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COVID-19: Business Survival Tips

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COVID-19: Business Survival Tips

Business Tips that every Entrepreneur needs to do

Some of the top CDC-Recommended Tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic

As of February, we all started to see major changes in the economy, virus, etc and now we know that COVID-19 pandemic is spreading at a much faster pace – faster than we have ever seen with past viruses.

 

And as the situation evolves, many families including small business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers are unsure of what steps to take to mitigate risk, protect their business; employees, but also support customers.

 

Here’s a
FREE Tool Kit.

 

Here are additional tips that I would also like to share with you during this COVID-19 crisis:

  1. If you are NOT working at home make sure to establish a Remote Work Option
  2. Reduce all meetings and/or travels
  3. Establish some work flexibility in order to protect your employees/workers/freelancers, etc.
  4. Communicate effectively and transparently with your customers and make sure they also understand your new policies (if any) during these difficult times.
  5. Stay safe, clean and healthy
    1. No handshaking
    2. Wash your hands
    3. Do not touch the face
    4. Disinfect areas

During these difficult times, we tend to watch the news, listen to the radio, social media and 8 out of 10 times we are receiving conflicting and misinformation.

 

I highly recommend that you stick to one channel to AVOID CONFUSION:

  1. Follow your City, County, and State news for accurate and up to date information
  2. Also, make sure to sign up or follow updates with the SBA or US Chamber of Commerce to get information about potential help during these difficult times.
  3. Also, try to consider obtaining “interruption insurance” because that may be an option for you in case of significant business losses.  Ask your insurance broker.
  4. Re-evaluate your financial situation;
    1. Decrease your unnecessary costs
    2. Create a new financial plan
    3. Start saving if at all possible
    4. Search for small business loans, disaster assistance loans, forbearance payments, hold or freeze your credit card payments.  

This is the time to be proactive and search for help, but also try to minimize all your costs, plan for the future, and more importantly prepare for the worst.

COVID-19: Safety and Readiness Tips

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COVID-19: Safety and Readiness Tips

Business, Home, Life Disruption tips

In late 2019 many were speculating about a possible economic crisis unbeknownst to many – this coronavirus outbreak would be the cause of a huge global financial crisis and possible recession.

 

In December I started to see a lot more articles, and was hearing more entrepreneurs talking about a “potential crisis”.  However, many were speculating that it could be due to ongoing changes with the new AB5 Calfornia Law, as well as other things.

Now, if you went through the last “economic crash” then you know that this type of information is NOT taken lightly. 

 

You know you will start to prepare just in case there’s a potential impact and a possible scenario.

 

So in December of 2019, I started to share insight information “411” with many of you online to help you prepare – because that’s what I do…I help others!

 

However, many of you said that I was: “taking this out of proportion, fear-mongering, and saying it was a Hoax”…

 

Unfortunately, here we are in 2020 on “locked down, stock market down, a possible recession, people sick, dying, etc”.

Therefore I always say “It’s better to prepare for the worst and pray for the best”, Faviola the CEO Hustler

I hope that now you realize that this was not a LIE!

 

So it’s NEVER too late to prepare!

 

I want to make sure that moving forward you’re prepared and properly positioned for any impact this virus might have on yourself and your business.

 

This includes taking care of you, your family, your business, and prepare for impacts to your business. 

Here’s a copy of my CORONAVIRUS- BE PREPARED ROADMAP to help you prepare with some essential tips for you, your family and business.

It’s time to “Hunker Down” and be vigilant, prepared, and stay healthy and safe!

Sharing 5 major and essential TIPS to HELP the spread of the VIRUS 

 

  1. Wash your hands ALL THE TIME
  2. Don’t sneeze or spread your germs!
  3. Hunker down, don’t leave your house unless IT’S VERY NECESSARY
  4. Clean frequently; disinfect
  5. Avoid touching eyes, face and keep your distance

As an Entrepreneur, we know this is NOT ONLY going to impact us, our family, friends, but also the globe!

 

Yes, this is a global epidemic and we must take it very seriously if we ever want to get back to our normal life!

 

This is a good time to spend doing some of these 5 TIPS…

  1. Self-training
    1. Watch FREE training entrepreneur videos
    2. Listen to a FREE entrepreneur training podcast
    3. Read blogs and get trained
  2. Self-evaluate your skills and see if you can put them to work
    1. Example: I’m bilingual and I’ve been using my language skills to provide onsite interpreting, document translations, and over the phone interpretations.
    2. I’m also a bilingual skilled entrepreneur providing bilingual virtual administrative online services
  3. Time to work on those OVERDUE projects
    1. YouTube channel
    2. Podcast
    3. Blog
    4. Website
    5. Planning and Development, etc
  4. I also DON’T RECOMMEND that you do ANY SPENDING at this time unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  5. Furthermore, STAY POSITIVE, MOTIVATED AND DON’T LOSE HOPE – we will get through this together

Lastly, I want to remind EVERYONE to PLEASE do your due diligence and don’t let yourself get “sucked in” by all the online social media posts.

