The Allure of Freelance Writing
For those who love to write, the allure of making money from
something you love is most appealing. Being able to write; right
where you live, working in your jammies, can be the dream job.
So, how can you do what you love minus the stressful commute
without driving yourself and your family crazy?
It takes more than writing talent to become a successful
freelancer. Everything originates in the thought process, not
only in writing the content. First, never under estimate the
power of positive thinking. Next, consider the six P's - Proper
Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Combined a strong
belief in your own ability, which is paramount to any successful
venture. These are your first steps towards preparing yourself
to handle many forms of rejection. Unfortunately, there will be
rejection. Yet, what one may consider trash, another may praise
it as the greatest treasure. I call this putting on your rhino
skin of perseverance. Criticism hurts and demands a shield of
to Perform Gracefully in Business
People often say that business is diehard. That may be true in
some ways. They also frequently assert that business is
primarily for making money. That it requires alertness in
seeking opportunities, and entails getting used to an
ever-accelerating pace of change. All of that is definitely
right. However, in the midst of all this revolutionary thinking
and acting, one can still be graceful and candid in business.
And the attitude of elegance and sincerity can be performed
toward partners, subordinates, suppliers, and competitors alike!
There has never been a rule that excluded correct behavior from
being a good businessperson. Actually, one can only perform well
in business if a graceful approach is considered seriously in
According to the belief system of the Navajo, there are two
sides to every aspect of life, and one cannot be without the
other: for example, dark needs light and good needs bad. This
train of thought could be extended to business issues, whereby
we can conclude that revolution-readiness needs gracefulness,
change alertness needs flexibility, and lasting success needs
honesty. How could one possibly be able to perform excellently
in the long run without creating solid room for serene harmony
in his/her life? Isn't this more or less what they mean with the
eternal quest for balance? The strongest business leaders and
the most renowned gurus in this area never seem to miss an
opportunity to stress the importance of balance: making sure
that all relevant areas in our lives are covered and that,
hence, physical wellness gets as much attention as mental
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does SBA have grants for businesses?
How do I finance my business?
How do I get federal contracts?
How do I find a mentor?
How can I develop business Internet skills?
How do I sell overseas?
Is there help for women with special needs?
Is there special help for girls?
How can I prepare for a natural disaster?
Want to sell to the federal government? Start
by going to www.womenbiz.gov, the premiere, online gateway for
women-owned businesses. At this site, you can register your
business with federal government contractor databases. The three
main government registries are PRO-Net, Central Contractor
Registration (CCR) and Electronic Posting System (EPS). Access
and information about these sites can be found at
"Selling to the Federal Government"
is an SBA guide offering a step-by-step introduction to the
world of federal contracting, and demystifies the technical and
marketing challenges that contracting involves.
Once you've mastered the basics, you will soon
be able to move on to our EC/EDI section that will cover more
advanced topics in "Electronic Commerce and Electronic Data
SBA has recently added a new office called
Contracting Assistance for Women Business Owners. Check
their site for some helpful information.
Another important site for doing business with
the Government is
Women’s Business Centers
Each women’s business center provides
assistance and/or training in finance, management, marketing,
procurement and the Internet, as well addressing specialized
topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive
downsizing and welfare-to-work. All provide individual business
counseling and access to the SBA’s programs and services; a
number are also intermediaries for the SBA’s MicroLoan and Loan
Prequalification programs. Each WBC tailors its programs to the
needs of its constituency; many offer programs and counseling in
two or more languages. The following is contact information and
a brief description of each WBC.
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