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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 7:43 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Invest In Onshore Outsourcing For Your Business Or Projects 

    Many professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners have yet to realize or reap the benefits of onshore outsourcing. Onshore outsourcing can be accomplished in a cost-effective manner and is a worthwhile investment. Sometimes the term “outsourcing” can evoke negative connotations. But it’s not a negative, it’s a positive. Especially when it’s onshore outsourcing & more localized.

    There are many companies & professionals who reap the benefits of onshore outsourcing everyday with great success by putting it to work for them. They do this by utilizing a Virtual Business Assistant or Virtual Business Manager.

    Onshore outsourcing helps to reduce or eliminate the breakdown in communication as opposed to offshore outsourcing, which is better for business. By utilizing onshore outsourcing through a Virtual Business Assistant, people have found that outsourcing their administrative office support is helping their business or projects a lot. With the great leaps, bounds and improvements in today’s technology & the internet world, so many things can be accomplished virtually than ever before.

    Utilizing a Virtual Business Assistant has helped many businesses address many employee staffing dilemmas. Which means that you work with a Virtual Business Assistant as a partner not an employee. You can utilize this assistance with or without employees or on an as need basis. With a Virtual  Business  Assistant, you have an outlet to offload, outsource & get your business or projects moving in the right direction. This way, you can relax and release the stresses of your daily business management, you can become more organized, get work completed in a more timely manner or obtain benefical consulting advice.

    There are many things that a Virtual Business Assistant can do for you:

    • administrative office support/ business management
    • word processing/ typing: letters, documents, e-books/ books, thesis, dissertation, manuals transcription, minutes, memos, manuals etc….
    • company liaison
    • strategic planning assistant
    • blog posting, article writing
    • business plans
    • social network site maintenance/ setup
    • create systems of organization
    • Data entry/ management
    • client contact
    • desktop publishing
    • keeping your itinerary/ calendar management
    • event planning/ conformations
    • creation of surveys, spreadsheets  AND MUCH MORE!!

    Just imagine… All elements of your project under control. Organized. Signed off and moving forward with a Virtual Business Assistant. Starting now and the years to come, utilizing a Virtual Business Assistant is becoming the way to operate a business in a more efficient manner and a key business strategy. This business strategy helps you to get ahead of your competition, a way for you to stay more effctive in your industry and a great way for you to branch out without you having to incur additional in-house business expenses.

    As business owners or professionals, we all want to do more with less, stay more productive and keep our business in business. So onshore outsourcing is the way to go.

    Many project personnel, professionals and business owners will get more work done, improve on their business or projects by building virtual business partnerships with a Virtual Business Assistant. Developing partherships or alliences with the resources of other businesses is a wise business strategy and will have your competition wondering how in the world you’re able to just do it all with little to no effort. In this approach, a lead organization creates alliances externally, with other groups or companies that possess the best in class competencies to deliver services or to build specific products in the best time frame time possible.

    Remember that  onshore outsourcing to a Virtual Business Assistant is a wise business move and a great business investment.

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    • Len Foster 10:41 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Really love this post and I could not agree more with the points it makes. Too many people try to do everything for them selves to ‘save money’ when it would be far more cost effective to outsource it I advocate this on my site http://www.easyoutsourcingforprofits.com

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 6:46 pm on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Improve Your Decision Making Skills For Greater Success 

    There are many skills that you need in order to maintain a healthy & thinkingcapwhoasuccessful business. But the skill of decision making is a very critical one and of utmost importance.  There is an art & science to making or forming the right decisions.

    If you don’t make the right decisions for your business goals, you could crash & burn.  Sometimes you may need help & beneficial support to make the right decisions & accomplish your goals. That’s where strategic planning & business consulting could come in handy. Because every business or project needs a strategic plan & decision making skills.

    Decision making in management is an important skill and making the right decisions is essential. Every ceo, professional, manager or individual should be looking to improve their decision making skills.

