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Work with cross-functional teams to develop proposals (RFP), provide deal evaluation, sales negotiations, revisions and follow-up

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Proactively identify growth opportunities on key accounts

Effectively recommend optimizations and delivery adjustments to improve campaign performance

Responsible for ensuring full revenue recognition while delivering on client goals

Provide technical guidance on campaign specifications and troubleshooting/conflict resolution

Utilize internal social insights tools to support plan recommendations and delivery of end campaign reporting

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Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (written and verbal) skills

High attention to detail and excellent follow through

Creative problem solver, analytical, and entrepreneurial minded.

Have a  degree with a strong academic record

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Recognizing the Customer from Hell

“Are you fuckers listening?” 

“uh…wha…what?” I sputtered.

“I know what I want done and I want you fuckers to listen.”

Ignoring his insult, I ask a direct question. “This thing you’re asking us to do, you know it’ll hurt your business if it doesn’t work, right?”

Our toxic customer had asked us to do something we both knew would hurt their business. But this was pretty standard for them. Ask for something horrible or impossible, have it blow up in your face, then blame the people that warned you against it.

Insane right? Who allows a customer to treat them like that?

We allowed it because we couldn’t recognize the customer from hell.

Customers from hell behave badly and they get away with it because as entrepreneurs, most of us are ignorant. Most of us don’t know what the customer from hell actually looks like until we’re already in hell with them. But by then it’s too late, they’ve already done their damage.

Which means without recognition, we’re powerless to stop them.

But how do we recognize the customer from hell? Is there a pattern they choose to follow? You’ll need answers to these questions if you plan on using your customers from hell to attract all-stars.

The first step: Recognizing the Customer from Hell.

There are six main types. These customers aren’t necessarily malicious. They may have had a terrible experience with someone before you. Or they may feel that the only way to get what they want is to behave badly. Doesn’t matter, their behavior sucks and you need to fix it. Behaviors like…

1. The Know-it-all can do anything and everything better than you

They know how to run your business better than you (or so they say). They rarely miss an opportunity to remind you that they know more than you. It’s difficult to get these customers to trust you – they seem to believe that deep down you’re really incompetent.

2. Snobs think they’re better than you

They see you as “the help”. They smirk at you; they talk down to you and treat you as if you’re beneath them. Sure, they may follow your instructions, pay their bills on time and do whatever you ask, but only so long as you know your place (that you work for them).

3. Indifferents that love to say “just take care of it”

They pay for your product or sign up for your service. That’s the easy part. Once that happens they disappear. They disconnect, completely removing themselves from the process. They can’t be bothered to help you get the results they’re paying for or do the work themselves. The weird part? These Indifferents are pissed when they don’t get the results they “deserve”.

4. Freeloaders who take as much as they can for as long as they can

If they have to pay they spend as little as possible, working to stretch each dollar further than it’s supposed to go. If they agree to buy your product they want you to throw in a bunch of extras (on top of any bonuses you’re offering) as a sign of “good faith”. If you’re selling services they’ll use vague wording in your documents to squeeze more free work out of you. If 90% percent of your materials are free and you decide to charge for something they’re upset about it.

5. Dictators that tell you what they want, instead of asking

Their attitude? “I’m the one with the money; you’ll do as I say”. Working with these customers becomes an uphill battle as they fight for control over how things are done. They’re okay with abusing you so long as it gets them what they want.

6. Irresponsibles who agree to the terms you lay out ahead of time

Then completely ignore those terms once the sale’s been made. You can’t count on Irresponsibles to keep their word or honor any commitments they’ve made. They’re not always malicious, but they’re not reliable either.

These customer types aren’t isolated either. A customer can be an irresponsible dictator, a freeloading snob or any other combination.

What’s worse, the customer from hell acts as all-star repellant.

They create an environment where all-star customers don’t stick around. If you can’t get all-stars to stick around you’re stuck with mediocre customers and you guessed it, the customers from hell.

So how do you use the customers from hell to attract all-stars?

Customers from hell and their all-star counterparts are attracted to similar things.

