Meditation 101: Techniques, Benefits, and a Beginner’s How-to

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What is mindfulness?

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted. It’s a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see an elephant playing a trumpet ).

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

Other Meditation Techniques

There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive light by transforming them through compassion. There are also moving meditation techniques, such as tai chi, qigong, and walking meditation.

If relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often a result. In the 1970s, Herbert Benson, MD, a researcher at Harvard University Medical School, coined the term “relaxation response” after conducting research on people who practiced transcendental meditation. The relaxation response, in Benson’s words, is “an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.”

Contemporary researchers are now exploring whether a consistent meditation practice yields long-term benefits, and noting positive effects on brain and immune function among meditators. Yet it’s worth repeating that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits. To put it as an Eastern philosopher may say, the goal of meditation is no goal. It’s simply to be present.

In Buddhist philosophy, the ultimate benefit of meditation is liberation of the mind from attachment to things it cannot control, such as external circumstances or strong internal emotions. The liberated or “enlightened” practitioner no longer needlessly follows desires or clings to experiences, but instead maintains a calm mind and sense of inner harmony.

Considerations

Consistency Is Key

Consistent practice matters more than long practice. This means that it’s better to meditate for five minutes, six times per week than for 30 minutes once a week. The former can calm your body’s stress response several times in a week, while the latter may calm your body into a deeper state of relaxation, but it will only reverse your stress response once.

In addition, you are more likely to stick with a regular meditation practice if you can start with short, daily sessions than if you feel you need to find time for longer sessions in order to practice. It is more likely that this self-imposed pressure will lead to you not finding time for it, then losing the motivation to try.

Practice Doesn’t Mean Perfect

Regular practice matters more than “perfect” practice. This means that, rather than concerning yourself too much about what position to sit in, what technique to try when you sit, how long to sit, or what time of day, you should just sit and meditate.

The rest will fall into place if you just begin, but if you feel the need to work these details out before you can start, you may find it more challenging to get started. There really is no “wrong” way to meditate anyway; any meditation is better than none.

It’s OK for Your Mind to Wander

If you notice your mind wandering, that’s good. Meditation can be challenging for some people, particularly perfectionists. We sometimes fall into the trap of wanting to do it “right” and becoming frustrated with ourselves when our mind drifts off. The thing to remember is that if you notice this happening, that’s a good thing—you noticed.

Noticing and redirecting your thoughts back to the focus of your meditation (your breath, the present moment, or whatever you are choosing as your focus) is the real point of meditation. It’s virtually impossible to prevent your mind from wandering anyway.

Getting Started

There are many forms of meditation that bring these fantastic benefits. Two major types of meditation include concentrative meditation (where attention is focused on a specific point) and mindfulness meditation (which focuses on building awareness and acceptance of the present moment).

Some may feel more comfortable for you to practice than others, so it’s a great idea to try a sampling of them and repeat the techniques that seem to fit best for you. If you practice meditation while you are not in the midst of a stressful situation, you will find it easier to use it as a calming technique when you need it.

Begin at a Relaxed Time

Even if you plan to use it only as needed and not as a daily exercise, it is a good idea to practice meditation when you aren’t feeling particularly stressed first, rather than trying it for the first time when you’re feeling overwhelmed—unless, of course, you can’t find a time when you don’t feel this way.

Focus on Your Breath

If you don’t know where to start, you may simply focus on listening to your breathing for five minutes. To do this, relax your body, sit comfortably, and notice your breath. If you find yourself thinking of other things, simply redirect your attention back to your breath.

Another simple strategy is to count your breaths. When you inhale, count “one” in your head, and then count “two” as you exhale. Keep going as you breathe and start over at “one” if you notice you’ve become distracted by other thoughts.

Some people will find counting easier to practice than simple breathing meditation, and others will find it more challenging. Remember, your best meditation techniques are the ones that resonate with you.

Use Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is a practice that involves being directed through the process by another person. This guide often helps people focus on mental imagery, describes breathing exercises, utilizes mantras, guides the process using other techniques.

There are many different types of guided meditations available including podcasts, websites, apps, online videos, and online streaming services. Yoga studios may also offer guided meditations as group classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meditation can be done at any time of day, but it is often easiest to find the time in the morning or evening. If you are new to meditation, it may be helpful to set aside a specific time each day for your practice. Once you have established a regular practice, you may find that you can meditate anywhere, anytime.

Yes, meditation can be very helpful for getting a good night’s sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, or if you wake up during the night and can’t get back to sleep, try meditating for 20 minutes before going to bed. You may find that your mind is calm and clear, and that you are able to fall asleep more easily.

Yes, you can meditate lying down. What matters more than the meditation posture is if you can hold that posture comfortably for a period of time. Lying down is one option, but you can also try sitting in a chair if it is more comfortable.

There is no hard and fast rule for how long you should meditate. If you are just starting out, you may want to start with 5-10 minutes per day. Once you have established a regular practice, you can increase the time to 20 minutes or more per day.

Source:

https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/
https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/meditation-101-techniques-benefits-and-a-beginner-s-how-to
https://www.verywellmind.com/meditation-4157199

Guide to creating responsive emails

Gravity - Modern Business Email Template

Why optimize your email for mobile?

If you send email newsletters, it’s likely that a growing percentage of your subscribers are reading your messages on an iPhone, tablet, or other mobile device. According to a recent survey released by Litmus, mobile has become the most popular, with 42% of all emails being read on a mobile device, followed closely by webmail at 40%, and desktop with a respectable 18%. Apple’s iPhone accounts for 28%, plus an additional 9% if you include iPads.

What this means for designers and email developers is that getting your email newsletter to display optimally on mobile devices is just as important as viewability on more traditional platforms like Outlook and Gmail. In fact, when designing your emails, you should start with a mobile design, because if it looks good in a mobile view, it’s going to look great on desktop. Failing to think mobile-first could diminish response rates, or as Return Path summarized:

…those that aren’t tracking which device their subscribers are reading their emails on, or optimizing their emails or websites for mobile devices stand to lose out. A poor user experience could mean no response, no action, or plainly put, no ROI.
‘Email in Motion: How Mobile is Leading the Email Revolution’ – Return Path

There are not only ways you can improve the mobile email experience—like the use of media queries when coding up responsive layouts, to more advanced techniques like targeting specific devices. But there are also design considerations when planning your newsletter and subscribe forms for smartphone users.

Which mobile devices can you design for?

A quick caveat: The techniques listed here aren’t universally supported by all mobile email clients. As you may know, not all email clients were made equal—even on the same device, how an HTML email displays can vary radically from inbox to inbox.

Thankfully, the iPhone and other Apple iOS devices can not only boast of near trouble-free email rendering, but also account for a large percentage of mobile email opens, too. However, with the latest release of iOS 13, Apple’s dark mode will pose new design and coding challenges to overcome so always remember to test your emails.

With this in mind, we present to you a non-exhaustive list of mobile email clients and their support for media queries. For context, media query support enables you to use many of the responsive techniques that we’ll be covering in this guide.

Default device email clients

3rd-party email clients

Design techniques for mobile optimization

Let’s cover the visual side of creating a mobile-optimized email newsletter and dive deep into coding. This will not only help you make informed design decisions when designing your email newsletter, but it will make it that much easier to conceptualize the techniques we’ll be discussing later on.

We’ve already started talking about responsive email design. If you’re familiar with the use of this term in the context of web design, then you’ll be pleased to know that we’ll be using the same concepts and techniques here for email. If things like adaptive layouts are new to you, I highly recommend reading this primer by A List Apart.

For this guide, we’ll be designing two CSS layouts of the same newsletter: one layout that looks great in webmail and desktop clients, and another layout that can be easily read on the smaller mobile device screens.

email example to compare mobile rendering

Below is the same email, only this time viewed in Apple’s iPhone Mail. As you can see, there are significant differences between the two layouts. The mobile version is skinnier, lacks visual clutter, and is just as readable as the desktop version. This can be attributed to the use of mobile-specific CSS:

email example from above but with poor rendering on two-column section

As a point of comparison, the right image is the same email, without this stylesheet. See how tiny and unreadable the text is? This is the problem that faces millions of email newsletters received on mobile devices every day.

