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navigating the ebb and flow of business

Navigating the Ebb and Flow of Small Business Ownership

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Once upon a time, you imagined your small business, complete with a vision of a steady, comfortable level of activity.  Chances are, you realized that was as good as a storybook fantasy soon after you opened your doors. The truth of the matter is, there is a definite ebb and flow of small business ownership.…

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does your business feel like a job

Your Business Feels Like a Job? 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Passion.

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For most small business owners, the impetus to trek out into the world of business ownership is a combination of passion and hating their current job. To be honest, hatred of their job is often the starting point to discovering their passion and a business model that fits it. Owners like me, who have been…

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get a good night's sleep

Losing Sleep Over Your Business? Here are 9 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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In the early days of my business I lost a lot of sleep. Sometimes it was due to working into the wee hours, other times an inconsistent income kept me awake and other times a multitude of to-do lists insisted on rotating through my brain like a revolving door of tasks I couldn’t slow down. …

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let go of the term virtual assistant

Do You Provide Virtual Services? It’s Time To Stop Using The Term Virtual Assistant.

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Back in June of 2010 I penned a blog post asking if virtual service providers needed something more than the name virtual assistant.  9 years later I’m here to say, if you provide virtual services, stop using the term virtual assistant to describe what you do. In my 2010 article, my concerns with the term…

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online collaboration

24 Online Collaboration Tools That Let You Leave The Office Space Behind

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Location-less offices, remote employees, virtual assistants, and online service providers.  This is the changing face of today’s small business offices.  Business is becoming less and less tied to a location for various reasons.  Reducing the cost of running a business is at the top of that list. Depending on which of the aforementioned choices you…

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6 Signs You’ve Fallen Into The Employee Mentality Pit

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As the instructor of a best-selling online course teaching individuals how to work from home as a virtual assistant, I get plenty of questions.  A recent one reminded me of one of the pitfalls to avoid when starting and running your own business.  It’s entirely too easy to fall into the deep, dark pit of…

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