How to Reply to a Job Offer

You’ve been through countless interviews and now – finally – you’ve landed on a job opportunity where the company in question is asking you to come on board. This is fantastic news! Not only does it signal the end of a long search, but finally someone is recognizing you for your talents as a skilled professional. Obviously, you are filled with a mixture of both relief and excitement, but don’t let those emotions get in the way of your response. There are a few things you need to consider before you jump entirely on board.

Consider You Response:

  1. Verify the job is real

It’s sad we have to put this as the first step, but in today’s world, if you receive a job offer for which you haven’t interviewed, chances are it’s a scam. There might be a time when you receive an offer from a company after you’ve submitted your application, and this can be deceptively thrilling if you’ve been on the job hunt for a while. Do not fall for it. Find out the company information listed in the offer and contact them to ensure the offer is legitimate. Even then, it’s advised to reject the offer because you don’t know anything about the company.

However, if you’ve already been through the interview process with the company it’s easy what to consider next.

  1. Be professional in your response

Whether you are receiving the offer through traditional mail, email, or even over the phone, it’s important to remember to be professional in your response to the company offering you the job. It may be tempting to be casual, but it is unwise. You need to consider your response thoughtfully. If you are writing an acceptance letter or email, be sure to proofread your reply and always include an official salutation. State clearly your intent, and do not stray from the subject matter.

  1. Show enthusiasm, but don’t be personal

Being professional doesn’t mean you have to be a drone, you can show your enthusiasm for the position and inform the company of your eagerness to get started, but remember: you are not talking or writing to your best friend. Briefly tell the company of your excitement and enthusiasm and then move on to the more important matters. If it helps, take a moment for yourself before you write down your response. If the offer is over the phone, have a response prepared in anticipation for the offer and stick to it. You can save the elated jumping up and down for later.

  1. Read the offer and ask questions

This is an important part not to forget – especially when the offer is in writing. You need to read the offer thoroughly so that you understand the terms of employment. You don’t want to accept the job right out of hand. Some job offers many not include a lot of information in them, so it is okay to ask questions concerning the position. When you inquire about the offer, make sure that your questions relate to the terms of employment discussed in your interview, as well as when you will start your orientation to the position.

  • A special note for contract job offers:

It is critical that you read the contract thoroughly in order to understand the terms of your employment, obligations, compensation, and remedies when or if a dispute arises. If you don’t, you can put yourself in a very poor position when it comes to working for a company. Granted, not all companies are the boogie man, but you shouldn’t trust that they’re looking out for your interests – that responsibility lies with you alone.

  1. If you decide to reject the job offer

If your intent is to reject the offer, then your response will obviously be a little different than what’s implied above. You will want to remain professional and courteous, and abstain from any personal information that you’ve considered as to why the job is not right for you. Simply thank them for the offer and inform them that you have decided to pursue another opportunity. If you need time to consider their offer prior to sending a response, let them know this upfront before you make any decision to reject the job. Give them a time frame in which they can expect to hear back from you; never leave them hanging for a response.

  1. If you receive a job offer, but are waiting to hear back from another employer

If you wind up with a job offer from one company, but are expecting an offer from another, things can become a bit sticky. There are multiple things for you to consider, and you need to be able to juggle this delicate situation flawlessly. Here are some things you should do when you have competing offers:

  • Don’t back out

First, never accept and then back out of a job offer. It’s considered unethical and it is very disturbing to employers. Some opinions might tell you that it’s okay, but this is poor advice. Employers do talk to each other, and you do not want a black mark on your name when applying to a job. If you accept a job from employer A, but receive a better offer from employer B, it’s too late and time to move on with employer A. Employer B missed their opportunity.

  • Call employer B right away

If you have not accepted a position from employer A, but do receive an offer while waiting on one from employer B, practice diplomacy. Call employer B and let them know about your situation with employer A. Keep the information simple and factual; there is no need to mention employer A’s name, just that they have offered you a position. Express that you really want to work for employer B and ask where you stand in the evaluation process. Ask if they can provide you with definitive information on your potential hire before you are expected to reply to company A. You don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on company B, but if they are interested in you, you may help them speed up the decision making process.

  • Call employer A right after employer B

Thank employer A for the offer and explain that you don’t have all the information you need to make a decision.  See if they are willing to extend the deadline for your response. Do not wait until the last minute to ask this question. Be upfront with it. If they decline to extend the deadline, a lot a certain amount of time to pass before your expected response to employer A. If employer B does not respond in that time frame, proceed with employer A’s offer.

