5 Ways to Get a Handle on Your Inbox

Are you overwhelmed by your inbox or spending way too much time handling email?  If so, you’re not alone.  The average New messageprofessional spends about 15 hours a week on email, and I know many people who spend much more time than that.  As an entrepreneur and small business owner, it is easy to get buried under an avalanche of email.

Here are 5 easy tips to help you manage your email effectively:

1) Set up multiple email addresses so you can appropriately direct and handle emails with ease.

For example, you might set up an “info@…”  email address or a “support@…”  address to handle requests for more information or customer service. My assistant manages this email address for me and forwards me only the emails that I need to respond to. You can set up a “ yourname@…”  email address to handle business communication that is specifically meant for you.  I also recommend having a separate account for personal email messages.

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Are You Flying by the Seat of Your Pants?

Are you using the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” approach to running your business? Many women entrepreneurs are. Generally speaking, Profile of a Flying Attractive Womanwomen tend to be very intuitive and trust their instincts to guide them along the right path. This is actually a fabulous gift in most situations. If you have this gift, consider yourself blessed and cultivate it as much as possible. However, if you feel like you’re lost when it comes to steering your business down the road to success, hear me out.

Many women business owners are working very hard, spinning their wheels in the ditch alongside the road to success because they don’t have a planned course of action. As you can imagine, this can be very costly in terms of time, money, energy, and frustration.

So how do you avoid the wheel spinning?

Here are 4 tips to keep you firmly grounded on the path to growing your business:

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What NOT to Do in Your Business

One of my favorite shows on television is in its tenth and final season.  I have always loved the show “What Not to Wear” on TLC.  It’s entertaining to watchnosymbol Stacy and Clinton ambush some unsuspecting, fashionably challenged woman and turn her into a fashionista.

They tape secret footage of her wearing sweatpants and ratty old t-shirts around town and then they have her bring her wardrobe to New York so they can look at everything and toss out the stuff that just isn’t working.  By the end of the show she has a brand new wardrobe worth $5000 and looks amazing!

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