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Reference checking is one of those tasks often ignored by entrepreneurs who are hiring team members.  Is this a wise decision? Today we’ll dispel three myths on the topic of reference checking!

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I am currently working with one of my clients to fill a Virtual Assistant role on her team.  I’ve proposed the top two candidates I feel are the best fit for her, her business and her team.  She has met both, and now one more step is essential prior to extending an offer to one of the amazing candidates.  Any idea what that step is?  I need to set up appointments to speak with the candidates’ references.

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I can hear some of you saying: “You are checking references?  Really?  Is this really necessary?  Is it not a waste of time?  Obviously candidates would not provide the names of people who might speak ill of them.  Would they?”  I’ll address these myths in a minute, but first, let me share an important statistic with you. Continue reading ‘Reference Checks – Is it necessary to check references when hiring team members?’

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers!  Happy Thursday to those of you who are not Canadian!

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Today, I took some of my own advice! Yes, some would say that I played hooky!  I prefer to call it taking quality time today to better serve my clients and my business tomorrow!

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You see, yesterday, I blogged about the importance of setting boundaries and ensuring you build some down time and some family time into you schedule. 

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Today, that’s exactly what I did.  With my son home from daycare, and my husband off of work, I decided that I would also take the day off and celebrate Canada Day with my loved ones!

Continue reading ‘OK, I’ll admit it; I did play hooky today!’

Looking to make money online?  In some respects it is not much different than running an offline or brick and mortar business.  It all starts with your identifying your goals, mapping out a plan and then implementing.

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How? By sticking to your plan. 

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Your goals should include not only financial goals for your business but also quality of life goals….you know, the boundaries you want to set around your work hours/day, dates for vacation, special anniversaries, birthdays or holidays you want to take off and good old downtime for you to rejuvenate! 

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People often ask me if June is too late to start thinking about crafting goals.  My answer:  It is never too late! 

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Start today.  Want some incentive…click on my photo above to take a look at the video, where I worked with one of my clients this past weekend, translating her dream for her business into goals and real actionable steps with clear timelines. 

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Start creating your roadmap for your success today!  Don’t put it off any longer! 

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Need some help?  Send me an email at sherleygrace@DiscoverYourPowerTeam.com and let’s set up a strategy session.  Let’s see how we can partner to propel you and your business forward today!

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To your empowerment and success,

Have you just started your coaching or consulting business and are wondering when is the right time to hire some help.  Perhaps you are a speaker or author who has been in business a while and find there are just not enough hours in the day, and there just has got to be another way.  Some of you may be service professionals who are just thinking of launching your own business, drafting a business plan, and wondering who could help you.  So, given you are where you are in your business, ”When is the right time to outsource and grow your team?”

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The quick answer is, “It depends!”  I know, I know…I’ll bet you don’t quite like that answer. So let me give you some food for thought.  It truly does depend on your situation including where you are in your business and where you are financially.

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What is happening in your business right now? The decision to outsource or not depends on so many factors:

Continue reading ‘Entrepreneurs and Outsourcing – When is the right time to build your team?’

So many entrepreneurs fall prey to the huge workload and the feelings of overwhelm that await them as they try to fulfill every single role in their business.  Part of my mission in working with business owners is to enable them to create their vision and implement systems and teams that support the realization of their dream.

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In my opinion a critical step to achieving business growth and success is your ability to take on the leadership role in your business. Selecting the right team members to work with you will not only inspire you, but also empower you to acheive even more than you ever imagined possible. 

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I just came across this great quote by Bill Gates that I just had to share with you, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

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So, as we embark on a new week:

  • what will you do to empower your team members
  • what will you do to empower your customers, and lastly
  • what will you do to empower yourself?

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I’d love to hear from you.  Click on the “Comments” graphic below and tell me what you are doing this week to empower others and yourself!

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To your empowerment and success,

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solopreneur ambition and attitudeAre you an ambitious entrepreneur? In my opinion, business success starts with an entrepreneur who is ambitious and not afraid to take action… the right action.

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Ambition is often defined as the desire for “power, honour or superiority.”  Some see it as something that is negative or a fault.  However, did you know that ambition can also be defined as the urge to “be something or do something?”  The term has also been defined as something that “requires full use of your abilities.” 

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There was a time, particularly towards the my last few years in my Corporate job, where I had this nudge, some call it an itch, a strong sense that there just had to be more to life than this.  Continue reading ‘Solopreneurs, coaches, service professionals: Ambition, a key ingredient for business success!’

Successfull outsourcing for business owners was the topic of the day today during my free teleclass. Entitled ”Stop Scrambling and Start Running a Business That’s Profitable and Powerful, so you can do what YOU want, when YOU want”, the teleclass focused on:

 

  • The #1 thing you need in place before you start growing your business
  • The 3 biggest mistakes business owners make when looking to grow their team
  • What parts of your business you should be outsourcing sooner rather than later and WHY!
  • The 2 Powerful no-fail strategies to start your relationship with your new team on the right foot
  • The biggest factor that can make or break your relationship with your team
  • Details about my brand new class: “Power Team Intensive: Build the team that will help you live your true destiny!”

