them on the site longer and entice them to return more frequently.
The second phase of the LinkedIn makeover is a redesigned version of Company Pages. This new version of Company Pages is a continuation of the site-wide redesign of LinkedIn simplifying LinkedIn’s pillar products and creating streamlined experiences across all devices. The new Company Pages are designed to encourage interaction and engagement with the LinkedIn members.
Here’s how can you take advantage of the redesign of LinkedIn Company Pages:
1. Create a custom header. The new Company Pages have a sleek design and cleaner navigation based on feedback from LinkedIn members. You now have to ability to extend your brand by adding your corporate logo and a custom header at the top of your Company Page. The custom header is 646 x 220-pixels giving you plenty of room to promote your company. The new Company Pages also have a more prominent Follow button making it easier to grow your LinkedIn community.
2. Include more information. The Updates section of the new Company Pages is longer, allowing visitors to your page to learn more about your company without having to scroll to the bottom and click on the See All Activity link. In the past, Updates were limited to just a few of the most recent posts and it was difficult for visitors to view older updates. The new design is also more engaging making it easier for visitors to Comment on posts. In the past, you had to click on the Comment link which opened a new comment window. Now the comment window is prominently displayed under each news item.
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3. Promote your products and services. One of the biggest changes in the Company Page redesign is moving the Products and Services tab from the navigation bar to the right sidebar. This change lets you prominently feature products and services above-the-fold on the home page instead of being hidden on an internal page. This change will give your products and services significantly more exposure to your LinkedIn community and encourage more interaction with your brand.
We will continue to see additional updates to LinkedIn.com that make the site more engaging and interactive as they gather feedback from members. LinkedIn is growing rapidly and attracting your target audience. It’s important for you to update your Company Page frequently to grow your LinkedIn Community and build a long-term relationship with your current customers.
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YouTube has introduced YouTube Capture, an iOS app that lets you shoot videos and then share them on social networks.
The app, which is set to go live Monday afternoon, will make it easier to upload videos from your iPhone. Features include color correction, stabilization and editing. You can also add free background music from YouTube and write a caption. The app also reminds you to rotate your phone to avoid “vertical video syndrome.” So far, there’s no Android version of YouTube Capture. The company has not indicated when one will be available.
YouTube’s current iOS app is strictly for viewing. However, with an iPhone or iPad, you can easily shoot video and upload it to YouTube. YouTube Capture just removes a step or two. The introduction comes after Apple dumped YouTube as a standard app in iOS. YouTube released a new version of the app in September that featured a much better selection of videos than the previous iteration.
The latest release will doubtlessly be closely watched by startups like Viddy and Socialcam that are based on creating short videos and sharing them on social networks, but also by Vimeo, whose iOS app was recently updated to include the ability to shoot and share videos.
Thanking Todd Wasserman for the this article.