Mobile-friendly layouts and design elements

  • Single-column layouts that are no wider than 600 to 640 pixels work best on mobile devices. They’re easier to read, and if they fall apart, they’ll do so more gracefully.
  • Links and buttons should have a minimum target area of 44 × 44 pixels, as per Apple guidelines. Nothing is more unusable than clouds of tiny links on touchscreen devices.
  • The minimum font size displayed on iPhones is 13 pixels. Keep this in mind when styling text, because anything smaller will be upscaled and could break your layout. Alternately, you can override this behavior in your style sheet—do so with care.
  • Remember to keep your message concise, and place all important design elements in the upper portion of the email if possible. However, since screen sizes have become larger and there’s more real estate than ever before, it’s recommended that you explore and test various formats (e.g. long-form content vs. short-form content). Always keep your brand in mind. What might work for one brand may not work for yours.
  • When appropriate, you can use mobilehide < display: none !important;>to hide content in your mobile layout. Use caution when hiding content in mobile. Ask yourself, if your content is not worth showing in mobile, should it be included in your desktop version? If you find your design uses this class on several elements, you may want to reconsider your design and content.

When mocking up an HTML email or template, our advice is to create three sketches or wireframes: one of the desktop and webmail layout, one for the tablet layout, and one for a mobile layout. Building these three layouts will allow you to see how your content will break on various devices, and it will help determine what media queries you’ll need.

What is responsive email design and why is it so important?

A responsive – also called adaptive – design is a design that adapts and displays properly on screens of various sizes. For example, avoiding an image being wider than the screen or the user having to increase or reduce the size of text to be able to read it.

Although here we’ll be talking about email design, this technique can also (and especially) be used for web page design and layout. Why is it so important for design, both of emails and web pages, to adapt to various devices? Well, this is almost a rhetorical question, but we wanted to add a touch of suspense.

An article on Email Monday claims 59% of emails sent today are opened on mobile devices, and only 15% are opened on a desktop. And the same is true of web search: almost 60% of Internet searches are done on mobiles. Both of these are more than good enough reasons for brands to want to make the user experience as easy and intuitive as possible.

So what precise factors determine how an email displays?

Device screen size

On a phone, the story is somewhat different. Here the proportions of the content are reduced to fit on the micro screen of a latest generation mobile (although truth be told some phones are more like tablets). So, images are smaller, the text more compressed, and you need to scroll much more to reach the end.

Email clients

The other big enemies of responsive email are email clients themselves. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, an email client is a program that allows you to send and receive emails, and manage an email account effectively. The best-known email clients are Gmail and Outlook, but there are many more and each one displays email in its own way.

5 Tips for Designing a Responsive Email

1. Simple and Clean Design

Mailee Responsive Multipurpose Email Template

2. Keep Visuals to a Minimum

eKit Mail 80+ Modules Email Templates

Since most emails get opened on mobile devices, you need to consider mobile internet speeds and bandwidth usage when including images in your emails. Unless you’re an eCommerce store promoting multiple products, try to minimize the use of images or at least compress images to save loading times.

3. Add a Call to Action (CTA)

Mase Mail - Responsive E-mail Template

Whether you’re promoting a product, brand, or service, you should always put a call to action in your emails. CTAs help encourage users to take action and drive clicks to your landing pages. However, don’t overuse CTAs just include one or two CTA buttons or links per email to make it more effective.

4. Readability is Important

newmail - Responsive E-mail Template

All your efforts of making your emails look pretty will go to waste if no one can read the text. Think twice about the fonts and font sizes you use in your emails to make sure they are compatible with both mobile and desktop devices as well as look great on all sizes of screens.

5. Make Sure it’s Responsive

TwentyOne - Creative Portfolio Email Builder

Email Templates

Choosing the right responsive email template can save you hours of development time (and help create a stunning email newsletter!). We’re helping to get your email marketing campaign off to the best possible start.

How to create responsive emails in MailerLite

Easy! If you’re starting a new campaign, first head to your dashboard and click Create campaign. Then pick a newsletter template from the gallery or start building from scratch. Each design block that you drag and drop into your email template will automatically be made responsive.

Ready to design your own responsive emails?

Have you made your newsletter content adaptive to different screen sizes? Share your responsive email design tips with us in the comments below!

I’m Jonas, Content Manager at MailerLite. I’m not the 4th Jonas Brother, but I do write content (which is similar to being a teen heartthrob). After writing for a bunch of companies over the years, I discovered my professional passion—helping add some humanity to B2B marketing. Email is the perfect place to start!

Responsive HTML Email Tables: 3 Column Layout

The meat and potatoes of our design comes in the form of a 3 column html email template layout. This is when some folks may think they are beginning to get lost if they haven’t felt this way already about tables. There are only a few different elements and lines of CSS that make up our responsive table columns though.

Here come’s the responsive HTML email multi-column magic. We’re ready for the column’s CSS styling. First we’ll add a width of 100% to make sure the table column will display at the full width of the parent element. Then we’ll set the max-width to 200px so all three of our columns can display inside of the 600px layout. To get the columns displaying inline we’ll use the style declaration ‘display: inline-block;’ and to make the columns stack on top of one another for responsiveness we’ll used the ‘vertical-align: top;’ styling. For padding, we’ll apply 15px of space all around to the inside of our columns. Here is the CSS:

There is only one problem with this section now, we won’t be able to see any of the text we add because of the ‘font-size: 0;’ style declaration that is making it so our 200px width tables can all be inline. To correct this, apply the following font-size styling to the ‘content’ class with an optional line-height adjustment for more spacing around the text:

Responsive HTML Email Template Three Column Layout

You might notice that a class has been added for the image called “third-img”. This class will be referenced in the CSS media query for screen widths underneath 400px effecting both the first and second of the three columns. So, repeat this first column for the second column HTML. For the third column, we’ll use a different class name. This time it will be “third-img-last” and this will be referenced in the 600px width media query. What is the purpose of these classes? When the screen width drops underneath 600px two of our columns will be inline and the third will sit underneath the first two which will be centered. So we’ll reference the “third-img-last” class to change with 150px width of the image to 200px and remove the padding on the left & right which was added using the “padding” class. Here is the media query:

Responsive HTML Email Template Media Query Layout

Resources:

https://www.campaignmonitor.com/dev-resources/guides/mobile/
https://www.mailjet.com/resources/guides-ebooks/responsive-emails-guide/
https://designshack.net/articles/inspiration/modern-responsive-email-templates/
https://www.mailerlite.com/blog/guide-to-responsive-email-design
https://responsivehtmlemail.com/responsive-html-email-template/

How to Find a Career You’ll Truly Love

Career You

Start with What Interests You

You will probably not love your first job. First jobs usually suck. That’s why they hired you. Much like a relationship, you have no idea whether or not this particular thing will work out for you. Expecting to fall in love on the first date or first day on the job is unrealistic, not to mention the immense pressure it puts on everyone. Apologies Stacy from 1st grade.

A better approach is to simply try out what interests you. Youth provides you the luxury of time to experiment and find your niche. Some things won’t work out, but that is simply the world telling you to go in a different direction. Learning you hate something is fine.

I’ve had many jobs before landing in media and entertainment, but I have always bent toward the pursuit of my personal interests. I studied politics and power structures, so I volunteered for a politic campaign. I caught the travel bug, so I taught English which gave me the freedom to explore while supporting me financially. I wanted to party on the cheap in Spain, so I became a club promoter (aside: interests don’t always have to be noble).

My final year of university, the prospect of choosing a career path was an impossible task. It took hundreds of informational interviews to narrow my focus. The final decision came from the simple fact that the people and business of media interested me most. The people were vibrant and personable while the business was big and rapidly changing.

The mindset of pursuing interests is both productive and liberating. You need not immediately find love in a career. Cultivate interest by surrounding yourself with people, places, and things you gravitate to. By pursuing your interests, you uncover your strengths while finding things you enjoy along the way. No pressure.

Foster a Love of Learning

I did not enjoy my first job in entertainment. Bright and eager, my interest in becoming a talent agent quickly dissolved when I realized that I shared few interests with talent agents and did not gel with the culture. Apologies agents and CFO of WME.

However, despite not finding much joy in my first career stop, I did try to learn as much as possible. You are always in a position to learn, even from situations you dislike. So while I looked for my next job, I took the opportunity to work on several desks and talk to as many people as I could. Despite it not being the right place for you, there is value in any organization you join. Don’t take it for granted. You are being paid to learn.

