It’s time to shift – not shrink

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Let’s be clear – your clients need you more now than ever. We are all a little freaked out as we navigate these unprecedented times. You may be concerned for the health of your loved ones. You may be dealing with changes in schedule and kids now at home (our schools closed this weekend through to the fall, I’m right there with you). You may be worried about your own business. Your clients may be freaking out as well. In times of uncertainty it’s easy to shrink. To pull back. To think that the answer is to wait and see what happens. But business doesn’t stop. Things may change. What…

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CEO mode 

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There are two ways we can run our business: Solo mode CEO mode Solo mode is when we look at our business through the lens of ME “What do I want/ not want? What’s best for me?” CEO mode is when we look at our business as a separate entity. As something that stands on it’s own, separate from us. “What is best for the business? What does the business want/not want right now?” Depending on which lens we are looking through at the moment, the answers could be very different. You might think this is about the size of the business… a solopreneur is running in solo mode, and…

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My favorite bills to pay each month

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Yes, I’m one of those weirdos that likes paying her bills each month… (maybe it’s because I almost became an accountant after I got my business degree. 😉 My favorite – and highest – bills to pay each month are for my team. And I LOOOOOVE to pay those bills. Even on the months where money feels a bit tight or I could use it elsewhere. Here’s the thing – I made a decision in my business years ago that it would be not be just me running the show. I ran my business solo for many years. And truth be told I was pretty darn good at it. Figuring…

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What is the difference between an OBM and a COO/Integrator?

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The short answer is they can essentially be the same thing depending on the needs of the business (different titles are often used for similar roles). And there are a few key distinctions: The role of the OBM is to make sure the right things (planning), get done in the right way (systems), at the right time (project management) by the right people (team management). The specialty of this role is to navigate the early 6-7 figure journey for online/virtual based businesses. The COO/Integrator role generally brings a few more things into the mix, including responsibility for overall business strategy (how are we going to reach the vision?), HR, legal…

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A two sentence business plan

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Say YES to everything until your business is full, then… Say NO to almost everything to create the business you really want. In the early stages of business it’s important to say yes to most everything that comes your way for a few reasons: Money – the faster you can start making money the better Clarity – you won’t know what you do (and don’t!) like until you work with various clients… who are your best clients? what are your best services/products to offer? what are you best at? what isn’t a strength? Growth – getting good at sales & marketing is essential in this early stage! Learning how to…

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Fear or Intuition?

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Imagine you are facing something new – a new opportunity, a new client – and all kinds of stuff is popping up in your mind… worries, doubts, what ifs (What if it doesn’t work? What if I mess up? What if I get in over my head?) Do we listen to this stuff or not? How do we know when it’s just fear talking – and that we need to act in spite of the fear! – or it’s intuition talking and that we should pause and reconsider?

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Boss or Leader

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A Boss TELLS A Leader ASKS Consider this… Someone comes to you and says “Do this. I need it now. And it has to be done this way”… vs. someone saying to you “I am looking for help with X – is this something you can help with? Great! I’m in a bit of a time crunch, could you do it by X time? Do you need anything from me to make it happen?” How does each scenario make you feel? Who are you more likely to help, and want to help again in the future? Being TOLD what to do puts up our defenses – it disconnects us and…

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