Ask for advice, but do what you think is best.

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

I don't believe in comfort zones.

Dare not to be boring.

Value is the one business model that never fails.

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Master Success with a Virtual Assistant

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:51 -- Leonard Shostak

Success with a Virtual Assistant must be learned, developed and mastered. To find a successful VA and create a long-term relationship follow these three simple rules:
1. Before hiring a VA organize yourself and figure out what tasks need to be outsourced. Take advantage of tools like Evernote to keep track of daily/weekly tasks. What do you outsource? Here are a few suggestions:

What Are The Best Websites to Find A Virtual Assistant?

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 22:26 -- Leonard Shostak

The biggest secret of highly productive people is to delegate the work and avoiding doing everything themselves. Lack of time and knowledge prevents us from finding resources to highly experienced and affordable Virtual Assistants. Like most business owners ,you have a commitment to succeeding at work and life, but the truth is that we struggle in finding TIME to do everything that needs to be done.

Preparing for Growth

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 21:47 -- Leonard Shostak

Growing pains can be a barrier to business growth. It is important to have a contingency plan ready for action as a way to be prepared. What could this growth mean for your business? How will you recognize it? What do these changes mean and include for your business in regard to operation, staffing, and overall business management? To help you get this plan into action and focus on growth here are a few tips to grow your business:

The Competitive Advantage of Networking

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 21:37 -- Leonard Shostak

Networking is a great way to gain new clients. There is no means of online networking that can replace the power of building relationships face-to-face. According to a study, 95 percent of business owners say face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships. Not being a part of these groups is simply not an option if we want to grow our business. Despite operational difficulties this is a way to learn and figure out new ways to fine-tune strategies to increase opportunities as we gain knowledge through others' expertise.

Time for a check-up?

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 21:29 -- Leonard Shostak

When preparing for your journey to begin or grow your business it is essential to evaluate your skill set. Lack of knowledge in some areas is not necessarily a disadvantage as we will continue learning and gain experience. It is important to know what your strengths are and what skills you lack to fill in the blanks. It is a skill with a process that can be learned. Being able to foresee future needs and manage the risk wisely will help in creating a successful business. Part of it has to do with stepping outside our comfort zone and taking calculated risks.

Self-Discipline to Reach Your Goals!

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 14:32 -- Leonard Shostak

Successful entrepreneurs are highly focused individuals. They create a lifetime of goals and are constantly fine-tuning the next goal. What separates the successful entrepreneur from the less successful entrepreneur is the lack of self-discipline. Self-discipline is a skill that can be changed through dedicated practice. It will test your will power and persistence. A few key strategies in helping entrepreneurs achieve success include:

Finding a Competitive Edge with Tools

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 20:34 -- Leonard Shostak

Businesses are looking for a competitive edge to stand out against the competition. What better way than to use tools that can do everything for you. Time is of the essence; being able to accomplish more tasks
in less time is what we all long for. The results are lower cost and bigger profits.

These tools can involve everything from tracking your workflow/hours, to billing, to offering customer support, and much more. According to Shopify’s blog the list of the most popular and useful tools in the market are:

Big Lessons for Small Business

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:42 -- Leonard Shostak

As small business owners we want to learn the best practices to achieve results; to emulate good business practices and make smart business choices to properly establish/run our businesses. With our technologically advanced world, this information is readily available at the tips of our fingers. Knowing what we need to do to successfully run a business is what separates the small business owner with less experience and resources from the Fortune 500 CEO. To begin, if we can answer these questions easily then we are already ahead of the game:

How to Grow your Small Business

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:50 -- Leonard Shostak

Small businesses are defined as businesses with 500 employees or less. They may not generate as much money as large corporations, yet they are as important to the local economy, bringing new employment opportunities. Larger corporations may also outsource these small businesses who can provide a more specialized service or product.

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