Smart Business Strategies

Happy “Business” Campers – Badges of Wisdom from the Boy Scouts

Posted on February 8, 2012. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , |


[tweetmeme]I recently had the joy of going camping with my son and his Boy Scout troop. While any amount of time spent with him is enjoyable, this particular experience was actually very beneficial to me as well. It is said that if we look closely, there are lessons to be learned in any situation. This happened to be one of those experiences where I learned quite a bit not only about the Boy Scouts but also how the lessons they are taught can be applied to life and business. I would like to share with you some of the “badges” of wisdom that I observed and hopefully this will be something you can apply to your business as well. (more…)

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Implementing an Advisory Committee

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , |


[tweetmeme]One of the benefits of a normal working environment is the colleagues you have at your disposal. They are easily accessible to help brainstorm, push through deadlines, or just listen when you need to talk through a problem. However, as a small business owner or a solo entrepreneur, a more creative approach is needed to obtain the advice and counsel that we require.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed to replicate the workplace experience by building my own professional relationships. My solution was to implement an Advisory Committee.  An Advisory Committee is a small group of trusted individuals that you can turn to for advice and feedback. They should have a genuine interest in your business as well as a strong desire to help you succeed. (more…)

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Should We Have Stopped at Kindergarten?

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: How To ..., Smart Business Strategies | Tags: , , , |


[tweetmeme]My son Spencer recently graduated from Kindergarten and during the ceremony I quietly reflected on his past year of school and how much he’d grown and matured. I realized that Kindergarten has already started to establish the basic fundamentals for his future. Amazingly, he has been able to remind me of some things we should all be incorporating into our professional lives, especially as business owners. (more…)

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Creating Systems for Success

Posted on February 15, 2011. Filed under: How To ..., Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]Most of us run our lives on a handful of systems. Between our cell phones, our planners and our email in-boxes, we have organized ourselves and our time quite effectively.   Yet as important as these systems are, most of us don’t take advantage of other creative ways to improve our business procedures. By documenting processes, they can occur without so much thought or reinvention.  And most especially if you are a solopreneur, having your processes documented and in the hands of your Virtual Assistant, your business can continue to run smoothly, even if you are sick or on vacation.

For most of us, there are dozens of similar repetitive tasks, large and small, in our businesses that could be systemized. To identify where, step back from your routine and look at it all objectively. As you go through the analysis, ask yourself why you created a particular process in the first place.  For every process you find that could be automated with a new system, you may find another that can be eliminated altogether.  Reviewing your business this way may in fact prove to be both valuable and enlightening. (more…)

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What is Wasted Time?

Posted on December 14, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , |


[tweetmeme]I want you to really focus on how much time you spend on doing things you just don’t need to do and how much time you waste because your mind is cluttered. I don’t mean a vague feeling, I mean an honest analysis. People don’t do this because they are afraid of how ridiculous they might feel. We carry this burden because “it is what it is” and we’ve never been able to change it. We wish it were different but there’s nothing we can do about it, “we are who we are”, and whatever attempts we’ve made at improving this aspect of our lives, we have found that we quickly slip back into the same ways. IT IS DEMORALIZING.

Well, allow me to help you with this analysis – no charge, no obligation. Simply, at the end if you feel I could take over some of your business and personal tasks in a way that will make your workday more effective, and that the cost of doing so is worthwhile, hire me as your Virtual Assistant. If not, you will have had the frankest look at what you need to do and a new awareness.

I have saved hundreds of hours for clients. The relief they feel is astounding. The energy they gain is priceless. The attention they place on business growth and customer service pays enormous dividends.

I can make this happen for you. I can handle so much of what you do every day. I’m sure you’ve imagined and wished you could feel better about your work life, but feel constantly frustrated. The impact of my work on my clients might amaze you. Just visualize for a moment starting every workday with a relaxed mind and passion. That is the impact of my work on clients. Click on Testimonials and see!

After our analysis, you will be welcome to call any of my clients with questions about how the process works for them, and in particular perhaps how they were able to transition from doing everything themselves to “letting go”.

You can really TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE both at work and at home when you feel good about what’s going on. Make this that pivotal moment you will look back on as the moment your life changed.  Email or call me at 877-798-7701.

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How Much Money Are You Ignoring?

