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How Creating A Free Poweful Support Team Can Help You In Your Business

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 1, 2010

As a small business owner, finding good help can be a challenge. Qualified candidates are more likely to be attracted to large companies than small businesses because of their high profile and better pay.

If you are very small or just getting started, you probably can’t afford to hire someone even part-time but, having office help would free you from the busywork and tasks that get in the way of the stuff that needs to get done to bring in the revenue.

One way that you can get good help is by creating your own free powerful support team by capitalizing on the power of academic internships.

Who Are They?

Most interns are college students (though there are some high school students looking for internships) who need more school credits for graduation, or simply want to get work experience. But some are past students or displaced workers who would like to either build skills and experience or try to break into a new field. Both of these groups can be a key asset to your business. And they are often open to working for little or no pay, so they are less costly than bringing on a regular employee.

Interns Can Help With Everyday Tasks

Most interns have little or no actual experience in their field, so they’re best suited to small tasks initially. But, don’t relegate them to the role of gopher. They’ll just need to work their way up to the more complicated tasks.

Interns can start out doing the busywork and paperwork you dislike Or maybe it’s the administrative and clerical work you may put off or ignore. Once they’ve mastered that, they can grow into tasks that are more complicated. The timing will depend on the intern’s skill level and your needs.

Here’s just a short list of what my interns do for me:

***They manage my email and answer my phones

***Keep my calendar organized and confirm my appointments

***Update my website and manage my social networking

***Help me publish my ezine and post articles to my blog

***Keep my database and email list updated and growing

***Develop processes for running my business smarter

Oh, yeah, and did I mention they do it for free? They need and want experience, skill building, and knowledge for the next stage of their career. I get help. They get another resume entry, everyone wins!

Interns Can Help With Short-Term Projects

If you have a short-term project that you need extra help on, or if your company gets seasonal boosts of business, having interns is a super way to acquire the support you need at a low or no cost. They are often willing to put in extra effort to get a good reference or letter of recommendation from you. And because you don’t have an employment agreement, they can stay on with you only as long as you need them.

Here are some projects an intern could help with:

***Preparing receipts and records for tax time

***Organizing a file cabinet or creating filing system

***Scanning important documents or photos

***Direct mail campaigns

***Moving or organizing your office

Interns are great for businesses, and small businesses, including solo-business owners, can benefit from hiring them. Whether you need a temporary extra hand around the office or someone to help with a small project, hiring an intern could be just the solution you’re looking for. It’s a cost-effective way to help others in your community get much-needed career experience and you get the help you need to stay focused on what’s most important in your business.

Deanna Maio , Business Coach & Consultant, teaches women business owners how to attract more clients, make more sales, stop wasting time, and create a business that acts as a vehicle for living the life they desire and deserve. For FREE tips on how to increase your income and client base in your business, visit

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Savvy Strategies: Dragging Your Feet Is Not Savvy

Posted by Corey Kaster on March 10, 2010

Have you ever procrastinated on something? Of course you have; we all do it at one time or another and some of us suffer from procrastination more than others. If you’re an entrepreneur, procrastination can have some detrimental effects on both you and your organization. Not to worry, there are several straightforward strategies to reduce and eliminate procrastination.

How Procrastination Affects You

We procrastinate for a variety of reasons. Several of them include:

  • Fear – we’re worried that the task is going to be complex, we’re going to fail at it, it’s going to be disagreeable, and so on.
  • Disinterest – it’s easy to procrastinate when you’re faced with doing something that you simply don’t feel like doing. However, if everyone did that, the dishes would always be dirty and the laundry would pile up.
  • Expectations – this parallels fear. When someone is expecting something from us and we’re nervous about not meeting their expectations, it can cause procrastination.

Regardless of the reasons we procrastinate, the conclusion is always the same. We end up in nail biting, sweat inducing crunch time. Now, instead of a week or a month to get something accomplished, we’ve left only a day or even an hour. This creates incredible amounts of unnecessary stress. The stress that procrastination creates is bad for our physical and emotional wellbeing. We can become drained because we don’t take care of ourselves, and some major consequences can be insomnia, depression, and binge eating.

Burn, Baby, Burn

Procrastination also creates burnout. It becomes a vicious circle. You procrastinate because you’re burned out and exhausted and then when you’re under pressure it only prolongs that feeling. The final result is that you’re no longer finding pleasure in what you’re doing and you don’t want to do it. You don’t have the same sense of excitement or enjoyment in your activities and you’re no longer enthusiastic and positive.

Productivity Dwindles

Procrastination also diminishes productivity. When you procrastinate and then are forced to finish the job quickly, the task usually takes much longer to complete because you’re not focusing on it with energy and enthusiasm. You are only focused on completing the task. It becomes a mad dash for the finish line. This uncomfortable scurry usually leads to mistakes which can damage your reputation and ultimately your business.

Effects of Procrastination

Procrastination, as we’ve already talked about, can cause a lack of productivity, burnout and stress. It can also lead to a second-rate final product. If you don’t take pleasure in what you’re doing, you’re troubled about the outcome or you have to hustle through it, the end result can be something you’re just not proud of. And procrastination can also make you lose enthusiasm for an occupation you once loved.

Digging Deep

Procrastination can be reduced and/or eliminated by digging deep and discovering the reasons behind your procrastinating. If it’s due to fear, then you’ll need to determine if it’s a legitimate fear and how you are going to tackle it.

