My Go To Apps

There are, almost literally, tons of apps out there! All designed to boost your productivity and convenience. With so many to choose from how do you know which one is best for any particular need? Ultimately that is a decision you will need to make for yourself via test drives. In this article I want to expose you to my preferred apps and explain why I chose them.  Someone you know out there may have other preferences but these are mine:

Google Keep

There are competing applications out there. The best known one being Evernote. I have both but most often use Google Keep because I am a G Suite for business user.  I like the advantage of having everything accessible from my inbox. Not to mention free is good. Evernote does have a free version as well. Continue reading “My Go To Apps”

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Partnering With Your Client

 

Partnering with your clients

By: Marian LaSalle

A true business to client partnership is caring and sharing the profits and risks. You both have to work as a team if you want to be successful. If you don’t, you’ll both work harder, each task will stretch out longer and add complications. A true professional cares about the people side of their job too. And if you take the time to set this partnership up right, it will actually make your job easier.

When you want to truly partner with your clients a great way to show them you are serious is to take a sincere interest in their business. Go beyond what your product or service has to offer. You can research what is happening within your client’s industry and provide information you’ve learned about their competitors and their industry market trends. Helping your client to be more informed, more efficient and better at what they do, will demonstrate your commitment to truly partnering with them. Continue reading “Partnering With Your Client”

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Low Cost Easy Website Builders

 

There are several low cost website builders available. They include WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and SquareSpace.  All offer a  free option or a free trial. No doubt other website builders are available but these are some of the better known options. All of these, however, are not simple. WordPress is not simple but if you decide to try WordPress anyway download cheatsheets here.  Wix and SquareSpace are by far the most simplistic. Wix and SquareSpace offer templates that guide you every step of the way.  The down side is you get few if any options to alter templates.

Weebly offers many features but the addition of those features makes it less simplistic than Wix or SquareSpace.  However Weebly has telephone support in addition to chat support and a user forum. The issue with Weebly’s telephone help is that most frequently the techs are unable to help you. The go to reason seems to be “this is a third party app and I don’t know anything about them”.  This in spite of the fact you added the app from their app store. I like to try to solve issues myself via trial and error, user forums and chat, however, when I have exhausted all of those options and still have not found my answer it is good to be able to call someone and get help.  My website, leladonelson.com, is a Weebly site but it was a painful experience to create.  I do however like all the additional options it provides.

Wix also offers telephone support on its top premium plan. SquareSpace and WordPress do not offer telephone support.  GoDaddy offers a  “managed” WordPress option. My experience is that GoDaddy  cannot help with your WordPress issues because there are so many themes for WordPress. GoDaddy refers you to WordPress videos for specific WordPress issues. I suggest if you want a WordPress site, and are not someone who has, or wants, to take the time to figure it out get someone to create and manage it for you. I did this WordPress blog, and even though I consider myself to be somewhat savvy,  I needed help before I finished.

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Free WordPress Cheatsheets!

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Whether you are a WordPress beginner or a pro these cheatsheets make understanding and customizing WordPress easier! If you are in business you should be blogging about what you do. Blogging sends the message that you are knowledgeable and passionate about your product or service.

Many people think that if the network marketing company they represent has a blog that they need only link to those articles. While this does help you promote the product or service it doesn’t differentiate you from all of the other reps and it doesn’t promote you as a professional and someone who is passionate about their product or service.  Blogging, having  your own domain, and having a domain name email address sets you apart from everyone else.

Enjoy!

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4 Steps To Increasing Customer Retention

By Errol Allen

This week’s article is by my long time friend and customer service guru Errol Allen.  Customer Service is the key to retain those hard gained customers. More about Errol:

Internationally known speaker, author and customer service expert Errol Allen provides practical advice and solutions garnered from over 25 years of hands – on experience. He possesses a multi-faceted perspective of organizations through the various positions held during his corporate tenure with companies such as ADT Security Systems, TCI Cablevision, The Houston Post, Excel Communications, e-talk and GEICO Insurance. From the phone to the field, Errol has serviced customers himself and  understands that a “systems” orientation is crucial to providing excellent customer service.

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The Stress Ninja!

By Shane Hennesey

This article is part of an ongoing series of guest posts by people I have found to be tops in their area of expertise. Todays article is by Shane Hennesey who is a licensed therapist and a practitioner of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation techniques. Stress has been my nemesis for most of my life. I worked exclusively for telecom startups back in the day and for 5 years owned my own telecom distribtorship! It was not unusual to be told “Welcome aboard. Here’s your desk. You have 90 days to prove yourself!”  Over the years stress took it’s toll on my mental and physical health. Shane has been very helpful in helping me overcome my companion “stress”

Listen to his podcast  MindfulX. Available on iTunes. Visit his website:www.risingtideslifecoaching.com

Entrepreneur Stress Optimization

We work for ourselves.

We are the boss.

We have stress.

There’s no getting around it.

What we do about it is where we can create gold for ourselves. Taking care of business in regards to our stress ripples out to everything we touch. The body reflects the head.

If your head is a mess, the business will be too.

Stress does not go away. It is part of our biological design. What we can do, is optimize it and our relationship to it. For that, I’m giving you 2 suggested practices, 1 bonus practice that will supercharge the first two and some app suggestions to help you along the way. In the instructional video, I will walk you through the details. Continue reading “The Stress Ninja!”

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Bananaaaa! (tag) Bananatag/Mailtag Email Tracking

Ever send an email and wonder if the person read it? Was your strategy dependent upon that email being read?  For example if they didn’t read it, or if they did read it and didn’t reply, time to move on. What if they read it immediately?  Whether an email is read or not and how long it takes to get a reply can be very important information for creating your strategy with that client.

Fortunately there are some very good options for email tracking. Bananatag, which works well with Gmail/G Suite, and Outlook and MailTag which is limited to Gmail/G Suite., are two options. Both offer a free version. Bananatag’s free version is limited to tracking 5 emails a day.  MailTag has a more powerful free version, and though it works well, the down side is a “Sent with MailTag” footer. Both options offer paid versions.

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Do You Have Present Productivity?

 

 

By Marla Regan

Todays post is by Marla Regan. Organization is my biggest productivity struggle!
Marla Regan CCP, owner of Organized Time is a Productivity Specialist and Certified Family Manager ® Coach specializing in helping clients with their productivity in their home and office.
Do you have present productivity? When you are at work, do you take mental trips home or to school wondering if your child has everything they need for this day?  When you are at home, do you have your mind on work projects?  If your answer to either one of these questions is ‘yes, sometimes…well, most of the time’ then you do NOT have present productivity. Present productivity is when you can honestly be present on the project in front of you and not take a mental trip to ‘Elsewhere Land’. To avoid the distraction of the mental side trips we make, we need to consider the details of our day and that will include anyone we are responsible for including children, parents, friends, pets., etc.

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Cloud Accounting Service-FreshBooks

Invoicing, payment tracking, online payment acceptance, expenses, receipts, time tracking, projects, profit and loss reports and more all in in one easy to use                 application.   

Freshbooks is the all in one accounting system for small businesses and solopreneurs.  If QuickBooks is more than you need or too complicated FreshBooks could be the answer.  Every year at tax time email the reports generated by FreshBooks to your CPA and you are  done!

From the FreshBooks Dashboard you can at a glance view how much you are owed, your year to date profit, how much you are  spending and what you are spending on.  It’s an easy navigation from the dashboard to several in depth built in reports. Continue reading “Cloud Accounting Service-FreshBooks”

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