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8 Things Being Involved in Ministry Has Taught Me about Being a Business Owner

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I have been involved in church ministry for over 2 decades. I have worked with preschool children,  elementary children, behind the scenes as an admin assistant, been involved with the music and currently work with the youth. And while the level of involvement, the responsibilities and the manner in which  communication is accomplished has changed over the years, much has stayed the same.

Recently, I was thinking about how often my ministry involvement and having my own business are alike. Here are my observations. If you have others to add to the list, I would love to see them!

  1. If you don’t have a plan for the day, the children/teens will. From time to time I get up and turn on my computer for the day expecting my workload to be light and thinking that I might take time to chill out. More often than not, those are the days that rather than simply working just a few hours, I end up with a full day’s work! (Not a complaint, just an observation.)
  2. You have to be flexible. Just because you have a plan, it doesn’t mean that the lesson prepared will be the lesson taught. In business, you have to be open to new approaches in getting a job done. After all, the Web and the way one does business is always changing.
  3. Mistakes happen; don’t dwell on them! Find a way to correct the problem and deal with it effectively and efficiently. Sometimes that great object lesson or game completely backfires and you have to be able to address the situation and move forward. In business, that idea that sounded so wonderful in your head might not be a great in practice. Be willing to step back, re-assess and move forward again.
  4. You can’t please everyone; sometimes you have to sign off on a project. This doesn’t mean failure, just the need to find a better way. Also keep in mind, that some people refuse to be pleased with a product/service. These people are always going to be there. Learn what you can in those situations and move forward.
  5. The client/customer must feel valued. Even if you cannot provide the exact service or product one might want, going out of your way to provide service with a smile is a great way to build repeat customers. In a ministry, you must make each person, from the team members to the people being served, feel like they matter…because they do!
  6. Everything eventually works out, It might not always be the way you envisioned it, but a solution can usually be found that pleases most of the people involved.
  7. It takes work. There is always something to be done. Whether it is planning the next meeting, writing another blog post, visiting with new clients or ministry team members, etc. Like in business, you can count on ministry taking time.
  8. There is always room for improvement. No business, regardless of its size, can’t be improved with more training, better procedures, etc. Ministry is no different. There will always be ways to make the space more inviting, help leaders to be stronger and attendees feel more welcomed and connected.

It’s in the Cookies!

 

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I love Chinese food! From Moo Goo Gai Pan to Wonton Soup and Egg Foo Young to Spicy Orange Chicken, the spices and textures there comprise a well-planned Chinese meal. But, perhaps as much as the food brings pleasure, I love to open the fortune cookies and read their words of “wisdom”. (By the way, did you know that fortune cookies are not actually Chinese? Rather, they are based on a Japanese recipe and then made popular by Americans.)

Shown here are some fortunes I have received in recent months. No, I don’t base my work – or life- on the little slips of paper, but I must say these four have definitely given me something to think about.

What about you? Do these statements inspire you? What actions do you need to take? If your answer includes developing SEO web content, publishing blog posts, writing newsletters or making the most of social media, then talk to Jan at Write Away Copywriting to learn how to get started. I will be happy to help.

Choosing the Game Plan for Your Company Website

footballfieldI love football! The camaraderie in team spirit, the thinking and strategizing, the physicality and the competiveness all work to make it a great game. But, in order for a team to be a success, they must have a solid game plan. Your business is no different. To have a profitable business, you must have a game plan.

Your plan will be different from the company’s down the block, but you must put some intentionality into what you want you to accomplish. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine what direction to take for your business, especially when it comes to building a website. You may struggle with whether to have an Events page versus a Blog spot, if you should have a Company History page or an Employee Bio page-or perhaps both.

If you need help in moving forward with your game plan for creating an online presence, then it’s time to talk to a web developer about what needs to be done. This is similar to when the coach lays out the approach for the upcoming game. Whether you enter the discussion with a web developer carrying your tablet or notebook, expect to get answers for the following:

  • How many pages your site must have to fully represent your company?
  • Will you have a blog or an events page? You should have at least one of these, as you don’t want your page to be static or Google is unlikely to notice its existence.
  • To what social media platforms will you link?
  • How much do you want to invest in building your website and its ongoing management?

