Opus Matrix: A Community of Collaborators
February 24, 2016
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Are you new to the fascinating business world? Are you an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to expand his/her business? Are you a career-oriented individual who is seeking new jobs, partnerships and useful connections within a specific industry? If the answer to one of the above questions is yes, then Opus Matrix is the right platform for you.

Opus Matrix is an engaging website designed for all professionals wanting to increase the success of their business or career. By choosing one of our membership plans, users will be enabled to join the platform and benefit from its unique services, which will allow them to connect and collaborate with other dynamic professionals.

By signing up to Opus Matrix, users will have the possibility to create their personalised profiles (similarly to other social media) where their skills, work experiences, hobbies, activities, articles, CV or events will be listed. Thanks to a detailed profile, other users might find you and get in touch with you because interested in the set of skills you have and which could be potentially useful for their business.

One of the most practical features that our users enjoy using is called Skillshare, which allows them to showcase their professional skills in order to easily find potential collaborators, employers, or partners. This tool will turn your professional dreams into successful realities, since it will enable you to combine your skills with others to develop new business opportunities and consecutively more income.

We especially recommend small to medium sized business owners to join Opus Matrix, since our platform will enable them to communicate with the right experts who, in some way, might help them expanding their profits, strategies or ideas. Opus Matrix will give small businesses the chance to become more well-known, to discover new captivating opportunities, to sell their products or services online both locally and internationally, as well as receive valuable tips from consultants, thanks to our special service called Meet the Experts.

Sharing your skills and mentoring can be great ways of generating funds to feed your main business. This is the ideal way to put cash into your business without having to borrow money or get funding from third parties.

None of us is good at everything. If you have realised this and sometimes find extremely tiring being an entrepreneur, freelancer or employee while managing all your professional activities, then we suggest you to join OM, so you can build up your career, become increasingly successful and also help other brilliant professionals like you.

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The OM Team

Competition for our budding entrepreneurs
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Every quarter Opus Matrix has a competition and likes to give a prize to the member who does the best at bettering their business, i.e. we try to reward best business practice.

In short we've made a list of the top things most business people need to grow their business and awarded points with a prize at the end of each quarter. Previous prizes include Amazon vouchers, an iPad Mini and spa days.

Our last winner was Jane Quinn of Miworld.

Our next competition runs until 31st March 2016 and the lucky winner will receive a £40 Amazon voucher. View the Hall of Fame.

All you need to do is to regularly login at Opus Matrix and post any blogs, events, offers or projects you would like to share. The more you post and connect with others, the more chance of winning, as we reward members with points. You will also increase your chances of being seen by your target audience too.

Please note: At the end of each competition the points awarded will go back to zero - this will give our new members a fair chance of winning the next time and should ensure we don't have the same winner twice in a row.

Together we’re working in 2016
We would like to take this opportunity to say welcome to all new members who have recently joined Opus Matrix. For a little more about us, watch our latest video:

 

In the last few months, since relaunch in October 2015, some of our customers have gained up to 200 new contacts (more than a 50% rise!). That’s fantastic! Also, Business Plus members are growing exponentially with our newest features: exclusive promotion on our homepage and the option to embed tweets, with more than 100 visits and 10,000 impressions on Twitter daily.

Our competition for a £100 Amazon voucher ended at the close of 2015 and we are pleased to say our winner is JANE QUINN! Well done!

Jane’s blogs have proved to be popular viewing for the visitors to our website and Twitter audience and we thank Jane for her contribution. You can connect with her and check out her profile here.

Not to worry, if you missed out this time as our quarterly competition begins again and the winner of a £40 Amazon voucher will be announced at the end of March. All you need to do is regularly login at https://opusmatrix.com/ and post any blogs, events, offers or projects you would like to share. The more you post and connect with others, the more chance of winning, as we reward members with points. You will also increase your chances of being seen by your target audience too.

Our 3 months free membership offer is still going. As part of our service to Business Plus members, we promote them and their services to a rapidly growing customer audience, which we actively grow on their behalf.

To upgrade to Business Plus membership with promotion (plus 3 months free) – click here.

The OM Team

P.S. If you have any queries about your membership, profile or our special offers, please contact [email protected]

And so this is Christmas
December 18, 2015
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We are now already midway into December and bells are jingling rather louder with the deepening realisation that Christmas is just around the corner. Black Friday has passed but these can be very dark days too as you scramble your presents together and prepare your household for one special day.

If you are running a business then you will also experience the dread of getting everything organised so you can have a little time off and some will be working extra hard to prepare for the start of January and the year ahead.

