Random Thoughts After a 10-Day Family Vacation

The Solopreneur Life

We’ve made the trip every year to EP since 2001, and we drive. Late last night my wife, two daughters, and I arrived home in Minnesota after spending 10 days in Estes Park, Colorado. Here are random thoughts from the vacation. • I didn’t see evidence of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, except for a head […]. Related posts: The Solopreneur Life Goes On Vacation. If You Had the Boulder Book Store In Your Town, You’d Never Need Amazon.

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5 Minutes With… Malcolm Trotter

The Small Business Blog

Since 2001, Malcolm has been employed by the IAB (International Association… Read the full article here: 5 Minutes With… Malcolm Trotter on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Welcome to the latest in an ongoing series of entrepreneur interviews for The Small Business Blog. These short Q and A sessions are conducted by myself and feature some of the most exciting figures in the business world. Our latest interviewee is Malcolm Trotter.

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"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or."

Denise Aday

War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times. ” - Howard Zinn, 2001. “ We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. via mansplainedmarxist

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: DiamondAir Winner

Practically Perfect PA

Since 2001 DiamondAir International has been the world’s leading provider of the finest luxury airport services to over 500 destinations worldwide, including London Heathrow and London City Airport , rail stations, ports and other transport hubs. Thank you to everyone who entered the DiamondAir competition! I can now announce the winner … drum roll please… it is: Sophia Hutchings. Congratulations Sophia! We will contact you to get your details. DiamondAir International.

2015 116

Has the U.S. Reached Peak Car?

Small Business Labs

 An interesting study from the Frontier Group found that between 2001 and 2009 the average yearly number of miles driven by 16-34 year olds had fallen 23%. An interesting series of studies out of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that Americans are driving less and using less fuel than in the past.   The most recent study, Has Motorization in the U.S. Peaked?

2014 134

Tech of the week: Seat Guru

Practically Perfect PA

In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler launched SeatGuru.com with a single colour-coded interactive airplane seating chart. What is Seat Guru. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travellers. In 2007, SeatGuru was purchased by TripAdvisor , and they now have seating charts for practically every airline. Seat Guru is a website and you can also download their app.

2016 116

How to Get Ahead at Work Without a College Degree

Eat Your Career

I’ll give you a quick example: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in marketing in 2001. When I was growing up, there was never a question about whether or not I would go to college. The only question was, where ? I was very fortunate to come from a family with the financial means to make this my reality. However, not everyone has that same opportunity—and quite frankly, many don’t have the interest in college (or interest in taking on the debt required for it these days).

2019 151

The Digitialization of Jobs

Small Business Labs

workforce in all industries since 2001. Brookings recently released an interesting study on Digitalization and the American workforce.    The report: " presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change." " The study findings show the U.S.

2017 60

Non-Profits vs. For-Profits for Social Change

Small Business Labs

  According to the Urban Institute : Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits has increased 25 percent; from 1,259,764 million to 1,574,674 million today. Rieva Lesonsky's ReadWriteWeb article  Why Starting a Non-Profit to Create Social Change is a Bad Idea  covers the various for-profit organizational options available to social entrepreneurs.

2012 149

The Productivityist Podcast: Steve Dotto


Dotto Techrospective Dotto’s Data Cafe 10-1 (2001) | YouTube. On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast I welcome my good friend Steve Dotto to the show. Steve’s made a name for himself on two separate occasions – first as a nationally-recognized television personality in Canada and now as a globally-recognized Internet personality worldwide. Steve and I talk about his early years and how he got into what he is doing now.

2016 66

Answers to Questions About Referring to Death

Daily Writing Tips

If I refer to someone’s having died in 2001, do I refer to the person in the same sentence as “the late John Smith,” for example, or is that redundant? For example, “The project was funded by a bequest from the late John Smith, who died in 2001” is redundant, and “The project was funded by a bequest from John Smith, who died in 2001” is preferable to “The project was funded by a bequest from the late John Smith,” because the former sentence is more specific.

