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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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Business Tools I Love: LastPass

When you manage a business, there’s so much data involved. Passwords – you bet! Credit card numbers – of course! On the teams I manage, there’s always one person working in one area of a business while another is working on an equally-important, but totally-different area. For example, it’s pretty much the norm that we’ll have one assistant updating a component of the marketing funnel while another is improving the client registration process and I’m in the oversight position on both tasks. In order for these upgrades to take effect, our team members need access our software programs and systems. […]

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The One Where I Share My Hack for Finding Focus

As a business owner, finding the opportunity to fully give yourself over to a task feels like a rarity. About as frequent as the unicorn passing under a rainbow on its way to meet the leprechaun and share the pot of gold. There’s always something to do and lots of balls up in the air – answer an email, tweak a blog post, record a video. And what so many of us find ourselves doing is giving each task half our attention. Which in turn makes it seems like it takes twice as long and is only a fraction as […]

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5 Tech Tools Everyone in the Online Business World Should be Using

I get asked way-too-often, “what tech tools should I be using? There’s so many – it’s overwhelming!” I totally hear you. Now, wonder no more. Here’s the five must-have pieces of tech you need to be using if you have an online service-based business (darling life coach, I’m looking at you). #1 – Cloud Storage When working with your team, you need an easy way to share working documents. It’s just not convenient to send documents as email attachments, just to have your assistant make your requested changes, then email it back to you (via email again). Migrate your files […]

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Even Apple Has to Shut Down Too

There I was, sitting on a metal stool, dutifully waiting for my Genius to come back and tell me what the problem was with my computer. When he arrived, he gave me a synopsis of the diagnostic report, then said something that made me do a mental facepalm – “You know, it’s good to shut down your Apple products every so often. It helps degunk them.” Okay, so maybe he didn’t use the term ‘degunk’, that was my paraphrase, but he explained that by shutting them down, it gives the internal workings a chance to reset in order to keep […]

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