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Are you wearing too many hats?

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How many hats do you wear?  Ok, I know you are not actually wearing all of these hats but they do represent the number of skills that you need to successfully take your business to the next level.  You need to be an expert in everything! 

At some point you will discover that you simply can't continue to do it all yourself.  Something has to give!  Outsourcing one or two of your hats will free up your time and energy for an abundance of other things including actually doing some revenue building work - now wouldn't that be nice? 

Kaleidoscope clients are all highly sought after professionals and the key to their business growth is delegation - although they have to adher to their diary, they shouldn't actually be planning their diary, or booking their own travel and accommodation.  You should be in the meetings, creating more business and improving relationships with existing clients, and your Executive Virtual Assistant should be doing all the rest of the work. 
The benefits you would gain from delegating administrative, non-core, time consuming activities to a Kaleidoscope Executive Virtual Assistant are numerous and life changing.  Imagine if you could have 7 extra hours a week, or 28 hours a month or 14 extra days a year!  What would you do with all that extra time? 

Consider how valuable your time is - bring it down to the nearest pound.  Whatever that number is for you, that's how much it costs you to do your administrative work and I am confident that you do it far less effectively and efficiently than a Virtual Assistant would.  There's no financial model on the planet in which doing that makes sense.

So.....

The next time you find yourself wearing too many hats and spending too much time working 'in' your business instead of 'on' your business consider the services of an Executive Virtual Assistant.  You'll be glad you did!
 

When slacking off is good for business

In the last few blogs I’ve talked a lot about getting on with things, making use of your peers’ advice, egg timers and strategy techniques – whatever it takes to move your business forward.

Phew! It’s pretty exhausting stuff. So this week we’e had a change of pace. I’ve sorted out my client work, spent some time with trusted, inspiring business colleagues and given myself chance to focus on the business.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from driving a business forward through its next stage of growth it is that it’s tiring, it keeps you busy, and it taxes your brain. Sometimes, to really take a step back and get the space and the insight you need, you need to take your foot off the gas slightly.

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When overwhelmed, try planning to plan

What do you do when you’re suffering from task overwhelm?

When you’ve got so many plans and strategies to create that you feel like you need a plan for making the plan?

You do exactly that – plan to plan. This is how I was feeling this week, when my mission was to make recruitment plans, internal business processes, marketing and finance plans.with too many projects circling, too much information in my head, too many pieces of paper and ideas floating around untethered, uncollected and unsorted.

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Make the most of your fear

At The Alternative Board recently, fellow York blogger Ed Reid took a straw poll of members to discover what is in their small business room 101 – the place where their very worst nightmares live.

Most of the answers revolved around fear – fear of the work drying up, fear of letting people down, fear of not realising our potential. 

My answer was the fear of making a bad decision, of getting it wrong – and plenty of people had similar fears. We spend a lot of time trying to talk ourself out of these fears in small business – but is that really necessary?

Not only is it natural to feel anxious when you’ve gone so far out of your comfort zone as to start your own business – but maybe that fear can be made useful.

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You're never too small for good KPIs

When you start a business, you tend to make decisions by following your nose.

You take the advice of the last person you spoke to, you follow courses of action that seem like the most interesting, and you most likely live from hand to mouth.

While you’re finding your business feet, that’s fine. However, sooner or later you have to move into a way of running your business that is actually a bit more – well – businesslike.

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A lesson in business from the Cherokees

I wanted to share with you this fantastic parable, which I found this week as part of Salli Glover’s motivational makeover.

It's called 'Two Wolves - A Cherokee Parable', and it teaches a lot about management:

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life:  "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

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