Are Your Ducks in a Row?

On June 26th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Productivity by 0 Comment

I’m not talking about the cute but pesky ducklings that have been getting in my pool lately. When I’m talking about getting “your ducks in a row” I mean when you have an important meeting or telephone call scheduled, how do you prepare for it? Do you just “wing it”? Or do you have a..

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‘Round, ‘Round, Get Around…!

On June 12th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Marketing by 0 Comment

If your business is a brick and mortar operation, hopefully new customers walk through your door all the time. If your business is in the service industry or if you’re a virtual business owner, there’s a chance that new business may come knocking on your door, but a better strategy might be to get out..

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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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Play the New Client Game

On May 29th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Smoothly on-boarding new clients is important to any business. To make it memorable, after lunch at one of the recent team meetings of my virtual accounting staff we made it into a game. The game was a fun way to act out our new client system. I’m the one who talks with prospective clients, so..

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Take Time to Listen

On May 8th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Productivity by 0 Comment

Listening is becoming a lost art. In this hurried lifestyle most of us live in, listening requires that you slow down. Too often it’s overlooked and relationships suffer. When listening is overlooked, people feel like their opinions, issues or concerns don’t matter. To establish rapport, spend more time listening than you do speaking. It’s been..

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Charting a Map for Success

On May 3rd, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Productivity by 0 Comment

Did you know that setting goals is one of the most important tasks you can do to not only keep your business on track but to propel you toward success? It’s true and it makes sense. If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you’ve arrived? As virtual accountants we..

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Celebrate Being Small!

On May 1st, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Awards, BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

There’s nothing small about being a small business. Being a small business is HUGE!  In fact 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are considered to be small businesses (defined as having fewer than 500 employees). In 2010 there were 27.9 million small businesses in the U.S. Over 75% of them don’t have employees. Wherever your business..

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Are You Connecting?

On April 19th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Marketing, Productivity by 0 Comment

Do you dread attending networking meetings because you know you will walk out with a handful of business cards but no true idea as to what the person does? More importantly, you don’t even know whether they are a good fit with your business and vice versa. How can you possibly be a business partner..

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Making A Clean Sweep

On April 12th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Productivity by 0 Comment

Rebirth, renewal and refreshing…those are the words I think of when Spring rolls around – even out here in the desert, the plants are coming back to life. Spring is also traditionally a time of “spring cleaning,” the sweeping out of the cobwebs and the opening of the windows to let the fresh air in...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

On April 10th, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

It’s a noisy, busy world we live in! Everything and everyone seem to be vying for our attention. Where we used to have billboards, direct mail and media advertising, we now have websites, email, text messages and social media. The barrage of information trying to claim your limited attention seems to be exploding. How do..

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