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5 Steps For Evaluating Your Business Processes

Posted on June 1, 2016 in Process Improvement

If you really want to get things done and work efficiently, you need business processes in place.  But not just any business processes, the right ones.  That’s where you can really benefit from increased productivity.  Building a business is something that takes time and dedication… and sweat and tears.  Sometimes you need to go through all the pain before you can really build a process that works for your business.  Processes need to take into account everything you do in the business and the interactions that have an impact....

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My Love Affair with Apple is Over

Posted on March 16, 2016 in Personal

I was looking back through some old guest posts earlier this week and came across this one… An Apple Today Keeps the Geek Squad Away I can’t in good conscience not provide an update here seeing as the love affair has dwindled and faded a long time ago.  While I still have my MacBook Pro, I never use it.  It’s slower than … a turtle.  I know I just need to get it cleaned up and add some memory to it.. but I just keep putting it off.   I made the switch to Android almost two years ago.  I don’t dislike Apple.....

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Business Systems for Small Business Owners… When to get One?

Posted on November 3, 2015 in Process Improvement

Most small business owners have the same top complaint….. I don’t have any time! It’s easy to fill your time with non-value added tasks.  Such as aimlessly tweeting, counting your inventory three times a week, manually keying invoices and using an old fashioned cash register instead of a point of sale system. The problem is that you can’t just easily jump into running more efficient systems until you really understand your business and how it works.  You need to understand the business of your business.  You need to...

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Buyer Beware: 8 Questions to ask before hiring a developer

Posted on July 10, 2015 in Web Development and Design

I’ve acquired several clients, mainly because their original WordPress web developer disappeared, or wanted ridiculous rates to upgrade their websites. I’ve put together this list of things to look out for when you are hiring a web developer… specifically one that is going to build you a custom WordPress site. Going custom is great if you have very specific needs and have the money to spend on EXACTLY what you want.  Now, of all of the small business owners and individuals that I know…. NONE of them have that kind of...

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Documentation Isn’t Just for Big Businesses

Posted on April 19, 2015 in Services

Creating reports, spreadsheets, templates and preparing or responding to RFPs can be a daunting task.  Don’t waste your time trying to fit it into your schedule.  You have a business to run.  Do the smart thing and hire a professional to take care of the things you aren’t an expert in.  No project is too big or too small.  From creating documentation templates to full procedure manuals, I can get it done! Examples of some of the types of document services I provide are: Needs Analysis Requirement Gathering Requests for Proposals (RFPs)...

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What is Business Analysis All About Anyways?

Posted on September 19, 2014 in Services

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. A lot of what BAs do involves technology and using different hardware and software solutions to improve current processes.  Business Analysis has been a growing field over the last decade and I’ve been fortunate to see it become more of a profession than just an obscure job title.  Many people are still confused by what a Business Analyst really does.  While the name implies...

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Business Analysis – What I do

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Services

Are you stuck?  Have you been trying to get your business to the next level, but don’t have the time or expertise to do it?  My services include a wide range of offerings from one hour consultations for small businesses to full system implementations for large corporations.   Small to Medium Businesses: If any of the scenarios below sound familiar, I can help! Business is booming, but you can’t keep up! You know you need an inventory tracking system, but you don’t know how to decide what you should be looking for or...

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How I help Small Businesses

Posted on February 19, 2014 in Services

Small Business Owners can always use an extra hand getting things done so that they can be more productive.  Sample Projects and Assignments I can help with: WordPress Development – New websites are built on a theme and full training and support is available so that you are able to update and maintain the site on your own. Website/Wordpress updates, modifications, enhancements etc. Email Marketing Setup, Training, Maintenance.  (My preference is MailChimp, although I also work with Constant Contact) Microsoft Office Training/Coaching...

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Getting things done with Project Management

Posted on October 17, 2013 in Services

Have you been waiting to get that project going because you don’t know where to start? Do you not have the time, skills or resources to manage a project from end to end? Or, are you looking to add some extra help to your team to make sure your project gets completed on time and within budget? I can help! Small to Medium Businesses: Don’t have time to get that project done?  Need someone to help keep you on track?  Sandra can help you from beginning to end. Or she can create the plan for you for you to execute with check ins along the...

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Using a CRM to Manage Your Job Search

Posted on April 14, 2013 in Tools

As you may know, I’ve been actively job searching for the last month or so.  I’m very fortunate that there are several opportunities that match my skill set out there right now!  So many, in fact, that I was starting to get overwhelmed with the responses I was getting and trying to keep track of them all. I recently learned about a free cloud-based CRM tool, Insightly.com .  I decided to put it to the test and see how it worked.  I’m always interested in checking out new tools (especially free ones!) that could be useful for...

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