personal assistant, small business, Social Media Marketing, time management, virtual assistant

5 Stress Reducing Methods – Busy is Not a Badge of Honor

It’s become the norm for small business owners to feel very stressed out while running their businesses. If you are a business owner, I’m sure you will agree that it is hard work, and not everything is always going to go smoothly. There are bumps on the road to growth, lots of them. Those bumps cause stress, frustration and lots of pressure.

As a small business owner, there are so many things to get done. If you are a solopreneur or have a very small staff, then you have to do most of the work yourself. This includes taking care of clients and customers, employee recruiting and retention, troubleshooting issues and putting out fires, marketing yourself, meetings and so much more.

However, there are some stress management methods that have been proven to help many business owners who have experienced the pressures of being too busy.

Here are 5 tips for helping with the stress.

Take Breaks

I know, I know. You don’t have time for breaks. Did you know that one reason why many small business owners get so stressed is that they don’t take enough time off? Some take 0 days off in a year. That is not healthy for your body, your mental health, or your relationships. When you spend too much of your time working, it takes a toll. Taking time away from work will help you to recharge your batteries. So take a day off! The business will still be there when you go back!

Self-Care

Self-care is vital for stress management. Again, I know, you don’t have time. If you aren’t eating right and your sleep schedule is off, then you’re going to feel it, and it’s going to affect your health over time. I also know business owners who get so busy that they go all day before realizing they haven’t eaten and it’s now 11pm so they binge eat junk food before going to bed. That’s also not a good idea for the waistline. So, take time to at least get lunch and get enough sleep each night. You should also try to get some exercise in when you can. Yoga/pilates is a great stress reliever and good for the body.

Don’t Neglect Those Most Important to You

Make sure you separate work from home life. I know many business owners, I have been guilty of this as well, who feel like they need to think about work or work on projects even after the work day is over. Many business owners also work from home now, which can lead to even more work. It easy to get lost in constant work when your office is in your home. But when you’re at home spending time with your family, it’s important to leave work at work, even if that work is only steps away to your office. Set business hours and only work inside those hours, unless a business emergency happens.

Focus on the Positive

It’s easy to see the negative things and all of the challenges of running your small business. For some reason, our minds see the negative more so than the positive. It’s normal human nature. But we can adjust our thinking. We can choose to focus on the good. Being intentionally grateful and counting your blessings can make a huge difference in how you feel. Maybe set a reminder in your phone for every single day to stop for 1 minute and say 3 things you are grateful for that day.

Hire a Virtual Assistant

Maybe you are simply doing too much. Maybe your business is growing and you simply can’t keep up anymore and it’s stressing you out. Maybe it’s time to get some help. A virtual assistant is a great way to get some of those general admin, website, social media, scheduling, email marketing, and other tasks off your to-do list, so that you have more time, and more productivity.

Here are a few things hiring a virtual assistant can change for you:

  1. Delegate those time-consuming tasks that keep you from growing your business.
  2. Free up your time to focus on the things that are most important to you.
  3. Check off those tedious tasks that never seem to get done.
  4. Feel calm, productive and a lot less frustrated!

Schedule a free consultation with me today so we can see if what I do as a Virtual Assistant may help you in your business. Let’s Talk.

businessbuildingstrategies, onlinemarketing, Social Media Marketing

Virtual Assistant VS Employee: Which One Do You Need?

Have you been struggling to make a decision whether to hire an employee or contract out a virtual assistant? Sometimes an employee is a better choice, especially if you need someone to be at a job site in person, but many times a virtual assistant can do anything an employee can do, without the extra hassle. Here are a few ways virtual assistants are more beneficial than an employee.

No Extra Hidden Costs

Did you realize that when you hire an employee for a specific rate of pay, that isn’t the actual pay? You have to factor in those extra costs. There are payroll taxes, worker’s comp, unemployment insurance, vacation days, sick days, holidays, and benefits. Those can add up fast.

That means that many times you are actually paying double an employee’s salary by having them on your payroll. But a virtual assistant’s cost is exactly what was agreed upon in the contract. Much simpler with much less paperwork.

