The Benefits of Hiring A Virtual Assistant

The Benefits of Hiring A Virtual Assistant

You can't do it all and do it all well. 

 

At least that's the mantra I try to live by. I repeat it often throughout the day. Multi-tasking doesn't exist. All it means is that you are simultaniously giving several tasks your limited attention. 

Don't get me wrong, I used to believe I could do it all and do it all right. I thought multi=tasking was the best way to complete a task list. Boy, was I way W R O N G. 

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Marketing for the Future

Marketing for the Future

Over the years marketing has become a contest, may the brightest and boldest survive. The rest get flushed. And worse yet, people will pay big money to let the big dogs market with the most amazing content you have ever seen while those maybe just starting out get looked over because they just don't have the flash and glitter. 

 

Todays world of small business has been taken by storm and people will do just about anything to pick up the next gig. 

 

When I fist started my design business, I marketed with blog posts, social media (linking to my site) and, most importantly, word of mouth. Word of mouth marketing brought me in over 10 clients in my first 6 months of business. I did good work, i worked cheaper than most and I knew what the hell I was doing. These things made my services more valuable than those with the flashy online billboards.

 

Why? 

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Designing for the Future

Designing for the Future

When I first started my business it was all about design. I wanted to design pretty websites for creative minded owners. And that I did. As I grew my own small business I had to read and research, market and design for myself. My day had become 90% working on my business and I was barely working for my clients. That's when I decided to switch tactics and become a business coach as well. This way I could teach others everything I had learned about growing my company.

 

It worked. 

 

People started wanting my coaching services more and my design services next. When I inquired with one client about why she wasn't interested in design, she stated she was switching to Squarespace (yay for you!) and using the templated services with custom imagery. My mind was blown. That's what I had done myself. Suddenly, everyone was a designer. 

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Generating Email Leads with TryInteract

Generating Email Leads with TryInteract

The short version is that Interact provides you with a quiz to post on your site and everyone who takes the quiz is generated to an email list of your choice.

The long version is that Interact offers both premade and completely customizable quizes to attach to your website via an HTML code. When readers pop over to the page you have specified (I chose to make it the first things readers see), they will be able to take whatever quiz you have designed. With Interact, you can literally design a quiz about absolutely anything because you can completely customize the questions. So whether it's how well they know how to knit or how much they love Johnny Depp, the quiz possibilities are endless! 

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My Weekday Morning Routine

My Weekday Morning Routine

Even during the summer, my morning routine is one of the most important parts of my day. It sets the time for the rest of the day, and often, the whole weeks mood can be determined by a successful Monday morning routine. 

 

Ideally, I could wake up, grab my coffee and begin my work day. Before I can eat my frogs, I first have to set up for success. So here's the skinny on how I get the weekday balls rolling.

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A List of Lists

A List of Lists

As a writer and creative, one of the things I love to do most is make lists. I make them for everything. From the very basoc "to do" list all the way to a list of my favorite childhood movies, I make lists. Since I am such a serious listmaker, I thought today that we would cut the crap (aka the business and selfcare talk) and I would share a list of... L I S T S! Are you ready to see some of my favorites? Let's do it!

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Back to Business & 6 Lessons Learned

If you are on my mailing list (what do you mean you don't subscribe? Clicky click to get yourself on the list now!), you already know that I am in the process of building a business. A new business. Taking EAE in a new direction. I'm excited and scared but I am definitely ready this time. There is nothing standing in my way anymore. I have ideas and ways to implement them so why not seize the opportunity? Strike while the iron is hot?

Yeah, I love metaphor ;-)

So it's time to get back to business. Back to doing what I love - no matter how much I had to tweak it - and back to helping others. 

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Rebuilding A Brand | The 3 C's

Rebuilding A Brand | The 3 C's

When you have spent as long as I did out of practice and out of touch with your business, you'll start to find it more and more difficult to rebuild your brand. This is the issue I am currently facing and, trust me, the struggle is real. After many months away, I am having to establish trust through consistency with my readers. And that, my friends, is hard! Still, considering all the problems I recently faced, this task feels pretty light.

So what do I need to be focused on?