  • The know-it-all respects knowledge. All-stars look for knowledge and the sway your knowledge has over others. They want to see that you’ve got an audience (or you’re building one) that cares about the stuff you’re sharing.
  • Snobs believe you’re beneath them. All-stars look for prestige. Are you known in your industry? Are you gaining recognition or winning awards? Are you doing great work locally? All-stars that care about prestige look for elements that say “you’re somebody I should work with”. Prestige won’t eliminate snobbery, it just points it in a different direction.
  • Indifferents are apathetic. All-stars on the other hand, are available. They realize they’ll need to participate in the process to get the results they want. They’ll give you what you need to get the results you’ve promised so share your expectations ahead of time. Tell your customers what you need and when you’ll need it.
  • Freeloaders want something for nothing. All-stars want to try before they buy. They’re more interested in getting what they want and less interested in freeloading so they can do the work themselves. They’ll look for the resources that give them the greatest chance of success and once they’re comfortable, they’ll go for it. Give them an opportunity to sample or try your offer. Show them why they need it and show them how to sign up.
  • Dictators want to be in control. All-stars trust those that are in control. They respect entrepreneurs that have self control and control over their business. Offer dictators controlled choices (do you want A or B?). Give them control over as much as you can, whenever you can. Gently hold them accountable if they cross the line.
  • Irresponsibles are unreliable. All-stars look for reliability. Show all-stars that you’re reliable but make it clear you expect the same from them. Use your policies to create an environment where reliability is rewarded. Accountability makes Irresponsibles nervous but it attracts all-stars to you.

Wait a minute, aren’t most customers like this?

It’s true most customers act like this at one point or another. But you’re not looking for customers having an off day. You’re looking for behavioral trends. Customers from hell display bad behavior on a pretty regular basis; it’s a way of life for them.

Okay, if customers have an off day, does that mean they’re not an all-star?

Nobody’s perfect.

An all-star having an off day isn’t the same thing as a Dictator that’s constantly harassing you with support calls.

What’s more important is how you handle an all-star’s off day. An all-star customer can quickly turn into the customer from hell if they see that bad behavior works.

You’ll need to maintain the right mix of boundaries and expectations if you want them to stay an all-star.

What if my all-stars get contaminated?

How you treat your customers has more of an effect on them. If they have an off day and you handle it poorly your customer may have more “off days”. Too many of those and suddenly you’re dealing with the customer from hell.

You can’t use the customer from hell until you recognize them.

The customer from hell behaves badly and they get away with their bad behavior because entrepreneurs don’t recognize them. Seeing these customers for what they are gives you what you need to attract all-star customers.

Would you like to start your own online travel guide magazine for 29 usd ?

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Travelguidescript.com  is a platform where you can create a travel guide for your hometown, country, or another place you know really well. This might seem like a lot of work, but  www.travelguidescript.com gives you a template to work with so that you don’t have to think about any of the design or lay-out aspects. You just have to add places and write about them.

You know what’s even better? You can earn money from these travel guides!

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Our Travel Guide theme and script has been designed specifically for travel websites, and it has everything you need if you’re talking travelling on your website.

Our Travel Guide will help you get the beautiful and functional website your business deserves. If you have a travel or tour business, want to build a travel oriented portal, a guide website, or you just want to share your travel adventures online, this is the theme you need.

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  • Directory system
  • Events management system
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10 Tips for Starting a Lifestyle Business

1. Copy what’s working

Having no competitors is not a good sign. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

If there are no other products in your market you probably have to invest a lot of time and money into creating the product and evaluating the market. You also need to change people habits meaning a lot of money needs to be spent on marketing.

Instead go into a market where money is already being spent, evaluate the competition and then try to do it just a little bit better. That can be to compete on price, service, features, delivery whatever really.

This will have your lifestyle business up and running much faster.

2. Create a business that can be automated

If you need to spend time proportionally with each new client, then you’re doing it wrong. It’s ok to spend a little more time if you got 100 clients than if you have just one, but it shouldn’t be 1 to 1.

In the beginning it is ok for things to be proportionally but you need to be able to automate this down the line be using either technology or outsourcing. If you build a business that needs you all the time, you won’t gain freedom and you will eventually end up working you ass off.

3. Start with something you are passionate about

A lot of people tell me that they have no idea of what that should build. The same people can talk on and on about some obscure hobby they have. Well, there you have it.

Start out with by building a business around something that you are truly passionate about. Just for one second don’t think business plans and markets, just that you are passionate about this subject.

You passion will be transferred to your potential customers and you are less inclined to quite at the first sign of obstacles (and believe me, when building a business you will hit obstacles along the way).

4. Just Do It

All successful lifestyle entrepreneurs share one secret ninja ability.

They DO stuff.

They don’t sit around at parties explaining everyone what a great idea they have, or how much money they will get if they only chose to implement their idea.

Successful entrepreneurs know that they won’t make a dime just having an idea, so the act on that idea, kick ass and do stuff.

I love Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” because it’s short (something my limited brain can remember – great :) ) and it’s something I again and again want to tell people who are telling me about their new great idea but I know won’t ever pursue it.