No Wasted Time That You Are Paying For

A virtual assistant only charges for the hours they work, most using time tracking software to keep it as close to the minute as possible. You don’t have to pay them for breaks. No socializing at the water cooler. You only pay for the actual time they are working and for the services they are supposed to provide.

No Overhead

A virtual assistant provides all their own equipment, and their own office in their home. You don’t have to pay electric, phone, internet or office space rental for virtual assistants. The savings there can be monumental!

Many VAs Specialize and Don’t Need Trained

It’s possible to choose a virtual assistant based on their experience and expertise. You choose one specifically for projects you need done, either once or ongoing. In most cases, they already know how to do the jobs you need completed, you just have to show them your particular methods and any specifics they need to know. This saves training time and cost!

Flexible Hours

When you hire an employee, there are normally set work hours. However, a virtual assistant, more often works based on task deadlines rather than set hours. This can be a great time saver as well!

There are many reasons to choose hiring a virtual assistant over an employee, but these are just a few of the top ones. If you are a busy business owner who needs some help with getting organized, lowering your workload, or just getting some things off your plate temporarily, a virtual assistant may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Schedule your FREE CONSULTATION with me today, so that we can see if what I do may be a good fit for you!

Genean Roberts – Virtual Solutions Specialist

businessbuildingstrategies, Social Media Marketing

4 Reasons Why Your Small Business May Need a Virtual Assistant

If you’ve been in business for yourself any amount of time, I am sure you have felt the stress of overwhelm. Too much to do, there are not enough hours in the day, and you are only one person. If you’re looking to grow your small business further than where it already is, you may need some help. You are already stretched to capacity, and in time, as your business continues to grow, your time will be stretched even more.

Thanks to the growth of technology and the amazing interwebs, it no longer matters if your virtual assistant is located nearby, you can connect online and grow your business together with a single click. There are many reasons why your business may benefit from hiring a Virtual Assistant, but here are just 4 of my top ideas.

1 You’re too busy

As a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibility. You have marketing, IT, finance, maybe payroll if you have employees, and then doing the actual work of your business niche. It can be stressful, almost to the point where you want to give up. That’s where a Virtual Assistant can come in and help take a few things off your plate. A VA can help you with many different tasks remotely. Many can help with social media, website management, and general admin tasks you don’t have time to do.

2 You don’t know how

Whether it’s a blog, eCommerce store, or website, most likely you’re not an expert in everything. Just running the basics of your business can be exhausting, so if you don’t have time to learn all the things, it’s OK. That’s what a VA does best. They could help spice up your social media profiles and business pages, help with your WordPress website, or handle your Constant Contact email campaigns, among other things.

3 Your Social Media is Blah

Social Media can be an awesome tool for small businesses with everyone and their grandma being on some sort of social media these days. However, if your social media accounts aren’t providing any value, not growing, and not getting the exposure you need, you may need a little help from a VA. With multiple accounts to manage, it can be a full time job – and one that you likely don’t have time for. Again, that’s where a VA can step in and use Buffer or Hootsuite to schedule posts. A VA can place ads or boost posts for you, manage groups, add content and respond to comments or messages daily. These little things can add up to a lot of work. Having a VA to help can make a world of difference for your online presence.

4 You just don’t want to

Maybe you know all the ins and outs of building a WordPress site, and you are a pro at Mail Chimp and Infusionsoft, and you are a social media marketing king or queen! But maybe you just don’t enjoy doing those things, and you really want to do things that spark joy in your life and in your business. That’s why you started your own business right? To do what you love and what makes you happy!

If any of these relate to you, it may be time to consider a Virtual Assistant. And many times you really need one sooner rather than later, before things get out of control and the overwhelm is more than you can handle.

Schedule a free consultation with me HERE.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

http://www.lifebydesignvaservices.com

Attraction Marketing, belief, Social Media Marketing

Screw It, Do It

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a marketing training conference in Orlando. This event made a huge impact on my mindset to say the least. I realized there have been quite a few things holding me back in my business. Much of that was fear of people. Fear of what people will think. Fear of failing again. Just fear.

