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Are There More Gig Walkers Than Uber Drivers?

Small Business Labs

When most people hear the term "gig economy, they think of Uber. But Uber is hardly the only gig economy company. In fact, it may not even be the largest, at least in terms of the number of independent workers using its platform.

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […].

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Is Your Job Title Hurting Your Career?

On The Job

When you decide to change jobs, you may have certain criteria in mind about what jobs you will take and the ones you will dismiss. Some of your criteria may be based on salary, location, company culture or perks. One area that often is overlooked is the job title.

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How to Write When You Can't Change Things

Business Writing

I led a class for a group of writers who respond to citizen complaints about airplane noise. The writers cannot make the planes quieter, and they can't make them go away. What can they do? They can respond in ways. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

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Magic Trick to Cut Down on Wordiness

Office Dynamics

Want a Magic Trick to Cut Down on Wordiness? by Barbara McNichol. Ever wonder how to make your sentences less verbose and more direct? Here’s a trick that works like magic: Change long nouns to short verbs. Consider the differences in these three examples from a nonfiction manuscript I edited: “They remain in contradiction with themselves” vs. “They contradict themselves.”. “He He made an acknowledgment of her success” vs. “He acknowledged her success.”. “We

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How To Get Out Of A Career Rut

Dumb Little Man

Career ruts are anything but pleasant. Unfortunately, they are all too common. Many professionals have felt unhappy and unfulfilled at work. I once felt this way, too. The good news is that you don’t have to stay in that rut forever. Like I did, you can make changes that can get you out of your funk. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some steps I followed that may help you as well. Assess Other Jobs That May Be Available to You.

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5 Common Writing Mistakes to Watch Out For

Office Dynamics

by Barbara McNichol. What can professional editors tell you about improving your business writing? Consider these five mistakes every conscientious administrator should watch out for as you craft and revise your messages (especially your emails and marketing copy). Mistake #1: Addressing readers as readers (plural) rather than a single key person whose interest you want to capture. Reading is a solitary pastime that occurs one person at a time. The fix?

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Need for Agility and Skilled Talent Driving Growing Corporate Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners recently released their 2017-2018 State of the Contingent Workforce Management report. Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and supply chains.

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Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

Practically Perfect PA

Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day.

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5 Must-Have Learning Management Systems (LMS) Features for Employee Training

Small Business CEO

Picking a learning management system for employee onboarding and training can be a stressful affair. There are more than 180 sophisticated learning management systems in the market today and each one of them offer unique features and tools to make elearning fun, engaging and productive.

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5 Really Simple Tips On How To Stay Energetic For Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

Substance abuse can affect your life in more ways than you imagine. I was an addict for the greater part of my teenage years and a chunk of my adulthood and it cost me a lot of opportunities. It got to the point where I thought I would be a failure my entire life. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case at all. My substance abuse started when I was only 9 years old. I got drunk at a family party on some liquor I stole from the kitchen while my parents weren’t watching.

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7 Tips for Coming Down the Home Stretch

Office Dynamics

Welcome to November—the 11th month of 2017! With just less than two months to go, how are you going to wrap them up? Are you going to fizzle out as the weeks pass or are you going out with a bang? Do you feel like you are running out of steam or taking one big, deep last breath to push through the next eight weeks? Many of you might be thinking, “Thank goodness this year is over. It was a horrible year; a stressful year; a depressing year.” Yet look around and most of us are still standing.

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Proposed Senate Tax Bill Would Change Gig Worker Classification and the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Senate Republicans are turning to the gig economy for new revenue to offset their proposed tax cuts. They are including a safe harbor provision for gig workers in their tax bill proposal (for those who are so inclined, see the section starting on page 151 of the document).

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Managing a LinkedIn Profile

Practically Perfect PA

Well folks I think we can all agree that Social Media isn´t going anywhere (understatement of the year right?!)

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Why "Nobodies" Are the Key to Innovation

On The Job

Companies often are protective of the innovation process, taking steps to protect their ideas from “outsiders” and trying to ensure competitors don’t get even a whiff of what they’re thinking.

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How To Organize Your Gmail In 20 Minutes (And Keep It That Way)

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel overwhelmed every time you look at your Gmail inbox? Well, you’re not alone. A lot of people actually struggle with this and they spend a lot of time searching for tips on how to organize Gmail inboxes. If you are doing the same thing, stop and check out these easy and fast strategies on how to keep your email more organized. Archive Emails You’ve Seen But Don’t Want to Delete.