Posted on December 1, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , |


[tweetmeme] When I speak with prospective clients, often they don’t realize how much income they are losing due to their lack of follow through.  They most frequently contact me simply to handle items on their To-Do list, but the most attractive (and proven) offer I can make to them is to help them increase their bottom line.  Often it seems they don’t have a clear awareness of the fact that they are losing money by letting prospects ‘get away’. Hiring me to follow up and maintain contact with prospective customers will assure this never happens – I am very thorough!

Based on my experience, a pressing problem common among almost all clients is that their prospective clients aren’t staying in their sales ‘pipeline’.  Prior to a client working with me, a prospect would email or call the client to express interest in their services.  Since my client was so busy with keeping on top of their administrative tasks, the prospect would often fall through the cracks.  My client may reach out once and then simply fail to follow up, or not send their proposal for several weeks, or simply not keep to whatever commitment they made during their initial call.  Their prospect would go elsewhere. (more…)

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Why A Virtual Assistant and How to Choose the Right One?

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]This post is directed to those of you who have all your own business ideas but need someone you can rely on specifically to handle the administrative functions of the business. Traditionally you would first think of an in-office employee and that might still be the answer. However a Virtual Assistant can often be a better alternative, and here are 5 reasons why:

1. You save money! There are no office space costs, no equipment or furniture costs, no fixed salary, no payroll taxes, no employee benefits and no sick pay or paid vacations.
2. If you are working in a limited space, a Virtual or Online Administrative Assistant will be less in your way than an office employee, and you have the opportunity for greater concentration.
3. With an office employee there is inevitably down time; an Online Administrative Assistant works for you “as-needed” and you pay only for the time actually spent on your tasks.
4. An Online Administrative Assistant, working in quiet from home, can accomplish more than an office employee, plus there is the additional benefit of often being available outside normal working hours
5. An Online Admin Assistant will generally have more wide-ranging business experience.

Choosing the RIGHT ONE is obviously key. Here are 5 suggestions: (more…)

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As Seen on Forbes.com … “How Virtual Assistants Have Evolved”

Posted on October 5, 2010. Filed under: As Seen On ..., Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]I met Jaimie Skultety while researching how organizations can avoid being “held hostage” by an employee or contractor (see “Don’t Let Your Business Be Held Hostage“). An experienced executive assistant and office manager, now working as a virtual assistant, she recommended documenting key processes in a company operations manual, a standard service she offers to her clients.

This introduced me to the idea that a virtual assistant could be more than some kind of Internet-enabled secretary. If you find the right person to work with, you may get more than just someone to do the boring administrative work you can’t seem to get around to. You may get a consultant on some of the essentials of how to make your business work better.

Certainly that’s how Skultety’s clients talk about her. For example (click here to read more …)

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Don’t Be A Slave to Your Admin Tasks – Grow Your Business!

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]Inwardly and logically you know it, in your business everything can be delegated except that which makes you unique. There are many tasks that do not require your focus to get done. Ask yourself how much value you are getting versus if you had an assistant. How depressing is it to be looking at a long to-do-list every day and realizing there won’t be enough hours to get through everything. If you spend all your time “in” your business and not “on” your business, your frustration level impedes your ability to challenge yourself as a thinker and innovator who can move your business forward.

You may not have the space or number of hours to justify an on-site employee. The answer is an Online Office Assistant whose hours are billed strictly on the actual time spent working for you. All your repetitive daily/weekly/monthly items can be taken care of, and other tasks/projects can be handed over on an “as needed” basis. The initial “letting go” understandably could trouble you, but your motivation to be free of so much administrative work and the vision of having real time to devote to your customers, and to new strategies and initiatives, has to be your inspiration. Thousands of entrepreneurs have taken that leap of faith, and a burden has been lifted. (more…)

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What Does Integrity Really Mean and Do We Truly Operate With It?

Posted on August 24, 2010. Filed under: How To ..., Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies | Tags: , , , |


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So many businesses advertise “integrity” these days that we no longer pay much attention to it. It is an overused word. When we read it, we don’t know if we can trust it; it is unlikely that we will go ahead and purchase a product or service because of a company’s claimed “integrity”. YET, most of us do exactly the same: promote our integrity as a key reason to do business with us.  There is a solution at the end of this article, but first let’s examine TRUE integrity.

Who we are in life is who we are in business. There really is no getting away from that. We must closely examine ourselves and know that if we do not have core values then we will not run our businesses with true integrity, and we will be found out. Integrity must be present throughout the deepest layers of our company, and not just at its surface, so it becomes the heart and soul of our company culture. Clients will sense this and it is very attractive! (more…)

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