Welcome Back!

welcome-backIt’s great to see you visiting us again. About 5 years ago my husband and I embarked on a very special and unique personal voyage to Puerto Rico to care for my parents with cancer at the time. Thanks to my virtual capacity to move anywhere we were able to keep some of my clients and have some income at the time.  As life has it, it was a very intense, enlightening and dedicated period of time where we stood still from enhancing or growing our business. But we are back and ready to move forward and get back on track.

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Launching With a Loved One? 5 Lessons From Successful Startup Couples

Picture 47This article caught my attention as it applies very much to my personal life. When I started my virtual business over ten years ago, I did it on own as my husband still had a job and independent projects of his own. Later one, as the economy and personal circumstances came upon us, we were both thrown into the business together in order to make it through. I can see the cons on this type of “association” but if your personal relationship is strong and you both have common goals for financial, personal and professional growth it is really a great opportunity. Ours has given us the opportunity to become closer, share many more quality moments together, flexibility to attend to family matters when necessary as ours is a virtual mobile business that we can take with us anywhere. We have even had the opportunity to travel for extended periods of time and still maintain our clientele and business afloat. First of all, analyze your personal status as a couple and then plunge into whatever brings you both happiness doing. Good luck and SUCCESS!

A wise individual once said: “Being in a relationship is like putting miracle-grow on your defects.” Throw a business into the mix, and you may find yourself riding an express train on a hell-bound bean stock.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

Picture 27During times of stress, frustration and the need for change the first thing that everyone thinks about is I NEED TO QUIT AND WORK FOR MYSELF! Well, it’s not that simple and glamorous as you may think.  You never really work for yourself, as you have customers, vendors, and many other key individuals that make your business a successful one.  It takes time, planning, self-evaluation, and a Plan B option.  Here is a good article that can give you some tips on what to consider before quitting that ‘horrible’ job you have:

Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a risky, often stressful move. “The biggest reason people don’t end up quitting is the fear of uncertainty. They don’t know what might happen and they don’t want to give up the security that they already have,” says Sean Ogle, who quit a job in finance to live in Thailand and run a virtual search engine optimization and Web consultancy.

How do you know when the time is right to make the leap? Here are 10 questions to ask before you quit your job.

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7 Things That Kill Your Productivity

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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

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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