2001 68

Startups Getting Smaller

Small Business Labs

employees in 2001 to 4.7 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. The key data from the report is on the size of startups: The average size of establishment births (new startups, excluding seasonal businesses)in the 1990s was around 7.6 employees, whereas the average size of births fell from 6.8

2012 148

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Airport meet and greet service

Practically Perfect PA

Since 2001 DiamondAir International has been the world’s leading provider of the finest luxury airport services to over 500 destinations worldwide, including London Heathrow and London City Airport, rail stations, ports and other transport hubs. We have a fantastic competition for you this month! One very lucky assistant will win a free airport meet and greet service courtesy of DiamondAir International.

2014 175

A Collage of Success Tips

Office Dynamics

I feel today is an especially important Monday to share these inspirational insights with you as we honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and think of the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma this past weekend. I just got back from a great 2 day event called Success Live. Maybe you saw my Facebook post … or not. This event was hosted by Success magazine.

2017 128

More Americans Facing a Rent Burden

Small Business Labs

Between 2001 and 2015 median U.S. Nearly 43 million U.S. households rented their homes in 2016, which is about 9.3 million more than in 2004.    And according to the Pew Research study  American Families Face a Growing Rent Burden , 38% of these households are "rent burdened" Pew defines rent burdened as any renter household that spends more than 30% of their income on rent. Being rent burdened means having less money for other expenses or savings.

2018 59

9 Techniques to Delivering a Speech with Confidence

Dumb Little Man

According to a 2001 Gallup Poll, 40% of Americans admit to being afraid to speak in front of an audience; in fact, this fear ranks second only to fear of snakes. Recently, I attended TEDxSF , a communal, multidisciplinary event which aims to bring thinkers together so that they can share ideas they’re passionate about. While there, I had the pleasure of watching nearly a dozen different speakers talk to a packed auditorium.

2018 201

A Business Shift Is Happening

Office Organization Success

Now that the excitement of this new technology has calmed down a little people are suffering from information overload, and I’m seeing a reversion back to the good old-fashioned values … back to how business was conducted when I first started in 2001. Having been in business for 12 years now, I’ve seen many changes happening in the online world … and most of those changes have been down to the technology that’s available.

2013 165

It’s Official: March Is Solopreneur Motivation Month

The Solopreneur Life

My first year was 2001, and the convention was in Milwaukee. I don’t read motivational books. I’ve never purchased a motivational CD or video. I’m not a fan of motivational speakers. But I have to admit that motivational speakers have moved me. For 10 years in a row I attended a client’s annual convention, held in January. Each year the opening general session featured a motivational speaker. As the speaker began, I was listening with arms crossed.

2013 124

Old Dubai to New Dubai: A View

Dumb Little Man

By 2001, over 60 heritage building were restored with the help of experts and locals. In the past few years — let’s say over 20 years — UAE has been transformed from Night to Day especially Dubai. Old Dubai has transformed into the New Dubai it is now. Dubai’s local government agencies played a vital role in it. It has made Dubai an architectural heritage that lots of visitors around the world visit every day. The ancient heritage buildings of Dubai are also being preserved.

2016 150

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Movie Geeks

Dumb Little Man

Starred in : The Lord of the Rings trilogy (1999–2001). “A There’s something quite magical about seeing filming locations with your very own eyes. The celebrities and cameras may have gone, but a story’s physical setting stays just where it is. You can consider it as a star in its own right. Here are 10 travel destinations that should absolutely be on every film lover’s bucket list: New Zealand.

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Top ten ways to stay healthy at your desk

Practically Perfect PA

She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2001 with a focus on Healthy Behavior Adoption, Motivation and Adherence and she has an opportunity to apply that knowledge every day. MOVE: Active Sitting–sit on a Stability Ball instead of an office chair. You’ll move without even thinking about it and your muscles will stay more engaged.

2014 163

Retirement 3.0 Includes Working, But With Lots of Flexibility

Small Business Labs

  This is up 5 years from a similar study done by Age Wave in 2001.  The Retirement Reset Study  is a joint effort by the Sun Financial Group and Age Wave.    Their key study finding is we are entering a new phase of retirement they call Retirement 3.0, which they define as: "A productive, purposeful and challenging new chapter in life - blending work and leisure - with opportunities for personal reinvention and continued social engagement."

