Computer In The Shop? What Do You Do Now?

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4.Clean up your office. Now isrepparttar perfect time to organize allrepparttar 117437 piles of paper on your desk and file them away. You never know what you will find under there and how great it will be to seerepparttar 117438 nice wood that your desk is made of again.

5.Write an article. Wild guess when I wrote this article? You guessed it… I sat in my comfortable rocking chair, watched my daughter play, and jotted down my thoughts.

6.Catch up on phone calls. You know all those quotations that you have been sending out? Now isrepparttar 117439 time to follow-up on them. Or, have you been wanting to contact someone just because? Withoutrepparttar 117440 distraction of your “you have mail” dinger going off, make that call.

7.Give your home a little spring clean. Those dust bunnies have been around long enough. It’s time to send them packing. Cleaning cannot only separate you from your daily work routine,repparttar 117441 end result is great! Untilrepparttar 117442 kids get back home.

8.Do something nice for yourself. Have a long soak inrepparttar 117443 tub but keep that phone away fromrepparttar 117444 edge ofrepparttar 117445 tub. This may be hard to do because we always want to be there for our clients if they call. But you deserve a break every once in a while to help recharge your batteries.

These are just a few ideas to help you stay productive, in one form or another, while you are without your computer.

But, one thing to remember if you are going to be unavailable for any length of time… advise your clients and contacts of your down time. Send an email to all of them advising them that you will be out ofrepparttar 117446 office or just without a computer for a few days. This way, should they happen to send an email to you for whatever reason, they will know why you didn’t respond to them right away.

Janice Byer is a certified Master Virtual Assistant and owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services ( See this and other articles on her website.

The Biggest Employment Change of All - Becoming an Entrepreneur

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Although this program is only offered in Canada, there are similar programs offered in most other areas, whether you are inrepparttar United States or anywhere else inrepparttar 117436 world. Check your local phone book or small business magazines for more information.

For myself,repparttar 117437 decision to become self-employed was something that just felt right atrepparttar 117438 time. I had spent a number of years running my father’s lawn care company from my home. During that time, I had helped friends, family and acquaintances with everything from typing projects for them to designing their marketing material. So whenrepparttar 117439 time came for my dad to retire, it just seemed natural to do what I had been doing for many years....providing word processing and desktop publishing services. Then, withrepparttar 117440 increase inrepparttar 117441 use ofrepparttar 117442 Internet, I learned to design websites.

So, if you are thinking of starting your own business, it is recommended that you do plenty of research. You have to see ifrepparttar 117443 type of business you want to start is viable in your area. Is there a need for your product or service byrepparttar 117444 people or businesses in your community? Whether you will be looking for funding or not, you need to do a business plan. Inrepparttar 117445 process of putting it together, you will have a better understanding of what you are doing and where you are going.

If you need help with certain aspects when building your business, such as promotion or putting together influential marketing material, there are many companies that specialize in taking some ofrepparttar 117446 pressure off of your shoulders. Not all will be listed inrepparttar 117447 phone books yet, so you need to keep your eyes and ears open for mention of these companies.

Remember that not all small businesses are overnight successes. It takes plenty of work. Long hours with very little reward inrepparttar 117448 beginning. But, each time a new client or customer comes on board, you will feel butterflies in your stomach and a smile on your face. Use that feeling of exhilaration as your energy source and combine it with other relevant information that you acquire. Knowledge isn’t power...Action is!

Janice Byer is a certified Master Virtual Assistant and owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services ( Visit her website to read more of her articles, sign up for her award-winning newsletter, and browse her various services, testimonials and resources.

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