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5 Steps to Creating a Focused, Inspiring, Energizing Work Space

By Jennie Lyon / April 11, 2017

Whether you work from a small office, co-working space, or home, having an inspiring work space is important for entrepreneurs. I mean, part of why we start our own small businesses is to follow our passions and escape the gray, dreary cubicle life, right? Your work space should get you energized and excited to get down to business each day! I know that for me, coming into my home office and seeing everything from favorite photos to slick branding collateral sitting neatly in its place makes me want to do my best work and get my business out there! Spring…

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Goal Check-In: How is Your Business Doing?

By Jennie Lyon / April 4, 2017

Have you been meeting the goals you set for your small business this year? Is something holding you back from making progress? Back in January, I talked about the importance of setting actionable goals and checking in on them regularly. Consider this your check-in, if you’ve fallen off the wagon already! Even if you’re sticking to your goals and completing them, I hope you’ll find this article useful for the goal revision strategies. Plus, at the end of this post, you can download my Goal Check-In Worksheet to help guide your check-in process. Hard data shows that business owners who…

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It’s Almost a New Year: Build Your Virtual Team Now

By Jennie Lyon / November 29, 2016

Do you have the right team in place to support your business and meet its needs for the coming new year? When considering your goals for the upcoming year, they probably involve the growth of your business; taking on new clients, expanding your services or product line, tackling more and larger projects, etc. No small business owner wants to get stuck in a rut or have their business stagnate. However, growth means more work, and more work means you’ll probably need to hire at least one or two part-time team members in order to accomplish everything on time. A lot…

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Gratitude: What are You Thankful for in Your Business?

By Jennie Lyon / November 22, 2016

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means it’s a good time to focus on the things in our lives that we’re grateful for. Owning and running a small business can sometimes be challenging or draining, but there are so many wonderful things about it that make the trials worthwhile. I always try to remember to think on all the parts of running my own business that fill me with gratitude and appreciation for the work I do and the people I work with. Especially around holiday time, when the themes of thankfulness and love are so prevalent, I find it makes me happy…

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5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Starting Their Day

By Jennie Lyon / September 6, 2016
5 things every entrepreneur should do before starting their day

Getting a good start to the day can set the tone for the rest of it, make you feel happier, and improve your productivity when working. For entrepreneurs, and especially those of us who work from home, this is even more important—if you don’t have a time you’re expected to be “at the office” it can be far too easy for the morning to slip away without getting anything accomplished. Plus, the morning is such a great time for adding more “life” to your work-life balance equation, because there are rarely any demands or interruptions until the standard business day…

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Grow Your Business While Doing More of What You Love

By Jennie Lyon / February 2, 2016

“Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.”Easy words, but infinitely more difficult in practice. No matter how much you enjoy your job, there will always be stresses, problems, conflicts, and setbacks. At times, you might even find yourself asking the question “Why do I do this again?”. Thankfully, you can have a fresh start whenever you like and with it comes the opportunity to refocus on what you love about your job and make positive changes to minimize unnecessary stresses in the future. Delegation and outsourcing are the key to finding more time…

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6 Signs It’s Time to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / September 22, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who—at one point or another—has felt sure that no one else can do your work better than you. Or that if you just work a little harder and a little longer you can get it all done. I have news for you: if you want and expect your business to expand, thrive, and be successful and sustainable, at some point it will (and should) become too much for one person to handle alone. Growth is great—burnout and overwhelm are not. Here are 6 signs that it’s time to outsource your work…

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How Yoga Saved My Life and My Business

By Jennie Lyon / August 13, 2015

I learned a long time ago that I am the type of person who needs to exercise every day. I tend to be a workaholic, so exercising is something I need to do to keep my life balanced. It has been a life saver for me. I have always started my day with a workout routine, mostly a combination of weigh-training and aerobics at home. My body responds very well to this type of exercise–until it doesn’t anymore. This usually means that after a few weeks or months, I would injure my knee to the point where I am not only unable to…

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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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