3 More Ways To Save 15+ Hours A Week!

Are you still looking for MORE ways to save 15+ hours a week? We decided to continue our blog from a few weeks ago and give even more ways to save 15+ hours a week!

If you missed our first post, be sure to check it out – “3 Ways to Save 15+ Hours A Week!”

Realistically, there is only one you! And it is often hard to find enough time to Clock 2get things done.

Having a Virtual Assistant (VA) can literally provide you with another set of hands on deck. A VA is a great resource to save you time and money by providing specialized administrative, technical, and creative support solutions. Even further, a VA can partner with you in the growth of your business.

Here are 3 ways to save that time:

1) Keep to your schedule! If you are able to keep to your schedule by starting and ending things on time, you have the opportunity to move forward with your other projects. “Time chunking” which involves dedicating or setting aside time to do that one thing and that thing alone is a way to keep to your schedule.

2) Automate things! There are so many advances in technology — use it to your advantage. If you are able to automate things it can be a great way to multiply your efforts. There are so many technological tools out there to accomplish this! Further, a VA can get you automated — autoresponders, templates, and online appointment scheduling are just a few ways in accomplishing this goal.

3) Outsource! When you decide that you want to gain more time, outsourcing to a VA takes away the expenses associated with office space, computers, and other equipment. And you avoid employee benefits, avoid training time, and no downtime costs. Most importantly, with a VA you have another extension to your team. You have a team member committed to contributing to the mission, vision, and goals of your company!

As I shared before, time is a valuable commodity. It’s important to have time and not let time have you! These are just a few ways a VA can help you get your time back. Check us out here!

Are You Committed To Building Your Business This Year?

Don’t shrink back! Stay committed to building your business this year!

One of my goals for the upcoming year was to provide entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) with an event committed to building their business.  And since a good discussion is always even better with food…why not discuss “Biz over Brunch?”

I would like to personally invite you to the event that is designed with the entrepreneur in mind!  The topics will include:

  • Strategies to create and promote your services/products to clients
  • How to market and brand your business to attract clients
  • Keys to successful networking connections
  • How to create your very own “2016 Business Success Wall”

Join us for great food, fun, speakers, gifts, and more. Check out the flyer and click the link below to register. I can’t wait to see you there. And don’t forget to invite a friend!

2016 Biz Plus Brunch

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3 Ways To Save 15+ Hours A Week!

Are you finding there is not enough time in the day to get things done? Are you trying to find ways to get your time back? As an entrepreneur, it’s often hard to find time to complete all the tasks that come your way. Clock

I shared in my last blog, “3 Ways To Intentional Success in 2016” that it’s important to have time and don’t let time have you. A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a great resource to save you time and money by providing specialized administrative, technical, and creative support solutions. And a VA can help you save 15+ hours a week.

Here are 3 ways to save that time:

1) Delegate! Delegate! Delegate! Just think about the time you gain by delegating the duties that simply take up too much of your time! Your time is a precious commodity! Wouldn’t it be great to know that projects are moving forward without having to follow up on every detail? Ask yourself what projects do you enjoy? What do you least enjoy but are projects that are routine and are crucial to your business? Those are some of the tasks that you can delegate!

2) Share some of your “hats” – you don’t have to do it all yourself! When you take off a few hats and share them, you are able to focus on other initiatives or strategies that require your attention or those items that are business drivers for your company. And when you share some of those hats, you provide the opportunity for others to buy into your vision. This can even lead to referrals for your business.

3) Only answer an email or phone call if it’s critical and you know who it is! Yes, I actually did say this! Answering that email or phone call within that moment could be a distraction. And can literally shift your focus from what you were working on prior to the email or call. Franklin Covey in his body of work entitled, “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity” defines how we use work time as 70% urgencies and irrelevancies and 30% important priorities.”

Time is a valuable commodity. And these are just a few ways a VA can help you get your time back. Check us out here!

3 Ways To Intentional Success In 2016!

It’s the beginning of January…the new year! What are you planning to achieve this year for yourself, family, or your business? Have you ever thought what you are planning to achieve should be intentional?