 

Get informed by going to each government agency’s website:  If you live in the County or City please check their websites and get informed. 

 

Also, if your State has a text message system sign up so you can get the latest alerts on changes within your State.

 

I welcome all comments and additional information that will help our viewers.

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Hustler Business Starter Kit

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Hustler Business Starter Kit

How to Start Your Own Business & Avoid Business Risks!

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By FAVIOLA VALENCIA

Want to Start Your Own Business, but not sure where to Start or What you need or How to do it?

“Find something you Love & Just Do It”, Faviola “the CEO Hustler”

Get a Step-by-Step & Clear plan and Start Doing What You Love!

 

Remember that Starting a Business is NOT Hard, but it does come with lots and lots of “baggage”…

 

For example many start-ups start a business without a plan and therefore are not ready for growth moreover not prepared on the exact steps they need to protect their business from all the “legalities” involved in business.

 

Many are unsure of what to do next in other word they don’t know how to market, who to market too, what “backend” tools, resources are needed to help them with their overall business; email list, marketing, CMS, SMS, CPA, programs needed for A/P, A/R, etc.

 

I know I’ve been there and therefore I would like to share this VALUABLE PDF to help you start, prepare and take ACTION in your business (the right way) & help you AVOID the headaches involved in the Biz World!

So it’s very important to understand that if you are considering to start and become a professional business owner, freelance translator/interpreter being prepared will be of utmost importance and you will need a Business Plan.

 

So don’t delay and download this FREE Plan and you’ll have the option to Upgrade as your Business Grows and Starts monetizing.

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Download it now for free . Step-by-Step plan, resources & tips

Always remember that to Start + Grow a business requires planning and development, but more importantly execution & action!

 

And remember that many businesses fail because they are not willing to do the work or to afraid to start & take action, but I know that’s not you and I know that your ready to start & take your business to the next level, right?

 

So STEP ONE, download my Starter Kit and make sure that you have all your “ducks in a row” and that you have the basic foundation in place…

 

STEP TWO, check out this FREE VIDEO & find out if this is the right journey for you!

 

STEP THREE, if you still need help and want to scale your business, then check out my Marketing Like a Boss for Entrepreneurs & Let’s Get this Business started now!

Start Your Entrepreneurship Journey

Check it out for free . No registration needed. 

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Introduction to Interpreting training

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Introduction to Interpreting training

Learn what it takes to start your career and business as a professional interpreter

Introduction to Interpreting is a training provided to bilingual and motivated future interpreters who want to learn the basic fundamentals, ethics, foundation, standards and modes of interpretation in order to understand what it takes to be a Good, Professional Interpreter.

 

My Introduction to Interpreting will provide you with the Basic Fundamentals you need to not only learn the interpreting industry but also learn the business aspects of becoming a “Freelance/Entrepreneur”.

So, if you’re Bilingual and want to Start a Career as a Professional Interpreter, but don’t know how? Then this is a must-watch video for you!

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Watch “Introduction to Interpreting, be a professional medical, legal, community Interpreter in (2019)” on YouTube

 

Here’s a quick video that will explain a little more about what you need, what it takes and what you must know before jumping into this industry if you want to “Earn Your Worth”…

 

This is a Billion dollar industry and there’s so much potential for growth and opportunities to Starting Your Career as a Freelancer, Entrepreneur or an Agency Owner…

 

Learn what it takes and get trained the right way so that you can get your career and business started on the right path.

 

Have you joined my private and Exclusive Group?

 

Are you following me on all Social Media platforms?

 

Follow me and learn more about How to get started and How to Grow your Career and/or Business.

Learn the Fundamentals of Interpreting

My Introduction to Interpreting will provide you with what you need to help you Start Your Interpreting Journey!

When you sign up you will learn everything listed in here and so much more…

I will teach you how to AVOID potential RISKS with your business, as well as all the “Good, Bad, and Evil” of this industry:

  • What it takes to promote your services and what interpreter recruiters look for in an interpreter.
  • Provide you with an actionable plan that will get you started as a Professional Interpreter, as well as how to become a successful Freelance Interpreter.
  • I will reveal career secrets, through specific, real-life examples and strategies that will help your career.

