About six months ago, I moved my home office from a little tucked away alcove on my first floor to a room with a door on the second floor. While it has been great to have the added privacy, quiet, and physical boundaries of a door, I notice how easily I can hide up in [...]Continue Reading
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When you’re creating strategies to grow your business, your finance leaders are a big part of the planning process… right? Well, don’t forget your IT members too. While your finance people are busy crunching the numbers, they may not be aware of how technology can help them do their jobs faster and more accurately. Don’t [...]Continue Reading
Rubbermaid®, a leading manufacturer of home organization products and division of Newell, relies on the ingenuity of independent inventors to find innovative new products for their brands. To help with this effort, Rubbermaid has asked InventionHome to reach out to our inventor community and spread the word to inventors and entrepreneurs with innovative home products. [...]Continue Reading
The kids are back at school, and you are settling into a regular work-schedule for the fall. With this in mind, it’s time to think about your SEO processes and make improvements now… before the onslaught of year-end work and the holidays hit. With this in mind, ask yourself these questions: How are your SEO [...]Continue Reading
Many new business owners often ask me what they need to do to their site so that they show up at the top of the search engines. They usually want a quick answer, but the truth is… Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a Never-Ending Process. If you want your site to be at the top [...]Continue Reading
I am very excited to be a part of the Startup Nation family of business bloggers! In the coming days, I will share my thoughts on everything from cool new retail products to how to successfully develop products that you can sell to retailers yourself. Fun topic ideas are always welcome so don’t be shy….but [...]Continue Reading
Now that summer is coming to a close and you’ve started your fall schedule with the kids back in school, are you ready to get going to increase sales at your business? Well, if you’d like to get a new client right away, here are three tips that might help: 1. Ask! Make a list [...]Continue Reading
As summer fades away, I’m sure you’d love to hold onto some of your personal time and avoid working long hours. But if you’re an entrepreneur, how do you please all of your customers without giving up some free time with family and friends?
Here are a few suggestions to reclaim your personal time:
Do you have data entry, accounting, writing, or other administrative activities that need to be done? Get these tasks out of your way by hiring a virtual assistant.
These professional workers are available throughout the United States with different skill sets at various price-points.
And because you are hiring a service rather than an actual employee, you don’t need to worry about all of the legal and tax headaches involved in the hiring process.
Check out the International Virtual Assistants Organization at http://www.ivaa.org/ and other, related sites to find someone to fit your specific needs.
2. Find an Intern.
Many high school and college students are looking for work to add to their portfolios. Offer to provide opportunities to help them succeed.
You’ll get some inexpensive help, and your interns will get valuable, on-the-job experience to use in their future careers. Just be aware that you’ll need to take some extra time to train these newbies carefully.
3. Get help from your kids.
If you haven’t already done so, have your kids help you with your business. Not only will they learn important skills and the importance of working for an end-result, but you may be able to use this as a tax deduction too.
Check with your accountant to see how you can make this work for you.
Instead of saying goodbye to summer fun and thinking you just can’t get away from work, be positive and creative. Look for people to help you finish tasks outside of your core area of expertise.
It may take a little effort to find the right helpers, but once these workers are in place, you’ll have more time for yourself and be able to get the relaxation you need to truly be successful!
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As summer fades away, I’m sure you’d love to hold onto some of your personal time and avoid working long hours. But if you’re an entrepreneur, how do you please all of your customers without giving up some free time with family and friends? Here are a few suggestions to reclaim your personal time: 1. [...]Continue Reading
It’s back-to-school time! This means back-to-school shopping and for many it also means back-to-school JEANS. The problem with brand new jeans is…well…they aren’t broken in to look and feel “old”. But don’t worry ~ we have an invention for that, and it comes from our client Ronda E. from Iowa. The name of Ronda’s invention [...]Continue Reading
If you are wondering how to be successful on Facebook, check out this interview I conducted recently with Walt Wilson, a former executive with Apple Computer and the founder and chairman of Global Media Outreach, www.globalmediaoutreach.com. Tell us about Global Media Outreach and why you think you have been successful in obtaining a large, online [...]Continue Reading
A group of kindergarteners were asked, “Who can dance?” The children happily danced. They were next asked, “Who can sing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’?” The children laughed, sang and danced. Their magnificent human spirits were fully expressed. The same questions were asked of a room of adults. “Who can dance?” No one danced. They [...]Continue Reading
NeatSink acts as a customizable organizer for kitchen supplies, while also acting as a backsplash for the kitchen sink. This unique product comprises a vertical back panel with a number of spaced horizontal slots, a flexible water seal located at the bottom of the panel, and a hand access for operation of the water valve. [...]Continue Reading
Are you getting all you can out of your SEO, search engine optimization efforts, right now? Here is a quick checklist of the things you need to make your search engine optimization activities a success: 1. Provide great content. Offer your customers tips, insights and stories they can actually use. And be sure to use [...]Continue Reading
You’ve seen the bundled services for Internet, phone and television which can often save you a lot of money. Well, today you’ll also see a lot of these “bundled” services for search engine optimization, or SEO. With the tough economy, many businesses are trying to branch out and offer customers unique packages at a discount. [...]Continue Reading
I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Harrington, a pioneer in the infomercial business, selling products on TV and on the ABC hit show Shark Tank, speak this week at The Inpex Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. Harrington imparted the crowd with a boat load of information on the best practices of inventing and getting a [...]Continue Reading
Every day, there seems to be some kind of new technology or app out there to help you run your business. This one will increase productivity. That one will help your customers find your business online. Yet, another one will help you save time and money. As a new entrepreneur, it can be impossible to [...]Continue Reading
Have you ever been to a conference and met someone who has done something really interesting with their life? Well, recently I sat down to lunch with complete strangers, and the lady sitting next to me decided to start her own business. But she didn’t start just any business. She started Wild Rainbow African Safaris [...]Continue Reading
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us which means Summer Is Here. Summer is difficult for many parents in small business. Schools let out, Camps are pricey, Babysitters take vacations, Schedules change, and well, let’s face it – we want to be outside sharing time with our kids (myself included). On the flip side, the 2nd [...]Continue Reading
I was very lucky to take a much-needed vacation recently and get some rest and relaxation. During my break, I did not have access to e-mail, phone services or the Internet. Now, being someone who is constantly connected, I was worried about this. But guess what? Surprise, surprise…the world did not end because I was [...]Continue Reading
I am always looking for ways to help my small business clients get more results in their marketing. This week I got an unsolicited telephone call from Google, of all companies, which started me thinking. Why is Google, who is unquestionably the king of online marketing, engaging in telemarketing? I’d be interested to hear what [...]Continue Reading