At WME, I learned the language of the business, specializations within entertainment, the buyers and sellers in the industry, media dollar value, and that I wanted creativity to be a major part of my career. Those lessons led to my next job at a branded entertainment agency. There I discovered marketing as a career path, found I excelled at client service, and learned to love research. It brought me closer to my natural, personal talents, cultivated from hours pouring over the business of entertainment and media.

Curiosity is a powerful human motivator. Embrace it. Any experience, both good and bad, is an opportunity to understand where your talent and interests lie. A job mismatch isn’t a failure. It’s an opportunity to grow.

Using Your Strengths to Find a Career You Love

Perhaps you already have your passion, but following it seems a sure route to financial ruin. Or maybe you’ve got lots of interests and really want to do something inspiring, but you’re having trouble determining which path would be “perfect.” (Here’s a hint: there’s no such thing.) And how are you even to know what you’re really good at it, anyway?

The hunt for your passions and skills begins first and foremost with a career aptitude test and a skills and interests inventory, which will help you not only determine what you’re good at and what you enjoy, but also the difference between your core versus supporting passions and talents. This is important, because you might have a skill that would make you miserable if it were the focus of your career but will empower your passions if placed in a supporting role.

Let’s say, for example, that you have great organizational and interpersonal skills, but your true passion is making artisan bath products. These skills may make you an excellent administrative assistant, but you’ll feel even happier using them as you create your own business plan, network, market and manage to really get your passion product off the ground. A skills and interests inventory will help you identify and align your passions with your talents.

Give a Few Things a Try

The best way to discover where your passions and strengths will be most valuable is to give a few things a try. If you’re fresh out of college and just starting out, that could mean everything from taking on internships, to changing roles every 18 months, to even working a certain amount of hours for free for someone whose career you want to emulate.

While passions should drive your major career moves, it’s actually your natural curiosity that will help you find your niche. After all, the Einsteins and Steve Jobses of the world didn’t get where they were without a deep engagement with their subject matter and constantly asking questions. This is all the more important if your strengths don’t match up exactly with your passions.

You may, for example, not be so great at cycling, but your passion for the sport may lead you into becoming a sports journalist or even an engineer who studies ergonomics and designs the very bikes those riders use to set world records. By following your natural curiosity and asking the right people the right questions, you’re far more likely to land in a destination you find intrinsically fascinating.

Get your personal brand out there

Maybe even have a few headshots like a hungry actor ram-raiding agents around LA. The slicker your image, the clearer your level of investment in your new career becomes. And companies like invested people.

Make sure your personal brand is authentic, consistent, and tailored to each specific position for which you apply. Your brand should just be you. Because you, my friend, are totally worth selling to the world.

Many of my non-editorial jobs have been grinding, miserable experiences. On top of these, writing in my spare time meant that I was often working 15-hour days just to fit everything in.

If you’re in the same situation, you don’t need telling that it can suuuuuuuuuck. Boy, did those 8 hours a day stretch. As they warped and extended, so too did my spiraling depression and anxiety.

However, it’s important to know that not all crappy jobs are on the same level. I’ve had terrible jobs and terrible jobs. You can find yourself getting comfortable and even enjoying parts of a job that doesn’t suit you.

I took pretty much every job that made me miserable out of necessity, and going into any long-term situation without a strategy is a recipe for disaster. Doing so without knowing what you want can have even worse consequences.

I was lucky. I’ve known I wanted to write since I was first able to. But even with that certainty, what did I want to do with words? Editing? Writing? Proofreading? Marketing? Communications? News?

It’s very easy to get hit by option paralysis when you’re digging to find work you’d love, even for people like myself who already thought they knew. Here’s how I paved my own road to career contentment.

Unless you’re willing to take an internship of some kind, plunging headlong into your preferred industry without experience is going to take either a lot of extracurricular work or a small miracle.

That doesn’t mean crowing about achievements that haven’t happened or lying about your qualifications. Every single job has elements that you may enjoy or that allow you to surprise yourself with how good you become at them.

If you’ve no idea what your ideal job looks like, slowly build a FrankenJob. Taking an example from my own life, I sold ad space for a food industry publication for 2 months and got fired for… well, being sh*t at ad sales.

However, I knew that I didn’t want my next job to involve outbound calls and convincing people to buy stuff they didn’t need. That landed me in insurance, and the job met those requirements.

During my 3 years in medical insurance, I started writing whimsical Christmas e-mails and took over the newsletter. I also grew to love the world of medicine and the notion of helping people feel better.

It wasn’t journalism, but it was something I could say I did in an interview. With this said, the job was brutal and the public unforgiving. It was the final straw, but it wasn’t for nothing.

I stayed there until I saw a role come up at Medical News Today, one of Greatist’s sister sites. I managed to combine just enough clinical knowledge and just enough freelance writing experience to warrant an interview.

A job can make you happy for many reasons. It might afford you a lifestyle you like. The task itself might fill you with warmth and inspiration. You might love the effect the role has on the world, or you may just be fascinated by a particular industry.

Apply for as many jobs as you can, and not only for practice. You should take full stock of your emotions while you apply. Does it feel like a chore? Are you just applying for the sake of it? Complete the whole thing. Does it feel good afterward?

If you have these doubts and hang-ups during the application, imagine what 5 days of this every week would feel like. And then throw it in your bulging sack marked “Nope” and set it on fire.

Applying for a job, especially if you already have one you despise, should feel like an opportunity. You should want to get the application to the employer with the eagerness of a toddler showing off a finger painting, just to be able to start in the role sooner.

People often protect themselves from this excitement to temper expectations and cushion against fear of rejection and disappointment. However, it’s important to really feel that excitement.

Source:

https://medium.com/swlh/a-realistic-guide-to-finding-a-career-you-love-9bae973ff88b
https://careerattraction.com/how-to-find-a-career-youll-truly-love/
https://greatist.com/happiness/find-a-career-and-lifestyle-you-love

How to Find Your Passion in 13 Steps (and Why It Matters)

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How to Find Your Passion in 13 Steps (and Why It Matters)

One common piece of advice you may hear when looking for jobs is to “follow your passion.” To do that, it’s important to define what you’re passionate about. Evaluating the work, ideas, and projects that make you feel fulfilled and motivated can help lead you to jobs you can be successful in and enjoy. In this article, we discuss why finding your passion matters and how to find your passion in 13 steps.

Finding your passion is valuable because it can lead to a more enjoyable and fulfilling career. Whether you’re just thinking about your career or looking to change fields, it’s never too late or too early to discover your passions.

Identifying things in your life that make you feel satisfied, excited, motivated, or fulfilled is key to finding your passion. Translating that passion into a career happens by searching for opportunities and finding roles that appeal to your interests. Some people choose to pursue their passions during their free time outside of work, while others prefer to dedicate their day-to-day work life to their passions. The choice you make may depend on many factors, including:

How to find your passion

1. Look for highlights in your day

There might be a certain day of the week or time of the day you look forward to more than others. For example, it may be a specific meeting, task, or time you’ve set aside. You might also notice certain surprises or unexpected times that end up being the best part of your day. Pay attention to both seemingly significant and insignificant things that you consider as the peak of your day.

While many of these high points may happen during work, you may notice them occurring in the time you have for yourself, friends, or family. Noting where and with whom your best moments take place may bring you one step closer to knowing whether your passions relate to your career or other parts of your life.

2. Pay attention to what you spend your time and money on

People often focus their resources on things that are meaningful to them, including time and money. Look at your credit card bill or bank statements and see if there are any themes. Evaluate the topics of books, magazines, films, or podcasts you consume. Notice how you’re spending your free time and what activities bring you joy. In addition, recognize if there’s a particular genre, subject, or theme that your hobbies and interests have in common. The interests that have remained with you through the years may relate more to a passion rather than a newly emerged interest.

3. Think about topics you like to discuss with or teach others

Consider your interactions with others. Think about the types of conversations you enjoy or engage with the most. It might also be helpful to consider if there are any tasks or topics you often teach others about. These are often the things you find most important to you.

4. Examine the details

As you explore the things that naturally draw your attention in day-to-day life, consider what exactly about those things you’re passionate about. For example, you might find that the highlight of your day is volunteering as a teacher for adult night classes. Ask yourself, “What about doing this activity makes me happy?” Some of your answers might include:

Deeply exploring these factors may help you identify exactly what motivates you. When you understand what inspires you, you may find more specific job opportunities that involve your interests.

