Business Sustainablity Can Lead to Long-Term Success

By Jennie Lyon / July 5, 2016

Most small business owners probably think of green initiatives and sustainability efforts as something that only affects big business, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With our climate being more and more affected by global change—leading to increases in droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters—the onus is on all of us to take whatever action we can to help the planet. Living green has been a big part of my life for a long time, and I’ve been blogging about sustainability as a family activity since 2009. My business practices have also been overhauled to be more…

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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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Time to Revamp your Website? A Virtual Assistant Can Help

By Jennie Lyon / June 21, 2016

In days past, it used to be that a potential client’s first impression of your business was your office. Just from the way it looked from the outside, they would instantly make a judgement. Your office was the first thing they had to go on about your professionalism, attention to detail, and level of success. But in today’s business world, a potential client’s first impression of your business is no longer your office. It is your website! In today’s business world, a potential client’s first impression is your website! Click To Tweet Your website should be a portal into your…

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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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How to Stay Focused When Your Kids are Home this Summer

By Jennie Lyon / June 7, 2016

As entrepreneurs, we sometimes find ourselves pulled in many directions at once. Working from home can add a whole other dimension to this challenge. It can be difficult to keep focused on doing your job from home when your family is also competing for you time. This can be especially challenging when your children are home from school on summer break! So how can you keep focused when your kids are home this summer? Read on for some of my favorite tips! As an entrepreneur, how do you stay focused when your kids are on summer break? Click To Tweet…

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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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Tools for Organizing your Virtual Team to Streamline Operations

By Jennie Lyon / April 12, 2016

When partnering with a virtual assistant to streamline your business, you want to make the most of the time you’re paying them for. There are a number of useful tools and strategies that can help you streamline your partnership with your virtual assistant. These range from materials you can create yourself, to apps and websites for project or schedule management. Some of the ones I use in my business are listed below, along with other suggestions to make your life easier when partnering with a virtual assistant. Procedure ManualsI’ve written about procedure manuals before in more detail, but they deserve…

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5 Steps for Organizing Your Workspace for Efficient Workflow

By Jennie Lyon / March 15, 2016

Regardless of whether you’re running a small business from home, working in shared office space, or still sitting in a cubicle at a large company, having an organized work space is beneficial for both your mood and your productivity. Creating a focused, inspiring, energizing work space is important if you want to be industrious during the work day. A messy, disorganized, distracting work space will draw your attention away from the important tasks at hand, make you more prone to procrastinate, and cause low-level anxiety which is counterproductive to accomplishing your goals each day. Workplace organization goes beyond de-cluttering: creating…

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How an Expert Virtual Assistant can Help Grow Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / March 8, 2016

The new year is well underway, and hopefully your business plans for the year are too. If you’ve been running your business for some time now, it’s easy to get comfortable doing things exactly the same way year in and year out. However, this comfort can be what leads to small businesses stagnating and ultimately failing to grow and scale themselves. If you’re worried that you might be taking the easy route and not doing enough to keep your business fresh and relevant to the current market conditions and customer needs, it might be time to consider looking for professional…

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