Brandie Kajino

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Brandie Kajino is a small business technology expert, consultant, author and dynamic speaker. Empowering clients with information, tools, technology and simple solutions is her specialty. For more information on her services, products, podcast & internet radio show and free blog articles, visit sohosolutionist.com.
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5 Essential Business Apps You Can’t Live Without

It seems the tech world has been taken by an App Storm.     What’s an “app”? Think of it like a small piece of software, custom made for your smart phone or tablet device. Most of these uber-useful tools cost less than coffee for two at your local coffee shop. Many of these are “freemium”...
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Must-Have Tools to Get Work Done at Your Favorite Cafe

These days, it’s easy to pick up and work from another location. Coffee shops are becoming an increasingly popular place to work. The white noise of the espresso brewing, orders being taken, and the click of heavy ceramic dishes is a wonderful backdrop for concentration for a lot of people. Look around next time you...
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5 Must-Have Tech Tools for the Organized Entrepreneur (Part II)

I love to organize things. It's how I started my business (Professional Organizer), before I decided I'm all about tech consulting for entrepreneurs. I'm also an entrepreneur, and a woman, which means life is insanely crazy at times. I counteract that by keeping things as organized as I can stand without being obsessive (most of...
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5 Must-Have Tech Tools for the Organized Entrepreneur (Part I)

My mind runs faster than my fingers can carry me. I have a thousand ideas, a full calendar (life, business, volunteer work) and a task list that keeps me on my toes. If you’re an entrepreneur, this might sound vaguely familiar. I, like my clients, need technology to step in and help me keep things...
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Technology Usage: Organize, Simplify & Save Time

I am a technology geek. I wholeheartedly admit it. The great part is I can use my geekdom to help my clients. We have a tremendous variety of technology at our disposal these days. We can better leverage our time, get organized and make things much easier with just a few clicks. Here are three...
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Overcoming Frustration with Your Home Business: 3 Effective Ways

Home business professionals: we are a strong bunch. We're smart, resourceful and most of us own our own business. We are also tenacious about figuring things out on our own. At some point, though, there is a level of frustration with a task or project. Overcoming frustration can be a matter of perspective. Here are...
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Keeping it Together: 5 Tips for Moms in Business

Being a mom is no picnic. Add running a business to that, and things can get complicated and out of hand in no time.     I get it. I'm a mom, I have a business, and my child is far from driving age. I am astounded at how moms (and dads) run a successful business...
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Organization – A Tool for Business & Life

Let's face it, when things are out of control, we feel stressed out. This month, I'm running a series on my blog about how organization is a tool for living a better life. I believe this to be true, from my experience and others I've worked with. That's not to say things go perfectly -...
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Vacation: Getting Ready for Your Time Off

The home office is conducive to overworking and letting down your guard, errr...boundaries. If you work in an office outside your home, it's easier to draw the line between vacation time and work time. In that case, work is somewhere you "go" AND something you "do." When working from home, "work" is more of something...
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Getting Projects Done, By Doing Less

So many ideas, so little time. Projects coming out of your ears, and nothing really making it to completion. Sound familiar? Here's an idea to get them to the finish line: Batch Those Projects! If you're an entrepreneur, you've probably got some outstanding ideas and projects rolling around in your head, and more popping up...
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It Really Is ALL IN YOUR HEAD

You've heard the old, tired saying "It's all in your head." When it comes to organizing, you might be surprised to know that keeping your home office in tip-top shape is really all in your head. Organizing and Changing What's in Your Head I spent last weekend with a group of inspiring businesswomen. During one...
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15-Minute Projects: Things To Do in a Hurry

Let's face it, time is short. When you're starting or running a business, you don't have a lot of extra time. However, if your office is screaming for some attention, you'll need to make some time to get it back in order. If you're short on time, here are a few projects you can do...
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Mitigation Strategies for 5 Major Home Office Distractions

I'm not sure why it is that when some people think of working from home, they are under the impression it will be peaceful and quiet. If you've ever worked in a corporate office (I have in a past life), it's far from quiet or distraction free. Working from home is no different, but the...
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Balance, Shmalance: It’s Really About Choices

Working from home can be great, except when it isn't.     Entrepreneurship is fantastic when you can work from home, especially if you have a family or partner. It affords us so many choices to create our own path and write our own ticket.    The problem is, when you're passionate about what you do, you're...
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Organize Your Stacks of Business Cards: 5 Simple Tips

Do you have stacks of business cards? Come on, you can tell me. If you're like most busy home business entrepreneurs, you're most likely one short stack away from wallpapering at least one wall of your home office with them. Business cards are a necessary tool, as I'm sure you have found with your own....
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Home Office Organization: A Good Investment

Would you consider yourself, or your home office, organized? Can you find most anything in five minutes? Do you miss appointments or deadlines regularly?     Did you know disorganization could be COSTING YOU MONEY? Ack!    Whether you're just starting out in business, or you've been at it a while, organization is crucial, especially when you...
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Get Your Home Office Paperwork Under Control

Paper, paper, paper. Let's face it. It's not going away anytime soon. It's a necessary evil that must be faced head on.     If you're looking hopelessly at the piles on your desk, allow me to throw you a lifeline. Paper has some basic rules and categories. Once you know what to do with them,...
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Why Working at Home ROCKS!

I'll bet you've heard the news. Our current economy is really putting a damper on our country's chipper go-get-'em attitude. You can relate? Ok then. It can make the entrepreneur-minded think seriously about running their own business and calling the shots. If you’ve been pondering the idea of writing your own ticket and working from...