Systems & How-Tos

How I set my schedule (a behind the scenes peek)

By | CEO Tips, General Biz, Systems & How-Tos | 3 Comments

Originally posted on March 12th, 2015. If you are anything like me, you are constantly juggling all the “stuff that has to get done” with the balance of your life. I’m a single mom of 2 young girls with a rocking biz BUT I refuse to work 24/7. Here’s how I structure my schedule so that I only work about 30-35 hours a week, have weekends off and ample time to spend with my girls. First, I book off time throughout the year for: Vacations – this comes first! (if I don’t book these in advance then months will go by without me getting a break, and I get grumpy… just…

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This might be why you aren’t reaching your goals (it was for me!)

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Ever set a goal and not reached it? Silly question, I know it happens to all of us. But what if it keeps happening again and again. And no matter what you try you just can’t seem to reach your goals. That sucks, I’ve been there. Today’s NEW video is a strategy I learned just a few months back and it has changed the way we set (and achieve!) goals in our company. And best of all, it’s so simple you can start doing it today. OOOO yea!   Simply put, you identify 3 levels of achievement for the projects, initiative, etc. you’re working on. For example, consider one of…

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My 3 Favorite New Tools

By | General Biz, Systems & How-Tos | 12 Comments

Is there anything better than finding a great new tool? One that is easy to use and makes your life easier? I’ll freely admit that I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to stuff like this… but I wanted to share with you today 3 tools that we’ve recently starting using and LOVE. Tool #1: Pipedrive If you have conversations as part of your enrollment process then you can appreciate the value of a good CRM tool.One that keeps track of all of your people, conversations and follow-up. (If you don’t have good tracking you will lose sales! Simple as that) Being an Infusionsoft user we have relied…

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Profit First – Book Review

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Let me give you a cliff notes version of my FAVORITE biz book of 2014… a must read if you want to keep your money. This book, by far, is my most favorite business book of all time. It’s called Profit First and it was written by Mike Michalowicz. You might not know this about me, but I love numbers. In fact, after I got my business degree (20 years ago!), I thought I might become an accountant (after a tax class, I realized it wasn’t for me!). The truth is I geek out on numbers and I’m pretty in tune with the money coming in and the money going…

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3 Simple Steps to Start Documenting Your Processes

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Originally published on July 11, 2013 First, I want to acknowledge that creating an SOP (Standard Operating & Procedures) guide is not the most exciting thing in the world, which is exactly why many businesses don’t have one (or only have part of one). It isn’t my ideal way to spend a day either, but it definitely needs to be done. It’s like exercise – at first it’s not fun. You have to drag yourself out of bed early to make it to the gym when you really don’t want to. But you do it anyway because you know the payoff is worth it. Although you may never love working…

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4 Questions to Ask in Your Weekly Team Check-in

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 Originally published July 18, 2013 Whether it is just you and a VA or you have a team of many – it is a good biz management practice to do a check-in with the team at least once a week. Here is a list of the 4 questions that each person on the team needs to answer (including you!). I recommend having everyone post their answers to a team discussion board (like the one in Central Desktop) at the end of each week. What did I accomplish this week? – easy peasy, just share what you got done this week. What did I not accomplish and why? – if there was something…

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Why WordPress Should Be The Backbone of Your Websites – an Interview with Sandra DeFreitas

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I’m asked all the time about what tools I’ve used to build my business online. WordPress is one of my top 3 and it’s the backbone of ALL of my websites. So how do you use it? Enter in my amazing friend Sandra DeFreitas who has just released the third version of her book “Does This  Blogsite Make My Wallet Look Fat?“… a step-by-step guide to setup your own website so that it makes you money. (cha-ching!!) Check out this video interview with Sandra and hear why you too should be using WordPress for all of your websites.  (warning – Sandra & I get a bit silly in this video… but…

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