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Get Ready For Valentine’s

heartDon’t forget to send your loved ones a nice Valentines Day Card or Gift. I recommend the Cardstore. They are offering some great deals, don’t miss it! Be a hopeless romantic!

The New “Peace of Mind”

Ahhh, peace of mind! “What? I yearn for, peace of mind” Lana said. “I am way overworked, stressed out, two days behind schedule, my assistant didn’t show up today and frankly I don’t even know what peace of mind is anymore”.

I was speaking with a potential client, Lana, last Friday, giving her my best pitch as to what a Virtual Assistant could do for her and her business. A colleague had told her about hiring a virtual assistant and referred me. The conversation was going along the lines of “We offer a variety of services, is there anything that needs prompt attention”? “Well I am not sure that taking this work outside the company is right for me” she said as a matter-of-fact as she could. During the course of this conversation, trying to land the client of course, I ended with we really can give you peace of mind, and we are here to help you and your company” and then.. Continue reading

Business Card Blitz

biz card As a business person we all have that box of business cards that we could not wait to design and produce. They have finally arrived and you went on a business card blitz. You passed out business cards like they were the best invention since electricity. Continue reading

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey

professional super womanYour life doesn’t just “happen.” Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.

#1 BE PRO ACTIVE
#2 BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
#3 PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST
#4 THINK WIN
#5 COMMUNICATION
#6 CREATIVE COOPERATION
#7 SELF RENEWAL

Women Entrepreneurs

business womanMany women aren’t considering entrepreneurship as an option at all: Only one in 13 women are looking at starting a business in the next five years, vs. one in five men.

Women entrepreneurs start their businesses with median startup cash of $8,000, compared to $30,000 for men. Interestingly, most of the funding used by the entrepreneurs in this survey came from their own savings, friends and family–but men were more likely to get business loans. Lack of funding was the number one cause of business failure cited by entrepreneurs in the survey, so this is a real problem. Women in the survey had a 5.3% rate of discontinuing their businesses, vs. 3.6% for men. Continue reading

How to Stay Excited About Your Business

motivationOh, if only the spark and excitement of a new business would last forever. Cambridge University professor Dr. Brian Little, a research psychologist and motivational psychology expert, suggests some strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm starts to waver.
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