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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 1:53 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Regain Your Passion For Business 

    Remember the good old days. Yeah, you know the ones, the days when you were first starting out in business and you were feeling great for even starting a business. You had that twinkle in your eye. Yeah, I know that starting out in business can be hectic but thrilling at the same time. As you travel down memory lane, you think of how great business will be once you get everything under control. Just imagine, you’ll have clients here, clients there, clients everywhere and gain business here, business there, business everywhere.

    That’s right you’ll be your own boss and things will be great ! Your business will be booming straight to the top ! You’ll be climbing the ladder of success. As you reminisce & have thoughts of your new business venture, your dreams, hopes & visions become a reality.

    STOP ! Now, Fast Forward To The Present.

    I hate to interrupt your little trip down memory lane but face it you’ve lost it, you know, you lost your passion for business. Where did it go ? It went somewhere between being excited about starting a business & you being stuck dealing with various administrative tasks that have to get done in order to keep your business in business. You are stuck doing things for your business that you hate instead of being out in the business market place, networking and growing your business.

    Don’t just leave your passion at the door bring it in with you. Where did you lose the passion for business, your get up & go ? Maybe just maybe you lost it when you decided that you could handle it all yourself. Instead of getting the help that you oh so desperately need, you try to do it all yourself. You may say I can handle it !                 Oh really, can you ?

    Stop the non-sense & face reality, there are going to be times in business when you’ll need help. That time is now and you know it.  As a business owner or professional don’t be afraid to look for & ask for help. Seek & ye shall find. So when you’re stuck doing the things that you hate, you tend to lose your passion for it all.

    I know that you want to get out and focus on other things that will help your business grow. But you can’t because you are stuck doing various, monotonous administrative tasks & trying to be Mr. or Mrs. “I Can Do It All, Myself”. 

    Change your way of thinking so you can bring back that good old feeling again. Bring back the passion that you once had for business. Find a new outlet for those tedious, monotonous tasks that you hate and relieve some stress. A wise outlet for those dreaded tasks is to outsource.

    Contact ME, so that you & I can help to put some passion back into your business. Outsource those tedious, monotonous tasks today ! Now you can be excited about what you do all over again. 

    Contact ME today and get a 10% discount on services for May & June 

    Renee   e-mail: info@clericalsolutionsinc.net 

    web: http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net   

    Clerical Business Solutions

     
  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 7:53 pm on April 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Clerical Business Solutions-Virtual Assistant Services 

    If you work in the business world or you’re a business owner, there are times when you need assistance with managing your projects, day-to-day administrative office tasks, various personal or business tasks & help in implementing the steps that you need to stay on top of business. Then you may wonder where will you find the time, resources or help to manage it all.  A flexible, cost-effective, reliable business support provider is

    Clerical Business Solutions-Virtual Assistant Services!

    Many people hesistate to delegate & outsource their administrative office tasks or some business operations because they feel that they can do it cheaper themselves, hire a temp , hire additional employees (which can be very costly). By doing so only leads to more stress, more work, more work hours & not being able to stay on top of things. Also a temp is a transient solution.

    Going virtual for your business support needs is the way to go. It is less costly than hiring additional staff. The benefits are numerous.

    So, ask yourself, Why not put your administrative office tasks, routine or non-productive tasks (which are not your core business focus) into the hands of a professional like Clerical Business Solutions ?

    A Virtual Assistant can help you to reduce lots of business expenses & business tasks which are not your core business focus.

    Your ROI (return on investment) can = 400–500% , even for someone who makes $30,000-$40,000 a year. It’s only possible when you hand over your to-do list to a Virtual Assistant. “Let Me Handle All The Details, So You Don’t Have To !”

    A Virtual Assistant & Business Consultant like Clerical Business Solutions can help you to manage & simplify your business operations better by:

    • helping to take the load off
    • helping to increase your business productivity, increase your efficiency
    • help you to relieve stress & become more organized
    • help you to eliminate the distractions
    • help you to streamline your business & increase your bottomline !

