You may not be able to pick your family but you can pick your clients. And say this as I was laying here taking a short nap and remembering the conversation my human parents were having about who they really want to work with and who is their ideal client.

And that made me think you cannot choose your family. I mean think about it, there are those people in your family that are not your favorite people but you love them because they are family, like in my case I am not crazy about my feathered brothers and sisters but because my parents love them…I guess I do too.

But you do not have to settle in your business or career. Be choosy do not settle!

You know who you want to work with. If not, take the time to sort out WHO do you really want to work with? If you need additional help with choosing your ideal client let my humans help.

Use that knowledge when you speak to those possible clients or when you are thinking about changing careers or companies.
Take a minute and ask yourself these things:
1. Will I enjoy working with them?
2. Will I be happy to go to work every day?
3. Will I love what I do and enjoy my work?
4. Do I think that we can build a lasting relationship that is mutually beneficial for us both? (Hey why the smile, I might be a furry human but I am a smarty.)

If you answer yes to these questions, then you might have found your sweet spot in life. But if there were a few maybes or no’s, then do not settle. In the end it will be a disaster or you will be unhappy and even dread going to work every day.

The other thing you want to do is, if it is a new client do a try me on period. This should usually be no more than 90 days and allow you to learn all of their business and get to know them before you make a longer commitment. At end of trial time, have a talk and find out if it works for you both of you. If it does, awesome! If not, you part on good terms.

So all I am saying is do not settle and say yes to just any client. Find the right fit for you. You would take the extra time if you were searching for shoes. No?

Gotta Run I think my mom might take me for a walk.

Till next week.Emmy

I know it has been a couple of weeks since I have written to you all, but hey I have a life too. Which brings me to what I want to share with you today. As you all know I love to play and enjoy life and I have awesome human parents that see that I get to do that, most of the time. But lately they have been working harder instead of smarter. So I had to sit them down and have a talk with them about this, because this was really cutting into my time and I cannot have that.
So here is what I shared with them and want to share with you all as well. Working harder does not always mean better. I know you have all heard the expression work smarter not harder…

Well here is what that really breaks down to, do what you are good at, do not make more work for yourself by trying to accomplish something that is either not what you know or not what you love. In the end you will be miserable and produce work you are not at all happy with and in most cases your clients will be disappointed with what was produced as well.

Next why do things the hard way, if you know how to do something quickly and still produce a product you and your customer will love, why would you do it any other way? Just think of the time you can save yourself and all the ways you could spend that time.

My parents are an awesome small team and they each have the own strengths and skills that make them unique. And they have really just started using this to work smarter not harder, which is great for me because like I said I love my time. You should also think about this if you are in a team time work situation if you are good at marketing but not so great at design or tech end of things, ask those in your team that are, to help you with the project. In the end you will find out the final product is something you will truly be happy to turn over to the client, but more than that think of the time you can save. More time saved means more time to play and who does not love that.

OH, I hear my mom calling it must be my time now. Until next time do what you love, love what you do. And always work smarter not harder.


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In the world of information technology, working is no longer confined by distance. In fact, because of the internet, many managers and business owners are beginning to appreciate the concept of virtual assistant or VAs. Virtual assistants are skilled workers who work at home through the internet and they can bring significant contributions to your business if you manage them well.

The great thing about using VAs is that you don’t need an office for them, which should save you a lot of money. But because they are working far from you, managing VAs is a little different from managing office workers. Here are some tips to help you bring the best out of your virtual assistants.

1. Be friendly but keep some distance.
As a manager, it is important to help maintain a harmonious relationship with your VA team. That means being friendly to your virtual assistants. Reach out and talk to them in a kind manner. If you plan to build a long-term work relationship with your VA, get to know them personally. Appreciate their work style and strengths. A harmonious and positive workplace is always more productive compared to a work environment with tension. Even if your VA’s only work online, tension can still manifest if you don’t treat them with kindness and respect.
However, being friendly does not mean you should let them cross the line between boss and employee relationship. You can still be friendly while being in control. By all means smile they greet you, but don’t forget that you are still the boss.