One of the speakers who has been in the industry 40 years, Jeff Altgilbers, said something that has stuck with me all week. It’s so simple yet so powerful. Screw it, do it. When you are afraid: screw it, do it. When you don’t want to approach people with your opportunity because you think they will think you’re stupid, or unqualified, or not educated enough,or whatever. Screw it, do it.

We have to learn to just do it afraid if we want the kind of success that will impact thousands of lives.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Attraction Marketing, businessbuildingstrategies, Social Media Marketing

How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward in Your Business

Are you frozen in place in your business? Do you not really know where to start or what to do, so therefore, you do nothing?

I’ve been there many times over the years. And I can tell you that the only thing that gets you out of that funk is action and consistency. You will go through periods in your home business where you lose motivation, you get stuck, you lose sight of your vision or you simply just don’t want to do the work. Sometimes it gets overwhelming, sometimes it even gets boring, and sometimes you just get burnt out, and sometimes you just get discouraged..

So how do you move forward when you are going through these times? I have 4 things that have helped me, and I hope will help you too.

  1. The first and most important step is never give up. If you are in a funk, don’t quit. Even when you feel like quitting and like nothing is happening in your business, don’t quit and don’t jump to another business over and over again. The grass is not always greener.
  1. Do at least one thing a day to grow your business. If you are unmotivated or burnt out or whatever, you can still make yourself do one thing that will move your business forward. This could be a social media post, a blog post, a FB live, a phone call to one prospect, a follow up with someone you’ve already prospected or something similar. Just do something.
  1. Write down goals. This is so important. You have to have something to aim at. So write down a couple goals for this week, for this month and for the year. You need to set goals if you plan to succeed in your home business. You succeed by planning to succeed.
  1. Listen to or read personal development daily. This is the best way to get out of a funk, to get motivation and belief back and to get yourself headed back in the right direction. You can read a chapter, or listen to a CD, or get Audible and purchase some audio books. All are great options and putting the right information into your mind is so important to belief, motivation, vision and purpose.

So if you are unmotivated and stuck, here is a bonus tip. Decision. Make the decision. It’s seriously that simple most of the time. Make a decision to get back to work. Make a decision to succeed. Success happens when people like you and me decide that enough is enough and that failure is not an option. Keep going. Don’t let this year pass you by without going for it with everything you have.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Attraction Marketing, Social Media Marketing

How Posture Can Help You Succeed In Your Business

In any business, posture is a big part of what stands between your success or failure. A few days ago we talked about not being emotionally attached to the outcome of whether or not the prospect says yes or no. Well, posture and not being attached to the outcome really go hand in hand. You have to master both of these to have the best chance of success in your business.

So what does it mean to have posture?

It means you are unshakable. The inability to be discouraged or swayed. It means that you have a solid belief in what you are doing and you don’t shake in your shoes and collapse when someone says something negative or someone doesn’t believe in what you are doing. You just move on. To succeed, you need to believe it regardless of what others think, and you need to stand firm on that belief.

So how do you do that?

Well first of all, it takes time. It takes dedication and consistency. It takes personal growth training and lots of it. My favorite for building posture is industry trainer, Dani Johnson. You can do a free 30 day bootcamp at smarternetworker.com that is amazing and will teach you posture and so much more.

Posture is something you learn over time through personal development, but until then, sometimes you just got to put it on like you do your pants. Before you go out there and prospect people, just make a decision that you will not break under the pressure of some idiot who calls you unqualified, or says “it will never work”, or “you don’t have enough education”. You have to posture yourself to a place of pure belief so that when you hear those things, not if, when, you will not crack, but you will stay strong in the belief of what you are doing.

Don’t let those people kill your dreams that can absolutely change your life and the life of your family. Put on some posture and don’t crack.

A professional business owner will not apologize or defend their position. Never defend. Just understand that it’s not for everyone and move on and just say thank you. Defending shows desperation. Never get into a place of arguing and convincing. It makes you look weak, and makes you look desperate.