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3 Types of Superfluous Use of Semicolons

Daily Writing Tips

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The Rise of Coworking Lifestyle Brands

Small Business Labs

Coworking has always been about much more than just a place to work.    In the early years of the coworking, for example, the industry's tagline was "come for the space, stay for the community." 

Tech of the week: Followupthen

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Followupthen. Here are all the details… What is Followupthen? Followupthen is a really simple tool that allows you to schedule a reminder on your email system. That’s it. It is an email address. But it does lots of cool stuff!

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8 Huge Inventory Management Mistakes

Small Business CEO

Inventory management is way more than taking a tally of boxes in your warehouse every six months. In fact, an updated inventory management system can give you all sorts of insights into your business, from tracking seasonal trends to understanding why certain products aren’t selling.

2017 10

5 Ways Writing Can Lead You to Mindfulness

Dumb Little Man

Self-awareness means living freely and being connected to the present. It means discovering our true selves and being conscious of the reasons behind our actions. It is a step towards evolution and an open gate to mindfulness. While many believe that mindfulness only means feeling mentally fulfilled, there is more to that definition. Mindfulness means connecting our bodies to our souls and finding peacefulness. It is letting go of the material and relying on the spiritual.

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A Dozen Nonnumerical Words for Quantities

Daily Writing Tips

The English language has, well, a number of words that denote specific or approximate quantities that are themselves not numbers. This post lists and defines a dozen of those words. brace : two, in reference to identical objects.

2017 15

Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Improve Small Business Lending

Small Business Labs

Intuit recently announced QuickBooks Capital , a new small business lending product that provides users of QuickBooks access to small business loans up to about $35,000. This new service's lending process is done algorithmically and from within QuickBooks itself.

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The Future Assistant is online

Practically Perfect PA

I’m very excited to announce that following the success of the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit I have decided to live stream the Future Assistant Conference which is taking place in London on the 8th and 9th February 2018.

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How to Identify Detractors using an NPS Tool

Small Business CEO

Detractors have a negative impact on your reputation by leaving negative reviews on the web. They tend to spread negative word-of-mouth making sure their bad experience is heard by as many people as they know. At some point everyone of us have been a Detractor.

5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Learning From Mistakes

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered why most successful people speak of their achievements and avoid talking about their unsuccessful attempts? This is quite logical since we all aim to achieve more and love to brag about our success. However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes along the way or that successful people did everything right from the beginning. As a matter of fact, most successful people put emphasis on why learning from mistakes is important.

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Punctuation Quiz #23: Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

Choose the sentence in which the compounds are hyphenated correctly: 1. a) Sometimes he behaves like a five-year-old child. b) Sometimes he behaves like a five year old child.

Few Small Businesses and Freelancers Will Benefit from the Pass-Through Provision of the Tax Plan

Small Business Labs

It's been said that the DC based small business trade association the  National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)  is "less an advocate for small businesses than an arm of the Republican Party."

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Time Management for Remote Workers

Practically Perfect PA

When you’re a remote worker, such as a PA, EA or VA, time management is essential to your business success, as often you’re billing on an hourly basis or for the time spent on a specific project.

2017 31

The Last-Minute Checklist for Business Trips

Small Business CEO

Are you preparing to leave on a business trip in the near future? Do you have everything in order, or do you have some concerns that you’re going to leave something of importance behind?

Staying Focused At Work: How To Be Productive In A Challenging Environment

Dumb Little Man

A lot of organizations deal with challenges like maintaining productivity and quality of work. Employees constantly complain about the increasing chaos that hampers their productivity and this directly affects the business. Because of that, managers are quite pressed to find a solution that can motivate their team members while boosting their productivity. In this article, we’ll share with you few essential tips on staying focused at work. Prepare a To-Do List.

3 More Types of “Not Only. but Also” Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Errors of faulty parallelism in sentences in which “not only” and “but also” help delineate complementary phrases come in three general categories, as shown, explained, and corrected below. This problem not only relates to accessibility but also to completeness, accuracy, and validity of the data.

The New Migrant Workers: "Workampers", "Vanlifers" and Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

The nature of migrant work is rapidly changing. A combination of technological enablement coupled with social, demographic and economic shifts is resulting in growing numbers of migrant workers.    But these new migrants aren't like the old ones.

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Technology of the week: unroll.me

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Unroll.me. Here are all the details… What is Unroll.me? Unroll.me is the greatest thing ever. Do you have tons of newsletter subscriptions that you just delete without reading (obviously not Practically Perfect PA!) well, unroll.me

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