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. Said on October 12th, 2007 at 8:54 am [.]

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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? E-Mail me or follow me.

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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. 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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Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 01, 2007 I often refer to “ bootstrapping “, when I talk about small business, you may very well be asking “ What the hell is bootstrapping?&# Said on October 12th, 2007 at 7:05 am [.]

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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. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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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. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Learning From a Demotion

On The Job

The point is that whether you decide to tough it out and earn back your old job (or an even better one), or leave the employer, take the time to make the demotion a learning experience. Remember the time as a child when you tripped and fell in front of all your classmates? You probably thought you would die of embarrassment, right? Well, of course you didn’t, and somehow you managed to pick yourself up and survive the incident. But what happens when as an adult, you trip and fall again?

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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.

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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. I can learn few things from this post, thanks.

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Learning to Ask for Help

On The Job

When we venture to ask for what we need, we learn quickly that we are not alone and that there are resources, friends, and partners available to help. First, let me admit that I am not big on asking for help.

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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 Stefan Töpfer Said on November 7th, 2007 at 7:33 pm Leif, thank you for your comment.

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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. 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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Learning to Mind Your Own Business

On The Job

The report was just sitting there, almost under your nose. OK, so it was on the boss’s desk and you were sitting a few feet away, but you have really good eyesight – and the ability to read upside down – so it wasn’t really your fault you read a co-worker’s recent performance evaluation, was it? And it wasn’t really snooping when you were looking for a pencil in a colleague’s desk and came across her pay stub – your eyes just accidentally happened to focus on how much she makes a month.

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Word and Outlook 2007 tips

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© 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. Word and Outlook 2007 tips Grrr!

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Organizing a Conference

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Each time I organize an event I learn something. [Click to enlarge image - page 1] Organizing a conference can be fun! Really! I enjoy it.

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Career Advice Columnist, Heal Thyself

On The Job

I woke up early this morning and thought about this being the last day of 2007. I realized that before I made any decisions, I needed to spend some time thinking about what I've learned in the past year. I came to the conclusion that I've learned a lot. I'm just going to share with you lessons I've learned (and re-learned in some cases): 1.

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Interview Preparation

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If your skills fall short of what is required for this particular job posting, you might want to pass this opportunity by (at least this time around), but you can always take courses and learn the required skills or upgrade your present skills for the next time. I never feel an interview is a waste of time whether I am successful or not, I can always learn from the experience and see what the expectations are and what the job market is like.

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There's nothing wrong with asking for "Help"!

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Even when I was first learning, I found that I wanted to know more than what they were teaching me, so I started to investigate the various menu options myself and I started using the "Help" command. Tutorials: Another way to learn more about your word processing program is to do tutorials.

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The Challenges of Working for More Than One Person

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Sometimes I find it is a learning experience for your bosses as well and it is nice if you can take the lead in making things run smoothly. I actually now enjoy working for two people as it gives me variety in my day and I am learning to work with two people with different working styles.

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When Using Your Cell Phone can be Bad Manners

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We need to be patient with each other as we learn to adapt to new technologies and be aware of the challenges they pose. 2] Thornton, Carla, New Phones Raise Privacy fears , [link] , (accessed October 26, 2007) [3] Muskopf-Hyde, Sandra, Etiquette School of Ohio, Basic Cell Phone Etiquette , [link] , (used with permission) (accessed November 2, 2007). Our technology is moving ahead full speed, but it seems our etiquette is lagging behind.

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The new job

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Even though you probably have been doing this type of work for years, it is a new position, in a new location with new policies and procedures to learn, and you are dealing with new people. Every time I learn something new, I write it in the manual, ie. 1 Rosenberg-McKay, Dawn, Starting a New Job, [link] , (accessed September 30, 2007). It is exciting when you get that phone call to tell you that you were selected for the job you applied for.

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What Does Success Look Like?