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There’s still time to sign up and get the recording.  Simply enter your name and email address in the box below and click the “Sign Up” button.  You will receive an email asking your to confirm your subscription.  Once you click on the link in the email, you will receive the access details for the recording.  Enjoy!
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Sherley Grace Effiel Tower, Paris, FranceWhat is one small step you could take today to move your business forward? I am asking you this because many entrepreneurs I meet feel stuck, overwhelmed, discouraged. Their business is at a standstill, and they are at a point where they want to dismantle it start over from scratch. Did you know that when the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Fair, the plan was to dismantle it within 10 years and sell the steel as scrap? Today it is one of the most visited and well-known structures! What if they had taken it apart? Thankfully, they didn’t; and now millions can enjoy this landmark!

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With all of the hype by countless online marketers about making millions overnight, many entrepreneurs think that if they have been in business a little while and are not raking in six and seven figures, they must be failures.  They are constantly looking for the next bright shiny object, the next course, technique, blueprint that will propel them to millionaire status.  While it is possible to hit it big, quickly, this is NOT the norm. 

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Starting, running and growing a business is a BIG deal!  Are you one of those entrepreneurs who feels you are not working fast enough, succeeding fast enough, implementing fast enough, learning fast enough? Do you feel that since you started your business, you are sprinting 24/7? No time to catch your breath?  Afraid that if you just stop for a moment, success will pass you by?  How is that working for your business?  Even more importantly, how is that working for you and those around you?

. Continue reading ‘Tips for Business Owners: Building your business, one step at a time without giving up!’

Many business owners I meet went into business for themselves because they wanted to do what they love, set their own schedule and be their own boss. Some actually worked to transform their hobby into a revenue-generating business.  That being said, many were not prepared for the responsibilities that come with being a business owner….being THE owner of THEIR business.  Here is a quote that says it well:

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“I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.”   Richard Branson

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Are you struggling with your business owner role?  Are you finding yourself overwhelmed with running the day-to-day aspects of your business? Interested in growing yourself and your business to the next level?  Why not contact me for a strategy session.  Email me today at sherleygrace@DiscoverYourPowerTeam.com and let’s set up a time to talk.

paris france marketAs a business owner, should you be responsible for training individuals you hire to work on your team? There are opposing views on this question.  Many entrepreneurs think that they should not have to train. They feel that the individuals they hire should know how to do the job upon being hired. Others think that it is indeed their responsibility to not only train the individuals who join their team but also pay them while they learn.  This very topic came to mind as I was buying bananas in France.

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We recently visited my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Paris, France.  While there, I went with my sister-in-law to the grocery store. Needless to say that, like you, I have purchased groceries thousands of times in my life, and since I am fluent in French, language was certainly not a barrier. So why would it take me three times longer to do groceries?

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I wanted to buy a few bananas.  How many times have you purchased bananas?  I take a couple and am about to place them in a little plastic bag (like I do back home) when my sister-in-law while pointing to the scale says, “You have to weigh them”.  I place the bananas on the scale and she says, “”perfect”, and walks away.  

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Now I have weighed fruit and vegetables in the past. You lay them on the scale, place them in a bag and write the weight on the bag with a marker. Well, I had to call my sister-in-law over because nothing was happening.  My bananas just sat there, innocently waiting for this foreigner to get her act together! So my sister-in-law explains the process: you go back to the table with the bananas, you find the numerical code noted on the sign, you go to the scale, place your bananas on the scale, enter the code, press enter…et voila…out comes the label with the price, which you place on your item. 

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So what does my story have to do with hiring and training your team? Everything! 

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If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I firmly believe that before you hire someone, you should outline their role and responsibilities – what it is you want them to do – as well as the skills, knowledge and experience they require to do the job.  For example, if you are looking for a social media marketing manager, you can expect them to have experience developing social media strategies for online entrepreneurs, be familiar with the various social media vehicles/tools available, understand how to use each to accomplish the desired goals, etc. 

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You should not hire a social media marketing manager that has not used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to effectively build relationships and market their own business.  This is the expertise you are hiring for! 

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What they cannot be familiar with, however, is how you run your business. If you want your team members to be as productive as possible, as quickly as possible, you need to invest energy, time and money  to teach them about you, your expectations, your goals, your business.  Don’t eliminate this important step. 

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While I know how to shop for bananas, it took a little time and some assistance from my sister-in-law to learn the ins and outs that are specific to this particular grocery store.  Help your team members learn the specifics that are unique to you and your business. Help your team members help you!  This can only lead to a win:win:win situation for you, them and your business! 

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A bientôt!