5. Realize that there is no 4 Hour Workweek

I think it was a great book, and it was the one that inspired me to take action and work less and live more. But if you think that this is a quick fix for being a lazy ass, then think again. It is hard work while you are building the business, the idea is to have it as automated as possible once it is built, but until then forget about actually building a business using only 4 hours per week (unless you have a really long timeline).

Timothy Ferriss himself spend 80 hour weeks before he look at automating his business!

6. There is no failure, only feedback

Now this is a statement that is used in NLP and as I wrote earlier you will experience obstacles when building a business.

Now you can be use those obstacles to tell yourself that you’re a failure and you can’t build a lifestyle business, or you can simply think of them differently.

There are no failures only feedback on how not to do things!

And now that I know how not to do it, I can simply try and do it again, this time with a higher chance of success. If you thought of yourself as a failure, there is a chance that you will quit all together in order to avoid any repetition of a potential future failure.

7. Focus on producing

You are either producing stuff or consuming something that someone else produced. So where do you want to be?

Yeah sure watching X-Factor on television is probably great entertainment, but it’s not bringing your lifestyle business forward.

If you want a lifestyle business you want to have a producer mindset. To create content, products, checklists for outsources, writing sales copy, autoresponder emails and what have you.

Remember one thing, while “research” might sound like a good idea. Don’t get stuck with this, when you are researching you are consuming and you want to start producing as quickly as possible.

8. Reach out – or you go crazy

When creating a lifestyle business you are most likely a solo entrepreneur. And if you would you could probably just sit around home in your 3 day old underwear and nothing else (unless you have a spouse that is on you ass about it :) ).

If you don’t reach out and talk to other people you will eventually go crazy. And I’m not talking about just chatting with people on Twitter or commenting your Friends’ updates on Facebook. I’m talking about going out and interacting with real humans.

9. Solve people’s problems

Want to make money? Easy enough, just solve people problems. The hard part is most often getting your problem solving product in front of people having the problem.

A lot of clever people want you to built stuff that you yourself would want to buy. Forget about that, I could come up with the first 10 products that I would like for myself that no one else in the whole world would like to pay money for.

No instead you should focus on solving common problems – and have this mantra in your mind as your building the business and your products. You only make money as long as you solve other people’s problems.

The closer you can come to solving the exact problem, the easier it will be to pursued people to buy your product.

10. Kick ass and have a blast

Remember that you don’t build a lifestyle business over night, so unless you enjoy the process you will eventually run out of energy.

For someone like me who’s very result oriented, this can actually be a hard thing as I don’t value the process that much.

So this is one of the things that I’ve worked a lot with for the last couple of years.

So while you’re using your ninja kick ass skills on building your lifestyle business that will provide you with time and freedom, remember to enjoy the journey as well.

Rasmus Lindgren is the author of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar: Quit your 9-5, kick ass, work less, and live more!,which is a guide to prioritizing your life and achieving work-life balance by starting a lifestyle business. To learn more, visit LifestyleBusinessRockstar.com

Can Freelance Professionals Benefit From The Affordable Care Act?

In light of the major healthcare reforms that have been under way since 2010, many Americans are wondering how their occupation will affect their future access to healthcare.

Freelance professionals are among the most unique of these groups, since freelancing and consulting work spans nearly all disciplines and income levels. In this regard, a freelance designer who makes next to nothing is in the same boat as a well-paid, freelance architect.

And it’s not just because neither of these individuals has a salaried job.

5 Reasons Your Business Is Begging You For a Freelancer

“Welcome to the world of small business owners! We’re so happy you’re here! Come, let us show you the ropes.”

Not quite the reception you got when you dropped anchor and officially launched your small business? No one laid out the red carpet for you? The truth is, the beginning can be quite rocky for a small business owner, with a lot of twists, turns and unexpected bumps on the road.

One of the most notable and notorious bumps is the seemingly never-ending costs and financial surprises that will keep hitting your wallet in a most unpleasant way. It takes a lot of cold, hard cash to launch your business and in some cases, there’s nothing you can do about it, such as product quality, quantity, research or education costs, etc., etc. In other cases, however, there is something you can do and that is where…The Great and Awesome Freelancer comes in.

Freelancers come in many shapes and sizes, with many different specialties, but they all have one thing in common: amazing potential to downsize the “expenditures” column on your budgeting spreadsheet.

Here are 5 reasons you should consider the freelancer market today:

1)      The Cost.

Like any established writing firm, graphic design corporation or other service provider, freelancers run the gamut of what they charge, but in general, they are much, much cheaper than their big box counterparts. Freelancers often work from home, which translates into little to no overhead costs, and work for themselves, which means the money goes straight into their pockets. Without all those nasty little detours your money must take in a big corporation, you will probably find that you need only part with much less.

