Use of Contract Labor by Sole Proprietors Surging

Small Business Labs

In 2013 contract labor was 36% of total labor costs, up from 31% in 2010 and just 20% in 2003.  The IRS recently released the 2013 data on sole proprietors. This data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by individual taxpayers on Schedule C of Form 1040.

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Why I think you need to get offline to find new clients

The Small Business Blog

Granted, Linkedin was launched in 2003 and then Facebook in 2004, but I hadn’t heard of them. When I started freelancing ten years ago, I had to do my marketing the old fashioned way.

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Trending Sources

Gig Economy Declining in Rural America

Small Business Labs

Also interesting is back in 2003 rural areas had more non-employer businesses per thousand residents than urban areas. The Daily Yonder's (tagline: Keep it Rural) ‘GIG ECONOMY’: WHILE U.S.

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$1 Million Ain't What it Used to Be - You Need More Than $5 Million to be a 1%er

Small Business Labs

  Although the numbers fell quite a bit during the recession, they've recovered nicely and have more than doubled since 2003. The number of U.S. families with more than $5 million in investable assets exceeded 1 million for the first time in 2015. 

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Picking up skills along the EA career path

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been an EA for quite some time now, in fact I started working in 2003 so it has been a decade.

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Movie Geeks

Dumb Little Man

Starred in: Kill Bill (2003–2004). Starred in: Finding Nemo (2003). 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. Starred in : The Lord of the Rings trilogy (1999–2001). “A

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Self-Employment Shifting to the Creative Class

Small Business Labs

As you can see from this chart, the share of creative class jobs has increased from roughly 25% in 2003 to almost 30% in 2012. Well known author and academic Richard Florida has written extensively about the rise of the creative class.

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Word and Outlook 2007 tips

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 24 May, 2009 Word and Outlook 2007 tips I use Word 2007 at my new job and have never really had a chance to go through it to find the quick tips and how-tos that I had in Word 2003.

Check Out CenStats For Free Market-Research Data

The Solopreneur Life

I learned that, since 1980, the number of permits peak at 254 (in 2003). I f your market-research budget is limited (or even if it’s not), check out CenStats, a free service from the U.S. Census Bureau. Search by county or zip code under “County Business Patterns” to get business profiles that include payroll information and the number of businesses by industry.

Is Telecommuting Leading to Peak Travel?

Small Business Labs

  But the trend flattened starting in 2003.    Key quote: “Since 2003, motorized travel demand has leveled out or even declined in most of the countries studied, and travel in private vehicles has declined,” the authors wrote in their study. Wired's Study Suggests We've Hit 'Peak Travel" covers research that suggests demand for travel and automobile ownership in the developed world may have reached a saturation point. 

2003 13

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. When this question comes up, which it always does, I keep the answer specific to my career and very succinct (if you don’t know your career history know one will!). “ After leaving University in 2003 I accepted my first full-time role at Deloitte and spent a year and a half there as a team administrator.

The Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Your Virtual Business Tips (Part 4)

Productive & Organized

Many of my friends and colleagues run their businesses from all over the world and I have had a mobile business since 2003. I hope you are enjoying this series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life.

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Office Software is Evolving, Are You Ready?

Tips From T. Marie

Or Office 2003 or older? Office suite software is changing!

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The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Grew to 23 Million in 2013

Small Business Labs

  Over the decade from 2003 to 2013 the number of nonemployer businesses increased by 4.4 The U.S. Census released the 2013 nonemployer business data. In 2013 there were 23.0 million businesses without paid employees in the U.S. This

Creating Your Freedom Business - Expert Panel Shares Tips (Part 3)

Productive & Organized

  I've been doing it since 2003! We're in our third week of the series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life and my expert panel has shared some great tips so far.    Today, we're going to share some more! 

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Lessons from a Failed Forecast

Small Business Labs

Workforce Week's (tiered subscription) Fast Forward: 25 Trends That Will Change the Way You do Business appears to have been written in 2003.    I'm most intrigued with their 2003 jobs forecast for 2010.    The underlying assumption behind this forecast was that the economy would grow 3%-4% a year between 2003 and 2010.  workers per unit of output than they did in 2003

2003 13

Cool Niche Businesses: 5-Hour Energy Went From Zero to $1 Billion in Less Than 10 Years

The Solopreneur Life

The idea for 5-Hour Energy came in 2003 when Bhargava attended a natural-products trade show in Anaheim, Calif. I n my ongoing look at niche businesses and products, I take the measure of a product that launched a new niche market: the “energy shot.”

2003 21

Productive Communication: You Don't Have to Yell To Be Heard - Part 1

Productive & Organized

link] - ' The Wisdom of Listening ' by  (Paperback - Jun 15, 2003 Sometimes productivity has to do with systems and processes.    I've written about that a lot recently, but often it is about effective communication too. 

2011 68

The Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life

Productive & Organized

  I've been doing it since 2003! Are you on the go with your business?    Do you dream of having a business where you can work from anywhere?    Maybe you want to travel the world, or maybe you simply want to spend time outside at a local park.

2013 44

The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011

The Solopreneur Life

Why she’s a hero: Terri has been providing top-quality, no-bull information and support to solopreneurs since 2003. I am happy to present The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011.

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Solopreneurs: Are You Losing Potential Clients?

Office Organization Success

If you’re currently using Outlook it comes with its own contact address book, and Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 and above comes with Business Contact Manager. If you find yourself missing out on potential clients, contacts falling through the cracks, or not following up in a timely manner then your problem is simply a lack of an efficient contact management system! So let me ask you: 1.

