January 2015

The paperless work environment has changed the business landscape forever. Earlier, I wrote a blog about why switching to a paperless office makes good business sense. In this blog, I am going to talk about the process of transitioning to a digital office in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Begin with a clear plan
Visualize how you want to structure your digital folders. Create a layout on paper how your digital filing system will be structured. Probably the most important element when planning your digital filing system is giving your folders and sub-folders descriptive names that are logical to you.

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. What will you do in your business that is brand new? Shake it up? Find new customers? Write that strategic plan that you’ve been putting off?

The new year is a great time to step back and work on your business. In a recent article, the Harvard Business Review suggested that it doesn’t matter the industry or the geographic region – the businesses that are growing are the ones where the CEO has a growth plan. So, quite simply, if you plan to grow your business, you need a plan.

Here are some tips to get you thinking about growth:

You truly enjoy your business! Your clients are happy and appreciate your commitment to quality of your products or service. Your website is up and running…yet for some reason, you aren’t attracting (and keeping) as many clients as you would like.

Why?

You may be missing one of these essential “B’s” in your business.

“B” Visible
Where are your clients hanging out on social media? Make it easy for people to find you and your business. Choose the most effective media to attract your prospects and clients. Just having a website isn’t enough (really). Be proactive.

“B” Valuable

Everyone can benefit from mentors. Great mentors boost your confidence, give you support and can help double your chance of business success. However, research shows that female entrepreneurs can benefit more from mentorship, because women are less likely to get funding, have more fears than men when starting a business and have smaller business networks – all factors which contribute to startup failure.

If you are a female entrepreneur, here are three reasons you should get a mentor now:

1) Give your confidence a boost