Scary stories about running your own business

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What scares you about running your own business?

To get you in the mood for Halloween, this is the first of a two-part series dealing with some spooky situations associated with running your own business. To be honest, there are lots of scary things, but we’re going to focus on the day-to-day operations.

The first is from Lynn in Canada. Here’s her situation:

“I run our family business out of our home, so I have 7 years of business receipts and statements to store. I’m running out of storage space. What can I do about it and how long do I have to keep all these receipts and statements?”

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Beat the bottlenecks in your business

Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 10.40.07 AMBottlenecks in your business are like having a bad head cold. Just as your nose gets congested and your head feels heavy when you’re sick, so too does your business when experiencing a bottleneck. You’ll notice your workflow gets clogged and your business becomes sluggish and inefficient.

Symptoms also include piles of paper on and around your desk, tasks remaining undone and rising stress levels.

The first step in finding relief is to identify the bottlenecks. That’s not always easy to do on your own, so I’ve put together a list of the top five common business bottlenecks and what you can do to beat them. [Read more…]

This bag will protect you from the notorious time killer

Red briefcaseWe’ve all been led to believe social media is the latest time-wasting criminal to be released on the unsuspecting professional. But there is another villain on the scene. One that sneaks up on you and steals a bunch of time from right under your nose. It doesn’t have a name, it can’t been seen, and after it strikes you feel stressed and frustrated. Its motive: to make you late and leave you unprepared.

But there is a secret weapon that will protect you from this villainous time killer. Read on to find out where it lurks and how to stop it in its tracks. [Read more…]

Quick tips to get you and your business ready for fall

Colourful autumnal leaves illuminated by the sunFall is an important time of the year for entrepreneurs and small business owners. No matter what kind of business you’re in, summer has likely given you a reprieve from the usual hustle and bustle. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy serving your clients, it’s just the atmosphere has been more relaxed.

As you gear up for fall, it’s natural to feel a little anxious. You know from experience that September typically arrives with a jolt. Just the thought of it makes the stress creep up the back of your neck.

How do you make the transition easier?

Here are some quick tips to help you boost your productivity and keep you in control as you move into autumn. [Read more…]

The 7 secrets to an organized photo library

iStock_000007056396XSmallIf you’re like most people, you have thousands of photos on your computer just waiting to be organized. Thinking about it likely makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Like any big task, you can find a million other things you’d rather do, so the task  gets put off … and the photos keep piling up.

Whether it’s your personal or professional photos you need to organize, here are 7 ways to create a photo library that is easy for you to use and maintain.  [Read more…]

3 ways to turn Google Calendar into your personal assistant

Google logoSome days, managing your schedule can feel like a full-time job. Scheduling appointments, rescheduling appointments and keeping track of important days can eat up a lot of time in your day. If you think you need to hire an assistant to manage your schedule, think again. Google Calendar makes it easy for you to automate all these tasks.

Here are 3 ways to get Google Calendar working for you. [Read more…]

7 ways to stop the flow of emails into your inbox

iStock_000009044151XSmallIf you’re like most people, you do battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Instead of tackling the problem from the hundreds or thousands of emails that have already arrived, let’s approach the problem from another angle.

Let’s look at what is coming down the pipe and stop those emails long before they land in your inbox. Here are 7 easy ways to do this today to protect your inbox tomorrow. [Read more…]

Find your organizing style

I just read a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

It’s called Organizing Outside the Box and it’s written by Hellen Buttigieg (a certified professional organizer) and Sari Brandes.

I loved this book because of its focus on personalizing the way you organize your space and time.

When it comes to organizing, cookie cutter doesn’t cut it. Every person has a dominant style of learning and this impacts how we make sense of the world around us.

So if you want to get and stay organized, check out the video below where you’ll discover your learning style and how you can use it to your advantage. [Read more…]

How to easily save webpages to Evernote

Picture this …

You’re surfing the web and you come across an interesting article that sparks a future blogpost idea for you. As a rule, you keep a running list of blog ideas in Evernote – your virtual, cloud-based, digital notebook. Oh how you wish you could add this interesting article to your list!

Enter Evernote Webclipper.

With the click of your mouse, this useful widget helps you capture web pages and store them into Evernote.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you just how easy Evernote Webclipper is to use.

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Does Your Tactical To-Do List Have You Focused on the Wrong Thing?

Have you started your To Do List for 2013? We often depend on task lists, but have you stopped to think about how you’re approaching creating those lists? In this week’s guest blogpost, Jacquette M. Timmons reveals valuable tips and tricks to get you thinking about To Dos, making sure your approach is balanced, efficient, and focused on your business’s needs.

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