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Wow, what a year!

HELLO | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2019

Happy Friday and happy end of 2019!  It has been a blessed year for me personally and professionally and as I reflect back I am always filled with nothing but gratitude! 

As you've seen me share, Delegate had 2 big award wins this fall; we ranked #52 on the list of Fastest Growing Companies here in Philly AND, I personally won the Philly Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year Award!  It was one of the highest honors of my life, and my son Nathan was there to share it with me.  He was the star of the night for sure, and was super proud to be part of it.  Even my team, though distributed was sharing in the love and made the sweetest video congratulating me from their home offices across the country

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6 Unique Holiday Gifts for Your Clients or Employees

LEARN | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2019 

The end of the year is the season of giving. What better way to keep your clients at the top of their minds than with a unique, thoughtful gift that will help you stand out amongst the crowd?  Below are 6 gift ideas from various price points that will be sure to “wow” recipients of all types.

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Utilize Elfster and TSheets by Quickbooks to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2019

As a remote workplace, we wanted to find a way to do a Secret Santa without being physically able to “draw a name”. Enter Elfster!!

Elfster is a unique gifting website that not only facilitates fun things like Secret Santa organization, but also has a shop that users can create “wish lists” from. It’s free, fun, and used by 17 million people worldwide. AND it’s not just for Christmas. Use for birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion for your organization or your family! Check Elfster out today! 

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Tips for Holiday Email Campaigns, Thoughtful Employee Gifting, and Leadership Tips for Female Entreps

KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2019 

Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Email Campaigns

How’s your inbox looking these days? I don’t know about you, but both my work and personal inboxes have been inundated with Holiday Email Campaigns from all over the place. Has your organization sent out their Holiday Email Campaign? 

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, we are head-long into the Holiday Season! Haven’t sent a Holiday Email campaign yet? Fear not! Take a look at this quick read for tips on sending successful last-minute email campaign. Here are a few key takeaways: 

  • Conventional wisdom of email timing may not apply anymore
  • Consider taking a different approach to your CTA’s during the holidays
  • The length of your email campaign is especially important right now
  • The best time to send your email is when no one else is emailing

- INC.

 

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3 Tips to Proactively Prepare Your Business for a Recession

BY EMILY MORGAN & MARK O’DONNELL, EOSI

A strong economy has been a welcome season for business owners.  It has allowed us to grow and scale our companies with ease and comfort.  Many believe that an impactful recession is bound to come at some point soon, given that recessions occur on average every 5-6 years. 

A business owner who remains aware of this and prepares their business as if it could be tomorrow, will ultimately run a better business instead of letting the economic shifts “just happen to them.”  There are a few ways that you can prepare your company for this change.

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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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The Power of a Team

LEARN | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2019 

(Adapted from When You Can’t “Do” - “Be” A Volunteer)

What can you do with a team? Practically anything. With the right people you can overcome difficulties, change perspectives to discover new paths and maybe move the finish line a little closer. This is a story of what happens when you find your team, assemble and cross the finish line together. Okay, so this isn’t a typical business blog….  

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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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