Tips To Lower Your Energy Bill At Your Business

Tips To Lower Your Energy Bill At Your BusinessIf you have your own business with a large physical location, then you may not like receiving your energy bill each month.

You may be paying thousands each month to your local energy company. You may even paying more than a few thousand dollars, which can really hurt your business budget. There are many things that new business owners do that may hurt them in the end, such as spending too much on electricity.

Here are ways to lower your energy bill at your business.

Lower the temperature. 

Many businesses are way too cold, and you may want to change this. Find a temperature that will work for everyone but still save you money.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that is workers are becoming disgruntled or customers are leaving because of an uncomfortable temperature, then you may want to change that also. Losing customers is most likely not worth it.

Have your air conditioning and furnace checked regularly.

When was the last time that you have your air conditioning system or furnace checked? You may be able to save money if you get them serviced.

Also, it is a good idea to get these systems checked because if you do not then they may break. Having something that controls the temperature in your business break means that you may lose customers because of it being too cold or too hot.

Going into a salon or a retail store with a broken air conditioner in 110 degree heat in the summer is something that is never pleasant. I have been in stores many times when this has happened and I always immediately leave because it is uncomfortably stuffy in a place. You are losing customers!

Find the best energy provider for you.

In some places, you are able to find the best value energy provider for you and your company. If you can do this, definitely find something that is the best value. Energy Helpline can help you find the best value as well.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs.

When you go to the store now, there are tons of light bulbs in the light bulb aisle. Instead of buying the cheapest light bulbs there, you should be buying energy-efficient light bulbs that are a great value. You also want light bulbs that will last a while.

What tips do you have to lower the energy bill at a business?


How To Find Clients For Your Freelancing Business

How To Find Clients For Your Freelancing Business

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A question that I am often asked is how a freelancer can find clients. They believe in their products/services but don’t know where to start when it comes to finding good clients.

Looking for clients to sell your services to is step one to becoming a successful freelancer. If there are no clients, then it would be pretty hard to make a living from freelancing.

Yes, it would be great if all clients came directly to you, but sometimes you need to put yourself out there in order to add clients to your business.

Find a freelance job board in your niche.

A freelance job board is when someone will post a position they need filled (such as a weekly staff writer or an editor), and what the steps are to apply for the position. Usually many different positions from all different companies will be posted on here, which makes it a little easier to find a potential job.

I really like the Pro Blogger Job Board. i have found a couple of job boards there myself and there seems to be new jobs posted there every day.

Ask those you know.

In the beginning, you may be afraid to e-mail others and ask for a position, but don’t! You never know if a potential client is looking for your exact service. You might actually be doing them a favor by going to them first.

If you are looking for something such as a staff writing position, then e-mail various websites that you might want to work for might be a great start to finding something.


Like I always say, networking is extremely important. Networking can help you find out about future job openings and new projects. If you make good and long-lasting contacts with others, then this might mean that one of your contacts may refer someone to you down the road.

I do this all the time. I receive e-mails nearly every week where someone will ask me if I know someone who provides a certain service such as host migrations, graphic design and so on. I then refer them to someone that I know.

Or, if I know that I am too busy for a certain project, then I will refer this potential client to someone else.

Attend conferences in your niche.

I attended FinCon and I do believe that it was well worth it. I found many potential clients and I heard about many job openings on various websites. Attending a conference can be a great way to find potential clients for your services.

Use job websites.

Freelance websites can be a great way to find work. Sometimes they don’t pay the greatest, but if you are looking to build up your portfolio and hopefully find long-term contacts, then it can be a way to get your name out there to clients who may have not been able to find your services otherwise.

Some of these websites include:

  1. Craigslist
  2. oDesk
  3. Elance
  4. Guru
  5. Freelancer

How do you find your clients? What’s your best tip?


Tips To Land That Online Job

Tips To Land That Online Job

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Something that I am e-mailed a good amount about is how a person can land an online job.  I have had a decent amount of online jobs, and I’m always out there looking for new ones. I feel like a professional in applying for online jobs!

I believe that obtaining an online position is similar to an offline position, and should be treated similarly.


Do people even know what you do?

If no one knows what services you offer, then how are they supposed to find you and hire you? Yes, word of mouth is important, but you should have a website or SOMETHING that lists your services. It makes things so much easier!

Ask those in your network.

Saying this in public may mean I will be buried in e-mails, but I occasionally am asked if I know anyone who provides high quality work in things such as website design, blog related tasks and so on, and I tend to dish them out to those who are awesome and are looking for freelance jobs.

Your network is your friend. If you are looking for a job, then I am sure there is some job out there that fits what you are looking for.

If you regularly talk to those in your network, then they might refer others to you.

So, always stay in touch with your network!

Keep in mind that there is a line between being annoying and asking nicely. If you ask your network (such as posting on a forum) 100 times per day, then you might be pushing your luck and you may actually push people away. Find a healthy balance and approach people correctly.

Search yourself.

Even though it is an online job, are you still professional with the way that you conduct yourself online? For example, if you run a business and you are constantly rude on your business Twitter account (such as yelling at people for no reason), then this will probably make a potential client run in the other direction.

Pick up the phone.

Even though e-mail may be easy, occasionally you will need to actually talk on the phone, have a video session, or meet in person. Many people prefer the phone because they want to know who they are talking to – makes complete sense!

Dress the part.

Even though you are working online, you might occasionally have to attend meetings. Or you might even have a Skype session. Showing up in unprofessional clothes (such as pajamas!) definitely won’t help you at all.

Follow up.

Just like with an offline job, you should follow-up with a position that you have applied for. You never know, your e-mail may have been lost.

What tips do you have for someone trying to land an online job?

Should an online job be treated differently than an offline job?