Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Personal Struggles and Your Business

pile of paper Have you ever noticed how your personal life creeps in and affects your business life? This seems to be even more true if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner. A case in point:

This month, I’ll be discussing office management for entrepreneurs and small business owners. And, as I started to plan out this month’s content I realized how, once again, my life illustrates some points I think should be made. So, since this is the first of the month, the day I post off-topic stuff, I thought I’d share a bit about my life and how it fits into the topic.

Right now, my office is in a disarray. Piles of paper cover my desk, the floor in front of my desk, as well as the floor next to the floor in front of my desk. You see, last month I started some spinal decompression therapy and all my free time was sucked into a black hole.

But, its turned out to be a good thing. I’ve been forced to focus. I no longer have the luxury of working on all 15+ blogs and projects I’ve got going. I have to focus on just one or two.

So what does all this have to do with office management? Well, without it, I wouldn’t even be able to focus on this website! I’ve created systems that help me focus my tasks. Would you believe that those aforementioned piles of paper fit into that system? They do, however loosely.
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Do As I Say Not As I Do

frazeled Boy! Am I ever learning about time management this month! This weekend I had a long list of things I wanted (needed) to do. Among them was write the Portrait of Geri that was due last month, prepare the marketing materials for this month’s Portrait, and write today’s blog post.

Well, none of that got done, because when I went to go write this post, I couldn’t access the website! Erg. One of the plugins had a conflict and basically broke everything. I had to spend the entire weekend re-building the website. And, as you can see, I haven’t finished.

So, what does all this have to do with time management? Everything.

You see, if I had hired a virtual assistant, my VA would have caught the problem earlier and would have started working on fixing it. That way I wouldn’t have to do the fixing and I would have had plenty of time to work on my business, rather than in it.

Delegating tasks that don’t necessarily build your business, but maintain it, is a very good time management technique. And you don’t have to hire one full-time. You can even hire a high-school or college kid to do some of this work for you for next to nothing. It’s a win-win situation. They get work experience, as well as additional funds, you get to free up your time to do more important things.
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Welcome March!

sprocket I am so glad February is over. I don’t know why, but February is always a challenging month. Usually, it is only challenging financially, but this February was challenging emotionally, too.

Let me back up a moment. I happen to be blessed with the best dog ever. That’s her picture here (for scale, those tiles are a square foot). We’ve been together for 13 years come March 25. She has a few health issues — epilepsy, hip dysplasia, a thyroid condition and Cushing’s disease. Early in February, she started having bloody noses. After a few days, she started sneezing blood all over the place. It was a mess.

At first, we thought it could be a growth in her nose, and nasal growths are cancerous about 99% of the time. Then we discovered she had high blood pressure, probably caused by the Cushing’s, and that was causing the bloody noses.

Then, one night, she had a seizure and had a really hard time recovering from it. I thought she had had a stroke and I was going to have to put her down.

Thank God it was just a difficult seizure.

Anyway, I’ve now had about five blood-free days and she’s back to her chipper self. Phew! One February challenge over.
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The Lunch List

lunch list In January, I started doing something new with this blog. The first post of the month, which is published on the first day of the month, was something different from the month’s theme (as posted in the editorial calendar). I liked that freedom to talk about something else and since an interesting concept came up for me last week, I thought I’d continue that trend.

On Jan. 23, as some of you know, I was interviewed for WECAI.org’s Wednesday Chat on how to boost your business with blogs. As part of that conversation, we talked about “blog memes,” which basically, much like all memes, are catch phrases or sound bites that get propagated throughout the blogosphere.

Out of that conversation came the idea of the “Lunch List” — a list of people you would just love to have lunch with. I really liked that idea and, believe me, I could come up with a whole bunch of such lists.

However, since I usually work with women, I thought I would share with you my Top 5 Business Women Lunch List. This is a list of five women I would love to have lunch with so that I could not only enjoy their interesting and sparkling personality, but also learn a few things that might help me improve my business (which, of course, I would pass on to you!).

So, here it goes, in no particular order:

ali brown Ali Brown, the E-Zine Queen
Back in 2003 I took a course in travel writing. Because of that course, I came up with the idea of an online travel magazine for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans. During my initial research on e-zine publishing, I discovered Ali. From there, she’s lead me to discover a whole world of top-notch online copywriters and Internet Marketers that has eventually lead me to where I am today. So, in some respect, I owe it all to Ali.
Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero, Red Hot Copy
Because of Ali, I discovered Lorrie. There is just something about her personality that shines through her copy that makes me believe that she would just be a whole lot of fun to hang out with. On top of that, she’s a top-notch copywriter and I can always improve my writing.
laurie morgan ferrero

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Carma’s MissionCarma Spence is an International best-selling author and award-winning speaker who helps women, introverts and shy people unleash their content creation superpowers and communicate their message with confidence so that they can create a meaningful and fulfilling legacy. With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in […]

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