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The Less Doing Guide to Social Media

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First let me make an important disclaimer. I know NOTHING about social media and have no training on the subject. This guide is for someone like me who has no idea how to use social media for spreading their message or it’s value to their brand. Still interested? Ok, lets go… The big question I suppose is why bother? I completely agree and was always against social networking as a way to spend my time, mostly because I never really “got it.” As with many things my feeling is that if you can automate something in a way that it…

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Tested: Virtual Employee Services

Podcast #9 with Maren Kate of Zirtual and Virtual Assistant Testing

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I have spent, years, literally, testing different virtual employee services. This is the result of my search. For dedicated assistant service, Zirtual offers unparalleled service. I have helped them create a better presence and consult with them to continually improve their already impressive offerings. So to reiterate, I found the best provider and then partnered with them, not the other way around. I have worked with over a dozen providers, everything from the big names you get at the top of your Google searches to individuals found on Elance. Sometimes I would sign up for the service, and sometimes I would use a…

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Guest Post: Conserving Energy and Why I Have a Pushup Alarm Clock

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Scott Britton is a fellow life hacker and Skillshare Master Teacher. His class 30+ Life Hacks to have more money, time, energy, and well being is totally awesome. He has some really cool and practical ways of dealing with time wasters and productivity drainers. Enjoy this guest post and be sure to check out Scotts blog Life Long Learning. Here’s Scott: At SinglePlatform we do pushups on the hour every hour. I love this practice and the benefits extend beyond just making us barrel-chested. The trigger for my pushups each hour is an alarm clock I’ve installed on my desktop….

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The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

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LONG POST ALERT – This is a comprehensive post that will save you time and money and make your life easier, I promise you it’s worth taking the time to read. On Demand vs. Dedicated I’ve written numerous times about the wonders of virtual assistants. There is no question that they make your life easier and enable you to be more effective. By offloading all sorts of tasks that take too much time, disrupt your workflow, and generally mess up your mojo, you can focus on what’s important. There are two basic kinds of virtual assistants, on demand and dedicated….

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Finally, Justification for NOT Paying Attention

Finally, Justification for NOT Paying Attention

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It’s 3:42AM and I’m standing at my computer, with my infant son strapped to my chest, asleep. My super human wife just spent the last three hours awake, feeding and holding him since his five week old digestive system is making it difficult for him to sleep on his back. So now it’s my turn. Yes I’m groggy, but I’m also totally and completely obsessed with my son. I am completely engrossed and having him close to me and feeling the rhythm of his breathing washes away any tiredness I have because I don’t want to miss a second of…

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Essential Vs. Optional

Essential Vs. Optional

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Just because I’m always focusing on trimming the fat and pairing things down to their most basic and efficient elements does not mean I do not enjoy the optional things in life. As a matter of fact, everything I talk about on the blog, the entire framework of optimize, automate, and outsource, is meant to free up your time and your mind so that you can do the things you really want to and not just the things you have to. If you have a half hour of free time during the work day because you used the principles of…

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No You Can't Just Do It Yourself

No You Can’t Just Do It Yourself

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I was speaking with a friend the other day about using a virtual assistant and he asked “What kinds of things do you have them do?” I started telling him about some specific-to-me tasks that I like to outsource but than mentioned that I also have them do some very basic quick tasks like google searches and phone calls. He looked at me and said, “Why don’t you just do that yourself, wouldn’t it be quicker and easier than typing up an email?”   The short answer is “HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL NO!!!!”   Could I call up a local store and see…

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How To Be Everyone

How To Be Everyone

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There are two main benefits to outsourcing your work. The most obvious is what we usually talk about in this blog, you can get a lot more work done by delegating your tasks to other people. The second, more interesting reason is that you can take advantage of skill sets you don’t have, and more importantly, you can offer those skill sets to other people, like your clients. You can also just appear more impressive to your friends and family by getting stuff done you were never trained today. The beauty of outsourcing is that you can decide to be an architect one day, a…

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