 

The list also includes:

  • What it takes to become an Interpreter
  • Do’s and Don’ts of an Interpreter
  • The Administrative and Back Office tools you need
  • How to work with top agencies
  • What to look out for when accepting assignments
  • The skills you need and how to get them
  • You will get all the steps needed to start your career and business!
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Getting Started in the Gig Economy

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How to get started in the Gig Economy

Ready to Start or Grow Your Own Business doing what you Love? This is a Good Read, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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By FAVIOLA VALENCIA "THE CEO HUSTLER" PROVIDING ELITE SERVICES 4 YOU.

THANKS TO BLOG CONTRIBUTOR LUCY REED

Are you tired of clocking in and out of your job every day? Do you long for the freedom to work around your own schedule? The freedom the gig economy provides helps millions of people work on their time while making enough money to support their dreams. However, working through the gig economy isn’t for everybody. It takes resources, dedication, and discipline. Read on to help determine if finding a job as a freelancer is right for you.

 

What Is the Gig Economy?

 

First of all, what even is the “gig economy?” This is a modern term we use to define a workforce where organizations contract independent workers for short-term working engagements. Oftentimes these workers find their “gigs” through technological platforms that help connect freelancers with people or companies that are looking for temporary help. Predictions estimate that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be freelance, independent contractors. Popular gig economy websites include:

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  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Turo
  • HopSkipDrive
  • AirBNB
  • OneFineStay
  • OpenAirplane
  • ToolLocker
  • ParkingPanda
  • Closet Collective
  • Postmates
  • Amazon Flex
  • TaskRabbit
  • Upwork
  • HelloTech
  • SpareHire
  • Freelancer
  • Etsy
  • Feastly
  • Udemy

Freelancing has its benefits. It allows people to work from wherever they are without having to adhere to a regular office schedule or regulations. However, there are definite drawbacks to working a gig. Freelancers have to be in charge of things other companies outsource to human resources departments.

 

If you want things such as health insurance and a retirement package, you will have to do the research and invest in them yourself. Furthermore, independent contractors in the United States work through 1099 contracts, meaning they get paid in full, and state and federal taxes are not withheld. When working as a freelancer, it is important to set aside money for tax payments while also tracking business-related expenses for deductions.

 

Getting Started with Gigs: Resources, Dedication, and Discipline Deciding what kind of freelancer you want to be that will depend on the resources you have.  Resources refer to both the things you own and the services you provide.  If you don’t have a car or a driver’s license, you can’t drive for a rideshare company.

 

The same thing goes for freelance work such as copywriting — if you don’t have the technology to connect with people online or the writing skills to do the task, there’s not much chance for you in that field. To decide what kind of gig is right for you, do a self-assessment of your assets to determine what works best for you.

 

Beyond your resources, you have to have dedication and discipline. Without a boss breathing down your neck, there is no one to hold you accountable for completing your work. If you want to freelance, you have to be a self-starter who sees your projects through. If you don’t manage your time effectively, you will end up disappointing your clients and failing to get hired again. Furthermore, you won’t make enough cash to make your living as a freelancer.

 

Tips for Freelancers

 

So you’ve determined your best route for gigs and you are ready to get going — great! Set yourself up for success with these helpful tips:

 

  • Set up space where you live for a home office. Even if your gigs take you out of the house, you need a space where you can organize your documents and schedule. Make sure you have your wiring and communication needs met in this area and personalize it with custom chairs, desks, and other furniture. Establish rules in your home office that provide structure and discipline in your working area separate from the relaxation and fun you have in the rest of the house. 
  • Connect with other freelancers. Not only can they provide you with helpful tips and social support, but they may also be able to connect you with other clients in need of your services. 
  • Don’t neglect your branding. Any time you advertise your services, you should stick to a particular set of visual rules that will create a visual imprint in a potential client’s mind.

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The gig economy provides freedom and flexibility to work on your own schedule, but there are drawbacks as well. Budgeting for insurance, retirement, and taxes are just a few of the responsibilities a freelancer has to do on their own. However, if you have the resources, dedication, and discipline, there is nothing stopping you from pursuing a career you love!

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Your Voice; Keeping it Healthy

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Your Voice; Keeping it Healthy

If you work as an Interpreter, Dispatcher or even in a call center, your job depends on your “voice”, and you are considered an occupational voice user.
 
 
Meaning, you are “The Voice” and that is your tool and the most valuable tool you have in order to convey and get your job done.
 
So, whether your an Interpreter, Conference Interpreter, Dispatcher, or work in a call center, or as a scheduler, your voice is your only link with the customer, correct?
 
Therefore it’s important that you take care of your voice and that you maintain a healthy voice in order to get the job done.
 

Because just as neat professional attire is essential for face-to-face interactions, having a clear voice is essential for your day-to-day business operations.

 

A hoarse voice from an Interpreter, or call center agent (CCA), dispatcher carries the same negative impression as a worn-out outfit and can detract from building credibility and or doing your job the right way, do you agree?