    I provide “Solutions To Simplify Your Life & Business “, in a variety of services to help you manage your personal projects or business projects. A sample of the services available are secretarial services, grant writing, outsourcing/ overflow work, resume/ cv services, personal life management, email management, travel & meeting planning, thesis/dissertation/ manuscript typing, blog management, business start up assistance, article marketing, writing a press release and more.

    Many businesses, executives, professionals & individuals are partnering with a cost-effective, reliable business resource: THE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT !!

    • Do You Need A Solution To Help Cut Back On Business Expenses ?
    • Do You Need An Assistant, BUT NOT In Your Home Or Office ?
    • Do You Need Extra Time To Focus On Other Aspects Of Life Or Business ?
    • Do You Want To Stay A Solo-Business Owner Or You Can’t Afford To Hire An In-House Assistant ?
    • Are You Stressed Out With Business Or Personal Tasks & Need Immediate Help ?
    • Do You Need Assistance With Your Current Staff In Overflow Work ?
    • Do You Need Assistance In Finding In-House Employees ?
    • Do You Want To Reduce Or Eliminate Employee Related Expenses Or Problems ?

    SAVE TIME & MONEY BY CONTACTING YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CLERICAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS TODAY !!

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    Clerical Business Solutions services are available worldwide with no geographical restrictions. The more time that you spend on administrative office tasks the less time that you have to grow your business. “I do all the busy work so you don’t have to !” When you outsource to a Virtual Assistant your 8–16 hour workday can be reduced to 3–5 hours a day. Which will enable you to increase your business productivity, efficiency and your bottomline ! That’s right, Virtual Assistant services can help you to achieve a 4-hour work week.

    You know that you are in need of cost-effective business help but you come up with a hundred reasons not to use a Virtual Assistant. When you work with Clerical Business Solutions:

    • you gain a partner in your business or projects, not an employee
    • you gain professional assistance at the click of the mouse
    • you gain someone who wants you to succeed in your business or projects, which is a great benefit to you

    Now you can reduce all of tha hassles & responsibilities of an in-house employee or temp like:

    • federal, state & local government costs or responsibilites of an employee
    • you can reduce or eliminate someone wasting time on the job
    • you can reduce buying extra office space, equipment or training for an employee
    • reduce high employee turnover, employees being late to work & a host of employee related problems 

    You don’t have to deal with those things when you work with a Virtual Assistant. A Virtual Assistant is 100% focused on your business needs & Virtual Assistant services are tax deductible.

    Do you want to know more about Virtual Assistant services, how they can work for you, how you can save time & money ?

    Then contact your Virtual Assistant Clerical Business Solutions Today !!

    Contact Me Today To Get Your 10% Discount On Services For May & June

    Attn: Renee, Email: info@clericalsolutionsinc.net  

    Web: http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net

     

     
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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 3:24 pm on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Watch Out For IRS Scams 

    There are many identity theft schemes that use the IRS name in order to get your personal information. They come to you through unsolicited phone calls, unsolicited emails from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).  Be careful because you are not talking to the IRS like you may think that you are.

    There have been over 200 complaints about phishing schemes reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center since 2006. These phishing schemes falsely use the IRS name as bait. Now the scammers have new tricks up their sleeves. They use personalized email greetings, the promise of tax rebates, sometimes threats to get you to give up your personal information. Don’t fall for these tactics.

    Don’t give out your personal information to anyone that you have not contacted yourself. If they say that they are the IRS then call the IRS for yourself to verify their claims before you give out your information.

