Do you need guidance in your small business?

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Whether you are just starting out as a small business owner or re-organizing your current business, you may need the help of a small business expert, like myself, to guide you down the correct path.

I hear from many business owners on a daily basis who just don’t have the time, the skills, or the motivation to work on some of those much-needed aspects of creating their business plan (and carrying it out).

 Let me guide you through your IDEAS, your WANTS, your NEEDS, and we can work together to bring a vision to your business.

During this 3-part online session, you will attain the guidance that will assist you in:

  • Making better business decisions regarding where and when to spend your hard-earned time and money!

  • Feeling confident enough to build your overall business goals and timelines, and reasonably carry them out.

  • Creating a manageable budget while learning how to successfully implement it into your business.

Beginning Phase –

This phase will help you figure out what your business

needs and wants might be.  It will pull out your ideas, and it will

walk you through the process of crafting your goals based

on your skill level.

Middle Phase –

This phase will assist you in creating attainable goals, and

get you thinking about your marketing plan as well as your

overall budget to reach those goals.

End Phase –

This phase will show you how to not only carry out your goals,

but it will teach you how to implement your marketing plan

while sticking to your business budget.

BONUS:  Each phase includes a downloadable PDF workbook to help you organize your thoughts, ideas, needs, and wants as you go through the 3-part session.

 

Interested???  Not sure if this is for you?
You are likely stuck in a rut, trying to figure out what tasks will bring you the most bang for your buck, right? What if you had the guided support to SHOW you how much money you can save, how much time you can save, and how much you can actually get accomplished to create an efficient and productive business?  Interested now?

If your business is exhibiting problems, or if there is a skill gap that is stopping you, or if your company has grown very quickly and you simply cannot keep up, then investing time and money into my guided support session can get you back on track, and off to a great start.

ADDED BONUS:  You will also receive my Small Business Start-Up Course, a 56-pge PDF that consists of 21 lessons, including: 

  • Learning materials

  • Links

  • How to videos

  • Presentations

  • Downloads

  • White papers

  • Resources

Here is a sneak peak of what you’ll get with the course:

  • Downloadable media kit template

  • Facebook strategies powerpoint

  • Tips for setting up your website

  • 8 rules for creating white papers

  • 5 reasons blogging is important to your business

  • Newsletter templates

My Small Business Start-Up Course  alone is worth $97.  You will get it FREE if you sign up for my guided support session.  My course is truly a golden nugget!  It’s a tool in your toolbox that can help enhance your new/existing business!  It’s a bucket FULL of information designed to create a successful, more productive business.  A FREE tool, valued at $97.

To receive my 3-part guided support session and my FREE course, all you have to do is sign up HERE.  

  • The online session is set up so you can work on your business at your own pace.
  • The online session provides an abundance of information through written instructions, examples, and workbooks to print out to follow along with as you go through the session.

  • The online session will give you the tools you need to get started and to be confident in going forward.

Upon sign-up, you will receive part 1 immediately in your Inbox. Two days later you will receive part 2. Two days after that you will receive part 3.

Be one of the first to receive this offer.  It will only be at this price for a limited time.  And remember, this session could save you THOUSANDS!!  It’s a great investment for under $200!!

ANOTHER ADDED BONUS: You will ALSO receive monthly emails filled with tips, ideas, and a list of webinars that will help improve your business and give you up-to-date business information to keep you ahead of your competition.

Sign Up HERE.  

Thank you for your interest!  You won’t be disappointed!!

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Online Business Events for February 2016

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2016

How to Use Offline and Online Networking to Grow your Business
February 2, 2016
Learn how to develop a networking strategy, where the best places to network are, how to perfect your introductions, and more!

Financials for Non-Financial Small Business Owners
February 9, 2016
Understanding your company’s financial statements is fundamental for business success, but often business owners find themselves baffled by income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts.

Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business
February 9, 2016
Find out what SCORE can do for you and your business!

