Tips From T. Marie

Keeping it Real When Working from Home

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It’s kind of crazy how just a month ago I was writing these blog posts for a relatively small group of home business owners. Today, while we’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of people working from home has exploded.

2020 154

How Does Working from Home…well…Work?- Responding to COVID-19

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If you’ve always been an employee or worked in a traditional office setting, it can often be difficult to wrap your head around the concept of working from home. For some, it conjures images of sitting on couch, Netflix binging, with a laptop and pajamas.

2020 169

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Your Home Business: Is It Business As Usual in the Midst of COVID-19 Social Distancing?

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Those of us who already own a home-based business are lucky. We already know the ins and outs of working from home. We use online technology like Zoom to conduct business meetings regularly and accessing files from cloud storage like Dropbox is old hat.

2020 154

March Coffee Break WordSearch

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It’s time for another coffee break word search. This one is themed for the month of March. Good luck! Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

2020 148

Should You Prepare Your Home Business For The Coronavirus?

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If you work from home you’re probably feeling pretty good about the whole Coronavirus thing. After all, you don’t have to get out of the house in order to go to work, right? Maybe, but we should still prepare our home business for the Coronavirus, flu or any other illness that becomes widespread.

2020 154

You Should Be Downsizing Your Images

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Business today is image driven. Photos are key in social media posts, blog posts and for product sales. Smart phones have made taking these needed photos easy, however often the size of these photos is well beyond what is needed.

2019 207

Client Gifting for the Holidays; ‘Tis the Season?

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It’s the holiday season , and many home businesses are thinking about client gifting. From wondering if you should or shouldn’t gift clients to worrying about whether your client celebrates a certain holiday or not, it can be a stressful decision to make.

2019 191

February CoffeeBreak WordSearch

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2020 148

December WordSearch

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2019 172

January WordSearch

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2020 154

What’s Really Stopping You From Launching Your Home Business?

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We all have different excuses. I don’t have the money. No one supports me. I don’t know how to begin. There are as many different excuses for not following your dream of being your own boss as there are people who dream it.

2020 147

Coffee Break: November Wordsearch

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It’s time for another coffee break. Here’s your wordsearch for November. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience. Select Level: {{ currentLevel.width }}x{{ currentLevel.height }} {{ level.width }}x{{ level.height }} {{cell.letter}} {{word}} × Congratulations!

2019 173

8 Home Business Ideas that Provide Local Services

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When people think about home based businesses it’s often associated with providing services via computer or providing handmade or digital products via an eCommerce platform. But what if neither of those avenues are for you?

2020 136

Coffee Break Fun: October WordSearch

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Even the most committed of business owners need a break now and then. That’s why I’ve decided to offer my readers a monthly wordsearch game. So here it is, an October Wordsearch. Grab your coffee. The words you need to find will have a decidedly autumn flair to them.

2019 177

The 3 Biggest Working from Home Challenges

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Working from home might be considered the new American dream. Whether an employer offers remote work options or you’re running your own home-based business, the statistics show that most people are happier and more productive in a work from home situation.

2019 172

You Don’t Have to Be Lucky to Work from Home

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Often, when I tell people what I do, one of the most frequent responses is, ‘You are so lucky to work from home’ While I certainly feel fortunate, luck has very little to do with it. Thanks to technology, today anyone who wants to work from home can.

2019 177

How To Create Personal Connections When You’re A Digital Business

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Creating personal connections with your clients or customers helps keep them your client/customer. As I’ve mentioned here before, keeping your clients is an important part of building a successful business.

2019 173

Do You Want to Know the Best Home Business to Start? Read this.

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When I was working my soul-sucking, traditional office job back in 2006, I did numerous internet searches on the best home business to start. Back then, it didn’t yield me many results and very few of them were legitimate.

2019 154

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 169

Let Your Clients Inspire You and Watch Your Business Grow

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Do your clients inspire you? In my last article, I discussed how to make personal connections with our clients if we run a digital-based business. Since that article published, I was lucky enough to be able to have lunch with one of my long-term clients.

2019 157

Is Your Home Business Really a Small Business?

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On September 7 th , 2019 I will have run a home business for 12 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation.

2019 159

The Truth Behind Virtual Assistant Horror Stories (and Why They Shouldn’t Scare You)

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I’m pulling this article directly from the crypt archives. Because for home businesses that need help, working with a virtual assistant is one of the smartest things they can do. One of the reasons many are reluctant is because they’ve heard one or more virtual assistant horror stories. This oldie but goodie explores the truth behind the stories and why you shouldn’t let them scare you. Halloween.

2019 145

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 164

How Much Should You Charge as a Home Business?

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Possibly one of the hardest parts of starting and growing a business is deciding on what to charge. Whether it’s a product or services, getting the price right is critical in your ability to sustain the business and yourself. So how much should you charge as a home business?

2019 148

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 159

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 159

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 154

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 159

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 159

Online Technology Recommendations from a Geek Girl

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Even though I’ve rolled my Girly Girl Geek WordPress Website services back underneath the Clerical Advantage banner, it doesn’t mean I’ve lost my geek girl status. On the contrary, my own name is probably as easily recognized as synonymous for geek as the girly girl geek moniker was.

2019 159

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 192

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 154

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 154

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 148

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 148

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 148

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 148

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 159

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 154

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 148

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 154

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 148

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.

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