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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 12:43 am on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Improving Your Business Focus Is Top Priority 

    Improving your business focus should be one of your top priorities. There are so many things that can be said about your business focus. Such as improving your focus in your productivity, sales, management, finances etc… You must have a vision. Having a vision can help to start your focus in the right direction.

    You should develop a strategy with ways on how to maintain your business focus. You can start out by improving your thinking. You must be good at thinking with a strategic purpose and create a visioning process. Focus, vision and strategy are required for success in daily life and business.

    Develop a vision-focused innovation strategy. Develop a laser focus & try to minimize a scattered focus. For developing a laser focused frame of mind; make a chart or list of all the things that you need to do, then prioritize them from most important and most urgent to least important and least urgent. If you have someone working with you, work on better collaboration.

    A scattered focus is when you’re all over the place trying to do a million things at once. That’s when you have no organization and little to no collaboration in your business. You might be getting some things done but not as much as you’d like. Sometimes it’s not an organized fashion.

    Don’t be tempted to merely focus on large business projects. Seek out smaller ventures that will help you to improve on your business.  The key is to have a big picture, but start small. Many times that’s where strategic planning & organizing comes in handy. Take things one step at a time. Develop a list or chart of an organized strategy about how to maintain things in your projects or business, how to improve on collaboration, management of your business or projects etc…. Keep your list or chart close to you so that you can refer to it to keep you focused.

    Improving on your working environment such as office organization, collaboration, office efficiency, management, paying attention to what needs to be handled first and foremost can improve your focus in your business or projects in many ways.

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    • tips 8:57 am on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very good article ! Thanks !

    • Frank @ Merchant Loans 6:28 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s so easy to get overwhelmed. I like your approach to concentrating on the smaller things which will hopefully result in a larger impact on your company.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 12:39 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Frank,

        So many times many people in business want to just rush right into bigger & better things when they don’t concentrate on improving smaller aspects of business. Many times this can lead to being so overwhelmed with many things & you just lose sight of your main focus.

        ~Clerical Business Solutions
        Onshore outsourcing solutions provider in business office management
        helping you with subcontracting, overflow work, outsourcing from start-up through daily management.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 6:12 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , customer satisfaction, , efficiency, , improvements, , , quality,   

    A good quantity of success can be developed…. 

    A good quantity of success can be developed through TQM. TQM is top quality management, also known as customer satisfaction. It provides a high return on investments through improving efficiency & customer satisfaction. With the main focus being customer satisfaction.

    To develop success & benefit from TQM, through out your business or organization, all members should participate in process measurement and controls, improving processes, products, services and the culture in which they work as a means of continuous improvement.

    TQM is about focusing all functions and levels of an organization on quality and continuous improvement. Continuous is the key word here. The main focus of TQM is about meeting or exceeding customer requirements.

     
    • BarExasteteek 2:16 pm on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello!

      I am just getting started on EBAY and I am finding out that it is harder and more complicated than I thought – do you have any helpful hints that might help me in the future?

      • Clerical Business Solutions 1:08 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Bar,

        Starting and maintaining a business can be hard in general and that’s one of the many reasons that many entrepreneurs outsource some their business or project operations. But there is a lot that can be said about starting and maintaining an ebay business. Just like any other business, starting a business is one thing but maintaining it is another.

        Maintaining it is the key and you have to be passionate about maintaining a business. You can start out by drafting up a strategic plan and a business plan. Think about the products that you want to offer. Will you have variety of them or not? Will you be a discount merchant? etc…

        Before you just dive into this business, think long and hard about your strategy to develop this business. When developing your strategy to build and operate your business, think about your combination of sales volumes and profit margins. Think about how your sales volumes & profit margins will support your operations and still give you a profit.

        If you are sure that starting an ebay business is right for you then lay out a sound business plan and get registered as an ebay seller. As I’ve stated, there’s more that can be said about starting an ebay business but I hope this helps. Remember that you always need a strategy and plan in business.

        ~Clerical Business Solutions:
        Virtual Business Assistant, Office Management Specialist &
        Strategic Plan Writer

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 7:04 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acquisitions, , , , improvements, mergers, , revenues   

    Improve Your Business Processes To Improve Your Revenues 

    Productive and useful business processes make and save money for the company as a whole. Business Processes and their management have been around since the barter system. It is not only what you do, but how you do it that impacts your competitive advantage. It is worth your time and effort that it takes to define and document your business processes. Doing this can benefit you greatly in the long run. Reevaluating & fine tuning your business processes can help you to control your costs.