5. Think about your strengths

Consider your best abilities and personality traits. Identifying both your soft and hard skills can help determine things you’re not only good at, but things you may also find interesting. You may also have a natural skill that makes you feel confident and motivated when completing certain tasks.

6. Talk to others

Talk to other people about how they found their passion. If you know friends, family members, coworkers, or others in your network who’ve found their passion, ask them about what strategies or steps led them to find it. If you know this person well, you can also ask them what they perceive as your strengths, interests, or best qualities.

7. Explore career options

Explore various career options. Read through job descriptions or articles about how to pursue various careers. If you find a task or role that sounds interesting, research that position and related jobs further. With so many types of job positions available, it’s possible that you haven’t discovered the right one for you. Reviewing job descriptions might help you find roles best suited to your interests and skills. Reading about a certain task or responsibility that sounds interesting may also help you research related roles that might be an even better fit.

Consider talking to your current supervisor or manager about career options, too. If you enjoy some aspects of your current role or company but want to discover a better fit, your manager may help you learn about other career opportunities within your company. Your manager may also give you additional responsibilities that align more with your interests or strengths.

8. Examine your perspective

Consider your perspective toward finding your passion. Make sure that you have realistic expectations about what it means to find a fulfilling career. Additionally, be open and accepting of the idea that it’s possible to find your passion, even if it takes longer than expected.

9. Reflect on your childhood

Think about what activities or interests you enjoyed as a child. While you might have different interests or activities now, rediscovering the things that made you enthusiastic as a child can help you find joy in your new career. For example, if you enjoyed playing with model trains during your childhood, you might look into careers that involve the railroad, construction, or engineering.

10. Ask yourself hypotheticals

Ask yourself different hypothetical questions or scenarios. These can help you determine your most important values or interests. Consider asking yourself hypothetical questions such as:

Resource:

https://ca.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/how-to-find-your-passion
https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-fresh-ways-to-find-your-passion
https://thespiritnomad.com/blog/find-passion/

50 Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

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Best Self Motivation Quotes

Self motivation quotes are not just self affirmations but are words with powerful meaning to give an endless source of inspiration. Self Motivational quotes have become a mandatory dose for each day to boost up the willingness of a tired soul. Sometimes we don’t know who we are until we face some real challenges. It’s during our worst times we get to discover how strong we are.

We need a daily dose of encouragement to help us realize why we should not give up. Quotes for self motivation will not only motivate you but also help you to adapt to the change. The sad reality of today is that we live in a place where we are discouraged rather than encouraged.

People are more busy in pulling down others rather than helping them to climb up. There is a big bridge between what you are and what you want to be. To cross this bridge you should have courage and never give up attitude. An endless source of self belief will add an acceleration to cross the bridge. This is where our self motivation words come into the picture.

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Make you feel motivated by our self motivation quotes. The sayings which are crafted by us are based on real life experiences. Our phrases are a blend of inspiration and alphabets which encourages you to be the best.

Our best self motivation quotes include quotes from international motivational speakers like jim rohn, maya angelou, theodore roosevelt, zig ziglar, mark twain, stephen covey, tony robbins, napolean hill, brian tracy, Mel Robbins and few others. Their phrases will uplift your determination to help you achieve your goal and will give you a reasonable enthusiasm to be self directed.

We don’t just aim to motivate individuals but also try to inculcate the get up and go attitude in them. Although our sayings motivate individuals ,our focus still remains on the art of controlling the mind. Mind is the only thing that can either make you or break you. It is the most powerful asset a human possesses. Yet humans don’t understand it’s value and get in its control rather than controlling it.

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50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

Using inspirational quotes in your day to day life

Inspiring quotes are one way to help stay positive, productive, and happy as you move along your journey. Even saying one daily motivational quote in the mirror each more can make a huge impact on your day-to-day life.

As you move through the day and in your business, my hope for you is that you feel powerful. That you use these quotes to connect with yourself, clear your mind, and move into the world with self-confidence and appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

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https://www.thedarksecrets.com/quotes/self-motivation-quotes/
https://www.lifehack.org/508435/50-highly-motivational-quotes-prepare-you-for-2017
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What is a business loan?

Finally, another creative form of funding for startups is crowdfunding. Like grants or investments from friends and family, crowdfunding can be a worthwhile alternative when you can’t yet qualify for a more traditional business startup loan—or as a supplement to initial capital.

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Find the Lowest Rates on Startup Business Loans

A startup business loan is any type of financing available to businesses with little to no history. A variety of business loans and financing methods are available to startups—including SBA microloans, asset-based loans, business credit cards, and more—although it can be difficult for new small businesses to access funding.

You might access a startup business loan that functions as traditional debt financing—where you receive capital and pay it back over time with interest. Or you might find that equity financing is better suited for your startup—in this case, you’ll receive funding in exchange for shares or stock in your business.

In any case, although business startup loans can work differently based on the specific product and lender, the most important thing is that the loan works for your business. The right financing product for another startup might not necessarily be what’s right for your startup—so you’ll want to make sure that whatever type of startup business loan you choose is one that can meet your unique funding needs, and of course, is one that you can afford.

How much can I borrow?

Depending on the lender and type of financing, you may be able to borrow anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million. The exact amount depends on how long you’ve been in business, your annual revenue and your personal credit score. What you plan on using the funds for and your existing relationship with the lender may also play a role. And some lenders might require collateral for larger amounts.

Because business loans are so common, you can find lenders that offer both online and in-person applications. You can also go through an online business loan connection service to prequalify with multiple lenders at once.

The information you need to provide will vary depending on the the type of business loan you’re applying for and the provider you go with. In general, you might need to have the following documents on hand:

Is a business loan connection service a direct lender?

No, a business loan connection service isn’t a direct lender. Instead, it works with affiliate lenders to help you find financing you might qualify for. After filling out an online form, you’ll receive prequalification offers from lenders that may be able to provide funding. This gives you an idea of what rates and terms you might qualify for before filling out the lender’s full application.

What If You Are Denied a Startup Business Loan?

Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take if you are denied a startup business loan. Start by finding out why your application was denied. This may be a matter of contacting the lender directly or, in the case of an SBA Microloan, reviewing the notice of denial.

Once you understand why your application was rejected, take steps to address those shortcomings. This often involves waiting to borrow until your startup has more established financials, or taking steps to improve your personal credit score by paying down debt and making on-time payments.

Alternatively, consider another type of startup financing with less stringent lending requirements. For example, if you are denied a traditional loan, a business credit card may offer the funds you need with less robust qualifications. If your startup is simply too new to qualify for any kind of conventional financing, consider starting a crowdfunding campaign or working with friends and family to raise the funds you need.

Sources:

https://www.fundera.com/business-loans/startup-business-loans
https://www.finder.com/what-is-a-business-loan
https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business-loans/best-startup-business-loans/
What is a business loan?

The turnaround time for a business loan largely depends on the lender you work with and the type of financing you’re interested in. It can take a bank or credit union one to two weeks to process a business loan application and disburse your funds.

What types of business loans are available?

From term loans to lines of credit to short-term funding, you have a variety of business loan options to choose from. What’s right for you will come down to the type of business you own and what it needs funding for.

  • Term loans. Business term loans are typically unsecured and ideal for covering a one-time expense. You receive a lump sum — typically anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million — that you pay back plus interest and fees over five to 25 years.
  • SBA loans. The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several loan programs for business owners who’ve struggled to qualify for financing in the past. These are typically term loans that come with more competitive rates since they’re partially backed by the government. However, the application process can take months to complete.
  • Lines of credit. Similar to a credit card, you receive access to a credit line that you can draw from as needed. Depending on the lender, you’ll either be on the hook for fixed installments over a set term or minimum monthly repayments.
  • Equipment and vehicle financing. These work like term loans, but they’re secured by the equipment or vehicle your business is purchasing. Rates tend to be lower than with their unsecured counterparts, but you risk losing your asset should you default.
  • Short-term business loans.Short-term business loans — typically invoice factoring, invoice financing and merchant cash advances — are ideal for businesses that need emergency funds fast. While they’re typically easier to qualify for, they’re more expensive than the other options on this list. And repayments are usually due daily or weekly over a few months.

How much can I borrow?

