Monthly Archives: March 2009

DC and Northern Virginia Business Coaching – Benefits For Everyone

In the past, businesses have looked for college graduates because of their raw talent, hunger, and energy. There’s no replacement for someone who can work for hours on end – on suspect diets of caffeine and Twinkies. There are also folks who have been around the workforce for a while, but who may have pigeon-holed themselves into a certain job type or role. Many of these folks could use some serious business coaching.

There may even be many among the experienced workforce set who have lost some of their communication and business skills, and may feel they are in a dead end job with nowhere to go. These can be office workers, IT professionals and even corporate managers or executives. It can be depressing thinking that you are stuck in one field and at one salary. It’s even worse when the economy turns south (or IS south, as in Antarctica South, right now), because you continually take cuts in pay and that can petrify you into never actually acting on a job change or opportunity.

The is the right time, in this economy, to take stock of your personal capability to derive success, satisfaction and reward from your business role and efforts.

The truth is, with a little bit of business coaching you can learn how to revive your career, make some gains financially, and ultimately become more satisfied in your job…and Northern Virginia business coaching is readily available from a number of trained and qualified coaches.

By taking advantage of professional business coaching and guidance, you can learn to make opportunities for yourself – rather than wait for other people to make them for you. You have to look at a business coach as your personal consultant who can help open things up for you – little by little – until you can take the ball and run with it.

(No, not a personal assistant – a personal business coach…)

Not only can having a business coach help at your job, but having one can also help you to make your personal life less stressful, streamlined and ultimately more fulfilling. By having more opportunities in your business life, you won’t have to bring home all that stress – leave it at the office, on the road, wherever! A business coach can tell you the things you are doing wrong and help absolutely motivate you to make quicker, better business decisions.

A business coach can come into your life looking from the outside-in rather than where you’ve been looking at it for years—through your eyes only! That doesn’t mean that they won’t see your side of the story. The idea of a business coach is to understand both sides of things and help you develop your strengths, thereby pulling you out of your slump and making you more productive.

You should be selective when hiring or seeking out a business coach in the Northern Virginia area, and look specifically for someone who specializes in business or executive coaching. The main criteria to consider is that they have the experience and resources to get your professional life turned around, and that there’s a good rapport between you and your coach. You should select someone who stresses helping you to manage your priorities, communicate better, make more effective presentations, enhance your strengths and identify ways you can improve. If you talk to someone who has these goals in mind for you, then you know you’ve found the right business coach.

If you can’t see your life going in any reasonable direction, and your paychecks have become stagnant or even been reduced, you need a business coach. If you are tired of being stressed out about your job and aren’t sure how to turn things around, then invest in a business coaching program such as those available in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC metro area through James Bowles Business Coaching and watch yourself grow!

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New Freelance Journalists – The Top 5 Features of the Best Online Marketplaces for Selling Articles and Internet Content

Hey all you newly out-of-work newspaper, nonprofit newsletter, advertising/copywriting, sitcom or fashion magazine DC journalists and writers (or wanna-be’s) – here’s some advice about selling and publishing your content.

Leveraging the Internet for raising and making money is now, more than ever, a very interesting and accessible proposition. The advent and rapid growth of Web 2.0 tools and resources for creating and aggregating interesting content and sharing it with others has made the prospect of getting paid to write now more reasonable than ever. Online authors have an incredible array of outlets and tools at their disposal, presuming their writing and research skills, audience sensitivity, creativity and knowledge of the subject are up to the task. Writing itself isn’t easy, but making money from your original, written work is getting a lot easier.

This is especially relevant today given the dramatic reduction of printed newspaper and magazines, the reduction of journalistic outlets in favor of consumer-generated content, and the overall transition of information sources for most consumers to Internet media.

Some methods of earning money for writing, however, are quicker and easier to return legitimate income than others, and there are always a lot of risks to avoid. Your original work can certainly be bought and sold through direct contact, posting and advertising. You can certainly also self-publish, and derive income through subscriptions, advertising or other methods of monetizing the content or the website it’s delivered through. However, by far the best method for securely exposing your talent, setting your price and attracting the widest variety of legitimate, recurring buyers who will truly promote your work – is to use a professional online article marketplace. There do exist a number of these online article selling and buying forums, but here are the top 5 features to look for in an online marketplace for selling articles and other content you write for the Internet.

1 – Ease of use – The online article marketplace for content writers and purchasers should be very easy to use, easy to understand from a service agreement, legal and privacy perspective, and easy to collaborate with the authors and site administrators.

2 – Breadth of content – The marketplace for online articles should include a wide variety of subjects and topics from authors of many different genres, enabling you to most easily describe and differentiate your product, and attract publishers who are looking specifically for your kind of writing. A wide variety of legitimate topics from authors around the world will draw many kinds of publishers, representing online magazines and newspapers, blogs, ezines, advertisers, marketers and other online content distributors.

3 – Legitimacy and value of content – Online material submitted, bought and sold in an online article marketplace should be fresh and new, unique, attractive, interesting, expert, helpful, useful or otherwise exhibit real value for targeted or interested publishers. Online article outlets and markets that police themselves, by enabling voting and reviews of content among the purchasing and publisher’s community.

4 – Marketplace exposure – It must be easy for publishers and website owners or advertisers to find the article marketplace, and therefore to find your great material. The more effective the marketplace is in promoting its inventory, its authors and its return on investment to purchasers – the more effective it will be in marketing and selling your product, and making you more money.

