Perfecting The Art Of Delegation

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If there is one thing that a lot of project managers are yet to master it is the art of delegation. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will admit that we are guilty of spreading ourselves too thin because we attempt to take on tasks ourselves when we could – and should – be delegating them to our team members. With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips on how to delegate more effectively as a project manager. 

Be specific – One of the worst things you can do when giving out tasks is to be vague. You need to be specific with what is required. You should also explain why the task needs to be done, what results are expected, and the deadline. 

Pick the right person for the task – When delegating, do not dish tasks out on a first come first serve basis. Rather than simply assigning tasks to the first person available, you need to ensure tasks are matched to the right person for the job. Do not give someone a task if they are not qualified to do it. You wouldn’t give someone with an HGV licence accounting tasks, would you? You need to play to the strengths and skills of your team. 

Don’t over-delegate – While a lot of us are guilty of not delegating enough, you also need to make sure you do not over-delegate. You should not simply start delegating projects because you have fallen behind or you want to shift something off your desk that you should be doing. Delegating is about dishing out those tasks that you should not be doing yourself. It is vital to recognise the difference. 
Give apprentices some responsibility – If you have any apprentices on your team, make the most of them. A lot of businesses make the mistake of having their interns and apprentices merely staying in the background. There are bound to be plenty of tasks that your apprentice could be working on, so make sure you give them something worthwhile to do, i.e. something that actually contributes to the project. 
Don’t micromanage – There is no point in delegating a task if you are only going to micromanage it afterwards. Once you have handed out a task and provided training if necessary, you should set up a schedule for touching base, and then once you have done this you should step away from the project. You have assigned the task based on skillset, so you should trust the person in question to get the done job properly. 

If you follow the advice that has been provided above, you should be able to delegate tasks more effectively and efficiently so that your project team can achieve more and you focus on the tasks that really matter rather than spreading yourself too thin.

 

 

How To Boost Your Reputation As A Freelancer

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Having a good reputation as a freelancer can help you to win over the trust of new customers. There are lots of ways to develop a good reputation. Here are just a few ways to give your reputation a boost.

Create an exciting portfolio

Proving a portfolio of your work allows potential customers to see evidence of work you’ve done and get an idea of the quality that they can expect. This could be a portfolio of written pieces if you’re a writer, photographs of cakes if you’re a baker or images of designs you’ve done if you’re a designer. This portfolio could be available as a physical book that you show to customers or it could take the form of a website – you should decide what is the best form based on how you attract most of your clients.

Collect testimonials and positive reviews

You can also boost your reputation by collecting evidence of positive feedback from past customers. Testimonials tend to be pieces of private feedback that you then have the choice to make public. Positive reviews are pieces of positive feedback that you have no part in moderating. You should aim to encourage more positive reviews than negative reviews – this can be done by asking all happy customers to leave reviews, while making a point not to ask unhappy customers.

Build followers and endorsements on social media

Social media has become a useful platform for freelancers wanting to attract new customers. Having lots of followers and endorsements can help you to look more established and trusted. These can be accumulated by asking friends, family and all professional associates to follow and endorse you, as well as encouraging all you customers to follow and endorse you. Buying followers is an option, but this is not recommended due to being dishonest and not always convincing.

Improve your qualifications

Having qualifications can help to provide evidence that you are an expert in your field. For instance, if you run an IT consulting business, it could benefit you to take a Master of IT Leadership online. You can add qualification badges to your website. On top of formal qualifications, you could try seeking out business awards or achieving extra licenses to show off on your site.

Show off your expertise with a blog

Starting a blog can be a great way of boosting your reputation by giving you a platform for showing off your expertise. People largely read blogs to seek advice – you may be able to appeal to customers in your industry by offering related advice. For instance, a freelance realtor could consider blog posts on applying to mortgages, improving the value of one’s home or finding a reliable moving company. On top of writing a blog, you could consider starting a vlog – this involves creating videos. These video could be embedded on your site and could similarly be used to give advice and demonstrate your expertise.

 

 

 

How to make extra money working from home

It is August 2020 and life as we know it has changed dramatically. Many of us are now permanently working from home, and many are others in search of new job opportunities. This is the best time to find ways to make extra money working from home since the majority of us are working from home now. I have been working from home since 2013 and I started making a steady income after a few years later. It has been a rollercoaster but a good one. I have learned a lot and I am still a work in progress. There is a lot to learn when you are your own boss with no one to guide you on how you should proceed.

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If you are wondering how to make an extra income working from home, here are some ideas for you –

Set up a Blog/Youtube channel

It is not easy making money from a blog or on YouTube. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence, time and a bit of luck. Plus you have to bring something new to the industry. Originality is everything when it comes to standing out online and if you plan to make money online, you have to be original. Blogs and YouTube are easy and cheap to set up nowadays. If you have a passion for writing and creating content, you should give it a go.

Get paid to write

If you love writing, you can get paid to write for others. I am a content writer and I have a couple of clients now which help me earn extra income. Most of my clients come to me through referrals and social media. You can also find clients from job boards online.

Offer virtual assistance

I know many people who hire virtual assistants to help them online with their business. You can earn as much as £10 an hour, so it is quite lucrative.  Here are some responsibilities of a virtual assistant –

  • Managing social media
  • Handing the emails.
Set up an online store

You can set up an online store on eBay or Etsy and sell your products. Facebook marketplace is another great platform to sell your items. Etsy is a great platform for homemade and vintage items, while eBay is great for preloved, new, and vintage items. It is best to play around with different platforms, depending on what you are selling before deciding on the best platform for your online store.

Here are some tips for selling online –

  • Make sure your descriptions are clear and include keywords so your item appears on search engines
  • Offer great customer service

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Offer a service

You can offer a service/course to make extra money from home. If you have knowledge in a niche, you could help others by offering this service. For example, I teach new bloggers how to grow their blog so they can start to earn a living from it.

Proofread

Another way to work and make money from home is by being a proofreader. Proofreaders are responsible for reviewing written documents, checking, and correcting errors found. It is a flexible way to earn some extra income if you have the skills required to be a proofreader.

These are a few examples of how to make money working from home. Do you like any of the ideas? Have you tried any? Please share your experiences in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

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