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Business Tools I Love: Voxer

Can I share a secret with you? The past month has been a complete whirlwind. I just finished up a monthlong sprint in Seth Godin’s altMBA program. It was 31 days of reading books and articles, watching videos, listening to audios, writing projects, looking at new ways of thinking, thinking about at new ways of thinking, group learning sessions and projects. (I’ll tell you all about it soon.) It was A LOT to say the least. That’s why the program is called a sprint – it’s not something that you do long term. During this time though, I didn’t stop […]

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Move the Needle

So what do I mean by that? I mean taking specific, deliberate action to propel your business forward. Clear, intentional actions, not just looking at the clock to hit a certain number of hours or butt-in-seat time. The good news is, you don’t it in one giant leap or even overnight, it’s a series of consistent steps forward. It’s showing up everyday to drive towards one goal. What you do first is – figure out what your meter is. You can’t move the needle on your meter if you don’t know what your meter is measuring. Think about your speedometer […]

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Want to be a Better Business Owner? Here’s How.

As a business owner, there’s so much you feel like you need to know, read up on, become expert at. But think about that for a moment. Why task yourself to read it all, when I’ll do that for you. Without further delay, my tailored list to help you step into the next level business owner that’s inside of you, whether you get tripped up with organizing your thoughts or aren’t sure how to handle a disgruntled client. I gush about planning on paper all of the time, but if you prefer your plans in digital form, check out MindMeister. […]

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It’s About Trusting Yourself and Looking Around You, Not Inspiration

My recent post on not making your newsletter about inspiration seemed to cause a bit of a ruckus with you all. Many of you responded back about how much you loved the idea of treating your newsletter and blog like any other business task, not something that’s consistently relying on spurts of genius. But… then you asked, “how do I come up ideas about what to write and talk about?” I completely hear you on this common tripping point in having a regularly published newsletter and blog. And I want to make it super simple to share your knowledge and […]

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Business Tools I Love: Slack

How’s it going with running your virtual team? Totally rocking it out, with each team member finding your groove. Or is it a bit of a chaotic mess, with missed deadlines and miscommunications at times. You’re not alone. Running a virtual team has its own challenges, ones that don’t even occur in an office setting. How do you solve the problem? Enter Slack – a virtual communications platform designed to enhance team conversations. Why I love it: Ease of use: Within two minutes, you can be up and running with your own private, secure Slack workspace. You simply create the […]

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The Secret to FINALLY Taking That Vacation (Even if You’re a Solo Shop)

When was the last time you took a vacation? Like totally unplugged from running your business? Really, has it been that long? I know, it’s really tough to build a business, keep all the balls in the air and even allow the thought of stepping away for a few luxurious days enter your mind. It’s not an impossible feat, and one, many people including myself, will tell you is vital to the success of your very business. So how do you do it? Tell your clients and add an out-of-the-office auto-reply to your email. It might seem stuffy or “corporate”, […]

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Business Tools I Love: Loom

You guys, I recently started using this awesome on-the-fly video tool and I just had to share it with you. It’s called Loom (but also goes by the moniker UseLoom). There are so many video recording apps and programs out there, why does this piece of tech standout to me? My top 5 reasons why: Flexibility to record only your computer screen with your voiceover, only yourself talking, or a combination of your screen with a talking head. And you do this by clicking on one button just before pressing recording. That’s right, no complex settings menu to navigate. Which brings […]

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Systems + Processes + Why You Need Them

Remember how last time  I said that there are three specific principles that all successful business owners have in common and one of those is Systems. And then you probably did a groan and eye roll. Because in your experience, systems are boring and structured and cookie cutter and limiting. Everything you were trying to get away from when you started your business. A refresher: systems are documented processes for how to accomplish your business’ operations and strategies. I’m in agreement with you – that is not the most enticing definition. Did you know that putting systems in place is […]

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