Washington, Technology, Training Influence 2014 Hiring Trends

Recent survey results from CareerBuilder point to continuing caution on the part of American business to commit to hiring in the near future. Even those companies that do plan to seek new employees in 2014 will do so less aggressively than previously. Small business, in particular, will be moving slowly to sign new employees, with not even 20 percent of less than 50 in the workforce planning to increase their numbers this year.

Among larger businesses, the projected growth rate is similar. Only 24 percent of firms plan to add full-time, permanent employees, down a full two percentage points from last year.

Continuing uncertainty in Washington is cited as a big reason for the caution, but there are other factors as well — some of them unexpected. Growth of new technology is a boon to business in many ways, but it may also be considered a means of replacing human skills. Efficiencies generated by mobile technology and internet marketing, as well as advances in communication, customer service and online ordering may contribute to lowered staffing requirements, according to analysts.

The double-edged sword of technology, while it makes recruiting and managing easier though such software as efficient applicant tracking systems, also has eliminated the need for some human resources positions. American business won’t be chucking new technology anytime soon, however, so job growth must be considered in terms of the economy’s health and the ability of companies to realize increased profits.

The way Washington deals with debt issues early in the year is sure to have an effect on business expansion and job growth. As issues are resolved, CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson thinks the potential exists for new hiring at a pace greater than 2013. But business has adopted a wait-and-see posture.

Sales and IT positions are at the top of the want list for those firms planning on hiring in the new year. Marketing and business development, administrative posts, and customer service specialties are also cited as potentially needed positions.

Not surprisingly, a trend toward hiring more part-time employees is likely to continue due to the Affordable Care Act. Twelve percent of employers mentioned it as a reason for cutting back on hours, or for hiring more part-timers. A positive trend for American workers, however, is the return of some previously off-shore jobs, and that also is expected to continue.

Finally, about half of the human resources managers surveyed report a skills gap; they say that some positions go unfilled for three months or longer due to a dearth of qualified applicants. Today companies, 46 percent of them, are willing to train new hires; and a quarter of them will send employees back to school to earn advanced degrees, and pick up at least part of the cost.

Humans, Including You Are Unsustainable, So We Need to Eliminate That Waste

Have you ever noticed that you cannot turn on the TV news, watch a documentary, or read a newspaper or even scan the online news in any industry or area of the human endeavor without reading the word sustainable? Why is that? Well, I have some thoughts on this, and what I see is rather alarming, let’s talk shall we?

Not Long ago, I watched a TED Video trying to get investors to see why only investing in sustainable companies could do the most good towards a clean environment, better human working conditions, and better corporate governance. The video was titled; “Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability,” and posted on February 12, 2014.

“Sustainability” is one of the most over used words in the English Language, and the continued use of this word is probably the most “unsustainable” thing of all. Why are the parroting of this sustainability agenda. People think they are smart using this term, NO, they give away their brainwashing to that cause. It’s not that such things are not better ideas for companies and investors, it’s that putting all the emphasis there is propping up a strong leaning towards the overall socialist agenda which will continue to destroy free-market capitalism if we let it. And BTW – CO2 is not evil, and when it comes to carbon, you are partly made of it.

In the video, the presenter suggests that we need more institutional investors and pension funds to demand “sustainability” in the actions of the corporations they invest, to ensure they do the utmost to go the distance for our environment. Okay, but I have issues with that too, namely because it’s been tried with some rather disastrous results in the last decade – just think of all those “environmentally friendly” mutual funds?

Pension funds that have invested heavily in so-called “sustainability” driven technologies and “environmentally friendly” (whatever that means on any given day) in the last few years have been handed their rear ends. Pension funds are even more underfunded due to these social-cause investments, and when they are public pensions and underfunded who pays – the people, taxpayers. Why re-arrange the deck chairs?

Further, if pension funds are underfunded in the public sector that means that money has to be made up somewhere else, with cuts, more automation and robotics – fewer jobs. This strategy in the video doesn’t work. Besides, it is just more lip-service, no new information stated in the video, it was a waste of time to watch, everyone and their brother, along with the Agenda 21 people on down are promoting this in every magazine of business, industry, environment, and nonprofit sector.

