Tips From T. Marie

Should you use a Free WordPress Theme for your Business Website?

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There’s no doubt that WordPress is the ideal choice for building your business website. Recently I touched on the fact that WordPress is an ‘ array of moving parts’. One of those parts is the theme. In WordPress, the theme is the part that dictates your design.

2019 178

What is a Business Creative?

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Over the course of the last two posts, I’ve been talking about three new terms I’ve begun using here on my website and the Tips from T.Marie blog. They also happen to describe the type of businesses I provide services to.

2019 151

What is a Solopreneur? Two Secrets to Success As One

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You may have seen that I’ve included a few new terms on the pages of my website. Specifically, on my services page , you will notice them right at the top. It says, “Solopreneurs, Coaches, and Creatives”.

2019 167

Do You Own Your Premium WordPress Theme License?

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WordPress requires a theme in order to customize the design of your website. In most cases, to get the level of customization you desire it will require a premium WordPress theme, which requires the purchase of a license.

2019 167

How To Prepare Your Digital Business for Outages

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I celebrated the July 4 th holiday by taking 4 days off from work. It was a hot few days here in southern Maine, and as usual, the hot weather broke with a round of strong storms rolling through on Saturday.

2019 173

Keeping Clients; The True Secret to Success

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The number one question I’m asked by the students who take my best-selling course Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant is “How do I get clients?” Ironically, not one student has ever asked me, “How to do I keep clients?”

2019 167

Scary Email Scams: They Have My Password!

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I’ve written about email scams here before , but just like everything online, scams have changed over the years. From phishing emails pretending to be trusted companies you do business with to shady characters demanding money to save your reputation, identifying email scams can be tricky.

2019 167

Specialized Virtual Assistants: The Best Move Your Business Can Make

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I came across this article on Inc.com that proclaims that hiring a virtual assistant is the best move that entrepreneurs can make. I’ve actually been arguing that fact for years here.

2019 160

Branded Graphics Made Easy with RelayThat

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Branded graphics. If you’re using social media, you’ve seen them, the images that you recognize right away as belonging to a certain business.

2019 151

If You Receive Payments You Should Have An Electronic Payment Option

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This post isn’t just for the small business community, this one is for anyone taking payments for anything.

2019 151

6 Things You Should Know About A WordPress Website

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As many of you know, creating, maintaining and working with WordPress websites is one part of my online technology services. I’m often contacted to fix issues on websites that other web designers have built. Sometimes clients need things added, like sign up forms.

2019 160

Up Your Password Security Game With These 10 Tips

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A recent CNN article asked “ How hackable is your password ?” And while you might think it was a no brainer, people actually still use “123456” and “abc123”. That’s like leaving your front door wide open and then being surprised when someone walks in and robs the place.

2019 151

6 Summer Project Ideas for Your Business

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Tonight, the Strawberry Moon will rise, the first full moon of Summer 2019. School may already be out where you are or perhaps this is the final week like it is here. Summer has arrived. What does that mean for your business? For many of us, it means things will get a little bit slower.

2019 151

What is a Premium WordPress Theme & How to Choose One

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In an earlier post , I recommended that when building your business website with WordPress that you opt for a premium theme over a free theme. Does that mean that any WordPress theme that you pay for is going to be a great choice for your website? Absolutely not. So what is a premium WordPress Theme and what you should look for when choosing one? A premium theme comes with a cost The simple definition of a premium theme is that you have to pay to use it.

2019 128

Coaches; 6 Types & 10 Ways They Can Use Online Technology?

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In my last post , I discussed the fact that I’ve started using three specific terms to describe the clients that I work with. In this post, we’re going to focus on the second type of business, coaches. Once upon a time the word coach almost exclusively had to do with sports. Over the years, the term has expanded to the point where it can be a bit confusing. Just what is a coach?

2019 116

4 Amazing Women Bloggers On My Reading List

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When I first started out my blog reading list was populated by the likes of Gary V , Mike Michalawicz, Chris Brogan and Seth Godin.

