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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 3:00 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Coordinating Your Business & Family 

    Many times as an entrepreneur we have high hopes of starting & developing 1 or more successful businesses. In the process of building a new  business or working on the current one that you have, you may forget about family. Sometimes you may forget or don’t pay enough attention to how is this going to affect your family or the ones closet in your life.

    Starting & managing a business can take a lot out of you. Many things around the life and success of your business ventures or projects should start out with a strategic plan & support. Why?

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    Because without strategically planning things can lead to disorganization, various problems in your company, problems with family, friends etc… If your entrepreneurial adventures have some affect on your family or close ones then create a plan; a strategic one at that.

    Let your family know that this is a business and things have to get done but there will be family time soon & stick to the plan! When you have a strategic plan to make time for both: business & family, you could possibly create & maintain a sense of balance which could possibly lead to success in both areas.

    Take into account those around you. Then you all can coordinate your schedules together. Take time out each week or month to have a meeting with them to discuss up coming events, plans etc…. Then decide how you all will work them out. Stick To The Plan!!

    Have these things written out on paper, on your computer, personal calendar etc… Post them where every one involved can see them or be a reminder to you. That way, you all will know what’s going on (or supposed to be) in the coming days or weeks. Then you won’t have any surprises (hopefully).

    In your plan you can leave some room for adjustments and problems but with your plan by your side you’ll see your way through a crisis.

    Try to get more assistance around the home. Schedule out personal time, family time, quiet time for you to reflect, not too much till you start slacking in your business. Slacking off will show, your customers & associates might notice & that’s bad for business. Put aside enough time to just relax & release then come back to business refreshed. Let your family, close ones or loved ones help you out in your business in small ways.

    A little strategic planning goes a long way, it can help you & benefit your business, your family & you in the long run.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:16 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking Towards The Future: Managing Change In Your Organization 

    In many of your business ventures or projects learn how to manage change for growth & improvements. Many times growth doesn’t happen without change. The future of your business or projects depends on the changes or steps that you make today. The future is quickly approaching tomorrow and every day after that. You must learn how to respond to it quickly.

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    Find out what in your organization works and doesn’t work for growth, process improvement, productivity, customer satisfaction etc….. You must always have a strategy and plan in place; a.k.a a strategic plan. It helps to keep you company organized and running smoothly.

    You must involve strategic planning for your companies future: Where are you all headed? What’s our next move? The way that you change a business unit to adapt to a shifting economy and markets is a matter of management style.

    How are you going to respond to changes in the business market that you can or can’t see coming today? What plan do you have in place to respond to changes if things don’t go as planned?

    You can bring the change about yourself or it can happen without you. Sometimes that can have negative effects or positive. It can come in ways that give you little choice about the who, what, when, where and how in change. Sometimes you shouldn’t fight against change. Learn to embrace it. It can be good for your organization. Sometimes the old saying can be true :”If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, well…that all depends on the situation.

    The strategic planning process is all about where are you headed, your mission, objectives, analyzing your situation, your strategy formulation, implementation & control. This process applies more to the upper management level in your organization. Every step in your strategy must be taken into careful consideration before final plans are made. Strong leadership is essential in building a culture that can transform/ change those powerful ideas into reality.

    If you already have strategic plans in place for change; sometimes they can be improved to better support your company, those within your organization & decision making. You can get a better handle on market trends which is a way to take advantage of change, then convert risks into opportunities and be a step ahead of your competition.

     
    • Elfred Hillary 5:30 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great Read. Change is the only Constant in our lives. When you get a chance take a look at http://askthiscfo.wordpress.com. Has a quick read article on similar topic.

      Thanks for sharing.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 3:37 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Elfred,

        Glad that you found it interesting. Thanks for the link I’ll check it out. You have to be ready for change in life or business, preparation is key. Things won’t always be perfect but you can be prepared through proper strategic planning, organization & implementation.

        Clerical Business Solutions~Renee
        Virtual Assistant Services & Strategic Planning Support
        http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net
        “The Solution For Your Business Needs!”

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:16 pm on November 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: budgeting, change, cost-effective, debt management, , , recovery, self-sufficiency, , , ,   

    Your Business Says “I Will Survive” 

    You have to have your mind geared toward survival during the tough times in business. You want to be oneuntitled11 of the ones who comes out on top no matter what & you want longevity. In order to survive & obtain longevity it’s all in your mindset & actions. How do you react when times are tough? Do you let them take you under? Do figure out ways to fight back?

    Once you get your mind right & redirect your thought patterns & actions then things will change and you can weather the storm. Because tough times in business can beat you down if you let them. Once you get your mind right, then you can think towards making needed improvements which lead to survival & success. In business you will have highs & lows. Are you going to stand & weather the storm?

    Repeat After Me:

    I WILL SURVIVE, I WILL SURVIVE, I WILL SURVIVE!!!!!

