Monthly Blog Archives: December 2008

Tips for Planning Your Own Creative Business Retreat for 2009!
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One of the most important things you can do for your business is to plan a creative retreat. Even small businesses and solo-entrepreneurs need time away from their home office to reflect, dream and plan for the new year.

Taking time away will shift your perspective, help you tap into your creative energy and give you new ideas for the next year for attracting more of your perfect clients, more money and creating products and services. This time out of the office and away from daily activities will pay off in a big way because you’ll be setting your direction for the year. When you set your direction – you are gathering your energy, your focus and your commitment – that’s very powerful.

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Strong Boundaries: The Cornerstone of Every Profitable Business
Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

When was the last time a client called your cell phone after hours or sent you an email at 8pm and expected an answer by 9pm or didn’t pay you per your agreement? Or a vendor or coach took a week to answer an email?
If this is happening, it’s time to either set, or reaffirm, your boundaries.

What are boundaries?

Personally, I like to think of “boundaries” as “the standards around which I manage my business”. For example:

By Sandra P. Martini

Just Say No!
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Are we talking about drugs? Well not the traditional form, but a type of drug–the inability to make the best of a situation and accept something that is not perfect but is completely acceptable. This time of year brings with it a great deal of ready-made stress. There’s the stress of having to entertain, to attend parties/gatherings, to find the “perfect” gift, and to make your home as festive as possible. Let’s not forget cooking, cleaning, and wrapping. Goodness, doesn’t that list just make you feel the need to jump up and do something? Well, unfortunately too many people do. This is the time of year that is stressful for everyone, but particularly for women, even more so if they are mothers. But you know what? It’s time reclaim the holidays. How? By saying no. It doesn’t have to be announced, simply said with conviction, embraced with strong commitment, and carried out with dedication and determination. The holiday season should be joyous for everyone.

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Are YOU My Next Platinum Client?
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I’m opening up two spots for a special, custom-designed Platinum “Duet” program that includes in-person retreats with me and the horses, color palette with Kailash Sozzani, generous private coaching time with me, access to my Inner Circle resources…and so much more.

Now, if this opportunity sounds exciting to you then I urge you to follow your intuition and listen to your heart!

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What the Packers’ Losing Season Teaches You About Winning In Your Business
Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) - Love-Based Biz Strategist and Copywriter

For those of you who don’t watch professional football, let me give you a (very) brief synopsis so you have some context. (Trust me, this will be worth it.)

Brett Favre, who was the quarterback for the Packers and is considered one of the top quarterbacks ever to play the game, retired last spring, then decided to unretire last summer. The Packers sent him, well packing, to the New York Jets because they wanted to give their new, young quarterback Aaron Rodgers a chance.

Since then, the Jets (who were dreadful last season) have a winning record and are probably headed to the playoffs whereas the Packers are 5-9 (when last year they were 13-3 and almost made it to the Superbowl) and headed nowhere.

By Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)

A Rather Different Approach to Planning for 2009
Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

As I plan for 2009 and reflect on all that happened in 2008, I realize that there are several things I was tolerating in 2008 which will not be a part of my 2009.

You may choose to call this “adhering to boundaries” or “acknowledging and eliminating pet peeves”, I simply refer to it as clearing space.

After all, if my energy isn’t being usurped by the things which take, rather than nourish, there’s more space for those things which I want to attract.

By Sandra P. Martini

Huge Timesaver ~ Get Clients to Self-Schedule!
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Use a service such as TimeDriver

Works with Outlook and Google calendar


  • You create the available timeslots in your calendar (refer to Key 1 – Planning).
  • You then send a link to your TimeDriver calendar to your client.
  • Your client can only schedule in those times that YOU have made available in your
    calendar – by default they’re going to be working to YOUR schedule.
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31 Time Management Tips
Terri Zwierzynski - The Solo-CEO: Content Marketing Strategist

Here’s a nice list of potential New Year’s resolutions for 2009, from the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur blog, “Are These 31 Deadly Time-Wasting Mistakes Killing Your Company?”,

(Includes an excerpt from Solo-E’s free ebook, 25 Surefire Ways to Capture More Clients, Get More Done in Less Time, and Increase Your Income – in 90 Days or Less!)

By Terri Zwierzynski

5 Tasks You Can Delegate to Free Up Your Time
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The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a very busy time of year for everyone, but for overwhelmed and time-starved solopreneurs it can be even more challenging.  In article, I’m going to share with you five tasks that you can delegate right now, so that you can claim back some time and focus on doing what you do best.

Very often solo business owners know they have a need to partner with a Virtual Assistant (VA), but are not really sure how a virtual assistant can help them grow their business – they don’t fully understand what services the VA provides. This is usually discussed during the client consultation process, but sometimes the client can still feel a little overwhelmed and are not sure about delegating their workload – in fact that is how one of my clients felt recently!

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Terri Zwierzynski - The Solo-CEO: Content Marketing Strategist

As business owners we quickly learn that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. False promises on get-rich quick and home-based business opportunity sites come to mind as an example. So we become wary consumers, looking for the truth behind the spin. So when we were contacted recently by George Ajazi offering “free SEO advice”, we were understandably skeptical.

But every so often, someone comes along who is, honest to goodness, giving something really valuable away. George turned out to be one of those people!

By Terri Zwierzynski

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