Tips From T. Marie

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 181

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 141

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 181

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 141

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 177

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Business Fresh

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There’s nothing worse than biting into a stale carrot. You know what I mean, I’m sure you’ve grabbed a carrot stick off from a vegetable platter expecting that crisp snap as you bit into it but instead got a rubbery, orange something.

2019 141

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 156

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 163

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 149

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 173

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 130

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 168

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 163

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 163

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 156

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 163

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 163

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 163

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 156

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 156

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 149

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 196

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 149

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 149

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 149

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 100

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 163

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 156

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 125

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 149

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 156

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 115

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 149

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 149

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 128

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 163

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 120

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

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 168

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.

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 115

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 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 127