Many of our small business clients desire to write a book; however, they worry about not being great typists. Google Voice Typist is a 100% FREE tool you can use to write your book even if you don’t know how to type. All you need is a computer with internet access and a Google account (like Gmail).
Sign in with your Google account if you haven’t signed in already, or register if you don’t have an account. Again, FREE!
Create a new Google Docs document, click on Tools in the Menu, then navigate to Voice Typist in the drop-down menu.
Make sure your desired microphone is selected. You may be prompted by a pop-up or you may need to click on the video camera icon that may appear in the browser search bar.
Click the microphone button that appears on the left-hand side of your screen to start recording.
Speak naturally and watch in awe as your words appear in the document.
You can speak commands like “new line” or “period” to control punctuation.
You can even speak in other languages and Google Voice Typist will transcribe that too! Results are complete with appropriate accents and other special characters.
You will need to review and edit your document for accuracy but at least the hard part, getting your story down, will be done.
Now you have no excuses!
Writing a book is a great method to build your business. Business owners with published books under their belt benefit from increased credibility, increased brand recognition, increased sales, and the ability to create alternative income streams.
Writing a book also sets you apart from the competition. Your published book not only establishes you as a subject matter expert but also increases your perceived value in the marketplace. If you need additional help getting started or don’t know what to write about, you’re encouraged to seek a writing coach.
Google Voice Typist is a great tool to get your book done. You can also use it to write your blog posts, articles, eBooks, and even social media posts. Just copy/paste your edited work from Google Docs into the application of your choice.
Do you use Voice Typist? Do you know of any other transcription tools small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can use to write their books? Please let us know in the comments and if you found value in this post, please do share it with your networks.
We get this question a lot! There really is no right or wrong answer here. Whether or not to list your prices on your website simply depends on your personal choice and marketing strategy.
There are both pros and cons to publicly publishing your prices. What you choose has a lot to do with the relationships you have built or are seeking to build with your dream customers. When making this decision, it is important to consider who your customers are and what are their expectations. Not every target market will respond in the same way to your choice to list or not to list your prices. Here are a few reasons why or why not to list your prices on your website.
Reasons to List Your Prices on Your Website
Truth & Transparency. Many business owners want to make sure that there are no secrets between themselves and their customers. These companies place high value on honesty and disclose as much information as possible to prevent their customers from feeling like the wool has been pulled over their eyes with hidden costs.
Positioning. If your competitive advantage is based on pricing (low-cost leader, high-end provider, etc.), publishing your prices on your website will help solidify your place within the market.
Increase conversions. Prospective customers are more likely to buy on the spot or submit inquiries when they already know they can afford your prices.
Filter out lookie-loos. Listing your prices is a great way to avoid site visitors who are just window-shopping with no intent on buying. It also allows you a way to target only those who can actually afford your offerings.
Reasons NOT to List Your Prices on Your Website
Build value. When you market products or services that require education and training as part of your customer acquisition strategy, it is best to not list your prices on your website. Many info products, coaching and consulting services, and live events follow this train of thought. Businesses in these fields educate consumers on the value of their offerings to justify their prices.
Specialized product. If your products or services include a high level of customization, it may be difficult to list prices as your prices will fluctuate from one customer to the next.
Strict competition. In highly competitive industries, you could literally find yourself caught up in the middle of a pricing war. By not disclosing your prices, you can avoid the possibility of someone using your prices to undercut your business.
Flexibility. It’s easier to increase prices over time when there is no published record of what prices were before. Those who do publish their prices usually do so with a disclaimer that prices are subject to change; however, it can be a headache to explain to existing customers why they are no longer receiving last year’s prices.
Test pricing. Many startups and aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea what to charge. You may be introducing an entirely new product or service into the marketplace, be targeting a new or unknown customer profile, or simply may not know your worth just yet.
Do you publish your prices on your website? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below and if you have found value in this post, please do share it with your networks. Get answers to more questions like this by joining us in our free online training and accountability group.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Content is king! You absolutely have to have quality content, not only to attract and engage your dream customers, but also to perform higher in search engine results for your targeted keywords and phrases. This content can be blogs, social media posts, articles, video or even books and eBooks.
Let’s face the facts – most aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have very little time nor energy to create quality content on a consistent basis. How then do you create a content schedule that will allow you to take advantage of content creation without spending a whole lot of time trying to create content? No worries! We’re revealing our top 3 dirty little secrets for fast content creation.
Our Dirty Little Secrets for Fast Content Creation
Reuse content. This is the golden rule of fast content creation. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time. Take something you have already created and put a different spin on it. You do the real work one time, then transform that one piece of content into multiple different new pieces. At Building Bridges Consulting, we do this all the time! We write a Facebook post that gets high levels of interest and engagement. Then that Facebook post gets expounded on and becomes a blog post. That blog post might garner additional interest from other websites who will request that this same blog post be revised and published on their own sites for their audiences. If you ever attend any of our live training and networking events, you may hear our CEO, Coach Niquenya speak about the same content. One time creation, multiple formats and delivery methods!
Use PLR. PLR stands for Private Label Rights. This method allows for super fast content creation because you don’t even have to come up with any of the material on your own. PLR refers to articles, eBooks and even full-length books that have already been researched and written by authors who are willing to share this content through special licensing with publishers who can then call the works their own. Although the content is written for you, a best practice is to make sure that the PLR comes from a reputable sources and is truthful in its research and conclusions. You should also put your own special spin on the material and revise it to read like your voice. Using PLR is a great way to develop a quick lead generator for your mailing list!
Outsource. If you really don’t have time to create your own content, why not have someone else write it for you? Hire guest bloggers, ghost writers and other freelancers who specialize in fast content creation. Seek out content creators who are reputable, easy to work with and who are experts in the topics relevant to your niche and target market. You can utilize websites such as Fiverr and Upwork to find freelancers willing to write on your behalf. Outsourcing is something we stress as a must-do to our JumpStart members who are seeking to build their businesses to profitability as fast as possible.
Easy, right? You can become a master of super fast content creation when you incorporate one or more of the above strategies. Just remember above all else that your content should always be relevant, quality and engaging to your target market and niche.
Have you used any of these strategies to create quality content quickly? Do you have any other fast content creation methods that you would like to share? Please tell us in the comments below and if you found this post valuable, please do post it to your networks.