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Lara, Certified Online Business Manager

Leading Your Business To Your Vision

You’re here:

  • After a super productive 18 hour day the last thing you remember seeing as you collapse into bed is it’s 1 a.m. on the clock.
  • At 3 a.m. you’re startled awake because you just remembered you forgot to reply to your client that contacted you over 24 hours ago; oh and you forgot to add the worksheet to the membership site and that means you didn’t respond to the comment posted in the private group asking about the worksheet.
  • Too fatigued to act, you crash back to a stress filled slumber until you force yourself out of bed at 6 a.m. to face another 18 hour work day.

Your GOAL:

  • You end your workday at 4 p.m.
  • After a soothing tea and a meditation session, you relax in bed as your body falls asleep at 11 p.m. on the clock.
  • At 6 a.m. you wake up and write down a few strategies you thought of that will definitely move your business forward and get you to your next level of success.
  • At 9 a.m. you begin your coaching call sessions.
  • At Noon, you break for lunch.
  • You spend the afternoon mapping out and developing your business strategies.

ATTENTION: Business Coaches and Marketing Consultants
“My business is running me. I’m wasting my time on the things I don’t want to do.”
Your New “Secret Weapon” Will Help You Do Less With More Focus.

Achieving your next level of success is more elusive than ever before…after all, you’re not just the owner you are the…​

  • CEO
  • Operations Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Product Launch Manager
  • Client Manager

And holding on to all those roles just sucks the time right out of your day.

​But, it’s not just the insane amount of stress you face …

​It’s also your clients …

​The stress of managing everything in your business distracts you from being fully present with your clients.

​And if you can’t focus on your clients, your clients will walk away and they won’t refer you.

These challenges explain why you can’t afford to let your business run you.

You need to run your business.

So, how do you do it all?
And SUPER-CHARGE your success?
And live your life – your real life?

Because of Lara’s management, now, I get to do what I love doing.

What I’m about to tell you could fast-track your success, put more money in your pocket, and ultimately, change the future of your business.

The #1 Skill that Leads to Business Success

In the years I’ve spent managing six-figure coaching and consulting businesses, I’ve learned that the business owner’s ability to delegate is what sets high-performing businesses apart from their competitors. PERIOD.

Success isn’t about flashy websites or even a well-organized corporate structure.

​Although managing everything in your business has gotten you this far, you can’t advance to your next level of success if you keep going this way.

Even though you have the perfect solution for your clients, if you can’t give them a near-flawless experience, your sales will tank.

​Take the solopreneur in the holistic healing industry – who hit the six-figure milestone all on her own.

​Know what she did to SUPER-CHARGE her success to confidently land her business on the path to seven figures?


She recognized the value of doing less with more focus.

Nobody knows your business better than you do. Nobody.

​But what do you delegate? When do you delegate? Whom do you delegate to?

Well, if you’re like most solopreneurs, you’ve probably tried to delegate small, one-time tasks to a virtual assistant.

​And what happened?

​While you were able to move items off your to-do list, you also gained more work – in the form of management.

​A virtual assistant is your implementor. They do what you need them to do as long as you are telling them what to do.

​They are an asset to your business and if you don’t have one, you definitely need one.

​​While a virtual assistant will help with tasks, they lack the right management experience and knowledge that reduces your stress of running the business.

​So where does that leave you?

​Feeling frustrated about the time and money you’re investing while you are still bogged down and aren’t able to propel your business forward faster.

Introducing Lara Nieberding,
Certified Online Business Manager

With decisive management, proactive problem-solving, and a tireless work ethic, I lead your business to your vision.​

  • Especially if you’re a solopreneur.
  • Especially if you’re a coach who needs to focus on your clients.
  • Especially if you’re a consultant juggling multiple projects at one time.

As the OBM for your online business, Lara will make sure the right things (planning), get done in the right way (systems), at the right time (project management) by the right people (team management).

