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Make a Commitment to "Good Enough"

HELLO | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and hello from the coast of North Carolina, where a group from Team Delegate has assembled for our annual retreat. Given that we are a 100% remote, distributed team, this year's retreat is really exciting for us because we have the opportunity to spend face time with the members of our NC contingent of Delegate.

This month I've been thinking a lot about commitment.  It could be because my fiancee and I just added another dog (third!!) to our family that commitment is heavy on my mind!  Or, perhaps it's my own personal evolution of hanging in there even when things are not "perfect" because I made a commitment to do so.  Either way, honoring our commitments is not always the easy choice, but it is a mindset shift that brings with it personal growth, stability and consistency.

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Utilize Jotforms and SHHH Mouse to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019

Jotforms offers easy to create forms with smart logic programming, and integration functionality with several CRM programs. JotForms has customizable widgets for signature boxes and links. There are free and paid versions of JotForms available (ranging from $15-$80/month, depending on user needs). JotForms is trusted by over 4 million users and can be used for virtually any industry.

In addition, it is a versatile form tool that allows reports to be downloaded, viewed or imported in a variety of formats. JotForms also allows uploads of images/docs by the user with a captcha tool, and provides free widgets or programmed tools that work within the form, features that are all available with the free version.  

 

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The Importance of Time Blocking, Trends in Sales Tech to Follow for 2020, and Signs that your Startup isn’t Really Starting Up

KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019 

The Benefits of Blocked Times on Your Calendar for Priority Tasks

We’ve all been there at some point. You view your calendar and notice that you have more on your to-do-lists than hours in the day. For the best in benefits of your calendar, you need to block times for certain tasks. This will avoid the stress and frustration that comes with the ineffective ways you have managed your time in the past and help you remain productive. Time-blocking can be used to save the day.


In this quick read, you will learn about the benefits of time blocking. Here are the main points:

  • Blocking time gets you started and maintains motivation.
  • Blocking time helps you focus on and efficiently complete your most important tasks.
  • Blocking time also encourages healthy work-life balance.
  • Blocking time can improve your physical and mental health.
  • Blocking time helps you say “no.”
At Delegate Solutions, all of our Associates block their time in a way that enables them to prioritize client work for optimal efficiency. We also help our clients block their time to help them prioritize and stay focused. Take a look at this quick read to learn more about the benefits of, and implementation of time blocking! - Entrepreneur

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Delegate Shares the Love With Vigilant Hope

We believe at Delegate that the power of one is expanded by the strengths of many. Our mission is to help you do more of what you love to have an even stronger impact on the world. Each quarter in addition to our team-wide contribution to our selected charity, we select one team member and support their favorite charity through donation and promotion.

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How to Move From Make it Up to Make it Real

HELLO | TWELVE, jULY 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and happy Independence Day!

As Visionaries, our greatest contribution is our ability to see our companies as globally as possible. We are uniquely able to understand and prioritize the most pressing needs, and then design creative solutions to to move forward.

I don't know how this process typically works for you, but for me it's typically super-organic and instinctual. Once we identify the problem, I give myself the space to creatively think about how we might solve it. Or sometimes, I'm not even thinking about it at all, and the answer suddenly just comes to me. What a feeling, right? :)

The challenge then lies in how to take this idea and model it, build it, test it and roll it out. This is where our team can become a true complement to our abilities. I follow a simple process to make my ideas real:

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Utilize Postable and Wunderlist to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JULY 2019

Postable is an online paid service that will send beautiful, high-quality greeting cards to 1 or 100 of your clients/friends/family members. Features such as vast assortment of card styles, elegant designs, ease of use and unique address search function have made it hugely successful. The option for fonts that appear truly hand-written is golden! There you have it - personalized greeting cards made simple! Check out Postable today! 

 

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New Health Care Laws for Small Business Owners, Accounting Reports You Should be Paying Attention to, and How to Beat the Summer Slowdown

KNOW | TWELVE, JULY 2019 

The Trump Administration's Newest Health Care Rule Could Shake Up Small Business Benefits Nationwide

In less than six months, small business employees could have some of the same health insurance tax benefits as workers at large corporations.

 

Last month, the Trump administration issued a rule making health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) plans more accessible to workers nationwide. The use of HRA plans, which are funded with pre-tax money by employers, has long been restricted to exclude paying for insurance premiums. The new ruling, which goes into effect in January 2020, will change that.

 

Historically, larger organizations with many employees have more negotiating power than smaller firms, and can obtain stronger health insurance plans for their employees at lower rates. The Trump administration is framing the new rule as a way for some small businesses to level the playing field.

 

"There are some employers who would like to offer their employees health coverage, but the requirements have become so extensive or the cost has become so high, that they aren't able to," Alexandra Campau, a former special assistant for health policy to President Trump, told the Journal. - INC

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How to Take a Sabbatical From Your Business

HELLO | TWELVE, jUNE 2019

TGIF, Happy Friday! I am back in the office this week, fresh off a 3 week sabbatical-- my first! It was quite detoxifying and I am happy to report it was also a success. Thanks to a lot of planning, delegation and accountability, I was able to completely step away from running my business for three whole weeks and watch it run without me... and nothing blew up! It was divinely indulgent. Want to do the same?

Below are my tips to make this happen:

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Utilize Olive & Cocoa and Fiverr to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JUNE 2019

Olive and Cocoa is a boutique gifting service on a mission to make giving and receiving gifts a beautiful experience. From gourmet food crates, to timeless executive gifts, inspired décor, whimsical fashion accessories, and luxurious spa items, their gifts have been carefully selected to offer a refreshingly modern approach to traditional gift giving. They have thoughtfully curated a large selection of gifts in each price range, so you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

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Financial Advice for Small Business Owners, Knowing When to Cash Out, and The Best Cities for Entrepreneurial Talent

KNOW | TWELVE, JUNE 2019 

10 Self-Help Tips To Help Small Business Owners Keep Their Finances Organized

Owning a small business can certainly come with a steep learning curve, and it’s one that many entrepreneurs face alone. Learning on the fly is never easy, and there are many aspects of day-to-day business that need to be mastered. In particular, small business owners may struggle to keep finances in order.

While it can be challenging to keep your business’ finances organized and under control, with a little know-how—and a bit of expert advice—you can get a grasp on the information, procedures and technology you need. In this article, 10 members of Forbes Finance Council share their top recommendations for small business owners who are struggling to keep their finances in order. Check out this article and learn how to leverage these recommendations and get your small business financially organized!

 

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