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Manage email with canned responses

Manage email with canned responses

If you're like a lot of business owners, the emails you get tend to repeat themselves. And I bet you're getting a little tired of saying the same things over and over again. And you'd love a way to manage email so that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. Think...

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Automatic Admin: Save time with or without a VA

Automatic Admin: Save time with or without a VA

Maybe you're not quite ready to have a VA working for you, but you know you need to get a better handle on your admin. So this week, I'll help you to make your admin go a little easier, by using automatic processes - with OR without a VA. This is how I found an extra...

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When your too hard basket is full

When your too hard basket is full

The Too Hard Basket. We've all got one. If you're not familiar with this Aussie term, here's what Urban Dictionary has for its top definition: "The theoretical basket in which certain tasks are placed when they are deemed to be tedious or difficult. This can include...

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Trauma and personal growth

Trauma and personal growth

Seven years ago was the worst week of my life. It started off promisingly enough, on the 31st of May, 2009. I was in labour with my second child. I'd had a rough pregnancy, and I was looking forward to it being over. But when our son Ian was born at 8:40 that evening,...

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What bad grammar says about your business

What bad grammar says about your business

I have a confession to make. I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi. I see bad grammar everywhere. I don't call people out on it publicly because that's not my style. But it really grates on me when I see it anywhere. And I totally get it - everyone makes mistakes sometimes....

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Life begins at 40. But should it?

Life begins at 40. But should it?

I'm turning 40 this weekend. The big four-oh. Yep, it's a big significant number. What makes it somewhat more significant is the fact that, since I was a kid, I've heard the phrase life begins at 40. On the other hand, I've always thought that if life begins at 40,...

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How to work with kids in the house

How to work with kids in the house

Kids make things interesting. And when you run a handmade biz, you have a lot of supplies that they can make a mess with, or hurt themselves with. You're not just sitting at a computer typing all day. You're using scissors, needles, hot glue guns, possibly even toxic...

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