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negotiate your salaryThis is the first of two posts by Ryan Bonaparte on how to negotiate your salary. 

Most pieces of advice about starting a career generally focus on the basics of putting together an awesome resume, utilizing your powerful network to get your foot in the door, and landing that critical interview to secure your dream position.

These steps are extremely important, both at the beginning and at any transition point during your career. Without them, you’re basically just throwing your resume into a void, never to get a call back.

What is often left out, however, is the incredible financial benefit of negotiating your first and subsequent salaries.

While it may not feel like it, especially when you receive your first job offer with seemingly little to offer to a prospective employer in return, you are in a position of power in the negotiation process to negotiate your salary. The employer has decided that above all other candidates, you are the best fit. Don’t forget that fact. ...continue reading

office-820390_640Whether you are using video as a medium for creative output or using it as part of an online communications system, your company can definitely benefit from using it wisely. In this article, we will discuss a few ways you can use video in order to foster creativity and collaboration within your own organization.

Use It to Create Motivation for Your Employees

According to some sobering statistics cited by Forbes, 70 percent of employees surveyed did not feel engaged with their jobs. However, there are a number of simple ways you can change that for the better. Have you ever received a personalized video message before? You may recall how warm and fuzzy it made you feel. With the right tools and equipment, you can do the same for your staff members, too. You can record a motivating video to welcome new employees, as well as cheer your current employees on. Nothing boosts company morale better than actually hearing from their own boss. If you can manage it, you could even make short, personalized messages for each employee. It will make you seem that much more genuine, which can really push your employees to do their best for the company’s interest.

Here’s a quick tip: if you find yourself really bad at writing your own scripts, try hiring a pro to do it for you. You could start off with a draft that you made yourself, and then have somebody else edit it until it looks perfect. You might even be able to ask a friend to do this for you, provided that person has the skills to pull it off.

Use It to Facilitate Online Brainstorming Sessions

Sometimes, your best people are out of reach, perhaps stuck in a conference all the way across the globe. This could leave your other staff members feeling lost, like they have nobody to guide them. It’s not a pretty sight, especially if you have to come up with some great creative solutions for an important project, and fast. But you don’t have to consider your top achievers completely out of reach, as long as you have access to BlueJeans business video conferencing. With a quick click of a button, you can set up a virtual meeting room and have anybody attend for a quick brainstorming session. You can even invite people who are based in other countries. Plus, these people won’t even need a dedicated computer to join the discussion. That is because these types of systems are accessible from pretty much any device. All anybody would need is a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. With that in hand, attendees can join in at any time, anywhere in the world.

To help make things easier for everybody, make sure that everybody who has to attend the meeting already has an agenda to refer to a few days in advance. That way, the conversation won’t get derailed by small talk or other irrelevant side-discussions. The basic information that an agenda should contain include the logistics, the objectives, and the topics that have to be covered, according to Skills You Need.

Use It to Enhance Your Employees’ Current Skills

Having to step out of the office just to attend some training can be the last thing on your staff’s mind, especially if they’ve had a particularly hard day at work. But now, employees will not have to spend several hours commuting or driving from one place to another just to receive some additional training. They can now learn new skills and lessons all while sitting at their office desks. You won’t have to spend any money sending your best people out to your teams located in faraway locations, either. Now, all they’ll have to do is open up a virtual chat room and meet everybody without ever having to leave the company office. This can be a great advantage for your enterprise, since your staff will no longer have to waste any time on the road just to accomplish certain tasks. After training sessions are done, they can just switch off the conferences and go right back to work, since they are already right there at their own desks or cubicles.

To make things even more efficient, you can have several training videos created in advance. This gives the employee something to do while giving the trainer some extra time to accomplish more important tasks. That way, your trainer only has to step into a video chat for the more hands-on parts of the course.

The possibilities for using videos are nearly endless, as long as you keep your mind open to different ways of playing with the medium. Try to think of even more ways to utilize video so that you can maximize whatever systems you already have in place. You can even ask your employees to give you suggestions so that you can expand your horizons.

home-office-569153_640Running a business from home is an ambition many people share. Setting up a business doesn't need to be difficult with these simple ideas.

Ebook

Having a book published is no where near as difficult as it used to be. The difficult part of this is the actual writing. A great deal of ebooks are badly written, terribly edited and inadequately structured. If you are able to avoid these pitfalls and have a great idea, then it is relatively simple after that. It's a good idea to spend time on the design of the front cover as the thumbnail image of the cover will be all your potential readers will see. Promote your book through social media and your own friends and family. With a bit of luck you will have a book that sells without you having to do too much more work.

Social Media Consultant

If you are a whizz on social media, then perhaps you can advise other businesses on promoting themselves. It's a great idea to build your confidence by offering a local business with little or no social media presence some free guidance. Build your own presence online and remember that the key to social media is supporting others. Creating a blog about social media will help people searching for advice to find you. Most of the old fashioned legwork will be done online and this makes advising others on social media a great business to run from home.

Virtual Personal Assistant

Setting yourself up as a virtual PA is a really simple way to run a business from home. If you have experience in administration, you are really organized and you like organizing others, then this is the online business for you. There are lots of sites like Upwork.com and Peopleperhour.com that allow you to sell your administrative skills by the hour or by the task. Some of these sites have businesses advertising for help by the single job like organizing data bases and mail shots. Don't forget about offline businesses. By promoting yourself to local businesses you might find someone in need of tasks doing that you can do easily online.

Ecommerce

Setting up a shop selling lots of your favorite things is a dream lots of people have. This is easy and simple to do from home. Whether its homeware or padded envelopes, Finding a specialist niche is the most important part. With an online community based around this niche finding your customers is much easier than a bricks and mortar store. It's really important to search out any and all of your competition. Make sure that there isn't anyone occupying your niche if it's a small one. There are plenty of websites such as Shopify.com that make it very easy to set up a sleek and professional shop front. Finding a loyal following on social media will really help to promote your store and get those all important customers.

Setting up a business can be an exciting and difficult process. With a little thought and the right business it can be easy to set up and simple to run from home.