The Importance of Google Hangouts

A Google Hangout is an online application inside of Google’s social network, Google+. The application exists for every user that has an account on Google+.

Recently in the past year, users that have had Google accounts of any kind, including Gmail, YouTube and Google Drive, had their accounts turned into social network accounts. In other words, everyone that logs in to Google in any way, is effectively entering their Google+ account.

The intent of Google was to make this an interesting way to interact with people. However, the reaction of Internet users has been mixed.

Although many have Gmail accounts, not everyone wants to interact in real time with those with whom he or she is connected through Gmail. In the same way, there are a number of people that have YouTube accounts that may or may not want to interact with those who are connected with them on the Google social network. They prefer to interact only with those individuals that comment on their videos on the actual video sharing site.

As a business owner, you may not yet have already secured a Google+ account for your personal and business needs. While the steps to take in order to get things set up may be easy, they are somewhat permanent in their effect.

Therefore, one of the most prudent things that you can do is to think clearly about what you want to do with Google+ and the Hangout application. Indeed, this may require the advice and services of a local consultant to create a game plan for its business use. They will have seen its use across a number of different industries.

These social connections are important to understand because that is the context in which Google desires its users to make use of Google Hangouts. It is intended to be a way to facilitate conversation with those with whom you are connected on e-mail, video and social network.

As is the case with any website or network, Google’s goals are to do what they can to get you to stay on their site. Their desire is for you to engage in activities to stay on their site, so that they may at some point present an advertisement to you for one of their customers.

However, Internet users haven’t yet given up their time on other social networks like Facebook to use Google+ in great numbers. Therefore, this network has not been in use widely among businesses. Consumers and businesses are now discovering its benefits for the first time. The good news is that users that come to Google+ are often attracted by the Hangout application.

As you grow in your use of Google+ Hangouts, you will need to use every available means in order to get potential prospects and customers to take note of when you’re conducting them. Since they are unlikely to already have joined the social network, you’ll need to make sure that any Hangout you do is shared across the other networks. You’ll also need to make sure that you use the opportunity in your Hangout presentation to invite others from all your social connection points.

The Negative Impact of Fear

As humans, we have all experienced some type of fear. It is completely normal, rational and expectable; to have an emotional response to anything in our environment that poses a danger to our physical or mental well-being. It’s the way that we handle that fear that is most important, because it can mean the difference between us controlling our fear or our fear taking control of us.

As I’ve mentioned before, fear effects everyone differently. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe and can cause physical side effects. When we are afraid, our bodies automatically react with an increased heart rate and raised blood pressure.

We may also experience:

– Physical discomfort and pain

– Tight muscles

– Dilated pupils

– Profuse sweating 

– The inability to focus

– The inability to make clear and logical decisions.

Left unmanaged it can also take away a persons ability to trust their surroundings and often leads to the mistrust of other people, as well as a fear of change due to uncertainty and often leaves them resistant to help from others.

In severe cases, it can cut them off from the rest of the world, leaving them unmotivated, preventing them from moving forward and keeping them from exploring new opportunities. People who suffer with this type of fear often exhibit self-destructive behavior.

People have a subconscious tendency to deny even the feeling of fear. Most people would prefer to shift their emotions to things like anger or depression, rather than accept their fears.

As we know, this can be due to a number of factors, including environment, upbringing, and previous experiences. Most experts believe that the key to overcoming this problem is to recognize the fear as fear, rather than defining it as something that appears similar.

People who have this problem often develop the fears they have during childhood, but rather than outgrow those fears, they have allowed them to remain rooted in their consciousness. This may not necessarily damage mental health, but it can have some unwanted effects on how a person interacts socially.

Of course, not everything about fear should be seen as a negative. It triggers our survival instincts that prevent us from taking unnecessary risks. It also triggers the body to enter survival mode when faced with extreme danger, pumping large amounts of adrenaline into the system to give ordinary humans the near-superhuman physical abilities needed to survive certain situations.

It is only when we fail to acknowledge fear that it becomes a problem. We will be going over some simple tips that will help you say no to fear whenever it tries to invade your life.

Tips For Keeping Tax Records Properly For Your Online Business

The last thing most people think about when starting a business is doing taxes. But proper planning will make doing your taxes much easier – and keep the IRS happy!

Here are 3 simple tips for keeping proper records:

1. Whenever you buy anything for your business, keep the receipt!

Not only will this make record keeping a lot simpler, but if you are ever audited (having your tax return reviewed in detail by the IRS), you can prove your expenses, and save yourself money.

2. Write down all your expenses and income as they happen.

As your business grows, you’ll have more and more activities to keep you busy. The last thing you’ll want to do each April 15 is to organize your records for the year. So, it’s a good idea to write down all your financial activities as they happen. You’ll find preparing your taxes will take much less time if you are organized.

3. Learn how to save money on your taxes.

As you learn about taxes, you’ll find that there are many deductions (expenses that reduce your income, and therefore your taxes) you can take that are not obvious. When using your home office, you may be able to deduct (at least partially) repairs you make around the house, utilities, your home’s value at the time you start your business, and more.

The more you know about taxes, and the more organized you are in keeping records, the more time and money you’ll save at the end of every year!

What happens if you don’t keep proper records?

Individuals with small businesses are the most likely to have their tax returns audited by the IRS. If you don’t have a receipt, you will likely lose the deduction and owe the IRS money.

And while an audit does not have to be feared, you should be prepared – the more organized your records, the easier it will be to prove your case.

If you don’t have one, get a file box and some folders at your local office supply store (these supplies are deductible, so keep your receipts!) and create a filing system for your business. Put all your receipts in the proper folders, and put them in a safe place.

Another way to save yourself time is to record all of your business transactions – expenses and income – on a spreadsheet on your computer. Keep a column for income, advertising, supplies, etc. You don’t need to be a computer expert. But keeping accurate, organized records will help you save time when you fill out your taxes at the end of the year.

And it can help you plan, by giving you a snapshot or your financial progress whenever you need it.

Which may come in handy when you need to place ads, borrow money – or take a much needed and well-deserved vacation!