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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #31
 
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The Financial Hurdle in Pursuit of your Passion
 
A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the sticking point most people encounter when deciding whether or not to work for themselves. If you’re a Free Agent (independent professional), you probably took a serious look at the financial side of this leap for quite some time. Here are my suggestions in summary:
  • Determine what your monthly expenses REALLY are
  • Have six months worth of savings at your disposal
  • Pay down your debt
  • It’s okay to still look for a J.O.B.
  • It’s also okay to get a J.O.B.
Read the entire post…



5 Common Website Blunders Designed to Infuriate Your Customers from http://www.bnet.com
 
The last thing you want is for a new potential client to land on your website only to be annoyed with the loopholes you make them go through just to get to your content. (On a separate, but semi-related note – remove the sound people hear when they enter your website. I don’t want to hear a cow moo in the middle of a meeting…). Authors Rick Broida and Dave Johnson point out the top five website blunders:
  1. Don’t insist that customers get Adobe Reader
  2. Avoid requiring plug-ins
  3. Don’t tell people to upgrade their browser
  4. Don’t automatically redirect customers to country-specific sites
  5. Don’t force your mobile site on customers
Read the entire post…



The Social Media Examiner’s 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report is out!
 
Take a look at this 41 page annual report if you are interested in understanding how marketers are using social media to grow their businesses. There is an executive summary, but I encourage you to read this report in its entirety. It includes answers to some of the commonly asked questions surrounding social media, such as:
 
  • What is the time commitment for social media marketing?
  • What are the benefits of social media marketing?
  • What tools should I use? All of them? Some of them?
  • Should I outsource this function all-together?


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Suzanne Hull
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Contemporary Business Solutions
 
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As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
 
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
 
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About Stein's Way Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.

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I initially meet Suzanne through the Unemployed in Des Moines networking group she started. I was instantly inspired by her enthusiasm, initiative and resourcefulness in successfully creating her own consulting business – Contemporary Business Solutions. I recently attended her Social Media Workshop Series which I would highly recommend as a wonderful introductory source to gain instant knowledge in social media. She continues to be a key mentor as I now navigate developing my own consulting business. Her multi-faceted business expertise coupled with her “get it done” attitude proves to be a great resource for both start-up and well established companies.

Connie Ward, Marketing and Product Management Consultant

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