3 Tips on How to Use Pinterest Boards!


March 27th, 2013
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Have you sigPinterestned up for a Pinterest account? I know another social media site that is going to suck time out of your day. But you should be paying attention to this blistering hot new graphics based social media site. Why you ask, to help you grow and market your business.

There are countless ways to put Pinterest to work in marketing your business and below are three suggestions to get you started: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Outsource on a Budget…Really!


August 24th, 2012
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This week Adele talks about outsourcing and as a Virtual Assistant this is a topic close to my heart. There are a lot of my clients who thought they could not afford to hire me and now could not run their business without me!

If there’s been a common theme to my guest posts here, it’s that you need to outsource. Trying to perform each specific task for your business works against your productivity for many reasons. Here are just a few of those reasons: Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing the Laptop on Vacation with You…Without Going Crazy


August 14th, 2012
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This week Guest Blogger Adele Jackson suggests taking your Laptop on vacation, is she crazy!!!! Well read on to find out:

In an ideal world, we would go on vacation, leave the laptop at home and never give business another thought. Unfortunately, we don’t live in the ideal world. For most business owners, going on vacation means having to tote the laptop, iPad or other digital device. However, just because you bring it, doesn’t mean you have to have it attached to your hip. Here are some tips that might help. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Marketing Ideas: Holidays and Observances


August 7th, 2012
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This week Guest Blogger Adele Jackson gives some ideas to create a summer marketing plan using Holidays and observances.

Last time we talked about drumming up some business in summer and I encouraged you to think about what’s on the mind of your customers to create your summer marketing plan. Well, today’s post goes perfectly with that. Holidays and observances are a great way to tap into what’s happening in your customers’ lives. Some holidays are widely celebrated and some observances are a bit quirky and fun. Either way, they can all be great for blog post ideas, creating product promotions and more.

Here is a handy list of holidays and observances in summer. Read the rest of this entry »

When Business is Slow in Summer: Think Seasonal


July 31st, 2012
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This week Guest Blogger Adele Jackson gives you some tips and advice for when your business slows down for the summer.

A lot of people tell me that their business slows down in summer. And unless you sell vacation packages, swimming pools and water wings, I suppose it can happen. But here’s the thing…all you need to do is what those travel agents and swimming pool sellers do to get things revved up for summer. No, you don’t have to sell vacations and pools, but you do need to understand what your customers are thinking about in the summer months and cater your marketing to that.

A few questions to ask yourself: Read the rest of this entry »

Lost and Found: Here’s Your Motivation to Keep Business Going This Summer


July 24th, 2012
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This week Guest Blogger Adele Jackson is talking about not losing your motivation and how to keep your business ticking over and still enjoy the summer with family and friends.

Just a short post for you today because I don’t want to keep you from getting your work done!

Summer should be about enjoying yourself, getting outside and hopefully getting away from it all. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of avoiding work all summer long. Sometimes, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get busy, but it’s not always easy if you work from home.  I’m sure just about any home or Internet business owner can relate, so here are some tips to stay motivated this summer.

  • Work hours are your friend: We talked about this in the avoiding distractions post, but it applies here too.  When you know when you’re supposed to work, you’re more likely to do it. If you leave your days wide open and think you’ll squeeze work in somewhere, it’s less likely to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding Summer Distractions: How to Focus on Your Business when it’s Time to Focus


July 17th, 2012
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Well I know like me you have been looking forward to Adele’s posts so here is the first of the series “How to Focus on Your Business when it’s Time to Focus”.

Enjoy!

Summer should be about enjoying yourself, getting outside and hopefully getting away from it all. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of avoiding work all summer long. Sometimes, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get busy, but it’s not always easy if you work from home.  I’m sure just about any home or Internet business owner can relate.

For me, the distractions are the nice weather, having the kids home from school and the desire to just be out camping or even sipping drinks with friends on a patio. One of my best friends is a teacher with summers off and she’s always trying to corrupt me! Even though summer can be great fun, I have learned to set my limits and turn off the distractions as needed.

Here are some tips for you… Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Guest Blogger Adele Jackson: Your Guide to a Rockin’ Summer Business


July 10th, 2012
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Summer is here and it is vacation time! But business does not stop so with the help of Adele Jackson we are going to be giving you tips and advice on how to combine work and fun!  Adele has got a ton of ideas for your business this summer. Whether you want to take a vacation or rev up your sales, we have got you covered.  I hope you will enjoy her posts…I know I will.

Without further ado, meet Adele Jackson…

Hi folks, I’m so glad to be able to visit over the summer and share some strategies that have worked for me and others. Keeping business going through the summer isn’t always easy, but if you approach it right, you can still have fun and keep the cash flow coming.

My house is always filled with kids in the summer (my own and, it seems, all the neighborhood kids), so I can relate. Add to that, we love to go camping and get ourselves right off the grid for days at a time. I know, it can be a shock to the system to survive without Facebook. 😉 Regardless, somehow I always manage to make it through and I’d love to help you too.

A few things we’ll be talking about Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for Planning a Successful Event


March 2nd, 2012
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Today’s Guest Blogger is Dianne McDonald who specializes in Event Planning.  Here are 10 tips to make your bash go fabulously:

Whether you are a seasoned Event Planner or planning an event for the first time, the strategies needed to make your event memorable and profitable are much the same and extremely important.  There is no doubt that a successful event requires a large amount of planning plus a great deal of commitment to achieve the ultimate goal: Having a Great Event people will remember and talk about long after the event has passed.

The ultimate reward of a successful event leads to more knowledge, more business, and most likely more people eager to work with you on the next function.

Now…there are many different types of events.  Corporate events could be a meeting involving a few executives, a ‘thank you’ event for several treasured clients, an awards ceremony for dedicated employees, a very large conference or even a trade-show. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Estate Agents: 7 Ideas For Using Video


February 28th, 2012
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Today’s Guest Blogger is Janet Patten who specializes in video.  Here are 7 tips on how to use video:

A golden opportunity for real estate agents is to create videos to market and promote their business and to showcase listings. Agents may wonder – what should I make my video about? Here is a list of 6 types of video that would be great for a real estate business. Read the rest of this entry »