October, 2011

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Six Ways to Become More Self-Motivated

Dumb Little Man

Do you find it tough to work towards your goals – even when you know they’re worthwhile? Perhaps you’ve tried to push yourself forwards with willpower.

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Customer Service Through Social Media: The game has changed

Customers Rock!

Today’s post is written by a guest blogger, Harry Rollason. Here is some food for thought from Harry. But are companies getting it?

The Benefits of Chair Massage Therapy in the Workplace

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I f a company is full of unhappy employees, there is a distinct possibility that the business is not thriving as it should. But how is an employer supposed to placate employees without blowing the bank? Immediate Positive Results. Productivity Improvement.

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Coworking at a Growth Inflection Point

Small Business Labs

Coworking facilities - shared, collaborative workspaces - are rapidly gaining traction as a work location option.    Coworking

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Why lifestyle design will make you miserable

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking in the blogosphere or the book store – Lifestyle advice is all around you. Lifestyle is the new black.

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What the Interviewer Wants to Know about You

Job Advice Blog

Interviewers have a specific function to perform. They need to go through a selection process that identifies which one of the candidates called in for interviewing is the best one. But what does best mean in this context? What are the criteria involved in making this complex evaluation? After all, people are complex too, and [.].

The Trend Towards U.S. Manufacturing Continues to Accelerate

Small Business Labs

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is forecasting a major uptick in U.S. manufacturing.    Key quote from their most recent study: "Over the next five years, a U.S. million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. down from over 16 million in the late 1990s.  in 2007.  strong U.S. productivity. rising transportation costs.

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5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.  And enjoy getting more clients!

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10 Simple Steps To Make Your Business More Green

Eco-Office Gals

It should not take a large outlay of money in order to take your business from consuming more energy to one that is eco-friendly.

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7 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals in Bite Sized Pieces

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to accomplishing our goals we’re encouraged to reach for the stars and set big hairy audacious goals. Let’s say you want to write a book.

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"You Can't Connect the Dots Looking Forward; You Can Only Connect Them Looking Backwards " Steve Jobs

Productive & Organized

Back when I was in college all things "geeky" was my focus.    I am very sad to have learned that he passed away. 

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Yes, I’m a Virtual Assistant. No, I’m not Siri. I’m better.

Tips From T. Marie

As if there wasn’t enough confusion out there regarding virtual assistants, along comes the iPhone 4S.  The S, I’m guessing, stands for Apple’s version of a virtual assistant and ‘her’ name is Siri.  Or not.   I think it’s a chance to set ourselves apart even further.  . She’s simply not real. Costly.

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Work/Life Balance, Who says!

Office Dynamics

We’ve all heard it 100 times or we have all wanted it – work and personal life balance. We all know it does not exist. It is never balanced.

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5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.  And enjoy getting more clients!

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Small Business IT, SEO and Social Media Trends

The Small Business Blog

I just read one of the best blog posts by Dion Hinchcliffe about “The Big Five IT trends of the next half decade“ In my opinion Dion is spot on, you should read his blog post to gain a valuable insight not only from an IT perspective. To get you interested here is his graphic…

How to Write Like a Professional

Dumb Little Man

As part of your job (or your personal life), you’ll sometimes have to write more than a simple email. You might have no idea where to begin. Where?

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Do You Speak for Your Business? Then You Don't Want to Miss This Time-Saving Trick

Productive & Organized

Do you deliver presentations for your business? When you are preparing those presentations, do you recreate a PowerPoint every time? The other day I realized that I have been using a time saving trick for years and have never shared it here. This technique has allowed me to prepare for an event very easily.  Sequence Your Master Speaking File.

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5 Things Your Colleagues Really Don't Want to Know

On The Job

People at work often socialize. Socializing at work is good for our health, studies reveal, and may even help us live longer. Like boredom. Great.

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50 Redundant Phrases to Avoid

Daily Writing Tips

In conversation, it’s easy in the midst of spontaneous speech to succumb to verbosity and duplication. In writing, redundancy is less forgivable but fortunately easy to rectify. Watch out for these usual suspects: 1. Absolutely certain or sure/essential/guaranteed : Someone who is certain or sure is already without doubt. Number] a.m. and p.m.

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A Solopreneur’s Story: Ed Sabol of NFL Films

The Solopreneur Life

Ed Sabol. Ed had worked previously in his father-in-law’s coat-manufacturing company. Hobby Becomes a Business. Ed was crazy about film.

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Micro Biz Matters

The Small Business Blog

Sign My Petition Here’s my e-petition [link] If you’re a UK resident you can sign the government e-petition I’ve started.  If you’re not in the UK you may still find this blog about our UK campaign, to get a better and fairer deal for micro business owners (less than ten employees), of interest. This e-petition…

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How to Kill Your Painful Habit of Wishful Thinking

Dumb Little Man

If you do, you may be falling victim to the trap of “if only”. Have you fallen into the “if only” trap? If you think the following you probably have.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. Get quick and easy access. Enter….

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How to Create a Simple Action System Using the SMEAD Stadium File Organizer

Productive & Organized

Do you have piles of paper all over your desk?    Would you prefer to have a clear space to get your work done?   That is no good!

15 Frequently Confused Pairs of Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

These similar-looking words below have dissimilar meanings. Make sure you’re using the write one in each pair. 1. Amused/bemused : To be amused is to be entertained; to be bemused is to be confused. 2. Appraise/apprise : To appraise is to evaluate; to apprise is to inform. 3. Attain/obtain : To attain is to reach; to obtain is to acquire. 5.

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Is Your Business Like The Krusty Krab, Or the Chum Bucket?

The Solopreneur Life

I n “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the immensely popular cartoon for adults kids, an ongoing storyline involves Eugene H. Krabs (Mr.

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How Building Better Relationships with Your People and Your Customers Can Deliver Sustainable Growth

The Small Business Blog

I was thinking about what to write today and I couldn’t get my mind off something that I had written earlier in the year as a manifesto across at Changethis.com. This is quite a long post and is mostly the same as the manifesto but it’s message is simple and bears repeating, I believe. However,…

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How to Deal With a Job You Hate

Dumb Little Man

Do you dread Monday mornings? It’d be great if we all had creative, fulfilling jobs with fantastic bosses and brilliant colleagues. Workplace How To

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How to be Green When Dining Out

Eco-Office Gals

Well, with these tips it is easy to enjoy a meal at a restaurant while saving the planet at the same time. Carefully choose a restaurant. Drink green.

Is the Traditional Office the Least Productive Place to Work?

Small Business Labs

Last summer we did a lot of interviews (over 60) with members of U.S. coworking facilities.  One message we consistently heard was coworkers felt they were more productive at a coworking facility than they were working from home or from coffee shops. So let's see here.   Coworking

Punctuation Saves Lives!

Daily Writing Tips

It’s Saturday, so instead of our usual writing tip we’ll have some fun. Nice huh? We might make this a regular column. Punctuation

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Information Is Cheap, Action Is Expensive

Brilliantly Better

Tweet Remember how understandable it was to be late 20 years ago? It wasn’t like the world will collapse if you’re late 5 minutes. There were no cell phones. If we had to meet you, and you were late, we first assumed that you simply forgot. And then went on with our lives. Action meant to just start and see how you’re doing later on.

Top 5 Offline Marketing Tips for Small Business

The Small Business Blog

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Do a little bit of research and identify the local business groups and events that take place in your area. These are great ways to establish connections and network with potential customers or…

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Steve Jobs' 10 Secrets to Building a Huge Empire

Dumb Little Man

Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He is known to be the Chairman, co-founder as well as the CEO of the Apple Inc. Not bad!

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