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Blog Action Day 2008

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Blog Action Day 2008 Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 1:00 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging As a participant in Blog Action Day 2008, I asked everyone I know for information on programs (actual or planned) which combat poverty.

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On the needles October 2008

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs On the needles October 2008 Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10:04 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Knitting Frenetic. ktcosmos Comment // October 29th, 2008 // 10:03 am Hi Deb, pleased to meet you!

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Small Business Labs

To see earlier lists, click on the year: 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008.   Government Policy trends Web/Tech Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  2013's trend list is available here. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.5% range.

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Best of … Blog Action Day 2008

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Best of … Blog Action Day 2008 Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging Whether on- or off-topic for your blog, there are times when participation in a group blog project just feels right. Speaking of this, here are some related posts from another time and place in Loosely Speaking: Blog Action Day 2008: What will you do to fight poverty?

I am such an SOB!

Loosely Speaking

Monday, October 27, 2008 at 9:03 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging Successful and Outstanding Blogger, that is! Liz Strauss , the original SOB is hosting her blog’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow, October 28, 2008.

Takeover Disasters | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Takeover Disasters by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 22, 2008 The process of taking over another company can be a very exciting time for you and your business, but it can very quickly turn into an unpleasant experience with serious lasting consequences. E-Mail me or follow me. Starting a Small Business?

Health Grows to 17.6% of U.S. Economy

Small Business Labs

of GDP in 2008.   Last year's 4% increase means we spent about $100 billion more on health care than in 2008.    government policy trendsIf like us you're worried about health care spending, there's some good news and some bad news.    The good news is U.S. health spending grew just 4% in 2009 , the lowest growth rate in the 50 years the government has tracked this data. 

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Who Speaks for Small Business on Health Care?

Small Business Labs

Supporting Obama Care is the Main Street Alliance , which interestingly enough is described in the article as "an organization founded in 2008 that focuses on supporting the health-care law."  government policyThe WSJ's Business Groups Welcome Health Law Set Back  covers the recent ruling by a federal district judge that the Obama administration’s health-care law was unconstitutional.

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Put a smile on that face

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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? Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

Don't Kid Yourself: Your Private E-mail May Be Anything But When You're at Work

On The Job

We've heard the warnings time and again: What you write in an e-mail is subject to your employer not only reviewing it -- but firing you if it is believed you violated company policy. Tags: e-mail at work privacy rights what should i fired e-mail policy e-mail can i be

Redistributing your work-life balancing act?

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Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 9:55 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant There’s a clipboard on my desk (pictured beneath my furry assistant at right) that is more valuable than any tech tool in my office.

All I need is $4.59

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Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 10:37 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Family Life , Life of the Virtual Assistant I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I became a Google Adsense Publisher. Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

Updating to wordpress 2.7

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant With each successful update of WordPress, the more comfortable you become when receiving weird fatal error messages, which cause your blog to crash completely until you decode and address them.

VA Industry Leaders: a conversation

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Comments: 19 19 Comments Marsha Kopan Comment // October 29th, 2008 // 1:34 pm I am not so sure about this blogging thing. Kathie Thomas, A Claytons Secretary Comment // October 29th, 2008 // 6:36 pm So many questions – and I can answer all or some, or just one.

Off the needles! Baby hat and bell bottoms.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 10:47 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Knitting Every girl needs a pair of bell-bottomed yoga pants. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Off the needles! Baby hat and bell bottoms.

Reasons why work slowdowns can be good

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Reasons why work slowdowns can be good Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 11:12 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant My DH had his first-ever no work day in 35 years as a Land Surveyor.

Politics and Money Worries: A Volatile Mixture on the Job

On The Job

If they're not clear, and the company has no set policy, it might be best to keep a low profile regarding political views. There's no escaping the economic news lately, and most of us go to work every day just trying not to think about our dwindling 401(k) plans or pensions.

What the Brady Bunch Can Teach You About Finding the Right Job

On The Job

While management may say there is an open-door policy, is there really? Like most people, I was broke when I got out of college. Flat broke.

What To Do When the Gossip is About.You

On The Job

Still, if your company has a formal policy in place that states no gossiping, you could have a better foundation to build your case. Go ahead and fess up. I know you look at those gossip rags near the checkout supermarket lines. I know that you know that Brad and Angelina had twins.

Can you say “sidetracked?”

Loosely Speaking

Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 11:41 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant I could blame it on the economy. ktcosmos Comment // December 6th, 2008 // 4:06 pm Melodee, We are a house divided: I like the Cubbies, my husband is a Dbacks fan. Melodee Patterson Comment // December 6th, 2008 // 5:01 pm choke Cubbies!?! Maybe you can come to a Brewers game and see what talent really is Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

Give a care? Give a share!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:39 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Prescott Arizona I used to love (and be good at) gardening. Pingback // December 13th, 2008 // 10:46 am [.] Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change? Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Give a care? Give a share!

Are Social Media sites today's biggest time suck?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 9:25 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Business Strategies/Perspectives , Web/Tech Social Media sites have been heralded as the latest and best way to network and establish your brand. Tapping the Power of LinkedIn Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change? Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Are Social Media sites today’s biggest time suck?

