Are You a Lone Ranger? (Hint: It’s Not a Good Thing)

Posted by on April 5, 2010 with 0 Comments

Lone RangerAre You a Lone Ranger? Take This 10-Question Quiz to Find Out

So what exactly is a “Small Business Lone Ranger?”  A “Small Business Lone Ranger” is a business owner who does all the work themselves.

No matter how big or small the project, the Lone Ranger handles 100% of it. Either because they’re afraid to let go of control or because they feel they can’t afford to hire help. Can you relate? I know I can!

So what’s wrong with doing everything yourself? Well it’s tough to grow your business if you’re busy managing every single detail. I know it’s a bit scary to let go of control or to consider actually hiring help, but I also know it’s necessary if you want to grow your business to its fullest potential.

Take my 10-question quiz to determine if YOU are a Lone Ranger. And don’t worry if you are, I’ve got some suggestions to help you rid yourself of this business-stifling affliction! (more…)

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3 Tips To Get Organized

Posted by on April 1, 2010 with 0 Comments

How To Become Organized In Life: 3 Organizing Tips Keep Your Life In Order
by: Michael Lee

Learning how to become organized in life is pretty much the same as organizing your desk or your room. You take some out, you add some in. You put things in their proper place and you make sure to keep it that way.
It doesn’t matter how messy or crazy your life is right now. What matters most is that you want to take the step towards organizing your life. When you’re ready to make a change, everything else will follow.

For more tips on how to become organized in life, read on. (more…)

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5 Things to Consider Before You Hire a Virtual Assistant

Posted by on March 25, 2010 with 0 Comments

5 Things to Consider Before You Hire a Virtual Assistant

Understanding What a Virtual Assistant Can Do

I hear the term “Virtual Assistant” more and more in business. Did you know that you could possibly hire someone from another continent that works while you sleep and maybe for $8 – $12 Dollars. Most of the VA’s I work with have degrees and one an MBA in Business Admin. I pay her a pautry $15.00 per hour and what a bargain that is.

With the growth of virtual assistants has also been a change in what it means to be a virtual assistant.  The leaders and founders of this particular entrepreneurial job have made distinctions between what it means to be a virtual assistant, and what it doesn’t mean.  When you are explaining your business to others, you want to make sure to keep this standard. (more…)

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5 Tips to Help You Market When You Think You’re Too Busy

Posted by on January 5, 2010 with 0 Comments

5 Tips to Help You Market When You Think You’re Too Busy

What if you’ve taken the time to create a marketing plan but now you’re so busy servicing your current clients that you’re having a hard time keeping on track with your plan?

Is it okay to set the plan aside for awhile? After all you’ve got enough business to keep you busy. And, you’re not sure you could handle additional clients right now anyway.

While marketing may not seem like a necessary activity when your business is going gang-busters, it’s only a matter of time before your lack of marketing starts to impact your business.

Staying on top of your marketing plan, even when you’re busy, ensures you always have a pipeline full of prospects and clients into your business. (more…)

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Are You Derailing Your Business with Details?

Posted by on December 3, 2009 with 0 Comments

Are You Derailing Your Business with Details?

Details can kill your web business. And I’m not talking about details killing your business from the standpoint of being careless about them. While it’s true that being careless can hurt your business, everybody knows that (even if they don’t always put it into practice).

The way I’m talking about that details can kill your business is if you focus too much on them.

Say what?

How on earth can focusing too much on details hurt your business?

Ever tried to walk on a railroad track?

When I was a kid, my aunt and uncle had a house right next to a railroad track. My uncle once challenged me to walk on the track without falling off.

Hey, it’s not like walking a tightrope. That track was as wide as my feet. Should be no problem. So I started walking it, carefully watching my feet with each step to make sure I stayed on the track. But I couldn’t get more than a couple of steps before I’d lose my balance and fall off. (more…)

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How To Break Bad Habits

Posted by on November 2, 2009 with 0 Comments

How to Break Bad Habits

There are hundreds of bad habits and hundreds of ways to break them.  if you need help, there are books, support groups, and counselors to help you.  Mostly you can take a common sense approach and get the job done.

If bragging is one of your bad habits, you could either be insecure or overly proud.  It usually makes the other person feel bad, or they resent you.  You can get a handle on this bad habit if you stop for a few seconds before you talk.  Give yourself time to think about others and how this will sound to them.  Think about whether you are telling it to them, or to yourself.

Another one of these bad habits is name dropping.  Again, you may be insecure.  Most people will not take it in a friendly way.  Try to tell your same stories but without the names to stop yourself from doing this.  You might say, “My friend Brad” instead of “my friend Brad Pitt,” or something like that. (more…)

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10 Benefits to Having a Virtual Assistant

Posted by on October 5, 2009 with 0 Comments

10 Benefits to Having a Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is an individual who provides business services to other professionals.  They’re considered virtual because they perform their services from a remote location.  Communications with their clients take place through telephone, fax, email, and snail mail.  As a business owner, you can save time, money, and energy by hiring a virtual assistant.  Best of all, you’ll have more time to do what you do best – running a business!

1.    You do not need to provide a physical workspace.  A virtual assistant works from their own home or office.  This is especially convenient if you are running a business from home or if you have limited space at your own office.

2.    You do not need to provide costly equipment. Virtual assistants use their own equipment to provide services to you.  This can result is tremendous savings especially if the virtual assistant has access to equipment that you don’t already own.  Also, you don’t have the worries of dealing with the maintenance and upkeep of office equipment. (more…)

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Get Rid of Procrastination, Now!

Posted by on August 24, 2009 with 0 Comments

Do you put off your work for later, only to find your deadlines steadily creeping in? Then you, my friend, are one of the millions of people afflicted by the procrastination virus. Procrastination is the biggest reason for loss of productivity and late output. Though many would not admit it, they would benefit greatly if they start their work on time.

For many people, putting off their work for later is more habit than desire. It can be so hard to get into a groove where starting your tasks in a timely fashion is a priority, especially if the consequences for being late are things that one can probably bear.

If you are one of these people, yet you desire to shake off your propensity for procrastination, then you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this dilemma and become a more productive and reliable person. (more…)

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Goal Setting Strategies

Posted by on May 3, 2009 with 0 Comments

There are those who are bounded by laws and rules, yet success is too distant for them. On the other hand, there are those who appears to be easy going people but are successful. Think you have what it takes to be like them? Or would you rather do something different to achieve the elusive success? Take heart and set your goals.

What do goals represent by the way? These are actually representations of your visions about you and your future. Goals should be achievable and realistic. These kinds of goals allow you to put them into practice or at least do some activities that allow you to monitor your progress. However, more is involved in just merely setting realistic goals. Remember that in order to achieve your goals, you must act according to your goals. Otherwise, all else would be vanity if you do not exert effort in reaching them. The following will help you set achievable goals:

1.     Enhance your skills in achieving targeted goals by setting objectives, as well as standard and optional activities that will help you meet your goals. (more…)

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Grow Fast… Just Not Too Fast

Posted by on February 13, 2009 with 0 Comments

Grow Fast… Just Not Too Fast

Business growth is something we all want.  During startup, however, you have to balance your business growth rate with your ability to keep on top of the business launch. You don’t want to get overextended because that will cause you to cut corners and your future success may suffer.

Controlling the rate of business growth is difficult to do especially if you are moonlighting. In this situation you have so many more balls to juggle because you have work issues to deal with as well as business issues.  The key to effective business growth control is excellent organization and planning. (more…)

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