Assess Your Business:  Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
February 11, 2016
This webinar series introduces business owners to the GrowthWheel toolkit while working with a certified business advisor.

GrowthWheel Tool:  Improve Cashflow
February 17, 2016
This webinar identifies to cash flow challenges and tools to determine whether your problems are due to profitability or timing.

Social Media Timesavers
February 17, 2016
Find time to save time with advanced social media tips & tricks! Managing social media activity can be daunting to time-starved business and non-profit owners who cannot afford to live on social media all day nor ignore it. Luckily, there are tools out there designed for people like you in mind!

Boost Your Bottom Line: The Credit Issue
February 18, 2016
The Credit Issue Personal Credit is impacted by each financial decision you make.  Come learn about it from a financial literacy educator.

Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
February 18, 2016
Join us for this timely SCORE LIVE Webinar when we’ll be answering your questions regarding tax preparations for small businesses!

Advanced Exporting – Live Webinar
February 25, 2016
This webinar is for the Advanced Global Operational or Sales Professional.  Learn invaluable tips on how to successfully manage key export challenges.

ONGOING EVENTS or PAST WEBINARS

U.S Small Business Administration:  Click HERE for Webinars

IRS:  Click HERE for Webinars

American Management Association:  Click HERE for Webinars

RESOURCES for Small Business

SBA Loans and Grants:  Click HERE 

Women-Owned Business Grants:  Click HERE 

Federal Grants for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Concerns for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Assistance for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Click HERE for updated information

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CHOOSE to show up 100%

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By Action Coach PJ Weiland

Have you ever felt like you are just going through the motions?  Ever wonder if you could have a satisfying professional life?  Trying to figure out how you’re going to get through an upcoming event?

You’re concerned about your business.  You’re apprehensive, fearful, and unhappy. You’re bored. Sound like YOU?

If you are human, you have probably felt like this at one time or another.  Perhaps you feel like this right now.  Do you ride it out or throw in the towel and quit?  Are you up to trying something different?

I want you to try this:  It’s not easy, but it’s simple.  You will have to CHOOSE to show up and participate 100%, no matter the task or the event.  You will learn how to get “from” a situation by full participation, not just get “through” it.  It’s about giving your all (not coasting by).  It’s about understanding that you are a verb (not a noun). It’s about being the professional you choose to be, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Who creates your happiness?  YOU
Who creates your fulfillment?  YOU
Who creates your satisfaction?  YOU

You create these by CHOOSING to be happy, fulfilled, and satisfied.

Think about it.  You are going to a networking luncheon.  You are going to take a course. You are going to meet a client.  You are going to an important event.  Since you are going to do it anyway…then CHOOSE to show up 100%.  Show up full of gratitude and joy, and create a way to make it a great experience!

Choose who YOU want to be, and be that person.  It’s amazing how it will make you feel and what will happen.  Are you smiling because you are happy, or happy because you are smiling?  Are you full of gratitude because you have so much of it, or are you rich with blessings because you are thankful?  Are you kind because you feel loved, or do you feel loved when you CHOOSE to be kind?

CHOOSE to BE what you want to see, and watch it come to pass!  You are headed for an amazing experience!

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– See more: http://actioncoachpjweiland.com/?p=591#sthash.uSuJ7OkG.dpuf

If you are in the Chicago area, consider taking one of PJ’s workshops, 6 Steps to a Great Business, coming up on 2/19 and 3/4.

 

Small Business Start Up Course for Entrepreneurs!!

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If you are a new small business owner, you must take the time to work this course into your schedule!!!

You can take it at your own pace.  Lots of reading, but very good, helpful information!!!

Download your FREE copy of this course…today!!

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Email Marketing: 7 best techniques that can lead to a great campaign

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7 Techniques

Subject Line:
grab viewers’ attention and keep it direct and to the point

Image:
always use a catchy image that is relevant to your content

Content:  short paragraphs and bullet points, and link relevant content back to your website

Always Proofread:
typos and grammar errors are very unprofessional

Share:
include a way for your viewers to share through social media, or forward your email to others

Social Media:
include images/links to your social media accounts for viewers to connect with you easily

Track Results:
by tracking open and click-through rates, you will know what works best and what needs adjusting for better results

Send to who?

