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1 in 5 Independent Workers Have Customers Outside of the U.S.

Small Business Labs

One of the interesting findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is a growing number of independent workers (freelancers, solopreneurs, gig workers, etc.) have customers outside of the U.S. There are several reasons for this: 1.

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50 Chrome extensions for business

Practically Perfect PA

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, then I am sure that you are aware of all of the brilliant extensions you can download to help with pretty much anything that you need to do on the world wide web. I use Chrome all the time and have a whole suite of extensions that […].

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"Everything, it seems, is a shared office these days"

Small Business Labs

The title of this post is a quote from the NY Times article  Sorry, Power-Lunchers. This Restaurant Is a Co-Working Space Now. The article covers Spacious , a startup that transforms unused space - especially restaurants outside of meal times - into shared workspaces.

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Which Mistakes Do You Make on Purpose?

Business Writing

If you can write a catchy sentence using I when the wording really demands me, do you choose I or me? If fewer fits your meaning but less sounds breezier, do you go with the correct fewer or the rhythmic. Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow

The Small Business Blog

Growth and expansion is important in any business, but it is especially true for small business who might only just be starting out in their industry. It’s important to hit the ground running and lay strong foundations in the market for your business to build upon going forward.

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Should You Take Meeting Notes by Hand or by Computer?

Business Writing

A friend recently complained to me that a young woman at her workplace made fun of her for taking meeting notes by hand. The young woman acted as though my friend--let's call her Marge--were incompetent: "WHY do you take notes. Meeting Notes and Minutes

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How business support services can help small businesses grow

The Small Business Blog

When you stake your claim in a market for the first time as a small business – whether as a sole trader or with a couple additional staff members – it’s always immensely gratifying to watch your business grow and expand. Growing as a small business isn’t always so cut and dry, however.

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Word Alert! Pompous Phrases Can Set an Arrogant Tone

Office Dynamics

With the spoken word, we have the privilege of adding voice intonation, hand gestures, and emotion with our vocal cords. That doesn’t happen as easily in writing. You might leave readers guessing about your intended meaning and risk setting a tone that can be misconstrued.

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Survey: Almost 4 in 10 Americans Have a Side Hustle

Small Business Labs

Bankrate recently released a survey showing that 37% of Americans have some sort of side job.    The survey was of adult Americans , of which there are about 250 million. This means the survey found about 92 million Americans have side hustles. 

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A Simple Tool for Leading Productive Meetings

Practically Perfect PA

I hate meetings. Long or short, large or small, food or no food, outside or inside, morning or afternoon — it doesn’t matter. Meetings drain the life out me, and I’m guessing most of you feel the same. There’s even a book called, Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold.

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Most Eco-Friendly Coasts on the Planet

Eco-Office Gals

The several islands that make up the Caribbean Islands have some of the most beautiful natural features surrounding them.

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Infographic: 15 Ways To Improve Your Memory

Simple Productivity Blog

I learned quite a bit about memory and how we remember things during my teacher training. I saw enough in the classroom to see that these things were actually true. But most people aren't aware of what it takes to remember things.

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Mastering Self-Management: How to Gain More Autonomy at Work

Eat Your Career

This month, here in the U.S., we celebrate Independence Day. Technically, the fourth of July commemorates our founding fathers’ declaration of freedom from British rule. But practically speaking, it’s just an excuse to barbecue and watch fireworks.

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MBO Partners’ 8th Annual State of Independence Report

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released their 2018 State of Independence report this week. This is the 8th annual report in this series, making it the longest running look at independent work. Emergent Research (that's us) contributes to this study.

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5 things to do when starting a new PA role

Practically Perfect PA

Starting a new Assistant role can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. We have to form productive working relationships pretty quickly, build rapport, learn new systems and hit the ground running within a few weeks (if we are lucky!).

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The Benefits of Hypnosis for Sleep Disorders

Dumb Little Man

Having trouble sleeping? You aren’t alone. In fact, 35% of adults don’t get the doctor-recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. That is startling and sadly, many people live their lives in perpetual drowsiness without doing anything to alter their sleep habits.

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DIY Websites: Just Because You Can Build It, Should You?

Tips From T. Marie

On YouTube I’m constantly being bombarded with ads for Wix. In their videos they make creating a website look so simple. It’s not just Wix either, there are plenty of other website builders who crow about how easy it is to create DIY websites. But is it? Really? It depends on your expectations. Is a unique website important to you? All of the DIY websites that I’m talking about rely heavily on pre-made templates.

