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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 153

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 170

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 204

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 118

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 153

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 163

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 153

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 132

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.

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 138

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 176

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 135

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 131

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 177

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?

2015 254

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 118

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.

2018 109

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 180

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 131

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 125

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 144

DIY Websites: Just Because You Can Build It, Should You?

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On YouTube I’m constantly being bombarded with ads for Wix. In their videos they make creating a website look so simple. It’s not just Wix either, there are plenty of other website builders who crow about how easy it is to create DIY websites. But is it? Really? It depends on your expectations. Is a unique website important to you? All of the DIY websites that I’m talking about rely heavily on pre-made templates.

2018 109

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 144

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 125

The Business Blog Is Not Dead; Resurrect or Start Your Business Blog

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Blog marketing. Blogging for Business. A few years ago every so-called business guru was pushing the business blog. Then video blogging (vlogging), Facebook Live, Snapchat and Insta-Stories arrived on the scene and the death sentence was given to blogging. But is it really dead? More importantly, what about marketing with a blog? Is business blogging. Read more.

2018 125

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 198

Love Your Office Space Series: Just Add Personality

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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 132

Re-Visited: The Intro Packet

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Seven years ago, I wrote the post “Let Me Introduce… My Business, with an Intro Packet”. In it I discussed the difficulty of giving people a clear picture of what your business can provide in a short period of time and how an intro packet could help. A lot has changed in seven years. Read more. The post Re-Visited: The Intro Packet appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services. Business Tips Marketing Your Biz

2018 118

Another Reason to Love Dropbox. Paper!

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Until recently, I really hadn’t given much thought to an online collaboration tool. I’ve used Slack a few times and I’ve tested various online project management apps, but they all seemed like overkill for my little business. Dropbox just changed my mind. For the past 11 years I’ve slowly transitioned from storing files on my. Read more. The post Another Reason to Love Dropbox. Paper! appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services.

5 Options for Setting Appointments that Don’t Require a Phone

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If you’re someone who has done business the traditional way for years you may not be able to fathom the idea of an office that doesn’t rely on the phone to do business.

2016 163

Can You Really Be Authentic in Your Business- Part 3: Conclusion

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For the past two weeks I’ve explored the question of what happens if you can’t separate your personal convictions and beliefs from your business. In part two I did a bit of research and talked about mixing politics with business and some examples of those that do and don’t. I can honestly say even with. Read more. Business Tips

2017 131

Would Life Just Be Easier if I Got a J•O•B?

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If you’re an owner of a micro business like I am, most of the time you consider yourself lucky to be your own boss. Yet every once in a while the stress of highly fluctuating income, self-employment taxes, and the solitude of going it alone makes you wonder.

2015 193

Pretty Planning

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The Following is a Guest Post By: Sydnee Yates is a content writer for PDF Supply. She studied Literature (with a specialization in creative writing) in undergraduate school. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

2016 164

5 Tips for Dealing with Personal Crisis as a Small Business Owner

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There is no shortage of information and advice for small and micro business owners when it comes to dealing with the ins and outs of running your business. Articles and posts on the subject of money management, marketing, dealing with uncertainty and growth are abundant, if not consistent.

2014 214

Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

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Although I won’t celebrate my 10 th year of being a #girlboss until September of this year, January 2017 does mark an equally important point in my life as a female entrepreneur. It was 10 years ago, this month that I first stumbled across the term ‘virtual assistant ’.

2017 151

Why You’re Not Getting What You’re Expecting

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As some of you know creating handcrafted things is what I do in my ‘spare’ time. I find it not only relaxing, but it keeps my creativity fresh and flowing. Recently, on one of the crafting groups I belong to, someone posted a story with a moral about the pricing of handcrafted items.

2015 186

5 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Disney Junior

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I’m Granmama to a 3 year old princess. Since moving back to Maine I’ve enjoyed lots of quality time with her and that includes watching some of her favorite shows. At 3, Disney Junior is to her what AMC or HBO are for me, the home to her favorite shows and characters.

2015 202

Top Ten Tips to Help You Waste Time and Procrastinate Growing Your Business

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There are plenty of people out there telling you how to grow your business. I’m actually one of them. But in the interest of not leaving anyone out, I’ve decided that I should probably think about those business owners who would rather not see their businesses grow and gain success.

2015 201

Are you an ORC? I am & Proud of it.

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Being young, urban and creative is great, but baby boomers aren’t dead yet. Apparently Hipsters are dead.

2015 193

Yes, Small Business Owners Can Take a Vacation

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I’m writing this post from a gazebo at Acres of Wildlife Campground. Yes, I’m working from a campground in the Maine woods. I’ve been sleeping in a tent for the past three nights, working only from 9am to 12pm each day.

2015 190

Taking a Political Stand as a Business

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Last week I published a post asking what happens if we allow personal convictions to spill over into our businesses. A few people admitted to wondering the same thing, but I didn’t get the conversation with other small and micro business owners I was hoping to get. head over to the Facebook Page if. Read more. Business Tips

2017 125

The One Thing You Should Never Do as a Business Owner

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After 8+ years of being the owner of a small business, there are a ton of lessons I’ve learned. Many of them have been critical in keeping my business going as long as it has.

2015 180

Could One Item in Your Office Be Hurting Your Productivity?

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Do you ever get to the end of a long day and wonder just where the time went? Do you find your to-do list still looks the same as it did when you started and you feel like you accomplished nothing? Of course you have, we all have days like that.

2015 194