On The Job

But today's blog post is different, because I want to learn something from you. In this blog, I try to provide information that I believe will be helpful to you. It's simple, actually. I'd like for you to answer a question: What does success look like to you? Make your answer as long or as short as you want, and be brutally honest. Name 20 things or one thing. Give it some thought or write down the first thing that enters your head. There is no right or wrong answer. I'm just curious.

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Using Your Contact Cards as a Secretarial Manual

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I have also added a subfolder called "Technical Support" and put things in there when I learn something new with respect to software or Helpline phone numbers or webpages. They are quick to create each time you learn something new. I have found using my contact cards for secretarial information has been very helpful. I have my regular contact list where I store contact information, phone numbers etc. and then I have created a subfolder called "Secretarial Manual".

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Successful Resumés

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Updated this article February 13, 2008 [link] Unfortunately, in one job I had I was involved on the downside of government downsizing, but I feel that even during a seemingly bad experience, you can always learn something positive. accessed August 3, 2007).

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The Power of Lists

On The Job

Translation: "I still haven't learned how to create an Excel document." Even though Jay Leno has been begging me to come write for his show, I'm the daughter of a union man and not about to cross that writer's strike picket line. So, that leaves me free to offer you these gems for Tidbit Tuesday: * What's in a list? Time magazine's list-laden issue also has a dart to throw at the lists we all seem to love (ahem, 45 Things.).

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Overcoming Predicted Failures

On The Job

But because it's so difficult for an employee to combat such actions, companies must learn to target such behavior by bosses who drive away workers simply because they have put their own prejudices into play. It's often an unhappy reality, but true: Once a boss decides a worker cannot succeed, then it becomes very difficult -- if not downright impossible -- to break that opinion.

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Workplace Affairs Still Cause Problems

On The Job

Everson after it was learned he'd had an affair with a female subordinate. Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher learned that lesson the hard way when he had to resign because he had a love affair with another female executive. I have written about workplace romance before , but it appears SOME people are not paying attention. Take the case of the American Red Cross recently dumping President and CEO Mark W.

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Getting People to Listen to You

On The Job

Watch how key players seem to gain the attention of others, and learn from it. The key to communicating well with others is learning to listen so that you can respond appropriately to questions and react to changes in the conversation. Sometimes it can be difficult to really make yourself heard at work. You give suggestions, but they seem to be ignored. You offer opinions in a meeting, but no one really pays attention. You can never get more than a minute of the boss’s time.

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Reheating Catfish in the Microwave

On The Job

Anyway, here are some things you might find of interest: * You're not the boss of me: New research suggests that children entering school with behavior problems, as a rule, can keep pace with classroom learning, but persistent behavior problems can be a strong indicator of how well these students adapt to the work world. Every student deserves a good education and an opportunity to have a fulfilling work life," said NSF Developmental and Learning Sciences Program Director Amy Sussman.

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The Floater Assistant - From Their Point of View

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5) There is a lot of information for you to learn and digest. As promised, here is the article from my co-worker who worked for a period of time as a replacement assistant. I enjoyed reading her side of the story. Put yourself in the shoes of the professional you will be working for.

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Attend a Job Fair Like You Mean It

On The Job

Learn from attendees what works and what doesn’t – look for those candidates who seem to really capture the attention of the recruiters and stand out. What are some things you can learn from their behavior? · Be honest: The last time you went to a job fair, did you do more than fill out a couple of applications or toss your resume at a recruiter? Did you rehearse your qualifications while standing in line to meet employers or did you work the Sudoku puzzle in the local newspaper?

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Poor Handwriting Skills a Problem

On The Job

Handwriting is important because research shows that when children are taught how to do it, they are also being taught how to learn and how to express themselves. Researchers believe poor handwriting skills filter into all areas of a child's learning and may hamper them in being successful. So, it may be that not only do poor writing skills impact a child's learning, but their future success in the working world as well.

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Taking Cheap Shots

On The Job

If there’s one thing we should have learned in our lives is that it’s dangerous – not to mention stupid – to categorize people. So, the next time you think you can predict someone’s behavior, stop and take the time to ask the person questions and use the interaction as a chance for you to learn and grow.

