Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

h1

Thinking Of Upgrading Your Software?

September 10, 2008

Think Again! 

No, I don’t mean “don’t do it” I mean think about it once again. 

Why do you want to upgrade and who will it affect? I recently had to make that decision myself as to upgrading from Office 2002, so I am sharing my own thought processes.

5 Things to Consider:

1. Others 

Will others be affected by the change?  Will employees, vendors, customers, clients or service providers, have difficulties interfacing with you?  Remember, if you make it difficult for people to work with you, they may choose to go elsewhere!

2. Compatibility

Are there programs that you simply must use in the course of your business? Will the new software be compatible? If file sharing is something you do, will others that share your files have problems accessing what you have done with their older versions of the same program?

3. “Buggy” Software

Some software is notoriously “buggy” when first released.  Others work like a charm.  Do your homework.  If the one you are considering is one that has a tendency to be “buggy” do you have the patience to work through the problems until a service pack is provided to address those issues?  If not, you may want to wait until those issues have been addressed. 

4. Opinions

If you belong to a network of people in your industry, ask their opinion.  Get a consensus based on people with your same skill level and level of patience. Is this something you can quickly pick up on your own, or are you going to need to take a class or e-course to bring yourself up to speed?

5. New and/or multiple computers

This is the one case where it is more important (from a financial standpoint) to determine if you should downgrade the new computer or upgrade the old, or perhaps run both versions on different computers.  Think long and hard how you can best serve: Your customer base, your patience level, and your personal learning curve.  If you have one or more computers running on an older platform it may be financially sound to consider a downgrade for the newer computer.  On the other hand, having the ability to switch back and forth from older to newer might make it a win-win.

Ultimately, the decision is yours! 

As for myself, I made the decision to go with the newer software. This decision was made because I had to replace my desktop and my laptop within a few months of each other.  Both computers came with Vista.  I asked my colleagues for their advice and several of them have said, once they got used to it, they preferred Office 2007 to older versions. Fortunately, my client base is such that an upgrade will go unnoticed. I considered taking classes through the local Adult Education, but have set that on the back burner for now.  I know from past experience this is a great resource for bringing my skill level up to date.

Community Colleges and Adult Education: Great ways to increase your awareness and update your skills. Using your favorite search engine, type in the name of your city and either “Adult Education” or “Community College” to find a school close to you. Most will have the curriculum online and many offer online courses as well.

h1

RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER ME

June 5, 2008

Ever have the rug pulled out from under you and while sitting on your butt nursing your wounds wonder how you could be so unprepared for the fall and, of course, that sudden jarring stop?  That is how I am feeling this week. 

I was a member of an organization that I loved, supported and openly promoted.  The founder of the organization was concerned that members were not appreciating the time and energy that went into creating the platform.  Both privately and publicly I encouraged her to make it a paid service.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect her to make the fees impossible for the majority of those in the membership, including myself, to afford.  She offered a scholarship for a select few.  I applied and I (perhaps arrogantly) thought I was a shoe-in.  She knew my client base was not up where it needed to be yet and unlike many others; I did not have a second job or a spouse’s income to fall back on.

The June 1 deadline came and went without a peep from her regarding my request.  I know it is her policy to inform if you have been included and not say anything if you have not.  I tried to log on, but was thwarted with the page that requested I cough up my dues.  So since I had not heard anything and no longer had access, I removed all information stating I was a member of the organization.  I later found out that she granted scholarships to anyone who applied and a couple members wrote and asked where I was.  I wrote the founder to ask if she had received my original request.  A couple of days have come and gone with no reply.

I felt and still feel so heavy hearted.  For the last year this wonderful group of mostly women has been the backbone and support of my fledgling business.  Many of the individuals have become friends and I still have contact with and enjoy continued conversations and support.  But it’s just not the same.  And I’m having a difficult time putting into words exactly WHAT the loss is. 

Why is a forum, a social network such an important part of my life?  I would usually check in twice a day to see what was going on and create a post, comment on another or share something humorous.  I guess it is that sense of community with like-minded individuals with a common goal – in this case, all Virtual Assistants.

