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The New Startup Juggle

Sound familiar?  You are a new startup business. You are not in a financial position to hire a Admin person quite yet, but can’t find the 48 hours you need in a day to accomplish all your tasks. The thought of office overhead is causing you nightmares, but you are drowning with your current workload.  You realize you could really climb that ladder of success if you just had the time to focus on promoting your business.  But how do you balance your time?? It’s a constant juggle at the beginning of all new endeavors.  How do you meet with clients, handle phone calls, schedule appointments, make travel arrangements, keep expense reports and track your success?? You are only ONE person.  Thankfully we live in an amazing age of technology.  Computers and the World Wide Web have opened a gamut of possibilities.  More and more businesses are turning to the convenience and cost effectiveness of hiring Virtual Assistants.  If you think about it, most business today is done via email or the occasional phone call.  With that in mind, a virtual assistant seems like a no brainer. For any new startup business or small business owner, virtual assistants are the modern day answer to an age old issue. Being that all assistance is done virtually, you could live in Chicago and work with a virtual assistant company based in Los Angeles.  As their popularity is on the rise, many new virtual assistant companies and virtual assistant jobs are springing up nationwide.   Employees are able to work remotely using a broad list of programs to interact with your work load. ...

5 ideas for improving productivity

5 Ideas for Improving Productivity; “Personal productivity is a key differentiator between those who succeed in their chosen field and those who do not,” says bestselling author Brian Tracy. He also said that “our greatest asset is our earning ability and our greatest asset is out time.” Improving productivity can have a big impact on your bottom line I’ve read that you should focus on only one thing a day and get that done. To me that says that person works for a large corporation and has a big support staff. Every small business owner and entrepreneur knows that they are not satisfied with accomplishing one task a day. There are too many moving parts that you oversee. So narrow it down to a top 2 or 3. Not enough time in the day We’ve all felt like this. “there are not enough hours in a day and no matter how hard I work I am still not getting to things.” Sometimes we may be working hard, but we are not working smart to be the most productive. There are some real world things you can do to improve your productivity and help you get more done. At the end I have a convenient resources sheet with a summary of the information and links. Goals & Priorities should be set first thing in the morning. Focus on the tasks that will move your business forward, even the tasks that aren’t your favorites. My friend, Bill Stern, who founded ‘The Natural Dentist’ oral care brand told me one of his least favorite tasks was cold calling buyers of retail chains....

The Delegating Blues; Learn How to Let Go

Learn How Delegating Tasks Can Improve Your Business Includes a Free Worksheet To Help You Determine Which Tasks Can be Delegated to an Assistant In the 15 years I have been in the virtual assistant industry, I have been successful serving most of my clients. When I look back at the clients that we have not had success with, it mostly came down to delegation and communication. Many entrepreneurs and executives live by the mantra “if you want something done right do, it yourself.” However, most really successful business people will tell you that delegating is the key to success. If you are too occupied by the administrative details of your business, then you are not growing your business. A friend told me a story of how he had been so hands on and so immersed in administrative tasks that he forgot to concentrate on growing his business. He realized his error, learned how to delegate, started concentrating on what was really important,  and low and behold, his business took off. To delegate or not to delegate Most corporate executives are good at delegating tasks. Leading a team is part of being an executive. However when an executive leaves a large corporation to start their own business, they are not used to working as if they were every department of the business. Start-Ups are usually pretty lean, so they may not have the funds to hire a full time assistant. The emotional tug of being an entrepreneur may also get in the way of delegating. My friend above said he felt like the only one he trusted was himself. Trust is one of...