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Grief, Thyroidism and the Entrepreneur

This past weekend marked six months since we had the formal ceremony to say goodbye to my love.  I never knew that managing grief would be so hard, go on for so long and take a toll on my body the way it has.   For over the past 20 years I have suffered from a thyroid disorder – hypothyroidism.  I was diagnosed during my high school senior year at the age of 17, completely out of the blue.  I was actually at the emergency room for a totally unrelated issue when the doctor noticed a bulge in my neck and encouraged...

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Why Staying Constantly Connected Is Ruining Your Productivity

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Let your mind your wonder back in time… Think back to a time when a mobile phone was made simply for talking.  A time when you only got online was from the big clunky computer sitting on your desk… Do you remember?  Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago.   In the last decade or so, the technology genies brought us the wonderful inventions of smart phones, tablets, wireless connectivity, hotspots and a host of other awesome devices - all designed to keep us connected.  Combine this with the introduction of social media...

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Pick The Best Idea and Run With It

More than one business idea and not really sure what to do, so you sit stuck not really acting or moving forward with any of them….  Sound familiar.  I think most people who’ve been hit by the entrepreneurial spirit can relate.  We see a problem and instantly thing of a solution.  We can’t find a certain dress, pair of shoes or the right accessories and we think – I wonder if I could make that.  I know I have been there a time or two (or three or four).  Ah heck, who am I fooling?  If any of you could...

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Best Bank Closure: A Lesson In Contingency Planning for Entrepreneurs

One of the stories dominating the news cycle here in Atlanta is the closing of Best Bank on the evening of Friday, May 5, 2017 without notice or warning to customers.  As the news of the closing began making its way around the city, hundreds of worried and panic customers went to First Citizens Bank (all accounts in Georgia were transferred there) to withdraw their money. They were faced with long lines, limited information and an unexpected money withdrawal cap of $1000.   While this news doesn’t affect me personally and I am not currently on staff with any major corporation, I...

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Team Building for Entrepreneurs: The Virtual Assistant Edition

When I started my business several years ago, I started out as a virtual assistant with the goals of providing executive level administrative support to entrepreneurs.  It is, as it was then, my belief that you can’t do this business start up thing alone.  Every rock star needs background singers.   I will never forget that when I started my business and went to my first networking event, a business strategist told me that while starting a virtual administrative support company was a wonderful idea, she wanted me to understand that a huge part of my marketing plan would have to revolve...

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Operations Manual: Yes, Solopreneurs Need Them Too

Alrighty my fellow “party of one” business owners, by show of hands, who has a business operations manual?   Anyone?  Anyone?   Just as I suspected, many of us haven’t taken the time to formally write down our processes and procedures.  We may have a folder stuck somewhere at the bottom of a pile on our desk that has a few documents in it.  But most likely it’s the “how to use….” software, hardware, app that we needed at the time.  Or maybe your desk looks a lot like mine with a series of brightly colored post it notes with a couple of “how...

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