Depending on the lender and type of financing, you may be able to borrow anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million. The exact amount depends on how long you’ve been in business, your annual revenue and your personal credit score. What you plan on using the funds for and your existing relationship with the lender may also play a role. And some lenders might require collateral for larger amounts.

Because business loans are so common, you can find lenders that offer both online and in-person applications. You can also go through an online business loan connection service to prequalify with multiple lenders at once.

The information you need to provide will vary depending on the the type of business loan you’re applying for and the provider you go with. In general, you might need to have the following documents on hand:

Is a business loan connection service a direct lender?

No, a business loan connection service isn’t a direct lender. Instead, it works with affiliate lenders to help you find financing you might qualify for. After filling out an online form, you’ll receive prequalification offers from lenders that may be able to provide funding. This gives you an idea of what rates and terms you might qualify for before filling out the lender’s full application.

Sources:

https://www.finder.com/what-is-a-business-loan

Email marketing templates

This is another source where you will find free email and newsletter templates that you can use for your campaigns. The templates are available for different kinds of emails that your business might send like welcome emails or deals and offers. This source is especially good for finding newsletter templates as they have quite a few unique designs.

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If you prefer to look at multiple design options and don’t want to put much effort into customisation, then this is the source for you. With over 300 email template designs you’d want for nothing more. Whatever kind of email you want to send, you will find several email templates for it. This is an excellent source for email templates for marketers that are looking for tons of unique design ideas.

They also provide customised email templates for different industries. So, all you need to do is use a template predesigned for your industry and you won’t need much customisation. Of all the sources listed here, this is probably the biggest in terms of their collection of email templates. And, after you look at their selection, chances are, you won’t need to look any further.

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Still looking for more great email marketing templates? BEE Free is a great source for finding unique and vibrant email templates suited for all occasions, both for personal and business use. They have a selection of 200+ designs that you can choose from, depending on the type of email that you want to send. They also categorise their email templates by industry and type of email, so it is easier for you to find something that you can use as-is, without modification.

And, given their selection of templates, there will hardly be any need for you to check out any other sources. This is not a popular email marketing tool. In fact, not many people know about it. It is kind of a hidden gem. And you can use to your advantage.

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Stripo предлагает только 100% адаптивные шаблоны. Это означает, что они будут правильно отображаться на всех типах мобильных и десктопных устройств, а также в большинстве почтовых клиентов. Полная адаптивность шаблонов, доступных в Stripo, подтверждена тестированием при помощи Email on Acid.

Впрочем, Stripo не останавливается на достигнутом и дает вам возможность оценить новый уровень адаптивного дизайна для мобильных девайсов.
Адаптивность нового поколения — это возможность выбирать изображения, контейнеры, другие элементы письма и даже целые ряды, структуры и полосы, которые вы хотите скрыть или отобразить в мобильной версии. Кроме того, вы можете отдельно настроить разные размеры шрифта, ширину кнопок, отступы между контейнерами и другие стили для мобильных и десктопных устройств.

How to Make an Email Marketing Template

If you want to have more creative control over your emails, you can make email templates of your own. The simplest way is to modify an existing template and save it for later use. However, you can also create custom templates from scratch.

A screenshot explaining how to create email template from scratch in Tidio

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HTML email marketing templates
If you want to create your own HTML email templates, you need a text editor for developers. There are many tools but it requires advanced web development skills. Creating emails in HTML is different from building websites. If you are not a developer, try an email template builder instead.

Sources:

https://influencermarketinghub.com/email-marketing-templates/
https://stripo.email/templates/
https://www.tidio.com/blog/email-marketing-templates/
Email marketing templates

You can use this template to ask your customers the same questions or even add a comment box asking them for more detail on how you can improve. Customers like being heard—all you need to do is give them a chance to speak up.

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6 Email marketing templates that drive results

And while it’s an effective tool for marketers to engage their subscribers—most will agree it’s a time-consuming task. It can take hours or even days to create compelling copy. And let’s not get into the level of skill and understanding required to design an appealing newsletter.

So the real question is, why not? With email marketing, you’re doing more than selling. You’re providing value to customers and prospects. These folks voluntarily signed up for your email list and want the insights, tips and deals you share.

How email templates accelerate marketing efforts

It’s a constant time suck, especially when you have other tasks to manage. With an email marketing templates, you can shorten the time to craft emails, so you have the bandwidth for other essential projects.

And since templates provide structure for email campaigns, it makes personalization seamless. It’s easier to target several audience lists with customized content to match the interests and needs of each group. Just plug in the information to make each email marketing campaign unique.

6 sample email blast templates (and why they worked)

1. Moriarty’s Gem Store: Event promotion

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“We believe it did well because of the copy and the sense of urgency, as this was released one hour before the event. While it’s not the most glamorous looking, it did the job.” — Jeff Moriarty, Marketing Manager at Moriarty’s Gem Art

The template’s layout is simple, with a large logo at the top, body copy and a large CTA button. The goal is to drive traffic to its event, so the color and large text in the CTA are perfect since it directs your eyes straight to it.

2. Zapier: Blog promotion

Your team conjures up ideas for topics your audience will enjoy reading. Rather than waiting for them to find it on search, you can use an email marketing template to promote the blog posts you publish each week or month.

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The template also has other recommended readings from the Zapier blog team. It works because the goal is to drive more traffic to their blog. If the initial post doesn’t do the trick, they have four additional opportunities for subscribers to click.

3. MarketAPeel: Quick tip

Some email newsletters are like mini-magazines, filled with stories, lessons and next steps. But this isn’t the only way to guide and inspire your readers.
Short, quick tips are also helpful, particularly for those who lack time, like with MarketApeel’s audience of business professionals.

MarketAPeel agency uses an email marketing newsletter template to promote content to their audience.

This is a cold email with a straightforward headline and a video discussing the topic. It also includes links to articles related to the core topic of making better decisions. It works because it’s short, actionable and gives readers a list of blog links (potential traffic, which can turn into leads).

“My cold list open rate is around 25%. I send short emails with one tip, one call to action, and a subject line about a problem the receiver may have – not what I’m selling. I don’t use negative clickbait subject lines like, “Don’t use X, unless you…” That works, but it doesn’t fit my branding.” Shannon Peel, Owner of MarketAPeel

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5. Copywriting Crew: Cold outreach

In this example, you’ll see the template is rather personalized, short and to the point. A subject line piques interest, then a brief introduction and offer based on the problem presented. Then it ends with a no-pressure CTA.

Copywriting Crew uses email marketing templates with personalized greetings for cold outreach.

“Instead of selling our services directly we invite them to check out our portfolio examples so they can make up their own mind. The email ends with an invitation for a quick call but isn’t pushy.” — Jesse Forrest, Founder of CopywritingCrew.com

6. Encharge.io: Webinar promotion and follow up

Launching a course requires gaining the trust of complete strangers. You have to build confidence in buying your expertise. One way course creators do this is by hosting webinars. To get more attendees to these events, you need an email list-building strategy. And a funnel to nurture leads into attendance and eventual course sign-ups.

This was Engagio’s strategy for one of its client’s Portrait Accelerator Masterclass. They promoted a free webinar that would pitch the paid course. The initial email went out to over 41,000 subscribers in an email blast.

An initial email promotes a drawing masterclass to subscribers.

This email template is highly visual with a logo, a large colorful CTA button and images. It’s a personalized promotional email using real-life visual examples from students to encourage signups. And it worked.

A follow-up email to the drawing masterclass promotes a webinar..

Best Marketing Email Templates for 2022

1. Marketing Agency | Responsive Email Template

This multipurpose responsive email template comes with a drag-and-drop builder and attractive modules so you can easily customize the template to your brand. You can save customized templates for future use. It supports all major email clients including Apple Mail, Google Mail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.

You can download and customize the template for MailChimp, StampReady, MyMail, and Campaign Monitor. Thanks to compatibility with MyMail and Mailster, it’s also ready to use with WordPress. The template works smoothly across all modern browsers.

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2. Brand | Multipurpose Responsive Email Template

Brand is a multipurpose responsive email template and has beautiful customizable sections, In addition to supporting background images on all major email clients, the templates works on all modern browsers. It is ready to use with MailChimp, MyMail, Mailster, Campaign Monitor, and StampReady. It also includes HTML files that are compatible with FreshMail.

