Assertiveness in Business

As business owners we need to wear many hats: product designer, creator, salesperson, bookkeeper, boss…the list goes on. Sometimes we have trouble wearing some of those hats. One area that I’ve found a little more challenging is being assertive in promoting my business. So over the next few days I’m going to share four tips that I’ve learned (and am working on) to help me in that area. Hopefully this info will help you too!

Today is Step 1 in How to Be Assertive Without Alienating Your (Potential) Client:
Get Clear! Being assertive starts with you…knowing who you are (and aren’t) and being clear about what you are willing (or not willing) to do, say or have. For many of us, coming to this knowledge is a real task unto itself. It may be useful to ask: “In an ideal world, what would I like to happen?” Focusing on an ideal outcome opens our minds, prevents us from falling into passivity or “victim-thinking,” and helps us get really clear on what we want and don’t want. Being clear in our own mind will help when we need to explain something to a client or partner, and we’ll do it in a way that doesn’t come across as harsh or arbitrary. Conviction is a good thing!!

Stay tuned…Step 2 in a couple of days.

Don’t forget to comment…do you have a trick or tip to help you be assertive but not harsh or overbearing? Let’s hear it!

Vital Online Marketing Tools

Here is an article ranking the top 10 tools for online marketing, I was hoping to learn of a few free tools (and they do list several) but I was quite surprised by the number one tool! Those of you who are marketing ‘gurus’ what is your take on this top 10 list? What would you add?

Top 10 Countdown: Vital Online Marketing Tools

Whether you’re a seasoned online marketing veteran or new to the industry, it’s very important to know all of the different tools at your disposal. Some tools help you measure on-site engagement, some help you create a marketing plan and budget, and others allow you to do certain tasks more efficiently. There are plenty of tools available to make the labor-intensive job of online marketing more manageable.

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Exercises For The Extremely Busy!

With a recent diagnosis of Diabetes, I have been on a learning curve of sorts; learning about eating low-carb meals, how exercise affect blood glucose levels, etc., so I though it would be appropriate to include an article to help those of us who work at home stay active and healthy…enjoy!!

Getting in a good workout can be challenging, considering how busy most of us are. A workout, however, doesn’t have to involve a lot of equipment nor an hour of time.

The exercise program that follows is not designed to be a complete program, but it is a worthwhile workout that you can sneak in when you just don’t have the time (or funds) to visit the gym. As with any exercise program, make sure you see your doctor first…don’t hurt yourself!!
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VAvirtuosos Seminars Coming Soon!!

Are You a Virtual Assistant (VA) Ready to Stop Stressing About the Economy, Have Some Fun AND Get Smarter About Getting Ahead?

“It amazes me to find a group of professionals who are so willing to share so freely of their knowledge and experience with others who are new to the profession.” ~Cathy Drappier

“What an amazing week of webinars! all of the information is very valuable for me as I am now starting my business as a Virtual Assistant. The speakers have a lot of experience on their fields and they knew to transmit it to us a in a very clearly way. Thanks for their time and effort to make us understand the most important and trendy topics within this industry.” ~Edna Campos

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37 Ways to Promote Your Website

This list of 37 ways to promote your website seems very thorough, what would you add? (if anything?)

The Web Marketing Checklist: 37 Ways to Promote Your Website

How can you get more visitors to your website? What can you do to stimulate traffic? Here’s a checklist of 37 items you need to consider. Many of these may be doing already; others you meant to do and forgot about; still others you’ve never heard of. Of course, a great deal has been written about this. You’ll find many articles about website promotion on our site. <Click here to continue reading…>

Tips in Choosing Small Business Accounting Software ~by Cathy Drappier

Now that tax season is in full-swing, how are you making out with your shoebox bookkeeping system? Did you tell yourself last year that you were NOT going to do this again and here you are with no changes at all? Maybe you thought that bookkeeping on the computer would be too hard? Maybe you heard that bookkeeping software is far too expensive for a small business like yours? Keeping your receipts in an old shoe box may be the system you are used to, and perhaps it worked well for you in the beginning, but I’m sure you’ll agree that as a business grows, its bookkeeping needs also grow. So in this article I’m going to attempt to bring your business into the computer age by providing some information about software options and you can do the rest! more »

Selecting a Life Insurance Policy ~by Trever Morris

It’s important to establish a strong reason why you are getting life insurance. If you aren’t convicted in why you have it, life insurance will be the first thing to go when money is tight. In reality, it tends to be something people value more and more the older they get.
This part takes thinking and it can be emotional. It involves thinking about some tough questions that you normally don’t think about. Some people get life insurance just to cover their debts, some want to make sure their family is always taken care of, others get it for business reasons; these are just a few examples. What you have to ask yourself is if I didn’t come home yesterday, what would that look like for the people closest to me? And what would I want it to look like? more »

Year End!

My first year in business is coming to a close. It’s been a great year and I appreciate everyone who has helped me get this far! Thank you!!

With the end of one year comes the beginning of a new year and time to reflect on things I’ve accomplished and things I plan to do in the coming year. Marketing will be my goal for this year so I’ll be looking at incorporating more into my social media and learn to use those tools more effectively! Are you a social media guru? Share some of your expertise with me, I could use the help!!

Thanks for visiting my blog and my site! I’m looking forward to the coming year! Till next time,