The New Multinationals: Small, Micro and Solo Businesses Driving the Next Wave of Globalization

Small Business Labs

goods exports in in 2004 to 34% percent in 2014. Globalization and international trade was once driven almost exclusively by large multinational corporations. No longer.

2017 76

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

" As the chart below shows (click to enlarge), there were about 350,000 manufacturing firms with no employees other than the owner in 2014, up almost 17% from 2004.

2017 98

Trending Sources

Yelp Ratings and Review: You Are in Control

Small Business CEO

Since Yelp was founded in 2004 it has grown to see over 95 million reviews in just 11 years, that’s over 8 million reviews a year and over 23,000 reviews a day—quite a bit of activity!…

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Success is in the Little Details

On The Job

LEGO executives – who had been told countless times by experts that they were in trouble because future generations would lose interest in the building blocks – decided to pay an 11-year-old boy a visit in 2004. What do dirty, worn sneakers have to do with turning around a business?

2016 70

How to Breathe New Life into Old Blog Posts

Tips From T. Marie

started blogging in 2004. It’s not 2004 anymore. Back then if there was a picture included with your post you were ahead of the curve. While the actual content of your posts is still the most important thing, it’s not the only thing.

2014 46

Five Ways to Respond to Social Media Challenges and Criticism

Andrea Kalli

The Booming Field of Public Relations

Small Business Labs

As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.

2004 21

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

The Solopreneur Life

One of those teams was the 2004 Boston Red Sox, which employed James as a consultant and hired sabermetrics believer and whiz kid Theo Epstein as its general manager. The 2004 Red Sox won their first World Series title since 1918, thereby breaking the “Curse of the Bambino.”[5].

2014 40

4 Things You Must Do for Your Career in 2017

On The Job

Then think about how you would like a potential employer to drag up something you said on Facebook in 2004 and hold you accountable for it.

2017 34

Basis of Estimating Software Development

Small Business CEO

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products , Jim Highsmith, Addison Wesley, 2004. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Don't hear one? Then it's likely just a personal anecdote made without any principles. .

How To Pronounce Divisive

Daily Writing Tips

begun to infect otherwise careful speakers, including Robert Siegel, cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered , who twice said [di-VIH-siv] during an interview that aired on August 30, 2004.

2004 17

Green Energy: Simple Ways to Save Money and Protect the Environment

Eco-Office Gals

Blogging in many niches since 2004. Believe it or not, building an eco-friendly house from renewable materials isn’t the only way to go green.

The Changing US Political Symbolism of Blue and Red

Daily Writing Tips

By the time the next presidential election rolled around in 2004, all three networks had adopted the imagery of red for Republican and blue for Democrat. In British politics, blue is associated with Britain’s conservative party, the Tories, whereas red is associated with the Labour Party.

2004 14

CE vs. AD

Daily Writing Tips

CE/BCE: Life After Death , Doubleday, 2004. A reader takes issue with my use of the designation CE instead of AD in this sentence: “A mix of these tribes migrated to England in the fifth and sixth centuries C.E.” Here is the reader’s reaction: Give me a break with the New Age (CE) crap.

2015 34

Verb Mistakes #1: Didn’t With Conditional

Daily Writing Tips

This headline references a game played in 2004. One type of conditional sentence refers to a situation in the past that might have happened, but didn’t. The speaker is speculating about what might have happened if things had been different.

2004 21

Annual List Building Plan – Explained In 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

So when I first started purposefully list building (back in 2004), I would try all of these different list building strategies … and none of them really worked!

2016 21

At the End of the Day

Daily Writing Tips

John Edwards, political candidate in 2004.

2004 19

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Movie Geeks

Dumb Little Man

Starred in: Kill Bill (2003–2004). 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

2003 22

How to Bounce Back From Devastating Failure: 7 Lessons You Can Learn From Pete Carroll

The Solopreneur Life

Pete Carroll holds the crystal football after leading USC to the 2004 national championship. P ete Carroll is the head football coach of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps you heard: his team lost the Super Bowl on Sunday.

2015 33

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

After I moved to Edinburgh in 2004, I’ve worked in a series of roles which have all involved executive support at senior level. One of the reasons I started Practically Perfect PA back in 2011 was because I wanted to create an online community for assistants.

Verb Review #11: May and Might

Daily Writing Tips

Norton & Company, 2004. The auxiliaries may and might are often used interchangeably. Most of the time, interchanging them doesn’t seem to matter. Strictly speaking, might is the past form of may , but may often occurs in past tense constructions, and might is used in sentences about the present or future. Both may and might are used when the speaker is not sure about something: I may watch a movie tonight. I might watch a movie tonight.

2004 13

Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

Business Writing

Because I loved the third edition of Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, I was excited to see that Microsoft had finally updated the 2004 volume. The new fourth edition, published this year, is titled simply Microsoft Manual of. Best Picks Grammar and Usage

Women, Seniors Leading Self-Employment Growth in UK & Canada

Small Business Labs

million who were self-employed in 2004 leaving by 2009." The UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) released a report showing that self-employment in the UK is the highest its been since they started tracking it 40 years ago.   Their data shows the UK has 4.6 million people working for themselves, with 15% of workforce self-employed. This is up from 13% in 2008, and 8.7% in 1975.