These are but a few of the questions you will be asked as you craft your wining game plan, but they are very necessary to building an online presence. If you need direction in finding a trustworthy web developer, be sure to contact some of these web developers:

These are all friends of North Carolina copywriter, Write Away Copywriting. They will be happy to help you with the design and content of your website. And, if you should prefer to not do the writing for your website’s content, don’t hesitate to contact J. Slagell. Get started on your web presence game plan today so you can score a touchdown sooner and not later!

Writing According to Calvin & Hobbes

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I love Calvin & Hobbes! Their imagination, silly antics and exciting adventures are a great example of of living life to its fullest—even if some their ideas and  supposed adventures may be a bit far fetched! Of course, it is the most outrageous adventures that often have the most profound comments.

 It’s a lot like the life of a copywriter. We are often asked to write about products or processes that are unfamiliar and that results in an adventure in learning —and for me, that never gets old.  I love it when I am approached by a  new client as that means I will be learning about a new topic, and conversely, it is awesome when I am asked by an existing client  if I would be willing to learn how to (fill in the blank) so they can take that particular job off their To Do list. In both situations, I get to learn something new, and that is part of what makes my job so much fun.

So to those who are already a part of the Write Away family, thanks for all the opportunities to learn. And, to those who are in need of a copywriter, be sure to drop me a line at jslagell@writeawaycopywriting.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

NC Blog – Blogging in North Carolina

As a North Carolina blogger, there is plenty to blog about. Whether it is the vast and varied topography, the abundance of Carolina historic locations or being able to tour the campuses of some of the most respected colleges in the southeast, the North Carolina blog expert can easily keep busy, writing about this beautiful state. Of course, for the North Carolina blogger there must also be time spent writing about other elements of life. Consequently, when blogging in the Carolinas, it is also necessary to be able to write web content about topics such as SEO, WordPress, heat maps and other web-related matters.

When you are looking for a North Carolina blogger, you want someone who can combine their love of the region with the knowledge of the Web while utilizing SEO content writing techniques and White Hat practices. As a Carolina blogger, Write Away Copywriting of the Piedmont Triad region is here to help. In fact, Write Away Copywriting will provide you with well-researched material for blogs on virtually any topic you would like within a reasonable amount of time–often within a week or less of the work request!

Since moving to North Carolina, blogger, SEO copywriter and researcher, Janet Slagell of Write Away Copywriting, has carved out a niche of the web with articles on Suite 101.com. E-zine.com and Hubpages.com as well as providing blogs and content writing for nearly four dozen websites and several newsletters. As a North Carolina blog writer, writing web content is serious business. Whether it is keeping a proper ratio of keywords or searching out long tail phrases, this North Carolina blogger will do what it takes to see that your web content is all you want it to be.

For Your Carolina Blogging Needs

So what should you look for in a Carolina blogger and copywriter? Simply put, it should be someone who can improve and enhance your website. As you begin your search for a Carolina blogger, here are some questions to consider:

  1. Does the Carolina blogger have a good reputation for completing jobs in a reasonable amount of time? When the best bloggers make a commitment to do a job by a specific date, they should meet the deadline. In fact, the best blogger will endeavor to finish an assignment ahead of schedule.
  2. Is the North Carolina blog person willing to work with you and make revisions on web content they have provided? Sometimes, even the best blogger may not have an exact understanding of your web content need or wants. As a result, it may be necessary to make changes to their content. Be sure that your Carolina blogger is willing to work with you to develop the web content you desire.
  3. Are the rates the Carolina blogger charges comparable to others? In an age where one wants to save wherever possible, this is something to keep in mind. However, to get the best blog expert settling for lowest cost may not be the best idea.

Hiring a Carolina blogger is a great way to add content to your website, and here at Write Away Copywriting that is the focus. So, if you are looking for a Carolina blogger to provide content for your site, drop this Carolina blog guru a line or give me a call today.

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