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You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Dumb Little Man

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. One last thing you can implement. One last thing you can transform. What will you do?

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How to Manage (and Minimize) Workplace Interruptions

Eat Your Career

Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. We all have to deal with it, though admittedly, some have it worse than others. Plan For It. My point?

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Network Like It's 1959

On The Job

In fashion, what's old is often new again. You may also want to heed another fashion from that era: in-person networking. Everybody is shy," she says.

"Hopefully" Gets Upgrade at AP

Business Writing

The adverb hopefully, meaning "it is hoped," was just upgraded to acceptable at The Associated Press Stylebook (AP), according to Monica Hesse writing in yesterday's Washington Post online. recommend her article, "AP’s Approval of ‘Hopefully’ Symbolizes Larger Debate Over. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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2012 56

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

Dumb Little Man

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve. It is easy to give up, drown in self-pity or insecurity, which ultimately leads to you giving up or simply not performing in the best way possible.

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How Men Sabotage Their Careers

On The Job

Are you one of those men who favors the use of sports analogies to explain everything from giving birth to taking over a third world country?

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The Organized Assistant

Office Dynamics

Do you ever feel like the crazy, wild-haired, messy desk lady with post it’s and papers everywhere? have had my moments in the past but I really take pride in the fact that my desk is organized and clean every night before I leave for the day. One third of our conference attendees stated that one way to add value is to organize. Quite the contrary!

2012 56

The Under Educated Male

Small Business Labs

  The chart below is from Men are Becoming the Undereducated Gender and shows the long-standing college education gap between women and men.

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10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part One)

The Small Business Blog

To run a business you need to go to a bank and borrow lots of money, sign your house, dog and granny away, right? Wrong! Here are 10 business owners who share their information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular…

2012 35
2012 35

Why Simplify?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. ” Simplicity Is Not Austerity. Let’s get the first misconception out of the way.

2012 34

Executive Assistants Investigate

Office Dynamics

Welcome to the Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding the 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession. Today's chapter excerpt is from the chapter titled Investigate. We don’t know, what we don’t know! Do you know what happened? Again?

2012 56

Home is Where the Startup Is (For Now)

Small Business Labs

The Kaufman Foundation and LegalZoom have teamed up to produce a quarterly Startup Confidence Index. The goal of the index is to measure how much confidence startups have in their business and the economy. Their  most recent survey shows that 53% of startups are home-based.   Independent workers (freelancers, contractors, etc.)

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Systems: This Is What Happens When You Have The RIGHT Systems But In The WRONG Order

Office Organization Success

One of those mistakes I shared was having the right systems in place, but in the wrong order. Let me explain a bit more…. What is your hourly rate?

2012 34

What’s the Difference Between Solopreneurs and Home-Based-Business Owners?

The Solopreneur Life

L ast week a reporter for Atlantic Monthly asked me, “What makes a solopreneur different from a home-based business?” ” Good question. My answer: solopreneurs innovate. Solopreneurs take risks and try new things that other people don’t. Solopreneurs create new and better products, new and better ways of doing things.

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The only rule that matters for Wealth Freedom and Happiness

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Every now and then, I get set on fire with a burning desire to figure it out. You know… Life, The Universe and Everything. That’s it. Curious.

2012 32

Startups Getting Smaller

Small Business Labs

The Declining Average Size of Establishments: Evidence and Explanations is a wonky article from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that shows the average size of small businesses has been shrinking for the last decade or so. employees, whereas the average size of births fell from 6.8 employees in 2001 to 4.7 employees in 2011.

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Correcting With Kindness

Business Writing

Last Thursday I published a blog post in which I had missed a silly error. typed reader's instead of readers. Of course, I know where apostrophes belong, but I typed the apostrophe and then overlooked it during several rounds. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2012 31

A Casual Conversation: What Would You Do If You Had All the Money In the World?

Men With Pens

Owning a small business is tough – real tough. One month you’re rolling in sales and clients, cackling like a fiend at your riches. Badly.