The Evolution of Getting Things Done with David Allen


The meat of our conversation gets into how it has evolved over the years since it first was introduced in 2001. David Allen joins me on this episode of the podcast to dive deeper into the Getting Things Done methodology. There’s a bit of noise at parts during our discussion, but even still this episode is a winner. Some of the highlights of this episode include: How much of a role he had in writing the new book, Getting Things Done for Teens.

2018 61

Dan Anton: SEO CEO Birthed in the Fires of Iraq

Small Business CEO

Dan Anton joined the military because of the September 11, 2001 attacks on The World Trade Centers. The transition from employee to CEO is typically engineered out of mental necessity, protection of the ego; whether it’s being disrespected, unappreciated, underpaid, the gamut of reasons is extensive and certainly valid in the eyes of the employee, turned would-be CEO. What if you loved your current role, and never had plans on leaving?

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Day in the life: Catherine Thomas, EA, Public Health Wales

Practically Perfect PA

March 2001 saw me heading back to the UK as a single mum with 2 young children and so started my career part 2. What does your career path look like? I left school without a clue as to what I wanted to do when I grew up. Lady Diana had just accepted a proposal from Prince Charles – Lady Diane was a nursery nurse, so I thought that was an excellent career path.

2015 164

PPI Facts That You Should Know About

Small Business CEO

Experts have estimated that the total value of these mis-sold PPI policies comes to nearly £50 billion pounds, with most of these mis-sold ppi policies being sold to consumers over the previous ten to fifteen years (2001 to 2016.). Payment Protection Insurance policies were sold to millions of people in the UK. Most of these PPI policies were mis-sold.

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How Has Trade Changed Over Time

Dumb Little Man

Further differences include a rise in online brokerages, which means investors are able to pay lower commission rates, and the introduction of decimal pricing for stocks in 2001. Trading centuries ago was way different than what we’re experiencing today. It was less convenient, easy, and predictable. It took a lot of time and it came with a lot of risks. Here, we take a look at how has trade changed over time. Setting the scene.

2018 140

33 Expressive Ways to Overcome Self-Doubt & Anxiety like Madonna

Dumb Little Man

” (Madonna admits Self-Doubt, 2001). ” (Madonna admits Self-Doubt, 2001). Did you come here to read all about overcoming self-doubt ? I have good news and bad news. Bad news is we are all here to learn lessons… sigh. Good news is that we are meant to learn lessons and by addressing them, we can transform them into strengths. Yaaayyy! So why not transform self-doubt and anxiety into performance gold? Just look to Madonna for inspiration.

2016 158

Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Dumb Little Man

Since 2001, Robert Yolken and E. Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia. However, a new study published in Psychological Medicine by Francesca Solmi and colleagues at University College London failed to find such a link. Why would researchers suspect such a link in the first place? This is because of a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

2017 154

6 Strategies to Implement a Summer Schedule

Office Organization Success

And so, after reading an article in Office Secretary Magazine, I became a Virtual Assistant in November 2001. As I shared in a recent training call, the number one reason why I started my business over 11 years ago was because I wanted flexibility in my schedule. You see, at that time I had two young boys (I’m now Mom to three boys aged 17, 14, and 8) and it was important that I had a flexible schedule while still being able to earn an income.

2013 166

The State of the VC Industry - Fewer Firms, More Funding

Small Business Labs

 Key quote from the report: 200 funds invested in five or more deals in 2014, 4% fewer than in 2013 and 83% fewer than in 2001. TrueBridge Capital Partners recently released a report on the State of the Venture Capital Industry. It covers venture capital firm fundraising, investments, valuations, exits, and returns with a focus on 2014, but also has a lot of historical data. A couple of charts jumped out at me. The first is the number of active VC firms.

2015 59

5 Challenges and Mistakes Faced by Every Solopreneur

Office Organization Success

The main reason I started my business in the first place (way back in November 2001) was so that I could have a flexible schedule – I had two young children at the time and needed to have a very flexible schedule that would allow me to be around for them, particularly during school holidays. At some point on your journey as a solopreneur, you will encounter at least one of these issues. How will you handle it?

2016 125

The Assist Conference: So much to do so little time!