It seems that a lot of people, like vultures, are swooping down courting members of this organization for their own personal gain.  That feels icky.  But I must admit, I would welcome a free place to meet with like minded VAs.

h1

Niche Clarity: How To Choose A Niche That Fits YOU Like a Glove!

May 4, 2008

PRESENTED BY: Cari Vollmer of Life on Track 

DATE: Thursday, May 15, 2008

TIME: 5pm PST / 6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST

DURATION: 60 minutes (please call in 10 min. early) 

COST: FREE!
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This class is open to all Virtual Assistants, small/boutique business owners, solo professionals, solopreneurs and independent professionals. Invite your business buddies! Feel free to copy and paste the contents on this page, and post invitations on the forums, listservs and groups you participate in. 
  • Are you resisting the idea of choosing a NICHE to focus on in your business?
  • Are you tired of feeling like a wallflower in your area of expertise?
  • Would you like to attract new clients and make more money?

Cari Vollmer, the Passions into Profit mentor and founder of LifeOnTrack.com, will teach you how to choose a NICHE that fits YOU like a glove.

Cari comes to her path of passion and profit naturally. Her parents were successful restaurateurs for more than 20 years. She helped her husband launch his own successful small business over a decade ago, and her grandmother wrote children’s books back in the day when women were more apt to be in the kitchen cooking than honoring their passions. Yes, she’s comes to this path of passion naturally, but if you don’t, that’s OK, that’s what she’s here for!

She knows from first-hand, in-the-trenches experience what you must know and do to launch, and then run, a successful small business that’s also a reflection of your passions and divine life’s purpose. It’s not rocket science, and you can do it!

Choosing a niche (target market) is a major stumbling block for most solopreneurs and small business owners. In this high-content, high-value teleclass, Cari will demystify the niche-choosing process by sharing with you:

  • Obstacles to Choosing Your Niche
  • An Empowering New Way of Defining What a Niche Is
  • 3 Ways to Discover Which Niche is Best For YOU
  • Why Choosing Your Niche MAY NOT Be the Best Thing for Your Business Right Now
  • What Needs to Come BEFORE Choosing Your Niche

Cari states, “If you’re a small business owner you have a divine purpose to share what you know — your gifts — with others. THAT’S why it’s important to know which niche you serve. Your gift is best suited to a certain group of people and finding them will transform you business.”

Register Today!
         
About Cari Vollmer
Cari Vollmer is “The Passions into Profit Mentor” and founder of LifeOnTrack.com. She has been teaching spirit-minded solopreneurs how to turn their passions and life’s purpose into profit for nearly 10 years. Cari and her articles have been featured in newsletters and websites across the globe and joins co-authors Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor and John Gray in the personal growth book, “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol. II”. Cari is known as the “dot-connector” who helps her clients gain profound clarity and focus on how to create authentic success from the inside out.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign up for her FREE how-to articles and no-charge special report, “How to Turn Your Passions into More Purpose, Freedom and Profit”, at www.LifeOnTrack.com.

 

h1

Mr. Dan Willson – Thank You!

March 8, 2008

I had a wonderful speech, drama, and English teacher back in 9th and again (at a different school) in 10th grade.  I teased him that I was his favorite student and that is why he followed me from Jr. to Sr. High school.  Mr. Willson taught me the basics of English that I had never learned.  In 9th grade I couldn’t tell a noun from a verb from an adjective.  I spoke well, read a lot and comprehended what I read so I was always put in the advanced classes.  I never was taught the basics!  Oops!

So he gently took me by the hand, brought me up to speed and taught me the following about writing.

  1.  Tell them what you are going to tell them. (First Paragraph)

  2.  Tell them (usually 3-5 paragraphs)

  3. Tell them what you told them. (Last Paragraph)

His added advice was to write the way you speak.  Keep things in a conversational tone.  Your audience will always be more engaged and it will flow more comfortably for you as the writer.

It’s deceptively simple and has carried me through my adult life. 

You know how most of us have ONE Teacher that stood out as the best?  Mr. Dan Willson was the best and I wish I knew where he was to thank him!