How to choose the best Legal Structure for your startup

One thing most of us, small business owners – entrepreneurs, ask ourselves is, should I incorporate, do an LLC, what is the difference?…questions that sometimes are difficult to get answers for.  I recently stumbled upon this article which I feel gives us a bit of information in a very simple and clear way, at least to get us started.  Remember that these questions need to be brought up to your legal and financial adviser so that you establish the correct structure for the type of business you have and that would benefit and protect you and your business.

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How to get your Loved Ones to Love your Business…

Hi there.  It is funny that I stumbled on this article for the issue of family involvement, understanding, acceptance, and support of our business choices is paramount to our success and stress levels. As a VA (Virtual Assistant) for over 12 years now working from my own home office and sometimes on the go during small trips or vacations, it was very important that my family understood the requirements of my new working lifestyle.  Although I had lots of flexibility and somewhat freedom, in reality it required periods of time where I needed to work remotely, even when visiting or ‘relaxing’.

From the beginning I made it fun, exciting, and challenging so that everyone felt the same ‘vibe’ of my new business and working structure.  I involved some of my family members, like my daughters (already in their 20’s) to help with some of the work, my husband is currently my business partner and helps with lots of tasks related to my clients and prospects,   All in all it’s been a win-win situation and I’ve been able to take care of my family in Puerto Rico, come back to Florida, and travel to visit my children and grandchildren without skipping a beat on my work.  I’ve expanded and have new and exciting ideas to develop for the new year and all is possible due to the support that I have from my close ones.

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4 Ways to Discover Your Strengths…

When we sit down to think about what would be a good thing for us to do, as a business, as a service, just think of what you do best. What are you good at? What comes naturally? It is already a part of who you are and all you have to do is really believe in yourself and develop that skill, that strength and you will start to feel how great it is to do you ‘work’, your ‘business’. Embrace what you love and you will feel like it is not really ‘a job’ or ‘work’ but just having fun. Really great how it is explained in this article… 

Mad Men‘s Don Draper is exceptionally good at saving a deal gone sour. When a client dislikes an ad campaign, the fictional ad exec can weave the perfect tale to change their minds. His storytelling ability is a gift that no one else at his agency has. To become a successful business leader, identify your own strengths and talents and foster them.

Your strengths are ultimately the keys to your success. “When we do things we’re already good at, our business acumen is quicker,” says Todd Kashdan, a psychology professor at George Mason University and author of Curious? (William Morrow, 2009).

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Must-Have Attributes of Social Media Managers

Marketing your product or brand on social media is one of the more pervasive ways people will learn about your business. You don’t want to leave that responsibility in the hands of an amateur — even one that might be conversant in Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media Marketing requires a lot of work, a certain amount of technical savvy, excellent writing skills, empathy for customers, and an awareness the company’s strategy. Here are the traits look for when hiring a social media manager:

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7 Things That Kill Your Productivity

Man with the symbol of the percentage

When we work from our home office, or independently as a solopreneur, it’s very difficult to concentrate and strive on the productive side of business or work. Here is an article published on “WorkShifting” that addresses these issues highlighting important things that may affect our concentration and creates distraction, and some interesting tips to follow for successfully overcoming them.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/JzTuEQ

First Quarter Gone for 2012, where are we so far?

Wow, seems like yesterday we were finishing our list of goals and resolutions for the New Year and we just completed the first and hardest quarter of the year for most people.  The year end closing and tax time, uff!  After many hectic weeks and endless number crunching, reviews, budgeting, re-branding, creating, and never ending flow of ideas for the new year  we finally have a clear view of our performance last year and where we stand so far.  As small business owners and solopreneurs we really need to concentrate in what we set to do at the start of the year and how far we ‘ve gone, what we missed or never got to even touch because we were too busy in the day-to-day activities that we didn’t look at that list we created to guide us through this new year.

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Love is in the air… Really?

As the New Year moves on forward, we now await for the LOVE date – Valentines.  So we freely speak about love and go on the frenzy to find the perfect, special, gift to give our loved ones during this time of the year.

I, on the other hand, believe love is an everyday affair and the first person I need to love is ME.  With the hectic lifestyles we are managing, we need to concentrate a little bit in our own wellbeing and start loving every aspect of ourselves, before we share it, and expect to receive it.  As an individual, I have the source of power, love, attraction, skills, and much more to offer to the world.  Love is the most powerful tool that we can really count on to help us move to accomplish goals, to continue looking for the things we want, to maintain the faith that all is going to be good, and to attract all the things that we like.

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Don’t Fall to the Consumer Revolution, Lead it!

12910562-businessman-hand-point-on-virtual-business-networkSharing an excellent post I just read on WorkShifting (from Brian Solis. Brian is a principal at Altimeter Group), which clearly represents our sentiments in today’s business environment. A new vision into how we will do business in the future is a must in order to succeed, retain customers, employees, and collaborators. Enjoy it!

Read it following this link… Work Shifting – Don’t Fall to the Consumer Revolution, Lead it!.

 

 

What’s New for 2012!

With the new year already in progress, many colleagues and clients are going crazy developing new ideas, services, branding and rebranding, as they say, “THE WORKS’!   In my case, before going crazy moving forward, I’ve really done a bit of research to make sure that anything new I do (which I’ve already started with my WordPress site) is really something that fits my business, my personality and my goals.

For some time I’ve been reading about all the new tips and ideas coming out for this year from all angles, small business, entrepreneurs, social media, and more.  Most of them are great, lots of insight, new techniques, organizational skills, but, with lengthy ‘To Do Lists’ which in most cases is overwhelming when you want to manage them.  I’ve decided to create my own “To Do Lists” in small but attainable tasks and divide them in quarters throughout the year.  This will provide the time, learning skills (if necessary), and implementation of any new ideas and tasks I may develop.

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Success!!!

A new year has started and we’ve all had our new or revised list of goals for this coming year, but, maybe as the weeks go by it will be put inside a drawer and totally forgotten, like many times before.  Oftentimes we set ourselves for  a challenging, out of the box, goal that we don’t think we can accomplish or do, yet, it is there on our ‘To Do List” forever.

Last week I read something from a fellow VA that mentioned that you should start this year by doing something new, different, out of the box, challenging and simply dive into it.  JUST DO IT!  Well, I did it!  For some time now I’ve been subscribed to numerous blogs from many Virtual Assistants, professionals in the social media marketing, Real Estate, and many more.  I see these wonderful pages, blogs, and I kept saying…’I need to change my static website to a blog with WordPress.”  Now, that sounds easy, but I don’t know anything about WordPress but the basics that I hear everyone talking about.   Nevertheless, I decided to start this year with the very challenging task, for me.  My friend and colleague, Karmen Olmo, gave me a class to basically walk through the process of creating my page.  During the class, a one on one, I found everything pretty easy to manage, so I felt very positive and good about the project.

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