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.
The rise of the gig economy means that the tricky question for business owners of how to classify their workers – as independent contractors, employees, or somewhere in-between – is now more relevant than ever.
How Much Capacity Does One Human Have? The answer is: It’s different for everyone. Each of us has different skill sets, different time constraints, and different capacity. Knowing our own capacities, our strengths, and our limitations is one of the keys to great success, both personally and professionally.
Your online message matters. The personality that you express online tells your community who you are, what you stand for, and whether you’re the type of person or company they want to work with. Building relationships digitally takes time and effort - and you may not have a lot of either to expend.
Ever wonder what a day in the life of our Slayers looks like? We thought so. This month we take a glimpse into one of Jiveney's days where she showcases the flexibility to do work she enjoys, in the hours that suit her, from the comfort of her home....even when that's in a remote corner of our country.
In the beginning, when the doors of your business open, your love of your product or service may know no bounds. This thing you’re doing, it is so amazing and so universally necessary, that the whole idea of “niche marketing” is ludicrous. Your ideal customer or client is everyone.
Saving money as an entrepreneur is a whole different kettle of fish. I specialize in work with non-traditional income streams - that means I almost exclusively live in the world of entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, and digital nomads - and lots of us are struggling to save. How are you supposed to ‘automate your savings’ when some months you’re not sure there will be cash coming into your bank account?
Margaret’s super power is rolling with the punches. She loves routine but at the same time, she knows that plans are bound to change without any warning. Margaret knows just how to adapt to constantly changing situations, ensuring she’s flexible for all the changes that naturally occur in both personal and work life
Are you looking to start or expand your business? Most businesses need a little financing here and there, especially at the beginning. Lenders and investors really want to see a “sharp” business plan before they’re willing to take the risk.
This optional, one-day event, allows slayers to get together and spend some time getting to know each other. It’s also a great opportunity to strengthen our team bonds and get everyone focused on the long-term vision for Admin Slayer.
Pam actually enjoys reconciling and working under pressure, and even likes talking to people. As one of our senior bookkeepers, she makes sure that all those numbers line up in the correct location, while supporting and teaching the rest of the team.
Bookkeeping matters, and no matter how great the software is, you need a real human to get in there and make sure it’s done right, on time, with minimal costs and headaches. If you’re still tracking your numbers using spreadsheets, focusing on data instead of your clients, please hand it off as soon as possible.
In the beginning, you could barely get anyone to talk to you. You sent proposals, you tried to make connections, you networked like a demon. Then suddenly....all the chickens came home to roost. How do you capitalize on all of this amazing growth, without going crazy, burning out, disappointing customers, or alienating your team?
Addressing conflict early can minimize the damage, and demonstrate that you’re invested in the relationship, and in doing the hard work of communicating with kindness. Oh, and you don’t need to apologize - especially for doing your job.
While we don’t ever advocate for burning yourself out, there is more than one way to run your life, and the solution to these scenarios may just be balance. Crazy notion, we know, but it is possible to balance responsibilities you can’t yet delegate, and still enjoy a vacation.
Michelle Shepherd is a Registered Dietician who works with her clients much like a business coach. She'll get you out of your rut, to help you develop a deep understanding of what works for your unique body, mind, and lifestyle.
Lauded by everyone she’s ever worked with for her organizational expertise, warmth, and dogmatic approach to task management, our Chief Slayer, Shannon, is a force to be reckoned with. We love to celebrate Shannon, who drives our core values, communications, and culture, each and every day.
If you are investing in online and social marketing and you’re not using a content calendar, you are likely spending more time than necessary (and probably more time than you have), reading, posting, replying and more. Yet, your results may be inconsistent and incohesive.
Art can speak volumes to your customers about your services, products, values, and much more. But if you don’t meet your customers in person, or they’re seeing you for the first time on social media, how can you send that visual message? And how can you keep design costs from breaking the bank?
When we met Tiffany, her buoyant, cheerful personality, along with her incredible attention to detail and bookkeeping experience confirmed that she was already a Slayer - she just needed to join our team.