Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015.   2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. Add to this a growing wave of cybercrime – which is increasingly targeted at small business through the use of automated online bots – and 2015 looks like a year when online security and privacy will be major small business issues. 2015 Economic Trends.

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5 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Disney Junior

Tips From T. Marie

Believe it or not, there are a few business lessons you can learn from Disney Junior characters. But using tools that are ill fitted to the job at hand ends up costing them additional time or can even keep them from doing the job right. I’m Granmama to a 3 year old princess.

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5 reasons to learn a foreign language to further your career

Practically Perfect PA

Learning a new language takes time and dedication, but the development of smartphone technology has brought new opportunities to fit learning into your daily routine. With so many opportunities at your fingertips, there has never been a better time to learn a new language.

2015 186

Understanding (And Countering) The Cost of Downtime

Dumb Little Man

While you can start investing in network and server monitoring, it’s also important to understand how we became so reliant on this technology and the cost of downtime. It usually costs over $10,000 for each hour of downtime. It ultimately affects learning and complex thoughts.

2019 208

Assistant Certifications: free webinar replay & handout

Office Dynamics

We had an incredible webinar event with over 1,300 assistants registered to learn more about why, as an administrative professional, they should consider a career certification. Private colleges may seem expensive but they offer many scholarships to help offset this cost.

2015 261

The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President  (page 147), which is prepared annually by the President's Council of Economic Advisers for Congress. In this case companies are shifting the risks and costs associated with job training to individuals.

2015 242

7 Simple Steps to Organizing & Hosting a Successful Teleclass

Office Organization Success

And it’s a very simple, yet low-cost marketing strategy that you can implement on a regular basis to reach your target market. You know something that your participants don’t, and they have come along to learn from you. c) 2015 Tracey Lawton.

2015 262

Free Webinar Replay: 7 Steps To A Ridiculously Radiant Career

Office Dynamics

Learning Highlights. As an attendee, you will learn: The key elements that distinguish a job from a career and how to tell which one you have.

2015 209

5 Ways to Significantly Increase Attendance of Your Free Teleclass

Office Organization Success

And hosting a free teleclass is low to zero cost to you too! This means that your participants can follow along whilst listening to your call – people have different learning styles and you’ve just given them two options with this simple step. c) 2015 Tracey Lawton.

2015 221

5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

Eco-Office Gals

Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home. According to research by The Appraisal Journal, energy saving upgrades add a whopping 20 times their cost to the value of your home.

2015 239

Looking Forward With Intention [Free Webinar for Assistants]

Office Dynamics

Here at Office Dynamics International, as we wrap up this 25th year of business, we’re feeling both grateful and overwhelmed with all we’ve experienced in 2015. For this final session of the year, we’re sending 2015 off with a bang! December 3, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

2015 143

Creating More Profits: 3 Essential Areas to Focus On

Office Organization Success

Advertising/Marketing Streams – where do you currently advertise your business and how much is it costing you? Business Development – in order to grow your business you need to grow yourself and this means investing in your learning. c) 2015 Tracey Lawton.

2015 199

Dealing with ‘characters’ at work

Practically Perfect PA

We learn how to deal with most people and work together efficiently. Remember that clashing with this personality is only going to cost you time. Just avoid them at all costs! Most businesses are made up of a variety of people and characters.

2015 243

Continuing Education: How HR Managers Can Help

Office Dynamics

Certification is an inexpensive way to help your employees move forward and learn new skills. A talented and educated employee will utilize the skills they learn in a degree program while working for you, so offering tuition reimbursement to them is an investment in their professional growth.

2015 178

The Rise of the Skills Training/Job Placement Industry

Small Business Labs

Korfu's three-and-a-half week course costs $2,750 and General Assembly's 8-10 week intensive classes cost between $8,000 and $12,000.   Because of this, there's a real focus on learning. The current employment picture is quite interesting.

2015 206

Ultimate travel itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

A lot of the apps are free or only cost a few pounds. Assist Travel is taking place on Friday 25th September 2015 from 10am to 4.30pm, with a drinks reception until 6pm, in London.

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Why You’re Not Getting What You’re Expecting

Tips From T. Marie

She bluntly told the craftsperson this and proceeded to enumerate her cost estimates for the materials and tools that were required to make said item. I’ve written about low-cost help before and the high price it can end up costing you.

2015 177

Five Things Small Businesses Need to Know About Free

Tips From T. Marie

This is what I learned about using free for business. Yes, I was able to find alternatives out there for free, but I quickly realized there was a reason they didn’t cost anything. Free costs a lot of time. Free can cost your business reputation.

2015 190

When Is It Just Not Worth It? A Story of Failure.

Tips From T. Marie

An online learning course that was available 24/7 from anywhere there was an internet connection. In it I would share everything that I had learned through trial and error, personal experience and training. What can you learn from my experience?

2015 177

How to Avoid Being Named in a Fancy Hands Type Lawsuit

Tips From T. Marie

Which begs the question, how ethical is it to take advantage of a situation like the one at Fancy Hands, Fiverr, Guru, Elance and other services that so many have turned to for extremely low cost virtual services? Before working with any virtual services professional learn the rules.

2015 166

Thank you for joining our Admin Blog-a-thon, what’s next?

Office Dynamics

Here’s a recap of just some of the amazing things that went on this year in celebration of you, Administrative Professionals: Executive Secretary Magazine sent out daily gifts from a variety of organizations specifically for administrative professionals learning benefit.

2015 151

Choose to Avoid Negative Talk In The Office

Office Dynamics

Remember, if you have to do something over, you are costing your company money. Therefore, you need to invest in learning (even if your employer can’t support you). Imagine this… There is a huge fiery dragon roaming the earth.

