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My Reading Life in 2019 and Plans for 2020

December 31, 2019 / 11 Comments
reading 2019

One of my favorite year-end activities is looking back at the books I’ve read over the past 12 months, and Goodreads makes this pretty easy. I wanted to tell you which title was my favorite, but it’s too hard, so here are my top five, in no particular order: For more details, I invite you […]

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Set Your Compass to Reach Your Goals for the New Year

December 12, 2019 / 12 Comments

With the new year less than three weeks away, it’s time to reflect on your successes and failures from 2019 and set new goals for 2020! A couple of years ago I learned about YearCompass, a fabulous free resource to facilitate this process. Before that I found the whole process of figuring out how I […]

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Writing a Powerful Call to Action

November 28, 2019 / 12 Comments
call-to-action

Today, I’m going to talk about one of the most important steps in creating content, which is writing a strong Call to Action. And when I say “talk about” I mean that literally, because I actually have a video for you! It’s from a Facebook Live I did a couple of years ago, but the […]

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A Website Makeover for one of Canada’s Top Resume Writers

October 17, 2019 / 12 Comments
Adrienne Tom

Do you find it difficult to toot your own horn? I didn’t think I did, but I’ve been promising a “recent project showcase” to my newsletter subscribers for a couple of months now yet have been holding back for some reason. Not wanting to break my word, I’ve bit the bullet and am thrilled to […]

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Photography + Productivity = Perfection

September 19, 2019 / 2 Comments

If we’re connected on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’m an avid photographer. A big part of digital photography takes place in the editing process, after the image has been captured, and I enjoy trying out different apps to see how they can make a ho-hum photo into a good one, or a good […]

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Do you need a Website Care Plan?

August 29, 2019 / 9 Comments
Someone needs a Website Care Plan.

Since I became Care Plans Certified and introduced my Website Care Plans, dozens of smart business owners have chosen me as their Website Manager. Not one of them has to worry about things like WordPress updates, discontinued plugins or other security threats, because they’ve left it all in my capable hands. This means that they […]

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Are you living your passion? Am I?

August 1, 2019 / 12 Comments
Janet Barclay

People become self-employed for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s by choice, because they want a more flexible schedule, for example. Sometimes it’s out of necessity, because they’re out of work and unable to land a job. Sometimes it’s because they’re truly passionate about something. The types of businesses they start are even more varied. They […]

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Managing a Small Association Website

July 25, 2019 / 6 Comments

Background The Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group was established in 2008 to facilitate face-to-face networking in an industry that works primarily online. As Founder and Director, my goal is to promote the group both to potential members and to businesses who may need to hire a virtual assistant. In 2013, we signed up for a […]

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