An ever-growing number of moms are becoming entrepreneurs, meaning that the necessity for and importance of at-home business management are as well.

That being said, the path to this kind of productivity will undoubtedly require careful thought and many efforts. Running a business from home and doing so while properly managing your time may prove to be a challenge to some mom entrepreneurs, not to mention taking care of your own family in the meantime.

Questions a mom might ask herself: “Am I using my time as efficiently as I possibly can? What steps am I taking to better my time management?

Asking yourself these questions and examining the following 5-step action plan will not only put you on that path to success, but will ensure that you’re well on your way to finding that essential balance that we all so desperately need.

Regulate With a Routine

Generally speaking, moms are the earliest risers of the household, and many moms use this time in the morning to take care of familial needs. Rather than going into each day without a plan, it would be beneficial to take a few moments the night before to create a list of your priorities for the next day in order of importance. For example, sending out an informative email to your clients would take precedence over walking your dog.

Even if you are not able to meet all of the tasks that you have laid out for yourself, you can feel accomplished and empowered knowing that you have succeeded in tackling your main goals for the day. In this way, you will start to see that glorious balance getting ever nearer.

Keep a Detailed Schedule

More than just regulating daily life with a routine, keeping a detailed schedule is a must. Investing in either a digital or physical planner will allow you to get a visual idea of how your day should play out. Think of all the time someone could be saving by not having to recall from memory what needs to be done! Wouldn’t you like that someone to be you?

Your schedule should encompass your business, household, and personal needs. So, if you know that you will soon be meeting a deadline but that you will also have multiple other obligations, try to plan around your work schedule. Once you get into the groove of establishing your work hours and appointments, finding balance in your scheduling will become second nature. Don’t forget to be realistic! Schedule breaks throughout the day to stay refreshed and energized. This will also help you stay in control and on task.

Keep in mind any openings that could be used for work. This is an excellent way of preventing wasted time.

Stay Organized

Your workplace is your sanctuary. Having a way to separate your daily surroundings from work will create a zone conducive to you and your business.Investing in a work desk, filing cabinets, and folders is an especially practical idea to avoid a messy working area. Every file and paper should have their own place, just as every mom entrepreneur should have her own work space.
The necessity for a clutter-free work zone is one of the greatest. Not being able to find the information you need at that very moment would only serve to take away from your precious time and energy. Since wasting time is essentially wasting money, maintaining a neat and tidy work space is of the utmost importance. Do I find myself distracted by my work environment? Could I invest in any organizational aides to keep business operations running smoothly?

Plan for Your Goals

Just as you need a realistic schedule, you also need to create realistic goals, short-term and long-term, that you know can be attained. Gaining a certain amount of clients, exercising 3 times per week, or helping the kids get through the school year successfully. Whether a business, personal, or family goal, you should always have a plan to reach your goals. Think about your actions in pursuit of the goal and the possible reactions.

We all learn to expect the unexpected, and even more so do moms! Therefore, do your best to plan accordingly by leaving some space in your schedule as a buffer for possible illnesses, family emergencies, and unforeseen financial changes. You will surely thank yourself later for having done so. Ask yourself: Do I view these challenges as daunting? Or do I see them as an opportunity to measure my success and resilience? Taking on such challenges will help you assess your flexibility, adaptability, and strength.

Don’t Lose Focus

Of course, your principal objective is always to provide your clients and readers with content that they will not only enjoy, but identify with. This does not mean, though, that you should in any way neglect your own business!
Maybe you’ve noticed that your website could do with some enhancements, your inbox is teeming with emails, or that you have a list of calls that need to be made. Strive to keep your website looking good, your inbox at 0, and your voicemail empty. Doing so will keep you happy and your business healthy.

Just as you would make an appointment for a client to help them with these things, do the same for yourself! Your business is, after all, the very reason you have clients. You need to make a living, too. Will my business continue to draw in clients as it has been? When was the last time I scheduled an appointment for myself? Analyze seriously where you and your business currently stand and how you could make welcomed changes.

Effectively and successfully managing your time as a mom entrepreneur is not only doable, but it’s within your grasp! Using a routine to regulate your day-to-day life, keeping your schedule detailed, staying organized, having a solid plan, and backup plan, for your goals, and never losing your focus. Following these five tips toward time management it achievable and necessary.Your successful, flourishing, and balanced business future depends on it. After all, you get out of your business what you put into it. So, what do you say? Are you ready to take these steps to success?

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You’ve started your own business and you’re feeling all bubbly and excited, but then realize how much is really involved in running it successfully. Or you’ve been in business for a while and can’t seem to further your business goals because you are overwhelmed with the many moving parts of your back office. There is paperwork, hard and soft. Online marketing to include maintaining a social media presence to connect with your clients and entice potential new business. Customer service, which MUST be done to serve your existing clients. And the list goes on and on.