2018 200

6 Signs You’ve Fallen Into The Employee Mentality Pit

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As the instructor of a best-selling online course teaching individuals how to work from home as a virtual assistant, I get plenty of questions. A recent one reminded me of one of the pitfalls to avoid when starting and running your own business.

2019 167

24 Online Collaboration Tools That Let You Leave The Office Space Behind

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Location-less offices, remote employees, virtual assistants , and online service providers. This is the changing face of today’s small business offices. Business is becoming less and less tied to a location for various reasons. Reducing the cost of running a business is at the top of that list.

2019 160

Losing Sleep Over Your Business? Here are 9 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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In the early days of my business I lost a lot of sleep. Sometimes it was due to working into the wee hours, other times an inconsistent income kept me awake and other times a multitude of to-do lists insisted on rotating through my brain like a revolving door of tasks I couldn’t slow down.

2019 151

Client Gifting: 5 Ideas to Show Your Appreciation This Holiday Season

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It's December, the time of year when our thoughts are drawn to holiday festivities and the purchase of gifts. As a small business owner, it's also the time when you need to think about what you are going to do about client gifting.

2018 160

Forget Resolutions, in 2019 I’m Going to Reach…What About You?

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Welcome to 2019. To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of a “New Year’ fan. All the hoopla about making resolutions that wind up broken before winter winds stop blowing.

2019 151

Navigating the Ebb and Flow of Small Business Ownership

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Once upon a time, you imagined your small business, complete with a vision of a steady, comfortable level of activity. Chances are, you realized that was as good as a storybook fantasy soon after you opened your doors. The truth of the matter is, there is a definite ebb and flow of small business ownership. In the early days, you may find yourself with lots of time on your hands as you build your client base. I remember those early days.

2019 129

I Found 7 Nuggets of Business Wisdom In Quotes [with Sharable Memes]

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Everyone loves quotes. Little tidbits of wisdom shared by historical figures, celebrities, authors; just about anyone really. As part of my job, I often find myself searching for quotes on various topics and turning them into shareable memes for some of my clients.

2018 151

Business Logo Creation with DesignEvo

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Because I tend to create my own graphics, I hadn’t explored online options for creating a business logo until DesignEvo reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in taking it for a test run. I agreed because after visiting their service I felt it could be a huge benefit for my readers.

2018 167

Your Business Feels Like a Job? 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Passion.

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For most small business owners, the impetus to trek out into the world of business ownership is a combination of passion and hating their current job. To be honest, hatred of their job is often the starting point to discovering their passion and a business model that fits it.

2019 123

Do You Provide Virtual Services? It’s Time To Stop Using The Term Virtual Assistant.

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Back in June of 2010 I penned a blog post asking if virtual service providers needed something more than the name virtual assistant. 9 years later I’m here to say, if you provide virtual services, stop using the term virtual assistant to describe what you do. In my 2010 article, my concerns with the term had everything to do with how the media and the general public were interpreting the term Virtual Assistant.

2019 116

Social Media: Use It or Lose It

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At this point, you should know that using social media to grow your business and/or brand is a smart move. There is a reason that just about every business guru out there recommends it. It works. Well, it works if you know what to do and are ready to do it.

Love Your Office Space Series : Make Typing Fun

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You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more.

2017 173

5 Side-Gigs That Can Add Additional Income to Your Business

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If you are a small business owner or freelancer, you know that one of the disadvantages of being your own boss can often be the fluctuation in your income. Often how much income and when that income becomes available to you each month can be hit or miss. Some self-employed individuals plan ahead for the tight times, particularly if they know what months will be a feast and which will be famine.

2018 130

Yes, I’m an Over Fifty, Overweight Woman in Tech

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I did something yesterday that I’ve been putting off since 2007. I went to a photography studio and had professional photos taken for my business. I know it’s something I should have done way back when. It’s something every business guru recommends. So why did it take me so long to have them done?

