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How to Make Your Small Business Green

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Last week I was invited to join the board of the Green Connections Networking group based in Newmarket, ON.  I was thrilled to accept and am looking forward to connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs and small business owners. This new role got me seriously thinking about how I can make my small business green, or at least greener.

My business is web designer and online marketing, which is already fairly green.  I work from home, therefore not contributing to travel emissions on a regular basis. I keep my home fairly cool in the winter, and warm in the summer.  And we ALWAYS ensure the lights are turned off in unoccupied rooms.

But what could I do to make my business even greener?

Reduce Paper Waste

I am an avid note-taker, and can go through journals very quickly. I have tried taking notes on my iPad, but it never caught on.  A client of mine, Heather from Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery, introduced me to a device called a Boogie Board.  It resembles and iPad, but is used solely as a writable screen. Although I haven’t tried it yet, she showed me hers and I’m very intrigued! You can check it out here at Staples or Costco.

Carpool to Networking Events

Why not extend your networking experience and set up a series of carpools to the event? Not only can you meet new people at the event, but you can spend more time with people who live closer to you.  Saving emissions and building a network; what could be better!

Support a Green Niche

I am a huge advocate for supporting business within a green niche.  I don’t mean that they specifically have to be in a green industry, but I want to support businesses that do no harm to people or the planet. If their organization has a green initiative then even better! We as consumers and small business owners have the power to drive change in our communities.  If we can make our small business go green, we can encourage our community to too!

What steps are you taking to make your small business green? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Until next time,

Deanna

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Sustainable & Liberating: Why I Love Being a Virtual Admin

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Canadian winters are long, and you can usually find me in my office, wrapped up in a large blanket working away until the early hours of the morning.  The sun doesn’t come out much so who can keep track of time?  But it seems we are (usually) rewarded with incredible summers and falls. Let’s hope this year is just as warm and sunny as last year!

When summer comes around, I am especially thankful that my career allows me to work remotely from almost anywhere. Even from the cottage or on the dock, I can hot-spot my cellphone and work from my laptop.  With modern technology I can manage my business from anywhere.

What Does a Virtual Admin Do?

I’m a Virtual Admin, or Virtual Assistant.  I specialize in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses with some of their day-to-day work that can be done remotely.  This helps reduce their workload so they can concentrate on running their business. I am also a WordPress website developer, building affordable websites for small businesses. And other work that can be done remotely like social media marketing, blogging, newsletters, etc. Read more

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Tips to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

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In light of the cyber-attacks last week in London, Eng and also in Oshawa, ON I would like to share some tips and best practices for preventing/dealing with a cyber attack.

I sent this information as an email to my clients, and would like to also share it here. This is a critical concern, as it was brought to my attention yesterday that some local websites in Uxbridge (none of mine) were hacked on Saturday.

From my past experience in IT and dealing with two Ransomware Attacks, I wanted to share some best practices on how to avoid malware/ransomware and also what to do if you are “attacked”.

  1. Tips to Avoid Getting “Malware” Through Email:

    • If you receive an email from an unknown sender:
      • Don’t click on any links or download any attachments
    • Check the email for spelling/grammar mistakes
    • Check the email address for unusual spelling/formatting

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