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To Be Successful, Know Yourself

On October 15th, 2015, posted in: Accounting, Awards, Marketing by 0 Comment

If you want to be successful in business, regardless of the area of expertise in which you operate, you need to know yourself and embrace who you are. As a serial entrepreneur and now the owner of a virtual accounting business I learned long ago to embrace my uniqueness. What do I mean by that?..

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Improve Staff Accountability

On March 31st, 2015, posted in: Accounting, Productivity by 0 Comment

We have been in serious growth mode since the end of last summer – both in staff hired and clients brought on board. Because we have such tried-and-true practices and procedures in place we are able to do all of this pretty smoothly. If you’re in the midst of growth or if you’re looking at..

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Traits Successful Business Owners Possess

On October 30th, 2014, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Productivity by 0 Comment

While I don’t believe in labeling people or things, when it comes to entrepreneurs, there are several common traits they all possess. What traits make up a great business owner? Here are a few: They inspire their staff through their own vision and the strategy they have in place for success. They have a clear..

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Who Do You Trust?

On October 28th, 2014, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Marketing by 0 Comment

Trust is the basis of all good relationships. In his book, The Speed of Trust, Stephen M. R. Covey says that trust is “The one thing that changes everything!” It takes time to establish a trusting relationship whether it be a business relationship or a personal one, but it is so worth it. In fact,..

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Is Your Business FIT?

On September 4th, 2014, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Productivity by 0 Comment

Being physically fit is something that every entrepreneur should strive for, but you also need to make sure the business itself is FIT. What does that mean? In our virtual accounting business being FIT means: F – Focus on results. Don’t be shortsighted and grab for the first, closest or easiest solution to a project...

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Female Entrepreneurs: Is it Time to Revisit Your Mission and Vision?

On March 20th, 2014, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Productivity by 0 Comment

March is Women’s History Month and it’s a great time to revisit why you’re in business. That should be reflected well in your business’s vision and mission statements. As entrepreneurs we most likely formulated a mission and vision statement when we first opened our doors – whether virtual, like mine, or a physical location –..

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What Is Your Personal Brand?

On December 20th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Marketing by 0 Comment

When you attend a networking event, chances are you’re asked to deliver your elevator speech. What if you don’t attend many networking events, how do you get your message out? The answer is simple: with your personal brand and your reputation. My virtual accounting firm was recognized by the BBB for our ethical practices –..

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Dealing with Deadlines

On August 30th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Productivity by 0 Comment

“A deadline is a deadline is a deadline” is part of the team handbook for our virtual accountants. The IRS and other tax agencies are very serious about their deadlines, so we are, too! Don’t let clients set unrealistic deadlines. It’s best to ask for a longer deadline than to have to ask for an..

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That’s a Great Question!

On January 30th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

A little introspection is good for your soul and often for your performance, too. Here are some great questions posed to me by Harvey King, my Vistage Trusted Advisor chair. They should make for some interesting discussion at our next gathering. Ask yourself: What do I like about myself? What don’t I like about myself?..

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Visibility: Can You See Me Now?

On December 20th, 2012, posted in: Awards, Marketing by 0 Comment

I was meeting with a new client the other day that is just starting his business. He has a great concept, unique service, good execution (I know because I used his service) and a nice website. When I asked how he was going to grow his business, he answered, “word of mouth.”  Referrals are the lifeblood..

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