If you are a business owner looking to develop a website, please read this before you do! In the last few months, I have heard many sad stories of entrepreneurs losing their domain names to web designers who refuse to turn them over. The domains names are being held for various reasons like demanding the client buy the name from them or just flat out refusing to let it go. These are business shenanigans that need to stop.Read More
I thought I would share the contents of my “ToolBox” with you. As a Virtual Assistant, we are always looking for tools to make our lives a whole lot easier. The drawback to that is there are so many tools out there to choose from; you can easily fall victim to S.N.T.S. "Shiny New Thing Syndrome” (trying everything you can get your hands on).
Keep It Simple
I am a technology geek by nature, and I love testing out new software and apps. Over the years, I’ve used several different softwares and apps to help in manage my daily workflow. The deal break for me is the software that I use has to cover multiple platforms like Windows OS, Chrome OS and Macbook OS as I have several operating systems in my workspace.
Chrome is my go-to browser because many of the apps I use are available in the Chrome Web Store, and Chrome can be used on multiple operating systems.
Sunrise Calendar is one of the best calendar apps I have come across. It works hand in hand with Google Calendar and several other apps. Sunrise Calendar can be used offline which is great for these times when you may be without internet connection. Some of the other perks are:
It integrates with many of the popular apps like Asana, Evernote, and ToDoist
It works on both Android and Apple
You can still receive your Google Calendar reminders and invites
Evernote is my go-to app for organizing my thought, my business, and everything. It’s available to use online, or you can download it to your computer. Other perks:
It’s can be used on all platforms via your browser
It’s free to use, but if you are a power user, you do have the option to upgrade to a premium account.
Workflowy is one the best tools to use when you need to make a list. I discovered it about 2 years ago, and I have used it since. This is my go to app when I need to pen my thoughts process (brain dump).
Keeping up with the time in different time zones is so much easier when you use EveryTimeZone.com. I found it the other day and immediately added it to my toolbox.
So there you have it. The short list of apps that I use to keep organized. I would love to hear about the tool you use. Tell me about them in the comments. Look forward to reading about them!
When we decide to take the steps to start a business, the decision to make a new start brings a companion along. The companion’s name is doubt. It hangs around in the back of our minds and rears its ugly head at different stages in our journey.
Since starting a new business and doubting your success have such a close relationship, you will need to add yet another companion to the mix This new companion’s name is determination. Now, determination is a headstrong companion, and it plays a vital role in your journey. You will find over time that having determination at your side will give you that extra push you will need to take your business to the next level.
Even with determination on your side there is one more companion you mustbring along and that companion’s name is accountability. Accountability is there to keep you focused on your goals, to make sure you are not distracted by doubt and to make sure you do not waver in the decision to make a new start.
A new start brings on doubt and makes us question our decisions. The spirit of determination is there to keep pushing us forward in spite of it all. As we move forward, we must always embrace accountability for the decisions we make.
What companion is on this journey with you?
“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”– Zig Ziglar
I decided to write this article while I prepare for snow storm 2014 on the east coast. A few years ago we had a situation similar to this upcoming snow storm. The weatherman stated the storm would be in and out in a couple of hours. Well, it decided to stick around, and it snowed for 24 hours straight. We lost power at the worst time. It's a chore to try to prepare your business in the mist of a storm. I learned my lesson.
At the time, I was doing some freelance work for someone on the west coast, and I really needed to get the finished product to them. Due to the power failure it seemed impossible. My laptop was dead, but the phone lines were still working. Yes, I had dial-up at that time. :-) I remembered my husband had an inverter in his truck so I put my jacket on and headed to the truck with my two 100 foot phone lines in tow. I was able to power up my laptop and send the work to the client. Ever since that day I have had what I call my "Go kit" ready for times like these.
Since I now run a full-time virtual assistant business, I put together a kit to aid me in emergencies. Here's what I have in it:
Since I put my go kit together, I have had to use it a few times. I'm glad I decided to do this because I've been able to keep things flowing as normal despite the weather.
I would love to hear how you have prepared your business weather the storm.
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." --Collin Powell
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