Upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007?

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The New Paperclip, [link] , (accessed October 8, 2007) Taken from OfficePro Express, IAAP. Tags: Microsoft Office 2007 Office 2007 Here is a site that will help you: The New Paperclip.

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Work-Life Balance 2.0 and Small Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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and Small Business by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 02, 2007 In the past twenty years the term “ work-life balance &# has come to symbolize the problem many face with increasing work pressures and the neglect of family, friends and their hobbies. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 9:09 pm and is filed under Work/Life Balance. Shama Hyder Said on October 3rd, 2007 at 6:02 pm This is absolutely great Stefan.

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Small Business Checklist: Business Process Outsourcing | THE SMALL.

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« Ethics And Small Business Small Business Quotation: Obstacles » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 10:52 am and is filed under Business Checklists , How to. E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral.

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Small Business Maxim: Have a Passion. | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 20, 2007 When you talk about business, small business or even micro business, eventually the talk always turn to making money. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 at 6:30 am and is filed under Contractor , Entrepreneur , Freelancer , Generation-Y , Home Business , MumEntrepreneur , Personal Business , SOHO/SMB/SME/Micro , Self-employed , Sole-Trader , Start-Up , be successful , start-up in business.

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Small Business Checklist: Business Costing | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Checklist: Business Costing by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 15, 2007 Do you know what your overheads and variable costs are in your business – have every worried about that? » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 at 6:46 pm and is filed under Business Checklists , Finance , plan cash-flow. E-Mail me or follow me. Enhance Your Work-Life Balance Have it all your way – family, friends, work and most of all a life!

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Benefits, Not Features is what sells! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 20, 2007 Many worries in a small business are centered about sales and the need to earn money in order to pay for over-heads like rent, wages and so on. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 at 6:58 am and is filed under Marketing/PR , Sales , be successful , market and sell. Stefan Töpfer Said on November 24th, 2007 at 9:24 am Craig, I do that still wrong and always have to stop myself.

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Q & A: What do you mean by credit control? | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 14, 2007 I had the above question emailed to me over the week-end. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Sunday, October 14th, 2007 at 7:43 am and is filed under How to. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals.

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Q & A: What protection does a limited liability company offer to.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 29, 2007 This question was emailed the other day, and I must say, in my mind this is only half the question – but first things first. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Monday, October 29th, 2007 at 7:16 am and is filed under Failure , How to. usedcarforms.org Said on October 29th, 2007 at 9:48 am [.] E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral.

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Q & A: What Is A Sole Trader? | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 18, 2007 A sole trader is totally responsible for the small business in every aspect. Ethics And Small Business » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 9:26 am and is filed under Accountants/CPAs , Question & Answer , Small Business / SOHO , Sole-Trader , Suppliers , start-up in business. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Q & A: What does “Fixed Costs” mean and why should they be as low.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 25, 2007 I’m answering three questions here, emailed to me during last week, so excuse the long headline. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2007 at 8:11 am and is filed under Employment , Outsourcing , Question & Answer , Web Technology , avoid growing pain , be successful , bootstrap , do cost cutting , grow your business , lower overheads , outsource effectively , plan cash-flow , plan your business.

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Q & A: What are successful cost-cutting solutions in small.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 18, 2007 How long is a string? Darling we’re out!&# » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 11:49 am and is filed under Finance , Health Check , Home Business , Outsourcing , Sales , Virtual Assistants , Work/Life Balance , be successful , bootstrap , do a SWOT plan , do a reality check , do bookkeeping. , E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer!

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Book Review: Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch | THE SMALL.

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Book Review: Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 02, 2007 You know when you read something and you think “ I knew that! &# or “ Why didn’t I think of that before? &# – but you never consciously thought about it, that is when you know you are reading something relevant and informative, to you and your life, business or otherwise. Said on November 2nd, 2007 at 9:12 am [.] E-Mail me or follow me.

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10 minute power meeting technique. | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 31, 2007 When you have internal meetings try to keep them short. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 3:09 pm and is filed under Entrepreneur , Freelancer , SOHO/SMB/SME/Micro , Self-employed , Small Business / SOHO , Sole-Trader , manage your time. David Daly Said on November 9th, 2007 at 9:16 am I totally agree with you that meetings are often too long and achieve too little.

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Q & A: What is “Staff Turnover” and how large or small would it be.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 26, 2007 Well, two things come to mind: Often the term “ staff turnover &# is used in connection with fluctuation in staff levels , which means staff leaves the company – for whichever reason. E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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New Small Business Startup Idea: Virtual Import/Export Assistant.