2009 44

Living the Mobile Life - Colleagues Share Their Virtual Business Strategies and Tools

Productive & Organized

  I've been doing it since 2003! Last week I started the series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life and two of my colleagues shared their tips.    Today, we're going to share some more! 

2013 46

Presidential Environmental Track Record and Positions 2012

Eco-Office Gals

also supported a 2003 northeastern states agreement to reduce carbon emissions from power plants via a regional cap-and-trade emissions reduction plan.

2012 33

Bail Out vs. Bale Out

Daily Writing Tips

Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 2003), I was distracted by the author’s frequent references to the necessity of a pilot’s having to “bale out” of his aircraft. Reading A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton, (St.

2003 14

Dying vs. Dyeing

Daily Writing Tips

At other times, when he [Rudolph Valentino] portrayed a scoundrel of the deepest dye, he was made up to look quite repellent –from a 2003 feature in The Guardian.

2003 14

How a Night Watchman Created a New Niche and Revolutionized Major League Baseball

The Solopreneur Life

Author Michael Lewis wrote “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” which was published in 2003. N iches can meet known or unknown needs.

2014 40

Hyperbole and Hype

Daily Writing Tips

In 2003, then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott proposed the adoption of such a plan, calling it “nuclear.” I once thought that the slang word hype was a back-formation of the rhetorical term hyperbole because advertisements that “hype” something are often filled with exaggeration.

2003 22

27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

Dumb Little Man

An analysis of Commonwealth Fund survey data found that 69 million US workers missed work days due to sickness, for a total of 407 million days lost in 2003. There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do.

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Featured Soloist Tricia Lawrence: “I Want To Stay Bootstrapped”

The Solopreneur Life

I got married halfway through my solopreneur career (2003), so I did not have another income during those first eight years. T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Tricia Lawrence.

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It Takes Courage: Building Administrative Support Teams

Office Dynamics

I began working with my employer in January, 2003. It Takes Courage. When I started, there were over 14,000 employees within the organization. Previously I had worked for much smaller companies with employees in the hundreds at the maximum, not thousands. While I was excited for this new opportunity, I was more overwhelmed than I had ever been in my life.

2003 26

The ups and downs of working from home

Practically Perfect PA

When I first started out as a team administrator back in 2003 despite having a (massively bulky) laptop I rarely worked from home. Early in the week I wrote an update on my time in Barcelona and the new job I’ve had since April.

2003 23

How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

Daily Writing Tips

Beware of new nomenclature: The agency long known as the US Immigration and Naturalization Service was dismantled and most of its functions and responsibilities taken up by the newly created agency US Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2003. Nomenclature for US government entities can be complicated. Here are some guidelines about how to style names of administrative jurisdictions, departments, and agencies: Name Versions.

Does anyone know what time it is? Calculating time internationally

Laughing all the Way to Work

Instructions for Word 2003 In Word 2003 the instructions are similar. Here is a tip that someone from my office gave me for calculating time internationally.

Do Sports Commentators Really Mean “Prolific”?

Daily Writing Tips

author of a book about presidential golfers called First Off the Tee (2003), being interviewed on the radio. I recently heard Don Van Natta Jr., In describing the golfing habits of U.S. presidents, he commented that Woodrow Wilson was “the most prolific golfer.&#. Calling a golfer “prolific&# struck me as odd. I’m used to hearing writers, composers, and painters who produce a lot of work being described as “prolific,&# but not athletes.

Does anyone know what day it is?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Is it June 11, 2003? Is it the 6th of November 2003? Wouldn’t it be nice if we all followed the same numerical dating standard. It can get very confusing when we date differently. For instance, can anyone tell me what this date is - 06/11/03? Or is it 2006 November 03? Well, it depends on which country you are in and if the person writing the date is aware of the standards in their particular country.

Don't press Send and Regret it

Laughing all the Way to Work

In Outlook 2007 this feature works much better than the 2003 version. In 2003, the recipient still gets the e-mail and has to agree to let you recall the message. I'm sure we've all done it at one time -- pressed Send on an e-mail and put the wrong recipient in the To box. No matter how diligent you are, sometimes these mistakes happen. Thankfully, there is an option to Recall the message.

4 Marketing Lessons Learned From DirecTV’s Customer Service

The Solopreneur Life

I ’ve been a satisfied DirecTV customer since 2003. I called customer service today because I wanted to cancel my subscription to ESPN Gameday, which is a package of out-of-market college football games. I wanted to cancel because Big Ten games aren’t included in the package. I explained my situation, and the customer-service representative said, “I can’t cancel the subscription because the season has already started.” ” Shoot, I was afraid of that.

Let the Right Ones In

Clutter Coach

Here’s a tip from Bill Jensen’s book, The Simplicity Survival Handbook (yes, it was published in 2003 (ancient!) by If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find it. Rummaging around in your kitchen cabinet for that special bottle of vinegar might take a minute or so, but you’re not distracted in your search by the tomato paste cans or the bags of rice. You can filter those out. Your mind is set on finding that specific bottle.

Using Dreamboards

Simple Productivity Blog

I rediscovered it in 2003, only to see that everything in that booklet had been achieved by 2002. “Out of sight, out of mind” It’s not just true about people and things we are trying to avoid. It’s also true about our goals.

Let the Right Ones In

Clutter Coach

Here’s a tip from Bill Jensen’s book, The Simplicity Survival Handbook (yes, it was published in 2003 (ancient!) by If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find it. Rummaging around in your kitchen cabinet for that special bottle of vinegar might take a minute or so, but you’re not distracted in your search by the tomato paste cans or the bags of rice. You can filter those out. Your mind is set on finding that specific bottle.