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Gail Gardner
Works at GrowMap Small Business Social Media Marketing and Blog Outreach: MAP Your Path to GROW Your Business or Blog
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I bet most people have no idea how barcodes are used to pick, pack and ship inventory directly from the warehouse to their door.
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Many small businesses are still spending hours manually adding up employee time. Here are 10 benefits to automating time and attendance.
 Investing in a time and attendance systems may not be the first thing small business owners think of when considering ways to achieve their expected revenue growth. Improving customer se
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Are you doing blog outreach all wrong? Find out here.
Want to get the attention of a blogger? Here are five rules, along with a little insight into my own reactions to the non-stop spam I get from people like you. Almost every day, somebody emails me offering to write a free post for this blog. Sometimes they offer a list of titles.
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10 Ways a Time & Attendance System Updates Your Small #Business
 Investing in a time and attendance systems may not be the first thing small business owners think of when considering ways to achieve their expected revenue growth. Improving customer se
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This is a great idea for those who refuse to delegate anything.
 
Have you ever made a "Do Not Do List"? I thought this was a pretty interesting concept.

I'm a HUGE to-do list person. I love making lists. (and I love crossing things off of them even more.)

I thought you guys might find this concept pretty interesting and wanted to share -- my colleague +Brad Farris talks about how we all need a "Do Not Do" list instead of a just "To-Do List."

The purpose of having a "Do Not Do List" is so that you have a list of things you're forbidden to do so that you delegate them out (whether that's to your employees, a VA, or admin, etc).

THAT way you can only focus on the things you SHOULD be doing, or the things that ONLY YOU can do. (for example, bringing in new business, hiring, etc). That way you don't waste time on other smaller tasks your employees or admins can do, or are better at doing (like accounting for example)

I realize not all of us have employees, and don't have large budgets to delegate everything out, but ideally, what are some of the things you would put on your "Do Not Do List?"

I'll start --- TAXES. I HATE DOING TAXES. I soooo rather have someone doing my book keeping and taxes and will gladly pay for it. Yes, I can do them, but it takes me 10x longer than it would for someone else to do them when I could do work that would bring more money in, in the meantime. 

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Wouldn't it be nice to have a clone of yourself so you could get more done? Brad shares how 6 alternatives to cloning yourself for business owners.
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Looking for guidance or professional services? Check this out.
 
Special Offer: $250 for 10 hours of Professional Services
Hi Entrepreneurs - I am looking for new clients so am repeating this offer I made earlier.  I actually hadn't planned to keep this offer open but it has worked so well in attracting awesome new clients that I am going to keep it on the table.  Plus, I am getting pretty good at this and am confident that with just 10 hours of work I can leave you in a better place and with a clearer sense of direction about your projects or business than when we started.   

It is sometimes a little bumpy getting through the "discovery" phase with a new client. No one wants to pay a ton of money for someone's learning curve, and no one wants to make long term commitments unless they are sure they can get the help they need.   I've found that a discounted rate and set number of hours like this this is a nice way to jump start a new client relationship in a way that reduces the hassle and cost  with a kind of "try before you buy" approach.    

It's really pretty simple - for only $250 I will to provide ten full hours of professional services working on your projects and working in your interest . This could be the beginning of a longer term arrangement, or it could be a one shot deal - if you are in an overload situation and just need a little booster shot, for example, I would be happy to help.   Here are just few of the things I could do for you: 

Project Management, Planning & Scheduling.   Almost everyone needs help getting their projects organized.   Most of my career has been as a Project or Product manager so I have the skills to get your projects under control and moving forward.  I can either "take charge" of your project, work collaboratively as part of a team or even just help organize your project and task data.   I've got lots off experience in helping projects get organized so lets see if we can get some of yours moving forward.

Business & Technical Writing & Documentation.   Almost everyone has unfinished writing projects.  I have worked with clients in most industries on their writing projects and can develop almost any kind of written material .   This can include blog and social media posts  - including long form articles, marketing materials like direct response emails and even proposals or internal documentation like policies and procedures.  I can work collaboratively to improve your existing material or develop new material from scratch.  My portfolio is available on request (it is private since it includes ghost written material).   If you have planned or stalled writing projects, let's get them going again.

Systems Development & Requirements Analysis.  Almost everyone needs improvements to their business systems. processes. and workflow.  I take a "systems approach" to almost all  client projects and have put together some sophisticated applications using open source technology - and also have lots of experience with automation projects.   Chances are you are not taking advantage of some of the great new cloud based applications or integrating them properly.  When was the last time you took a good "top down" look at your own system and procedures?   Another pair of eyes can help with that, and I have both the skills and knowledge to help you improve and streamline your systems.  

It is easy to get started with this.  We schedule an initial exploratory meeting by Skype, Google Hangout or phone to discuss your needs.   During this meeting we both decide if what I can offer is a good match for what you need and if so we identify a project of yours that could use some help and attention.   Naturally I also reserve the right to decline any offer but only because I want to be really sure I can provide you with good value.    

I love working with solopreneurs, startup founders and small business owners so please don't hesitate to contact me.  If I am not able to help, I will be happy to give you referrals - I know many other highly skilled professionals.   Feel free to contact me even if you just want to brainstorm a bit, or explore the kind of help you might need.    

Never a charge for initial consultation.  Let's talk soon!
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Optimizing for e-commerce sales isn`t easy. But you can stand out if you use dynamic pricing and behavioral targeting. Here`s what you need to know.
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You have found the Gail Gardner behind GrowMap.com who mentors bloggers and small businesses on how they can support each other to create a better world. 
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Received SmallBizTrends Small Business Influencer Award, interviewed on Technorati, recommended by small business consultants, business owners and bloggers. See links in http://www.growmap.com/small-business-influencers/ and LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/growmap
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  • GrowMap Small Business Social Media Marketing and Blog Outreach: MAP Your Path to GROW Your Business or Blog
    Social Media Marketing Strategist, present
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