The key to executing this step gracefully is patience. You need to remain calm and professional, and thoroughly weigh your options to make a good decision. Remember: you are lucky to be in this position, so be grateful. Don’t blow off one employer in favor of the other. Be considerate.

No matter the job you’re seeking, following these steps can help you make a good decision when it comes to replying to a job offer.

Reasons to Prevent Bugs From Ruining Your Online Business



Having an idea for an online business is a wonderful thing. However, you then need to make sure that your site always continues to run well. This can be much easier said than done. Nowadays, modern computer software and hardware is very complicated. It can often break down without warning, even if the equipment is new. There are many viruses that can also wreak havoc on a website if the proper precautions are not taken. Occasionally, a problem might occur because of a simple error in the coding written by the person who designed the site. Whatever the reason, you must do whatever you can to avoid these bugs and glitches from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the main reasons why it is important to prevent bugs from ruining your online business.

1. The functionality of your site can be affected

When people visit your site, you want them to have a pleasant experience. This means that the website should work perfectly for them. The pages should transition flawlessly. When a person clicks on something, the correct action should be performed. If these things are not happening as they should, it will eventually result in many of your customers becoming frustrated with your website. People only have so much patience. They will eventually start to think that they would have an easier time if they visited the websites of your competitors. This is the thing that you want to avoid at all costs.

2. The reputation of your business will be damaged

Reputation is something that is so important in business. It takes a long time to build up a solid reputation, but only a day or two of glitches and bugs to ruin it forever. If your site has repeated problems that prevent people from using it correctly, this will be discussed on many online forums. You will not be able to keep your technical issues a secret forever. If these bugs persist on your website, you will eventually become known as a troubled site. This will cripple your business, as people will be reluctant to shop there. Even if you completely fix the problems, how can the public completely trust you again?

3. Your security could be compromised

You might experience certain software glitches which leave your site vulnerable to cyber attacks. This can put the confidential information of your customers at risk. If this information falls into the hands of hackers, you could lose many of your longtime customers. Online shopping cart software from is known for being very safe and secure.

4. How do you prevent bugs and glitches?

Not all bugs and glitches are preventable, but you should always be proactive if you own a website. This means you need to test all of the various functions of your site every day. This will ensure that everything is running as it was designed. If you discover a problem, it can be fixed quickly, before your customers notice it and start complaining.

July 2015 Income Report

July was a good month because I was able to work less hours but income wise the payments still aren’t coming in consistently enough on the month the work is completed for me to get back up to my normal income range. In August, I will be seeing what I can do about that yet overall I am pleased because since I got rid of the cheap clients my work/life balance is ten times better. Anyways, below is my income report for the month. It is a little off because I still write everything down and my original paper I started at the beginning of the month got wet and I had to try to record on a new sheet as much as I could make out what it was.

Private Clients – 2666

Giveaways 4 Mom – 240

Fiverr – 96

Izea – 255

User Testing – 10

Copify – 21

Escalate Media – 25

Share a Sale – 50

Business Expenses (-1698)

How did the month of July treat you? What will you be working on during the month of August?

9 Job Interview Mistakes You’re Making

When it comes to getting a job, the field is extremely competitive and the best way to get be considered for a position is to sell yourself during the interview. Interviews are not fun and they are often extremely stressful. Even if you are mentally prepared for meeting with the personnel from the human resource department, a few mistakes people make can cost them a job.

See Also: 7 Signs Your Job Interview Was Successful

1. Failure to Practice

While you may not know every question that is going to be asked, you should have a good idea of the typical questions. Some of these questions include why they should hire you, what do you see as your role, and how do you plan to help the company. When you are practicing your answers, you will want to say them aloud and preferably to a friend. Your friend can let you know if the answer makes sense and means what you desire.

2. Being Unprepared

The worst thing to do is not be prepared for the interview with questions to ask. You will be given the opportunity to ask the interviewer any questions, and you are being reviewed during this process. One question that you want to make sure you ask is what the process is for advancement. This question will not only let you know that you can grow in the company, but also lets the company know you desire to work long-term with them.

3. Not Selling Yourself

The interview is your time to shine, but many people really struggle with talking about themselves. If you struggle with talking about your accomplishments, make sure you go to the interview with the information on a sheet of paper. Use this as a reference point when you are answering questions to prevent you from stammering or looking unprepared.

