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What NOT to Have in Your Online Pictures

16 Feb

There are some things you should not do in your picture. I’ve seen pictures of folks holding a 24-ounce glass of beer to the camera. They have a goofy look indicating they have already consumed a 24-ounce glass or two. I would advise against that. You don’t know who will find that picture. It could be your boss or a prospective employer. It could be a customer or a prospect. It could be your spouse or someone who may end up as your spouse. You do not know.

I’ve also seen people post fake pictures in their profiles. I’ve seen people post pictures of celebrities, dogs, and cartoon characters as their profile picture. If you are Paul McCartney, you may post a picture of Paul McCartney in your profile. If not, then don’t. If you post a picture of a Golden Retriever in your profile, you’re telling the world you’re a dog.

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Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."

Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.

Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit http://markanthonygermanos.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/markgermanos. Facebook: http://facebook.com/markanthonygermanos. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markgermanos.

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