I really don’t like storms very much and this Spring has been really bad for them. It seems that we’re right in the path of almost every one that comes along. I guess I should count my blessings that we don’t live to the north where there is still snow flying around. Or Texas and be in the midst of wildfires.
We also want to take a moment to thank you for spending some time with us today.
—>>Â Inspire –
One of the hardest parts of building a business is starting. Here is some good advice for doing just that –
—>> Tutor Tips – Firing your clients
We talk about this at length in the 90 day quick start plan of the tutoring business guide.
Life is too short to be miserable. If you find that one of your clients / students make you dread the day you are supposed to tutor them, then you need to make a change. This is after all YOUR business.
A few things to remember:
1. You’ll want to not be mean… even if they’re a pain in the but you want to be nice. Sometimes this can be harder than others.
2. When you explain to them why you’re letting them go, be honest. If you’re having a hard time keeping their child’s attention. Tell them that.
3. It’s easier to find a new one than be miserable.
As you get experience you’ll be able to figure out during the first interview with the prospective client if the relationship will be a good one. One of the best times to fire them is before you start.
—>>Â Business Help – Getting more done –
Time management can sometimes be a pain. Your to do list never gets done. Here are some tools to use to help you get more things done.
To Do Ist is a program we’ve used for several years. It is an online to do list which means you’ll be able to access it from any computer with internet access. There is no charge to use it – although you can upgrade if you want. We’ve done fine with the fr ee version.
Another program we’ve found you can use is Task Coach (again no charge). Â This is a downloadable program.
It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred to do lists and post it notes scattered all over your desk… that doesn’t really help you get anything done.
A technique I’ve used is the 25 minute plan. You’ll need a stop watch or egg time and there are software programs that do it for you. Make a list of the things you want to get done and prioritize them. For 20 minutes you’re going to work on one thing. Work just for 25 minutes, no more and no less.Â After the 25 minutes take a 5 minute break. Get up, stretch, get away from the task you were doing. After 5 minutes do another 25 minute segment. More details of this program can be found here –
Try it and you’ll be surprised at how fast your to do list, becomes a to done list.
Next time – getting listed in Google places
—>> Off the Hook
Want something to do during your five minute break here are some online games – http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/5-minute-in-a-hurry.php
If you don’t have a website / facebook
21 Days to build your website – excellent resource also includes some of the best facebook tutorials we’ve seen.
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