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Why You Need a Virtual Assistant in the New Year… And I’m Not Talking about Alexa or Siri!

By Jennie Lyon / January 9, 2018
Why You Need a Virtual Assistant in the New Year

You know, the only bad part about taking a vacation during the holidays is when you return to work in January. You sit down at your desk and just feel… stressed. You might feel overwhelmed at the amount of work that has piled up while you were taking a well-deserved festive rest with family and friends. There are clients to take care of, blog posts and social media that need to be written, a ton of email marketing to send out… Happy New Year! Thankfully, you don’t have to do it all alone. If you had a virtual assistant working…

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Winter is the Time to Plant the “Seeds” of Success for Growing Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / January 2, 2018
Winter is the time to plant the seeds of success for growing your business

Who in their right mind would plant seeds in the dead of winter? Smart small business owners, that’s who! The biggest hope for a new year is growth. That’s what most New Year’s Resolutions are about, people want to grow. Grow their business, grow their income, personal growth. Growth doesn’t happen by accident though, you need to plant seeds. For an entrepreneur, the seeds of growth are plans for the future, and January is the perfect time to make them. Seed #1: Make a New Year Business PlanDo you have a business plan, written down and in your desk drawer?…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Brand During the Holiday Season

By Jennie Lyon / November 17, 2017
5 Ways to Boost your Brand During the Holiday Season

It is no coincidence that you see an explosion of advertising around the holiday season. No matter what the industry, the winter holidays are a time when wallets tend to open just a little bit easier than the rest of the year. As a small business owner, you want to take advantage of the spirit of the season by putting your brand’s best foot forward. Here are a few ways that you can give your brand a boost before the new year! #1: Outsource Frequent TasksTime is money, and as a small business owner, you probably don’t have much time…

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How Giving Thanks Can Open New Doors for Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / November 12, 2017
How Giving Thanks Can Open New Doors for Your Business

There are some holidays that seem almost custom-made to give you the perfect excuse to reach out to former and current clients, telling them how much you appreciated their business. There is Christmas, of course. Valentine’s Day is another popular occasion. And then, there is the November holiday that is coming up fast, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the time of year where we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in our lives. For the small business owner or entrepreneur, Thanksgiving also gives you an ideal opportunity to be thankful for your business, including…

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5 Online Tools That Could Double Your Income

By Jennie Lyon / August 29, 2017
5 online tools that could double your income

Being a small business owner is a little bit like juggling, you have to keep all of the balls in the air. The trick is when your business grows and you are expected to catch more and more balls until finally… some of them are dropped. There are a ton of online tools out there that can help you better manage your business and relieve some of that stress. By unloading much of your workload, you might even be able to double your income! Here are some incredibly useful online tools that I recommend you check out to help keep…

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How to Choose the Best Virtual Assistant Company for Your Business Needs

By Jennie Lyon / August 1, 2017
How to Choose the Best Virtual Assistant Company for your Business Needs

If you do a search online, you will find that there are countless Virtual Assistant companies out there, each with their own specialties and strengths. There are Virtual Assistant firms that cater to huge, multi-national corporations and ones that specialize in specific industries like finance. When you are looking for a Virtual Assistant company as a small business entrepreneur, you need to make sure that you are getting one that can handle all of your business’ needs, has a solid amount of experience, and charges a reasonable price. You also want to make sure that they are flexible enough to…

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What Parenting Can Teach You About Business & Entrepreneurship

By Jennie Lyon / June 14, 2016

Just as we teach our children, they teach us. It is an old saying, but has a lot of truth in it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your children impart knowledge to you. It means that, by taking care of them and helping them grow, we are building and practicing skills that make us better parents. Believe it or not, there are a surprising number of parenting skills and techniques that can actually prove invaluable when it comes to starting or grown your own business. Read on for some of my favorite ways that parenting can teach you to be…

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Need a Vacation? A Virtual Assistant Can Make it Possible

By Jennie Lyon / May 31, 2016

Here is an important question to ask yourself: How long has it been since you last had a vacation? If you need to put any thought into it, it has probably been far too long. Time away from work revitalizes us and keeps us energized and passionate about what we do. Vacations can be the perfect time to reconnect with your family and friends, see new places, or simple to explore some of your old habits like camping, hiking, skydiving… But the little voice in the back of your head is probably saying “But I am the only one who is holding…

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Partner with a Virtual Assistant to Scale Your Brand

By Jennie Lyon / April 26, 2016

When you are starting a new business or scaling your existing one, everything can be overwhelming. You are now your own boss, you have to provide your own direction! That direction usually heads to greater demands, pressures, and time crunches. The pressure certainly doesn’t lift once your company starts gaining success either. There will be hundreds of essential tasks pulling you in different directions. How do you know when you have too much on your plate? A clear sign is when otherwise enjoyable or important tasks get put aside, simply because you don’t have the time. For example, if you…

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How to Find and What to Look for When Hiring a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / March 1, 2016

After reading a few posts here on the Jennie Lyon Virtual Assistant Services blog, hopefully you’re aware of what a Virtual Assistant is, what they can do for your business, and why it’s a great idea to outsource your work to one. The next step is to actually find a virtual assistant who you can work well with and is a good match for your needs. You need someone who you can trust with your business, and who has the necessary experience doing the sorts of tasks you’re planning to hand off. Now, you might be at a loss when…

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