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
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
I’ve made many mistakes in business as a business owner the last 20 years. There was a time in the beginning when I thought that I had all of the time in the world. But now I feel like I can’t afford the luxury of wasting precious time anymore by making costly mistakes. If you’re [...]Continue Reading
Happy 2012 StartUpNation! As I wrap up Week #1 of this fabulous brand new year, I thought I would check in with all of you…. Have you set your Main Goal(s) for 2012? More important, How do you plan to hold yourself accountable to your Goal(s)? That is the kicker with goals. You can make [...]Continue Reading
Today, we talk to small business owner, Cynthia Riddle. Cynthia helped to create Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce. Below, she shares her insights on being successful in this competitive industry and provides tips to other entrepreneurs. Tell us how you got involved with Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce. I had worked [...]Continue Reading
Hi gang, welcome to Noodle Baking 101! It’s been a while! How’ve you been? Still in business? Growing? Circling the wagons? Custer’s last stand? Hey, you got into this entrepreneur thing because you don’t fear uncertainty – don’t forget that! This is fun! You could be like all your friends, who are right now being [...]Continue Reading
As you likely have heard, California passed a new tax law last week that created quite a stir, and resulted in Amazon.com terminating its affiliate program in the state effective immediately. What you may not know, though, is that this type of law – an Affiliate Nexus tax law – could require you (not just [...]Continue Reading
Recently someone asked me about the transition from every day mom to mompreneur. Did I like my “new life?” Was it different than before? Better? Or worse? Was I pleased with my decision? Do I like my new life? Heck ya! The real question is: When is it right to make big changes to your [...]Continue Reading
Hi Gang, Internet bubble? What internet bubble? Yesterday, Groupon filed the paperwork to become a publicly traded company. Sometime this year, you will be able to buy stock in Groupon and join the other 500 million people making Groupon stock discount jokes. Last year, Groupon turned down a $6 BILLION offer from Google. Laughable, right? [...]Continue Reading
As Memorial Day approaches, I thought it would be nice to post a little inspirational message. After all, it’s almost time to celebrate grads, dads and the arrival of summer. However, many of you may be dealing with tough times or financial difficulties with your business and unable to truly celebrate anything. [...]Continue Reading
I was a little stumped about what to write about this week. A lot has been going on in my world, but for some reason, I could not pinpoint the one little thing that I wanted to share. My new website for moms in transition is SLOWLY coming together (not as fast as I would [...]Continue Reading
I love to write fun posts about the exciting life of a mompreneur, managing time better, balancing entrepreneurship & kids, and organizational suggestions, BUT this week, I am too busy for a little fun. It happens to the best of us, and this week I am GUILTY as charged. I over-scheduled, over-planned, and over-committed myself. [...]Continue Reading
The theme of last week for me was waiting (and I really have no patience). I waited for two days after our vacation for my boys to go back to school, so I could really tackle my to-do list. I waited to hear back from an important business contact on a pressing matter. AND, then [...]Continue Reading
Recently, I attended a book signing for Robert Kiyosaki’s new, best-selling book, “Unfair Advantage – What Schools will NEVER Teach You About Money.” The author of the number one personal finance book of all time, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” investor, entrepreneur, educator, and co-host of the new radio show, “What Does It Mean to You?”, [...]Continue Reading
One of the biggest challenges as a startup is that funds are not what you would like for them to be. It is the reason why you are willing to work out of coffee shops or any other location where you can find a cheap bit to eat and some free Wi-Fi. It is a [...]Continue Reading
I am big on the importance of finding a mentor and creating a support network as a mompreneur, entrepreneur, solopreneur, or whatever-preneur. I do not mean the same type of support network that we have with our close friends and family, but rather a group of individuals or peers that share ideas with one another [...]Continue Reading
Your phone stops ringing. You don’t get a response for your proposals. The competition steals your business. Yep. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun, but frustration is a part of business. Instead of taking it personally, you need to move on to the next opportunity. And this can be easier said than done so [...]Continue Reading
Did you know that you might have some serious intellectual property issues lurking in the work product your staff has created for you? When I say “work product” I mean sales pages, brochures, website copy, logos, videos created for you, white papers, ebooks or even books! The reality is that you might not even own [...]Continue Reading
Over the last few weeks, pulling off all my various roles has been hard. Being a mom requires a lot of patience recently, and a number of extended family issues need my attention. At the same time, as a mompreneur, my prototype is heating up, and I am ready to pull out from the gate [...]Continue Reading