With all the demands that you will face everyday, when will you have time to brainstorm about your business to discover new ways of making it more profitable? Oh I know, it’s nonexistent! What you need is someone to help you with your administrative work. Neglecting your administrative tasks can lead to an administrative nightmare!

A Virtual Assistant is an online partner who will handle all of your mundane and tedious tasks so you can focus on what matters most, your PASSION, INCOME PRODUCING TASKS. If you’re not yet sure that you need a Virtual Assistant, consider these 10 signs that YOU DO:

1. You’ don’t have an Assistant. You’re wearing all the hats in your business daily. How’s that working out for you?

2. You are missing important meetings. If you have missed even one client meeting due to lack of time, you need a VA. This is critical because it reflect your reliability, professionalism and could damage important relationships. A VA can organize your schedule to ensure that you are on time for all appointments and take that task off your plate.

3. Email insanity. Your inbox has over 10k unread messages. If your time is too tight, you won’t have enough time to answer important emails in a timely manner. Late responses are often not tolerated because it makes them feel unimportant. The key to a successful business is also Follow up and follow through. Let your VA help keep the communication process between your business and your clients as seamless as possible.

4. You’re voice mail is full.  “This subscribers voice mail is full and you are unable to leave a message at this time..” You’ve heard this message before, oh that’s right it’s yours! It’s ok to miss a call, but it’s not ok when the caller is unable to leave you a message. This could be the first call from a potential client and as the saying goes, first impressions set the tone for how you are perceived. However, you’re wearing all the hats of your business and you simply don’t have the time to listen to all your messages. Let your VA take control to further keep the lines of communications clear.

5.  Research, Research, Research.  All you do is research! Do you find yourself spending hours a day researching new trends or techniques for your business? If the answer is yes, then your not maximizing your productivity. Tell your VA what you need and he/she will find the solution while you focus on other important matters.

6. You’re not getting paid. You don’t have time or you forget to send your invoices out or handle your bookkeeping needs. Hire a VA and get that off your plate.

7.  You’re unable to keep up with your scheduled send-outs.  The best way to keep customers engaged is to supply them with interesting information on a consistent basis. If you have an opt-in monthly e-mail list, make sure they receive that monthly and on-time. If you have too much to do and forget to do the send-outs it can be hard to catch up. Hire a VA and get that off your plate.

8.  No social media presence.  In an online driven world, it’s imperative that your business has a social media presence. Based on the type of business you have it may not be necessary for you to be on all of them, but you should have some sort of social media footprint. Social media is a free and easy way to expose millions of consumers to your business. By not having a presence you are missing out on a valuable opportunity to promote your services and build a pipeline of business. Nowadays consumers want to get to know the person behind the brand and social media is the most efficient tool to do this. Your VA can manage all of your social media outlets and maintain a consistent social media presence for your business.

9. You work 24/7. It is  important to define your business hours, so you don’t risk compromising your private relationships with friends and family. If you have been working late into the evenings and even on your weekends, it is time to seek assistance.

10. Sleep deprivation. If you’re wearing all of hats in your business daily, when do you sleep?! At this stage your sleep is more accidental than on purpose. Ge the help you need NOW! You’re personal and business health is at risk.

An efficient VA has the  proficiency, skill and expertise to quickly identify how best to serve you and offer effective solutions that add value to your bottom line.  Do yourself and your business a favor and hire a VA today! You will thank me later!

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In an age where technology has made the world a much smaller place and where most professionals are working from their homes or in satellite offices, the former “Assistant” has become “Virtual” and we are as close as your fingertips or a telephone call away.

A Virtual Assistant or VA is a highly skilled and independent entrepreneur with several years of  administrative work experience, generally at a high level.

A Virtual Assistant works closely with individuals and business owners to assist them with their administrative needs so they can focus on their growing business turning productivity into profits.

Virtual Assistants are the answer to the entrepreneur, small business and even large corporations which have experienced frustration with hiring and retaining staff , corporate downsizing or just spending too much time completing simple administrative tasks.

The Virtual Assistant is never late; they do not require training or need office space; saving you time and space.

As a VA we work along side your business, becoming apart it without any normal employment taxes or overhead. You do not need to provide any hardware or software components , as we fully utilize our own equipment and software.

Imagine being able to send an email or make a call to your VA with your needs and get your requests attended to efficiently and in a timely manner, providing you with your final product without hassle.  This set up makes it affordable and convenient to busy professionals and small businesses.

If you’re looking to make life easier, save money and time in the process, you need to hire a VA!

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