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Travel Without the Tab

Office Dynamics

It’s awesome to be an administrative professional because you sometimes get to travel without the tab. .

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Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace

Simple Productivity Blog

Aesop's fables have infiltrated our culture to a remarkable degree. The story of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example of one of these fables. I was always taught that the moral of the Tortoise and the Hare is "slow and steady wins the race." But I've recently had cause to look at this fable again, and I find that really isn't the moral at all. Here's what it's really about. The post Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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5 Signs You Need to Start Removing Toxic People

Dumb Little Man

They say you become just like the company you keep. Therefore, picking and choosing friends is one of life’s most underrated skills. Friends make or break you. The right group of friends will help you get through life and succeed while the wrong ones will hold you down and potentially destroy you. Moving through life, you’ll encounter countless people, many of whom you will call your “friend” at one point in life. Unfortunately, not every friend stays.

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How to Declare Business Independence

Tips From T. Marie

With the July 4 th holiday tomorrow here in the U.S. it only seemed fitting that I pen a post about independence. Specifically, independence as it relates to your business. And yes, I know I’ve written about it before, but it’s a subject worth repeating. If your business is coming between your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness keep reading. It’s time to claim your business independence. Start With The Pursuit Of Happiness.

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Develop a Healthy Curiosity

Office Dynamics

I would like to focus on tips from my high-end boot camp for administrative and executive assistants called World Class Assistant. The topic is Develop a Healthy Curiosity.

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Social Security Data Shows Self-Employment Has Been Increasing

Small Business Labs

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) dug through social security data and found the number of self-employed grew between 2000 and 2015 (the most recent data available).    Their chart below shows the increase in share of earners reporting self-employment earnings.

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3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

On The Job

If you could spend 40 to 50 hours per week with a handful of (living) people, who would you pick? Chances are you are going to say your significant other, best friend, some famous actor or actress and possibly even your favorite bartender.

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Is Technology Good Or Bad?

Dumb Little Man

In recent years, fewer Americans feel that the internet has been a good thing for society. While the web provides us greater access to information and more ways to connect to one another, the reality is that social media tends to make us feel more alone.

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Why Intentional Living Isn’t Enough: Choosing Deliberate Living

Simple Productivity Blog

Are you making progress toward your goals? Or do you find yourself often off-plan? I am very good at putting together plans. But once I got to the plans, I often found that I wasn't getting things done. The problem was that I was only making intentions, and I wasn't following through with deliberate action. The post Why Intentional Living Isn’t Enough: Choosing Deliberate Living appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some.

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Book Review: Gigged - The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

We're behind on our reading, but did manage to get to Gigged - The End of the Job and The Future of Work. It's written by journalist Sarah Kessler, who's been covering the gig economy since 2011. 

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How to Avoid Being a Job-Hunting Jerk

On The Job

The working world seems much more casual these days, with technology executives wearing hoodies to meetings and employees drinking beer in the break room on Friday afternoons.

7 Ways on How to Be More Positive In Life Despite Your Negative Past

Dumb Little Man

Every day, I come across so many people who seem to have lost their spirit for the present and future. It breaks my heart to see people with so much potential choosing to give up due to their past experiences. Whether it’s a family crisis, relationships or financial issues, problems that occur at an early age stick to a person’s mind like gum. I have noticed this in every age group- from terrified childhood to depressed teenage years and hopeless adult life.

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30+ Old Norse Words You Already Know

Daily Writing Tips

Probably you’ve never studied Conversational Viking, let alone claimed to speak it. But the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, has influenced the development of English more than any other language besides French and Latin.

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Strategies for Ranking Your Business WordPress Site Using Search Engine Optimization

Small Business CEO

There are two main objectives associated with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). To ensure your site and pages are easy to find by using keywords and to rank your page high in search results to make it relevant.

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Use of Online Talent Marketplace by Independent Workers Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

According to the 2018 MBO Partners State of Independence study , the use of online talent marketplaces by independent workers has substantially increased since 2012.

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8 Ways to Avoid Job Scams

On The Job

Sometime during your career, you may try working from home and take on independent gigs even if you have a stable job. The reasons may vary, such as wanting to earn some extra cash (hello, Bahamas vacation!) to "trying out" a new skill such as writing or graphic design.

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