Loyal Clients
(those who use your business on a regular basis)

Occasional Clients
(those who occasionally use your business)

Potential Clients
(those who have given you their email address, but have never used your business)

Send what?

Loyal Clients

  1. Coupons for goods/services

  2. Giveaway items for sharing your business with others

  3. Thank you emails to show how much you care about them

Occasional Clients

  1. Coupons for goods/services (not as much of a discount as Loyal Clients)

  2. Run contests to get these clients to share your business with others

  3. Reminder emails about what your business is all about and how you can help them

Potential Clients

  1. Coupons for good/services (not as much of a discount as Occasional Clients)

  2. Create a Poll or a Survey to ask what they are interested in, to learn more about them

  3. Follow-up emails to see how interested they really are in your business, to show them you are still available and want to help them

Remember to tell all your clients about monthly specials, monthly holiday events, or activities related to your business!

Loyal Clients:               Twice a month

Occasional Clients:     Once a week

Potential Clients:         Once a month

The reason I suggest that potential clients be sent emails less often, is because they don’t currently bring you revenue.  Don’t spend too much time working on them.  Just sending them something once a month reminds them that you are still there for them when they need you.

Occasional clients need more attention, to get them to the point of being a loyal client.  They need your attention more! They already know how great you are, they just need to be reminded with great content, and rewards will come their way (and yours).

Loyal clients are already your bread and butter.  They will always come back for more because they know how important you are to them.  Sending them emails with goodies just solidifies that, which makes them come back over and over again, and more often too!  They are the most profitable clients!  Treat them right!

Your Employees !!!

Remember, without your employees, your business wouldn’t be running the way it is today.  Don’t leave any of them out of the loop.  Give them updates about your business, tell them about new items or services that will be coming out soon, explain to them that you’re working on drawing more business, and show them what that means…for them!!

They are important to your business.  Run a contest to see who can sell more items!  Give a day off to the winner, or a free product from your store, or a free lunch on you!  Happy employees make for a GREAT business owner…and a profitable business!!

You should email your employees about once a month to keep them updated on monthly specials, etc.  It really is a great communication tool for small businesses!

Loyal Clients:                     Send them an email twice a month
Occasional Clients:           Send them an email once a week
Potential Clients:               Send them an email once a month
Employees:                        Send them an email once a month

Cost of package: $500 per month (that’s a small price for growing your business)!!!

This cost includes tracking all open and click-through rates, emailing you results for each campaign, and making changes as needed based on monthly results!  It will only make your business grow faster!!

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elizabethdebol@live.com
Business Virtual Services

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Increase your website traffic!!!

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Are you a small business owner, and want to increase your website traffic?

What about trying to get your name out there?

Need to tell others about your blog or your social media pages?

…if so…then…

Be a part of the SMALL BUSINESS NEWS…and advertise on this blog!!!

Advertising rates are $50 per month, which covers the following:

1.  Two (bi-weekly) blog posts to promote your business
2.  Promotion of all your posts through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn)
3.  A link on the RESOURCES page
4.  Business featured on the side bar of this website

To learn more about advertising on SMALL BUSINESS NEWS, click HERE.

We would LOVE to have you be a part of SMALL BUSINESS NEWS!!!

Contact me for further details.

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Assistant
elizabethdebol@live.com
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com

What is a Virtual Assistant?

What does a Virtual Assistant (VA) do?

  • They remotely connect to your office computer (if necessary) to complete your assignments.
  • They complete many tasks, such as your company newsletter to clients to staff.
  • They maintenance your website or blog via the web.
  • They type your letters and emails, design your brochures and flyer, etc.
  • They make follow-up phone calls, send follow-up emails, schedule appointments, etc.
  • They maintain your social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • They proofread important articles or manuscripts.
  • They create agendas and invitations for personal or business use.
  • They create Excel spreadsheets for database creation.
  • They complete all of these tasks (and more) using some type of technology, usually related to the Internet.