And to the “socialism” that such strategies work towards – well, it’s just been a disaster – so it isn’t the answer. It makes people weak, unable to fish so to speak. There is NO Honor in socialism in my view. Okay so, please consider all this and think on it.

Article Marketing: The Basics

Article marketing is a type of advertising in which businesses write short articles related to their respective industry wherein all articles contain a resource box that stores references and contact information for the author’s business. These articles are made available for the distribution and publication in the market place and are often associated by other websites and published on multiple websites.

Article marketing is the answer for small business owners, entrepreneurs, people with information and have a desire for public recognition. In short, article marketing is a shortcut to all that is good in today’s business world, it’s a sales force that markets you on the internet while you’re busy doing other things.

For the article proper, you should keep in mind that there are thousands of new articles that are added each day to the web’s marketing directories, so the first thing that you should do is to create a title that sells the article without being too witty, since it is the first thing that your readers will see. It should be catchy so therefore keywords must be found within the title.

The second important part of your article is the theme and this should be established within the opening paragraph and the title because it captures your readers interest and they will continue reading your articles until the end so it is important to pose question words like ‘how to’ or ‘why or what’ because it will help your reader find a solution to their inquiries.

For article marketing, shorter chunks of texts are often the most successful, so keep the article body short- around 300-400 words wherein it is direct to the point and tackles your readers’ questions. By putting the most important points in your article will ensure that interest levels are retained and automatically convey the message of the article for those who are pushed by time and can’t read the article in one go.

Most writers’ goals in writing articles is of the hope that a service or a product, will be purchased by readers as it is the only opportunity for them to promote themselves, their website and product.

Affiliate Marketing Success – 3 Things You To Do To Get Predictable Income From Affiliate Marketing

There are many things that you need to consider when it comes to having your own profitable affiliate marketing business. Here are the 3 simple tips which can use in your business so that you will be able to get predictable income from the internet. The fact is that most of the newbies and even successful marketers overlook them because the tips seem to be so “common sense”. Here are the 3 tips:

Tip 1 – Familiarize Yourself With The Product You Are Promoting

Once you have selected the product that you want to promote, you will want to start familiarizing yourself with the product that you are going to promote. You can start by search for product reviews which are done by customers who have used the product or you can personally purchase the product so that you can do a thorough review. When you are familiar with the product, you will be able to communicate effectively the benefits that your customers will get if they purchase the product.

Tip 2 – Constant Hunger For Information

When you are just started, you will want to simply just follow the system by doing the required tasks and ignore any new strategies or systems. This is to ensure that you will be building a business with strong foundation and you will be growing your business in the right direction. Once your business has become more stable and you are getting consistent income, it will be time for you to learn new knowledge and strategies so that you can grow your business to the next level. It will be worth the investment of your money on products or courses to acquire new knowledge.

Tip 3 – Integrate Twitter Into Your Marketing

Many people are using twitter and you will want to make sure that you are using this medium to get more exposure for your business. You will want to start following friends who have the same interest with you and start interacting with them. The easiest approach is to combine it with article marketing. When you have an EzineArticles account, you will be able to set the setting where a tweet will be made whenever a new article is approved in your account. This will drive more traffic to your article which directly drives more traffic back to your website.

Here are the 3 things that you can do to get predictable income from your affiliate marketing business. Start applying it to your business today and you will be one day nearer to success.

What Lonely People Say

What’s your reason for being lonely? There are reasons and there are misguided excuses. You can identify which are excuses and which are reasons by hearing what lonely peoples say.

“I’m alone by no choice of my own.” Some years ago I knew a lady who wanted to save her marriage from destruction. She had two sons, a lovely home and many things worth fighting for. She got her husband to agree to join a sports team for couples so they could share their leisure time in hopes that this would draw them closer together. It didn’t work. He ran off with another man’s wife he met playing volleyball in the couple’s league. Suddenly she was alone but not by any choice of her own.

