You can’t do what your business needs on your own anymore. There is just too much to do. You waste time doing jobs you don’t like, don’t know how to do or find boring. You aren’t growing your business, you are just surviving!
Is this you?
You aren’t alone, many businesses are in this same situation. As you build your business, you have more to do to keep your business working, so you are a success.
Enjoy that feeling and stop stressing that you can’t get work done. It’s not possible for one person to do it all anymore. Start building your team.
Step 1 – You!
Your team starts with you. Accept you need someone to help you. It can be casual, part-time or full-time and online or offline. The first step is realising you need someone to help you.
You can keep on doing it all yourself, and keep needing help. You can decide you can’t do it yourself anymore, and accept you need someone else in your business.
You remain in control, and decide what they will do for your business. It’s what your business needs. Each business is different in what needs are required. What my business needs, could be very different to what your business needs. (more…)
Find out how you can record your Skype call with Evaer for your client and have it work every time. Stop worrying about your recording software letting you down by failing or not making a great recording.
I started looking for a product to use with Skype to make sure I was always able to offer my clients a good recording of our call. I had tried Camtasia and it would sometimes have it fail or suffer an error whilst waiting for it to produce the video. I tried Audacity and had some problems with my soundcard. Audacity is a great program, however I had conflicts with some of my audio hardware. Making sure it worked every time was becoming a pain.
I need a software that will allow my business coaching and consultant calls to be recorded and be confident it will work every time. I use Skype almost exclusively for all of my calls, as I’m in Australia. (more…)
Wants vs Needs is really important with outsourcing.
I wanted a graphic designer to make images, create logos, make flyers and all that fiddly stuff that just takes up time if you aren’t really good at it. What I really needed was a VA who could find images to put on my blogs and posts, add in a watermark, make a few corrections and give it to me.
My want would have cost at least 3 times as much as what I needed and would have been a waste of money.
So I sat down and worked out what I wanted in my business, writing a long list of all the things I would love to have. Then I started going back over that list and marked what my business needed. The second list is ALWAYS much shorter. (more…)
Get the best value from your outsourcer or VA by filling in her outsourcers hours with tasks that can be done when they have time. This will stop issues where your outsoucer has nothing to do and is waiting on you.
Now you can stop working to find work for your virtual assistant or outsourcer and start managing your business.
How to get started
Work out all the tasks you have to do every week or month and consider giving them to your VA to do so you don’t have to. There are always tasks in your business needing to be done and you put off doing for your own reasons. They can be time consuming, repetitive, boring, or not part of your skills tasks, and they get left until you HAVE to do them. Then it’s a rush to get it done properly.
Once you have your list of weekly and monthly tasks, schedule a call/chat with your outsourcer and find out if she can do them. Some of the tasks could be already part of the reason why you hired your VA and some of them you will have no idea if she can do it. This is when you can get a surprise and find your VA has skills you never knew about. Your ourtsourcers hours are now used for your business.
I just found this great little tool called Voice Typing that’s available in Google Chrome using Google Docs.
I can actually talk and Google docs will record what I say. if you are someone who finds it hard to type, being able to sit down and speak as you are working out what you want to say will help get your writing done.
So how does voice typing work?
You must have Google Chrome and access it via Google Docs. Then go to tools, and choose Voice Typing.
It’s not as powerful as Dagon Naturally Speaking but it is free. Occasionally you miss saying some punctuation because you have to say the words comma, and full stop immediately after you have said the word.
Sometimes you can speak quite fast using voice typing and if you’re a slow typist, this may be exactly what you need to be able to start typing up your posts, email sequences or even your newsletters.
Don’t stress out if you’ve used punctuation and voice typing has missed putting in what you need.
One of the biggest issues people have, is that they stop while they’re writing to try and tidy up their posts.
I’m a very fast typist and type it about 120 words a minute and as a best practice, it’s much easier to edit after you’ve done your typing then to do it while you are typing.
The reason for that is you stop the flow of your thoughts to put in a heading or bold a word or any of those sorts of formatting, make it pretty things on your document and you stop typing.
Voice typing is great for anybody wanting to learn this practice because you just type and then later on you can go back and do all the punctuation and pretty things (formatting).
If you make a mistake and you have put in the words full stop or paragraph, you can easily fix it by using find and replace under the edit menu or Ctrl H.
I’ve typed this entire document using voice typing.
I’m going to put at the bottom of this post what it actually looks like before I did the editing and I’m also going to record a video showing you how to fix all of this up.
if you’re somebody who find typing hard to do, I think you should give voice typing a try and see if it works for you.
It has a number of factors that you’ve just got to love:
It’s available online
You don’t have to type
No need for a flat surface
You do have to be in a quiet place, though I’ve had the program saying that it’s having trouble hearing me but it still recording just about everything ok.
I’ve also used it so far on my PC and on my tablet. so give it a go and see what you think of voice typing.
Recording recording it saying it as I’m speaking to you you could say hi I’m Tania Shipman from simple solutions today and I’m here today to tell you about Google Docs voice typing.
I just found this great little tool that’s available in Google Chrome using Google Docs.
So how does voice typing work you must have Google Chrome and you access it via Google Docs go to tools, and choose voice typing.
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If you make a mistake and you have put in the words. Or paragraph you can easily fix it up by using find and replace Under the edit menu or ctrl h.
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