The Biggest Employment Change of All - Becoming an Entrepreneur

Written by Janice D. Byer, MVA

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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 fatherís 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 isnít 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.

Coping with the Daily Stream of Interruptions

Written by Janice D. Byer, MVA

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Other personal interruptions, such as your kids running into your office and asking you to bring up a web site they just saw listed onrepparttar Family Channel, or your spouse wanting to share some local gossip, donít have to break your concentration. These interruptions can be controlled. Be sure that when you are inrepparttar 117435 middle of anything of importance, that your family understands that you will be with them shortly and that usually what they need is not earth-shattering and can wait a few minutes.

Another interruption that can be controlled (or at least minimized) isrepparttar 117436 time you spend going through allrepparttar 117437 unwanted email that shows up. Itís actually a never ending step that has to be done but it is worse when you donít do it. Most email programs and services give yourepparttar 117438 option of putting certain email addresses on a blocked list or have any mail that comes in from a certain address moved automatically torepparttar 117439 Trash folder. By going directly there, you donít spendrepparttar 117440 time looking to see ifrepparttar 117441 email is anything of interest.

At times there may be interruptions from your daily routine that canít be avoided, such as meetings or a trip torepparttar 117442 business supply store. For these types of interruptions, try to schedule them forrepparttar 117443 same dayÖ kill two (or more) birds with one stone. If you need to visit a clientís office, be sure to have a list ready of supplies you need to pick up atrepparttar 117444 office supply store or other errands you may need to run that are inrepparttar 117445 same area.

This is just a few ways to help minimize those things that come up during our busy days that we donít have planned. Interruptions will continue to happen, usually on a daily basis. We just have to learn how to deal with them and still maintain our professionalism and productivity.

Janice Byer is a certified Master Virtual Assistant and owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services (, an award winning company that has survived and overcome the daily stream of interruptions that happen on a daily basis.

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