Emerging Entrepreneurs

Got a new business idea in mind? You'll need a plan and a process to get you there (because the napkin isn't big enough)!

Established Entrepreneurs

Hey there, wearer of 10 hats! How about you let me take care of some of that load for you?

What I do

I work with entrepreneurs. I love the passion and creativity my clients bring to their work, and believe me, I understand the fears and doubts. I’m an entrepreneur, too.

What do I do? I specialize in supporting two types of entrepreneurs.

Emerging Entrepreneurs

If you’re an Emerging Entrepreneur, you’ve got a great idea and you’ve decided to go into business for yourself. You’ve started telling friends and family about it, and you’re even signing a few clients. FANTASTIC! The trouble is, you’re not sure what comes next, and truth is, you kind of skipped through the business plan part. All those projections! How can you project cashflow from zero? You need a system, and a system that works for you, not the other way around.

I can help you.

Established Entrepreneurs

Hey there, entrepreneur! You wear 5 hats and get 10 things done before breakfast. You have to! You’re juggling work, home, kids, and somehow you’re also supposed to get to the gym? You’re getting some nice client flow, but the extra admin tasks are killing you. If only there was someone you could trust to take some of the odd jobs off your hands, and while you’re at it, look at your business process and offer a few ways of getting more out of your increasingly jam-packed day.

I can help you.

Projects Grid

Custom Notepads – Lana Wickstrom

Custom Notepads – Lana Wickstrom

Instead of generic legal pads, Lana's vision was to have large notepads for use by herself and her clients, in her brand colours, and prepunched so they could easily be filed in binders. The paper is smooth and heavier in weight than regular 20 lb bond, thus subtly projecting the overall brand image of quality and professionalism.

Custom Binders – Lana Wickstrom

Custom Binders – Lana Wickstrom

Lana needed binders for her clients that a) had subtle branding; b) had a pocket in the front for photos; and c) were cost-effective. After considering the cost of custom-printed binders, we opted to make decals in her brand colours and affix them to standard white binders. This solution fit all the criteria, and the decals are usable on a multitude of other items from journals to calendars.

Presentation folders – Lana Wickstrom

Presentation folders – Lana Wickstrom

Lana's vision was for presentation folders that both helped her clients organize their documents, and also discreetly carried her brand. We opted for her graphic logo on a heavyweight presentation folder in off-white. The effect is subtle and professional.

Brochure – Next Step Financial Solutions

Brochure – Next Step Financial Solutions

Next Step Financial Solutions offers two distinct services and needed brochures that helped differentiate between divorce financial analysis (this one), and money coaching. We had fun with this project, quickly designing a draft that reflected Wendy's brand, and then working on the copy. The printing was done by Minuteman Press, and the work is exceptional: the colours are true, the glossy stock feels luxurious, and the folding is crisp. Pictured is the front and back of the brochure, showing 2 of Next Step's 3 brand colours of red, black and beige.

Brochure – Next Step Financial Solutions

Brochure – Next Step Financial Solutions

Next Step Financial Solutions offers two distinct services and needed brochures that helped differentiate between divorce financial analysis and money coaching (this one). Like the first brochure, we went through several drafts before landing on the right copy and design. Wendy loved the swoop bouncing across the back of the tri-panels, which fades from front to back. Minuteman Press also did the work on this brochure, with equally great results. Pictured is the front and back of the brochure. Wendy also loved how her brochures looked together, being both similar in brand colours, yet different in design.

Mail Out – Next Step Financial Solutions

Mail Out – Next Step Financial Solutions

Next Step Financial was planning a re-launch: new brochures, new web site, and new financial services. The Admin Gap assisted in all areas from brochure design to print management, wrote the cover letter copy, and managed all the finicky little details involved in a mail out. Minuteman Press handled the printing and mailing, and the turnaround times were exceptional. Best of all, Next Step Financial is receiving numerous calls as a result of the mail out.

Temp Manual – Macro Properties

Temp Manual – Macro Properties

Macro Properties was in need of a manual to use as a training resource and reference for temporary staff. Macro had been working on a draft for a while, but hadn't been able to get this particular project off the To Do list. The final manual is 31 pages, updated, rewritten, formatted, and contains a Table of Contents with links in the soft copy.