4. Failure to Remain Upbeat

When you are in the interview room, make sure you always remain upbeat and smile. When you are asked a question about why you left your previous place of employment, make sure you keep the answer positive. These are questions that you will want to make sure you prepare for so you can watch your body language and your words.

5. Failure to Research the Company

You want to be able to stroke the ego of the company you are applying at, without going overboard. When you walk into an interview, you want to make sure you know that company’s mission statement, projects they are working on, and things they support.

6. Losing Professionalism

While you want to feel comfortable in the interview, you do not want to lose your professionalism. Make sure you dress for success and keep the answers related to the job. You are not talking to your best friend, so make sure your phone is turned off and show up early.

7. Trying Too Hard

Even with everything mentioned above, it is important to also remember to be yourself. You do not want to come across as you are trying too hard. Practice your answers, but do not walk in there and recite your reference sheet. Look the interviewer in the eye to show confidence, but let your reference sheet help you stay on topic.

8. Not Knowing Your Value

Your time and knowledge is worth valuable money. One of the most detrimental things you can do in an interview is not knowing that value. Companies will bring compensation plans to the table, but you need to be prepared to negotiate if you feel it is not worth the value. If you do not know your value, you may end up working for less than you should be and likely experience burnout.

9. Failure to Follow Up

The biggest and worst mistake people make following an interview is the failure to follow up. Make sure you send a hand-written thank you to the interviewer and company. They took time out of their schedule to meet with you and let you sell yourself. If you do not get the job, make sure you get feedback as to why so you can use it for future job interviews.

Keep these nine things in mind the next time you are going on a job interview. Making one or more of these mistakes could cost you your dream job.

See Also: 4 Tips for Feeling Powerful at Job Interviews

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using WordPress for Your Content


WordPress is the single most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world today. Over half of all websites use this as their CMS of choice. If you haven’t yet made the switch, it’s something you should be actively considering.

Here are five reasons why you should be using WordPress for your content.

  1. WordPress is Perfect for SEO


Doing your best for Google is always something you need to think about. Adhere to their SEO standards by using WordPress.

WordPress is SEO friendly and it allows you to use SEO with some of the top free plugins. It’s easier than ever before to boost your site up the rankings through optimisation with WordPress. Since SEO is built-in, you don’t need to hire an SEO expert, either.

  1. Thousands of Plugins at Your Disposal


Make your site unique in both the front end and the back end. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for download immediately.
At the click of a button you can gain access to lots of nifty tools in seconds. There are plugins to help with everything from layout to SEO to social media.

  1. A Platform You Can Trust


WordPress is a platform you can always trust. Marketing Land demonstrates that 78.8% of site owners surveyed use WordPress, and the ability to trust it is one of the primary reasons why.

It’s acquired its dominating position by developing strong relationships with its customer base. Furthermore, whenever there are any security scares the platform is normally updated in mere days. This makes it one of the best defences against hackers you can have.

  1. A Free Platform with Support


The best part about WordPress is it costs you nothing to use and download. There are no premium features you’re compelled to pay for. Everything you see is what you get. It’s opensource software, so the community can freely edit it.

It still comes with a strong customer support system, though. WordPress has an enormous database of help articles novices and experts alike can use to craft their website in the way they see fit.

WordPress also comes with direct customer service, so you can send an email to the company and receive a reply within 24 hours. Many of the plugins and themes come with individualised customer support teams too. After all, this is how the makers encourage people to leave donations.

  1. Make Your Site Unique with Awesome Themes


What makes WordPress stand apart from everything else is the fact no competitor can beat it when it comes to customisation. Forget hiring web designers and developers again. You can gain access to thousands of themes with a quick Google search.
Some of them are premium themes, so the makers charge a price for them, but you can easily search for a variety of free themes.

The benefit of having so many themes to choose from is you won’t find all your competitors using exactly the same themes. Most of these themes have various levels of customisation, so even if you and someone else has the same theme you can have two entirely different websites.

If you want, you can even hire graphic designers to change the code further. There are no restrictions.

WordPress is Number One


WordPress dominates on every front. The fact this opensource software is free enables it to reign supreme within the industry. We love WordPress because it offers so much to users, whilst asking nothing in return.

What you get with WordPress is a secure CMS, for free, with all the customisation options you could ever need.

This is truly the undisputed option for your content.