How a Blog Can Benefit Your Business?


Does your business have a blog?  If not, I would definitely consider adding one to your company website.  Blogs act as a direct and indirect structure, which can lead valuable prospects to your business.  Integrating a blog into your website helps with SEO in a couple of very important ways.  Search engines will rank you higher based off the continual changing content added to your website and by maximizing important keywords into your site which specifically targets clients in your market.  Lack of time and ideas are the most common reasons many small businesses specify for not having a blog.  If you struggle to find time to maintain one or create valuable content, it may be beneficial to hire a virtual assistant to assist you.  Keep in mind, search engines fuel on valuable content and the payoff can be very rewarding!



10 Foods that Improve your Productivity and Intelligence

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Do you believe what you eat makes you smarter?  Chances are it won’t make you a genius, but it has a strong ability in sharpening your thinking and concentration.  Studies show that your brain functions better if fueled by healthy fats, protein, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Here are 10 healthy foods that will aid in making you smarter and more productive:

  1. Dark Chocolate

The perfect excuse to keep some sweets on your desk, as long as you don’t overdo it! Compounds in cocoa called flavanols help produce a surge in blood flow to your brain when you eat dark chocolate.  This helps you feel more awake and alert, making it easier to complete difficult tasks.

  1. Nuts

Adding nuts into your diet on a regular basis helps by boosting your energy and improving your ability to think. Peanuts are the best nuts for your brain.  Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashews, and Brazil Nuts offer the most health benefits.  Just be sure to limit yourself to a handful or two per day, as nuts do tend to have a high calorie and fat content

  1. Berries

Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and strawberries are beneficial to the brain in many ways.  The high antioxidant that berries contain helps protect brain cells from damage by harmful radicals, which are set loose within the body by the process of “oxidation.”  Berries also change the way neurons in the brain communicate with each other. These changes can prevent inflammation leading to brain cell damage and improve movement, control, and function.  Studies from Brigham and Woman’s Hospital determined that eating berries could delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years.

  1. Fatty Fish

Salmon, albacore, tuna and sardines highly contain Omega 3 fatty acids.  Studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that an increased amount of fish intake could help reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 20%.

  1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a slow-digesting food that provides both sustainable energy and brain power that normally lasts for several hours.

  1. Avocados

Avocados contain high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids. A study published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that monounsaturated fatty acids helped protect nerve cells in the brain known as astrocytes, which provide support to information-carrying nerves.

  1. Dark Leafy Green Vegetables

Broccoli, kale, spinach, and collard greens are great sources of folate and vitamin E.  It is unclear how folate may protect the brain, but scientist believe that it may lower levels of amino acid “homocysteine” in the blood. High levels of homocysteine can trigger the death of nerve cells in the brain, while folic acid helps break down homocysteine levels.  Studies have proven that high homocysteine levels are also linked to an increased risk for heart disease.

  1. Coffee and Tea

Drinking coffee and tea in moderation helps provide immediate energy that will help you focus on important tasks. Green Tea is packed with antioxidants that increase neuron production in your brain. An inorganic compound in green tea helps prevent memory loss and degenerative diseases.

  1. Egg Yolks

Egg yolks supply a quality source of chlorine, which strengthens your memory and brain power.  Boston University of Medicine preformed a study that found high chlorine intake to be associated with better scores on memory tests and reduced likeliness of brain changes that precede dementia.

  1. Water

Always keep your body hydrated by drinking at least 8 cups of water per day.  Dehydration damages your ability to think and to recall information.  Be sure to stay hydrated for a healthier and happier brain.

Eating some of these foods on a regular basis, should help your brain stay healthy and alert.  Always remember it is important to add at least one of these foods into your diet mid-day to help keep you energized and focused throughout the completion of your work day.



The Importance of Time Management

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“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days.” ~ Zig Ziglar ~ 

Time management is the key to a successful career and personal life.  Many people are overwhelmed juggling time between their careers and families, leaving them stressed out and tired.  Time is limited.  Everyone gets the same amount of time each day and needs to learn how to make the most of it.  Here are a few tips to help you control your time:

Make a Schedule – Google Calendar is a great free app to use to help with time management.  By taking a few minutes each morning to create a schedule you have a more productive workday.

Avoid Social Media – Avoid using social media unless it is for work.  Using sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram has become an obsession for many.  It can eat up hours of your precious time every day.

Personal Calls – Don’t take personal calls during your workday unless there is an emergency.  This will help you stay on track of your daily schedule.

Dedicate Time for Your Family – If you are married and/or have children, make sure you schedule time for them.  Building healthy relationships helps reduce stress.

