Systems: Gotta Have Them

Ever wonder how successful entrepreneurs manage to get so much done? Are they superheroes who don’t sleep? Do they work through lunch and dinner and even the kids’ games? Have they somehow figured out how to clone themselves?

While I can’t say for sure that there are no lunch-hour workaholics out there, what I do know is this: The secret to greater productivity– no matter what your business –is having systems. Period.

In fact, I’d wager a bet that you can save hours of time every single day, just by putting a few simple systems in place.

Discovery Call Scripts to Help Close the Sale

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10 Ways to Make Your Avatar Sell

A gravatar is a globally recognized avatar, an image that follows
you from site to site and appears beside your name when you
participate. It’s a powerful tool because your smiling face might
be the first thing that catches a reader’s attention.

Create your own gravatar in a few minutes.

gravatarNOTE: Interestingly enough, This entry was originally posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009. I still believe these tips are as powerful today as they were 9 years ago!

If you include social media marketing as part of your online marketing strategy, give a little thought to your avatar. Actually, give a lot of thought. Overlooked as they are, they can be crucial to your branding strategy.

Avatars are those little images that go beside each post you author at websites like Digg, Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace and even beside comments in this blog. In some places, they are called profile pictures or something like that. (more…)

The Most Valuable List Is – Your Customer List

You’ve heard the phrase “the money is in the list”. In other words, your subscribers have value. Today I want to share one particular type of list with you that’s a lot more valuable than any other. That list is your customer list. These are the people that have spent money with you already. And guess what, they are the most likely to do so again and again and again. That’s what makes them one of your most valuable business assets.

First though, let’s take a quick look at what makes these people so special to you and your bottom line. (more…)

Why Hiring A VA Is A Brilliant Investment

If you’re just starting your business, you probably don’t have enough capital to hire full-time staff. However, to grow your business in most circumstances, you’re going to have to find someone to help with the day-to-day tasks. So rather than ask family or friends to volunteer their free time, why not hire a part-time virtual assistant?

No Office Space Required

A virtual assistant can work from anywhere. This can save you a lot of money when it comes to renting and furnishing an office space. So when hiring a VA, make sure to ask how they work – do they have a home office? Do they have a computer with a reliable Internet connection? Are they available to work during the hours you require? Hire someone who meets all of your requirements – be patient in this process, as you may have to interview several people before finding the most suitable person for the job.

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5 Ways A VA Can Help You Generate Solid Business Leads

Generating profitable business leads is time-consuming work. From collecting data to verifying contact information, creating a solid database consisting of people who are genuinely interested in purchasing your goods and services requires patience and experience. So when hiring a VA to help you increase your flow of business leads, it’s important to find a person with brilliant people skills and extensive Internet research experience.

Common Business Lead Generation Tasks

Chances are, you utilize various methods for gathering business leads already – from online surveys and direct mail to website landing pages and cold calling, and you know full well that handling every aspect of lead generation can easily be a full-time job in itself. So instead of trying to manage all of these tasks yourself, why not hire a VA to do most of the legwork for you?

An experienced VA can manage your email lists, respond to comments and queries on your social media pages, create marketing materials and send them out, and contact prospective clients and customers directly by email and/or phone. (more…)