I just hired an amazing in office assistant to handle all my e-mail, scheduling, etc. And, yes, I am still working with my online business manager – who helps me with Infusionsoft, copywriting, blog challenge managing and other things. Hiring Serena made me think back to when I started my business and someone first suggested I get some help. As a 25 year entrepreneur of a medium sized business – I understood the need for help. I just didn’t feel like I needed it at the *very* beginning of my business. So, I decided to go it alone – and was quickly overwhelmed. Read the rest of this post »
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“What is your best piece of advice for future entrepreneurs?” Broadview Networks asked me this question when they informed me that Solo-E is being nominated as a Best Blog for Entrepreneurs 2013. (The final selections won’t be available until December 20th, so you might want to bookmark the link as a resource to visit later.)
Of course I couldn’t pick just one piece of advice! I think if you look at just about any successful solo business owner, they would agree that these three tips are an essential part of their success.
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You’ve probably heard the statement “it’s the who, not the what.”
In business, success is much more about who you have on your team than the kind of strategy you’re trying to execute on. Google wasn’t the first search engine to come along, but they had something no other search engine had: Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Your HR policies, the policies about how you hire people, including interns, and how you treat your people, can make or break your company. Read the rest of this post »
Cary, NC–September 9, 2013 - In celebration of Solo-E.com’s 10th anniversary, more than 25 of the top solo entrepreneur coaches, consultants and mentors have come together for the first Solo-E.com 10th Anniversary Ultimate Giveaway. From September 9th to the 27th, solo and small business owners around the world can go to http://www.solo-e.com/ultimate/ to get free gifts and chances to win personal coaching and consultations, spots in training programs, memberships in group coaching programs and more.
“I’m excited to put together this major event which will help thousands of solo professionals,” says Terri Zwierzynski, owner of Solo-E.com, Inc., in Cary, NC, USA. ”Business owners can choose the gifts and prizes they find most relevant to their businesses. We are delighted to celebrate our anniversary by giving to the solo entrepreneur community in this way.”
Founded in 2003, Solo-E.com connects Solo Entrepreneurs with the right Information and training to be Successful. Solo-E offers the only international post-graduate certification program for solo entrepreneurs coaches, consultants and mentors to become a Solo-E.com Certified Expert.
Some of the gifts that can be accessed at http://www.solo-e.com/ultimate/ include:
- Free memberships to coaching groups
- Ebooks and business kits
- Group coaching programs
- Financial planning sessions
- And more
For ten years, Solo-E.com has been one of the leading online resource centers for solo entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals. It exists to promote the practice of solo professionals, and provides education and networking opportunities for members. In addition, it offers marketing opportunities and assistance for entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants who specifically serve the solo entrepreneur market. For more information, visit http://www.Solo-E.com
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There’s nothing worse than missing a client appointment. It doesn’t matter if it’s because you forgot to schedule it, your Virtual Assistant missed the request, or another reason; your business won’t see the excuse as a good thing and it’ll be more damaging than you may imagine. You’re busy and that means you must write things down. No matter how good your memory is, it’s not a good idea to try to do everything on your own.
There are many ways to handle managing your time and some of them will even automate the process for you. You can use Google calendar to manage your client meetings, but that’s not automated, and when you run a business you need to automate as much as possible. When things are automated, you’ll have more time to work the parts of your business that require you to work them.
When you’re considering scheduling tools that are automated and will help you manage your business, you need to consider vCita. This scheduling tool gives you the coding you need to quickly and easily add it to your site so you have the ability to immediately begin adding client appointments to your calendar. It’s automated, so you don’t have to do any scheduling yourself.
I have a client named Peggy. She had a morning routine that included cleaning the house, working out and quiet reflective time before she started her work day. Peggy was driving herself crazy because she never got started before 10 am but always intended to start working much earlier in the day. The end result was she worked far past her desired workday and felt constantly pulled in 50 different directions at any given time.
How many of you can relate to this? When you started your business, did you dream of freedom? Did you imagine having all the time in the world to spend with your family and friends?
Is the reality different from what you expected? Most business owners have a tough time moving from employee to entrepreneur.
Making that step comes from understanding what you do best and focusing on doing just that. And then, DELEGATING the rest. There it is that nasty 8 letter word – delegate.
Communicating with your Virtual Assistant is the only way you’ll see success between her and your business. If you don’t have it, you may find things aren’t done properly, things change and she isn’t aware of it, or you need something done more quickly than originally thought. With lack of communication, you’ll find deadlines are missed and things aren’t done properly.
There are four ways to communicate with your Virtual Assistant. When you use one or more of them you’ll find the communication is the way it needs to be and your tasks are getting completed when you want them completed.
When you don’t work in the same office as your assistant, you may think it’s almost impossible to make things work. When your assistant has the ability to go to your computer to access your email, files, and calendar, it makes things a lot easier. Those things are not possible when your assistant doesn’t work in your office and it’s even more difficult when she doesn’t live in the same city or state as you do.
Most of the time, having someone work in your office will cost you more money than it would if you were to hire a Virtual Assistant. The reason for this is because you pay your in-office assistant for every minute she’s there, whether she’s working for you or sitting at the desk playing solitaire waiting for you to have work for her to do. That’s not good whether you have the budget for it or not. Who wants to waste their hard earned money on things that aren’t necessary? I’m sure you won’t find a single person out there willing to do that with their money.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team”. They understand their job is to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust; what enables you to get the task done.
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Your website is your storefront on the internet, which means it’s very important to keep it clean and orderly at all times. If something doesn’t work, your customers or visitors to your site will see this and that could cause trouble. They may let you know and wait for it to be fixed and then do what they needed or they may leave and never come back. Neither of these theories are good, so it’s best to continually make sure your website is working properly.
As a busy business owner you may not have the time it takes to do this properly or you may not know how to do it, so it’s best to hire a Virtual Assistant to do it for you. Here are several suggestions of duties you can have your Virtual Assistant do to make sure your website is working for you and not against you.