Renew the Love Relationship with your Business

Do you remember when you first decided to start your own business? Maybe your love of helping people drew you to life or business coaching, or you decided to start your own law practice or use your expertise to teach others. Take a moment to recall the excitement and passion you felt when you finally decided to take that step and go into business for yourself. Does owning and running your own business still bring you that same excited, passionate feeling?

If you’re like many small business owners you’ll admit that the day to day running of your business has taken that ‘first love’ luster off your relationship with your business. For some it’s the tedious nature of vital tasks such as contact management, follow-up and marketing that’s the culprit. For others, the knowledge that they should be doing things like blogging, newsletters and social marketing to help their business grow, but don’t have the time or knowledge to implement them. Whatever it is that may be separating you from the passion for your business, a virtual assistant could help repair your relationship with your business.

By identifying the things that are keeping you from that excitement and passion you used to feel, you’re taking the first step to getting back to the reason you started your own business in the first place. But it also prepares you to work with a virtual assistant. The problem many small business owners have concerning working with a VA is the fact that they don’t have a clear idea of what it is that they truly need a VA to do for them. It’s worth taking the time to examine what you’re spending your time on instead of doing what you love. Make a list of the the things you don’t like doing and the things you put off doing. As easy as that, you’ve got starting point for not only finding the right VA fit for your business, but you have a clear idea of what it is you need them to do for you. If you need a little help determining just what eats up your time and keeps you from doing what you love, resources like “An Introduction to Virtual Assistance for Businesses” can help not only with the information it imparts but with the worksheets and forms designed specifically to help you identify where you can use the help. And help you fall in love with your business again!

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Dream Job

I had an appointment with my optometrist this morning.  His secretary began asking me the normal questions associated with a yearly visit.  Same address? Insurance?  Same employer?  At this last question of course I explained that I now owned my own business.  Being a polite woman, she asked what I was doing.  Her initial reaction when I said I had opened a virtual assistant business was, of course, to ask what it was.  I watched her eyes light up as I explained.  I could tell that she, like many of us, was one of those people that dream of working from their home.   People like my optometrists’ secretary, working 9 to 5 in a traditional office, see those of us who work from home as having the ultimate dream job.  But is it?  As with everything there are positives and negatives to working out of your home.

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Separation of Work and Home: A Home Office Lesson

As a virtual assistant, I work from my own home office. I have everything I would have at my disposal in a regular office, two computers, a fax machine, a copy machine, printer, etc..  When I first started my company, I decided the best location for my office was a corner of my bedroom since I live in a small two level apartment with my two children.  It was away from the hub bub of the household and had the necessary dsl and phone hookups as well.  It worked well during the start up phase of the business. More recently however, I found out why locating your office in your bedroom is not a good idea.

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Happiness. What’s it worth?

According to a BusinessWeek article by Carmine Gallo, only 10% of American employees look forward to going to work.  With those same employees working longer hours, a whopping 47.1 a week on average, that makes me think that there are a lot of unhappy employees out there.  In the above mentioned article it points to uninspiring leadership as the major reason employees are less than excited about their work week.  It then gives seven things that employers/leaders can do to change the workplace environment and inspire their employees to not only enjoy coming to work, but also stay excited about the company they work for.  All well and good for those businesses with employees, but what about the independent businessperson?

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