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Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

HELLO | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2019


Happy Friday!  Wow, it has been such a busy fall, right?!  Like head-spinning busy- for me both personally and professionally.  As we've shared, Delegate has won some pretty great awards this fall- we grabbed the #52 spot on the fastest growing companies in Philly (woot!  The Philly 100!!), and I won Small Business Person of the Year with the Philly Chamber (a high honor! for me personally!). 

 

This combined with the challenges of a growing company along with a whole bunch of big shifts in my personal life equals a lot to manage!   With all of this swirling around me, it's hard to stay focused week over week towards the game-changing work. 

 

Below are a few of the strategies I use to keep my eye on the ball:

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5 Tips for Being Efficient

 

Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? If your answer is yes, then YOU can be efficient. Being efficient means being intentionally as productive as you can without wasting energy or effort.

Below are 5 steps you can take towards being efficient.

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Utilize Rescue Time and ReserveBar to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2019

Rescue Time With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it's easy to get scattered.

Rescue Time helps to understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. Once installed onto users computers and mobile devices, Rescue Time runs securely in the background and tracks user habits.

Rescue Time returns daily and weekly reports that reveal exactly how much time users spent online, in their inbox, and on apps. Users can set limits on the amount of time they want to spend on any app and Rescue Time will alert them when time is up. There is a free individual version, as well as paid small team and enterprise plans. 

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Keys to Perfecting your Delegation Strategies, and Tips for Aspiring Women Business-Owners

KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2019 

11 Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

Check out this quick read on tips for female entrepreneurs beating the odds. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, today there are more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Since 2007, the number of women-owned firms has grown at five times the national average, with 1,072 new women-owned firms starting every day.

Here's what female entrepreneurs can do to avoid being one of the 20% of small businesses that fail in the first year or 50% that do not survive beyond five.

  • Do what you love and love what you do
  • Be generous with you time for clients, and strive for the highest quality in everything you do
  • Network
  • Fake it 'til you become it
  • Listen to feedback
  • Create an inspiring work environment
  • Hire a motivated staff
  • Never lose curiosity for learning new things
  • Set goals
  • Maintain the balance between work and life
  • Have a business financial plan and personal financial plan

With more women than ever starting their own business, and with the increasing rate of success of these businesses, one could surmise that women may especially be well suited for entrepreneurship. - CNBC

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Utilize DocuSign and Zoom.us to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, OCTOBER 2019

DocuSign has long been an industry standard for contracts, offering customizable and secure online contract options with free or paid business plans.

DocuSign now offers a payment option, which streamlines the client experience and allows the contract to be signed and payment to be collected in one simple step. Contract completion couldn’t be simpler! Try Docusign payments today! 

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The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

KNOW | TWELVE, OCTOBER 2019 

Diversity in the Workplace

Here’s a quick read about Aflac’s success of celebrating women in the workplace and the benefits of diversity amongst any organization. Here are the highlights:

Great businesses thrive on diverse workforces, as women founders and senior executives know firsthand. Diversity starts with hiring practices, but extends to creating a culture of inclusion in which diverse backgrounds and viewpoints are embraced.Diversity also requires addressing the unique, practical issues of women at every level in the workplace. A key piece is offering benefits packages that meet women's needs, freeing them from worry so they can focus their full attention on work.


Hiring for Diversity
Among the advantages of a diverse workforce are better business performance, increased customer satisfaction and improved employee satisfaction.


Commitment at the Top
Commitment to diversity must start at the highest levels, with leaders setting the tone and showing the way.


Policies that Support Inclusion
An inclusive environment doesn't guarantee success, but it does provide the environment for talented people to flourish and prove themselves.


Benefits to Meet Diverse Needs
Benefits packages are a powerful way for your company's commitment to diversity to touch employees every day. And today's workers are not just looking for health insurance, dental and vision coverage. Supplemental benefits are just as critical when it comes to financial security, quality of life and peace of mind. - INC

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5 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs That Make Them Candidates For Delegation

      

Most leaders would agree with this statement: “If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective.”

Entrepreneurs and leaders feel an overwhelming need to have a strategic way to delegate that involves more than just a resource to delegate to. They also benefit from guidance and access to systems that help them delegate effectively and consistently.

Entrepreneurs excel at turning great ideas into incredible products or services. They have the unique ability to not only conceptualize but execute consistently. Both of those require free time.

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A Win for Flex and Remote Work!

HELLO | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2019


TGIF and Happy Friday!  Hope all our friends in the Southeast are faring well through Dorian.  Many of our team are in Florida, Charleston, Wilmington and other parts of eastern North Carolina, so sending extra love and support to them this week!

 

We are excited to share that we are one of the 100 fastest growing, privately held companies in Philadelphia (the Philly 100®)!  We are super proud of this win, and while it's a big deal to us, even more importantly this is an incredible win for the flex & remote work movement

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Utilize Automation Agency and EZCater.com to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2019

Automation Agency is an Australian-based online solution for all things marketing, web, branding, graphic design, and much more. Imagine hiring a graphic designer, a webmaster, a Wordpress developer, a marketing consultant and an automation consultant, and having to meet with them to discuss projects. Sounds expensive, daunting and time-consuming, right?

 

Automation Agency can handle all of those roles, as well as others, all with quick turn-around time and a satisfaction. Starting at $249/month, concierge members get unlimited access to technical and design tasks done by experienced programmers and designers. 

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Getting Back to the Grind After Vacation, Recession-Proofing Your Company Now, and First-Hire Must-Have Attributes

KNOW | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2019 

10 Ways to Get Back to the Grind After Vacation

Vacations are awesome. They're also beneficial, allowing you to restock energy reserves, boost happiness, calm your mind and even lower your risk of heart attack, all of which can help make you a better leader. You know what’s not awesome? Trying to relocate the zone after returning from vacation. But if you implement the following 10 tips, you’ll get back in the workflow in no time. 

  • Prepare Before You Go
  • Take a Buffer Day
  • Jump Back into Your Routine
  • Review Your Calendar
  • Pace Yourself
  • Delegate What You Can
  • Zone in on Your “Why”
  • Remove Any Distractions
  • Bring Your Vacation Back With You
  • Plan Your Next Getaway

So, here we are, after Labor Day, and back at it. This quick read gives us tips on how to really get back at it after vacation! - Entrepreneur

 

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