Read what clients have to say about working with me:

She is a dedicated professional that exudes creativity, enthusiasm, and responsibility. She is a joy to work with and accomplishes complicated projects in a snap. She is detail-oriented, timely, and always completes her work with the highest levels of quality and professionalism. If you have a chance to work with Ms. Nieberding you should. She will give you her all…and then some.


Lara stepped into my business and she stepped up. I’ve worked with other OBMs and I’ve never experienced as smooth a transition as when Lara joined the team. She knew the systems, identified the procedures, and integrated seamlessly with the team. She is fair, honest, and practical.


She is a hidden treasure! I’m creative and needed help with managing the infrastructure of my business. Lara understood my vision and implemented it when others could not.


Imagine what it would be like to do less with more focus …​

  • shed what is causing you stress
  • do what you love to do in your business
  • quit waking up at 3 a.m. worrying how everything is going to get done
  • invest your money wisely to get the best return on your investment
  • work on your business not in your business
  • have more time to move your business to your next level of success

​You can easily accomplish these things when you work with me!

Hi, I’m Lara!

​I’ve managed six-figure coaching and consulting businesses in industries ranging from financial advisors to holistic healers, using proven systems, procedures, and successful business methods.

​While I don’t know everything, as a “jane-of-all-trades” I know A LOT in each area of your business – especially when it comes to problem-solving and delivering solutions.

​Managing your online business can be challenging; I’m here to lighten the load off your shoulders. I’m an honest and positive professional whose first priority is always the interests of my clients, providing decisive management, proactive problem-solving, and a tireless work ethic.

When you need a detail-oriented, highly organized, practical manager …

Don’t you want to work with a reliable and loyal person with a passion for seeing you and your business succeed?

​Take a deep breath and release a sigh of relief.

When you work with me, you’ll get systems, procedures, and the implementation of proven business models and methods customized to the way YOU do business.

This isn’t a cookie-cutter solution that you try to make work.

This is a solution specific to your needs.

​Because your time is valuable, you need efficient management.​

  • You don’t need to worry about every detail in your business.
  • You don’t need to do things you hate just to keep your business afloat.
  • You don’t even need to be a tech genius!

You risk losing business if you are managing all the systems, procedures, and projects.

​Relieve the stress of being the only one in charge.


  • decisive management,
  • proactive problem-solving,
  • a tireless work ethic,
  • attention to detail,
  • highly-organized,
  • practical methodology,

Lara Nieberding, Certified Online Business Manager is

Your Secret Weapon to Super-Charge Your Success

Project Management Architect

You can hire me just for this service:

  • When you need an expert in setting up and organizing a project management system, e.g. ClickUp, Trello, Asana, etc.
  • When you need reliable management of your project management system.
  • When your business’s annual gross revenue is more than $150,000.
  • When your business has one or two independent contractor team members and a couple of vendors for specific projects.

Click here to tell me more about your project management needs.

Learning Management System Architect

You can hire me just for this service:

  • When you need an expert in setting up and organizing a learning management system, e.g. Teachable, Thinkific, etc.
  • When you need reliable management of your learning management system.
  • When your business’s annual gross revenue is more than $150,000.
  • When your business has one or two independent contractor team members and several vendors for specific projects.

Click here to tell me more about your learning management needs.

Online Business Management

You can hire me just for this service:

  • When you need an expert to manage the systems that run your business, e.g. operations management, project management,  and team management.
  • When your business’s annual gross revenue is more than $250,000.
  • When your business has five or more independent contractor or employee team members.
  • When you are working with multiple vendors for specific projects.

Click here to tell me more about your operations management needs.

I am re-reading the book Rocket Fuel and as they have a whole chapter on who and what is an integrator, it’s got Lara’s name all over it!​ I keep laughing at their descriptions because it is so LARA!


Contact Lara

Have a particular challenge you’re trying to deal with? Click here to tell me about it.