    Don’t fall for these IRS scams:

    Scam # 1. Tax Refund Emails

    The scammers will use the IRS name & logo in an email to fool you. Contact the IRS if you receive one of these emails to verify if the IRS really did send you the email. The IRS name & logo may look real but look closely at the footer on the bottom of the email it will have a copyright 2008, IRS U.S.A. That may look real but it usually is copied and pasted onto the email. Most scams come from overseas and have a lot of misspelled words, incorrect grammer etc…

    Also the subject line may have “Notice From the IRS” and have IRS in the domain name. Some emails will have a link in the email for you to click in order to claim your refund. Don’t click this link.  If you do it will take you to a fake IRS claim form for you to fill out with all of your personal information. They want your social security number or the numbers of your family members, credit card numbers, address and/ or your bank account information.

    That gives a wealth of information to criminals. The scammers will use it for identiy theft or sell it on the black market. Don’t get so curious to click the link in these emails because you just may download malware onto your computer which will hunt for your personal information. “Curiousoty killed the cat”

    The IRS will not use emails to tell you about your refunds or rebates. If you are expecting a refund or rebate check out the IRS, Where’s My Refund Tool to locate your refund.  Report fake emails & phishing scams to phishing@irs.gov .

    • IRS Tax Forms 1-800-892-3676
    • IRS 24Hour/ 7 days Tax Info, Refund Status 1-800-829-4477
    • IRS Tax Help Line (Individuals)1-800-829-1040,(Business)1-800-829-4933
    • IRS Refund Hotline 1-800-829-1954
    • IRS Tax Fraud Violations 1-800-829-0433
    • National Taypayer Advocate 1-877-777-4778
    • Tax Exempt Government Entities 1-877-829-5500 

    Scam # 2. Rebate Phone Calls

    For many years there have been fake phone callers who impersonate IRS employees. They tell you that you can get your rebate early for filing your taxes early. The scammers will ask for your bank account information and if you refuse then they will deny your refund. That’s a lie so don’t fall for it.  The scammers will use current events in American Government to fool you. They are using the recently passed rebate legislation by Congress as a con.

    If you get one of these phone calls just hang up the phone and call the IRS for yourself to check it out.  Your real notification of a rebate will come in a letter from the IRS not an email.  Checks will start coming out in May.  If you want your money direct deposited you must include it in your tax return.

    Scam # 3. Check Verification Phone Calls

    A fake IRS employee calls consumers telling them that the IRS mailed them a check that you haven’t cashed and ask for your bank account information. The IRS will never call you about not cashing a check. The IRS doesn’t mind if you don’t cash it right away. To see what’s happening to your rebate check out the IRS, Where’s My Refund Tool.

    Lesson To Learn :

    The IRS communicates with taxpayers through the U.S. Postal mail. To report fake scams, fake phone calls and emails to phishing@IRS.gov .

    Scam # 4. Audit Emails

    Audit emails is a new scam which will threaten you or scare you into giving up your personal information. They tell you that your refund will not be granted to you because your tax refund is being audited. It also includes a link to a fake form for you to fill out.

    These emails will greet you by your name. They get this information from social networking sites and hacked computers to target their emails.

    The IRS does not send out unsolicited emails or phone calls.

    Clerical Business Solutions

    Renee-Virtual Assistant  Email: info@clericalsolutionsinc.net

    Web: http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net   

     
    • 9/11 7:02 am on July 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.SirWinstonChurchillSir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

    • 9/11 Truth 6:16 pm on July 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.TheodoreRooseveltTheodore Roosevelt

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 4:11 pm on April 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Get A Wiki For Your Business Or Personal Needs 

    Professionals & businesses are using wikis in their everyday work. Who can use a Wiki ? Teachers, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Doctors, Journalists, Individuals, Photographers, Chef, Scientists, Computer Experts, CEO, Organizations, all kinds of professionals & businesses. The list goes on & on.

    What is a Wiki ? Wiki (wik’e): It’s a collaborative website workspace that one person or multiple people can edit together, share files, documents and collaborate.

    Here’s a sampling of some of the wiki resources and ideas,so you can start using a wiki for your business or personal needs.

