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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 4:16 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Companies Find Alternatives To Layoffs & Closing Business 

    During a recession, many companies may find it difficult to maintain a large portion of their staff during tough economic times. Many of them don’t want to let go of current employees that they have but at the same time they need extra hands and competent minds to help get the job done. Some managers don’t want to add to the current unemployment crisis by increasing layoffs. Many business owners want to avoid closing business all together.
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    So they are seeking alternatives to save money and keep business going in tough economic times. These companies have employed innovative techniques to keep business healthy without shrinking it. Instead of seeking ways to layoff employees, they’ve found alternatives to maintain their staff without additional employee expenses.

    Many of them have found an alternative through outsourcing & utilizing Virtual Assistant Services. With Virtual Assistant (VA) services you gain a partner in business or projects not another employee.

    Instead of taking the time to search for and train new employees you can take advantage of extra hands & a competent, business minded Virtual Assistant (VA). You & your staff can offload, outsource & maintain business with additional help and resources through VA services.

    Onshore outsourcing with VA services can benefit your company as a whole and many business owners have found this to be true. Utilizing VA services helps you to reduce excess overtime work across the board, provides you with extra hands & additional resources, helps to lighten your workload, provides help when you need it, provides you with a resource that you can lean on in the good times and bad times of business.

    This reduces the pressure to have full-time employees with idle days. Many Virtual Assistants have a portfolio of skills not just only clerical. Most Virtual Assistants’ strengths, backgrounds and expertise can provide beneficial input through which you can see ways to improve or benefit your business as a whole.

    Outsourcing with VA services helps you & your workers communicate better & work together. You can leverage the resources of your alternative, The Virtual Assistant today!

     
  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 4:03 pm on August 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Ebook: Strengthen Your Business In A Recession 

    A recession can bring about difficult times in a business. You need to strengthen your business from the inside out for success in a recession. Here’s an ebook that can help you build strength for better success in or out of a recession. A stronger business equals a better business.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:16 pm on November 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    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

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 1:33 pm on October 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Outsourcing: Does It Make Dollars & Sense? 

    As you grow , begin or maintain your business there are many factors and areas of your business that may lead you to seek outside resources for support. From time to time all sorts of businesses utilize some form of outsourcing services in some way, shape, form or fashion,even for a one time project. Some business owners use outsourcing as a permanent way of doing business. Which has helped them to improve on their business operations and their bottom-line.

    But the big question is: Does outsourcing make dollars & sense?

    Why Yes It Does!

    It Makes Dollars:

    Outsourcing makes dollars by helping you to save money and free your time so that you can focus on the 20% of tasks that produce 80% of your income. Outsourcing improves your efficiency and your bottom-line. Outsourcing helps you to reduce your overhead, many business expenses and many employee related expenses. Conducting many non-profit producing tasks in-house can be sometimes difficult to predict or control the COST of getting something done. When the work is done in-house, many things can increase the cost of performing a specific task.

    A good part of the profit producing operations are performed or initiated by YOU. As your administrative demands increase, you’ll find less time to devote to that which produces the INCOME  of the company. Hiring extra in-house employees decreases your savings, a business becomes heavier and its own success creates the barriers which inevitably stagnate your growth in terms of profits and income. So outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant is a viable option for your business, which makes you dollars. Outsource routines that don’t directly produce profit.

    It Makes Sense.

    Outsourcing makes sense because it helps you to stay on top of the administrative demand of your business. You CAN NOT IGNORE the administrative demands of your business, these tasks are the backbone and support of your business. If you neglect these supportive tasks then these support activities will deteriorate and begin impeding your profit producing activities. IGNORING administrative tasks cuts off CONTROL of your business activity and that’s not a viable option at all. This is where outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant can help.

    Basically to sum it up outsourcing makes dollars and sense. It is a worthwhile alternative if a task occurs on a regular basis but has no impact on your clients experience and the task itself is not one of your core business activities. Outsourcing is a great investment for your business and your bottom-line.

     
  • 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   

     
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      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

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      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

     
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