2015 239

5 Personal Development Tests to Help You Be More Successful

Virtual Moxie

Assessments are created by brilliant minds to help us learn the things about ourselves and others that we probably ought to know more consciously, and just don't. Clifton StrengthsFinder (helps you uncover your talents) $15 to learn your top five strengths; $89 to learn about all 34 strengths.

2015 227

To Create Products and Services That People Want, Focus on Customer Gains

The Solopreneur Life

I n my 21 years as a solopreneur, I’ve learned that when I focus on customer pain and customer gains, I’m more likely to create products and services that people actually want to buy. Deliver lower costs?

2015 162

Invest In Yourself

Office Dynamics

The program is quite expansive and was open to 10 high-performing career women who want to learn how to Live a BIG Life, in spite of life and all its challenges. It is an intense 12 month program with lots of great learning. Learn, learn, learn.

2015 232

Re-designing meetings

Practically Perfect PA

As well as the actual spend, taking senior staff away from the office has a large opportunity cost and organisations should do everything they can to make sure that the time spent at the event is adding value to the business. But if you do this you don’t learn or develop.

2015 158

My Sense of Urgency Is Killing Me (Slowly)

Eat Your Career

It’s tempting to move too quickly, which ultimately leads to mistakes or low quality work (which costs time in the long run and potentially harms your professional reputation). I’ve known this for a long time; now I just have to accept it and learn to operate this way. For those of you who haven’t met me in the real world, let me first explain some of my character assets and liabilities.

2015 147

5 Apps You Can Use Right Now to Become More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

This combination of productivity tools used to cost several hundred dollars on a PC. With the MyEarth app , you can save a virtual polar bear while learning how to save real energy. It helps you track your own energy habits in a number of categories, and helps you improve as you learn.

2015 151

The Most Important Trait To Boost Your Productivity


The key to advanced productivity lies in the power of learning. Back in 2011, I took the time to learn new techniques in Microsoft Excel through a course. The methods I learned there have gave me greater confidence and speed (i.e. The value of learning is very clear.

2015 107

6 Tips to Help You Get a Pay Raise

On The Job

As the job market heats up, that may spur your boss into giving you a bigger annual raise just to avoid losing you, which can be costly. Consult sites such as Glassdoor or to learn how much others in your industry and position earn, as well as those in your geographic area.

2015 203

5 Signs Employees are Thinking About Leaving -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

For example, disengaged workers cost their organizations an average of $3,400 every year for every $10,000 in annual salary, according to statistics from McLean & Co.

2015 181

How Well Do You Communicate? by Judi Moreo

Office Dynamics

It is imperative that we are able to communicate clearly and precisely in order to avoid misinterpretation and misunderstandings that can be extremely costly to the organization. You will earn yourself a great deal of respect if you learn and practice active listening skills.

2015 176

The staggering lie of so-called Limiting Beliefs

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

The cost for entrepreneurs caught in this trap is huge: Untold thousands of dollars wasted and the absolute grinding halt of meaningful progress. They’ll feel like they’ve learned something amazing about themselves and their past. My gears are really grinding on this one.

2015 105

Open Loops 4/10/2015

Simple Productivity Blog

Learn what ala carte TV really costs. On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on. A rant against K Cups (mine) in response to a "reuse" article. 5 daily rituals for happiness.

2015 141

My Sense of Urgency Is Killing Me (Slowly)

Eat Your Career

It’s tempting to move too quickly, which ultimately leads to mistakes or low quality work (which costs time in the long run and potentially harms your professional reputation). I’ve known this for a long time; now I just have to accept it and learn to operate this way. For those of you who haven’t met me in the real world, let me first explain some of my character assets and liabilities.

2015 100

Here's What Managers are Doing Wrong When Trying to Implement Change

On The Job

Further, the study found that only 54% of major change initiatives are successful, which can be costly not only financially but in how it adversely affects the company culture and employee engagement and productivity. Management guru Peter Drucker once said that half of the leaders he met did not need to learn what to do – they needed to learn what to stop doing.

2015 136

3 Good Ideas for a Business Trip

Small Business CEO

It can also cost you a lot of money if you do not have a company expense account. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to learn some basic tips that will not only help you save some money during your business trips, but they will also make you feel more comfortable and rested.

2015 101

Happy New Year: Why Labour Day Has Become My New Year’s Day


The cost of being stubborn and sticking with what had worked until this year (but no longer really did) wasn’t worth the price I was paying. Back when I wrote The Front Nine , I explained that I started my new year in February. Actually, the specific date was February 2nd: Groundhog Day.

2015 108

Five Obfuscating Business Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

I’ve just learned five new business verbs: onboard , level-set , operationalize , descope , and action-plan. Here are examples: As a mission enters the planning and construction phase, it often becomes clear that the initial estimates were optimistic and the cost cap constraint will bind.

2015 114

Measuring The Right Things


If I thought I was in a lot of pain from running – oh boy – I’d have a lot to learn. “Your brain cannot multitask and your switching costs are absurdly detrimental.” While on a recent run I realized this lesson, mostly accidentally.

2015 108

How ultra-achiever entrepreneurs use the holidays to win

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

The cost of missing that last part is tremendous: You’ll keep making the same mistakes without learning. The ultimate cost of this is that your unconscious mind will figure it out. The way you start 2016 will determine your success.

2015 64

Three Uncommon Hacks For Better Team Productivity


Optimized In-Person Communication To date we’ve integrated the following practices to improve in-person interaction and the sharing of information across the company: Lunch and Learn Sessions: Every Wednesday a different team member presents an hour-long presentation to anyone who wants to attend.

2015 101

Why I’m quitting my business to build software 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

We’re turning the personal development industry on it’s head by offering low-cost personal development coaching where we train our clients in self-initiated action taking. . In 2015, I halved my consulting hours as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs.

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