How To Be Productive

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On February 23, 2015
Business and workplace experts extol the benefits of productivity on a regular basis. I agree with them – being productive is key to starting, running, and growing a successful business. But how can you be productive? If you’re taking things as they come and feeling like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel, try the following […]
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Are the things taking up your time really what you want?

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On February 17, 2015
What is it that you want out of life right now? A successful business? A romantic partner? An organized home? A vacation? Are you living a life that reflects what you want for yourself and what you value? Not sure? Try this: Grab a piece of paper, a journal, or open up a new document […]
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Recipe For Success: Daily Planning

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On August 13, 2014
While I firmly believe that some of the best things that happen in life are unplanned, when it comes to business, having a plan is important. Even if you don’t stick to your plan, having something to fall back on – something to help you find your focus – is incredibly valuable. Without a plan/guide/map, […]
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Small Business Operations: Don’t Manage Employees This Way

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On February 6, 2014
Congratulations! Your small business is now so successful that you need to hire employees to keep up with customer demand. Employing the right workers takes time out of your busy workday and money out of your budget. So you want your efforts to prove worthwhile by having employees that are immediately productive and stay with […]
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Crafting Your Business Strategy: The Year At A Glance

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On December 27, 2013
(Prefer to listen? Check out the latest episode of the At the Helm Podcast) Any good business strategy will include both immediate and long-range planning. Immediate planning is needed to manage day-to-day tasks and the inevitable issues that arise every week. Long-range planning is needed to ensure the overall health and growth of your business. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead for the coming year: Revisit your mission and vision statements. These are the values that drive your business, and likely drive you personally! Before you can go any further, it is important to make sure these statements accurately represent what your business does and where you want it to go. Take any time you need to update your mission or vision, thinking about how these statements will shape your year-long strategy.
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Small Business Operations: Guarding Business Information

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On December 5, 2013
Your business relies on all kinds of computerized data: customer credit card numbers, vendor price lists and contracts, for example. Guarding business information helps you compete effectively in the marketplace. Your data access devices, such as computers and laptops, boast the latest security software and virus checkers. Unfortunately, some of these virtual safeguards may not […]
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Tips For Starting A Business: What To Do With Time

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On December 3, 2013
Is time money? Of course not! Time is what allows you to create relationships, gain wisdom, and appreciate the beauty of this ever changing world; money buys stuff. But there are some important correlations between time and money where your business is concerned, both directly and indirectly. What are they? Well, a large part of […]
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Quick and Dirty Home Office Organizing

  • Posted by Alaia Williams
  • On November 25, 2013
Home office organizing is not something to take lightly. If your home office looks like the aftermath of a natural disaster, your work and productivity are being impacted, whether you realize it or not. Your office doesn’t need to be so clean that you could eat off of the floors, but it does need to be organized […]
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