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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:47 pm on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Improve Your Strategy & Implementation For Success 

    It is the small business strategy that defines what approach and tactics you are going to adopt in running your company. In the absence of a well-defined and well-developed strategy, your small business is doomed.

    6a00d8341c39e853ef00e5539d4b298834-800wiAccording to Fortune magazine, they estimated recently that about 70 percent of CEO failures are caused primarily not by flawed strategic thinking, but by failure to execute. Successful small business owners will be quick to tell you that it wasn’t dumb luck that allowed them to have a thriving business. In most cases, careful planning and the implementation of a business development strategy was involved.

    Quite simply, strategic management is the act of developing and implementing a plan designed to achieve the objectives of your business. Although everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, poor management of that time keeps your business from reaching its full potential.

    You need to finalize your strategies and tactics before you start your small business. This is the basic step of starting up. Many businesses are unsuccessful because they start without proper planning and strategy. You need a strategy for how you are going to properly operate your business on a daily basis, managing your time, your team, developing a strategy for your marketing efforts, etc…

    Your business strategy should not just be thought of on a annual basis or even just written down on your business plan then put on a shelf. A business needs a strategic plan for every operation in the business. You need a strategic plan for everday/ a “to-do list” for starting & maintaing a business.  It’s not vision that makes a company successful. What sets the top performers apart is the organizational models that they develop to realize their aspirations.

    In addition to having a business strategy, you need to have the drive to implement it, put your plans into action. Your business management strategy can be adjusted over time as your business grows but you really need a sound foundation to start off with. Without a daily or monthly strategic plan:

    How will you know where you are going or if you got there?

    There are many challenges that face every business. In many industries the strategic challenges are relatively clear and well understood by all players. Everyone needs to be involved as well as many other key players that help to keep your business afloat. You need to have all the strategies in place before you start, and you need to have a business strategy plan – an outline of the things you will be doing to ensure the success of your business.

    Some things that you may want to consider in your planning is your marketing strategy, goals, customer service & how to keep those customers coming back. Take time out to review your plans to check your progress. Once you check your progress, you can tell what needs to be worked on or what needs a complete overhaul.

    Many companies develop strategies that often fail to markedly improve market and financial performance. Many of us rarely ask ourselves the needed questions before we take on a project or make decisions. Such as :

    1. Why hasn’t myself or my team members been able to implement the prior strategy successfully? 

    2. And why do we believe the new strategy will be implemented more successfully?

    3.Why has the organization been unable to realize its current aspirations?  

    When you ask these questions, it sends the search for improvement in an entirely different direction (It also requires humility, which some might argue is in short supply among top management). It is usually not the vision or aspirations of a successful company that allow it to stand out. The goals of most companies such as more market share, more innovative new products, lower costs, etc. — are typically pretty similar for most firms in an industry.What sets the top performers apart is the “how” — the way they organize and operate to realize their aspirations.

    Thus the answer to “Why haven’t we been able to do better?” usually lies in the organization itself or, more precisely, in the organizational model. Such as the internal structures, frameworks and operating practices that determine how work actually gets done in a company. Every successful business strategy plan needs goals to succeed. Without tangible goals, you’re just walking in the dark.

    You need to have well-defined goals that can be achieved in a fixed length of time. These goals can be related to your turnover, profit, client base, etc.

    For example, you can have a target of X amount of turnover in Y number of months. Similarly, you can have a target of increasing your customer base by X in Y number of months.

    Having well defined goals & strategic planning, helps you to channel your resources more efficiently.

     
    • Tom Troughton 3:23 am on May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the good questions to ask before taking on a new task. I was just commenting today to my partner that I need to be better a follow through. This was a helpful post. Thank you
      Tom Troughton

      • Clerical Business Solutions 2:44 pm on May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Tom,
        You’re welcome, hope it helps. Many people have a struggle with follow through or which steps to take next. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a plan when taking on a new project or working through a current project.

        Taking the time out to think things through, developing your rough draft of a plan and then the final plans can help things to move in the right direction to reach completion for success.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Development Consulting & Project Support
        “Your Single Solution For Total Service!”
        Renee: renee@clericalsolutionsinc.net

        http://WWW.CLERICALSOLUTIONSINC.NET

  • 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 !!

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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 7:37 pm on August 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    What Is A Virtual Assistant? 

    A Virtual Assistant is an Executive Administrative Office Professional & Business Owner that provides administrative office support and various business support services to entreprenuers, professionals, business owners, individuals, managers, executives and organizations. Many of them are well versed in various types of business management functions.

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    They are highly skilled professionals, independent contractors and entreprenuers. They assist you in a virtual/ online capacity using the internet, phone, email, sometimes in person, fax, postal mail, various courier services, instant messaging services, skype etc.. to complete tasks for their clients.

    Virtual Assistants are known as VA’s, Virtual Business Assistant, Virtual Office Administrator, Virtual Secretary, Virtual Executive, Online Business Manager etc… These are a few of the many names associated with Virtual Assistants.

    Virtual Assistants are available to you when you need them or at a scheduled time and not in your home or office taking up space or on coffee breaks. They are available on a retainer basis, hourly basis or purchase a service. Unlike a temporary employee, you can get continous great service from the same committed person every time and without the problems of hiring an in-house employee or temp.

    Virtual Assistants offer a variety of services and are very experienced. They offer services ranging from administrative/ office support, art dealer, real estate, consulting, bookkeeping, accounting, business management, web design, data entry, publisher, writer, marketing, six sigma, strategic planning, computer expert, grant writing, data entry, resumes, thesis, manuscripts, typing, copy typing, personal assistant, blogs, research and MUCH MORE!

    The list of services goes on and on.  You just have to find the right Virtual Assistant for your needs.

    Remember that a Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor and they do not become a part of your business or projects.  If you and the Virtual Assistant that you choose, make an agreement then they can become apart of your business.

    Mostly they are there to provide a helping hand and can become an extension to your office. You can call on a Virtual Assistant one time or as many times as you need them, even if you do have a lot of employees. You don’t have to have a business or employees to use the services of most Virtual Assistants.

    It is important that a customer, who chooses a Virtual Assistant, look to see if that Virtual Assistant has the skills that they need.  There are some Virtual Assistants that may not take it seriously and treat it as an extra hobby, but don’t let that keep you from using a Virtual Assistants services because there are a lot of qualified Virtual Assistants out there.

    Just search for the Virtual Assistant with the skills that you need to complete your tasks.

     
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