At the company I am currently freelancing for, I called the help desk to configure my computer settings, which was easily and quickly, done with no misunderstandings to speak of. The woman I spoke to over the phone was obviously an Indian, living and working in India. She understood my thick American accent and I understood hers; my family is from the country, after all. It struck me how normal it now is to speak to Indians quite frequently to help resolve a wide range of tech issues. When my phone call was complete and my Internet connection was up and running, I also realized how India’s s
It isn’t news that the Internet is both an incredibly informative and extremely chaotic virtual space. Like millions of others, it is highly unusual for me to go one day without checking email or doing a Google search. I am dependent on the World Wide Web; I would like to think that if I was in a remote location for an extended period of time where Internet access is limited, I would be satisfied with going online once a week, at least. The thought of such sparse contact might frighten most, but I would welcome it, if I didn’t have anything urgent to take care of.
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A friend of mine has a small fashion business based in Brooklyn, where she makes clothes, accessories, and bags from recycled items. She is very talented, if I do say so myself, and I feel for her and others who are in business for themselves and trying to stay afloat during these difficult times. Before the recession hit, she had three full-time employees; now she has only one part-time seamstress. My friend has designed for several fashion shows, but she has not garnered any significant business, or even been paid any sum of money for her participation in them (the latter, I hear, is common
I was at my local nail salon when the headlines on television caught everyone’s attention: Michael Jackson passed away. As I sat in my massage chair getting a pedicure, I automatically reached for my phone, but unfortunately had no Internet service in that area. I received texts and made a phone call to a friend, while looking up at the television screen to see the news unfold. Other women around me pulled out their phones to call and text the news at a frantic pace. While the shock was palpable in the salon, I started thinking about what was going on in cyberspace.
While I was not in
Social Media - Web 2.0 â€“ Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and many others, Webgrrls use them all. 70% of the Webgrrls respondents say they leverage or are totally immersed in social media. Only 13% were not involved at all.
Marketing, making connections and getting and giving referrals is what it is all about. Grassroots, warm leads, and leveraging the tools and your network to build your business or propel your career, is a great recipe for success.
Perhaps it is because they take their career and business more seriously, proactively leverage their network and participate in their community is why over 54% of Webgrrls are either prospering or not feeling the effects of the current economy or have only had to make minor adjustments to their budgets, based on the June Webgrrls QuickPoll,
We are seeing sky-high fuel prices, rising food prices, the dollar buys less and less. The value of our homes has plummeted, gold and silver prices are up (although suppressed) and the Fed printing presses are humming, small business are closing and more