2. Always have an open line of communication.
Because they are working at home, you can’t readily talk to your VA’s like you do regular employees. You need a reliable chat or VOIP software that you keep open during work time for communication. If you are using Skype to communicate with your VA’s for example, make sure your Skype is open during work hours. This is to ensure that if they have questions, they can easily contact you. A VOIP and chat software are also important to maintain that office feeling for your VAs, which would drive them to be productive.
Additionally, always have regular meetings through chat or conference calls. This is to ensure that they can tell you if they are facing any problems relating to work and so that you can tell them your expectations.

3. Always check the progress of their work.
Unlike real offices where you can see if an employee is slacking off, it is difficult to know what virtual assistants have been doing, unless you keep them on video surveillance or ask them to log in to a time tracking software that takes screenshots as they work. As a manager, it is your responsibility to look after your contractors by checking their work progress. You can request for daily, weekly, or monthly updates. Tracking their progress will drive them to finish the task without being lazy.

4. Don’t withhold your praises or constructive criticisms.
One trait of a good leader and manager is that they know when to praise and when to criticize constructively. When your virtual assistant does a very good job, make sure you praise them to make them feel your appreciation. If a virtual assistant’s performance is below your expectations, let him know in a way that is objective and constructive. Explain why you are unhappy with his or her work. Relate it to the goals that you have set at the beginning of the project.

5. Pay on time.
The best way to keep your virtual assistants happy aside from praising their excellent work is by paying them on time. Paying promptly conveys professionalism, respect and appreciation for their work. It also builds trust, an important factor for building a thriving work relationship. When you pay on time, you will have loyal VAs who will do their best for you.
If you manage a team of virtual assistants, follow the tips above. Always be kind, but be strict when needed. Take time to communicate with them. Never hesitate to call them out for unsatisfactory performance and praise them for a job well done. When it comes to managing virtual assistants, maintaining professionalism by paying on time and treating workers with respect ensures a fruitful and long-term work relationship.

Business twoIt’s a great time to be an entrepreneur—in the last decade, technology has leveled the playing field and propelled an entrepreneurial revolution. As an entrepreneur, you now have more access to information that enables you to make more intelligent choices more quickly. You have an advantage over big businesses in that you’re lighter, more flexible, and faster on your feet. You can target new markets more quickly, and you can turn on a dime.

But being a successful entrepreneur requires that you look at the big picture and follow a plan through from beginning to end. Rieva Lesonsky, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine gives some practical guidelines that can help you when beginning your own enterprise:

1.Don’t Quit Your Day Job.
Consider starting your business part-time, especially if it’s online, while you’re working and have a steady income. It usually takes six months to a year to get a business going and you don’t want your ability to make your house payment to hinge upon your company being an overnight success. Start with what you can manage, financially and time-wise, and scale up as your business grows.

2.Find Your Niche.
The days of general stores are over. Particularly online, consumers are looking for stores that specialize. You have to find a need—something a specific group of people want, but can’t get at the big chain stores—and fill it. Advises Lesonsky, “You can’t compete with the big guys, so you have to find where the big guys aren’t and go into your niches.”

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Business modelAre you thinking about setting up your own business? Have you an idea for a new business but are unsure about how to proceed? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, this article could be of benefit to you. I am going to write about how to plan and create a successful small business.

Many people are looking at ways in which they can become self-employed as they have had enough of being dictated to and fed up of long and frustrating commutes to work. They want the freedom of being their own boss and to be able to choose their own hours of work.

Leaving a full time career can be quite a scary prospect however. The security of having a regular income and other benefits such as a pension and a share save scheme can seem hard to let go. I am sure many people whether rightly or wrongly have opted to stick with this security and to merely keep their business plan as an idea, which they never see through or use.

Other people are willing and happy to take the risk and see it as a way of getting out of the rat race.

When you have an idea for a new business you then need to think of a name to call it. I would keep this name quite short as it makes it easier to remember for people. It obviously needs to have something to do with the business sector you are entering.

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