Welcome to The Traveling Office!

By , June 17, 2009 12:49 am

Are you an experienced or new entrepreneur who dreams of the freedom of taking your business with you? Would you like to work anywhere you desire without being tied to an office? Then this is the site for you.  We share tips and tools you can use, interviews with successful virtual companies and ways to grow your business.

So, sit back and grab a cup. Enjoy!

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15 Things You Should Know About Being an Entrepreneur

By , June 11, 2011 3:58 pm

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Ready to take the plunge and start your own business?  Or are you held back by visions of your family eating nothing but ketchup sandwiches and phone calls from your mother-in-law asking you when you’re going to get a ‘real job?’

 

Let me ask you this—are you passionate about this idea of yours?  Do you have a dream of owning your own business and you just can’t stop thinking about it?  Then go for it.  Find work you love and you’ll never ‘work’ another day in your life.  You’ll begin to feel sad for people who say, “Hang in there baby, Friday’s coming.”

 

To help you get started, here are fifteen things you should know about becoming an entrepreneur: To read more of this article, CLICK HERE.

How To Find Your Target Market On Twitter

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By , July 20, 2009 1:23 pm

So you’ve made it on Twitter.  Congratulations!

But…maybe you’ve noticed that all your followers have handles like “@GothGirl” and “@ILuvHipHop.”  If you’re a record producer, that’s great.  But what if you’re trying to sell retirement real estate in Boca Raton?

The purpose of using Social Media for virtual entrepreneurs is, in most cases, to build relationships that ultimately help you reach your target market.  You are in business, after all.  Eventually, the time you spend using social media must pay off in dollars.

The good news is, there are tools that can help you find your target market on Twitter.  I recently wrote an article on one of the tools I use.  You can find the article here: http://etweeple.com/twitter/twitter-apps-twitter/discover-interesting-people-on-twitter/

Hope you find it helpful.  And remember–you don’t have to follow @JonasBrosBaby back unless you want to.

Why Your Prospects Don’t Care About Your Business — And What To Do About It

By , July 10, 2009 2:47 pm

 

talk-to-the-handHere’s what I often see on typical marketing material:

 

“We have the best customer service!”

 “Our product rocks!”

 “We’re number one!”

 “I’m a million-dollar sales producer!”

 “Me, me, me, it’s all about me!”

 

 

News Flash:  Your prospects don’t give a rip how fabulous you are.

 

There is one phrase you should always remember when communicating with your current and future customers.  It is:

 

“Your product or service is far less important than its ability to fulfill your customers’ needs.”

 

Or, to put it more simply:

 

“What’s in it for them?  What’s in it for them?  What’s in it for them?”

 

Too often, we get caught up in trying to promote our credibility.  Here’s the fastest way to being credible:  Offer an awesome product with great service and get OTHER people talking about how fabulous you are.

 

One of the best examples I’ve seen of this in a while is the website of www.georgekao.com.

 

When you go to his site, here’s what you’ll see:

 

1)    What he does and the benefits he provides his clients

2)    Why he believes you should work with him, and (more importantly)

3)    Dozens of testimonials of what his clients have gained from working with him.

 

It’s okay to share with prospects why they should do business with you.  Just remember:

 

Show the benefits they’ll receive, not the success you’ve achieved.

 

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Twitter Tips That Save You Time: Part 2

By , July 6, 2009 9:27 am

UPDATE:  September 5, 2009–TweetLater.com has changed their name to Socialoomph.com.  Everything else is pretty much the same.

twitter3Last time, we talked about how to use TweetLater to write a tweet and schedule it for publishing later, at a time when your followers are more likely to see it.

Today, we’ll talk about using TweetLater to get to know your followers better and thank them for following you.

To read the rest of this article, click HERE.

Travel Tip of the Week: Oakley’s View

By , June 30, 2009 2:26 pm
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Hi.  I’m Oakley.  Yeah, I know.  I’m cute.  Cuddly.  Adorable.  What’s not to love? 

The cool thing about being me is Glory takes me with her as she travels around.  I haven’t graduated to airplanes yet, but if we can take the car, I’m in, baby. 
 