    The process of corporate decision making is of the utmost importance for effective management. Your decision making process in management must be informed by expert knowledge and experience. No matter how skilled you may be with creative (and lateral thinking) techniques, if your focus is weak, the results will be weak or even useless.

    Take time to properly define the problem. What is the issue to be covered? What is the problem? What decisions need to be taken?

    You may feel like you have the solution to an obvious problem that you are facing. Then you may feel like there is no need for continued creative thinking.  Well you may be wrong,  there is a real need, because an adequate solution is not necessarily the best solution.

    Too often, the adequate blocks the best. Once we have an adequate solution, we stop any further thinking. Partly, we do this because further thinking efforts would imply some doubts about our first solution, then you tend to accept many decisions as is.  You must be willing to weigh all options and think things through, dig a little deeper.

    Yet there may be a simpler solution, a cheaper solution or even a solution that’s easier to implement. It is not a matter of a school exercise book problem where there is only one right answer and you cannot be more right than right.

    It does require a great deal of discipline and confidence to go on looking for a possible better solution when you have one that would seem to work.  Some people are not disciplined enough to change their thinking or seek out new strategies.

    Take a look at a few key steps in decision making:

    • Improvement
    • Forecasting
    • Decisions & Alternatives
    • Interpretations of Data
    • Habit & Disicipline

    Improvements~

    There are so many things that can be done to make improvements and many of those improvements can be simplified. Taking an avenue of creative effort should be obvious for improvements. Many things can be improved because nothing is perfect. The need for making decisions & problem solving can seem like a never ending cycle.

    cycle1Since you can take a look at some of everything to improve on, this makes it difficult to focus on one specific task. You must develop a laser focus and pinpoint one task at a time because too many at once can be overwhelming and cause to you to accept inadequate solutions.

    Many improvements can be made for speed, simplicity and cost, cutting down on waste and wide application; and acceptance. 

    It’s natural that over time, for things to get complicated and you may even hit a few rough spots.  Take a look at  Business Process Improvement (BPI) which is a systematic approach to help any organization optimize its underlying processes to achieve more efficient results.

    BPI focuses on “doing things right” more than it does on “doing the right thing” & remains portable across various industries and functions. You can always learn from others about making improvements to your decision-making, your business & your operations. But develop your own individual creative & simplified approach to things. You need creativity to make your improvements or operations more competitive.

    Forecasting~

    You will need creativity to look ahead into the future to see what might happen. The field might get very crowded. What are the costs of entry?

    Looking ahead into the future almost always requires creativity. Forecasting is a decision-making skill & the process of estimation in unknown situations. Prediction is a similar, but more general term. Both can refer to estimation of time series, cross-sectional or longitudinal data. Analyze trends and predict by projecting past experience or known data.

    You need to imagine how people and organisations will react to changes. You may have multiple scenarios, there is no one “right” scenario, learn to analyze & look at several. Prior knowledge of past data & situations can help you to dig a little deeper, be more creative & forecast better for the future.

    Decisions &  Alternatives~
    Pay a lot of attention to decision making. When it comes to decision making there may be some obvious alternatives. Then you may need creative thinking to discover the not-so obvious ones.  In an effort to move forward, sometimes you may have to design a way out or for completion in many situations.

    Every decision making process produces a final choice.  The output can be an action or an opinion of choice. In life it can be difficult with so many alternatives & decisions to be made. Sometimes it is necessary to face these challenges to get a significant outcome.

    Interpretation Of Data~

    Many times you may use the interpretation of data to make decisions & design strategies. Steer clear of the danger zone of sticking to just one set of data. Dig deeper to find some alternatives or explanations to your present data.

    Habit & Discipline~
    Creative thinking can help with decision-making &  become a habit of mind so that we are always looking for possibilities. Ask yourself:

    1. How do we do what we want to do?

    2. What do we want to do?

    In addition to the ‘habit’ of creative thinking, there is also the discipline. This involves making a determined effort. We set out to use a creative technique in a deliberate fashion. We can do this to determine a focus. We can do this to find a way of achieving a result. It is important to separate discipline from habit.