A good friend recently had to place his 92-year-old mother in an extended care facility. It was an elegant home with everything his mother could possibly need. She had only one complaint: she knew absolutely no one. She felt abandoned and alone.

“I’m alone because I no longer have the connections I had in the past.” My father wasn’t real excited about my brother’s decision to attend the University of Nebraska. He finally agreed, so on the day of enrollment he drove him to Lincoln, gave him a few hundred dollars in cash, and dropped him off on a corner of the campus. He was on his own.

As a young man I took my family from the comfort of loving, supportive relatives and friends in the mid-west to Lusaka, Zambia in central Africa for a 3+ year tour as missionaries. We were 8,836 miles from those who we could depend on for love and support and we felt alone.

“I’m lonely because there is no one in my life with whom I can share my feelings and experiences.” I call this the “lost in a crowd syndrome”. We’ve all felt it. I spent three days in “The Loop” in downtown Chicago all alone. I never made one acquaintance, never talked to anyone for any reason more than a simple business transaction. I was alone.

In any large city teeming crowds live out their lonely lives with no one with whom they can share their deepest feelings. The same thing happens in suburbia where many of the lovely homes that line the streets of “Pleasant Valley USA” are filled with people unwilling or unable to relate to the folks next door. A lady sent me an email describing the loneliness she experiences in her marriage because she cannot share her deepest feelings with her husband.

“I’m lonely because I perceive myself to be unlovable, unacceptable, and unworthy of the attention of others, even if others don’t feel that way.” The person who says this is suffering from significant low self esteem. He/she will sabotage any relationship, disrupt any attempt by others to befriend them, and continue to convince themselves with negative self-talk that they are unworthy of the love or attention of anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Which are excuses and which are reasons? Which are feelings and which are conditions? If you are lonely, which of these sentences best reflects what you are going through right now? What are you going to do about it?

Next week we’ll talk about some extreme responses to loneliness.

© 2014 Ronald Ross. All Rights Reserved

Home Business And Affiliate Marketing

Most individuals envision turning into our very own bosses. The benefit of a lot of money and versatile working hours is extremely attractive. Nevertheless, the majority are reluctant to go out by themselves. They worry they don’t contain the funds required to secure a small business or they don’t wish to loose the security with their regular job.

The solution could be starting up an online business. The reality of the issue is that you could start your home based business without any funds in any way. Consider this, do you have an additional room or area within your house. Do you have some type of computer with an internet connection? Do you have a telephone line? For those who have these three items you will find the requirements of an office in which your home based business can be produced.

Affiliate marketing online may be a great way to get started in your home business. Affiliate marketing online gives you an opportunity to promote either a product or service. With minimal funds and little space you might like to concentrate on services.

As soon as you’ve made the decision, you should look at your talent. What services might you provide and what skills might you provide. Many individuals begin with affiliate products from major search engines like Google. If you’re effective at web site design, it is possible to register your site with someone for example yahoo publisher. As a result your web site is certain to get traffic using the search engine Google. If your own is a product sales web site, your traffic could result in improved sales. The higher exposure aimed at your website the better.

Yet another thing you can look at to accomplish is entice visitors to other web sites. Online retailers for example eBay and amazon have affiliate marketing programs. Given you’ll be able to generate visitors and improve revenue then you definitely earn money. Every program provide you with methods to enhance revenue by way of back links and blogs. These are generally free of charge and really worth utilizing. Bear in mind, the greater you are making the greater they earn.

Eventually, your web site will make earnings another way. When it’s submitted on web sites for instance yahoo publisher or AdSense, you will notice advertisements inserted. Each time a website visitor clicks an advertisement you’re earning profits. The greater clicks the greater income. The providers care for all of the marketing and advertising costs and site. Additionally they attempt to position suitable advertisements for your web page. If you’re advertising unusual ebooks advertisements for seafood aren’t likely to get clicked on.