5 – Protection of your valuable assets and reputation – The marketplace must place a premium on making sure the legal contract between an article buyer and seller is maintained and secure, by not allowing illegitimate use of content before it’s purchased, and by guaranteeing the content is unique, unduplicated and fully observant of all copyright protections.

Observing these 5 top features to look for in an online article marketplace should help you quickly choose and leverage an online article market that best meets your needs – and delivers you real income. One newer example of an online destination for buying and selling written articles, that appears to meet these criteria, is TopicWrite.com .

TopicWrite makes quality Internet content available to website publishers while providing an outlet for writers around the world who want to do what they love (write) and make money. All content is fresh and new, and available for exclusive rights to the purchaser. As a writer, you can sell original content and articles for extra income, and reach a broad base of website owners, ensuring top dollars, while increasing exposure for your work around the globe. You can build network of customers that will continue to bring you business, while TopicWrite takes care of all the payment requirements through Paypal accounts. Website owners and publishers can purchase original content specific to their needs, receive it within minutes, and own a 100% copyright for the material – guaranteed by the seller to be absolutely original material.

Try TopicWrite.com as a means to fulfill your online income-producing needs through sales of your original content, or to purchase unique and original creative work from legitimate, accomplished authors – more being added all the time.

PAX River NAVAIR Job Fair Lexington Park MD – Mar. 19, JT Daugherty Conference Ctr.

On Thursday, March 19 at the J. T. Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park across from Gate 1 NAS PAX, NAVAIR Special Recruitment Branch is holding a job fair seeking 400 or more qualified scientists, engineers and business specialists to fill much needed vacancies.

The job fair will open at 10 a.m. and run strong until 6 p.m. in hopes of filling vacancies across the spectrum of hi-tech jobs. Prospects attending the job fair are encouraged to, “Become part of an organization that will let you make a difference to the country and the world. Discover the possibilities that a Civilian Career with the Department of the Navy can offer you.”

Read more at PAX River Online.

A note from the JT Daugherty Southern Md Conference and Events Center and Cherry Cove Hospitality – come early, plan your time wisely, and carpool as possible – this event is already looking to be very well attended..

Overnight accommodations for the event are available at the co-located Lexington Park Hotel at the Hampton Inn, or at these other great Southern MD hotels.

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A Nonprofit Charity Stimulus Plan for 2009 – New Hope for Area Charities

Plain and simple – your donors are disappearing, it’s much more difficult and expensive to find and retain new donors, much harder to pay and retain staff, and the competition for limited philanthropic spending is getting intense. Nonprofit funding sources are simply drying up.

Obama’s stimulus package benefits commercial entities, and may in time benefit charities through “trickle-down” means. But your nonprofit organization, church, charity or other 501(c)(3) group’s needs can’t wait.

Here’s an answer, a very good answer – the Nonprofit Organization Funding Solutions (NPOFS) 2009 International Charity Stimulus Plan.

Raise money now, keep your staff, and help others to do the same – bringing fresh hope and new resources to bear in a very difficult economic time.

Read more here – Nonprofit Funding Solutions

Northern Virginia Energy Efficient Tax Credits for Home Renovation and Repairs

A “perfect storm” is brewing for all US and Northern Virginia homeowners this spring, interested in saving money on energy costs, saving money on taxes, and promoting a healthy, clean, environmentally-friendly lifestyle for themselves and their families. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made some significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. More Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency are available for consumers and home builders, at a much higher percentage of cost (up to 30%), with very few upper limits or exceptions. Tax deductions are available as well for businesses.

The highlights are:

  • The tax credits that were previously effective for 2009, have been extended to 2010 as well.
  • The tax credit has been raised from 10% to 30%, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes only).
  • The tax credits that were for a specific dollar amount have been converted to 30% of the cost.
  • The maximum credit has been raised from $500 to $1500 for the two years (2009–2010). However, some improvements such as geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, and solar panels are not subject to the $1,500 maximum.
  • The $200 cap on windows has been removed.

These tax credits convert into significant savings for consumers interested in Northern Virginia home renovations and remodeling, or consumers simply interested in lowering energy costs through use of new energy-efficient home features like vinyl windows and HVAC units, solar panels and hot water heaters, or simply additional, updated insulation, roofing or caulking projects. This is the absolute best time of year, as well, to begin planning home renovation, repair and remodeling projects that require warmer weather to implement – and require longer lead times from service providers as the spring orders increase.

Here are some very good examples of Virginia home improvement, construction or handyman firms capable of handling your energy-efficiency projects this spring.

For large, custom Northern Virginia home renovation and construction projects that include significant home energy improvements or features, Architectural Construction of McLean, VA offers services that easily provide significant return on investment, via these stimulus bill energy efficiency tax credits. Constructive Solutions of Leesburg VA offers many routine home maintenance, repair, remodeling and handyman services including installation or retrofitting home energy features to take advantage of the tax credits. Vinyl-Lite Window Factory of Lorton, VA already provides the very best and most energy-efficient Northern Virginia windows and replacement vinyl windows – acting now to order and install replacement windows takes full advantage of the tax credits, resulting in significant savings in addition to the reduced energy costs. (Don’t forget to include window security screens or alarm screens for maximum security and privacy). For “Piedmont” area (including Fauquier, Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William counties) handyman, home repair and renovation services, Handyman Matters will quickly and efficiently replace old, energy-inefficient features of your home with new ones that take complete advantage of the new tax credits.

Contact Ingrid Myers, Prince William realtor, as well to discuss spring home renovation and remodeling plans, especially if the goal is to get a head start on the spring real estate season, fix your home up for resell, or simply find an easy and now very cost-effective way to improve the value of your home.