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3. Mzone | Responsive Email Template for Business

The Mzone email template has a beautiful clean design and comes with more than 20 editable modules. It supports MailChimp, Stampready, and Campaign Monitor. You can change images, elements, and background colors. Mzone works smoothly on all screens and browsers. The downloadable files include HTML and inline CSS.

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4. Dazzle | Photography Email Newsletter Template

Dazzle is a clean, minimal photography-based email newsletter template for your modelling, photography, videography, and creative business. It’s responsive and compatible with MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, StampReady, Mymail, and Inline Mail.

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5. Cromo | Corporate Email Newsletter Template

Stunning campaigns are within your reach with this responsive corporate email newsletter template. It has a clean design, simple layout and clickable navigation features. In addition, it comes with an editor that is compatible with Campaign Monitor, StampReady, MailChimp, Mymail, and Inline Mail.

Email marketing templates can save you time—and money

Hearing about triggers, automation, and sequences can be overwhelming, especially when you’re crunched for time and money. That’s why email marketing templates are nothing short of a blessing for companies that want to connect with their customers (especially if these companies have limited design and marketing resources).

By taking inspiration from companies who’ve nailed their email marketing campaigns and then plugging their ideas into your templates, you too can send effective emails to your customers. Email templates give you the best of both worlds when it comes to marketing: they make your message look professional and slick, and they save you time too.

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Hacking Parkinson’s Law for productivity greatness

Time management is a common challenge most of us struggle with. When competing priorities come up at once, it can leave us wondering how we can find a way to get it all done. “If only I had more time,” we think to ourselves. And yet in reality when deadlines approach, self-discipline kicks into full .

Sources:

https://sproutsocial.com/insights/email-marketing-templates/
https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/best-marketing-email-templates–cms-40568
https://www.ringcentral.com/us/en/blog/email-marketing-templates/
Email marketing templates

If you’re sending an everyday email to your friends or family, you just type a few lines, hit send, and you’re done. But if you want to create a good impression with potential clients or followers, professionally designed email templates can be a great way to ensure your email has the impact you want it to have.

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21 B2B email marketing templates

We’ll start with B2B email marketing examples from the top of the funnel and work our way through the entire customer journey to help you increase engagement and deliver better results from your email marketing strategy.

1. Welcome email template

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First impressions count. A lot. Therefore, if a subscriber signs up to something, whether it is to receive future blog posts or a series of email tips, it makes sense to thank them and welcome them. By doing nothing, you make it difficult to create a strong impression. When you sign up on their web form, Buffer’s welcome email includes links to their support email address and a link to their Twitter profile. Simple yet effective!

How to implement: Whether you use auto-responders or send the emails manually, welcoming new subscribers to your company email list is a great way to build a strong relationship from the beginning. In the email, make sure you introduce yourself and company. You can also provide helpful links to content such as most popular blog posts or white papers, or links to your social media profiles

2. Curated content email template

B2B curated content email

Each week, CrazyEgg and Kissmetrics founder, Hiten Shah sends a roundup of his favorite posts on topics that include SaaS, marketing, sales and growth. Hiten is able to deliver great content directly to his readers without them having to search the content out online. He’s helping his readers do better, which adds a lot of value to his subscribers.

How to implement: Whether you’re in customer service, social media, banking or the automotive industry, you can create a list of the best content you’ve read and share it through email to your subscribers with links to this content. You don’t need a fancy design either! In doing so, you’re delivering value without being self-promotional.

3. Company announcement email template

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In in the mid-19th century, newspaper vendors would shout out when there was newer “news”. Even though the channels have changed (unless, of course, you have hired street vendors lately…), newsworthy content about your company is still valuable content for your readers. In fact, 26% of all B2B subscribers sign up because they want to be kept informed on company news, according to research by Chadwick Martin Bailey:

Why people subscribe to email

When SumAll acquired Flutter, a tool that helps businesses grow their Twitter following, one of the first things they did was inform their subscriber list. In doing so, they were able to create new interest in their product offering. So for prospects that were not sure whether SumAll was the right fit for their business, announcing this kind of news is likely to have a more positive impact.

How to implement: Whenever you have news to share, such as winning an award, changes to product offering or new pricing options, for example, announce this news to your subscriber list. You can either include all of the company news within the email or itself, or link the email to a landing page. (This email template works well for lead nurturing or customer marketing campaigns).

4. New article email template

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Gerry McGovern has long been sending new articles that he publishes in his weekly “New Thinking” email series. The email content, which is a copy of the article content that is published on his website, is a great way to update his email subscriber list of new content, without the subscriber having to visit Gerry’s website. It’s not promotional in anyway, other than providing the reader with some thought-provoking content.

How to implement: Whether you use this example for new blog post content or article content, you can copy and paste the content directly into the email, like Gerry does, or provide a link to the webpage and drive readers to your website.

5. Video email template

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Marketers know that email design can be so important for making a good first impression to new subscribers.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to drive sales with your email marketing strategy. Understanding your customer segments and how your product addresses their needs are key to identifying which emails types to use in your campaign.

Welcome Emails

Make your new customers feel special with a good welcome email that reaffirms the reason they decided to follow your brand by making their first purchase. Welcome emails are a great place to set the tone of your exciting new relationship!

Newsletter Emails

One of your most reliable tools for driving new sales is email newsletters because it builds up your brand authority in your niche. With newsletters, the key is to be consistent in your message, cadence, and CTA (calls to action). This will build expectations and habits for your customers.

Referral Emails

Referral emails are great for tapping into your customer’s network and gaining new subscribers to your brand. Chances are, your customers will have friends who will also enjoy your online store and this is your best asset for growing your email list and driving new sales.

Promotional Emails

Emails are an awesome channel to promote your products. You can get really creative with this type of email and run campaigns like flash sales, special offers for VIP members, and special occasions like Black Friday. This is also a really fun opportunity to get creative with your subject line!

Abandoned Shopping Cart Emails

On average, over 70% of ecommerce shopping carts are abandoned at checkout. But brands with abandoned cart emails can turn approximately 4% of abandoned carts into sales with every email they send. Think about how you can emphasize the value of your product and increase your conversion rate.

Upsell & Cross-sell Emails

Transactional emails like shipping confirmation and order confirmation emails are an underrated opportunity to upsell and cross-sell to customers. When used correctly, they can be a very effective way to keep your customers engaged and turn first-time buyers into repeat customers. Spruce up your boring confirmation email by adding value and help your ecommerce business stand out!

Winback Emails

A great way to nudge your customers and stay at the top of their mind is to send winback emails. These emails help drive repeat sales and can be used as another opportunity to cross-sell items. For example, you can send winback emails to cross-sell jeans that typically go with a sweater your customer purchased. Winback emails work, as repeat customers are nine times more likely to convert than new customers.

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Email template FAQs

What types of ecommerce emails are there?

Generally speaking, there are 7 types of ecommerce marketing emails to target different stages of the customer journey. They are welcome emails, referral emails, re-engagement emails, promotional emails, abandoned cart emails, up-sell emails, and cross-sell emails.

How do I make an email template?

To make an email template, you will need an email marketing tool. Then, identify the format and key pieces you want to include in your email template such as: email banner design, brand logo, relevant content blocks, and calls to action. You can make the template as simple or as complex as you need it to be depending on the purpose of the email.

Where can I find the best free email templates?

How can I create a professional email template?

When creating professional email templates, don’t start from scratch! Key things to consider are to clearly define your brand voice, purpose of the email, design with web and mobile in mind, and include relevant calls to action.

Sources:

https://www.superoffice.com/blog/b2b-email-marketing-examples/
https://themeforest.net/category/marketing/email-templates
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Online writing jobs

I am a writer for WriterBay and I would others out there to know what goes on behind the scenes here . So over this last month, which has been the dry season, I have spent a lot of time trying to get files and getting them done. But here is the best part. WriterBay has this amazing support team that you out there do not know exists. Without this team, I could not produce the high quality papers I do, even though I am good at it, because I need their input, consideration in helping me with time, finding me jobs when the pot is slim, and well they make me laugh. They work with me through the night and when I am ready to pull my hair out with something that is driving me crazy, well they are there for me. They have to be the link between the writer who is trying to give you, the client, exactly what you want, while trying to figure out from the client what they want. They are mini therapists. So when you are talking to them know that they care and they are good at their jobs. Give them a thumbs up will you please. I myself am sending them hugs.