If you’d prefer to start off having your own business but feel you don’t have enough cash then you’re completely wrong. When you have a computer and room to place it then you’ve all that’s necessary. You may also begin you home based business and perform it around your. It is possible to steadily commit more time as your home based business develops.

In case you are sick and tired of your job and actually want to be your own boss then cease making reasons and take action. Despite the fact that affiliate products and promoting services you’ll discover that obtaining your home based business is simpler than you imagine. You just need some time to commitment to obtain success. By benefiting from the affiliate marketing programs which are available these days, you can create cash and increase your personal marketing savvy. Bear in mind, you can enhance into other places and venture out completely on your own later on. At the moment, get marketing and advertising and get clicking.

Internet Marketing – The Real Key to Your Success

There is no doubt about the internet, it is here to stay. According to emarketer.com, U.S. businesses spent over $19 billion on online advertisements back in 2007. Online marketing will continue to get a larger share of the advertising spending pie, increasing from 12% in 2009 to a projected 14% this year. By 2014, experts project that one-quarter of advertising dollars will be spent online.

These are difficult times for many people. According to the New York Times, “…one in one hundred households will declare bankruptcy…” According to the US Census, “Over 62% of Americans will retire on annual income below $10,000.”

There is no longer any question that people are profiting from the internet. More and more people are earning full-time incomes from their online business. There are many proven ways to develop a successful internet business.

The question is will you be able to succeed online?

What do we really mean by success? Most of us want more than just money. Certainly, we want to get out of debt, have money left over at the end of each month, and save for the future so we can retire with confidence. We also want more peace in our lives, and we want to stop having to worry about money. The value system that calls for more work and more stuff at the expense of relationships and peace of mind has brought many of us to the brink financial disaster.

While success in online marketing will depend more on our willingness to put forth the required effort than on our technical skills and internet savvy, the real key to success ultimately depends on our attitude and our mind-set. If we are not where we want to be, we have to consider what we are doing wrong and make some hard decisions about what we want to do differently. We have all heard: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Most of us won’t embrace change until the ‘pain-of-same’ is greater that the ‘pain-of-change’. Once we let go of the guilt and shame we feel about the stupid choices we have made in the past, we can learn from those mistakes, and move on with confidence.

We can’t be sure exactly what our future will bring, but we can be sure what we will bring to our future. We can set the stage for the course of our life through the choices we make and the frame of mind that we create.  With the proper attitude and mind-set, we can determine our future. If we fail to make decisions about our future, the random events of life will decide for us.

What Is Affiliate Marketing and How You Can Use It To Make Money On The Internet Fast

Affiliate marketing is a means of marketing pays intermediaries (known as affiliates) a commission for a sale referral. It is the easiest and most immediate way to make money online, for the following three reasons:

i) You can find affiliate products in almost every niche market online
ii) You can get started almost immediately
iii) You don’t have to own a product. Simply make commissions as the middleman

There are a variety of affiliate programs online, the most common being that of the pay per sale model, whereby you are paid when you generate a sale for the merchant. Another two models are the pay per click model where you are paid whenever someone clicks on an ad and the pay per lead model, more commonly known as cost per action (CPA) marketing.

Examples of pay per sale programs you can join are ClickBank and PayDotCom. For pay per click, you can consider either AdBrite or Google AdSense, where these ad networks will pay you whenever your visitors click on the ads they put up on your site. As for the pay per lead model, examples would include commission junction and Hydra Networks.

There is a huge potential to doing CPA marketing because all you have to do is drive traffic to a merchant site, generate them leads or get the user to perform a simple action and you would be paid.

You can easily generate large sums of commissions doing CPA + banner advertising. This is the way the “big guns” are doing CPA marketing and doing $100,000 days. Learn the skill of media buying and use it in conjunction with CPA offers. Track your conversions well and you would be on track to be a super affiliate yourself.

One more tip to getting high conversions for your offers (regardless of the kind) is to make sure that the product you are presenting provides a solution for the market, and solves the problem. Zig Ziglar said it best with the following quote: “You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”

If your marketing is good and your product is wonderful, you must do all you can do give it to the people who need it most. This will make you a lot of money if you do it right.