12 Things That Should Never be on a Potential Hire’s Resume

What’s one thing you never, ever want to see on a resume from a potential hire?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Too Many Jobs

Jumping around from job to job is never a good sign. It raises a number of questions about the candidate: Was he fired? Can he not commit? Does he not know what he wants? Is he a freelancer? Is he full-time? The point being: I’d always steer clear of someone who jumps around.
– Anson SowbyRocket XL

2. A Lie

When I interview someone, I really want to get to know the person because hiring you is a big investment for us. I will ask you about everything you’ve done, what you’re involved in and what you learned. If you get tripped up on something or it’s clear you’re making it up, then the meeting is over. Never put anything on your resume that you didn’t really do.
– Trace CohenLaunch.it

3. “Proficient in Microsoft Office”

Seriously? It’s the 21st century. Being proficient in Microsoft Office is no longer a skill — it’s a given or a “you better be.” It kills me when I see that on resumes!
– Shahzil (Shaz) AminBlue Track Media, LLC

4. The Word “Strategy”

I actively scan resumes for the word “strategy.” When I see it too many times, I know this person is not a doer. Doers tell you about what they have done, what they have accomplished and the projects they worked on. Non-doers will tell you about things they were “around.” The word strategy seems to come up far too often.
– Adam LiebDuxter

5. The Term “Expert”

If someone truly is an expert, he or she won’t be looking for a job. Employers will seek him or her out.
– Jim BelosicPancakes Laboratories/ShortStack

6. A Hotmail Email Address

It is biased to criticize someone’s choice of email provider, but when I see an@aol.com or @hotmail.com email address, I can honestly say I’m swayed in the wrong direction. Working at a startup or small company in today’s market requires an adept mind that’s able to adjust and adopt new paradigms on the fly. Not being able to swap your email account to something current suggests risky limitations.
– Derek ShanahanPlayerize

Can a Global Virtual Team Work For a Startup?

Working far from your hometown, doing long-distance business trips and travelling the world are not exceptional in the business life any more. The global virtual team and/or virtual management is now part and parcel of almost every growing business. Sometimes it is necessary to have outsourced staff. Or, the manager has to travel frequently. But being on the move or far away should not be a barrier to keeping a great team together any more.

In truth, those willing to move around or work in long-distance teams are more likely to have the entrepreneurial spirit embedded in them. As a frequent traveller myself, I have picked up many skills and habits from travelling that led me to thrive in the start-up ecosystem: diligently searching for the cheapest options to solve our needs, accepting weird working hours, not being put off by tough means to reach a valuable end and being fascinated by the new and different instead of sceptical. I also discovered during the first year away that friends don’t just disappear – the right match is the right match, and time does not wear that down.

Your travel companions are like your team-mates

Being stranded in stations and airports around the world is not half bad if your companion is a good match. Your travel partner choice is a huge factor in the success and failure of a trip. The same is true for your company, and even more so in the narrow confines of a five-person start-up. The internet has transcended most borders and this means that many employees don’t have to physically be in the same room as you in order to make a successful business work. The Basecamp team did it. So can you. Embrace the technology that makes it possible!

How to Select the Perfect Nikon DSLR for Your Needs

Selecting a new DSLR can be really overwhelming, especially if you’re a first time buyer.

Not only do you have to decide between brands, but then you have to decide between models, lenses, and accessories – all of which can lead to a daunting experience.

That being said, the goal of this post is to help make that decision a little bit easier.

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Why Nikon?

I’ve been shooting Nikon since I first got into DSLR photography about 5 years ago. When I bought my first camera (a D5000), the decision was a relatively simple one: my dad had some Nikon lenses and I didn’t have much money!

Now a few years later I’m as happy with that decision as ever. Nikon’s consistent lens mount size over the years allows you to use lenses going back to the 70s and 80s on many of Nikon’s newest DSLR bodies – meaning you can get quality used glass, at a relatively inexpensive price.

That’s a conversation for another day, however.

The bottom line is, you’re going to get a great camera with an excellent assortment of lenses with either Nikon or Canon. If you have friends or family members that shoot one or the other, and you’ll be around them often, that’s a good enough reason for me to choose either brand.

But since I shoot Nikon, today’s post is all about how to select the best Nikon camera for you!

Top 10 Travel Tips for Freelancers

I am fortunate enough to travel a lot, both for work and for fun, over the years I have developed an internal checklist of things I do pre and during any travel you embark on so here’s my top 10 travel tips:

01. Make sure you cancel the paper!

I nearly always forget this one but I do try to remember as otherwise it sits on our doorstep and anyone going past knows you are away, or it goes through the letterbox and fills up the porch.