Depending on how long you’ve been in business, chances are you’ve thought about video production as a marketing tactic. I’ve talked to hundreds of business owners over the last few years on this topic and one of the main questions that comes up over and over again is where to even start? With so many options for filming including DIY, professional and even FB Live, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Aspen checks your sentences and your numbers to make sure that you say what you meant and calculated correctly. She manages your incoming orders, sets up your processes, and just takes all those pieces off your hands. A strong communicator with specific training in confidentiality and security, a healthy laugh, and a yearning for learning, Aspen is the slayer that will keep your business ship-shape and your message on point.
“Perfectionism” sounds like one of those pat answers that people give during interviews when they’re asked to describe one of their negative qualities. When you’re a professional who specializes in making sure things are just so, this can be a sneaky way of answering the question without answering the question. It’s how people try to turn a negative into a positive.
Recently, we attended a great business event with fabulous speakers. One of the speakers came up and we were shocked - he looked nothing like his picture. It was so different, he even commented on it, stating that he keeps it around to remind himself how attractive he used to be. We get it. We miss our younger faces too.
At Admin Slayer, we’re pretty nerdy about creating written processes. To us, the idea of a written process is not only good, it’s necessary. However, so often when we suggest that a written process be created, we get push back.
Everything you put out into the world with your name / your business name on it is a reflection of the work you do. Even if that bit is not something you do for business - it’s an expression of you and your business. And an amateur photo? It makes you look - quite literally - like an amateur.
We all know, intellectually if not emotionally, that delegating increases productivity and profitability. It makes sense: if you can charge more for your expertise than it costs to pay your staff, then your focus should be on delegating as much as possible, and having your assistant boost your billable hours by coordinating your time.
Since all that dust settled in September, what have you been working on? If you're still chasing dust mites, feeling like you're constantly in "catch up" mode, putting out fires and looking backwards - you aren't alone. Many business owners say they're too busy fixing broken things and managing crises to lift their heads and actually propel their businesses forward.
Those entrepreneurs who have found a way to incorporate some innovative technology into their business are the ones who are thriving, even in a depressed economy. Here’s how they did it, and why it makes good sense for you to consider it for your company.
Having a clear purpose or vision is required if you want to have a strong company culture that can be sustained over time and as you grow. Without it, your company and your culture are being morphed and shaped without intention. That’s a problem.
An information hound at heart, Carla loves learning in her day to day life and continues that in the variety of asks that being a Slayer brings. Her breadth of interests range from Severe Weather Spotting, Amateur Radio Operation, Crisis Intervention, Red Cross first aid instructor, and drumming.
Imagine for a moment that when you started your financial planning work, the information that you needed from the client was all there, organized, and ready to go. The time you needed to create that plan was already in your calendar. All you have to do is…. complete the plan.
September is almost over. Where did this month go? If you're like a lot of business owners, you've been working your tail off, both personally and professionally, over the past month. It may feel like the last few weeks have simply been a whirlwind, and you're somehow in need of a vacation - already.
Christine Pilkington has been a client of ours since 2016 and wrote an article last year singing the praises of her VA. She tells us how a simple one-off task grew into a valuable relationship that freed her time, brought in money, and ensured someone was scheduled to pick up the kids from school.
I used to hate CRMs. Every financial organization has one embedded in their programs and I always felt beholden to them. I used daytimers, lists, and Outlook calendar reminders. It worked better, faster, and more personally than any CRM system my former employers had implemented. But when I launched my own financial planning firm, a CRM was one of the first things we set up.
Scope creep is one of the biggest challenges, particularly in service-based businesses, and frankly, no one talks about it enough. Scope creep kills both productivity and profitability – plus it can make you feel like garbage.
We hope you are feeling rested and rejuvenated, and if you're not, that you have some plans to get yourself a little downtime. In either case, now is a great time get some thoughtful planning in place, especially if you or your company gets slower this time of year. Wouldn't you know it: we have just the tools to help you calmly think your way into the last stretch of the year.
Little things matter. A lot. I’m passionate about helping others do more of what they love by positively changing their lives in ways they may never have thought possible. It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen and we have an amazing team that does it every day.
If you don’t want or have time to build a fancy website with all the bells and whistles, but you definitely want to be in charge of how you are being presented in the world, here are the basics you’ll want on your simple website.
Many entrepreneurs have no plan at all for how they’re going to achieve the nebulous goal of “growing the business” because very few of them have even thought through what that means. So, if they achieve growth, they don’t know why they succeeded, or what activities generated the best returns. That’s fine if you’re more concerned about earning money today than having a sustainable business tomorrow. But most of us are dreaming bigger than that.
Each year, Admin Slayer’s team likes to get together for a real, live, in-person retreat. We started doing this in the summer of 2016 and found that it made such a massive difference to our internal community that we wanted to keep it up, every single year. This year, we made our retreat a weekend getaway on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in the small town of Sechelt, BC.
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.