I hope this article opened your eyes to the power of affiliate marketing and its immense potential. Take action on the stuff you see here and keep yourself abreast on the happenings in the affiliate marketing industry and you will do good… perhaps even get one of them $100,000 days yourself!

Online Business Ideas for 2014

With the right kind of information and familiarity with the Internet businesses, you will be on your way to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. One thing though, you should be ready to invest a considerable amount of your time running your online business.

It is already one month before we usher in 2014, the year you are hoping to set your business running. If you conduct thorough planning and then develop and implement an effective online marketing plan, the following types of online business ideas for 2014 are sure to be fruitful.

This is one kind of online business that will continue to become a strong money maker in many years to come.A good number of people across the world are increasingly visiting e-commerce stores. This market is expected to grow even as more people buy tablet computers and smart phones.

The best thing about this business is the fact that it is perfect for any person who wants to work from the comfort of his or her home. If you are one of those people experiencing capital challenges, you could take advantage of companies that normally offer drop shipping services to be able to maintain large inventories. Also, you do not have to worry about the costs of web hosting and pre-built web stores service are affordable on a monthly basis. E-commerce is a great platform for authors, marketing experts and business coaches to earn money from e-books. Gradually, consumers are taking a great interest in e-books when seeking educational materials and therefore making e-commerce a great online business idea for 2014.

Website flipping
If you know what house flipping is, then you already know what website flipping is. If you do not know, website flipping entails buying websites, upgrading them and then selling putting them on sale for a profit. You can easily get websites for a minimal amount but you have to be careful of the kind of website you will be purchasing. By all means avoid cookie cutter sites since they usually come with copied contents from other sites built by the sellers. Any copied content will negatively affect your website ranking with Google as well as in other search engines. If you are looking for quick profit, website flipping is the perfect business for you.

App Development
Development of website applications is one of the online business ideas for 2014. Thankfully,the availability of websites that offer tools for building such applications, makes this online business idea perfect for just anyone. What is more, you can start this business from the comfort of your home. Although mobile application market is almost saturated, it is not impossible to make decent money from developing multiple apps. However, embark on an extensive research on your ideas before you start developing and marketing it.

Major Reasons to Use Article Marketing for Business

There is only one reason why people are using the internet or are using search engines – they are looking for something, some information and facts about certain things and situations significant to them. And because people are looking for something to be read, it is just logical that you as an online business owner provide them with content.

Article marketing is a very effective method of promoting any kind of product or business online because first, it provides the customers the information that they are looking for. If you want your online business to thrive, you should provide your clients what they are looking for and the only way to do that is to write and submit articles that refer to your own target audience.

If for example you are trying to sell weight loss products, you should then try to write and publish articles that are highly associated with losing weight. You need to provide your target audience with articles relevant to weight loss so that when they type in those words in the search box, your website will pop out first.

Despite being in a modern age and time, there are still some businesses and business owners that have not fully adapted to the technological advancements that we have today. There are still some businesses that participated in the online entrepreneurship battle just recently, which means that they are still wondering exactly what articles can do to their own economic growth.

Well first, if you want to get your hands dirty with online marketing you should probably start learning the details of the industry. And one of the most important things that you need to learn is article promotion, since this very method is actually one of the most efficient and most effective ways to promote a product, a service, or your company as a whole.

Delivering well crafted articles and smart information is the best promotion strategy ever, and written content will help you convince readers and consumers that you and your company has what it takes to keep up with the demands in the market.

Article marketing is also a great strategy if you are going for the search engine optimization route. Building links is basically one of the most necessary practices that you have to master: the more links you build, the greater you will be ranked by the different search engines such as Google.

Aside from being absolutely free, article marketing will also let you tap into your target market more effectively. If you are writing articles specific to a certain type of audience looking for a particular kind of product or service, then the bigger your chances will be at reaching that audience and the greater the possibility of getting highly targeted traffic.