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Hello again, and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
who have joined us since the last issue!
The new AHBBO website is up and running. Please change
your bookmarks to http://www.shelteredturtle.com . I've tried to make
the new site as user-friendly yet as comprehensive as possible.
There are sections dedicated to home business ideas (many
of which are accompanied by explanatory reports), recommended
programs and resources (what's worked well for me), links to
other great sites that will help you get started with your own
home business, article library, a complete AHBBO ezine archive
and free ebooks of interest to home business entrepreneurs.
Features to follow in coming weeks include a classified ads
page where you can advertise your business opportunity (to kick
this page off I will start by accepting FREE classifieds on this
page from AHBBO subscribers), a submisson point for articles
written by third party authors and discussion boards. Also to
come are departments dedicated to special-interest
communities including work-at-home parents and seniors.
I hope you find the new AHBBO website useful and I welcome
suggestions for additional features you would like to see
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An event planner is someone who arranges special events on
behalf of clients, either corporate or private. The client will tell
the event planner what kind of event is proposed and the budget
for it. The event planner then arranges the whole thing including
finding the right venue, issuing invitations, catering, transport to
and from the event, and accommodation. In addition, the event
planner will be responsible for meeting any special needs of
attendees and, in the case of corporate functions, probably also
the availability of presentation facilities such as audiovisual
equipment and the like.
The first step is to ascertain the client's objectives for the event
and whether it is a corporate or social event. Often, corporate
meetings will also include a significant social aspect so the event
planner for a management retreat, for example, may also need to
arrange for sightseeing or entertainment in addition to the corporate
side of the event.
Once the objectives are clear, the event planner will then work
with the client to set a budget for the event and decide with the
client where to hold the event. The event planner needs to know
who the attendees will be and where they are travelling from so
that accommodation and transport can be arranged as necessary.
In addition, the event planner will arrange for catering,
communications, labor, meeting facilities, printing and supplies,
entertainment, speakers, gratuities, awards, insurance and
anything else that may be required for the specific event in
The event planner, of course, relies on third parties to actually
provide these services and will have an established network of
contacts with suppliers and vendors among caterers, hotels,
travel agencies, printers, furniture/ equipment hirers and so on.
Event planners vary in their approach to billing. Some take as
their fee a fixed percentage of the total cost of the event (say
10 - 15 percent). Other charge clients on an hourly basis. In
either case, event planners will require a deposit (usually a
percentage of the budget) to be used to make advance
The beginning event planner should expect long hours and low
pay when first starting out. The money will improve with
experience and reputation, but the hours will always be long
because although the planning occurs during the day, the
event is usually at night or on the weekend. Personal qualities
required in an event planner are leadership, organization skills
and attention to detail. A calm disposition is essential as the
event planner will have to cope with many last minute
"disasters" and personalities.
There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
Business Ideas page at free home based business ideas
with more being added all the time.
© 2017 Elena Fawkner
Time is inelastic. Despite what some of us persist in believing,
it will NOT magically expand to accommodate all we have to do.
So, in order to maximize the time we have available, we have to
spend it wisely.
Here's how to do that.
STRUCTURE YOUR TIME
The very first thing to do is understand the structure of your
time. If you think of the time you have available as some
amorphous dimension, you will fritter it away on this and that
without any real consideration of what is the best use of the
time available. How many times have you got to the end of
your day and felt like you'd accomplished nothing even though
you'd been "busy" all day.
All time is not equal. If you're a morning person, your
morning time is worth more in terms of productivity than your
late afternoon time.
So think of time as variable in terms of potential for
accomplishment and identify your most valuable time. Do
the same for your intermediate-value time and your lower-value
Reserve your most valuable time for your most intellectually
demanding activities. Your intermediate value time should be
spent on important tasks that don't require quite the same level
of concentration. Finally, reserve your low-value time for
activities that don't require much in the way of concentration.
Now, obviously, if you have a full-time job away from the home,
the decision of how to spend your 9 to 5 hours will largely be
out of your hands. So, the best you can do if you're a morning
person is to try and take care of some of your intellectually
demanding activities first thing in the morning, say between
5:00 am and 7:00 am. On the other hand, if you're a night owl,
working a full-time job probably won't be much of a problem for
If you run your own business from home, however, effectively
structuring your time in terms of peak, intermediate and low-
concentration blocks can make a profound impact on your
productivity if you use that time intelligently.
IDENTIFY WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Now that you have some sense of how to best structure your
time, you need to turn to what, exactly, you're going to spend
that time on.
That means identifying what you have to do. And that means
identifying what you DON'T have to do as the flipside.
When identifying what you have to fit in to your schedule,
think about all areas of your life. Making time for yourself is
NOT something that you get around to only if there's time left
over. Making time for yourself is as much a priority as anything
A good way of identifying activities that should be included in
your schedule is to test them against the criteria of furtherance
of an objective. If the activity does nothing to further any
objective, why are you even doing it?
So start by identifying objectives for your life. Consider categories
such as health, finance, business/career, spiritual, family, social,
intellectual and so on. Establish objectives for every area of your
life that's important to you.
Everything you do should bring you closer to an objective. If it
doesn't, again, why do it?
ALLOCATE YOUR ACTIVITIES
Now that you know how to best structure your time and what
activities are going to lead you closer to your objectives, it's time
to allocate those activities against the time you have available
and in accordance with your various concentration levels.
Begin by estimating how much time each activity in your day is
likely to take. Be realistic about what you can really accomplish in
one day. If you overload yourself you're only going to stress out
about what you're NOT doing and that makes you less effective
in what you ARE doing. So pace yourself. Just don't WASTE time.
Assign your most intellectually demanding activities to your peak
concentration time. This may be writing a chapter of your ebook
or writing an article for the next issue of your ezine. Assign your
less concentration-intensive activities to your intermediate
concentration time. This may be redesigning a web page or
reading and responding to email, for example. Finally, assign
your truly "no concentration required" activities to your low
concentration periods. If you've allocated time to exercising, this
would be a good time to do a workout.
KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
There's no reason why you can't use the same time to accomplish
more than one thing. For example, I am writing this article (a high
concentration activity) on my laptop while enjoying coffee in a Santa
Monica cafe (a low concentration activity).
GROUP LIKE TASKS
Grouping like tasks will allow you to accomplish more in the same
amount of time. It is much more efficient to run three errands
while you're out and about rather than making three separate trips.
Similarly, it's more time-efficient to run one large load of laundry
rather than two separate, smaller loads. So give some thought
to these mundane sorts of activities too. There's always a way to
shave off a bit of time by grouping similar activities and doing them
in one hit. Email's another prime example. Far more efficient to
check and respond to mail twice a day than to read and respond to
each message as and when it comes in, thereby distracting
yourself from what you were doing in the first place.
By thinking about what you have to do and scheduling those tasks
in conformity with your concentration levels as well as grouping
like activities, you will naturally make the most effective use of the
time available. Your productivity will increase proportionately.
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