4 Reading Tips for Busy People

A new way to read.

Busy person, you can find the time to read. Yes, you can keep up with the latest entrepreneurial book when your time is limited. In the year 2020, there is more than one way to read a book. I love reading.  My issue is time. Time is of the essence when you are a working mom, podcaster, teacher . . . you get the point.

Taking a moment out to read is essential for growing your business, brand, what have you.  The question is how can you don’t have any time? It’s easy if you follow my tips.

Audible

My number one tip is to stop reading and start listening to books. Now if you’re thinking about books on tape wake up and walk into the twenty-first century.  Platforms like Audible are like Netflix for books. You pay a monthly fee and you are able to listen to an allotted amount of books per month depending on your subscription.  

Apple Books 

The easiest place for me to buy an audiobook is on my phone. Apple Books is my go-to source for audiobooks.  I would rather buy an audiobook outright so that I can have it as a point of reference.  Apple Books are awesome and just like Audible, you are able to listen anywhere that you can use Bluetooth technology.  Of course, you can purchase print books to read on your phone as well too. 

Summary Books

Summary books do just what you are thinking, summarizing books and getting you right to the point.  Although I haven’t used a summary book since Cliff Notes when I was a high school student, I wish I had them after I read . . . well, get into that some other time.  

Listen

Are you listening to the Teacher Ces Podcast? Make sure you hear episode eight where I give you my review on the latest books.

What are your tips for upping your productivity when it comes to reading?  Leave your comments below.

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Using Thrifting to Save Money

Using thrifting to save money is not a thing of the past. Many different items can be found in a thrift store but in this case, we’re talking about clothing. You won’t end up looking like someone wearing discounted clothes either. Find out how I use thrifting to save money in this episode.

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Getting Started, Pinterest Business

Pinterest Business
My newest e-book.

Why Should My Business Be On Pinterest?

Have you wanted to get started on Pinterest for Busines but have no idea where to start? I have heard your cries! I have created a how to get started on Pinterest for business guide for you.

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In case you do not already know, Pinterest is for more than just cooking, crafting, and fashion. Many businesses have gotten ahold of the power of Pinterest in generating clients to their websites. There are a lot of people who would jump on the Pinterest wagon if they only knew how . . .

How to Get Started on Pinterest for Business?

Pinterest accounts for business should not be time-consuming or difficult to open. However, for many people it is. Keeping the frustration factor in mind, I have created my first e-course to get you started. I will walk you through each step and explain how you will open your Pinterest business account. You will definitely need a Pinterest business account, even if you already have a personal account. The Pinterest business account is free and will give you the analytical information you need to see how your pins are performing.

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I have been a Pinterest user for at least eight years. The first time I experienced Pinterest, I did not like it. It looked very busy and I did not revisit again for some time later. When I went back to Pinterest I had a better understanding of how it worked. Pinterest uses pins that generate interest that will generate traffic to whatever your pin is selling. It could be anything from recipes to marketing your product.

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Pinterest Business
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How I used Bilingual Cue Cards to Teach Online ESL

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online can be tricky. Picture this, you are teaching online ESL to a child thousands of miles away in a city in China. You are reaching deep into your teacher toolkit and nothing is working. This child simply does not understand. Never fear, online ESL cue cards are here.

These cue cards are a great form of communication at the beginning or end of your lesson. Imagine spending twenty-five minutes of being taught a language you do not understand but have a little familiarity at the end. You see a goodbye message, in your language.

These cards are ideal if you are teaching independently. Even if you are not teaching independently and working with one of the big guys (VIPKID, Cambly, SayABC, and the like), make sure you understand your companies rules to make sure that these cue cards are permissible. You can find the link to purchase here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Online-ESL-Teaching-Bilingual-Cue-Cards-Chinese-English-Teach-English-Online-3144988

My experience in teaching online ESL has been great. I have unofficially put myself into retirement with VIPKID. I do enjoy teaching independently when the time allows. However, I have a full-time teaching position outside the home (and online world) so my time teaching online is limited. Especially when I include my blog, podcast, and creating on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How has your experience been teaching online ESL? What company do you work with? What have been your pros and cons? Leave a comment below and share how you feel.

Four Easy Steps to Creating a Successful Subscription Box Service

Have you ever thought about how a monthly or weekly successful subscription box service is a great way to make shopping more convenient? Additionally, subscription boxes are an amazing way to introduce consumers to new products. 

A great shopping experience is not consuming all your time waiting in long lines. That is so exhausting and stressful!  As an entrepreneur, we always want to give our customers the best experience. We want them to feel pampered and satisfied. Imagine when all they need to do is subscribe and pick the box that they feel and know they needed. Then, deliver it right to their doorsteps!

Does it sound amazing? Running a successful subscription box services can bring you money and create a list of happy subscribers and consumers. 

Indeed.

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Want to join the bandwagon of business owners that run a successful subscription box service? Explore and apply these strategies to all your products and services.

Read on and learn with us as we unearth some things you have to know. Before starting a monthly subscription boxes business.

#1: Start with a good business idea that will work with a successful subscription box.

An idea is the powerful ground of a business.  When we talk about the concept of a product or service, its appeal to the market is essential. Plus, coupled with the convenience that you are offering to them.

To get started with a successful subscription box business,  you need to select your niche.

A niche is a particular group of people or market for your product or services. Like makeup kits for people who love glamour and fashion, or books for the bookworms.

Then, know who you are competing with. To do this, you can check out Cratejoy Marketplace, and get some ideas.

Identify your customers.

Niche is a broader sense in targeting your customers. So, you need to dig in deeper and dissect the information to have and get your real potential users. You can cleverly do this by researching about your competitor’s customers. Take time to study the gender, age, income, and others.

#2: Set up your subscription business in the best platform.

Setting up a successful subscription box business is not really as easy as 1-2-3. But choosing the best platform that will help you in moving the boxes.

To consider in the selection:

  • Easy to use.  Use a platform which has built-in ready to use templates which you can customize that will fit your brand.
  • Billing. Get a system that would allow you for a recurring billings that is likely to be used for subscription boxes.
  • Think of the best marketing strategy. A platform that will help you in acquiring customers. A well-visited market place in a certain platform is a good avenue to get potential buyers.

#3: Find the product.

Your product must be something that your suppliers can provide. So, before starting a business such this, scout for a good supplier. Below are some of your options:

  • Local Stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Online E-commerce

#4: Pre-launch Website

Setting up your pre-launch website. It should match design for a subscription box business. Once the pre-launch phrase has completed, getting your customer’s orders would be next.

To learn more, visit Cratejoy and see if this business set up works for you.

Conclusion

Depending on the response of your target market, especially on the initial phase of the set-up. With the best information that you have gathered, study and think of the best product that will fit. Then, study every step of the way.

Make sure that you have understood and is willing to sacrifice for the success of your business.

Resources

The Logistics of Starting a Subscription Box: 3 Things You Need to Consider

4 Things You Need to Start a Subscription Box Business

How to Start a Subscription Box Business in 5 Steps

How to Start a Subscription Box Business in 8 Simple Steps