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    It’s a principle made more obvious when you consider the knowledge that needs to be exchanged for successful outsourcing or mergers. Not all workflow practices are valued for the same thing. In some cases the most effective practice is also the most streamlined and efficient; in others, the practice that best supports organizational  goals is one that enables the greatest ingenuity and innovation.

    Streamlining and improving your business processes helps you to control costs. Controlling costs improves your company and helps you to stay competitive. Controlling costs is a big concern for small businesses. This can be particularly challenging as you attempt to balance responsible fiscal management with fluctuating sales while maintaining customer expectations for quality, support and customer service. It’s time to reexamine your business processes to understand the role that they play in getting your products or services out the door.

    You and those involved in your company need to take time out to  thoroughly and carefully reevaluate how your company functions, inside and out. This process helps you to determine which procedures, materials, staff and equipment are beneficial to keep your company running. It can also help you to determine if and when you may need to outsource.

    Outsourcing can benefit your business process improvements. Develop a business process flow chart. Review your old flow chart if you have it. The old one can guide you on what should or shouldn’t be eliminated. Identify the operations that are crucial to your survival and recovery. Also your business needs a disaster recovery plan.

    As time goes by you should, at a set time, review & fine tune your business processes. This helps to keep your business on top and helps you to recover better in the bad times of business. Once you do that your business can be better than before.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 3:00 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , coordinating, , editing, , improvements, manuscript, , , , typist   

    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.

     
  • 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
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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:00 pm on February 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The Grim Reality Of A Recession 

    Well we’ve  heard it before, a recession is coming, a recession is coming. Sometime around Dec 2008 Americans were told that they had been in a 200273101-001recession for a full year. It’s a trying and unsettling time for many. There is fear, panic, bankruptcy, Chapter 11, bad credit, layoffs etc…

    If you look left, right, up or down, you’ll hear and see doom and gloom news about the state of the global economy and how bad it is. This bad economy has gripped both businesses and consumers with the fear of their finances, bank accounts, stocks etc… It’s just a financial frenzy.

    Stores and businesses are closing left and right, you would think that some of them would be able to hang in there considering that many of them are huge retailers. People are losing jobs left & right. Where does it all end?

    Well many companies big & small have it bad these days. Are you one of those dealing with the same issues? Issues of : you may have to consider closing up shop, laying off employees, filing for bankruptcy or drastically reducing your prices?

    Times like these can make you indecisive about what to do and where to go. You don’t know if you should close your business for good or just hang in there. That’s why you need a plan, a strategic business plan at that. Stategic planning is so important in times like these because having a strategy is the way to go.

    In a recession you don’t have the luxury of making mistakes. When your budgets are tight, it’s your job to calm your worried customers and capture the few viable prospects that you can get. Also make the most of the people and technology that you already have.  This where strategic plans come in handy.

    Optimize your current technology and utilize equipment to it’s fullest potential. This isn’t the time to experiment with new technology, unless you have the means to do so.

    There no better time like the present for many companies to restructure, revamp and revitalize just to stay afloat or make improvements.  

    Strategic plans help you to make it through the tough times and good times. When you first start up your business you need a business plan and in addition to that you need a strategic plan as you grow your business. It’s a plan for the daily operation of your business. It helps you to forecast where you are going, where you want to go, how to get there and if you got there.

    Are you one of the many business owners who may have never given any thought to strategic planning? Even if you thought about it but felt like it wasn’t needed, contrary to what you may think it is very much needed in every business. With all of this fear, dread and panic going around, I don’t think that you want to take part in that.

    Even I have a strategic plan because I refuse to let this recession bring me down or take away my business. Yes, it is true that in some situations many businesses have no other way to stay in business. But for others you can consider times like these just a temporary setback. With a recession or slow economy, you just can’t sit back and do nothing, if you want to stay in business.

    A strategic plan encompases your marketing strategies, creative thinking, process, teamwork and flexibility.  While your competition is sitting back doing nothing then when the economy gets better you will be ahead of them. Call it what it is, competitive and  this business world is competitive, a never ending rat race. When it’s all said and done and the economy gets better you will out shine the rest because you have your stuff together.

    You have an action plan. And when the going gets tough the tough get going. So make a move and develop your strategic plan today!

     
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