Only problem is, a lot of hotels won’t let me stay overnight.  I know, can you believe it?  Rock stars wielding axes can get a hotel room, no prob, but I get the boot.
 
Well, I’m happy to say a lot of hotels have changed their mind about letting the “Oakster” stay at their digs. 
 
My current favorite is Best Western.  They even have a website for roaming Rovers like myself.  You can find it here:  http://www.bestwestern.com/tripplanner/travelwithpets.asp . 
 
A few weeks ago, Glory took me to the Best Western in Bozeman, Montana. Gorgeous down comforters, flat screen television–it was sweet!  I met this hot pomeranian cruising the halls, but Glory kept me on a short leash.  Better luck next time, Fifi.
 
Anyway, I’m going to be popping in The Traveling Office from time to time, letting you know where you can take your pooch as you’re traveling around yourself.  I call my column “Oakley’s View.” 
 
So, till next time, stay cool.  And if you see Fifi around, tell her she doesn’t know what she’s missing.
 
To leave a comment for Oakley, CLICK HERE.
 

Next post:  More timesaving Twitter tips. 

Later next week:  Preparing your elevator pitch. 

 

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Leap of Faith: How Virtual Business Auction Frogs Builds Value for Their Clients

By , June 25, 2009 10:22 am

auction-frog2Auction Frogs is one of those virtual businesses that grew out of frustration.  Kristi Saucerman had been managing nonprofit “silent auctions” for 12 years, always seeing the final bids come in at far less than the value of items donated. Sure, it was still a win-win for everyone.  The bidder got a smoking hot deal.  The charity received funds and the sponsors received recognition and loyal customers. 

But what if there was a way to extend the time of the silent auction and the bidding audience?  That would mean more funds for the charity and more marketing exposure for the donors and sponsors. Kristi reviewed a few online auction options, but found them all too expensive for tight nonprofit budgets. 

 

So, she took a ‘leap’ of faith—and created Auction Frogs.

To continue reading this article, CLICK HERE.

Twitter Tips That Save You Time: Part 1

By , June 24, 2009 9:30 am

UPDATE:  September 5, 2009–TweetLater.com has changed their name to Socialoomph.com.  Everything else is pretty much the same.

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Ready, set, Tweet!  Not ready?  How about now?  No? 

 

If the only time you have to interact on Twitter is at midnight, you might find yourself hearing crickets rather than tweets.  Not to worry.  Today we’re starting our series about tools meant to save you time while still establishing those important relationships.  The first tool is called Tweet Later.

  To read the rest of this article, CLICK HERE.

How to Negotiate a Deal in the Arctic: An Interview with Medical Management, Inc.

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By , June 20, 2009 10:24 am

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Molly Ramsay, a recruiter with MedMan, was hiking near Fairbanks, Alaska, when she received word that a top candidate had backed out of a deal.  Not to worry.  MedMan provides Ramsay with the tools and flexibility she needs to get the job done.  She was able to conduct her investigation and negotiate an offer with the next candidate from a trailhead on the Yukon River.

 

Medical Management, Inc. (MedMan), helps medical groups manage their practices.  It’s a model of how to run a multi-million dollar company virtually.  After going digital 10 years ago, the company has saved thousands of dollars on overhead while allowing employees the flexibility to work while touring France, staying at home with their children and yes, even hiking in Alaska. To read more of this article, CLICK HERE.

Travel Tip of the Week

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By , June 17, 2009 10:08 am

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If you’re traveling between countries in North America soon, here’s a little reminder.  The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which became effective June 1, 2009, now requires a passport in most cases to cross borders by land, sea or air.

 

A few border states and provinces allow certain other approved documents, such as a NEXUS card, but for the most part, expect to show your passport.

 

Children under 16 can still cross borders with their birth certificates.  Minors over 16 traveling in groups can also use their birth certificates, as long as they’re under adult supervision.

 

Get the whole scoop at http://www.GetYouHome.gov.  Spanish, French and English info is available.  

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