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I Don't Go It Alone... And Neither Should You

For the entire history of LMW Edits, I’ve been a one woman show.

I’m a smart person. I have the talent and skills for the service I provide, I have real world work experience, and I even have a couple of fancy degrees including an MBA. It would stand to reason that you’d assume I could start and run a business all by myself.

You would be wrong.

Of course, there are the intangibles that help, like having a supportive husband, family, and friends who will listen to me expound at length about my business and offer helpful suggestions. And I consume an awful lot of content on a regular basis about entrepreneurship and business strategy. But that, my friends, is not enough.

When you operate solo, you don’t have anyone to bounce ideas off in order to problem solve or grow. You don’t have anyone to prevent you from having to reinvent the wheel every. single. time. And you definitely don’t have anyone to tell it to you straight if you’re heading down the wrong path.

Planning exercise with Leo from January - pretty crazy to see how far I’ve come in less than a year!

Planning exercise with Leo from January - pretty crazy to see how far I’ve come in less than a year!

Well, guys, I believe in practicing what I preach, and I’m always telling people that if they need help, they should have no shame in hiring it. So a few years ago, I hired a business coach.

First, I did a six month individual program with Debbie Hoffman. Debbie gave me the basic structure I needed to level up from an idea that was kinda working to a real business taking in actual revenue. One example: this MBA didn’t realize that she needed to implement a CRM (customer relationship management) system instead of trying to keep all her clients and their needs stored between her head and a simple to do list!

Then, I signed on for a more long term coaching relationship that could grow with my business. Leo Manzione was recommended to me by another entrepreneur, and he’s been making a concrete difference from our first meeting. Leo has helped me refine my business practices so that I can deliver my best work to each and every client. And most important for me, he continually helps me focus on what needs to get done now so that I can keep moving forward without getting overwhelmed by my larger vision for my business. I’m doing better work, for more clients, and earning more money in the process - so I’d say coaching works!

There are a lot of coaches out there, just like there are a lot of organizers, and you find them in pretty much the same way: asking friends and contacts, doing a little research online, and ultimately going with the person who fits best with your needs and personality. It can feel like a giant leap of faith to pay another person to help you with things you technically could do yourself - but it’s also a shortcut to the places you really want to go.

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Tips on Minimizing Paper - From a Digital Organizing Guru

Today’s post comes from digital organizing wizard Corey Padnos, founder and CEO of Organizing Division. He helps people transition from paper to digital organizing systems, and manage their tasks along the way. I’m a big fan of Corey and his work, and I know you will be too!

Paper.  

The internet gurus tell us we should have less of it and go digital.

But that's easier said that done.

What about those pesky receipts that are in your cupholder? Or that card that you got from your Aunt that you feel guilty about tossing? Or that business card of that guy who you met at the networking event that you going to call sometime soon when you get a chance but you left the card in your other pocket?O r your kid's artwork?

Let's be honest:  Scanning everything if you don't know what to do takes time.  

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That's why we have this blog post.  My company specializes in digital organization--the art of organizing your digital life--and we have virtual assistants to help keep you and your digital life organized.  Being digitally disorganized is a time consuming and expensive problem.  (Really, on average, the problems I solve are anywhere between $5,000 to $17,000 per month.)   BUT that doesn't mean you have to be disorganized.  
Using these apps are going to get you two things:

  1. You'll decrease your paper by at least 50%.  I promise.  If I'm wrong, email me.

  2. You'll make Lucy's job easier next time she organizes you.  She will love you for it.  

So, here are some apps to make your life easier.

Apps:

Your random papers and receipts...

Scannable (free): A scanner on your phone that can save the images as a PDF or a JPEG.  It also links directly to Evernote (which you can read more about below).  

Where to store your random papers...
Evernote (free): Evernote is a cloud-based note taking app configured like your private notebook.  You don't have to scan your papers into separate files but instead you save them into searchable notes.  This makes it easier to find the papers you've scanned while saving precious hard drive space.(Here's a great course on maximizing your notes.)

Your business cards...

APPBY (free): This app searches for the contact information on the business card and imports it directly to your smartphone's phonebook.  Scan.  Save.  Toss.  Done!

Your kid's artwork...

ArtKive (Free and paid version): ArtKive has the edge for saving your kid's artwork because you can put it into a coverbound album after you've taken pictures of it.  This way, you can safely throw out the artwork and keep it all condensed as memorabilia.

I hope these help.  Please drop me a line if you’re curious about how to use these apps or you're looking for some remote support to offload pesky tasks that hamper your creative energy.