Online writing jobs

It’s all about fair play. There is no catch. It’s easy as it is: WriterBay.com offers freelance writing jobs. All you have to do to start making money is to apply your expertise from the comfort of your home. Our user-friendly control panel makes job hunting easy and saves you a lot of time.

Our business model is different from that of other companies. Our competitors usually take 75% of what the customer pays for the job. We, on the other hand, pursue a pricing policy that is writer-friendly rather than supplier-oriented. We charge less since we don’t consider ourselves to be a direct supplier of the freelance writing jobs. We are merely an intermediary between you and the client (the customer who provided the job, e.g. essay sample)

WriterBay.com is one of the best freelance writing companies on the web. As you’ve chosen writing out of hundreds of jobs, we are looking forward to helping you put your writing skills to work. Become a part of our big family and get paid as much as you want.

I have been associated with Writerbay since 2015, had many wonderful moments with the company as we writers get a lot of freedom here. It suits my working style as I can evaluate the orders before I can accept the orders, apply for orders that I really like working on, refuse orders that I am not able to work on and talk to the people at the company if I have any issues so that they are amicably resolved. I never had issues with payments even once in all these years. Considering all these, for me, this was the best possible site.

‘I’ve been working with Writerbay since 2012 and has never been so grateful for them for believing in my capabilitues. I’ve learned a lot from them and my writing skills have improved so much. The people I worked with know their stuff and were very professional in dealing with issues. The best thing about Writerbay is that you learn while you earn. I love Writerbay and will continue to work with them for as long as I live.

Hi, Having worked for over 5 years with WriterBay, I specifically like their robust writer portal, timely promotions, thoughtful bonuses, prompt payment schedule and awesome 24 x 7 customer service. They are very strict in evaluation of papers before they are delivered to client, but this is a blessing in disguise for writers to go through an excellent learning curve and master their knowledge of citations and referencing styles. In case of any issues, they are considerate in mediating between the writer and the client. I am fully satisfied with the association and it is a great place for writers.

I have been writing for Writerbay since May 2011. At first I thought it was not a legit site but after receiving my first pay, I knew it was not a scam. Since I left my job, Writerbay became my sole source of income. Aside from a good source of livelihood for me, it has also been a learning experience. Since I started writing in Writerbay, I learned a lot about different subject matters, from criminal justice to management to economics. Writing for the company is a good exercise for my mind especially since I do not have a permanent job.
I plan to work with Writerbay as long as I am able to think and use the computer.

I have been with writerbay for 5 years now. Although I have ny own share of lapses, I am believe that I develop more as a technical writer because of my tenure with writerbay. Before I was only doing it as a part time job, but I realized that the site offered me more fulfillment compared to my day job. I am now doing this full time.
I know that I will learn more and I continue to look forward to establish a good working relationship with writerbay

With writerbay, I can do whatever i want in my life. This is my second job, and firstly I took a few orders per month. But then I realized I can do more and earn more! I am traveling a lot, because I can work from any country and I have money to do this. Guys, be realistic, Writerbay gives this opportunity!

I used to write for Writerbay when I was a student since you can take orders with the deadlines that suitable for you, so to combine your studies and some writing. I have not been active for some time as I do have some other stuff to worry about, but I might consider returning back. A friend of mine is still working there as a freelancer (I referred her) and her overall impression is good. Which is nice, is that I actually earn on my friend’s orders and have some passive income due to the referral program Writerbay provides.

Writerbay is undoubtedly the best company for freelancers. They have a tough hiring team so getting an account there is extremely hard. However, once you get an account at Writerbay, you will be the happiest person.. Good support, Reliable workflow..

I like that you can work on writerbay at your own pace. Even though, there are some misunderstandings from time to time, managers look into each case and clarify all the matters. In terms of pay, I have been highly satisfied. If you specialize in a specific area, you are likely to be valued. Good luck!

Online Writing Jobs

Types of Writing Jobs Offered

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Types of Writing Jobs Offered

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This type of writing gig is quite profitable. For example, a B2B company may hire a copywriter to produce copy for a series of landing pages. Instead of getting paid per word, the copywriter may receive a commission based on the number of conversions that the landing page generates.

They’re one of the more established providers of writing training in the industry today. They also teach content marketing and direct response. One of their courses even specializes in teaching writers how to work at home and earn a living.

AWAI offers a “ten thousand” challenge that allows you to build your portfolio (and earn some decent cash) before you finish the program. I’ve taken some AWAI copywriting courses, and their materials are first-rate.

Types of Writing Jobs Offered

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LinkedIn

Finally, reputable companies all have dedicated pages on LinkedIn. These pages feature high-quality vacancies and will appear in your feed provided you’ve set your interests accordingly. These vacancies cover a range of disciplines from copywriting to content marketing.

Writing jobs websites and their fees

Salaries and Rates for Writers

1. Glassdoor

2. PayScale

3. Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

4. The Irish Times

If a writer sells a thousand copies of a book for $9.99 in year one, they can earn up to $7,000 for one book. If a writer self-publishes multiple versions of their book (Kindle, print, large print, audio, etc.), this is achievable.

5. The Society of Authors

The report states, “This figure is just 55% of average earnings in the U.K., coming in below the minimum wage for a full-time job at £18,000 and well below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s minimum income standard of £17,100.”

Sources:

https://www.writerbay.com/
https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-jobs/
https://thewritelife.com/find-freelance-writing-jobs/

How to Get Weekends Off at Work: 17 Excellent Tips

The way to handle this is by informing each of your colleagues that you will be taking the day off. Moving any scheduled meetings that you are leading. Or informing those meetings that you will not be in attendance but will have someone fill in for you instead.

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Ways To Get Out Of A Work Rut

One thing that makes summer so refreshing is the break it provides from our routine. That’s true whether you took vacation yourself; spent more time outdoors on the weekends; or availed yourself of summer Fridays or a slightly less demanding work pace with fewer meetings and deadlines.

Research shows that change — whatever it is — improves our mood and productivity. The classic experiment, done between 1924 and 1932, involved factory workers in the Midwest. Among other things, when management installed slightly brighter light bulbs, or changed the length of assembly-line breaks during the work day, they noticed that productivity picked up.

Psychologists disagree about how to explain the "Hawthorne effect," as it’s called (a reference to the Hawthorne Works factory complex in Cicero, IL where this study of industrial behavior took place). One hypothesis is that workers sparked to the idea that management cared about them.

It’s a rare company that sends that message today. Employers want more productivity from fewer people and expect constant connectivity. (See my colleague Jeff Bercovici’s post, "Are You The Perfect Always-On Employee? No Problem. Here’s How To Fake It." and my post, "How To Keep Your Job Without Working Yourself To Death.") But you can reduce the drudgery by changing routines yourself–even slightly. Here are 12 ways to do that.

1. Set a bedtime and wake-up time. To feel your best the next day, sleep experts recommend going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Though many people have an alarm set to wake up at a specific hour, they tend to be more flexible about when they go to sleep. By sticking to a schedule for both (including on weekends), you’ll be significantly more alert than if you slept for the same total amount of time at varying hours during the week. (For more about improving your sleep patterns, see my post, "12 Ways To Beat Insomnia And Sleep Better–No Matter What’s Keeping You Awake.")

Why You Should Stop Working on the Weekends – for Your Health?

A recent survey by Enterprise Rent-A-Car of 1,000 Americans ages 25 and older found that 67% of respondents worked on a typical weekend, primarily by reading and answering work-related emails. As per the same report, working on weekends has become very common for US people. Around 63% of employees said their employers expect them to work on weekends, and 61% said they have a difficult time not thinking about work over the weekend.

Many employees think that Working on weekends or working long hours would yield them better results but its just a myth. It does not do any good to your professional life and also can hinder their health in many ways. Some of the common problems which employees experience if worked for long hours are,

If you don’t have a start and an end to a week, then it’s just one long continuous work week, which can be problematic,” says Jonathan Alpert, a psychotherapist and performance coach in New York City and author of the book “Be Fearless: Change Your Life In 28 Days”.

Working excessive weekend hours can also damage your mental health“, says Mayra Mendez, a licensed psychotherapist and program coordinator for intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health services at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California.

Working is a very important part of life for a living, but we should not make the mistake of making your work as your life. Now if you are one of them who spends most of their time working even on weekends, here are few strategies and tips professionals recommend to help you avoid such a habit of working on weekends and enjoy your days off and de-stress:

Plan a Mini Retreat

It can be easy to lose sight of the inspiration that once motivated you if you’re mired in busywork and the daily ins and outs of your job. Without a sense of purpose, you’re more likely to feel down and shuffle aimlessly through your workday.

