How A Virtual Assistant Helped Me Grow My Own Small Business

By Jennie Lyon / October 2, 2018

I like to think of myself as a veteran small business owner. Ever since my twenties, I’ve felt the drive to create my own work. It’s something that comes from within me, to create a business from nothing. I’m sure that many of the small business owners and entrepreneurs reading this blog can relate! I’ve been through ups and downs and have learned many lessons along the way. One of the most important lessons was the necessity of needing help. For the first ten years of my business, I did everything myself without any help. Not even a virtual assistant.…

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Starting a Business? A Virtual Assistant Can Help!

By Jennie Lyon / August 21, 2018

I honestly think that one of the bravest things a person can do is start a small business. They have to overcome so many obstacles, even before they take their first official steps. They have to deal with family and friends doubting them. They have to worry about the potential loss of income from their current job. They have to consider the current economic climate and judge if it’s a good time to open a small business. That’s an awful lot to have on your mind! As someone who has gone through it all, trust me, I know how much…

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Business Planning 101: A Simple Checklist to Ensure Success

By Jennie Lyon / January 16, 2018
Business Planning 101: A Simple Checklist to Ensure Success

Do you have a comprehensive business plan? If you don’t have one in your drawer, you should get to work! I’m a big believer in planning ahead. A business plan can give you direction, something to aim towards throughout the year. If you already have a well-thought-out business plan, then the new year is a perfect time to update it with your new goals for the new year! If you are thinking about starting out on a new endeavor, then figuring out a plan for your proposed business is a must. Here is my personal updated 8-step process, along with…

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How to Plan for the Upcoming New Year: Looking Ahead at Success

By Jennie Lyon / December 27, 2017
How to Plan for the Upcoming New Year

The holidays are when everything can seem like it is spinning out of control for small businesses. Everyone wants to spend time with their family, but you still need to keep your customers happy while getting everything at the office finished by the end of the year. On top of all that, you should already be thinking ahead about the upcoming new year. By making some plans right now, you can get ahead of the game for your business and know exactly where you want to head starting January 1st. Here are a few ideas of things you can do…

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Looking Back On Your Year: What Business Lessons Did You Learn?

By Jennie Lyon / December 17, 2017
Looking Back on Your Year: What Business Lessons Did You Learn?

Boy, I remember my first few years of business… When I think back, I kind of cringe at some of the mistakes that I made in my first few years as a small business owner. Now, sixteen years later, I simply can’t believe that I ever made those silly errors. But the reason that I am still in business is because I learned from them. Every single mistake I ever made, I learned from. That’s how you make a small business thrive. December is the perfect time to take a good look back at your year, figure out what worked…

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How to Reduce Your Stress Level at Work before The Holiday Rush

By Jennie Lyon / November 27, 2017
How to Reduce your Stress Level at Work before the Holiday Rush

Tis the season… to be ridiculously stressed out! The holidays can come at you fast, sometimes too fast for you to get everything done in time. Your usual workload is often augmented by extra holiday-related tasks, and not just at your small business. There is decorating, cooking, gift shopping… That kind of stress can build up! If you have limited staff at work, or if it is just you, getting a little extra holiday help can be useful. But it can cost too much to hire and train new employees just for the holiday season. Enter an experienced virtual assistant!…

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How to Write a Business Plan for Entrepreneurs + Free Template

By Jennie Lyon / January 17, 2017

Probably the single most helpful tool any entrepreneur can use to ensure the success of their venture is a business plan. Think of it as your road map to successfully running a small business. It will help you clearly envision your goals, and show you how to reach them from where you are. A business plan is essential for those starting a new business, but it is also helpful for established businesses to make one. You may gain new insights into how your business is running, and where you can make changes to improve efficiency and make more room for…

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Steps to Make the Coming Year the Best Business Year Yet

By Jennie Lyon / December 20, 2016

Well, we’ve almost made it through another year! I hope it was as good for your business as it was for mine, although I have some great suggestions if you didn’t meet all of your business goals this past year. The perfect time is coming up, in the lull between holiday gatherings and the new year starting in earnest, for you to take some steps for envisioning your next year in business. Come up with concrete plans and goals to make the New Year, your best year yet! Click To Tweet One of the key practices you should adopt if…

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4 Branding Tips Every Entrepreneur Can Use

By Jennie Lyon / February 27, 2015

I have been a small business owner for a long time and have partnered with dozens of other successful entrepreneurs. Through my own personal experience building my company, as well as helping the successful people I partner with, I have learned a few things about successful small business branding. Here are 4 branding tips that every entrepreneur can use.  1. Know Your NicheUnderstanding your target market is absolutely key to knowing how to market to them. In today’s economy, successful marketing means that a brand is more than a fancy logo or enticing slogan; in order to engage clients businesses must…

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Are There Parts of Your Business That Are Falling Through the Cracks?

By Jennie Lyon / July 14, 2014

As a busy business owner, you know deep down inside that you can’t do it all. If you don’t have a team in place to support you and your business, there are areas of your business that are falling through the cracks. Ask yourself: Are your emails and voice-mails being answered in a timely, professional manner? Are your blog posts and articles being submitted to the appropriate sites and social media platforms? Are you missing appointments, double booking yourself, or having a hard time with scheduling, period? Are updates being made to your website quickly, and are you staying connected with your online…

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