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Partnering With a Virtual Assistant Saves You Time and Money

By Jennie Lyon / August 25, 2015

Despite the growing popularity of virtual assistants and employees, many business owners have never even considered hiring a virtual assistant because of budgetary fears, a desire to be the only steering their company, or one of many other reasons. The truth is that partnering with a virtual assistant can not only increase profits but can also offer you even more control over your company’s future. While US-based virtual assistants charge higher hourly rates than you’d pay an in-house employee, they also work less and work faster, so in the end you’re paying less money for better work. A virtual assistant…

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How to Kick an Entrepreneurial Slump

By Jennie Lyon / July 31, 2015

Whether it’s because of a tedious project, long hours, burnout, or boredom, slumps happen. We’ve all been there; we’ve all grown tired of our work at times and lost our passion and motivation. Whatever the reason, if you’re in an entrepreneurial slump right now there are a few techniques that might kick it right to the curb. Reassure Yourself: This is NormalBeing in a slump is not synonymous with failing as an entrepreneur. A slump is a temporary setback where your drive, motivation, and/or resources are lacking. Everyone experiences a slump at some point, whether in business, their tennis game,…

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3 Morning Routines for Business Success

By Jennie Lyon / July 24, 2015

As business owners, the decisions we make in the first few minutes of the workday are critical. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of “quickly” checking in on social media or email only to find ourselves an hour or more into the day having accomplished little more than viewing a handful of videos or answering a few personal emails. The following are three healthy routines for business success. 1. Fortify Your MorningWhat habits energize and inspire you most? Whether your kick-start comes from your morning yoga routine, 30 minutes of silent meditation, a healthy breakfast, or…

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3 Hidden Benefits of Partnering With a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / July 17, 2015

Most small business owners go it alone—for a while. Unless you had investors or an initial cash reserve to launch your venture with, you probably spent (or are still spending) all of your free time, money, and energy working because you haven’t felt you could afford an employee. If you’re finding yourself burned out, behind on tasks, venturing into uncharted territory, and neglecting your personal and family needs, it’s time to partner with a virtual assistant!  Virtual assistants can actually save you time and money, making it possible to grow a successful business without neglecting your personal life or becoming…

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6 Organization Tips for Small Businesses

By Jennie Lyon / May 29, 2015

Being organized, especially as a small business owner with a long to-do list, keeps your business productive, focused, and profitable—and keeps you sane. Spring is the perfect time of year to re-focus your energies and get your space and task list in order. Here are 6 great organization tips for your small business. 1. Use the CloudStoring documents in the cloud is a great way to protect them from computer crashes or viruses. Additionally, it’s a much cleaner, faster way to share files and information if you work with a virtual team. Applications to consider include Google Drive and Dropbox.…

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4 Tools to Keep Busy Entrepreneurs From Procrastinating

By Jennie Lyon / May 8, 2015

When there is SO much to do that there’s barely enough time to do it in, we have an odd tendency to put off doing anything at all. Procrastination is tempting for many reasons: overwhelm, fear of failure, disorganization, or simply not knowing where to start. As an entrepreneur, it’s best to nip your procrastination habit in the bud before it derails your budding enterprise. Here are a few tools I’ve picked up that can help keep entrepreneurs from procrastinating. 1. Get OrganizedIf your workspace is a mess and pens, papers, and wires don’t have their own designated space, you…

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What is a Virtual Concierge and Why Do I Need One?

By Jennie Lyon / January 9, 2015

Virtual concierge services are popping up all around as individuals and business owners seek to outsource tasks and planning in a cost-effective and professional way. You’ve probably heard the term but may be unsure what virtual concierge services are. A virtual concierge does many of the things an in-person concierge would do—make travel arrangements, send cards and correspondence, plan events—except that virtual concierges perform these duties for multiple industries and businesses instead of just one—traditionally a hotel or hospitality business. In my virtual assistant business, I offer both virtual assistance and concierge services. Concierges typically focus on client relations and…

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9 Ways I Can Save you Time and Money this Week!

By Jennie Lyon / November 12, 2014

If you are like most small business owners, coaches, and entrepreneurs, you want to focus the majority of your time building your business. Yet, you may be finding that you are spending an exorbitant amount of time prioritizing emails, writing and scheduling blog posts, doing research, sending your ezine, managing your social media, updating your website and the list goes on and on. If you find that you are getting sucked into these tasks and they are taking away from you really building your business – it’s time to get a team in place. The first team member that I…

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5 Simple Ways for Busy Entrepreneurs to Stay Focused

By Jennie Lyon / May 3, 2014

As a super, busy entrepreneur or small business owner, you know how important your time is. It can be hard to work long hours without getting distracted. This can be especially hard if you wear many hats – not only are you a busy business owner, but you are a spouse and a parent too! As a busy entrepreneur myself and one that works exclusively from home, I can tell you that staying focused is essential for the growth of your business. That can be tricky if you have pets, a home phone that rings and kids running through the…

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