    LEARN BY DOING:
    Sites that offer easy-to-use and (in some cases) free wiki tools
    PB Wiki http://www.pbwiki.com
    WetPaint http://www.wetpaint.com
    BackPack http://www.backpackit.com
    Wiki.com http://www.wiki.com

    Wiki “communities”:
    The folks behind Wikipedia are offering a new service to those who want to create a wiki-style resource on any topic
    Wikia http://www.wikia.com

    Wikis FOR THE “Enterprise”:
    These companies offer wiki-software solutions used in corporate environments for functions such as customer support or knowledge management systems
    Atlassian http://www.atlassian.com
    Customer Vision http://www.customervision.com
    iUpload http://www.iupload.com
    Social Text http://www.socialtext.com

     
  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 4:30 pm on April 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Keep Good Business Credit 

    Credit is important for business success & business image. You Must Get Good Credit & Keep It !! Few entrepreneurs know about or really understand how business credit is established, tracked, how it affects their lives and their business.

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    Personal credit is different from business credit. You don’t have to rely only on your personal credit to build, grow or maintain your business. That’s why it’s good to maintain good business credit.

    You can build, acquire & maintain business credit & personal credit separate from each other.  In business, without interrupting your cash flow, borrowing can allow you to build your company in good times. In slow times credit can help maintain a company’s smooth operation. You need a strong company credit profile to increase your company’s borrowing potential.

    A good company credit rating begins as soon as you start your company. A good way to start & maintain good company credit is by:

    1. DEVELOP A BUSINESS PLAN
    If you have a new company this is an important first step, it helps your company start in a professional manner. Many business owners never develop a business plan or they wait until it’s too late.

    A business plan is usually required by lenders. If you are past the start-up phase in your business, update your business plan regularly to take into account its growth and future needs. If you don’t plan to borrow, you need to update your business plan regularly throughout every year.

    2.  SELECT A BUSINESS STRUCTURE
    This step is completed along with the business plan. If you plan to borrow & show lenders that you are operating in a professional manner, establish a proper business structure, in addition to facilitating your operation.

    From a credit standpoint a corporation or LLC could be beneficial.  A partnership or sole proprietorship, personal credit information could be included on your business credit report.

    3. OPEN A BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT
    It is very unprofessional to mix business & personal accounts. Mixing the two could ruin or damage your personal credit if your company has a problem. A business-only bank account is a way to build business credit since banks offer debit, check or credit cards in connection to that account.

    4. ESTABLISH BUSINESS CREDIT
    Every business needs supplies. If you need to, check with major office supply store chains about setting up an account. Wholesale clubs are another good option to setting up credit accounts. If a credit card was not apart of your bank account, apply for one. The main point to these credit options is to manage them wisely.

    5. REVIEW YOUR CREDIT PROFILES
    Regularly review the information collected by credit reporting agencies on your company. Make sure your business credit profile has up-to-date & accurate information. Dispute & report incorrect information in your credit file. Follow-up to ensure that mistakes or errors were corrected in your credit report.

    There are specific business credit reporting agencies. Lenders & vendors rely on this information to determine if they want to do business with you. Business credit reports are different from personal reports. Personal credit reports are maintained by three different credit reporting bureaus: Experian, TransUnion &  Equifax. Company creditors voluntarily send information to the business credit agencies.

    When you open a new account with a creditor, make sure that they report it and your positive payment history to the business credit bureaus to help build your business credit profile.  Business credit profiles include :

    • Payment Histories
    • Information On Legal Actions Involving Your Company
    • Business License And Registrations
    • Corporate Financial Reports
    • Government Contracts Or Grants
    • Media Reports
    • Data From Directory Listings

    Sometimes business credit bureaus conduct direct investigations & interviews with business executives and the companies that they do business with. The major business credit bureaus are:

    DUN&BRADSTREET (also known as D&B)
    A household name & a major company in business ratings. You should get a DUNS NUMBER from them for your company because when you are doing business with other companies or the government you will need a DUNS NUMBER.