Toll, Knell, and Tocsin

Daily Writing Tips

Wedding bells toll for Tiger— Cape Cod Times , 2004. The following headlines lead me to assume that the bride or groom or both did not survive the ceremony: Wedding Bells Toll For A Bride From Camelot—Philadelphia news site, 1986. Wedding bells toll in Conn.

2004 11


Daily Writing Tips

One of these birds, long believed to be extinct, was sighted in eastern Arkansas in 2004. The lovely word cryptid came to my attention in reference to the ivory-billed woodpecker. As no subsequent sightings have been reported, the survival of the species is still disputed.

With All Due Respect

Daily Writing Tips

The expressions use as a conversational lubricant for polite disagreement can already be seen to be slipping in this citation from 2004: Ambassador, with all due respectthat explanation is getting pretty stale! Duty, Honor, Redempt.

2004 14

Beautyism and Friends

Daily Writing Tips

The OED added these additional definitions for the use of the suffix -ism in 2004: a. It’s not in my two main dictionaries yet, but beautyism has found a place in the catalogue of English words ending in -ism : Beautyism in the Workplace: Disguised Discrimination.

Why Productivity is a Matter of Life and Death for Me


I read Getting Things Done in 2004, and I tried several different productivity tools to become more organized. This a guest post by Dallon Christensen. Dallon is the direct of accounting and finance and chief financial officer of Evolution Power Tools in Davenport, Iowa.

2004 34

Top 10 Most Popular Sports Leagues In The World

Dumb Little Man

It’s a testament to the sport that the league has recovered from two major lockouts since 2004, proving just how dedicated and passionate hockey fans truly are. Great players make a name for themselves by competing against the best and the most popular leagues make that a possibility. Today, we’re counting down our picks for the 10 top sports leagues in the world. For this list, we’ve considered leagues from across the globe that have the most appeal both at home and abroad.

2015 22

Master the Art of Re-purposing Your Work and You'll Save Multiple Hours - 50 Ideas To Get You Started

Productive & Organized

As my business continues to grow from it's inception in 2004, I've added a lot more to my agenda, including blogging on my website, guest blogging, writing articles for e-zines and in print for local magazines, creating a monthly newsletter and doing public speaking.

2011 132

Has the U.S. Reached Peak Car?

Small Business Labs

shows that since 2004 Americans have owned fewer cars and light trucks, driven each of those vehicles less and consumed less fuel each year.

Remembering Paul Gruchow

The Solopreneur Life

T his piece was written on February 24, 2004 and was unpublished until now. Paul Gruchow possessed the soul of a solopreneur; he lived the solopreneur life in a way that few of us ever will. Oh my goodness, I found out this evening Paul Gruchow died two days ago.

2001 11

Marketing Lessons I Learned From My Dad, the Pastor

The Solopreneur Life

He died in 2004, and during his life he served six congregations. M y Dad was a Lutheran pastor. I think he was a good one in the best sense: he always wanted to help others and he was nonjudgmental. His favorite church by far was his fourth one. It was the 1970s and 1980s in Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Business people, mostly middle management, were the leaders of the congregation, and church growth (as measured by membership and budget) was a priority.

Center Around and Centre Round

Daily Writing Tips

Book published by SUNY Press, 2004. The phrases “center around” (US) and “centre round” (Br) are often heard in speech and seen in writing on the Web: Other concerns centered around decreased property values.—Book Our concerns center around response time to our emergency rooms.—Statement

Featured Soloist Tzaddi Gordon: “Become Great at Networking”

The Solopreneur Life

I began freelancing part time in 2004, and full time in 2007. T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Tzaddi Gordon. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

2004 11

Could You Telecommute From Italy?

On The Job

And even though he lived in Venice in 2004 to 2005, he says what he did is still possible today. Sometimes the highlight of my day is meeting the new UPS driver. Or cleaning out my keyboard that has become gummed up with peanut butter (the hazards of eating at your desk.) That's why I was intrigued to talk to someone who broke away from the mundane working world and set himself up to work from a truly fabulous place. Read this latest story I did for Gannett/

Moxie Tip 162: Slow Waaaaaay Down

Virtual Moxie

That is, in all respects, the business version of the quickie Vegas wedding (a la Britney Spears—who needed an annulment just a bit more than two days after her wedding in 2004!). Slow waaaaaaaaay down in your interview process. Because one of the worst things you can have happen in your practice is to leap into a new relationship with a client, only to realize in fairly short order that you made a huge mistake and need to get out of the relationship.

Put a smile on that face

Loosely Speaking

RSS Comments RSS Subscribe in a reader Copyright 2004. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Put a smile on that face Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:42 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Family Life Feeling too busy? Not busy enough?

Friends and Amici

Daily Writing Tips

The use of friend as a verb to describe the adding of a person to a list of social media contacts (dating from 2004) is still regarded as a barbarism by many English speakers, but friend was used as a verb as early as the 13th century.

What's the status of one-way communication?

Loosely Speaking

RSS Comments RSS Subscribe in a reader Copyright 2004. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs What’s the status of one-way communication? Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:09 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Business Strategies/Perspectives With social media in its apparent heyday, what happens to your print or enewsletter campaign? Or, for that matter, your blog and website? Are those still viable markeing and branding tools?