    First you have to stop & think. Think about what is the 1st step in surviving the tough times. Many business owners like yourself seem to just relish over the good times in business but they don’t put much thought into the down times, tough times & how to handle them. So what’s the 1st thing that you should consider in the tough times of business? The first thing to consider is getting help.

    Get beneficial support in the tough times and the up times from Virtual Assistant services. Virtual Assistant services can be the shoulder for you to lean on when times are tough, working with you to work out some of the problems that you may be facing, helping you to see things a little clearer by providing you with consulting, administrative support, business management, networking support, client management, marketing, start-up assistance etc…

    thinkingThink about and learn how to spot the slow times, when they will occur & how they will affect your business. You need to know how to work around the tough times and make them work to your advantage. While others may fall apart during tough times, you’ll survive. In addition to surviving, you want to grow & prosper.

    During the tough times you must find a way to supplement your income such as creating an ebook, other info products or freelancing etc… The revenue that you generate during slow times should be reinvested back into your business and also put some away for a “rainy day” savings, which is always a good idea. Even in the best industries a wise business person knows to plan for the tough times.

    Aim to stay in the black during any business cycle, this entails turning to your customers for support. Adjust your business more to meet their needs. Step back and take yourself out of the mindset of what you do for a living such as being a coach, restaurant owner, accountant etc…

    Ask yourself ” What does the local community want & how can your business fill that need? Focus on the needs that you can fill. Do periodic checks to see that you are not straying away from your focus.

    • Are your customers as happy as you’d like?
    • Do people find quality in your products or services?

    If you said no or unsure then it’s time to rethink things, restrategize & implement a new plan. It’s possible to grow outside your core focus but to be really successful never lose sight of your focus.

    To help aid you in the survival of the tough times:

    1 Opt for Outsourcing

    Consider outsourcing so you can offload some of your tasks, which give you more time to refocus, reorganize & get back on track. Consider outsourcing to Virtual Assistant services for support. You will benefit from the support that you’d receive from Virtual Assistance such as being able to reorganize, refocus & manage your business or projects better.

    VA services helps you take the load off, so you can have more time for implementing new strategies, more time to focus on your clients or other aspects of life or business. When you have more time for your core business focus then you turn your down time into a more lucrative sales period which will put your business back on top month after month.

    2. Focus & Plan

    Implement a plan to supplement your income during the down times & through the  life of your business. Think about ways to augment (increase) your down time sales periods. You should be able to forecast an estimated time of when sales will be down and plan for them.

    You should always have a down time plan in place. Document the slow times & plan for them. Which ever season that your sales slip, you can for example: offer discounts, provide gift cards, create info products, increase networking, give a free webinar etc…  That alone could pull in more business.

    3. Focus On Value

    Concentrate more on the value that you offer rather than products or services. When you break it down, what really matters is the value that you offer, your experience & benefits.

    What do you bring to the table, besides products or services?

    Focus on growth strategies & the benefits that you provide to your customers. If all else fails, value never fails. Your customers will remember your value & because of that they will remain loyal in any economy no matter what your competition is selling.

    4. Be Quiet & Listen

    You have got to learn to be quiet and listen to your clients. Do you have the patients to listen, think, then respond? Not jump to conclusions. Listen to what is going on & to what your customers say. You can do that by taking a survey of your clients likes & dislikes.

    This will give you a guide as to what your strengths & weaknesses are. For example you can probe your clients by asking them “What comes to your mind when you think of my business?” & other questions.

    If the majority of them mainly talk about your products, then it’s time for a change. Time for you to do something different. If they mainly talk about the value that you bring then you are on the right track.

    Asking probing questions will give you a guide as to what you are doing right, wrong, what they think of your business & what they want. After that you can adjust your products or services to meet their needs & survive the tough times which will bring in year round success.

     
    • Melodee Patterson | Virtual Assistant 5:48 pm on November 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What a thoughtful post, Renee! I do believe that attitude can be a large part of your success, or failure, as a business owner.

      I also believe that during these economic tough times, a Virtual Assistant is an excellent value when compared to hiring an employee. We provide so many services on an as-needed basis, and without the hassle of benefits negotiation!

      • Clerical Business Solutions 1:51 pm on November 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Melodee,

        Thanks. In this economy, everybody is feeling the pinch, the harsh sting of high prices & no outlet. But one thing that stands tried and true is your attitude & actions.

        They go hand in hand because your attitude leads to your actions. It tells what you will and won’t do to help keep your business afloat. Sometimes you have to step outside of your box and do things out of your norm to help your business.

        No matter what the economy looks like a professional or business owner can find an outlet & beneficial support in Virtual Assistant services. Once they pick the right Virtual Assistant that fits their needs they can always count on a true professional Virtual Assistant for support that lasts.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        “Solutions To Simplify Your Life & Business!”
        Virtual Assistant Services & Business Management
        ~Renee http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net

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