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Keeping Your Personal Life Separate from Your Business is an

Keeping Your Personal Life Separate from Your Business is an Essential Component in Time Management

Those of us who work at home face some unique challenges when it comes to the issue of time management. Often, well intended friends and family assume that since we don’t actually leave the house and go to an office, we don’t have a ‘real’ job that our time is theirs and we are free to be at their beck and call for errands, favors, or just a friendly ear. We somehow manage to become everyone’s fallback baby sitter, errand runner, and general gopher. It can be very distracting, time consuming, and absolutely destructive to the flow of our workday. We also tend to be hungry for human interaction, which makes us justify our desire to be available to them. In other words, it is very important that we keep business separate from our personal lives. We need to establish boundaries with family and friends and kindly and honestly inform them when we can and cannot be available to them.

Sometimes our friends and family can be the most insensitive to how demanding our work can actually be. If you’re like me you get paid for what you accomplish not the number of hours you work (though some weeks I really wish I could get paid by the hour) so every minute of quality work time counts and it seems to take two minutes of work time to get back in the flow of our work for every minute of our interruption. If the phone rings, don’t answer it while you are in the process of working. If you feel you must return the call during work hours, wait until you reach a stopping point rather than interrupting the flow of your work.

It sometimes helps if you can set time limits for your tasks. This provides you with a deadline and a sense of urgency. Use programs such as Lexa Software which can be found at www.lexasoftware.com, (you can try this software free for 15 days and it is $25 to buy it) or the Achieve Planner which can be found at www.effexis.com (this is a 30-day free trial and is $49 to buy but the software shows great promise and might be worth the monetary investment). These programs both allow you to divide projects up into small chunks and give yourself time limits for completion. A sense of urgency with completing tasks greatly improves the chances that the task will be completed on time or early. It also prevents avoidable procrastination by telephone call or visiting neighbor by providing you with the mental prod that you have work to do.

It is necessary that you treat your business like a business if you wish for others to do the same. One way you can do that is to set specific office hours. Only answer the phone, email, and instant messengers for work related or emergency issues and make it clear to friends and family that local gossip and idle chitchat do not qualify as emergencies. Be kind but be firm when you tell people that your office hours are sacred and cannot be broken lightly. If it happens once, it will be expected again.

Cutting out on the non-business related phone calls, messages, emails, and visits will provide you with explosive growth as far as time manageability. Also, setting office hours provides boundaries of sorts. It keeps you (a little bit) from getting so burned out (by spending countless hours in the office) that you can’t concentrate on what is at hand and provides you with some family time so you don’t forget the people you are supposed to be doing this for. Having a work schedule, believe it or not, also adds legitimacy to what you are doing in the eyes of friends and family. They will see that you are taking your business seriously and they will begin to take it seriously as well. Combine these two things with some minor organizational hints and tips and you will be amazed at how much more work you get done in a shorter span of hours.

Time management issues aren’t simply an issue for those of us who work from home, it’s an issue all over. People lose time, waste time, spend time, and treat it as a second-class citizen. Time is the one commodity that can never be regained. When it’s gone it’s gone. I would rather much rather have my time go to pursuits that bring me joy than used improperly while working and as a result having work invade my ‘fun’ time.

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Tell-a-friend forms are a perfect example of viral marketing. Viral marketing and viral advertising refer to marketing techniques that seek to exploit pre-existing social networks to produce exponential increases in brand awareness through viral processes similar to the spread of an epidemic. It is word-of-mouth delivered and enhanced online; it harnesses the network effect of the Internet and can be very useful in reaching a large number of people rapidly.

Viral marketing is sometimes used to describe some sorts of Internet-based stealth marketing campaigns, including the use of blogs, seemingly amateur web sites, and other forms of astroturfing to create word of mouth for a new product or service. Often, the ultimate goal of viral marketing campaigns is to generate media coverage via “offbeat” stories worth many times more than the campaigning company’s advertising budget.

Refer-A-friend is a tell-a-friend form that you can install on your web site within minutes.
The only technical knowledge required is the ability to copy and paste a small piece of code into your web pages. Although you put the same piece of code on every page, visitors can effortlessly refer a specific page from deep within your web site because of page-sensing technology.

Word of mouth is still an advertiser’s best friend – both offline and online. With it, your visitors can recommend your web site directly to their colleagues’ inboxes.

Gain a deeper insight into your web site’s performance

Refer-A-Buddy tracks the number of times your web site visitors make a referral and also which pages are referred. These statistics tell you something that even the most expensive and sophisticated web site logs and trackers cannot give you. That is to say they measure a real human interaction with your web site. If someone decides to ‘tell a friend’ about what they have found at one of your web pages, then you can be sure they were pretty fired up and enthusiastic about it.

At last – double strength email validation to help you and your web site visitors

Email addresses are often long and complicated and most people are not expert typists. Our research shows that without validation, as many as 40% of email addresses are entered incorrectly or are invalid. So any professional web application that asks a user for an email address will try to check that the email address is ‘well formed.’ A good referral software does this of course – but also goes one important step further and verifies that the web server referenced in the email address both exists and is up and running. This works for your visitors as an intelligent assistant to help them address their referral correctly and, if you are using the opt-in email check box, it makes it more likely that you will receive good quality email addresses for your database.

Now you can benefit from the power of viral marketing

Without a doubt, old-fashioned ‘word of mouth’ is one of the most powerful ways to publicize anything. So if a visitor to your web site likes what he/she sees, why not offer him/her a simple and attractive way to spread the word? After all, put yourself in his/her position.

Say you want to tell a friend about a web page you have seen. You dont need to remember the URL, the web page address. You dont need to get on the phone and start spelling out the URL. And you wont even have to try to type out the URL in an email. A sample code of a ‘tell a friend service’ solves this problem by making it a simple matter for a visitor to pass on their recommendation, and consequently, they are more likely to do it. Not only that, but this web tool makes sure they make the recommendation error-free. The software knows the full and precise URL of your web page and places it as a clickable link into the recommendation email.

This can make a lot of hits to your website especially if you have been patient about making your daily enhancements on your website. This is another easy way to gain more people’s trust, as these are often satisfied customers who want to share their experiences. Adding this feature will likely result in more traffic, resulting in additional sales.

As a webmaster resource, a good referral software is a perfect way to exploit a new kind of marketing, which adds smooth, professional functionality to your web design and at the same time is an invaluable web tool for driving traffic to your web site through the power of viral marketing.