Lesson to Success

Owning a business is tough stuff. There is administrative management, financial management, organizational management, and client management that all have to be maintained with a certain degree of order and clarity on a daily basis. The environment is one where a single interaction can be the difference between lasting success and inevitable failure. Add health, family, personal and other stressors in the mix and life can get overwhelming and unbearable fast.

If you’re anything like me, high levels of thinking come naturally, but articulating thoughts can be a chore where mistakes are involved. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the presence of failure or stress, stop, breathe deep and conjure up a solution. This solution could be as simple phone call, or as complex as an entire restructuring of business.

Either way you can prepare yourself for any outcome and give yourself confidence to move forward and grow with the experience. The solution may or may not work, but you will know gave it your best. Let this be enough and put your next foot forward.

Keep this experience in mind, write down the lesson you learned and vow never to repeat the mistake again. File the lesson away and refer to it at every few months or as stressors and situational failures arise. Keep your head up. You have the choice to let the failure eat you alive or become a lesson to success.

Virtual Assistance: What’s In It For Me?

A virtual assistant or virtual office assistant is generally a self employed person providing freelanced tasks in an administrative, technical or creative social nature to a diverse client base. There is much talk about what a virtual assistant does, but not much about just how they help their clients. So, what does the client receive when working with virtual assistance besides tax savings, no insurance premiums, no vacation pay and reduced overhead?

Besides peace of mind, the client also receives:

  • Educated professionals at their fingertips

  • Strategic support from professionals with higher education

  • Quality assistance that often exceeds that of traditional office staff

  • Client’s success is at the forefront of each decision and project

  • More free time to do what matters in business and life

  • Less work related stress

  • More tasks getting completed

  • Few tasks procrastinated, forgotten or deserted

  • Extended areas of expertise for your business

  • Greater efficiency and productivity

  • An extension of business branding

  • A paperless work environment

With these benefits, who wouldn’t want to give outsourcing a try!

Growing From Mistakes

“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.” 
~Nikki Giovanni

Mistakes are an inherent part of learning, improving and competing, especially in the business environment. Managing and recovering from mistakes are important keys to performing at your best. Often the fear of making mistakes actually increases the likelihood that a mistake will occur. In addition, worry triggers tension in your muscles and distracts your focus, resulting in a loss of speed, fluidity of motion and good decision making. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when growing a company.

  1. Seek new opportunities.
  2. Don’t underestimate your cash needs in the beginning.
  3. Delegate responsibility
  4. Let go of unprofitable customers
  5. Only add staff when necessary
  6. Know your goals and vision
  7. Recognize and reward successes
  8. Encourage innovation and individuality
  9. Acknowledge failure and adjust accordingly
  10. Remain objective in decision making 
Remember, what happens, happens, however unfortunate. When people work mistakes can occur. No matter how careful we do our work, there is always the possibility of a mistake, an error or an omission. Sometimes the cause lies within ourselves, sometimes it’s someone else’s fault or indeed an organizational failure. Everyone makes errors, but not everyone handles them gracefully. If you keep these tips in mind, mistakes will turn into opportunities for growth. So the next time you foul up, remember to breathe, relax, get focused and make informed decisions that are in the best interest of your vision!

How To: Google Alerts

Google Alerts send content automatically to your inbox based on your specified interests. They are a great way to stay abreast of the latest news, articles, blogs etc that are posted online everyday. A Google alert can be setup to send a notification for just about anything a person would like.
Getting Started From Google
  • Obtain an email account to use to receive an alert. Use an existing account or setup a new using GMail or Yahoo
  • Open Gmail
  • Login with your gmail address and password
  • Open any message in your inbox
  • Scroll to the bottom of the messages where you will see a list of options
  • Click “manage your alerts”

Setting Up An Alert
  • Decide what types of alerts you wish to have sent to you. Multiple terms can be used or one alert can be setup at a time.Options include Alerts for “news items,” “blog entries,” “video” “webs” and “comprehensive.” If you choose “comprehensive,” you will get an alert when your name is posted anywhere on the Internet.
  • Decide how often you want to receive these alerts.
  • Type in the email address you wish these alerts be sent to.
  • Click the “Create an Alert” button once you are satisfied with your choices.
  • Go to your email account (the one you choose to have the alerts sent to) and click on the verification notice.
  • Begin watching as your name or pen name is circulated throughout the Internet.
Choosing a Frequency
  • Select the type of Alert you want to receive. The comprehensive Alert retrieves news from blogs, news sources, Google Groups messages and websites. You can choose to get results from only one of these sources, instead of all sources.
  • Choose how often Google will send the Alerts to you. Google can send your alerts as soon as it finds a match to your keyword, once daily or only once a week.
  • Enter the email address that you will use for your Alerts. If you don’t have a Google email account, you will need to register for one.
  • Click “Create Alert” when you are finished entering your keywords, choices of sources and frequency for messages.
  • Review and revise your Alerts if you receive too much or too little information. Log in on the Google Accounts page. Choose “Manage Alerts” to see your saved Alerts. Delete alerts that you no longer need.
Getting Started With Alerts


  • In your web browser, type in: www.google.com
  • Look at the top of the Google webpage and you should see some words. One of them is “News”. Click on the word “News”
  • A number of featured news items should pop up with photos next to them. Look above that. On the top left of the page, you should see the words: ‘Google News’ and a textbox next to the words, where you can type. Click the mouse in the textbox and type in the news item you want to look for.
  • You may see a few articles and photos come up related to your search. Now scroll down to the bottom of the webpage. You will see “Stay up to date on these results” A title below that reads: “Create An Email Alert for….” Click on that, and you are almost done!
  • Enter In:
    1) Search Terms
    2) Type of Alert Wanted (News, Blog etc)
    3) How Often You Would Like to be Alerted
    4) Your email address

    You are done! 

    Start enjoying fresh content directly to your inbox.