Top 4 Ways a Quick Vacation Improves Your Business (+ Free Download)

By Jennie Lyon / July 12, 2022

You Can Take A Break Without Hitting The Brakes It’s so easy to feel like taking your eyes off the road for one second is enough to run your entire company into the ditch. We constantly compare ourselves to other entrepreneurs who brag about working eight days a week and never seeing their families, all in pursuit of the dream of building a business into a gleaming success. I’m here to tell you you don’t have to burn yourself out to succeed. After all, taking your hands off the wheel might be the secret to growing your business!  In this…

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How To Maximize Workforce Productivity With Flex Time Days & Weeks

By Jennie Lyon / June 7, 2022

Cultivate Integrity Through Flex Scheduling Scheduling can be a formidable source of agency and freedom for you and your team, or it can be a constant source of dread and conflict. Mastering a schedule that works for your business and your workforce in this day and age requires you to accommodate the valid individual needs of everyone who works for you, which can be challenging.  In this episode of Digital Marketing Made Simple, I will show you several approaches to scheduling you can use to ease the strain of accommodating individuals in your business and keep everyone happy and the…

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6 Steps To Create An Ideal Week for Optimal Productivity & Focus + Free Template

By Jennie Lyon / April 26, 2022

Do you feel like you’re always busy but end your days feeling like you haven’t accomplished anything? Do you constantly push important tasks onto the next day? Are your weekends filled with “make-up” tasks leftover from the week before? Do you resign to the thought that you’ll never focus or catch up? “Too busy” to organize your schedule? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It’s so easy to get caught up. You have this feeling like the most immediate thing to do is the most pressing task at hand. Still, if you’re not organizing your time management beforehand,…

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5 Ways to Automate the Important Parts of Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / February 4, 2021
5 Ways to Automate Your Business

How often do you find yourself overwhelmed by your daily to-do list? As a small business owner, I know how quickly a to-do list can balloon to impossible lengths. There are always so many things to get done and only so much time to do them.  When you run a small business, countless small tasks are on your shoulders as you must likely wear several different hats. In larger organizations, these tasks would be the responsibility of dedicated employees, but you likely can’t accord a full-time worker to take care of your social media, for example. While hiring a virtual…

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The Best U.S. Stimulus Package Options

By Jennie Lyon / May 12, 2020
The Best U.S. Stimulus Package Options

Is your small business ready for some financial help? Well, good news! Stimulus help is on its way! COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of American life, and I’m not just talking about stay-at-home guidelines. Individuals, organizations, and businesses have unexpectedly run into the economic equivalent of a brick wall. Financial hard times are tough enough to deal with when everything else is calm. But during a pandemic, pulling yourself out of that hole and protecting your brand can feel impossible.  Thankfully at the end of March, the Federal government passed three landmark pieces of legislation to help Americans weather…

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Client Onboarding Automation is the Key to Business Success!

By Jennie Lyon / July 30, 2019

For some small businesses, getting a new client is “Good news, bad news” time. The good news is that you have a new client! The bad news is that if you don’t have an automated onboarding system, it can be a massive headache.  There is the first consultation, the follow-ups, sending/signing the contract, convincing them of the importance of filling out their client information form, invoices, scheduling your kick off call, learning their habits and preferences… It’s a ton of work! Of course, you can make things go much smoother by streamlining your entire client onboarding sequence. And a big…

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How Loom Can Help You Connect to Your Customers

By Jennie Lyon / October 9, 2018

Do you remember back in the days before Google Maps when you would need to stop and ask for directions if you were lost? In my experience, getting verbal directions from a helpful person would often result in me getting MORE lost. It wasn’t their fault though. Verbal language is, well, imprecise at times. We often think we communicate our thoughts out loud clearly, only to have the person we are talking to misunderstand what we are saying completely. This is partially because, when you are talking to someone on the phone, they can’t see the important non-verbal, physical side…

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When It Comes to Running a Small Business, Systems are EVERYTHING

By Jennie Lyon / June 5, 2018
JLVAS Systems are everything

You know the most difficult step of any endeavor? Getting started. It’s always those first few steps that are the trickiest, especially when you are starting a small business. As an entrepreneur, I remember the very early days of starting my own small business. I felt like I had everything to do and no time to do it. I didn’t have a team, it was just me, so everything was on my shoulders. That’s an incredible amount of stress and is, frankly, unsustainable. Thankfully, most small business owners don’t have to sustain it after the first few months because, by…

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My Top 5 Favorite Productivity Podcasts

By Jennie Lyon / February 13, 2018
JLVAS top 5 favorite productivity podcasts

What are your favorite podcasts? I adore podcasts. They are the perfect way to distract yourself while doing chores around the house, going for a run, doing some yoga, or basically anything else where you can put on a pair of headphones. In my line of work, productivity is king, which means that I listen to a good number of productivity podcasts. Here are my criteria for a good productivity podcast: First, it needs to be entertaining. If the podcast is boring, it doesn’t matter how good the productivity tips are, I’m not going to waste my time listening to…

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How to Be Productive When You Just Don’t “Feel” Like It

By Jennie Lyon / January 30, 2018
JLVAS - how to be productive when you just don't feel like it

Have you ever been sitting at your desk, staring at your computer screen, and think, “I… just don’t feel like working right now.” Isn’t it the worst? Here is the thing, we all feel like that sometimes. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the previous night, or maybe you are in the middle of some kind of emotional turmoil. Maybe you worked too hard the previous day and are burnt out. Whatever your reason, there is no point in beating yourself up. That just makes the problem worse! Instead, try some of these tips I use to kickstart my day…

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