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     Hi All!   I am just popping in for a quick minute to remind everyone that I am offering an amazing 3 day email challenege aimed at how you can start taking back the control of your email inbox!   Life is crazy and those emails pile up! Let me show you how I utilize only one email address for work and personal and how I am able to reach inbox zero every.single.day!   I can promise you that it is absolutely NOT impossible and in just three days we will work together to transform your email inbox into a happy (and empty) place to be!   Check out my amazing outline for the three day challenge!  Day 1: February 20th  We are going to start with a full on evaluation of how many email addresses you have and just how you are currently using them. Why do you have more than one? Is it necessary to have more than one? Is your inbox at full capacity? How far back do the emails sitting in your inbox go? How many newsletters and other such nonsense is taking up space in your inbox?  Taking a deeper look at how you care currently using your email is the jumping off point to getting organized!   Day 2: February 21st  It's time to corral that email clutter and realize how much easier your life will be when you don't have a million and one messages sitting in that inbox! Today is delete day! By the end of today you will have learned how to "let go" of those old emails, unsubscribed and created a newsletter/email roll and finally determined just how little time you really want to be spending wading through these emails daily.   Inbox zero is right around the corner!  Day 3: February 22nd   It's the last day of the challenge and today we are creating our organizational systems! Take a deep look at how I have created a functional system that allows me to keep everything of importance as well as the daily/weekly/monthly/annual tasks I make for myself to make sure my email is a well oiled machine that does exactly what it's supposed to. At the end of todays challenge you will have reached inbox zero and created your own filing system, ready to be balanced and always on the empty!   So what do you say readers? Are you ready to take control of your inbox?   Signup now and get on the list to Detox Your Inbox!      
 
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      Until next time,

I am just popping in for a quick minute to remind everyone that I am offering an amazing 3 day email challenege aimed at how you can start taking back the control of your email inbox! 

 

Life is crazy and those emails pile up! Let me show you how I utilize only one email address for work and personal and how I am able to reach inbox zero every.single.day! 

 

I can promise you that it is absolutely NOT impossible and in just three days we will work together to transform your email inbox into a happy (and empty) place to be! 

 

Check out my amazing outline for the three day challenge!

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Utilizing Automation for Your Business

Utilizing Automation for Your Business

Automation is a Hustler's BFF. No joke. Without it I would probably never get anything else done. Whether it's my social media posts for the week (month) or my blog and newsletters, automation has helped me find a routine that winds up shaving hours off my days. And today I am going to share with all of you wonderful readers the many joys in utilizing automation and how to make it work hard for you! 

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Working with Squarespace SEO + 3 Myths Busted

Working with Squarespace SEO + 3 Myths Busted

It's a pretty common myth that I have seen floating around in the few Facebook groups I participate in that you can't get quality SEO on Squarespace. It's also one of those things I used to see posted here and there and jump on to correct the OP. Then I gave up my quest to educate everyone who shared this myth. Why? Because it wasn't worth the energy I was expending. It just isn't possible for me to show everyone in a FB group just how Squarespace SEO really does work.

I also realized that part of the problem with convincing these people that you can get results using the built in SEO Squarespace provides (and that you can easily hack for even better results) is that they want something neat and easy, packaged and perfect. In short, they just don't want to put in the work to get the results.

So today I thought I would take a minute to show you the wonderous glory that is Squarespace SEO and show you how easy it actually is to achieve the same results as if you were using the popular Wordpress plugins.

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My Evernote System: UPDATED

My Evernote System: UPDATED

For you longtime followers (and a huge thank you if that's you!), you may remember that a few years back I posted back when I was still using Blogger all about how I used Evernote as an editorial calendar (as well as to manage my entire life!). Well, y'all, since that post went live so long ago, I have updated the way I do things and thought I would take some time today to show you the new system I am using. 

For those of you who may not know, Evernote is, essentially, a note taking system. At least, that's the simple explanation of Evernote. In reality, Evernote is so. much. more! You see, Evernote is basically my brain. I have folders for pretty well off everything I could possibly need in my life. Although I do not use Evernote as a planning system, it is still where my life is stored. 

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Mindfulness & Intention

Mindfulness & Intention

Living in mindfulness and intention is something I definitely need to work on and so I have created routines and rituals to help me out a little. In order to stop being so obsessive about work, I make notes in my planner and have asked members of my family, and even friends, to hold me accountable. It hasn't been easy but I feel like I am making progress, which in turn makes me feel as though I am creating an environment that my 5 year old daughter can learn from. 

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Planner Series: A Free Daily Planner Printable

Planner Series: A Free Daily Planner Printable

Hello my lovelies!

 

Recently I caught myself pondering over my goals and planning them out. Mainly I was thinking about how I would go about keeping my notes each day and how I would keep my goal plans in a daily planning system. As I am sure you all know by now, I use a Plum Paper Planner to organize my week and I was struggling with how to keep a task list specific to meeting my goals, staying focused and still having my hourly schedule laid out in the same page.

 

After researching to no avail and continuously coming up empty handed when searching Instagram for some kind of inspiration I finally realized that I would have to create something myself if I wanted to have something perfect.

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How to Start A Blog (The Truth)

How to Start A Blog (The Truth)

Any fool with an email address can read these posts and start a blog. This bogs down the internet in ways most people don't seem to grasp. I know that these bloggers are trying to share the wealth of knowledge that they have built over their time blogging but in reality, no one (and I mean no one) is going to share all their trade secrets on how to start a successful blog. 

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