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New Small Business Startup Idea: Virtual Import/Export Assistant by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 13, 2007 You may speak more languages and have market segment knowledge about a certain product or service. 11 Comments » | Trackback | Share This 11 Responses to “ New Small Business Startup Idea: Virtual Import/Export Assistant &# Peter Calitz Said on November 25th, 2007 at 5:52 pm Hi My name is Peter Calitz. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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Outsourcing Options For Small Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Outsourcing Options For Small Business by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 16, 2007 A couple of days ago I mentioned the excellent posting from Kathie &# Virtual Assistant or Virtual Worker &# followed by my own post of yesterday “ Grow your small business – success or failure will follow “ This all leads us to the next question what to do when you decided you are going to get help for your small or start-up business. Said on October 11th, 2007 at 6:30 am [.]

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Teamwork for Small Business Is Way To Success | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

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Teamwork for Small Business Is Way To Success by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 22, 2007 If you have a group of people working with you – in your office or from home, employed or outsourced – does that mean you have a team? E-Mail me or follow me. Effective Small Business Planning Strategy Planning your small business is the best way to avoid costly mistakes. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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Managing A Small Business In A Recession | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Managing A Small Business In A Recession by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 10, 2007 Here in the UK we had the “ Pre Budget Report &# yesterday. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 at 6:01 pm and is filed under Small Business / SOHO , be successful , bootstrap , do a SWOT plan , do a reality check , do bookkeeping. , E-Mail me or follow me. Starting a Small Business?

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Funding | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Funding by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 30, 2007 Funding issues are really only a problem if you do not use “ bootstrapping techniques &# – so I’m not that comfortable talking about this issue, since I believe everyone should start their small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal business on a shoestring. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control | THE SMALL.

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 28, 2007 The typical scenario is you work hard all week , have no live and at the end of it all little money to show for it. 9 Comments » | Trackback | Share This 9 Responses to “ Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control &# IanH Said on August 28th, 2007 at 11:51 am Hello Stefan. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Q & A: What questions should I ask my accountant before I start my.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 01, 2007 Choosing an accountant/CPA is probably one of the most important decisions to get right, because you are unlikely to have an accountant’s grasp of taxation company law dealing with the tax authorities wide range of knowledge about small business. Stefan Töpfer Said on November 1st, 2007 at 6:49 pm Jason, they can only have an educated guess – the questions I posted will give them an idea how flexible and passionate you are about small business.

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Fixed Cost | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Fixed Cost by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 23, 2007 I have decided to write a little mini series on why small business and personal businesses, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants , fail and how to find out if your small business is in danger, too. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007 There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last, without warning. E-Mail me or follow me. Small Business Bootstrapping How to start your own small business with no or little money. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. What is Small Business Infrastructure?

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Cubicle Etiquette 101

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Home About Me Advertise Cubicle Etiquette 101 By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 01, 2007 Filed Under: Office Gossip , Productivity D o you find that your colleagues are hovering around you when youre on the phone? Posted on 1 November, 2007 12:12 PM Richard Rinyai I agree with portions of this as well, since "some" offices are created so that there is a radio blaring or what have you. Posted on 1 November, 2007 3:37 PM Anonymous I work in a cube farm of engineers.

Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007 There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last, without warning. E-Mail me or follow me. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business. Concentrate on your business, not your office. Outsourcing Options For Small Business Focus on your business, timeshare professionals. Starting a Small Business?

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Q & A: I'm a Sole-Trader, how can I do my Accounts DIY ( Do-It.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 17, 2007 This is easily answered, you have to answer one question: Do I know how to do bookkeeping, Yes or NO? » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 3:30 pm and is filed under Accounting , DIY Business , Question & Answer , Small Business / SOHO , Sole-Trader. E-Mail me or follow me. Effective Small Business Planning Strategy Planning your small business is the best way to avoid costly mistakes.

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Social Impact of Working From Home | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Social Impact of Working From Home by Stefan Töpfer on Sep 22, 2007 A few days ago I was once again reminded by Joshua Levy and his piece “ One Blogger Asks: Is the Grass Really Greener on the Web Worker’s Lawn? &# on his blog Web Worker Daily that I wanted to write a piece about what I believe to be the social impact of home working. Pauline’s job keeps her incredibly busy, so being SylviaVictor Said on September 24th, 2007 at 1:23 pm Your posting is really great.

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Q&A: What are some social and economic issues small business face.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 16, 2007 Just got this question, I know there are others questions I have not yet answered, and I have already written my “ The Week Ender &# post for the week, what the hell, but I’m in the mood to have a go at “The System&# again. 5 Comments » | Trackback | Share This 5 Responses to “ Q&A: What are some social and economic issues small business face? &# Kent Said on November 19th, 2007 at 3:33 am Was nice reading this post.

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4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

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Home About Me Advertise 4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself having to deal with a difficult person in your office? Do you feel that they are overbearing and don’t know when to keep their opinions to themselves? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional environment?

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Using a Bring-Forward System

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Here is an article with some ideas about the bring-forward system that might be helpful to you: [link] (accessed October 8, 2007). The Bring-Forward System (or sometimes referred to as a BF system) might be an old term for the younger assistant, but the principle is similar to using your Tasks in Outlook: You need to have some sort of system to bring forward items that need to be handled at a future date.

