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July 2011
 
Welcome to INNOVATE!, an administrative resource for small business owners. INNOVATE! is a product of Cybertary, a professional Virtual Assisting company. In these monthly emails we will be giving you numerous resources and tips you can use in your business, your home, your office and your life.

Happy 4th of July! In “Celebrate your Independence as an Entrepreneur!”, we explore a few ways you may choose to strike out on your own. If you are considering the freedom of self-employment, we offer some suggestions on how you may get started in “With a Little Help from My Friends”. As an independent business owner, you can get some advice in “Freedom from Fear” on safeguarding your all-important data. And, in case holidays creep up on you, learn a quick tip on how to easily add those breaks from work to your calendar.

As we celebrate our nation’s founding, take some time to enjoy the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Independently yours, Cybertary
Freedom from Fear: Safeguarding your Data
"Freedom from Fear" was the last of the Norman Rockwell famous "Four Freedom" series, inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Annual Message to Congress in January of 1941. The illustration that was created shows war-weary parents lovingly tucking their children into a warm, safe bed at night. But now that you are an entrepreneur, who or what will help give you security over your critical business data so that your information is safe and warm?
 
Just as those parents allayed their children's fears, there are several products available on the market that help you store your data files in a warm, safe place so that if there is a catastrophe (hard drive crash, the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, for example), you can easily and readily recover your vital business information.
 
Celebrate Your Independence: Become an Entrepreneur
It seems to be a sign of the times – veterans of 20, 30 even 40 years of corporate warfare are poised to assess their careers and their lives, asking the question "is it time to start a new chapter in my life?" followed closely by "Why don’t I start a business? After all, I have skills and experiences honed over decades of successful accomplishments. I am ripe for entrepreneurship."
 
Welcome to the world of independence, on being your own boss! It can be incredibly
freeing to do things on your own terms and at your pace, no longer having to ask a
supervisor, manager or the Board for permission to enact your strategies. The flip side of the coin (and there always is one) is that all of the accountability and responsibility rests on your shoulders.
 
With a Little Help from My Friends: Business Resource Organizations
So, you decided to take the leap into owning your own business. Once that monumental decision is made, the challenges to move forward can be daunting. For seasoned entrepreneurs as well as newly minted ones, one of the biggest questions is “who can I turn to” for unbiased, qualified advice? Here are some organizations that may soon become friends, as well as trusted advisors, as you begin your new business journey. These resources can help you become an independent business owner and sustain your freedom throughout the life of your business.
 
These resources can help you become an independent business owner and sustain your freedom throughout the life of your business.
 
While some Holidays, like the 4th of July, fall on the same day every year, most of the others like Labor Day, Easter, and President’s Day move around based on the Monday Holiday convention or religious calendars. We usually end up grabbing the wall calendar and tediously adding entries for all of the official holidays. In less time than it takes for a sparkler to burn down, you can add all of the holidays to your calendar with this time saving tip!
  1. In Microsoft Outlook, choose Tools on the pull-down menu, then select Options.
  2. On the Preferences tab, click the Calendar Options button.
  3. In the center of the dialog box, click the button that says Add Holidays.
  4. Make sure the correct country has been selected (unless you also want to celebrate the official holidays of Uruguay, that is), and then choose OK.
  5. Voila! Outlook has automatically added the official holidays for your chosen country.
 

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