When a client's site cries out for help

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs When a client’s site cries out for help Monday, October 6, 2008 at 3:39 pm // By: ktcosmos // Category: Web/Tech Like many small developers, I built a number of websites between 1998 and 2002 using the then standard approach of hand-coded HTML and, later, a web editing program. Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

5 Tips for Out-of-Work Freelancers

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs 5 Tips for Out-of-Work Freelancers Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 11:32 am // By: kellykilpatrick24 // Category: Business Strategies/Perspectives , Life of the Virtual Assistant Publisher’s note: this post was contributed by by Kelly Kilpatrick , who writes on the subject of an MBA degree. Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

Swearing in the Workplace

Laughing all the Way to Work

No matter what your position is, however, I would suggest you check what your office policy states to make sure you are in compliance and if your office has a zero tolerance for swearing you need to check your language at the door and be aware of what you are saying as it could affect your career. 1 Networkworld.com, [link] , (accessed January 11, 2008) 2 New York Times, [link] , (accessed January 11, 1008).

10 of the Toughest Interview Questions Ever

On The Job

Can you explain this clear violation of school policy?" My last post generated a lot of comments regarding the tougher stance employers may be taking regarding truthfulness from job seekers based on President-Elect Obama's criteria, and it got me to thinking about just how far the new administration may be willing to go when it comes to vetting job candidates.

10 Things Every Employee Deserves From a Boss

On The Job

If a boss can't tell an employee the truth because it violates some ultra-secret, I'd-be-killed-if-I-told-policy, then say so. Sitting in the waiting room before a dentist's appointment recently, I found myself confronted with reading material that consisted of "Five Ways to Make Christmas Ornaments Out of Old Tires" to "10 Reasons It's Very Normal to Love your Blackberry More Than Life Itself." That left an article on "20 Things Every Woman Deserves From the Guy in Her Life."

When Times are Tough, How Do You Keep Workers Focused and Engaged?

On The Job

That means that managers need to make sure they keep an open-door policy" and assure workers they’re available to talk about any anxieties they may be experiencing. While no one would dispute the fact that workers are stressed because of continuing layoffs, stagnant wages and rising consumer prices, the pressure may be compounded for the people in charge of keeping workers enthusiastic and motivated -- managers.

Five People You Gotta Pay Attention to Today

On The Job

“It’s almost a time warp.

The E-tiquette of E-mail

Laughing all the Way to Work

Your company may have a policy on what they want you to include in the signature line and what it should look like, but generally you would include your name, title, company name and address, telephone and fax number. Be sure to check your company email policy: Having butterflies flutter across the screen on the opening of the business e-mail may not be the image your company is looking for.

Employment Gaps

Laughing all the Way to Work

Be Honest I have found that honesty is the best policy, but you do not need to go into detail unless you are asked for further information. There is likely a time in your career when you took a break to either raise a family, take care of an elderly or sick family member, go to school, travel the world or whatever the reason may be, this will show an employment gap on your resume. These gaps are noticed. How do you explain it to a potential employer?

The Customer is Not Always Right

On The Job

If a customer tries to return merchandise that violates the return policy, the employee must remember “that the customer is always right,” even if it causes him or her to lose a commission. “Smile.” “The The customer is always right.” Good service is what keeps the customer.” If you’re a manager, you probably have used these words with your employees. If a customer is snotty to an employee, too bad.

Sounding the Alarm about Workplace Privacy Issues

Laughing all the Way to Work

We need to read our workplace privacy policies and make sure we are following them. [1] I recently attended an IAAP dinner meeting and we had a lawyer speak to us about the proper disposal of confidential documents. As assistants we often work with information that is confidential and we need to use good practices when disposing of these documents. In Canada document disposal came to the attention of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner in the filming of a mini-series in Toronto.

GenY and Boomers: A Formidable Alliance

On The Job

Finally, we may see new policies that forever change the way work gets done. Much has been made of the fact that baby boomers will be retiring in droves, leaving the field as worn-out warriors with their outdated ideas. Younger workers - GenY - will be the new face of the workplace, revolutionizing the labor force with technology and demands for more flexibility. The problem is that this isn't necessarily what is happening. Sure, baby boomers are retiring.but not in droves.

The Filing Poem by Lynn Crosbie

Laughing all the Way to Work

I hope Lynn's poem on filing will motivate you to do this necessary but boring task. Enjoy! Someone's Gotta do it.

"Don't be messy. Be on time."

On The Job

At least we're doing something right: "A significant increase in supportive attitudes at the workplace towards co-workers living with HIV as well as greater acceptance of condoms and other preventive measures are being registered around the world as a result of effective HIV policies and practices," says a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).

When You Hate the New Job

On The Job

If the problems are serious -- you ethically disagree with company policy or you're asked to do duties you find reprehensible or just have no interest in -- then it's probably time to just move on and learn from the experience. When you accepted the job, you were excited about the new opportunities chance to enhance your skills. But three months later, all you can think of, is “ What was I thinking?” You now believe you’ve made a mistake when you accepted a new job.

What's the story on your file?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Your company may even have a policy on their naming procedures. Think of a file as a story about what has happened from beginning to end on a matter. It should be a story that you can look at to see what happened, but it should also be a story someone else will be able to read and make sense of. It is very important if you get phone calls and make decisions on a file to document that by writing a note and putting it on the file by date.