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Outsourcing to a VA

You can significantly grow your business by taking time away from the tedious tasks and now spend time personally assisting your clients or marketing yourself within the community.  Hiring a virtual assistant will give you that much needed time to grow your business, by allowing your virtual assistant to take over those tedious tasks you face on a daily basis. You do this by outsourcing work to a virtual assistant.

Generally, a virtual assistant specializes in a particular area.  These areas may include marketing, advertising, finance, accounting, secretarial, proofreading, translation services, research, creative writing, and any other tasks a business owner may need help with.

Virtual assistants can provide services such as executive assistance, marketing consulting and support, new business consulting and support, general assistance, website management, presentation services, records management, and direct sales services.

Outsourcing projects to a virtual assistant in any of these areas will help increase your business productivity and efficiency levels.

The use of a virtual assistant for modern day businesses is growing fast and becoming a normal way of doing business.  A virtual assistant is a way for businesses to get the most for their money, and it is a smart way of doing business.  By making yourself available for the important aspects in your business, you allow your business to grow and mature.

 

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How does a Virtual Assistant save you money?

With a Virtual Assistant, you will not have to worry about the following:

  • Office space, office equipment, printers, Internet connection.
  • Payroll taxes, health insurance, vacation, sick pay and holidays.
  • Wasted time spent on breaks, at water coolers, and making personal phone calls.
  • Time and resources to train staff.

 

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Hiring an in-house employee:

If a small business owner hires an in-house employee, they will have to worry about:

  • Payment of employer social security taxes.
  • Payment of Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
  • Payment of Federal and State Unemployment Taxes.
  • Compliance with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Medical benefits, vacation/sick/holiday compensation, and a retirement plan.
  • Contracting a service to administer benefits.
  • Providing office space for the employee.
  • Providing equipment for the employee.
  • Managing the employee.

 

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Is a Virtual Assistant right for you and your company?

Have you ever blown a business opportunity or missed a deadline because of an unorganized business/schedule?  Would you like to get things looking pretty, working efficiently, and spend less time behind your desk?  Do you have the time you need to keep up with social media, do research for that great idea, or type that email/newsletter to your clients?  Are you on top of business development?  Are you lacking a client database and don’t know where to even begin?  Do you have exciting work projects you would like to take on, but always seem to be too tired at the end of the busy work day to even start them?  Do you find yourself working nights and weekends just to keep up with the administrative tasks that you don’t get to during the work day?

If you can answer YES to any of these (or even all of them), then a VA may be right for you and your company!  How do you find that right person to assist you?

 

Think of the word PACE.

P=Personality

You have to find that VA with the right personality for your line of work, and who will work best with YOUR personality as well.

A=Attitude

You need a VA with a positive, go-get-em attitude, so you know your work will be completed.

C=Creativity

You should find a VA with creativity in their bones, so you can just hand off your projects and know they will look great.

E=Efficiency
Your VA should be efficient, because why in the world would you hire one who isn’t?  After-all, this is all about saving time (and money), right?  So, remember, if you are super busy and cannot PACE yourself to get your administrative tasks completed, then consider hiring a VA to PACE for you!

 

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If you consider using a Virtual Assistant:

  • Define what tasks your virtual assistant can complete for you.
  • Determine what area most of these tasks fall into.
  • Find someone that specializes in that area.
  • Make sure they can complete other tasks for you as well.

Virtual assistants do charge a higher fee in most cases than having someone work for you in your office.  But as mentioned above they are absorbing the cost for all your savings. You are hiring a 100% professional, highly dedicated and very experienced assistant focusing on you and you alone.

They do not focus on anything or anyone else for the time they are set to work for you. Tasks get accomplished faster with accuracy and professionalism.

Why should you hire a VA?   Find out HERE

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