By taking control of your time, you can easily accomplish more each day.  It helps you stay on top of your career by keeping you focused, increasing your work quality, and reducing stress.  Learning to be disciplined with your time is the recipe for success!

Are you struggling with time management? If so, check out this awesome software program that helps you plan out your day and stay on top of important tasks:

Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Administrative Assistant


Whether you are a small company or a new business just starting out, your company might not have enough funds or work needed to staff an employee.   On average, hiring a professional Virtual Assistant will save your business as much as 35% or more.  Whether you hire a Virtual Assistant for part-time work or for individual projects, Virtual Assistants can benefit your business in many ways.

  • No need to pay for employee health insurance, payroll taxes, vacation days, sick days, and worker’s compensation. Virtual Assistants work as independent contractors.
  • Virtual Assistants work from their own workstations eliminating the need to purchase an extra computer, desk, etc.
  • They are dedicated to their work in hopes of growing their business. They seek referrals and a positive reputation, so they work hard to make sure their clients are satisfied.
  • Virtual Assistants will take on projects that you neither have the time, skills, or resources to complete.
  • Virtual Assistants are flexible and are available to work outside of regular business hours.

Many entrepreneurs today are seeking out virtual assistants to take advantage of the great benefits they offer. Most virtual assistants handle everything that an administrative assistant does along with expertise in other areas. It is a great option for entrepreneurs who want to save time and money as they further grow their business.

Are you struggling with time management? If so, check out this awesome software program that helps you plan out your day and stay on top of important tasks:

How to Become an Exceptional Virtual Assistant?

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Many people can become Virtual Assistants, but it takes a special type of professional to become an exceptional one. Every client has different wants and needs, so it is important to know exactly what they expect before you start working for them. Here are some essential ingredients to help lead you to the path of becoming exceptional:

  • Great Communication Skills – This is most important! You must be able to communicate well with your clients so you know and clearly understand everything that is expected. You must not only have outstanding verbal skills, but have excellent writing skills. If you ever have any questions or concerns, always contact your client right away.
  • Be Punctual- Update your calendar daily. This helps by keeping you aware of all scheduled meetings, reminders, and deadlines. Don’t ever be late on completing an assignment!
  • Stay Organized – Always keep a neat and clean work station. Make sure papers are filed in their correct folders at all times. This makes it much easier to reference back to them when needed. Also, always have extra office supplies on hand for when you run out of them.
  • Superb Interpersonal Skills – This is very important! Keeping your cool while working under pressure is significant. You must be able to handle criticism from your clients in a professional and positive manner. Developing a good relationship with your client is crucial and must be established to ensure repeat business and a positive reputation.

All of these techniques can lead you to the path of becoming exceptional. In addition to great knowledge of Microsoft Office, basic bookkeeping, Google Docs, writing skills, web design, blogging, Dropbox, and misc.  Good luck on your journey!

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle while Working from Home

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Working from home is great, but many people get so caught up with their busy work schedules that they end up falling into unhealthy habits.  Over time, these habits can have a negative impact on ones health.  Weight gain, stress, and lack of exercise are just a few things to mention.  Here are some simple tips to help make working from home healthier and easier:

  • Prepare a veggie and/or fruit tray before you start your day of work. Keep your refrigerator stocked with plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout your week. Taking a few minutes each day to cut and prepare fruits & vegetables can help eliminate the temptation of grabbing a bag of chips or cookies when you are busy.
  • Keep any distractions away from your office or work space.  Children and pets can make your work day much tougher than it needs to be.  If you have small children, try to plan as much work as possible during their nap time or when someone else is around to watch them.  If your pets seek a lot of attention and are noisy, try confining them to a room in the house away from your work space.  Don’t answer personal phone calls, it can quickly take time away from a productive work day.  Not only can a noisy office result in low quality work, it adds a lot of unnecessary stress.
  • Make sure you take time for breaks.  Taking several small breaks during your work day is a must.  Walking your dog around the block, jogging, or vacuuming is a great way to add in some exercise during your busy work day.  Make sure you take time to eat a healthy lunch and snacks as needed.
  • Don’t drink too much coffee.  Drinking more than two cups of coffee a day can cause one to be erratic, nervous, jittery, and irritable.  Prolonged over drinking of coffee and other caffeinated drinks can cause serious conditions such as osteoporosis, hallucinations, muscle spasms, and increased heart rates.
  • Keep your work space clean and organized.  Maintaining a clean and organized work space is very important.  A messy desk with misplaced notes and papers delays progress of a productive workday.  Keeping papers filed and maintaining a daily calender allows for a successful work schedule.

Eating healthy, keeping active, and staying organized are essential for producing high quality work and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  By making a few of these simple changes, you can increase your chances of having both a healthy body and successful business!