 

Little Story: A few years back I was doing a Conference appointment for the State, I actually had a team interpreter (who was sick) and was coughing up a storm. 

 

Having a sick interpreter onsite who’s unable to do his/her job (use their voice to speak) not only did it affect the overall assignment, but it was a major distraction and also put on more stress on me because I had to complete the job myself because my partner was sick with laryngitis.

 

So a healthy voice is crucial, but because you are constantly talking and using your voice to do your job and if you don’t take care of your voice, you are at risk for damaging your voice and developing hoarseness.

 

A 2002 study on voice problems among CCAs reported voice problems in 31 percent of CCAs, with several negative outcomes, including:

  • Increased sick days
  • Fewer calls per hour
  • More breaks away from the phone
  • Needing to repeat themselves
  • Or needing to force the voice out

 

Overall, Interpreters, Dispatchers, CCAs with voice problems are bad not only for the CCAs, Interpreters, Dispatchers, Schedulers, and those who use their Voice to work but at the end of the day it’s bad for business.

 

I’ve learned from some Voice experts who now think that voice problem is a form of repetitive motion injury because the vocal cords are being injured by overuse, similar to the way data entry personnel may develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

Did you know that when we talk, the vocal cords vibrate about 200 times a second for women and about half that for men? That can add up to more than a million cycles of vibration during a workday at a call center causing vocal injury this is also true for singers, interpreters, dispatchers, call centers, etc.

 

As a professional conference interpreter who’s constantly working and who uses her voice to work, it is so important to take care of your voice!

True Story: About 4 years ago (I was a major workaholic) 🤔😊working all day, every day and would not take breaks in between and didn’t like working with other colleagues (I had bad experiences with other agency interpreters).

 

During this same time frame, I was working for a whole straight month non-stop during the winter months and around November while working at a conference my Voice literally starting squeaking, I could NOT Speak, my voice started sounding horsy like, my chest started to hurt, my throat was just feeling horrible, I started to sweat, got dizzy and literally passed out!

 

Apparently, I had walking pneumonia and laryngitis and ended up in the hospital!

 

I failed to listen to my body, I was just so excited about the work, I love what I do and was just “Go-go-go” non-stop that my body finally gave out in the middle of an assignment! 

 

This little scenario ended up costing me months being out of work until I was able to get my Voice back and recuperate from this horrible experience!

 

So yes, dear interpreters, dispatchers, CCAs, Schedulers and all of you who use your work to fulfill your responsibilities TAKE CARE OF YOUR “VOICE”!

 

Here are some recommendations and things that I do and have done so since this episode.

 

Posture

Taking frequent breaks and being able to move around is so important because it reduces the tension in your body and will prevent you from having other joint/muscle problems.

 

Breaks

Taking frequent breaks will give your voice muscle a rest, so try to rest your voice – meaning no talking, or drinking cold drinks.

 

Voice Pacing

Voice scientists advise those who use their Voice to work “to think of voice pacing on three levels:

  • Breaks within phone calls
  • Between phone calls during the workday
  • And breaks between workdays”

 

Tips

Besides posture, breaks, and vocal pacing, you must also practice good voice hygiene. These tips have helped me keep the throat moist and free from irritation so that my vocal cords are less likely to be injured:

  • Drinking lots of (room temperature) water (or non-caffeinated liquid) during the day.
  • Keep water with you at all times.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are drying to the throat.
  • Try to avoid excess coughing and throat clearing.
  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes irritation and can lead to cancer and other health-related problems.
  • If you have a hoarse voice due to a cold or upper respiratory infection then don’t go to work.
  • Seek medical attention to manage any medical conditions that can cause throat irritation including acid reflux, postnasal drainage, allergies, asthma, and endocrine conditions, etc.
  • Avoid dry interior climates
  • Prevent high-risk areas they are known to cause damage to your voice.
  • Eat good and moist meals and avoid spicy foods, they cause acid reflux or GERD
  • Use a humidifier in your room or home, especially in dry climates.
  • Avoid mouthwash (it contains alcohol), if you need to gargle use lukewarm saltwater
  • Take vitamins or eat fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, A, E, and C
  • Drink lemon tea with honey (instead of  coffee)
  • I made my own paste that I add to my teas and helps with phlegm and it also has helped me from getting sick; it includes:
    • Ginger
    • Honey
    • Coconut oil
    • Pepper, etc…I will include the paste recipe in my next food meal article.
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Get Help Early; Listen to Your Body

Seek medical attention early don’t wait until you have lost your voice to seek medical help.
 
Pay attention to the signs that your voice is getting tired such as– dry throat, raw or tired feeling in the throat, increased mucus in the throat, feeling like talking takes more effort, feeling throat strain — in addition to a raspy or hoarse voice.

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