When this happens, try planning a mini retreat for yourself. Take a day or two to refocus. You don’t have to travel anywhere; simply dedicate intentional time to exploring your purpose. You can do this by asking yourself big questions like “What would I be doing if money wasn’t a problem?” or “When do I feel most alive?”

Whether you recognize your intention to move up the ranks within your current company or start your own business one day, define your “why” and commit to making it a priority. Don’t let a little bump in the road derail your ambition.

What If I Need to Take Off in Advance

If you need to get out of work in the future and know the date. Then you can either use a last-minute excuse the day you need to use it. Or decide that it’s better to take a vacation day or unpaid workday.

Most employers will be okay with a last-minute vacation day. And if you don’t receive vacation days, they’ll be okay with last-minute needs you have to address. It’s okay to take an escape from your job. And refresh yourself.

Employers have changed their policies dramatically about this. Flexibility is one of the top benefits that Generation-Z and Millennials appreciate in the workforce. This has caused a shift in the workplace. Making it more common for employees to be seeking time off and last minute flexibility.

good excuses to miss work

4 excuses when you have scheduling conflicts/emergency

“I noticed you scheduled me to work the overnight shift on Tuesday, but remember I’m scheduled for 11 am the next day. I wouldn’t have enough time to rest and get here since I live outside of the city.”

This is a fool-proof excuse since a sleepy employee is useless to an employer and he/she will try to accommodate a schedule change as best as possible. Don’t attempt this unless there’s a problem since he/she will actually check.

If you have children, and your spouse works the night shift, you can use this as an excuse to never work the night shift again. Surely you aren’t expected to leave your kids at home!

If you lie about this, your employer is unlikely to trust you again and will not believe any excuses you have in the future. You may also put yourself in a position to be terminated.

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This works best when you have proof of employment from your other job, and your employer can afford to fill the spot without having to shorten your work hours. Here’s what you can say:

When you have a child custody agreement, you can be in serious trouble if you do not fulfil your responsibilities. In most instances, you will be able to work some night shifts, but not others.

It’s good to use with a boss who is understanding and won’t see this as an inconvenience. After all, you can’t bring your child to an overnight job and you definitely can’t leave him/her home alone.

“Hi Kelsey, we just finalized the custody battle and I have my daughter on weekends and every other holiday. Is there a way we could adjust my schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights?”

References:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2012/09/04/12-ways-to-get-out-of-a-work-rut/
https://content.wisestep.com/get-weekends-off-work/#:~:text=1%20Change%20your%20way%20of%20thinking%202%20Give,least%20on%20weekends%207%20Don%E2%80%99t%20habituate%20to%20oversleeping
https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-a-work-rut-no-matter-how-long-youve-been-in-it
https://www.algrim.co/858-good-excuses-to-miss-work
https://tosaylib.com/excuses-to-get-out-of-working-night-shift/

Nelson Mandela Essay: What to Write?

A lot of schools and universities will give you essays and research papers to write. One of the most popular topics would be Nelson Mandela.

We’ll give you a couple of ideas on what to write about the philanthropist.

Continue reading below to find out more about what his life was all about. See how he spearheaded the efforts to dismantle South Africa’s apartheid system.

Who Is Nelson Mandela?

Rolihlahla Mandela or more known as Nelson Mandela is a popular South African figure. Many recognize Mandela as the man who stood up for what he believed in life. He was a social rights activist, philanthropist, and politician.

Mandela was involved in the anti-apartheid movement. By 1942, he also joined the African National Congress. He organized a peaceful and non-violent campaign against the racist policies of the government. This propelled Mandela to be the inspiration for worldwide civil rights activists.

  • Personal Life, Wife, and Children

Born on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, Mbashe River in Transkei, South Africa, Mandela lived in a small village. His name ” Rolihlahla ” means pulling branch of a tree or a troublemaker in the Xhosa language.

He was the first in his family to go to school. It was through school that his teacher changed his name into Nelson. This was because of the British Educational System bias in the country.

Mandela had gone through three marriages. He had six children, four from Evelyn Ntoko mase in 1944, two from Winnie Madikizela in 1958. He then remained with Graca Machel from 1958 until his death which was in 2013.

  • Political Awakening

When Mandela reached the age of 16, he had his introduction to rituals and rules. He needed to undergo traditional African circumcision.

It was important for African men to undergo this ritual. Or else they will not be able to inherit their father’s wealth, marry, or even officiate tribal rituals.

Mandela heard the main speaker Chief Meligqili. The chief lamented that young men were only enslaved in their own land. He added that the reason for this was because of the white men. The chief further pointed out that they were never given the power to take the helm of their own country.

There was more discussion about young men struggling in making a living. They would only be at the mercy of serving white men.

At first, Mandela didn’t think anything of it. But in the later years, he would use it as a driving force to push for independence in South Africa.

  • His Years in Prison

Mandela was always dedicated to peaceful protests. But he began thinking about how armed struggle might be the only way to see the changes they longed. This paved the way for the foundation of  Umkhonto We Sizwe or MK.

The MK was an armed offshoot targeting the ANC. They worked to sabotage and use guerilla war tactics to be able to stop the apartheid.

His arrest stemmed from organizing a three-day national worker’s strike in 1961. In the following year, Mandela found himself stuck in prison for 5 years. Then in 1963, Mandela faced trial once more. This time with ten other ANC leaders; they received life imprisonment sentences.

For what grounds? This time, it was for a criminal offense with sabotage.

Mandela was in prison from 1962 to 1990, a total of 27 years. His incarceration was at Robben Island for 18 years. He received the lowest treatment in prison for being black.

He was able to earn a degree in bachelor of law. This was with help from a University of London correspondence program.

He and the other ANC leaders were then moved to Pollsmoor prison. An offer of release surfaced. This was on the condition that they renounce their armed struggle. This was something that they rejected on the spot.

Mandela experienced release from prison. He wasted no time and urged foreign powers to lower down their pressure. This meant the ease on the South African government of constitutional reform.

He was still committed to a peaceful struggle but reiterated that the ANC will not stop. Not until the black majority gets the right to vote.

  • The Nobel Peace Prize

Mandela received the Nobel peace prize with president F. W. de Klerk. This was for their efforts in thwarting the apartheid.

Right after his release from prison, Mandela worked with president de Klerk. They worked towards holding the first multiracial elections in the country.

Negotiations were often strained, and violence burst everywhere. This also led to the assassination of ANC leader Chris Hani. Mandela had to work hard to keep the balance from all sides.

  • Journey through Presidency

It was from 1994 to 1999 that Mandela became president of South Africa. He transitioned the country to accept a black majority rule. He used sports to bring black South Africans and whites together. He then encouraged them to support the national rugby team.

Mandela was a key person in protecting South Africa’s economy. He used the restriction and development plan to create a job, and to bring housing and health care.

He signed a constitution guaranteeing the rights and freedom of expression of minorities.

  • His Death

By the year 2013, Mandela, at 95, had passed away. He suffered a lung infection and underwent surgery in 2012. He frequented the hospital many times after for treatment.

His wife and daughter remained by his side after his June 2013 hospitalization. Jacob Zuma, who was the current president, released the statement honoring Mandela’s legacy.

  • Movies, Books, and His Legacy

Throughout his life, Mandela published many books. There’s his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. There’s also No Easy Walk to Freedom; Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life. And you also have the Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales.

The movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2012) took inspiration from his autobiography. July 18 was also declared as Mandela Day to promote global peace. This day also celebrates Nelson Mandela’s lasting legacy.

Getting Professional Help to Check Your Essay

There is more to write about Nelson Mandela, especially when you want to make a good piece about him. If you want professional help, just google “someone to write my essay,” and you will find various paper writing services to help you check your work.

With these services, you can now be confident that you’ve submitted the best essay in class. See what these services offer and improve your output.

Research and Know Your Facts to Produce the Best Essay

There’s nothing better than submitting a good paper about the topic assigned to you. Nelson Mandela, as a topic, is a good start as you can find plenty of resources offline and online.

Always listen to the instructions, and make a good structure for your essay. Well-planned writing with good points and arguments will earn you a high grade.