*P.S. would you like to be my next client? I keep my client docket small and manageable, so I can give your business the attention it needs. I’ll be selecting my next client by the 15th of the month. Are you my next client?

Written by The Purple Lara

July 17, 2022 at 12:22 PM

Task after Task

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“…consistently getting reasonably close to your objective, task after task, will put you far ahead  of most other people.” ~Martha Beck (March, 2008 O Magazine)


I catch myself thinking “If only I won the lottery…”  I know this is not an uncommon thought.  The fact that I frequently pass a billboard advertising the lottery jack pot does not help either.  It makes me wonder why do we think we deserve an easy ride in life?  We all have our challenges.  Isn’t that what makes a robust life?  So if we are somewhere close to where we want to be, isn’t that satisfactory?


I know I am where I want to be.  I know I am where I need to be.  I don’t know where I should be going.  I need a new objective to work task after task towards.

Written by The Purple Lara

August 20, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Posted in Productivity

The Power of Lists

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“The power or powerlessness of your lists depends on the level of awareness from which you write it.” ~Martha Beck (February, 2008 O Magazine)


When I was 13 years old I liked creating designs on graph paper.  One day I drew a house.  I carefully laid out each room.  To this day I remember the inner narration in my head as I contemplated the reason a room should be placed in the location I assigned it.  Flash forward 23 years.  I live in the house I drew on graph paper.


I do not know how it happened.  I gave the original drawing away.  I did not purchase a lot, hire an architect or a contractor.  The house I live in was built and lived in by someone else.  When I bought this house, I did not even think about the drawing.


I did not make the connection until I read Martha Beck’s article “Go tell Alice.”  The drawing on graph paper was created from somewhere deep within myself.  I never once thought “I HAVE to live in this house.”  It never occurred to me actually finding a house like it could be a reality.  It was not a grand “AH-HA” moment when I connected the drawing to the house I live in.  It was a very subtle realization.  The power of lists.

Written by The Purple Lara

August 13, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Posted in Productivity

Quitting for Success

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“Learning to quit while you’re not ahead is one of the best financial and life skills you can master.” ~Martha Beck (January, 2008 O Magazine)


This is one of those life lessons that  is so much easier to see in others than myself. I am very quick to look at another’s situation and think, ” why don’t they just quit?”  All the while, I cannot see it in myself.


One of the best investments I made is hiring a small  business coach.  Cristina Favreau has really helped me focus on what is best for my business.  One of the greatest things she has done for me is teach me how to quit.  I have to admit the first time she brought it to my attention I was working on a project that I was certain would have a large return on my investment.  I knew she was right.  I just could not bring myself to quit.


The second time she advised me to quit the project, I told her she was right.  Right then and there, I hung up the phone from our coaching session and I quit the project.  You know what?  My business picked up.  I still miss that project. However, the benefits of leaving have out weighed the stress of staying.


When I read Martha Beck’s example of the gambler and the “sunk-cost fallacy”, I realized that is what I was doing.  I was investing my time in that project certain the next day would be the big pay off.  The next day came and went with no pay off, never mind a “big” pay off.  At the end of the day I would tell myself, “well, I invested my time today.  It has to pay off tomorrow.”  Now that I have opened up the time I was spending on that project, the Universe has filled it with more prosperous projects.


Funny how quitting can make all the difference.

Written by The Purple Lara

August 6, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Posted in Productivity

Life Sucks…

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I have an RSS feed to the blog “Spiritual Coaching.” Deanna wrote a great post “What I Know For Sure..”  Since it is summer time, I find it easy to get out of the routine I keep from September to June.  Deanna reminds us there are certain routines paramount to our health. As I read her post, I nod my head in agreement.  Then, I get to the end.  The obnoxiousness in me escapes.  Perhaps I am in that funk she describes.  I am sure I need to actually implement her advice.  In an attempt at humor, here is my response to her question:

“I’ve heard that making a new habit takes 21 days. What if you tried these techniques for the next 21 days?

