This article isn’t meant to diagnose or treat any condition, including ADD. But if any of it resonates with you, you might find my 10 tips to be helpful. Ultimately, the goal is to understand yourself and outsource the things you will probably never excel at, so you can hyper-focus on the important, interesting, and profitable stuff.
It isn’t a sudden shift, like food poisoning from that poor decision you made last night. It creeps up on you over time, because it took time to create. Sadly, it also takes time to return from it and, as a business owner, the last thing you have is time.
Tiffany likes to get the day started after a couple hits of the snooze button and a good dose of coffee, but loves being able to juggle her clients, dog walks and time with her daughters and their varied schooling schedules.
When we talk to business owners about what they’re looking for in an assistant, or ask them about the best assistant that they ever had, we often hear about mind-reading. What many people (somehow) don’t realize is: Your assistant is not, and no assistant has ever been, a mind-reader.
The demographics of the business world are changing; the need for flexibility is growing and the cost of benefits is rising. Health Care Spending Accounts are a tax-effective way to help soften those costs while providing flexibility for employees from every walk of life.
Jessica is an organizational demon, with over a decade’s experience in the legal system and education as a paralegal. Due to her strong work ethic, Jessica earned deep respect and trust from the judges she recorded and supported.
Some people look at technology as a thing they have to understand and implement (or avoid altogether). That’s letting the tech-tail wag the dog. What you need is someone to understand your business and your intended results, and implement the technology for you.
Letting go of low-value (but necessary) tasks, and focusing on your purpose can be a challenge for many entrepreneurs. Where do you even start? How are you supposed to know what is to go where and by whom and when? Knowing what to delegate and how can be really tough but read on to see how you can become an expert delegator.
It's beginning to look a lot like summer! After a long, weather-weary winter, you may be looking for ways to spend some time outdoors. We want to help you get there, and we know delegation (surprise!) will get you there.
Challenge yourself. When you build a business from nothing, it can be hard to pry your fingers off your creation - even when it’s the best thing you could possibly do. When you must personally handle every little thing, you create a bottleneck in your business. It limits your growth. It leaves you exhausted. It puts a cap on your revenue.
What are the elements of an ideal workspace? Is there a perfect design or roadmap to follow? I wish I could say yes; however, there is no ‘one size fits all’ for any office – each work environment has its own unique aspects and drivers that can be harnessed to foster productivity and success. That being said, there are some key elements that can serve as a starting point for any space.
Getting to know ourselves and the people around us makes it a lot easier to work together successfully. Whether it’s understanding chronotypes, values, work styles, personality preferences, or even biology, this key knowledge helps us seamlessly work together, with everyone focused on being the very best possible version of themselves.
Walk into every room knowing that the possibilities are endless - so endless that sometimes it’s hard to even know what they are. Get comfortable with ambiguity. That’s where the biggest opportunities start showing up.
Last month, we talked about how to start delegating. Your first step was to list all the tasks you do in a given week, to give you an idea of the specific tasks you could be delegating. That was just the beginning. You’re about to take your delegation to the next level.
Ellen believes that bookkeeping is about much more than reporting to the government. She wants your accounting program to work for you, to give you the reports and information you need to better manage your business.
Culture is what you create every time you make a decision, communicate to your team, run a meeting, give someone feedback, design your office space, manage a project, hire, or fire. It’s the total impact of how you make other people feel, how you act, what you reward, and what you say.
Business owners often struggle with a key skill: delegation. Now you’re in a place where the work is too much for you to do alone or - possibly worse - you can do it all, but because you are doing it all, your business cannot grow. Scaling up requires focusing your time and energy on the things you do best, and handing off those other items (which are still vital and valuable) to someone else who does that best.
It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. Build your network, find your community, and be informed, so that you can continue to build exciting, impactful businesses. Be the best investor in your own business and be a magnet for success.
We had our eye on Jill for a little while before she joined us in fall of 2017. Active, friendly, funny, with a powerful grasp of digital communication, we were excited that such an extroverted individual would be interested in working with our remote team.
You may be surprised to find out that your original ‘must-haves’ turn out to be less important than you thought. Or even, what you would have assumed was unnecessary or even detrimental, is actually the thing you never knew you wanted.
Another day in the life of a Slayer, this one behind the scenes on the operational side of Admin Slayer. A full day can be spent supporting Slayers and Clients, but always with the flexibility to fit the work into the hours, or even into the location - the beauty of being virtual.
The funding landscape in Canada is shifting. New models are being created to increase transparency and accessibility, resulting in increased diversity and inclusion. What are the pieces of your funding puzzle, and how do they link together? Explore the differences between debt and equity offerings, traditional and new means of financing.
A live, full-time employee is not only a member of your team, but also a responsibility for you as a business owner. A virtual assistant is there when you need them, and not around when you don’t. You’ll feel the difference in efficiency, and in cold, hard cash.
Entrepreneurs hate being put in boxes. It’s why you gave up that whole 9-5, working-for-someone-else thing in the first place, isn’t it? Creativity and freedom are your raisons d’etre, and all this planning and process just isn’t you.
The great thing about being a "Slayer" is it allows me to have a fairly flexible schedule to be able to do other things during a "normal" work day that I would like to. In a house with a shift worker, this schedule really works with our family.
If your fingers are on the keyboard more often than not, many common tasks can be quicker if you don't have to reach for a mouse. Knowing these shortcuts can also get you out of an efficiency jam - like when your mouse stops working, or if copying something “the way you always do” just doesn’t seem to be working. Here are a few tips to make your life that much easier.
Now that you’re at a place where you lead a team, we want to make sure you don’t become one of those leaders. You know who we mean. The ones that got your behind-the-back eyerolls. The ones you bitched about after work. The ones that drove you to create a business where NO ONE would ever, ever, ever feel the way you felt on that day.