    So take some time out to improve on your decision making today!!

    ~Author~

    (c) 2009 All rights reserved. Clerical Business Solutions~strategic business planning, consulting & support services. http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net  Renee: renee@clericalsolutionsinc.net

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 4:46 pm on January 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Out With The Old, In With The New: Making Changes 

    Well one year has ended & another one has begun. Do you feel stagnate,  with little to no growth or success? Now is the time to put away the same old ways of doing things, refresh & renew.  Have you done that yet? Are youhome_body_picture embarking on something new for this year, for yourself or your buisness? During last year, did you make any new goals & plans for this year?

    If you didn’t you should have, like 6 months ago. Well depending on how deep you are into your business, it may not be too late to implement something new, make some innovative new changes. Sometimes you may even have to start over, a complete makeover.

    Right now it’s a time to look back, celebrate successes and look forward to new opportunities and challenges ahead. For many, this year will be one of our most challenging.

    Because of the way the world has been lately with finances, debt, war etc… I’ve heard from some of my clients and others that they have this sense of  “we’re all in this together”. Somehow that feeling of  “sharing the pain”  has a way of easing the pain. 

    In the business world you just may get left behind, if you are not innovative & creative with your goals & your business, your competition just may get ahead of you. If you are in business you want longevity, you should want to stand above the crowd, strive for success & greatness. So put your best foot forward and make it happen.

    In order to make things better for yourself & your business you need a strategic plan of action & implementation.  Without it, how will you know where you are going? Every business or project needs a plan & a strategic one at that.

    Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone in order to make things happen. Put it like this your “Comfort Zone” is a “Death Zone”. What I mean is that when you get used to doing something, the same way for a long time & you don’t try to stretch out & try something new, means that you are stagnate, you’re not growing.

    That’s when you enter a “Death Zone”, it could mean death for your business or projects. Yes, you may enjoy doing certain things all the time, just make a little change, it doesn’t have to be huge. You should want to strive for greatness, something that will help you to stand above the crowd & create a better business.

    Look to get out of your comfort zone & think outside of the box. Take on something challenging to better educate yourself & your staff. Yes, sometimes change may hurt, become irritating, it may be time-consuming or even challenging.  Sometimes those are the kind of hurdles that you have to face in order to reach success. You may have to tackle changes kicking & screaming but JUST DO IT! GO FOR THE GUSTO!

    If you can’t go at it alone get someone to help, someone who will be with you for the long haul, through the ups & downs of changes.  Then to see your changes or goals become reality. It can lead to greater success if done correctly. When you break out of that same old way of doing things or add to them, you never know what greatness that you can achieve.

    For myself, in the midst of making & learning about changes, it has become very rewarding & things seem a lot clearer.

    1. I have learned that somethings can stay the same, need a little adjustment or challenge.

    2. What has not worked in the past should be eliminated, adjusted or challenged.

    3. In the midst of changes you will have ups & downs. Sometimes those are the kinds of hurdles that you have to face.

    Take out some time to take a look at your business & your life. Are you growing? Are you succeeding? Does anything need adjusting or a complete over haul? Are you being true in  your business practices & for yourself? If not, consider what things will look like if you just get out of your comfort zone & make significant changes.

    Get out your pen, your pad or your laptop, then jot down somethings that you can improve on or eliminate. Make it a plan, make it a strategic plan, with milestones for you to reach as you go along. Put it where you can see it everyday. Take some action & implement your strategic plan today!

    ~Author~

    Clerical Business Solutions is a global strategic business management company.

    Assisting clients with strategic management, growth, development, implementation strategies & administrative assistance for their business or projects.  http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net  .  Renee: renee@clericalsolutionsinc.net

     
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