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Clever Marketing by Kitchen Table Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Clever Marketing by Kitchen Table Business by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 11, 2007 Shirley Jaffrey wrote me an email today, telling me her story how she started her business on a kitchen table and is now supplying the stars. Bookkeeping for Small Business » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007 at 3:15 pm and is filed under DIY Business , Home Business , Marketing/PR , Small Business / SOHO , bootstrap , market and sell.

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Apple – the customer support nightmare – Part II: The Criminal.

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Apple – the customer support nightmare – Part II: The Criminal Investigation by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 10, 2007 As my readers will know I wrote a post last week about my customer support nightmare with Apple after sales support , not my Apple Store or Apple technical support, only the after sales support – this is the second part of this incredible story of bad customer care by Apple. Said on November 11th, 2007 at 1:13 pm [.] E-Mail me or follow me.

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WinWeb's Free Accounting Software For Every Small Business. | THE.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 11, 2007 With our recent launch of OnlineOffice 4 , we have kept our promise to supply our online accounting software to every small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants free of charge forever. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Apple – a customer support nightmare! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 07, 2007 A few years ago I decided to change over to Apple computers from Windows based computers and up until now it seemed the right decision. UPDATE Nov 8, 2007 – 19.38 UPDATE Nov 10, 2007: Unbelievably there is a sequel to this story “ Apple – the customer support nightmare – Part II: The Criminal Investigation “ I would not thought it possible that this story could still get worse, how wrong I was.

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Skype + 3 = 3 Skypephone, but is it for small business? | THE.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 29, 2007 I was kindly invited by 3 Network & Skype to attend the launch of the new 3 Skypephone in London today. Update Oct 31, 2007: See comments by other bloggers I met during the event and get their take on the phone: Gadget Venue.com BlogNation Tamebay dalelane 3MobileBuzz « Marketing for Small Business: Do Pro-Bono work. 3 SkypePhone Said on November 4th, 2007 at 6:17 pm Great idea but for business? E-Mail me or follow me.

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WinWeb's Free Online Accounting Software Now With Cost Centre.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 19, 2007 WinWeb has just updated their OnlineOffice accounting module , to include cost centre functionality. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 7:57 pm and is filed under Accounting , Small Business / SOHO , WinWeb , do bookkeeping. , E-Mail me or follow me. Effective Small Business Planning Strategy Planning your small business is the best way to avoid costly mistakes. Build your own network!

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Low Staff Turnover in SME/SMB Businesses | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Low Staff Turnover in SME/SMB Businesses by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 09, 2007 Not so long ago I wrote about small business being less volatile and that employees see small or personal business as less risky than working for bigger companies. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2007 at 3:22 pm and is filed under Employment , News , Personal Business , Small Business / SOHO. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Co-Workers Annoying You?

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By The Professional Assistant on Monday, December 31, 2007 Filed Under: Meetings , Office Gossip , Productivity A re your co-workers annoying you at work by talking to loudly? Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Annoying You? Do you wish you could take a fog horn and toot it around, just so that they would quiet down? I also work in an environment where it gets a little too loud at times. Its an open-concept office and at times, I would like my colleagues to simmer down a bit.

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Say something profound today. | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007 If you can’t think of something to say, don’t worry – how about this: Based on structural considerations, our physical distribution strategy broaden our horizons tpwards our platform robustness – or this - In the final analysis, performance-based positioning energizes 24/7 architectures. E-Mail me or follow me. Small Business Bootstrapping How to start your own small business with no or little money. Starting a Small Business?

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Free Press Release Distribution for Small Business. | THE SMALL.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 13, 2007 When you sign up to WinWeb’s free LiveNet – still in public beta – you can also use our useful and FREE RSS Press Release service. Energy Performance Certificates have been required on residential properties being marketed for sale or rent since 2007. E-Mail me or follow me. Starting a Small Business? On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure™ allows you to run your business online.

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Smart Business Start-Up | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Smart Business Start-Up by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 08, 2007 Whatever you are planning a personal business or a small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer businesses, the time has never been better for starting a business. E-Mail me or follow me. Enhance Your Work-Life Balance Have it all your way – family, friends, work and most of all a life! Small Business Bootstrapping How to start your own small business with no or little money.

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Magazines for the Administrative Assistant

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I just got my new issue of OfficePro (the IAAP magazine for office professionals) and it was a great read on the bus the last few mornings. Some highlights are: Corporate Gift Giving, which is a good article for this time of year with some excellent information on this topic. There is an article on Organizational Churn, which is an article about going through changes in your organization.

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Telephone Message Tips.

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I send telephone messages to my boss by email rather than writing it on a telephone message pad. That way it won't get lost in the pile and saves on paper. You could also open a folder in Outlook for Telephone Messages if that would be useful to refer back to. Voicemail Tips: Remember to put an Out-of-Office voicemail message on your telephone when you will not be in the office. I always identify myself and give my title.

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