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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How Referrals Can Work for YOUR Business!!

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In an effort to jump-start small businesses – and remind them of the power of a single referral – John Jantsch (author of Duct Tape Marketing) launched Make a Referral Week in March of 2009. The goal of the event was simple: To provide 1,000 referrals to 1,000 deserving small businesses across the country.

Referral based businesses can either take a passive role or an active role in generating referrals. Those that take a passive role, create satisfied customers and spend their marketing time and dollars trying to get their message in front of as many potential customers as possible, then they are relegated to waiting and hoping that the phone rings.

Those that take an active role, do things a little differently.

1. Give awesome service that creates ‘raving fans’ instead of just satisfied customers. The only reason people talk about a service or product is because it was extremely good or extremely bad – make yours exceptional.

2. Make sure you thank your customers and ask them to tell your friends about you. Think back to the last time you were personally thanked for your business. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does we remember it.

3. Let your customers know up front that you will be asking for referrals later on. Don’t hit them cold – let them know that you are a referral based business and give them the chance to think about whom they want to refer.

4. Making giving a few referrals a condition of doing business with you. If you really want a business that runs on referrals than make it a rule that for people to do business with you, they have to give you referrals.

5. Ask for a referral when people buy from you (or even when they don’t). During the sale customers’ emotions are running high and they are happiest to give them. When customers don’t buy they usually feel a little awkward, and may feel obliged to help you out in a situation like this because they have just said ‘no’ to making a purchase from you.

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YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK:  Consider your business approach to referrals and make the commitment to take an active strategy. And remember givers gain.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com. To register for our complimentary workshop, 6 Steps to a Great Business, visit www.workingonthebusiness.com.  Let’s work together to help your business grow.

Small Business Online Events for January 2016

It’s extremely important to network and to share online events with other small business owners!  Here is a list of some of the events I have been able to put together for January 2016.  Please feel free to comment below with any of your events you would like to add to the list.

 

The Art & Science of a Great Email
January 6, 2016
This webinar will take you behind the curtain to unveil brand new email engagement insights uncovered by Constant Contact’s data scientists.  Compiled from the analysis of more than 365 million Constant Contact customer emails, these insights will dig deep into the data behind what factors influence subscribers to sign up, open, click and convert.

 

Online Marketing Seminar
January 7, 2016
Free Q&A webinar.  Join us ONLINE from your home or office computer.  We will give you tips on how to get more phone calls and contacts through your website.

 

Wolfe’s Rules of Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
January 7, 2016
From high-visibility, high-impact initiatives such as improving your website, to everyday tasks such as how you answer the telephone or request customer feedback, marketing is interlaced into virtually every aspect of your business. Yet, in the rush to generate sales revenue, many entrepreneurs underestimate its importance, hoping to become the 1-in-a-1000 businesses that take off due to word-of-mouth referrals.

 

12 Great Mobile Apps that will Grow Your Business in 2016
January 12, 2016
The term “smart phone” hardly begins to describe what can be done on a mobile device these days, especially for small business owners or entrepreneurs. Mobile devices, and the multitude of apps that can be run on them, are now vital tools in the fast-moving, “do-it-all-now” climate that exists in today’s business world.

 

Social Media, Marketing, and Websites
January 27, 2016
Whether you have a website, a LinkedIn page, or use Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Instagram, you are exposing your practice/business to a potential Breach. The avenues of electronic communications are growing and we must grow with it in order to maintain HIPAA compliance and keep the integrity and privacy of patients and their protected health information. In this lesson, policies and procedures will be discussed that will help to ensure a compliant understanding of the usage of social media, marketing efforts and website development.

 

Credit card surcharging:  What are the stipulations for compliance?
January 27, 2016
The worst thing end-user organizations can do is to have an uninformed reaction to surcharging. It’s important to first look at the big picture as end-users should also educate suppliers about the economics of card acceptance, pointing out the savings possible and other benefits.

 

Check back at the end of January for February Online Events!  

And don’t forget to connect through LinkedInTwitter, and Google+.

 

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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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Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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10 Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant:

  • You save yourself money
  • You can use a VA part-time
  • You can use a VA on an as-needed basis
  • You make the schedule every week or month
  • You set the budget weekly or monthly
  • You delegate your business tasks to your VA
  • You can get more accomplished in a business day or week
  • You schedule certain detailed tasks for your VA
  • You improve your revenue for your business
  • You get to spend more time working on your business

 

Do you need a Virtual Assistant? 

Do you lack Time Management skills?

Do you want a larger ROI?

Don’t fall into the #1 reason people fail:  EXCUSES

  • Get around your excuses
  • We will find a way to help you out…today
  • No more excuses.
  • Get the help you need to build your business
  • Organize your business in 2015
  • Become more efficient and more productive
  • Work less and make more money

 

Some of my Clients:

  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Realtor / Agent
  • Motorcycle Shop Owner
  • Accountant
  • Home Party Consultant
  • Retail Shop Owner
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Home Remodeler
  • Publisher
  • Fundraiser
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Rep
  • Independent Contractor
  • Designer

 

Helping you Solve your Business Puzzle
What YOU want:

  • To decrease your work stress
  • To decrease your paperwork load
  • To get organized
  • To increase your revenue
  • To get new customers to know, like, and trust your business
  • To spend more time focusing on your business relationships
  • To save money
  • To save time
  • To work on a budget
  • To get help to accomplish your tasks

What I want:

  • To decrease your work stress
  • To decrease your paperwork load
  • To help keep you organized
  • To increase your revenue
  • To get new customers to know, like, and trust your business
  • To give you more time to focus on business relationships
  • To save you money
  • To save you time
  • To work with your budget
  • To help you accomplish your tasks
  • To deliver an EXPERIENCE to you
  • To listen to your needs and wants
  • To understand your business
  • To support your business

  

Interested in comparing costs of a VA verses an in-house employee?  Compare HERE

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Consider viewing my list of services, to see how I am be able to assist you with your business.

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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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