12 Days of Business Efficiency

snowflake_smallYou may have noticed this too … the Christmas carols have been playing in the stores for weeks. I asked the cashier if she was getting tired of hearing the same songs repeatedly, she looked at me and said, “I don’t even notice them anymore.

Have we all been numbed to the spirit of the holidays?

I love the holiday season. Whether the celebration is Christmas, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice, it’s a time for friends and family to gather and share food, laughter and gratitude.

In keeping with this spirit, I’ve put together my version of the 12 days of Christmas, from a business efficiency perspective. With all the love floating around at this time of year, it’s important to heap some of it on your business. [Read more…]

Tools I use to run my business

toolkitYou can’t run your business alone. This is a fact.

I’m not saying you need a vast team of programmers, designers, assistants, make-up artists, images consultants, etc. behind you. But the one thing you do need is technology.

Whether you’re a baker or a coach, to be in business today (especially if you have an online business) you need to use technology to get things done.

People often ask me about the tech tools I use to automate and streamline my business. So, here’s a peak into my business back-end. These are all the tools I use to make sure stuff gets done around here. [Read more…]

Scary stories about running your own business – part 2

scary batThe nightmare of launching a website

Just when you thought your website was safely tucked away on the Internet, you realize what you believed was real was in fact an illusion.

This spooky tale comes from my client who recently had a gruesome experience when she launched her newly designed website.

It was a dark and stormy night …

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Cloud computing 101

CloudsMost busy entrepreneurs these days have a computer and a smartphone. Many have heard about the Cloud, but aren’t quite sure how to use it in their business.

If that’s you, then read on for five quick and dirty facts about using the Cloud to make you and your business more efficient and productive. [Read more…]

3 simple systems to improve your customer care

We love our customers written on a computer key

By creating and following the most basic processes you can create a level of customer care that shows your clients you value their business and are committed to providing them with the highest level of quality service. Not only will this give you repeat business and referrals, it will catapult you ahead of your competitors.

So where do you begin? Here are 3 ways you can get started right now: [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…]

App of the Month: Managing your business cards with Cardmunch

Cardmunch logoConference season is drawing to a close. You’ve made a ton of new contacts and networked your buns off. Now the time-consuming part begins … getting all those business cards into your address book and following up.

I’ve found an app that will help you with those two tasks, easily and quickly. It’s called Cardmunch and it literally transcribes the information on a printed business card, changes it to digital and automatically puts it in your address book.  Did I mention it integrates seamlessly with LinkedIn?

It’s as close to magic as you can get. [Read more…]

5 things to consider when choosing your new computer

buying_a_computerAfter my computer hard drive packed it in a few months ago, I was faced with the daunting task of choosing a new computer. With so many makes and models available these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

So I’m going to bring the task of choosing a new computer back to the basics to simplify the decision-making process for you.

If you’re in the market for a new computer or laptop, here are 5 things to consider before making your purchase. [Read more…]

5 things to consider when choosing a smartphone

Photo of Blackberry and iPhone“What kind of smartphone should I get?”

I get asked this question a lot, from friends, family and clients. Most are looking for a quick answer so they can put an end to the dilemma of making a choice.

It’s no wonder. The selection of smartphone brands is endless: iPhone, Blackberry, Galaxy to name a few. It’s no wonder people stop in their tracks when having to make a choice.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, here are 5 things to consider before making your purchase: [Read more…]

3 ways to automate your business right now

clock and gearsI recently asked a group of entrepreneurs and small business owners to imagine they had a magic wand that would grant them one wish to solve their most pressing challenge in running their business.

Without hesitation, the majority of them told me it would be to have more time to serve their clients and grow their business. They all strongly disliked dealing with the day-to-day operational tasks that were important to keep their businesses running smoothly.

The truth is you don’t need a magic wand to get your wish. What you need are the right tools to automate certain areas that drain your time, energy, and money.

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