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Office Politics Can't Be Ignored

On The Job

You don’t have to lie, cheat, steal or cause physical harm – but you can listen, learn, be professional and ethical. If someone plays hardball and actually sets out to do you professional harm, then you’ve learned an important lesson that you need to be careful with this person in the future and not provide another opportunity to hurt you. Remember that if you hold a grudge, then it bars you from learning from the experience and moving on.

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Women's Anger Viewed Differently

On The Job

But even the most volatile woman can learn to control her anger, and deal with it in a way that is healthy for her and doesn’t have adverse affects on her reputation at work: * Acknowledge the feeling. The woman exploded in anger at work, alternately spewing hateful invectives at a co-worker, then abruptly stopping and breaking into tears. Finally, she nearly ran from the room, leaving stunned colleagues in her wake.

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Brand You: A Free Telesummit for Those Seeking to Help Their Careers

On The Job

8 you will have a unique opportunity to listen and learn from people who make it their business to help you with your career. Check out the other speakers and remember that you’re basically being offered a chance to help your career and learn a thing or two from some well-regarded and highly-successful people that are willing to share what they know with you. I know that I still have a lot left to learn and after my session is done I plan to sit back and be a part of the audience.

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The Workplace: What Men Don't Tell Women

On The Job

What I’m saying is that if women can learn to speak alpha male, and understand that this information is power, then they’re going to benefit from it.” Bitch. Whore. Geisha. These are just a few of the names Christopher Flett says that some men call women in the workplace. Not to their faces, he says, but behind their backs. Those names make me uncomfortable, and angry.

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A Teacher's Final Words to All of Us

On The Job

Still, by playing football as a child, he learned important lessons of perseverance and teamwork that helped him in his other career pursuits. What key lessons have you learned from something you feel passionate about that you can apply to your career? More important, he says that he learned that while Kirk wasn’t the smartest person on the ship, “he no doubt had great leadership skills to be learned from – plus he had the coolest damned toys.”

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Sexual Harassment Verdict Against Thomas Proves Problems Still Exist in the Workplace Today

On The Job

Well, Thomas has just learned that a jury of his peers doesn’t agree with his sentiments. While on the job, she claimed he called her “bitch” and “ho” among other things, and after a year and a half of such treatment, she decided she had had enough and sued for sexual harassment. She was fired. It a widely publicized case, Anucha Browne again showed us that the workplace is not always fair in its treatment of employees. She has been awarded a whopping $11.6

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Hire a Hero

On The Job

You learn so many valuable things in the military – these people know how to solve problems, how to work together and have a lot of personal integrity,” he says. When signing up to serve our country, new recruits often are told how their military career will lead to good jobs when they one day re-enter the civilian world. That appears to be complete bulls**t, according to Dan Caulfield.

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Remaining Viable as an Older Worker

On The Job

This is when you back off and learn to fight another day. It can be stressful searching for a job when you’re in yours 20s or 30s, but what about decades later, when you’re in your 40s or 50s? It can be terrifying. Certainly, when you’re older you have more experience to offer an employer, but, well, you’re older. And in a youth-obsessed society, that can seriously impact your ability to get the job you desire and believe you are qualified to fill. Is that fair? Is it legal?

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Job Interviewing 101

On The Job

I remember when my older son was just learning to read and write and I found his name written boldly in pen on the white marble of our fireplace hearth. Of course, the written evidence was to the contrary, so my son spent some time scrubbing the fireplace and learning a valuable lesson not only about where and when to write his name, but the consequences of lying. (OK,

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Always Needing to Be Right

On The Job

But here’s something to think about: By denying there is anything left to learn, we undermine ourselves and our companies. The most successful people, after all, often challenge others to come up with a better idea and then learn from that input. When you went to school, did anyone ever tell you to be sure and choose the “wrong” answer on a test? At work, does your boss regularly tell you to make the “wrong” decisions? Probably not.

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