Category Archives: Virtual Business Resources

mostly free technical and business resources

Work at Home

Where to find it.

craigslistCraig’s List

Start with finding your country, state, then the city located closest to you. Look under jobs, and you’ll find lots of great virtual job choices under “Gigs”. If you don’t see anything you are qualified to do, then look in other cities in the state or surrounding states. After all, working from home doesn’t require looking for work within commuting distance. Right? When you find your niche or your groove, you will be capable of having clients all over the world!

elance

Freelance writing and coding jobs galore!

guru

If you have a specialty, go post a profile.

If you need someone with a specialty, go post your project.

odesk

This has really earned a sort of bad rep from established professional online consultants, virtual assistants and freelancers. The reason is because it is known as the “online clearance section” for people who want to offer their services at something like $3.00 an hour! Which is really too low for anyone to do work for considering basically half our income goes to taxes so that’s really $1.50 an hour. The only thing I have to say is that this may be a good place to start. But after you get your first client’s work completed, make sure you ask for a reference and don’t sell yourself short anymore.  Your time is worth so much more than $1.50 an hour.

And on a side note, thanks to Virtual Assistant Forums, I also learned that oDesk offers Free Testing here to see where to qualify you for certain jobs. And if you pass these tests, then you can become “certified” through their site and prove you are qualified to employers. I am planning on looking into it further to see if it is (quality or not) something I may want to blog more about.

My Advice:

1. Be honest.

2. Work hard.

3. And keep track of everything.

4. Listen to your client, they’re always right.


Why Eli Lilly Chose SAP

In a large corporation like Eli Lilly, the communication gap between departments was becoming more difficult to bridge. Timely access to the Human Resources has become almost impossible to achieve. Employees have had to go through a long process to access payroll, benefits, and employment that someone had to find a better solution.

Lilly was also trying to keep track of sales and marketing to 156 different countries with some financial systems that were almost 30 years old.  Tom Trainer, CIO of Eli Lilly, had 24 hours to find a solution to globally replace the collapsing financial system. After looking over project summaries of multiple vendors, SAP was proposed to the Operating Committee. In 1996, the SAP project began.

SAP uses modules for each department. They are now calling the different modules “solutions” which is better business term. They have implemented many solution modules including: Payroll, Sales, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Human Resources. All of these modules functioning together have made administrative work much more efficient. With all of this information in one system, business progress and decline are almost instantly measurable.

According to SAP, security is also a high priority in the development of this software. When a corporation is global, information security is a big issue.  This project was completed six months early and $15 million dollars under budget. SAP has proven to be a stable system that is still the standard for Eli Lilly’s business records.

- This was my part of a group research paper; sources were lilly.com and sap.com.

Effective Communication Skills in Management

Effective communication skills in management are critical. From conducting interviews to sending out important emails and memos, all the way down to simple interaction with your employees, effective communication plays a key role in the workplace. I would like to provide an overview on some of the skills necessary in order to have successful communication in your place of work.

Number one, you must use active listening. Active listening allows you to focus on who you are listening to, whether it’s in a meeting, or a one-on-one discussion, and the ability to hear what the individual is saying. In an interview setting, active listening will permit you to hear the skills the prospective employee will bring to the table. The listening skills required during an interview require much of your attention, but at the same time also pay close attention to body language. Listening for inconsistency and questionable statements. This is where taking notes can be a good habit to form.

Active listening is not the same as hearing. An active listener will make an effort to hear and understand the message. Give your speaker your full attention. It is important to block out any distractions. And instead of trying to guess what is about to be said or plan what you are going to say, concentrate on what the person is saying at the time. Let the person speaking know that you are actively listening by keeping good eye contact and responding appropriately.

In times of conflict, good listening skills can be a good tool to resolve the problem. Allowing a person share their problem without interruption will help them realize that you, as a manager, have respect for them and their concerns. This is half the battle. They will be more inclined to listen to what you have to say if you have heard them. An effective way to prove that you have listened is to restate their concern. You do not have to repeat what they have said word for word, but if you say “I understand that…” and then state the main idea they will know that you have truly heard their side.

Of course listening is very important part of communication, but it is only one part. If your response, as the manager, is not adequate even after truly understanding a problem then your conflict may become much bigger. After you have listened to one side, before making any decisions (especially promises!) gather as much creditable information as you can. Learn to ask the right questions to get the best resolution.