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Should You Sign Up for That Business Event or Training Course?

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 23, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, leadership, Business planning

Should You Sign Up for That Business Event or Training Course?

If you've ever attended a business event that included an offer, you probably know the experience. The host or a guest speaker gets on stage, gives a presentation that impresses you with great information, and then, after giving you a list of facts that makes it clear how crazy you'd be not to do as they say, they finally do it: They make an offer. The list of bonuses is as long as your arm. The price tag is high, but the value of the offering is way higher. And this is touted asthe thing that will bring you from where you are to... Read More


Top 5 Time-Wasters That Hold Small Businesses Back From Success

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 9, 2017 comments Tags: team building, Time management, Mindset, leadership, Business planning

Top 5 Time-Wasters That Hold Small Businesses Back From Success

Time. It's your most valuable and irreplaceable asset, yet it's also one of the ones that small businesses are the best at wasting! We only have 24 hours in a day, but all too often, we spend those hours on the wrong things, or do the things we're supposed to do less efficiently than we could be doing them. As a result, we trade more of our priceless time than we want to, in exchange for less money than we desire and could have been making. Today, I'm sharing a blogpost byAubrey Blankenship on the top 5 ways in which small business owners... Read More


Should You do the Job Yourself, Hire It Out, or Just Forget About It?

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 2, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Blogging, Mindset, Client attraction, product launch, leadership, Business planning

Should You do the Job Yourself, Hire It Out, or Just Forget About It?

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is finding the time to do everything they need to do - or using some other way to get it done. As my JV partner, Matthew Radin, has commented a few times during our calls, "You have three basic choices: do it yourself, get someone else to do it, or it doesn't get done." Today, I'm going to give you some criteria you can use to determine which option you should take for any given task. Here are the criteria you can use to decide whether to do it, delegate it or delete it. 1. Does... Read More


3 Hidden Stress Sources That Ruin Your Peace and Hold You Back from Success

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday April 25, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Inspiration

3 Hidden Stress Sources That Ruin Your Peace and Hold You Back from Success

Have you ever had a day when you just kept feeling stressed, even when you didn't need to? I know the feeling. I think we all do. A few weeks ago, I had a day like that. I had a flu that had left my torso aching and my chest suffocatingly tight, and on top of that, I'd had over a thousand dollars in unexpected bills suddenly drop on me, at a time when I was already financially strained. Just sitting up was a painful struggle, breathing did not come easy, and even lying down didn't help much, so I wasn't surprised when getting... Read More


How to Stop Your Business From Eating Your Free Time, And Still Get Things Done!

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday April 4, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Inspiration, Business planning, leadership

How to Stop Your Business From Eating Your Free Time, And Still Get Things Done!

Do you work longer hours in your business than you want to? I struggled with that problem for MONTHS, and it was starting to drive me crazy! But then I made a few small adjustments to the way I was approaching things, and the transformation was instant and amazing. Today, I'm going to tell you how I got stuck in that cycle of overwork, and I'll give you the exact methods I used to break free of that trap and reclaim my time, freedom and joy. How I got stuck of a cycle of working all day and resenting it: My personal trap of... Read More


How to Concentrate For Long Periods Without Getting Distracted

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday February 21, 2017 comments Tags: product creation, Time management, Copywriting, Blogging, Article creation, Mindset, Motivation, Email marketing, product launch, Content marketing, Webinar

How to Concentrate For Long Periods Without Getting Distracted

In today's distraction-packed world, it can be a challenge to focus on one task for a protracted period of time. You're just getting into the groove, your train of thought is leaving the station, and you're ready to be productive... and then an email comes in, someone messages you on Facebook, or you think of something else that has to be done, and the next thing you know, you've lost half an hour. Now, not only are you behind schedule, but you're wasting even MORE time on mentally kicking yourself! This challenge comes up a lot in... Read More


A Great CRM System for Virtual Assistants and Marketing Pros

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday January 17, 2017 comments Tags: Marketing, Time management, Email marketing, Customer Service, Business planning, Follow-ups

A Great CRM System for Virtual Assistants and Marketing Pros

For a Virtual Assistant or marketing professional, finding the right Customer Relationship Management software can be a frustrating challenge but when you succeed, it will make your life SO much easier. Without a good CRM system, you have a LOT of extra work on your hands. Keeping track of multiple email conversations, passing the right information on to your clients in an efficient and organized way, booking appointments and informing your client, sharing files, sending emails, and keeping tabs on all your tasks it can get overwhelming! ... Read More


A 1-Second Exercise to Break Free From Overwhelm, Helplessness and Stress

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday January 10, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Inspiration, Customer Service, Public relations

A 1-Second Exercise to Break Free From Overwhelm, Helplessness and Stress

Do you sometimes feel like you're drowning beneath a flood of demands on your time? Maybe your inbox is overflowing, and each new email feels like a new obligation that you have to meet, no matter how vast your existing to-do list is. Maybe you've been blessed with an influx of client projects, but you haven't been miraculously gifted with an extra five hours a day to accommodate them all. Or maybe you're the go-to person every time someone has a task they want completed, and you never really feel like you can say "no". The... Read More


How a 4-Novel Author and Business Owner Plans to Keep Her New Year's Resolutions

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday January 3, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Motivation, Inspiration, Business planning

How a 4-Novel Author and Business Owner Plans to Keep Her New Year's Resolutions

2016 was an interesting year. Over the last twelve months, I've lost months of work through a file corruption incident , I've published a humor novel for cat lovers , and I started my first-ever long-running webcomic . I all but lost one of my biggest clients, and gained several more. I started a business venture that maxed out both of my credit cards and made me wonder if I'd be able to pay the bills, then got enough client projects to pull me back from the brink. I started a Patreon channel so I could get closer to... Read More


2 Success Lessons I Got While Creating My Latest Novel

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday December 20, 2016 comments Tags: product creation, Time management, Mindset, Motivation, Inspiration, Business planning

2 Success Lessons I Got While Creating My Latest Novel

Today, I have a personal celebration to share along with the usual success tips: my latest novel, Catgirl Roommate , is finally complete! If you enjoy funny stories about cats (or humans with the ears, tail and mind of cats), and you want to laugh, roll your eyes, and say "I know, right? My cat does that too!", I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy ! Creating this novel was an interesting challenge, with some big bumps along the road. Today, I want to share two success tips I got while writing Catgirl... Read More



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