Practically Perfect PA

In September 2001 she set up a charity “Lessons With Love” to support the youngsters in Beit Jibrin Camp. I have the Assist Conference up and running and I can not begin to tell you the amount of lists I have produced to help me keep on top of all of the details. It is great to be back organising events again and I must say it is even more special that it is my first Practically Perfect PA event! Over the last few weeks we have added some more amazing speakers.

2014 151

Word of the Day: Empirical

Daily Writing Tips

2001; The Goal of Evolution Instruction). Empirical is an adjective that describes a study or technique that relies upon observation and physical evidence as opposed to theory. It comes from Latin empiricus , “a physician guided by experience.”. Empirical evidence” is a source of knowledge resulting from observation or experimentation. The most common use of empirical in writing for the general reader is in the expressions “empirical evidence” and “empirical study.”.

2001 79

Coffee Culture: The Origins of Your Morning Cup of Joe

Dumb Little Man

The number of specialty coffee houses increased 19 times in the years between 2001 and 2015. In 1699, the East India Trading Company set up the first commercial exports of coffee from Java, Indonesia. As Europeans became fascinated with the strong beverage, its demand only grew stronger. It pushed global trade at the time to its limits — but this was far from the beginning of coffee culture.

2019 204

Impression Management Strategies: Are You Responding to Your Failing Business?

Dumb Little Man

When David Shepherd, Topman brand director, was asked to clarify the Topman target customer in 2001, he said: “Hooligans or whatever,” and added, “very few of our customers have to wear suits to work. “I think the best companies are those that can recognize when something isn’t going right, and fix it, instead of just turning a blind eye because it’s easier.” — Ben Lerer. You’ve got an awesome idea and a sleek brand.

2018 162

How to ensure your boss has a great business trip

Practically Perfect PA

Since 2001 DiamondAir International has been the world’s leading provider of the finest luxury airport services to over 500 destinations worldwide, including London Heathrow and London City Airport , rail stations, ports and other transport hubs. Assistants spend hours putting together travel itineraries for their Executives.

2014 168

3 Steps for Successful Business Growth

Office Organization Success

Having been running my own online solo service business since November 2001, and working with many clients over the years (from start-up businesses to multiple six and seven-figure businesses), I have discovered that there is a very specific 3-step process to running a successful, long-term business. .

2011 130

How To Train for a Marathon

Dumb Little Man

” She entered the lottery for the New York City Marathon in 1999 but didn’t get in until 2001. So, you want to run a marathon. You want to feel the rush of adrenaline. You want to experience the feeling of great accomplishment and satisfaction in crossing the finishing line. But, how are you going to run 26.2 miles when you get winded running for the bus? The truth is that anyone can complete a marathon if he or she trains properly.

2017 153

5 Business Books Recommended By Top Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

After founding a company in 2001, he worked so hard that a burnout forced him to take a break. What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? A good idea? A great team? Or none of the above? One thing successful entrepreneurs all have in common is that they read. In case you’re looking for a great place to start, here are the 5 most recommended business books by today’s entrepreneurs as well as the best tips you can learn from each of them.

2016 159

One Client’s Transformation: From Clunky and Inefficient to Streamlined and Effective

Office Organization Success

Geoff Bateson was my very first client when I opened my doors for business in November 2001 (in fact I’d worked with Geoff for about six years on a Government-funded literacy and numeracy project). Recently he approached me again as he was having a very real dilemma with his website; it was old and clunky and not at all effective.

2012 138

How Employers Can Help Fight The Opioid Crisis

Dumb Little Man

Deaths from opioids surged 450% from 2001 to 2016 and heroin use and subsequent overdoses also grew significantly. The opioid crisis is raging on. The news of pharmaceutical companies being sued by consumer groups and state governments grows more frequent every day. Lots of people are pointing the finger at various causes of this epidemic — prescription advertising being deregulated in the 90s, the increase in opioid prescriptions, the availability of opioids streaming in from China.

2019 190

Is the U.S. Becoming Less Entrepreneurial?

Small Business Labs

As reported by the NY Times ,  according to statistics compiled by the Urban Institute: From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half of 1 percent, according to the most recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute. We think entrepreneurship is alive and well in America.  But several recent studies report that small business formation and entrepreneurship are in decline.

2014 164