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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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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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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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Boosting Social Media Advertising, Crucial HR Tips & How to be a Great Boss

KNOW | TWELVE, MAY 2019 

More Than 90% of Small Businesses Will Increase Advertising Spending in 2019

Most Small Businesses Are Prioritizing Advertising This Year and Will Increase Spending on Social Media Advertising (56%) and Other Online Advertising Mediums Such as Google Search and Banner Ads (41%). A large percentage (91%) plan to invest more in advertising in 2019, according to a new survey from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website.

Each year, more than half of small businesses (57%) spend less than $50,000 on advertising, the survey found. Increased spending on advertising will help small businesses spread brand awareness and stand out among their competition.

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Tools You Need, Employment Law Changes & Tips for Tough Conversations

KNOW | TWELVE, APRIL 2019 

Tools and Software You Should Be Using in 2019

Each decision that supervisors, team leaders, or CEOs make drastically affects the company’s entire ecosystem. A leader should research and test each decision before choosing to move forward. This step is crucial for a company to thrive in competitive markets. The fine folks over at Best Company asked CEOs, managers, and leaders about the tools and software that have proven to work for them. In this power-packed synopsis, these representatives share valuable insights and explain the benefits of using the most up-to-date tools and software in the following categories:

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Our TOP 3 tips to clear your bottlenecks around delegation!

1 - Start small, build confidence.  Focus on compartmentalizing larger tasks and projects into small parts to build your own confidence around delegation. Do you want to hand off your calendar scheduling?

 

Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture of doing so; instead segment it out.  Ask yourself which part of my schedule could be most easily delegated or automated? Perhaps a first small step is to deploy a scheduling tool for your internal team meetings only.  Just this shift alone will help you add framework to your day by creating specific blocks of time you are available to meet, and it takes the back and forth out of when to meet.   Grab the small wins! It still equates to time saved, and you’ll build confidence in this phase.

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5 Bottleneck Types & Solutions

Are you the bottleneck in your business that you can’t afford? Learn about the five types of bottlenecks below, understand their backstories and why they occur, and grab easy solutions you can deploy to help clear them from your business. 

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Soft Skills Support Anything

LEARN | TWELVE, APRIL 2018

Structure creates a clean process. Planning and following methodologies are proven to streamline and create efficiencies no matter the business size. There are several programs and philosophies that entrepreneurs and businesses follow in order to set and achieve goals, while analyzing roles and creating processes to grow and move forward at a record pace.

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LEARN | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2018

Know Yourself, Know Your Worth


Lots of businesses are born from great ideas, or rather, from a person’s confidence to pursue that idea, and their ability to know themselves and those around them during the process. Some entrepreneurs feel weighted because they try to take on too much and feel guilty when they don’t succeed at everything. 

The truth is, you won’t personally be good at everything -- but the good news is that you don’t have to be. The key: your actions should be louder than your words.

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Watch me Delegate My Email: Week 1

If you’ve been following along with my email delegation goal this month, I’m happy to report that Georgia and I made it through our first week! We have developed a few simple strategies that are helping manage the flow of email that is coming in.If you remember, our goal is to get my inbox to serve only for external communication. We want all tasks and internal communication happening inside of our structured task management tool- Asana. I hope you can take what we are perfecting on our end, and implement it into your business to help remove the email noose from your neck!

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