Here are 3 great reasons to make the effort to maximise your profile and connections via Opus Matrix at this time of year:

  1. Our special offer is still running until the 31st December. All you need to do is be active in our online community and you could be in with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher. This will be great to treat yourself or more importantly use it for tech resources for your business venture.

To be active means firstly to have a full profile including profile photo (our visitors are twice as likely to view your profile and posts if you include images). Next you can post your blogs, offers, events and make connections with others on the site. Who knows, you may find your next customer or even business partner chatting in the groups.

  1. There are some great offers on the site posted by members and also Opus Matrix is still offering 3 months free membership when you sign up to an annual plan. You may even find a last minute Christmas present in our marketplace, where members post their products.
  1. As we draw to the end of the year, there are many others like you who are looking to start something new next year. Entrepreneurs can work well together and a small team can easily be assembled globally to accelerate the business idea and get things off the ground. Start 2016 with a flying start and find someone with particular skills to help you using the Skillfinder.

We would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year and thank you for your continued custom.

The OM Team

Setting up a Business
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I launched my business in 2013 - probably more by luck than by design, in the first instance. Having had a 5½ year break from my marketing career to raise my family, the time was right for me to return to work; but in what form?

Simply going back to becoming someone else’s full time employee did not appeal, as with young children and a (supportive) husband with a busy, demanding job I needed the flexibility to work around the needs of my family.

I had been informally helping a friend with the marketing of her business and one day I just decided to brand this venture, launch a website and see what happened with setting up a business. So here are some things I’ve learned along the way, that are perhaps worth sharing if you are about to venture along the same path:

1. Seek out and create your own opportunities – you never know, a comment made in passing might just turn into your next big opportunity leading to success
2. Be friendly, honest and consistent – reputations take months and years to build yet can crumble in minutes, so treat others as you would like to be treated
3. Stick to your own area of expertise and become really terrific at it. People often confuse what I do - marketing - with PR, with website development, with sales or with design. Each one of these is a specialism in itself and whilst none of them are my area of expertise I have a very good network of people who do work in these disciplines and who I am happy to recommend
4. Which brings me to my next suggestion– network. Make new professional friends beyond your own specialism, both to extend your reach and influence and because being friendly is a nice act of human kindness, you never know when you might need one
5. Surround yourself with a trusted support network – setting up a business can be daunting and lonely, but if you have friends and associates to help and advise it make it so much more fun!

And here I am, nearly two years on, with my biggest client yet - the unique, iconic and this year record-breaking Royal Highland Show – where I lead and delivered on the show’s marketing; everything from developing the marketing strategy, to leading a multi-disciplinary team of agencies, to co-producing the show’s first foray into live streaming…and everything in between. So go on, take the plunge!

Cate Nelson-Shaw
[email protected]
@YellowBookCnslt

Shine in our online community
October 30, 2015
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As the days grow darker and the cold wind starts blowing in, it won't be long until Christmas lights are twinkling. Whether you are in business or not, there's no doubt that this is the time of year when things get busy with so much to do. This is where Opus Matrix can help you achieve more if you make the most of your membership plan and help you to shine in our community!

Opus Matrix is more than just a website, it's an online community. It's a wealth of resources and ideas from like-minded people who are interested in collaborating on new projects. Members can skillshare and exchange their talents for mutually beneficial reasons. This can be a great way of getting things done without breaking the bank. For example, if you need a web designer, perhaps they will create one for free in exchange for a discount on your products in your shop.

Opus Matrix is an online community with an effective tool for searching for people with key skills but it is also a great platform to get your voice heard. From your profile, you can post your own blogs and get these seen by a large audience via our social media channels. Also, if you are a Business Plus member and you use Twitter, your tweets will be embedded in our site and shown to every Opus Matrix member when they log in. The OM team would like to encourage members to be active on the site and reward everyone with points for doing so.

As the old saying goes ‘points win prizes’ and we will reward the most active member at the end of the year with a £100 Amazon voucher. Firstly, you need to make sure your profile is up to date with as much information as possible to help you get found through our visitor searches. The more active you are in terms of posting blogs and connecting with others will also earn you points.

Look out for the Hall of Fame page next week, as everyone starts from zero from the 1st November. Look forward to catching up with you on the site!

The OM Team

P.S. We would love to hear your feedback and if you have any issues with the site, please contact [email protected]

 

Who Said That Stay-at-Home Moms Cannot Have a Bright Career?
October 27, 2015
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According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, there are over 11 million of women owning a business in the United States today. Among this great number of ambitious working women, there is a high percentage of stay-at-home moms who manage their own careers directly from home.