Professionals never try to convince or defend. They simply introduce what they do, ask if the person is open to learning. If the person says no, they move on. Don’t get into a battle because you will lose. It’s not worth it.

Not allowing yourself to be affected by the outcome, being yourself, having enthusiasm and passion, and having unshakeable posture will take time to build. But it comes through practice, practice and more practice.

You won’t get it right all the time, especially at first, but you build your posture through practice and personal development training, such as the training I mentioned before at smarternetworker.com, This will get you to a professional level if you don’t quit and don’t let the negative opinions kill your belief.

Comfort zones are comfortable but you don’t get very far if you stay in them. So get outside of your comfort zone today, work on building your posture, and believe that it’s worth it and never give up. That’s how you make it in any business.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Social Media Marketing

How to Have the Best Start Every Month

It’s the first of the month and the best time to kick it into gear in your business. Goal setting and accountability are keys to success in any business. Today is your chance, if you start today, to make this month amazing in your business.

3 things you have to do.

  1. Get a plan together. Set daily and weekly goals for the month. Write them down. And get specific. How many people will you prospect each week? How will you do it? Will it be in person, on Facebook, text or phone? Get very specific.
  2. Find an accountability partner. This could be a business partner, someone in a similar field, or just a friend who will ask you often if you are doing what you promised to do. Many times it’s a good idea to choose someone in your own company so that you can keep each other accountable. Maybe even make a competition out of it to keep it interesting.
  3. Do income producing activities, which is talking to people. Posting on Facebook is great, emailing is good, blogging is great, but those are all extras. The income producing activities you need to focus on daily is talking to people. The money is in the hands of the people. The people are who will buy your product or join your business, so talk to people. Every day.

That’s all I have today. Short and sweet. Because I have serious goals for this month. And I have people to talk to this evening and lots of follow ups this week.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Attraction Marketing, Social Media Marketing

Why Teaching Trumps Personality

I have a question for you today. Are you trying to be someone you are not on social media? Do you want to grow your business so badly that you try to pretend you are someone you are not? Do you think things like “If I was just a more exciting person then people would be more attracted to my business” or “If I show more enthusiasm that will get people pumped up to join”?

Bottom Line: Teaching is more duplicatable than personality.

If that is you, I want to tell you today that whatever your personality is, just be you. I’m not saying don’t have passion and fire about what you do. Absolutely be excited about your business, but don’t be fake.

People will be more drawn to you being you. You are the only one who can be the best you. Teaching people things that are valuable are much more helpful than a big, bubbly personality. And in the long term, people will appreciate valuable information to help them grow a successful business more than excitement and all the rah-rah. So just be you.

Now if you are naturally super energetic and your personality is fun and loud, then use that. But for those of us who aren’t, don’t fake it, just be you.

Have you seen some big leaders in the industry, they are so excited and loud and you just want to be them because they seem so fun and people just flock to them?

I used to think that if I was only more exciting, more adventurous, more visibly passionate, that would draw people to me. But really, just being you works. And being yourself is so much more duplicatable.

Two reasons why teaching is better than personality.

  1. You come off as fake sometimes when you try to be something that is not natural to you.
  2. Others cannot duplicate your personality. You are you. They are them. They need to know it’s OK to be themselves. You can teach them to teach and give valuable information. You cannot teach personality. It’s not duplicatable.

So the best way to grow your team is to teach them to teach with their own God given personality. Information is valuable in business, teaching skill sets and strategies is much more duplicatable and honestly much more appealing in the long run.

Excitement wears off, but skill sets and strategies is what will get you to the top and help your team get to the top. So teach, and teach them to teach. Be excited and passionate, but not fake.

Giving people solutions to their problems is much more helpful that getting them excited about you. Be real, be you. Teach your people to be themselves. Your business will grow and you won’t feel like a fake and that you have to be someone you are not.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Attraction Marketing, Mindset, Social Media Marketing

Are You Emotionally Attached to the Outcome?

To have a successful business, we have to stop letting our emotions run our businesses. Are you attached to the outcome of each prospect? Do you stress over whether they say yes or no?

