Is your business built to SOAR™?

The other day a client said to me,

“Valeri, some days operating my business feels like I’m running in mud!”

That image stuck with me, and I thought about how true it is. Sometimes running your business can be a chore. If you are feeling frazzled and frustrated by your business, let’s make a change.

I believe you can design your business so it’s built to SOAR™. This means your business is:

Systematized – with the inner workings streamlined and documented so delegating is effortless.

Optimized – with all the operational details organized so everything runs efficiently.

Automated – with the right tech tools in place so the heavy lifting gets done 24/7.

Repeatable – with consistent best practices implemented so you feel in control.

Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

Watch this video where I share my take on making this dream come true for you.

Here’s to building your efficient business!

Do this if you want to scale your business

You do so much in your business. In many ways it’s an extension of you. It’s always with you and even in your off-time (is there such a thing?) your mind can’t help but wander to it. I was exactly the same the way until I learned a lesson that changed everything.

It happened when I was having a hard time keeping all the balls in the air. It felt like everything was spinning and I just couldn’t keep up with the demands anymore. I started wondering if I even wanted to.

I started to feel like a failure in my business. Can you relate? [Read more…]

The reason your CRM sucks

CRMHave you fallen out of love with your Customer Relationship Management tool? After investing your time, money and energy to choose the right CRM for your business, you’re still not seeing the results you anticipated, and now you’re having second thoughts. Chances are, you’ve gone back to your old ways of tracking prospects, or perhaps you’re not tracking them at all, and your sales have slumped.

The easy way out is to blame the tool itself. “If it were a better CRM, it would be easy to convert prospects to clients,” you say to yourself. In fact, there is a much bigger reason why your CRM isn’t working for you.​​​​​​​ [Read more…]

3 things to look for in a digital To Do list

management

Have you ever been involved in a conversation about apps? That happened to me at an event I attended. One woman asked the group, “What app do you use for task management?” There was a flurry of suggestions. People furiously scribbled down the names in their notepads.

I kept very quiet. Why? Here’s the reason:

Because I believe friends don’t pick other friend’s tech tools. [Read more…]

intandem’s annual Tech Gift Guide 2016

Tech GiftBack by popular demand is intandem’s Tech Gift Guide: 12 great holiday gift ideas for your own wish list or to give to that special client or colleague who has everything.

This year’s list is packed with very cool ideas that I’m excited to share with you.

Happy Shopping!

[Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

Tool Time: Getting to your destination just got easier

WazeToday I am feeling a little melancholy. Summer is fading away and those long sunny days spent on the dock at my cottage are becoming a distant memory. I have to say, I love spending time in cottage country … except for one part of it … the commute.

Living in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most traffic-intense city, escaping the urban confines has become a game of roulette. Should we leave before or after noon? Thursday or Friday? What route shall we take? All these decisions must be made with the purpose of getting to our destination in the least amount of time and dealing with the least amount of gridlock.

And then I discovered Waze. It’s become my co-pilot when I’m in the driver’s seat. [Read more…]

The number 1 mistake when choosing your tech tool

The number 1 mistake in choosing a tech toolThose hot humid days of summer are upon us. Forget the humidex; I know it’s muggy because my hair is frizzy. I asked my good friend Carol what she uses to keep her hair sleek during those steamy days.

Of course I immediately rushed out and bought the product, lathered it on and waited for the awesomeness to start. I waited and waited and then BAM, the frizz returned.

Have you ever had an issue, randomly asked someone for their solution and then tried it for yourself?

Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t.

The same happens when choosing your business tech tools. With so many choices of apps at your fingertips, purchasing is the easy part, but choosing can be complicated and overwhelming.

There is one b.i.g. mistake that is often made when choosing apps to help you run your business.

This scenario may sound familiar … [Read more…]

3 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Your Business

Another Valentine’s Day come and gone. Did you receive flowers from your business? How about a box of chocolate? Maybe a nice card?  Me neither. (Sigh.)

reignite passion for your business

Sometimes loving your business can feel one-sided

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. A few tweaks, mixed with a dose of productive habits, and you’ll be doing the Tango with your business in no time!

Here are three easy steps to reignite the passion [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…]