If you’re procrastinating because you dislike the task, create a solution. You could:

  • Outsource the task to a coworker,
  • Construct a system that eliminates the task, or
  • Find a way to embrace the task and get it done.

Procrastination is something that everyone has to deal with from time to time. Learn to understand and control your procrastination tendencies and you will eliminate its effect on you and your business.

Deanna Maio

Certified Professional Business Coach

SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC


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Networking: Motivate Yourself and Help your Business Grow

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 24, 2010

As an entrepreneur you may hear a lot about networking and wonder what all the hubbub is about. Networking, both online and off, is a wonderful way to build connections in your industry. It’s a terrific way to increase awareness, build your customer base and ultimately boost your profits. However, you probably know that already. What you may not know is that networking is also a wonderful way to motivate yourself.

Impress Them

Networking pushes you to be at your absolute best. If you’re putting forth the effort to network, you’ll want to stand out. So when you communicate with the public, strive to make your first impression peerless, by being ready, willing and able to give them an informative and inspirational pitch about your business.

Connections Count

You never know where you’ll meet your next business partner, a superior customer or one of those coveted ‘Paul Revere type’ of individuals who spreads news faster than CNN. If you meet a ‘Paul Revere’ and can get them excited about your business, you’ve just launched your business into a whole new arena.

Moves You Forward

Because networking is usually a scheduled event, it accomplishes two things. It drives you to prepare before you head to the website or event. And it pushes you too put some serious thought into how you present yourself both online and off. Networking forces you to think about your business, where it’s going, what your future plans are, and how you want to be perceived.

Ideas Ignited

For most people, networking with other successful people sparks their competitive spirit. We see other successful people and think, “If they can do that, so can I.” We hear great ideas, product launches, marketing tactics and business strategies and we think, “How can I do this too? Hearing the stories of others is very motivating!

Mindset Shifts

Finally, networking both online and off (though online networking can be done in your pajamas with unruly hair and un-brushed teeth) makes us feel and act more professionally. For the most part, the simple act of being a professional makes us feel more professional. We start to feel less like a person who works at home in their pajamas and more like a business person, a CEO, and most importantly, a successful entrepreneur.

Deanna Maio, Certified Professional Coach, is the Founder of SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC in Portland, Oregon. Her specialty is teaching women business owners how to stop wasting time, start making more money, and live the life they deserve and desire.

She started coaching in 2005 to help other busy people get the information, support, and accountability they needed to deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of running their business while still having a fulfilling personal life.

Prior to starting her own business, Deanna spent over 10 years as a manager, instructional designer and workshop facilitator. An unconditionally supportive coach and sought-after speaker and facilitator, Deanna is known for her passion and dedication to helping her clients create better results faster and easier than ever before.

Deanna recently finished contributing to her first print book, GPS to Success, which is slated for publication in Spring 2010. You can learn more about Deanna and her coaching, programs and products at her website,

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Make Your Business Flourish Despite Life’s Distractions

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 11, 2010

I know the things I could be doing for my business to keep it growing and successful — the programs I can’t wait to share with my clients, or the affordable products I want to develop. Very exciting stuff, I agree. I can even see the end result in my mind, the money I want to earn, and the number of people I want to reach.

But, boy, does it get hard sometimes. For example, I can get bogged down by daily demands that don’t really get me to my goals. Or, I get discouraged because I’m not where I want to be. Sometimes it seems so far off, doesn’t it?

So, what do I do in these dark and distracting times? — Two simple you know already, dear reader! Yes, they are called Self-Discipline and Persistence. Today we’ll examine them to help refresh your memory and remind you of what you already know, and I hope, spark you to take some new action to integrate them more fully into your business.

Self-Discipline: Do You Want to Control Your Destiny?

Building self-discipline takes practice, especially with long-term goals. I know I’m impatient. I want what I want and I wanted it yesterday. Yet things must run their course and some things just take time to develop. Yet, I have to make my plans stay on track and that is directly connected to what I choose to do each day to make it all happen. That’s the essence of self-discipline, to make a conscious decision in how I want to control my destiny.

Pause here for a moment:

  • Think about how you want to make your own destiny. Go through the business goals you have for yourself, especially for this new year.
  • Imagine the choices you’ll make from now on as you encounter obstacles, distractions, and temptations.
  • Break up your long-term goals into smaller, more manageable mini-goals that you can celebrate each time you achieve every one.

But how do you keep going and going when you start getting tired and are losing your wind? It seems no end is in sight. Things don’t seem to be changing even with the conscious choices you’ve made. This is when you must persevere!

Persistence = One Sexy Tortoise

Persistence is a mental game with yourself. You have to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing even though it’s not fun or downright anxiety-inducing. Dangle the carrot of good things coming to you because of what you’re putting in. Don’t forget to give kudos where kudos is due — great job!

Feeling stuck? Are you sure you’re stuck, or are you simply not allowing your actions time to bear fruit? If you see a certain action is not working after all, it’s okay to change tactics, to try something new. As a famous general said, “We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.”

Some Closing Thoughts

When you know you have to wait for the results from all your effort, it can be an agony. It can be an uncertain period, and this is where hanging onto your goals becomes so important so that they can make your vision for your business a reality. Then, you can continue on for another day. Let me leave you with another inspiring quote from a wise Chinese saying, “If there is no dark and dogged will, there will be no shining accomplishment; if there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.”

©2010 Deanna Maio, Savvy Gals LLC

Deanna Maio

Certified Professional Business & Career Coach

SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC


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