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Issue Date February 4, 2008

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Mila is taking some time off but hopes you have a wonderful and productive week.

This week we'll be sharing highlights from our site as well as an article about finding balance with family and business. It's something I personally struggled with quite a bit in the beginning but eventually found my balance. I hope my tips will help you have a little less stress and be a bit more productive.

... but first, lets check out the highlights from IBMoms.

Experts

If your web copy seems to be hindering sales more than helping, it could be your SEO. Mila offers some tips for writing better SEO copy.

Alice shares some great ideas on spring cleaning your business. These are taken from her popular Internet Marketing Spring Cleaning course that's going on right now.

Kelly talks about the special challenges that single parents face when starting a business.

Still not sure what kind of business you'd like to have? Rhea has some details on starting a sponsorship business that might be of interest to you. 

Aurelia takes a look at the art of staying focused. If you find yourself staring off into space instead of working, you won't want to miss Aurelia's post.

If you're struggling with your business but are afraid to admit it, you're not alone. Drop by and see what Sarah has to say on the matter.

Read these and other great topics at http://experts.internetbasedmoms.com

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We have lots of new members from all over the world joining the forums. If you haven't joined yet, you are missing out! Take a look at some of the topics going on:

- Successful tactics for approaching prospects
- The best means for advertising
- What type of newsletter is preferred, plain text or html
- First time blogger seeks and receives assistance
- Possible niches for virtual assistants
- Are you a product of your product

.... and lots more!

To view these and other great topics, ask questions, share ideas and tips or to just network a bit, visit  http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/bb

Until next time,

Melody Spier
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Featured Success Article

Balancing Your Family and Business: Ways to Reduce Stress and Be Productive   
By Melody Spier  

If you own a home-based business, you may have found that you spend more time working and less time with your family, the reason you started a home-based business in the first place. Finding a balance between the two can be difficult because you want to be successful at both. What happens is you get tired, stressed and become unproductive in both areas.

You can successfully balance your home life and your home-based business. One key component to finding balance is controlling your time, first, by deciding what you can and cannot do and then organizing yourself so that you complete your daily tasks more efficiently. When you begin each day knowing what you need to accomplish and how you are going to do it, you will get more work done, in less time and with less stress.

A schedule is crucial to your success at work, but even more necessary if you expect to have any time left for your family. When the workday is over; leave your desk, shut the door and give your family time the same undivided attention as you do your work. All the pressing business matters and unfinished projects can wait until the next day.

By following a schedule and accepting that it’s okay to leave unfinished work for another day, you may find you have fewer unfinished business matters at the end of the day and far less stress.

Here are some ways to use your time more effectively:

Prioritize. Write down everything that needs to be done and then prioritize the list.

Keep it simple. Don't make everyday tasks harder than they have to be. Learn the quickest, easiest way to complete the task and do it that way every time.

Where are you going? If it’s your first time driving to a new location, get directions. A big time waster is driving around aimlessly trying to locate a building you were sure you knew how to get to. Instead, take 5 minutes to look on mapquest.com or maps.google.com and get driving directions.

Are you done? When you are organized, you can quickly see what has been completed and what needs to be finished. Using a ‘to do’ list is one of the easiest ways to keep track of your tasks. A simple spiral notebooks works great.

Declutter your office. If you don’t need it, want it or use it, why should you keep it? By eliminating clutter, you not only free up space but the time it takes to move all that unnecessary stuff around because it’s in your way.

Eliminate unnecessary interruptions. A pet peeve of mine is to be half way through a project that requires my complete attention and the phone rings or someone barges in and needs something done “right now.” For times like this, let your voicemail take your calls, give family members a 10 minute warning ahead of time so they can get all their questions, requests and emergencies out of the way before you begin. For smaller children, give them a quiet activity that they can do while you are working.

Toss Junk Mail. When going through the mail have a wastebasket next to you so you can toss any junk mail that you may have. Better yet, toss it at the post office so you don’t drag it home! While at the post office, buy stamps by the roll and envelopes in bulk so you have them on hand.

Plan your attack. Whether you are shopping for groceries, clothes or office supplies, you need to make it as quick and painless as possible. Instead of making short shopping trips every day, plan on doing all of your shopping once a week or if possible twice a month.

Make a list of what you need and where you have to go to buy it. Know your route and plan to shop for non-perishable items first and groceries last, while also trying to avoid backtracking. Only buy what’s on the list! As much as this hurts me to say - if you don’t have shoes on the list, stay out of the shoe section. Browsing wastes time and money.

Prepare in advance. Mornings will run a lot smoother if you set the kid’s school clothes, hair accessories, shoes & backpacks out the night before.

This is true of business tasks too. At the end of the workday, set out anything you know you will need the next morning. If you make all your calls first thing in the morning, leave yourself a pen, paper, any account information and the rolodex out so it shaves off a few minutes the next morning.

Ask for help. If your business has grown to the point that you can no longer handle it alone, you may want to consider outsourcing. Virtual Assistants can handle all the tedious, time-consuming tasks that you don’t know how to do, don’t like doing or simply don’t have time for, leaving you extra time to do what you do best.

You can balance your home and business if you get organized, manage your time wisely and set realistic goals as to what you can accomplish in one day. Making small changes in the way you work can add up to lots of extra time.


Melody Spier is a work at home mom of two teens and the owner of Essential Office Support, a virtual support business catering to small and home-based businesses. If your days are spent working on time-consuming tasks instead of doing what you do best, contact Melody to find out how a Virtual Assistant can help. http://www.EssentialOfficeSupport.com


 

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