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  • in reply to: Budgeting – personal finances #9163

    Samantha
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    Mint.com is great for tracking your expenses! I’ve been using it for years. Great for setting goals and helping you stick to a plan. Trust me, I know how easy it is to spend money! Saving is tough but I think this should help.

    in reply to: Social Media Virtual Assistant #8904

    Samantha
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    Hi Vanessa! I actually do a lot of social media management and I’ve been doing this for about a year and a half now. I feel your pain – working from home and not having any co-workers to bounce ideas off of and to learn from can be difficult. I have found a few Facebook groups to join where people are very helpful, I suggest this one to you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/socialtips/

    Hope to see you there!

    in reply to: Protecting my home #8903

    Samantha
    Member

    Hi Miriam,

    I’m very sorry to hear you lost your job. I hope the CareerFuel resources will help in getting you back on your feet.

    To answer your question, have you ever heard of http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/ They may have some programs that could help you. Since I’m not a homeowner, that’s the best I can do to help!

    in reply to: Finding Investors for startup? #8845

    Samantha
    Member

    I have a friend who was dealing with a similar situation until he found http://gust.com. You can build a startup profile and share with investors. They’ve helped connect over 1,800 entrepreneurs with investors within the last year. And I’m pretty sure it’s free!

    Best of luck making the big bucks 🙂

    in reply to: What to Call My Business?? #8609

    Samantha
    Member

    Coming up with a name for my business was one of the hardest parts! But I tried to make it unique and creative, and at that time I had a partner to throw ideas around with. We came up with certain keywords that we knew described our services and then we came up with another list of keywords that demonstrated our USP (unique selling proposition).

    http://www.panabee.com actually has made this process a lot easier. I would recommend playing around with it and definitely talking to as many people you can about it!

    in reply to: Need Help Building Buzz #8571

    Samantha
    Member

    Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a pro, but in college I did study public relations. The industry has changed a lot over the last decade with the internet making it both easier and harder to get noticed.

    Once in a while I refer back to this guide when I need help: http://www.brownsteinegusa.com/beginners-guide-to-pr/

    It should cover all your concerns, like improving your press release and how to contact reporters. Really really awesome resource for entrepreneurs who are trying to juggle several different responsibilities!

    in reply to: Raising Money Through Business Competitions #8515

    Samantha
    Member

    Luckily I’m not too far from NYC and Philly, but I can understand how being far away could put you at a disadvantage. http://www.bizplancompetitions.com lists events in every single state, so you may be able to find one that’s easier to get to. They also have a great blog with advice for entrepreneurs!

    Best of luck.

    in reply to: Surviving the Internet Background Check #8369

    Samantha
    Member

    I’ve used https://brandyourself.com/ for online reputation management and personal branding. It’s free and easy to use!

    in reply to: Elevator Pitch – HELP! #8293

    Samantha
    Member

    I think the key to the elevator pitch is keeping it simple and of course honest, because you’re going to have to remember all of it! 🙂 Essentially what you want to do is answer: who, what, why, and express your goals.

    Harvard Business School has actually put together a really cool elevator pitch “builder” which helps keep you on track: http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/careers/pitch/

    I hope that helps.

    in reply to: Lost with Starting a Business #8118

    Samantha
    Member

    Anouka, I started a business and I’m just very lucky that I had knowledgeable people who helped support me. I would have loved a mentor though, and still to this day don’t have someone I can go to in my industry for advice. I started looking around and came across http://clarity.fm/home – you can actually chat with an expert in your industry and ask them anything you’d like to help get your business going. These are truly people who have been there, done that and they know what works and what doesn’t.

    I hope you can find someone there to help you – the prices look pretty reasonable. I think I may even call someone myself!

    in reply to: Contractor looking to stay healthy #7967

    Samantha
    Member

    Hi Steve – I’m an independent contractor as well and will soon have to figure out what I’m going to do for health insurance (as soon as I turn 26 and I’m kicked off my parents). This site has really come in handy for me and I think you will find it has all the information you need: http://www.coverageforall.org/index.htm

    in reply to: Preparing for an interview (tips, suggestions?) #7585

    Samantha
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    Thanks Greg, I love the idea of asking your own questions. A question like that will help you to manage expectations if you do land the job.

    And you just gave me the idea, what if you could take it one step further and interact with the company on Facebook and Twitter? I think that would show dedication and sincere interest.


    Samantha
    Member

    Those are some really great points, Richard! Being selective is definitely important, but also difficult if you’ve been out of the job market for a while. My goal for 2013 is to look for more opportunities that will help me improve my trades instead of just settling for any old project.


    Samantha
    Member

    I hear you, Heather! It’s funny, I was actually speaking to someone today who actually said he was looking for a jack of all trades. Made me think of this discussion. I think the need for well-rounded people has come up recently with the economy being the way it is. People who are hiring are looking to cram 2-3 job titles into one employee. Unfortunately, this may not be a good thing for people who have a hard time adapting.

    in reply to: Tell us all about you! #7115

    Samantha
    Member

    Hi everyone! I’m Samantha and I live in New Jersey. I started my own online/social media marketing business and work with small-medium size local businesses.

    Looking forward to networking!

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