What resolutions have you made? Let’s take the graphic below and instead of “resolutions,” let’s look at the word “solutions.”

Solutions GraphicI challenge you in this upcoming year to be intentional with your vision, goals, and dreams that you have for yourself, family, or business. Think about how these “solutions” can help you to be intentional with your success. Here are 3 ways to get there:

1) Dare to focus! It’s important to minimize distractions. Learn how to “loan yourself out less.” It’s okay to focus on one thing at a time. You are able to be more effective this way and it limits the feeling of being overwhelmed. This way you are able to focus on exploring the vision, goals, and dreams that are important to your intentional success.

2) Have time and don’t let time have you! Everyone feels there is an increased pressure and demand on their time. Since time is such a valuable commodity, it’s important to not let have time have you. Create a schedule that allows you to focus. Determine what is vital and what is not. Set short and long term goals for yourself, family, or business so that you can experience intentional success.

3) Be kind to yourself! Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t quite go according to plan. Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to do and be successful overnight. This journey is not a sprint but a marathon. Remember that “all” efforts become “collected” efforts toward a goal or dream. Pause and take a moment to reflect on how far you have come. Think about where you started and how far you have come. All of your efforts have led to intentional success.

I challenge you on your journey this year to remember these “solutions” and not “resolutions.” You have what it takes to be “intentionally successful” in 2016!

Go Big In 2016!

Wow! Can you believe we are in the last month of the year? I hope that you have been experiencing an amazing year, and are looking forward to what 2016 will bring for your business.

Have you been writing down the goals and dreams you would like to accomplish next year with your business? Are you looking to make things different next year?

I definitely believe that, “it’s never too late to be who you might have been.”      -George Eliot

One of my goals for the upcoming year was to provide entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) with an event committed to building their business.  And since a good discussion is always even better with food…why not discuss “Biz over Brunch?”

I would like to personally invite you to the event that is designed with the entrepreneur in mind!  The topics will include:

  • Strategies to create and promote your services/products to clients
  • How to market and brand your business to attract clients
  • Keys to successful networking connections
  • How to create your very own “2016 Business Vision Board”

Join us for great food, fun, speakers, gifts, and more! Check out the flyer and click the link below to register. I can’t wait to see you there!

Biz Plus Brunch Flyer

Click Here To Register!

 

4 Ways To Keep Your Customer Service From Killing Your Business

How many times have you reached out to try a new service only to encounter difficulty in getting through to the company? Did you speak directly with someone only to be told they would get back in touch with you within a certain timeframe?

Did you think…I was looking forward to trying out their product or service only to be met by disappointment with the customer service?

A 2013 “Dimensional Research for Zendesk” study found 62 percent of business-to-business and 42 percent of business-to-consumer customers purchased more after enjoying a great customer-service experience. On the flip side, the same survey discovered 95 percent of customers share bad experiences with their network, compared to the 87 percent sharing a positive experience.

How do you keep your customer service from killing your business?  Here are four ways:

1) Always guarantee a timeframe that you will get back to your customers. If you mention their business is important to you, then get back to them and mean it. Be sure to “do what you say and when.” Even better “wow” them by responding earlier then the guaranteed timeframe.

2) Create a “Frequently Asked Questions”(FAQ’s) for the commonly asked questions about your product or service. This allows customers to get information while perusing your website. And if there are additional questions, you have already gotten a jump on the common questions. It’s all about anticipating the need!

3) Create or customize templates for your customers. This is a way to get back with your customers quickly. A template can be created from standard inquiries about your product or service.  Be sure that your templates portray your “authentic” voice. Your customers want to feel the genuineness behind your business and to know that you care.

4) If you are one of those busy entrepreneurs that wishes to focus on your “passion” then outsource. Often I hear entrepreneurs say they want to just focus on their craft. They don’t care to handle returning phone calls, scheduling appointments, paperwork, etc. But this is a part of the business. It’s important to “nail” the customer service so that customers can get to experience your passion and craft.

Remember if you didn’t have customers, how would you be in business? It’s important to know what type of solutions you offer to customers.  Do you solve a problem? Be sure your business offers solutions and not problems to customers.  It’s all about giving the gift of great customer service!