Starting Something New!!!

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OK.  So, here I go again.  It’s “that time” where I get an itch to start something new.  I LOVE what I do…helping other business owners, like myself, grow their businesses.  Up until now, I’ve worked with the following professionals:

– Realtors (not my favorite)
– Lawyers (not too bad – just don’t know enough about the industry)
– Business Coaches (I love them…they are the best)
– Business Owners (most of them are incredible…one of my favorites)
– Authors (again, not too bad – just not something I know a lot about)

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I know it’s Summer, but please don’t be RUDE!

So, this image just about sums up how I’m feeling this Summer…

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I get it…I do.  It’s Summer.  People want to go on vacation and work less hours.  Business owners want (and need) a break.  BUT…please stop being rude to the people who rely on you!!

Listen, everyone has their own to-do list.  But what some people don’t realize is that other people can’t do their job if they’re always waiting for you to do yours.

As a Virtual Assistant, I need to have consistent communication between myself and my clients.  And while I don’t need any hand-holding type guidance, I do need specific detailed information to get done what I need to get done.

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Is your business like a board game?

sorry-game-canva-purchased.pngSince owning my business for 6 years, and having worked with hundreds of business owners during that time, I’ve learned quite a bit.

Remember the game Sorry?  Your plan is to move ahead with an end goal in mind, but things happen.  Someone steps on you and pushes you out of the way (that’s just a few steps back, no big deal).  But then someone else comes along and crushes your dreams and sends you right back to where you started.  It sucks!  But, it’s also just like business.

What do you do when faced with these obstacles?  Do you fall apart and quit?  Or do you plan new goals and keep moving forward?

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Inspiration for Business Owners

I work from a remote office, so I need to take breaks often.  I love getting outside, so I typically go for a daily walk.  I used to listen to music and just clear my head (which helps me work more efficiently for the rest of the day).  But, I recently decided to listen to TED talks instead.  I love them!  I’m sure I look crazy laughing while walking down the street, but some of the speakers are really funny!

They not only give me some great inspiration, but they make me feel like I can accomplish anything.  They offer amazing advice that can be used immediately in your daily life.  They point you in the right direction.  They make me feel inspired and motivated.  And I wanted to share some of them with you.

Here are 7 different TED talks for business owners.  They are short enough to listen to during your work breaks or lunch hour, or even in the car to and from work.  I even listen to them while I work.  I promise you’ll love them.

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What makes you GREAT?

OK.  So, I’m sitting here wondering what I want to post about this week.  And due to a not-so-fun, frustrating, attacking experience over the weekend, I decided to focus on what I do that’s GREAT.

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I’m a very motivated person.  I have an entrepreneurial drive.  I like to get things done, and if I don’t know how to do something, I’ll figure it out.  I don’t like to procrastinate (although it does happen sometimes).  I don’t like broken promises.  I like schedules.  I like lists.  I like organization.  I don’t like people who nag or complain about the little things.  I love music, walking outside, working in the yard, playing with my kids, cuddling with my dogs, and so much more!  Life is good!

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Business Communication…why it’s so important.

Effective Business Communication

When you own a business, it’s essential to have GREAT communication skills.  Whether you are communicating with vendors, clients, colleagues, or employees, your business is not going to work if there is lousy communication.

If you don’t know how to communicate in your business, then you should invest some time and money into learning how to.  Here is a great website to find communication skills seminars in your area.

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The Essentials

First of all, I want to thank you for visiting this BRAND NEW blog.  It’s going to be a work in progress, but I believe it’s going to be a great motivational tool for business owners.

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The Essentials…what is essentially necessary for you to run your business?

I speak with many small business owners.  I might talk to some for 5 minutes, and I might talk to some for over an hour.  What they all tell me is that they are overwhelmed with the amount of work that goes into running a business.  They want to learn ways to be more productive, work more efficiently, and run their business smoother.  They essentially want to work smarter, not harder.

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