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It’s Warm Out, Time to Leave the Office!

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Since this seems like the longest winter in all of mankind, maybe it’s time we start thinking positive about the countdown to the spring and summer months!  All that I can think about right now is how I recently returned from a wonderful family vacation in Mexico (highly recommended) and how I just want to go right back!  Not because I don’t love what I do, but because these frigid temperatures that we’ve experienced this year need to come to an end.

How about yourselves?  Are you looking forward to fresh cut flowers and warm sunny days, or are you more stressed about what your work load is going to look like, and what tasks you will need to accomplish to stay ahead of the game?  If the latter is true, you might want to consider what your options are to alleviate that stress and take some tasks off your plate in order to enjoy more of the sunshine, and appreciate the time you can spend with your family and friends.

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Social Media Tools For Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I can hardly believe that the year has already passed us by.  It’s amazing how time goes by so quickly.  When you think about this past year in review, were you able to accomplish all of your personal goals?  Did you lose those last 10lbs from your weight-loss goals, did you save up that extra $1,000 for your spring trip to Punta Cana next year, and did you take all of the time you had promised yourself, to spend with your precious families?

How about your business goals?  Were you able to grow your business all four quarters?  If you encountered down time, were you able to polish your skills and make use of that idle time or did you just sit back and enjoy the break?  A better question yet, how prepared are you now for the year to come?  How will you change up your business strategies and financial goals, or do you even need to change your strategies in 2014 to stand out with your targeted market?

Let’s talk about goals for the New Year and how social media may help to accomplish your resolutions!

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When Times Slow Down, Does Your Business Move Forward?

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As Fall begins to wind down and we bring this season to a close, it’s that time when we start thinking of all of the activities that the Holidays will soon bring. Do you own a business that has outstanding revenue from the summer months, such as a store near a beach setting, or waterfront restaurant? If this happens to be your situation, hopefully you had a very successful season of booming business, even if you’ve had little downtime to actually brainstorm your future business goals and upcoming profitable ideas.

Maybe you find yourself on the opposite scope of this scenario and are in a business that doesn’t have a busy season until winter begins? If this is geared toward you, it’s always important to keep those wheels spinning on how to not only retain your favorite clientele, but how you can also continue to grow your customer base.

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To All You Procrastinators, Here’s Some Help!

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As I sit and edit this article for my newsletter that goes out tomorrow, I have a feeling I’m not alone.  My newsletter and blog are posted the same time every month, and I have all month to prepare, yet here I am, 4:30 the afternoon before, and just finalizing things!

How many of you have put off applying to graduate school, or even something as simple as a trip to the grocery store (you mean it’s 6:00 already?!)?  Here’s one for you – did you start reading this blog and then stop to check your Facebook news feed?  Right there is a prime example of procrastination.  Ok, you’re guilty…now what?

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An Insightful Reminder to the Endless Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant – Part II

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Last month I had published some reminders on the endless benefits of hiring Virtual Assistants (VAs).  If you haven’t been sold just yet, here are a few more!  VAs really can make life so much easier; whether it’s for a small business, large business, or just to alleviate stress in your personal life.  Check out a few more helpful pointers that might just sway your decision.  Especially on days like today, when its 80 degrees and you want to get out for that hike at the lake, motorcycle ride, or even simply, a long walk with the dog.

More simple reminders on the many benefits to hiring a VA:

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An Insightful Reminder to the Endless Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant – Part I

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Earlier this year, I had written a three part series on deciding whether or not a Virtual Assistant (VA) is the right choice for your small business or possible enhancement to your personal life.  The articles demonstrated how to organize your priorities into task lists, and then evaluate those priorities into categories as to which tasks would be beneficial for you to self-perform versus which could be delegated to an assistant.

From that point, I explained how to search for the most appropriate VA, whether tailored to a particular subject matter such as legal or real estate, or be able to provide a multitude of support.  If you did not act on my marvelous suggestions, have no worries!  There is still time to soak in the benefits of how helpful VAs are and how much easier they can make your life become.

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Who’s Ready To Unload Some Tasks For Summer?

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Recently, I posted a (3) part series on deciding whether a Virtual Assistant (VA) was the best choice for your personal life or small business.  I thought I would follow-up to this series and further emphasize some other activities which Virtual Assistants are very helpful with.  It’s the big Q2 for most of us, and we’re heading into the nicest part of the year, summer!  Hiring a VA might free up some summer time which could be better spent on family activities or just making time for you!
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The Big Dance and Social Media

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I thought for this blog topic, I’d try to appeal to my followers that are sports fanatics!  Even if you’re not a sports fan, it is hard not to turn on the television in late March/early April and get suckered into watching the final few seconds of a neck in neck basketball game in the craziness of March Madness.

As you have probably noticed, there are endless rules associated with the tournament, designed to cover even the most miniscule infractions.  Surprisingly enough, even though you would think these rules extend into social media, they are still yet to do be defined when it comes down to how to deal with the issue of student-athletes and social media.

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Conquering Anger in the Workplace

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Have you ever worked with someone that always seemed irritated or agitated?  You never know at what point they are just going to snap at you?  Eventually, we find that it doesn’t take too long for that attitude to rub off on everyone else’s attitudes as well.

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My Needs Expand Beyond My Business (Part III)

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Hopefully by this point, you’ve realized just how demanding your lifestyle has become and that your next intelligent step would be to hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) that best fits your business needs or busy lifestyle.

In this three part series (see part 1 and part 2), we’ve learned how to create task lists of our most important (and not-so-important) duties or business related functions. These lists have been categorized into home/work/social, etc. and prioritized into those we can easily accomplish on our own and those which would be best to hand off to someone else.

Next, we learned methods to manage these task lists, from simple post-it notes all over your computer monitor, to more advanced syncing functions with your PDA. Some devices required extensive training of software applications, while others were as simple as sending personal reminder emails.

In this final segment, we’ll discuss the delegation of your tasks to a Virtual Assistant who is the best fit for your demanding lifestyle. One who can accomplish your given tasks in the most productive, cost-effective manner and will allow you to flourish in your own business and personal successes.

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