    If you do business with the government you have to have one or the government won’t do business with you. Sometimes other companies may ask you if you have one before they do business with you. D&B uses a DUNS NUMBER to identify your company & for business credit.

    D&B creates a profile based on information provided by business owners and their vendors, also they create a rating called a DUNS rating based on the financial statements of a business. They issue a PAYDEX score, it’s similar to a FICO score of a personal credit report from Fair Isaac & Company.

    EXPERIAN BUSINESS
    Experian tracks business credit just as well as personal credit. For businesses they only use information from vendors. Then they give what’s called an Intelliscore number.

    EQUIFAX BUSINESS
    Equifax tracks business credit and personal credit. They produce a variety of business scores based on banking & lease payment performance information provided by the Small Business Financial Exchange, INC. Some of the business scores come from the Small Business Financial Account Acquisition Score and the Small Business Financial Account Management Score.

    FDIinsight
    FDIinsight is a part of the Factual Data Corp, a business-to-business information service. They started out as a personal credit reporting agency for mortgage brokers. Their reports contain information supplied by the company itself or a third party. The staff of FDIinsight, verifies the information independently.

    CREDIT.NET
    They were formerly known as Business Credit USA, a subsidiary of INFOUSA. They get information from business owners & verify the data before putting it in the reports. Their ratings are based on a “grade” Scale A+ (95 to 100 points ) to C ( 70 to 74 points).

    CLIENT CHECKER
    They provided credit about small businesses and only use information provided by vendors. They turn the information into a PAYQUO score which is based on payment histories.

    It can take time to build a credit rating for your company, so maintain a good rating. A strong business credit profile will enhance your company’s creditworthiness, and also your professional reputation.

     
  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 12:03 am on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Small Talk Can Save The Day! 

    One day a consultant named Jane Doe had a business meeting to attend with a difficult client, one which she dreaded going to. Jane knew that the Clerical Business Solutions www.clericalsolutionsinc.netdiscussion would be difficult or intense. As she was walking into her clients new office, she noticed photos of children and animals on the client’s desk. Then Jane Doe asked her client about the pictures.

    Well the client just glowed with excitement to hear Jane ask about the pictures. Which turned out to be the clients nephews and family pets. For the moment it really changed the clients icy demeanor. “After a good conversation, we became pals, the meeting went smoothly enough till we were able to sort out and strategize a difficult situation,” says Jane Doe.

    Small talk can save the day. Jane has used small talk ever since that meeting with a difficult client to build business relationships, contacts and keep clients happy.

    LESSON TO LEARN
    When you are selling or marketing, learn how to break the ice with a client or difficult people by using small talk. You can turn small talk into an opportunity. WARNING!!, DON’T OVER DO IT.  As in being too fake/ phony, overly interested when starting small talk because people can tell if you are over doing it. Don’t patronize people. If you do this, it is possible that you can ruin the mood, the meeting or loose a client.

    Once you learn the art of small talk and how to hold a conversation, you’ll be able to keep it going and build networking skills. It will leave a positive impression on your behalf. When you develop small talk conversation skills, it helps you to connect with clients, colleagues and customers without selling or “schmoozing”.

    Small talk may seem pointless but you have to come to the understanding that it is the appetizer for relationships, its also a critical ingredient for business success. People do business with others who can solve their problems and make them feel good. It’s an advantage that small business has over large business.

    So try some small talk today ! Try to meet new people often, it will be great visibility for your business and maybe create friendships along the way. You never know when a conversation can be an opportunity for success.

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    • Ajith Edassery 8:50 am on April 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Only today I had written a post about VAs, and accidentally reached your posts. Good stuff. VAs are still new to us in India and I was trying to educate ppl on the same.

      Will visit your site as well.

      Ajith

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