Quitting Your Job and Take the Step Into Entrepreneurship

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Learn Exactly How to Approach Quitting Your Job

This has to be something that we as entrepreneurs take very seriously!

Quitting a job or stopping your job search to dive into a home based business and becoming an entrepreneur is a huge step. Working up to comfortable position with a new business can be out of the question for some of us. While some have a spouse to support them financially and others have to start with nothing and build their business from absolutely nothing…

If you are seriously considering taking a step into entrepreneurship, read this article and get some of the basics covered…and live by this motto.

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business | Entrepreneur.com

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3 Tips To Becoming More Productive in 2013

It’s the start of a New Year and one of my goals is to become more productive. Not only for the sake of my clients project efficiency but for my growing business as well. It takes a lot of energy and time to start a business and keep it maintained as a solopreneur, yet business requires massive results from efficient productivity to be successful.

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I believe through efficient productivity management my results will increase in 2013. So, I asked myself “How am I going to become more productive this year?” I’ve been reading many other posts about productivity- from how to get more out of your day to actually getting stuff done. And here’s what I decided the key pieces to becoming more productive were going to be for me…

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#1…Stop hesitating. Take action with my ideas because thinking about them over and over again distracts too much time from my ability to get things done. If I have an idea, I am going to write it down, brain storm some major points, and plan a time to work on implementing it into my business. Once the idea is in progress, I will be able to mold it into a more valuable piece with any feedback from colleagues and collaborators, and additional information I stumble upon during its progress.

#2…Create simple milestones and build on them. When creating new projects, it can get overwhelming because you can have that stuck factor set in. This stuck factor can take up time just like hesitating with ideas as explored above. It’s easy to want to plan out projects in one setting but sometimes it simply isn’t possible. I plan to write down my ideas in the moment and come back to my task manager and add milestones as I think of them.

#3…Get Motivated and Inspired. Sometimes when I get stuck on one project then try to move on to something else, I still feel stuck. This can be a time sucker for sure as well. So to ensure that I don’t waste anytime with clients and my Virtual Assistant business, I will do something to benefit my personal, home, or family life. Perhaps take a break to switch out the laundry, read a book to the kids, or even go for a run (but that would require me to invest is a treadmill though, since it’s a chilly winter in the Midwest). I believe that doing this more often- even if I am not a rut- will benefit nicely anyway.

I’ve let you in on what my productivity tactics will be…How are you going to boost your productivity in 2013?  Do any of these tips appear in your plan of action?

I’d love to see your key strategies in the comments below!

Pinterest Marketing: What To Include In Your Description

How awesome is it that Pinterest is now offering business profiles?!

I think that it is absolutely amazing and has so much potential to offer any business owner- large or small. You can sell products like jewelry, home decor, and Ebooks or offer blog content with advice, opt-in freebies, and how-tos. However, the list is absolutely endless. I would highly suggest learning more about how to market your business.

To create a Pinterest business account click here

Here are some great tips to include in your description to ensure you get noticed in the sea of pins-

CTA– This is short for Call To Action. Do you know what this might be? Well, its is a group of words that invite your viewers to sign up for your opt-ins, repin your recipe, or click on your blog post. So the few CTA words to consider are- Repin, Click Here, Sign Up, ect. And remember the importance of CTA words entice your audience to take ACTION.

Links– These allow users to click on your link in which Pinterest then directs to your site, blog, ect and additionally it allows you to get credit for your pin if someone else pins it onto their board. Plus, some individuals don’t know to click on the picture to be directed to your site. **Note- When you are setting up your pin be sure to edit it and include where your pin links to.  

Price– If you are selling a product or service be sure to include your price for a few reasons. One, Pinners will know that this pin is for a product/service for sale. Two, you can automatically be added into the gifts section of Pinterest.  **Note, in order to put a price banner on your pin, you can type anywhere in the description ($-.–) and a banner will automatically appear.

SEO Keywords– This one is kind of a no brainer, but some of you who are new to marketing must know that it is always important to include important words that describe your product/service. If you are selling jewelry, try comparing these descriptions 1.) Repin this awesome jewelry for $4.99. vs. 2.) Click Here to buy Ocean Daze Jewelry- sparkly sterling silver stud earrings at $4.99. Now, which one is more effective, catchy, and concise. Tip- include #hashtags by your keywords like twitter users to get higher ranks in the search results of Pinterest like so #studearrings

Click Buttons– Incorporating buttons on your pictures can significantly increase your repins and traffic. The buttons should be CTA words like described above. They don’t have to necessarily be clickable because when you click on a pin it will direct you to the original site if you set it up correctly (see links for a brief description). To add buttons to your photos use this free tool here. No registration either is a big plus!

So there you have it, the important pieces to make successful pins on Pinterest. Remember to share this post and get the word out about a brand new marketing strategy and comment below if you have any questions about how to set all this into motion for your business.

~ Olivia

P.S. Do you have anything to share? Did you find this helpful? Comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Have An Efficient VA/Client Relationship

As a VA, it can be a challenging experience to have a functional relationship with your client. Let’s face it we have all had or will have at least a couple in our VA experiences. While we desire to have only the perfect, most understanding, communication oriented, and focused clients from the start, it seems that there are a few, or perhaps for some many, clients that will be quite testing in our patience and abilities to effectively assist their business.

There can be two types of challenging clients- The Uninformed and The Unquestionable.

The Uninformed clients find it difficult to relay what their needs are because of the lack of understanding they have about 1) what your job entails, 2) little computer/internet literacy, or 3) they have been a one person show; therefore, lacking the knowledge of how to communicate with an assistant.

The Unquestionable clients know exactly what they want and how to get the result. They can be expectant, demanding, or brief, which is not a bad thing, however, realistic goals and clear information must be present to allow the proper time and understanding to complete the desired task(s). This means you, the VA, have to inform the client of the information you are missing or do not understand and illustrate the time requirement may be just out of reach for your schedule.

Always keep in mind the clients perspective though, especially for the unquestionable client, as it is essential to portray that you understand their situation, but you are unable to do your job effectively unless they can offer understanding toward your business limits and expectations. Ensure you address the proper questions. And, perhaps you could have them fill out a Client Evaluation form before your VA/Client relationship takes off, or even after you have encountered some misunderstanding or a certain period of time ask them to re-evaluate their goals, priorities, and expectations. This allows you to assist their needs at the highest possible level of professionalism.

Olivia

P.S. It is just as essential for you to address your needs and expectations as a Virtual Assistant, as it is for the client. 

Work At Home Mistakes To Avoid

Work At Home Mistakes To Avoid

I was reading through one of my newsletters this morning, and I stumbled upon a fabulous article for anyone who works from home. It has some great advice about the common mistakes we face in the work at home environment and how one can make changes in their routine to help avoid these mistakes.

I know I am guilty of a couple of these, but I will be incorporating these useful tips.

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