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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.

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    • 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 1:53 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Regain Your Passion For Business 

    Remember the good old days. Yeah, you know the ones, the days when you were first starting out in business and you were feeling great for even starting a business. You had that twinkle in your eye. Yeah, I know that starting out in business can be hectic but thrilling at the same time. As you travel down memory lane, you think of how great business will be once you get everything under control. Just imagine, you’ll have clients here, clients there, clients everywhere and gain business here, business there, business everywhere.

    That’s right you’ll be your own boss and things will be great ! Your business will be booming straight to the top ! You’ll be climbing the ladder of success. As you reminisce & have thoughts of your new business venture, your dreams, hopes & visions become a reality.

    STOP ! Now, Fast Forward To The Present.

    I hate to interrupt your little trip down memory lane but face it you’ve lost it, you know, you lost your passion for business. Where did it go ? It went somewhere between being excited about starting a business & you being stuck dealing with various administrative tasks that have to get done in order to keep your business in business. You are stuck doing things for your business that you hate instead of being out in the business market place, networking and growing your business.

    Don’t just leave your passion at the door bring it in with you. Where did you lose the passion for business, your get up & go ? Maybe just maybe you lost it when you decided that you could handle it all yourself. Instead of getting the help that you oh so desperately need, you try to do it all yourself. You may say I can handle it !                 Oh really, can you ?

    Stop the non-sense & face reality, there are going to be times in business when you’ll need help. That time is now and you know it.  As a business owner or professional don’t be afraid to look for & ask for help. Seek & ye shall find. So when you’re stuck doing the things that you hate, you tend to lose your passion for it all.

    I know that you want to get out and focus on other things that will help your business grow. But you can’t because you are stuck doing various, monotonous administrative tasks & trying to be Mr. or Mrs. “I Can Do It All, Myself”. 

    Change your way of thinking so you can bring back that good old feeling again. Bring back the passion that you once had for business. Find a new outlet for those tedious, monotonous tasks that you hate and relieve some stress. A wise outlet for those dreaded tasks is to outsource.

    Contact ME, so that you & I can help to put some passion back into your business. Outsource those tedious, monotonous tasks today ! Now you can be excited about what you do all over again. 

    Contact ME today and get a 10% discount on services for May & June 

    Renee   e-mail: info@clericalsolutionsinc.net 

    web: http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net   

    Clerical Business Solutions

     
  • 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.

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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.

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