Do You See Visions?

On October 23rd, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Training by 0 Comment

One of the best ways to gain confidence and clarity around anything is to visualize yourself as doing it well. Right now I’m preparing for a presentation I’ll be doing in November for the Greater Arizona Better Business Bureau. It’s my favorite keynote, The #1 Most Costly Mistake Business Owners Make and How to Fix..

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KNOW-ing What To Do And How To Do It

On July 19th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Productivity, Training by 0 Comment

I love giving examples through acronyms because they’re easy to remember. I’d read recently about how business owners can take the lead in their company and be in the KNOW about what makes their own team tick. Whether you’re leading a virtual accounting team like I am or if you’re a small business owner that..

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Hiring the ‘Best’ Employees

On June 21st, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Training by 0 Comment

In recent months, my virtual accounting business has been in another growth phase! This is great news, but it also meant I needed to hire some new virtual accountants to help with this growth. It’s not always an easy – and it certainly is never a quick – task to bring new people on board...

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Optimism Is Contagious: Pass It On!

On June 7th, 2013, posted in: Marketing, Productivity, Training by 0 Comment

Optimists win! That may not be a proven fact, but having a great attitude certainly can’t impede your chances at success. Wouldn’t you rather be with people who are upbeat and optimistic rather than those whose attitudes are gloomy? Optimism can put you in the mindset of winning.  As an entrepreneur, success is your ultimate..

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Are You Using the New Form I-9?

On April 5th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Training by 1 Comment

The Form I-9 is verification of employment eligibility. US Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new version of this form on March 8, 2013. Here’s where you can download a copy of the form: The old 8/7/09 version will be accepted only until May 7, 2013.  After that date employers who fail to use..

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Authenticity: Living Out Your Core Values

On February 22nd, 2013, posted in: Marketing, Productivity, Training by 0 Comment

Every four months we have a staff meeting or a meeting of the TAO Team, as we call ourselves. Being a virtual accounting business, it’s a real treat for us to get together three times a year. We work with our coach, bond as a team and strategize about how to better serve our clients...

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Rushed and frazzled? Breathe!

On February 15th, 2013, posted in: Productivity, Training by 0 Comment

There is an amazing and quick way to clear your mind when you get harried and frazzled. I learned it in a yoga class and it never fails to help me. You can even do it when you’re stuck in traffic! It’s so simple. Use your right hand. Put your thumb against the right side..

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Are Your Colors Showing?

On November 29th, 2012, posted in: Marketing, Training by 0 Comment

Ever wonder which colors catch the eye the most? Dr. Tony Muscia did a seminar on “The Psychology of Color” for NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) several years ago when I was President. According to him, the answer to this question is red and yellow. Those two colors catch the eye more than..

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The Power of Positive Alliances

On August 9th, 2012, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Training by 0 Comment

The power of positive thinking can’t be denied. Neither can the power of surrounding yourself with positive people! Your mother always told you that you’d be defined by the people you hang out with. It’s true even now that you’re grown up. So hang out with the people who are going somewhere! Forging alliances with..

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Practical Tips to Prepare For a Speaking Engagement

On August 2nd, 2012, posted in: Marketing, Productivity, Training by 0 Comment

I speak several times a year for business groups and entrepreneurial organizations. One of the things that set a professional apart from an amateur is how they prepare for the presentation. I have a few steps that I take every time I am asked to talk in front of a crowd: I always know my..

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