If you are in a business and have been for any amount of time, I am sure you have dealt with what I am talking about today. Being attached to the outcome of whether your prospect says yes or no. Fear of rejection in business is one of the toughest things to get over, but you have to if you want to succeed.

We all deal with people saying no. That’s just how it is. Not everyone wants what you have. And you will get plenty of no’s. My question to you is will you let that stop you, will you let make you quit?

Or…Will you rise up and develop into the business owner you need to be to make it happen?

Let me tell you about me a few years ago compared to me today. When I first started in my own business, I was excited and assumed everyone else would be too. I assumed people would love what I had to offer and jump on the chance to get it because it was wonderful right?

Isn’t that how you feel about your product or service for those of you in your own business? You don’t know how anyone could tell you no.  But they do. And then you get discouraged. And your feelings get hurt right?

And you think about quitting. And then when that doesn’t work you jump to another thing, when in reality the issue is your mindset. It was my mindset. And it was my lack of skills, and it was my fear of rejection.

Fast forward to today. I am no longer emotionally attached to the outcome. I realize that what I do is not for everyone and people are going to say no, a lot. But if you can get past that, and keep going, doing the activity and focusing on the activity and not the result, then things start to change.

When you are emotionally attached to the outcome, you will get upset every time someone tells you no and you will feel like a failure.

So here is what you have to do.

You have to stay consistent.

You have to do the income producing activities daily without being attached to the result.

You have to train your mind to focus on the positive, which means listening to or reading personal development daily.

And  you have to keep going and never give up.

When you take the emotions out of prospecting, it gets much easier. The choice is yours. If you want to break past the barriers that are holding you back, stop letting your feelings run your business.

If you have not read “Go for No”, then that’s a great place to start. Learning that nos are good because they get you to the yeses. So go out there today and shoot for a bunch of nos and don’t let yourself be emotionally attached to that outcome. That’s when the yeses will start coming.

Keep going and take your feelings out of it and see what happens.

To your success,

Genean Roberts

Goal Setting, Mindset, Social Media Marketing

Business Mistakes We All Make and How to Stop

Isn’t it funny how we get off track just a little and it’s so hard to get back on track? The same goes with a lot of things doesn’t it? Like our health, eating right and exercising. We can be so motivated and working hard toward our goals and then life happens. And we have the hardest time getting back on track. It also happens in our businesses and other things we do.

The only way to keep that from happening is through commitment and consistency. But how do you push through a slump in your business? You know what I mean? A slump, where you just don’t want to do the work, you maybe have lost motivation, you are not being as consistent as you should be, you may be procrastinating, and you are letting distractions pull you in every direction. A slump.

I wanted to give you 3 easy things to really keep you on track or get you back on track in your business. These are things that have helped me when I have gotten off track, like these last few weeks.

  1. Daily to-do list. You need to write down your business priorities in order of importance. Putting it on paper is important. Write out your daily, weekly and monthly goals along with what you need to do each day to hit them. Whether that is to prospect 10 people a day on Facebook, or call 10 people a day, or send out daily email to your list, whatever income producing activities you need to do for your business, write them down in order of importance. This does not include scrolling Facebook or organizing your desk. Income producing activities.
  2. Set business hours. You have a home business. It should be treated the same way a traditional business is. Every professional business has business hours right? So set hours for your business and then whatever you wrote down on your priority list from number 1, do those things during those times.
  3. Personal Development. This has changed my thinking in so many ways. We are surrounded by so much negativity in life. We have to put things in our minds that change how we think and how we live. If we want to be successful and live a positive, happy life, we need to put positive in our minds. We have all heard garbage in, garbage out. What we put into our minds comes back out into our lives. So make sure you are filling your minds with positive things every day. Read or listen to some type of personal development daily.

There are many ways to manage your time effectively and to get your motivation back if you’ve lost it. But these are my go-to’s that help me. So, write down your to-do list, set your hours and listen or read personal development daily.

This will help your home business grow and you will see greater success using these steps.

To your success,

Genean Roberts