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4 Simple Steps to Successfully Work With Challenging Clients

By Jennie Lyon / September 29, 2016

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in; difficult clients are something every entrepreneur will need to deal with at one point or another. (I am lucky, all of my clients are pretty darn wonderful!) It can be frustrating when a client assumes you can read their mind, or changes their expectations on a daily basis. This can especially become a challenge when you only interact with clients online, with no chance to meet face-to-face. Having run a virtual business for years now, I’m very well versed in working well with clients via online means. Even before I owned a virtual assistant…

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A Virtual Assistant Can Punch Up Your Business with Great Graphic Design + 15 Free Graphics

By Jennie Lyon / September 20, 2016

When it comes to online content, the old saying really is true: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. In the era of Instagram, Pinterest, and other visually-based social media platforms, visual design is more important than ever. Potential customers and clients want to see beautiful graphic design when browsing the website and social channels of any business, no matter what their focus. Just because you aren’t a photographer or design firm doesn’t mean you can ignore the need to make your online presence visually appealing. Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs simply don’t have enough time to devote to learning a whole…

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How You Can Double Your Income by Partnering with a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / September 13, 2016

One of the best reasons to partner with a virtual assistant is the growth potential it gives your small business; that growth in turn drives your income up substantially. Think of how much time you will be able to spend on bringing in new paying clients instead of doing the “busy work” of running a business. It’s a pretty simple calculation: when a virtual assistant is doing half of your work each day, you can double your efforts on the parts of your business that matter most. I know this first hand! As a virtual assistant who was always busy helping…

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Using a Project Management System to Organize Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / August 31, 2016
Using a project management system to organize your business

One of the biggest challenges facing small business owners is staying organized and finding a system that works for them to keep all those projects under control. Without some kind of organizational system in place, deadlines get forgotten, clients feel neglected, and it’s easy to waste time on less important tasks. The solution to all of these problems is to use a project management software—it helps you by dividing up tasks by client and project, setting deadlines, and providing reminders about work that needs to be finished. Modern project management systems are usually web-based, with mobile or desktop applications available.…

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Achieve Work/Life Balance this School Year by Partnering with a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / August 16, 2016
Achieve work life balance this school year by partnering with a virtual assistant

Being an entrepreneur and a parent is always a balancing act! I know this well. my business and my son both turned fifteen this summer. Yesterday was the first day of his sophomore year, so balancing my work/life just got real!  Since most businesses start booming again in the fall (mine included), the best way to handle this change of season and workload is to alter the way you work. If you want to be around for dinner, to help with homework, and be there to listen to your kids talk about their day at school, getting up early might be the…

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Are You Ready for the Busy Season? Partner with a Virtual Assistant Before the Rush!

By Jennie Lyon / August 9, 2016
Are you ready for the busy season? Partner with a VA before the rush

Many small business owners first try out the services of a virtual assistant when they want to take a longer summer vacation and need someone to handle client care and social media while they’re away. While this is a completely legitimate way to utilize a virtual assistant, there are so many other things they can help with after the summer is over! A virtual assistant can free up large blocks of time, so you can focus on expansion. Click To Tweet With September comes more business, and more work on a day-to-day basis. For a “solopreneur”, that can mean long…

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Prepare for the Busy Months Ahead with a Virtual Assistant this Summer

By Jennie Lyon / August 4, 2016
Prepare for the busy months ahead with a virtual assistant this summer

Things tend to slow down for a lot of small businesses during late summer, but the smart entrepreneur knows this brief respite from constant client care and project work is the perfect opportunity to really work on improving systems and making changes to the way their business functions. When there’s less daily grind to get through, you have the chance to take a look at how your business is performing, plan for the future, and set new long-term goals. Last week we talked about how to use the slow period to integrate a new virtual assistant into your team, and…

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Why Summer is the Perfect time to Partner with a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / July 26, 2016

The slower summer months are made for taking on new employees for your business, such as a virtual assistant. While many folks are on vacations, and most customers or clients are too busy enjoying the nice weather and the many activities that come with it, you can take the time needed to help a virtual assistant become acquainted with your brand and business goals. Instead of waiting around, looking at your empty inbox, and wondering whether there’s anything more productive you could be doing than taking your third coffee break of the day, why not use this time to train…

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How to Drum Up More Business During the Slow Summer Months

By Jennie Lyon / July 20, 2016

Sometimes the dip in work during late summer can seem defeating, but it can also represent a golden opportunity to devote yourself to growing your small business. Attracting repeat customers and new clients can be done year round, and putting yourself out there now can help to improve numbers for the rest of the year. Utilize the slow season to boost your business, read on for tips to get things booming again come fall. Network LocallyIn this day and age of being able to run a business almost entirely online, and rarely needing to have face-time with clients or other companies…

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Is Your Schedule a Mess? Tips for Keeping Your Calendar Organized

By Jennie Lyon / June 28, 2016

As an entrepreneur, your time is one of the major limiting resources when it comes to your business, and having a good system for organizing your schedule is a must. In my own business, I use a number of systems to keep my business organized, allowing me to be most productive possible each day. In the past I have discussed steps for managing your calendar, so I wanted to check in to see how that is working for you. Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have at any given time during the work week? Does the…

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