It’s been a very interesting year so far.
Have you needed to pivot your business or have more family members home than usual?
Do you work from home and feel like throwing your 2020 planner out the window at this point?
Before you give up on the planner, read on… (more…)
What is a Specialized Virtual Assistant?
A specialized Virtual Assistant is someone who focuses on a limited number of skill sets, called “niching down”. Instead of knowing a little about a lot of different topics, a specialist continues learning and stays up to date on their preferred skills to become an expert on that topic.
For example, you wouldn’t hire a family physician to do open-heart surgery. You would go to a specialized heart surgeon who does that procedure instead.
Although Virtual Assistants (VA) wouldn’t be a life or death situation, the point is, if you want something done right the first time, who is passionate about what they do and are an expert at it, you’ll be much happier with the results.
You’re finally making some consistent money with your blog or service-based business and ready to start handing off some tasks you don’t enjoy or don’t have time for. Congratulations! This is exciting and the next step to start growing your business.
Ideally, you want to hire VA who has a specialized skill set, not someone who is a “jack of all trades, master of none.”
It’s that time of year. It seems like everyone is talking about their word of the year.
Maybe you’re curious about what it actually is.
Maybe you’re considering choosing a word yourself, but the anxiety of choosing one word to sum up an entire year can be a bit much.
In this article, I’ll explain what it is, the process of finding my word, and how you can too!
What is a “word of the year”?
This may mean different things to different people, but to me, a word of the year summarizes a theme and feelings I want to have for the year. This word will guide everything I decide to reach my goals. It helps me make sure I’m intentional with everything I do.
Is a word of the year necessary to succeed in your business?
Here is the 2019 review, both good and bad, ups and downs.
In this 2019 review, you’ll see the evolution of this year.
Up until this year, I’ve not been a “word of the year” person. I don’t (or didn’t) like that kind of commitment and didn’t see the point.
Instead, as the year went on, I realized one word that kept coming up. Growth.
This was truly a year of personal growth as you’ll see in my monthly highlights (good and bad) in my personal and business life below.
I had already started therapy September of 2018 for my PTSD, after ten years of physical and emotional domestic violence. My therapist was wonderful and I wanted fast progress so I went weekly with things to discuss each week. All year long I worked on refining my business and did a lot of market research.
Word of the Year 2019 Review
It’s hard to believe that the 2019 year is already ending. Funny how the years seem to go by faster as you get older.
It’s bittersweet as it has been a tough and wonderful year. I’m ready to take all I’ve learned this year and execute on them. It’s time to finally keep the past in the past and embrace this new woman I’ve become.
Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat and pretend this year was all rainbows. Yes, (more…)
We all have the same 24 hours in the day.
You know it’s important and you hear it all the time, and maybe you need more of it yourself. But what does it mean, exactly?
Let me break it down for ya. (more…)
3 Reasons to Plan Ahead Your Holidays as a Solo Business Owner
It’s finally October!
Are you feeling anxious knowing the holidays are around the corner?
You know how hectic the holidays can be.
Between holiday shopping, festivities, and cooking on top of your already hectic life, it’s no wonder it’s easy to get frustrated, anxious, and short-tempered.
What happened to spend more time with family, being joyful, and being merry? Have you ever planned ahead your holidays? Any Reasons to Plan Ahead the Holidays?
You may be thinking, “But Jennifer, I’m not ready yet. Let me enjoy Halloween first!”
A part of me is feeling the same way, but I also know that planning ahead is important too.
I used to get anxious too until I started simplifying by planning for the holidays in October.
You know how important it is to plan ahead in your business, so why not get ahead of the holidays this year?
Do you dread working in your home office because the clutter is overwhelming, you don’t know where that important paper is when you need it, and not sure where to put everything?
Physical clutter takes up emotional anxiety, so when you get rid of things, it also gives you emotional head-space to focus and more confidence.
In 2015, I started my simplifying journey.
I was in an abusive relationship and trying to leave.
All the clutter I had accumulated over my life made it difficult to focus, be productive, and move out easily. AS it worked out, he demanded I purge my stuff, so while I was purging, I also packed. (more…)