2012 30

The only rule that matters for Wealth Freedom and Happiness

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Every now and then, I get set on fire with a burning desire to figure it out. You know… Life, The Universe and Everything. That’s it. Curious.

2012 32

Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

  This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.  We found that women comprise 53% of this group.

Making sure you receive great customer service

Service Untitled

Last evening a group of us went out to dinner at a popular Italian restaurant. Did the clerk at the store sell you the wrong sized drill?

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Product Exporting

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Don’t blindly assume that exporting is the right option for your small business. Sometimes it is best to establish yourself more firmly in your local area or home country rather than branching…

2012 25
2012 25

New Research on Hard Benefits of Online Customer Communities

BioTeams

Strategy and Business Magazine have just published an article which suggests the answer is "YES". Virtual Communities

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How To Track and Progress On Long-Term Goals

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Here are some strategies to keep you on track and making progress. Is It Do-able? benchmark.

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Eco-Friendly Flooring: Top 3 Green Options for Your Business Space

Eco-Office Gals

The following is a list of the top 3 most eco-friendly flooring options that you might consider for your business space. Wool Carpeting. Bamboo.

2012 21

Exciting New Partnership Options for Your Small Business

The Small Business Blog

My company WinWeb has launched a brand new partner network that could help you to build an additional revenue stream for your small business. If you would like to sell our products and services to your existing clients you could easily increase your business earnings by receiving ongoing commission on everything you manage to sell…

11 Forms of Word Patronage to Forgo

Daily Writing Tips

Various specimens of a curious class of self-referential expressions often find their way into spoken and written discourse. Bryan A. Garner , the dean of American English usage, calls such phrasing “word patronage”; rhetoricians refer to it as metanoia or correctio. I’ve never met one that didn’t annoy me, and I advise correction: 1. As It Were.

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Capitalization Matters

Business Writing

A friend sent me an excerpt from a brief professional bio she had read online. The bio said the individual is a consultant for a china inspection service. What do you think the consultant actually does? Inspect china for defects. Grammar and Usage Proofreading

2012 16
2012 16

Google Calendar: Time Slots

Office Organization Success

I noticed this past week that Google Calendar has added a great new feature … it’s called Time Slots.  You simply block out time on your calendar when you’re available for appointments, and your clients can self-schedule with you.  What a great time saver! Quick Biz Tip

10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part Two)

The Small Business Blog

Continuing on from yesterday, we are busting myths about bootstrapping and sharing tips from the professionals. Here are the rest of our 10 business owners sharing information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular order): 6. Melissa Picolli, founder of Bija…

2012 22
2012 22

20 Words for That Certain Something

Daily Writing Tips

Some people have it, and some people don’t. But what, exactly, is it ? Here’s a list of words describing a special quality that sets certain people apart from others, and their meanings: 1. Brio : vivaciousness (Italian, “fire, life,” perhaps from the word for vigor from a form of French). 2. Pizzazz : glamour, vitality (unknown etymology).

2012 18

Unplug to Recharge!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Are you tethered to your laptop?  Is your iPhone or iPad your constant travel companion? Virtual Assistants rely heavily on these technologies to operate, but on occasion, it is necessary – and healthy – to take a break and leave it all behind.  Break the news early.  If there is a true emergency, they will call you.

2012 16

Establishing a partnership with your boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

As in every aspect of life, relationships are two-way. Both parties have a responsibility and work to do to make it work. In the admin/boss working relationship however you do have an edge since it is you who schedules your executive’s calendar. Schedule yourself in for one-on-one meetings with your boss on a regular basis.

6 ways to better blog content

The Small Business Blog

I was talking with a colleague earlier today and we were discussing blogging, marketing and how to engage with your customers and with more customers. I’m a great believer in blogging being a really powerful marketing tool. (I’ve written about blogging and marketing here before in Inbound marketing – it’s new and it’s hard but…

2012 16
2012 16