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Enjoy Summer When You Can’t Take a Vacation

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I’ve blogged here before about the importance of down time as a business owner, particularly a small, one person business owner like myself. While I will always encourage you to take those vacations, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For those of you who aren’t jumping for joy over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the. Read more. Business Tips

2017 175

13 Ways You Should be Using Your Smartphone for Business

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Admit it, you don’t go anywhere without your smartphone. It’s ok, the rest of us don’t either. That reason alone is incentive enough to examine just how useful your smartphone is to your business. With more of us enjoying job flexibility today, and with the probability of up to 58% of workers expected to be independent contractors by 2027 , if you’re not using your smartphone for more than texting, calls and email you should be.

2018 135

Overwhelmed by GDPR & those notices? What do they mean for you?

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The past few days my inbox has been filled to overflowing with privacy policy and opt in notices. I’d be willing to bet yours is too. It’s all because on Friday, May 25 th the new GDPR regulation takes effect. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by GDPR and what it means to you, keep reading. What is GDPR? . GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it’s essentially a data and privacy protection law that applies to the European Union and its residents.

2018 133

Yes, You Need a Website. Here’s 7 Reasons Why.

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Look, I get it. I know that starting and running a business means a constant evaluation of what to spend money on. Maybe that’s why so many new business owners ask, “Do I need a website?” The answer is, “Yes.” Not maybe, not it depends, it’s just a simple, “Yes, you need a website.”. Period. Those same new business owners are inevitably going to follow up with a big, old, “Why?”. Here’s why you need a website: Your Clients/Customers Expect It.

2018 129

Email Isn’t Dead. Here’s Why You Should Be Using It to Market Your Business.

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The business experts agree, when it comes to marketing, the most effective avenue you can use is email. An email list gets 10 times higher conversions than social media and receives a 4300 percent return on investment (ROI) for US based businesses according to the Direct Marketing Association.

2016 176

Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses

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In November of 2017 I launched a program for local businesses to help them adopt remote work options for their office staff. Living in Maine, when winter weather hits it can have a huge impact on office productivity. Winter weather, school cancellations and sick children can leave the office looking like a ghost town. Read more. The post Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services.

2018 129

Love Your Office Space Series: Take a Seat

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You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 141

How to Declare Business Independence

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With the July 4 th holiday tomorrow here in the U.S. it only seemed fitting that I pen a post about independence. Specifically, independence as it relates to your business. And yes, I know I’ve written about it before, but it’s a subject worth repeating. If your business is coming between your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness keep reading. It’s time to claim your business independence. Start With The Pursuit Of Happiness.

2018 116

What Happens If You Can’t Separate Personal Convictions from Your Business

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It’s been abysmally quiet here on the Tips from T.Marie Blog, for that I apologize. You see, I’ve always been told that one must keep their business separate from the things that one may be experiencing personally. I’ve always thought it was pretty good advice. After all, no one wants their business to be impacted. Read more. Business Tips

2017 141

Guess What? Lack of Focus is a Good Thing

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In the midst of my conversation with my business buddy, Vicki Voisin last Thursday she mentioned that I was always branching out. She couched the compliment in one of those ‘don’t take this the wrong way’ disclaimers.

2015 194

ReVisited: SSL Certificates and the “This Website is Not Secure” Message

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Less than a year ago I penned the post “What You Should Know About The “This Website is Not Secure” Message. The post discussed the message that some browsers display if a website SSL certificate is not being used. Today I’m revisiting it because things have changed. In my original post when posing the question. Read more.

2018 123

Paperless Post- Can E-Cards Work For Businesses?

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Paperless Post, a service providing ecards and evites, contacted me and asked if I would be interested in checking out their service and possibly writing about my experience. They provided free credits so that I could take the service for a test drive and give my readers my opinion and review of what they have. Read more. The post Paperless Post- Can E-Cards Work For Businesses? appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services. Online Tech Tools

2018 123

Money Saving Deals for Businesses: Get What You Need Without Breaking the Budget

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Doing business can be expensive. From computers to apps, and everything in between, doing business costs money. Often, critical business needs are put on the back burner in order to stay on budget. Luckily there are some great ways to get what you need and save big bucks at the same time. Over the eleven years , I’ve been running my own business , I’ve come across a few ways to save a few dollars for the things I need to run my business.

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