It may seem overwhelming for the majority of mothers to only think about managing children, husbands, household chores, finances and various duties all at the same time, that only imagining to add a part-time career to the list of things to take care of on a daily basis might appear unimaginable.

Many women may believe that, once that motherhood hits their lives, any chance to develop or continue a rewarding career will be archived forever, or that investing their time on that job they have always dreamed about, would be practically impossible. However, here there is surprisingly pleasant news for you - even though you are an extremely busy mom with plenty of tasks to manage, you can still have a successful job from home! Just think about all the set of skills you already have. You might have learned some of them in university or college, or you may have developed them because of a strong passion you have always had.

Anything can be a source of inspiration and could potentially lead you to an outstanding job right from the comfort of your own home, allowing you, at the same time, to keep taking good care of your beloved family. All you need is a touch of creativity. By acknowledging the powerful competences you already own, you will be able to put them into practice and create a profitable job that will, not only help sustain your family economically, but also boost your self-esteem and increase your level of qualifications.

Have your friends and relatives always told you what an amazing baker you are and that nothing tastes more wonderful than your dishes, or that no one draws, sews, takes pictures, decorates, manages accounts, organizes events or writes better than you? Well…it is now time to start finally taking all those compliments into serious consideration, because those things you are so tremendously great at doing could open unexpected doors to outstanding job opportunities!

Based on your personal level of knowledge and capabilities, there are a huge variety of lucrative professions which can be undertaken within domestic walls. The 10 most popular activities for home working mums in North America are the following:

  1. Online Marketing Specialist
  2. Medical Transcriptionist
  3. Translator
  4. Web Developer/Designer
  5. Call Center Representative
  6. Tech Support Specialist
  7. Customer Relations Specialist
  8. Teacher
  9. Writer/Editor
  10. Business Consultant

In order to start an overwhelming career, however, it is fundamental to work on the development of a professional network, which will enable you to find clients, investors, or coworkers. This is why it is highly recommendable to create a personal account on professional platforms as Opus Matrix, which, similarly to LinkedIn, will allow you to find the right jobs, to expand your business, or to quickly get in touch with smart experts. Creating an account on Opus Matrix is easy, free and can significantly improve your professional future.

It is now time to make a strategic work plan, turn on your computer and become an outstanding working-at-home mom! Good luck!

the OM Team

A week goes so fast….on Opus Matrix
October 10, 2015
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3 months free

It's been one week since Opus Matrix launched already and it's great to see some activity on the site with new members connecting and discovering the benefits of collaboration on a global scale.

A week can go so quickly when you are busy, especially if you are working your socks off to get your business idea moving forward. There's always so much that we have to do that it is tempting to say it's not possible or that you'll come back to it at some point. However, it's important to stay focused and remind ourselves how little time we have. Otherwise, nothing will get done.

“You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to….. everyone.”

We only have the same amount of time as any entrepreneur or creative genius. Everyone has little things that get in the way of executing your plans from childcare to shopping trips.

For those who find themselves stuck in jobs they hate, it's worth spending time on planning your way out or even simply quitting as every minute you spend is effectively wasted if it is not what you want to spend the rest of your life doing.

If you haven’t already, take advantage of our Autumn offer and get 15 months for the price of 12 on all membership levels. Read more here.

The OM Team
Why be a Solopreneur when you don’t have to….anymore
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For those who face redundancy from being employed, opting out or being opted out of employment, it has never been easy.

However, for many, this is becoming the norm and there’s little we can do about it. As the recession continues, more and more of us are being forced to try and work out what we CAN do to stay afloat, and in some cases, amass enough income so that some day we can retire reasonably comfortably.

New Solopreneurs are popping up everywhere. With nowhere else to go (especially if you are an older woman), it's the logical time to think, "OK, I’ll just be my own boss and make money doing what I REALLY want to do." Great idea, but the reality is that going it alone brings its own nightmares.
When I decided to start up, I knew what I wanted to do BUT I also knew that I didn’t have the skills, the motivation or the time to learn all I should know before I started.

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Which membership is the best for women in business?
May 7, 2015
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With different membership levels to choose from, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. We all have varied needs and preferences and our plans reflect the diversity of entrepreneurs and women in business. We encourage everyone to recycle their items and sell through us, where you can keep all you earn from them, as there’s no commission. Our active audience of women are on the lookout for bargains too!

Below is a breakdown of our membership levels.

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