Standing Banner – THE ADMIN GAP®

Standing Banner – THE ADMIN GAP®

The upside of having some graphic design knowledge is being able to do your own marketing products. I did this one for my booth at the Women Entrepreneurs of SK in May, 2017. The dimensions are 31x80". Minuteman Press did the printing and assembly.

Videos – Next Step Financial

Videos – Next Step Financial

For the re-launch of www.nextstepfs.ca, Wendy commissioned a series of 5 short videos. We shot the videos in our offices, and I spent a few days editing. This was a hugely satisfying project. Wendy's warmth and personality shines through in her videos, which are now featured on her site.

Poster – IACP

Poster – IACP

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals wanted to showcase its sponsors with a 24x36" poster, a 8.5x11 page, and a PowerPoint slide. THE ADMIN GAP® was able to find hi-res logos for each of the sponsors, in order to ensure the best printed result.

Poster – Johnston and Tenold

Poster – Johnston and Tenold

Wendy Johnston and Darla Tenold were putting on a workshop and needed a poster, Picatic header, and newspaper ad. They chose blue and yellow as their favourite colours. The print ad ran in the Saskatoon Leisure Guide, in black and white.

Video – Lana Wickstrom

Video – Lana Wickstrom

Lana wanted to do a video for Facebook, to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. THE ADMIN GAP® shot the video in the office, & then cut and edited it to just under 2 minutes. Lana released it on June 30th, and had over 1000 views in 2 days. It's been seen by 2220 people.

Testimonials

  • It wasn't just the insightful streamlining and intuitive improvements that Linda from THE ADMIN GAP® gifted to my business that defined her immense value. The contributions of THE ADMIN GAP® enabled me take advantage of why I became an entrepreneur in the first place: time to be creative, flexibility in my days and more direct client contact doing what I love.

    THE ADMIN GAP® specializes in all of the complicated and often overwhelming tasks that frustrated me, stole my precious time and prevented me from earning more money in my small business.

    Contact Linda now at THE ADMIN GAP® to learn more about how you can quickly get your admin gaps filled and start enjoying the peace of mind you have been missing in your entrepreneurial endeavour.

    Lana Wickstrom, Separation Specialist
  • Linda Yip of THE ADMIN GAP® is phenomenal! She came to see our office and it's workings, and was able to quickly and efficiently offer tips and suggestions for improvement. An outside set of eyes on our business pulled back the curtains on the inefficiencies we hadn't seen before, and allowed us to step back and reassess our processes.

    Her timely advice right before interviews for our new hires made a big difference - we hired the right people!

    Linda is always professional, follows through on her commitments, and is an absolute joy to work with. I highly recommend working with Linda of THE ADMIN GAP®, as her vast skill set can really help any business. Yes, she's got that much experience and knowledge.

    Thank you Linda, for your help! We are excited to move forward and keep improving and growing.

    Amanda Perrot, Grounded Goodness
  • Linda of THE ADMIN GAP® has helped me with advanced computer skills, improved filing systems, social media knowledge, event promotion, marketing material development / design, co-ordination of the design and printing my business cards, marketing materials and workshop materials, video production (and more). I recommend Linda of THE ADMIN GAP® and thank her for her assistance!

    Wendy Johnston, Next Step Financial Solutions
  • Thank you Linda Yip for your information and timely presentation. The women appreciated this vital information as they get ready for work placements.

    Shirley Bonnetrouge, Trade Journey Asst. Mgr
  • Thank you very much for speaking to our class on the topic of probationary contracts and setting oneself up to be successful as an administrative assistant. I know the students will be able to take the information you shared with them to help build a successful career.

    Pauline Eng, Program Coordinator, Walter Murray Admin Assistant Program

Services

Business process coach

How do you make the magic happen? A good, repeatable process saves time and ensures consistency - just like a good chocolate cake recipe.

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    April 17, 2018

    I am so honoured to be serving as Chair of the BPW Saskatoon Bursary Committee. Our deliberations for the 2017 / 2018 bursary recipients are done and we are THRILLED beyond words to celebrate the following three incredible women in our community: Anna Hogue, Leanne Falkowsky Mazza, and Kyla Richardson. CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!

    Want to know more about the program? Check out videos and more at BPW Saskatoon.

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