Blog Archive: JVs/Team Building

Celebrating the ‘I’ in Team
Robert Gerrish - Small Business Speaker, Writer & Commentator - Supporting Those Going it Alone

As I was reminded recently, it’s a myth that successful teams don’t accommodate the individual. Focus on the soloist and you’ll create the strongest team imaginable.

Recently I came across a fascinating story where sports scientists and designers worked alongside young Olympians to explore how tiny changes could make a difference to performance outcomes. What I learnt translates well into the competitive world of business and hopefully rids us of that annoying “there’s no ‘I’ in team” cliché.

By Robert Gerrish

Video Podcast: How To Build Your List With Joint Ventures
Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

In this episode, I talk about 5 ways to use joint ventures to build your client list. The benefit of a joint venture is that it allows you to tap into someone else’s network and, in return, they can tap into yours.

Listen to my tips, and start selling on your webinars, instead of just building your list.

By Michele A Scism

How To Avoid A Partnership That Doesn’t Feel Right
Fabienne Fredrickson - Founder of (Previously

If you are looking to attract clients through joint venture partners, you will occasionally meet someone who is not a good fit for you. This is normal in business and in life – you are not meant to work with everyone. So, how do you handle this situation?

By Fabienne Fredrickson

How To Find The Right Assistant
Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

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.

By Michele A Scism

3 Tried-and-True Tips For Solo Entrepreneurs
Terri Zwierzynski - The Solo-CEO: Content Marketing Strategist

“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.

By Terri Zwierzynski

Your HR Policies Can Make or Break Your Company
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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.

By Admin Text-Only Editing 10th Anniversary Ultimate Giveaway Celebration
Terri Zwierzynski - The Solo-CEO: Content Marketing Strategist 10th Anniversary Celebration Ultimate Giveaway


Cary, NC–September 9, 2013 –  In celebration of’s 10th anniversary, more than 25 of the top solo entrepreneur coaches, consultants and mentors have come together for the first 10th Anniversary Ultimate Giveaway. From September 9th to the 27th, solo and small business owners around the world can go to 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, 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, 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 Certified Expert.

Some of the gifts that can be accessed at include:

  • Free memberships to coaching groups
  • Ebooks and business kits
  • Group coaching programs
  • Financial planning sessions
  • And more

For ten years, 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



Terri Zwierzynski

919-363-5268 (accessible all hours)

By Terri Zwierzynski

Three Tools Your Virtual Assistant Can Use To Automate & Manage Your Client Scheduling
Sophie Zollmann - Certified Online Business Manager/Social Media Manager

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.

By Sophie Zollmann

Delegate Doesn’t Have to Be a Bad Word
Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

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.

By Michele A Scism

Four Ways To Communicate With Your Virtual Assistant
Sophie Zollmann - Certified Online Business Manager/Social Media Manager

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.

By Sophie Zollmann

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