On day 22, what would you know for sure?”

Life sucks.

Written by The Purple Lara

July 2, 2008 at 10:19 PM

Too much information!

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Too much information!

by Lara Nieberding

The Internet is an over abundance of information.  Have you ever researched a product online?  Do your eyes bug out of your head when you see all the “Os” in the word Google at the bottom of your search?  How do you sort through all your options?

I would like to thank Michelle Ulrich, Chief Villager of The Virtual Nation, for her comment that inspired my post today.  She said when she does research she selects five resources.  She looks at those five resources and from that prioritizes them into her top three decision points.  Then she makes a choice.  After she makes her decision, she moves on.  Michelle is a successful virtual professional.  Her time is of the essence, as is your time.

It is excessively overwhelming to worry about the 1.3 billion other options you did not consider.  How do you sort through all your options?  To keep you organized, efficient and productive here is an action plan:

·         Organize

o   Write down the product/service you are looking for.

o   Write down the top ten features the product/service must have.

Unbelievably, writing down these two things is a critical action.  As your search progresses, you will be inundated with details of the product/service.  It is very easy to get side tracked from what you are actually looking for.  Having a written reference will keep you focused.

·         Efficient

o   After writing down the product/service and the features you need, get online and start a search.

o   Out of the search results, select five resources with these criteria: 

§  Select one resource from the most expensive or most popular or the one with the best reviews category.

§  Select one resource from the middle price wise, recommendation wise, etc category.

§  Select one resource from the least expensive, least known, etc category.

§  Select one resource from the “looks interesting” category.

§  Select one resource at random.

o   Thoroughly research your five resources.

§  Read the FAQ

§  Watch demos

§  Refer to your top ten features list

·         Productive

o   After thoroughly researching your five options, make your decision.

o   Know that you made the best decision you could based on the information available to you at the time.

o   Do not doubt yourself.  Give yourself permission to let go of the fact that you did not consider the other 1.3 billion resources. Your productivity depends on it.


Written by The Purple Lara

October 10, 2007 at 5:58 PM

An Unproductive “To Do” List

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Do you keep a list of all the tasks you need done in your head? Does your task list consist of one task on one piece of scrap paper with lots of scraps cluttered around? Right off the top, I would like to acknowledge, I understand this method works for you. Thoughts and information are processed in a matter of seconds. Sometimes, you need to make a note quickly and move on. When time is of the essence, managing this type of “to do” list is shoved to the end of the list. Now, your productivity is hindered. Why?

You have told your brain to remember your “to do” list internally. This requires your brain to cycle through the “to do” list while you are trying to focus on something else. Especially when you are trying to focus on a task, you do not particularly want to do. Suppose “write business plan” is on your “to do” list and for the sake of this discussion, you find writing a business plan tedious. At this moment, you have decided to buckle down and write your business plan. You use a word that reminds you of a task on your “to do” list. You then try to remember where you wrote the note. When you cannot remember where the note is, you start looking for it. Derailed by your thoughts, you have been distracted from your objective and made less progress on your task. You have hindered your productivity.

I am not here to introduce a new organizational method for you to implement. Cause guess what? You are the way you are. Your method works great for you. If organizing things is not in your skill set, you will be wasting a lot of time trying to learn a method you will eventually abandon. I am here to help you be productive. My brain does not function the way your brain does. Organizing things comes naturally to me. That is why you hire me to maintain your “to do” list. You record a voice mail, send out a text message, or instant message me. It is my responsibility to organize, prioritize and maintain your “to do” list. Then, when you are in the process of writing your business plan, you can quickly reference your “to do” list if a word reminds you of a task. Also, you are not spending energy on remembering where each piece of scrap paper is located. Once you send me your idea, your brain checks it off your list of things to do. You know the information has been processed for you. This allows you to be more productive.

Written by The Purple Lara

September 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM