4 scheduling tools to try in 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Well, we are a few weeks into 2018 and I have seen a ton of articles, opinion pieces and social media messages about technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, taking over the role of Assistants.

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U.S. Coworking Forecast: 2018 to 2022

Small Business Labs

Our U.S. coworking forecast projects continued growth for the U.S. coworking industry over the next 5 years.    Our forecast average annual growth rate for U.S. spaces over the forecast period (2017 to 2022) is, by coworking's standards, a relatively modest 9%. 

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CB Insights on the Trends Shaping Tech in 2018

Small Business Labs

The technology information site CB Insights recently published their list of 15 Trends Shaping Tech in 2018. This is happening and next year, for example, Volvo will release a car subscription option for their new 2018 XC40 SUV. 

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Top Business Ideas of 2018 You Should Consider

Dumb Little Man

The predicted business trends of 2018, though all different, are based on a single and simple principle: personality. To put it plainly, the road to success in 2018 begins and ends with building character. The future ultimately remains a mystery to us, but with some smart predictions and a little dedication, we will be able to see 2018 as a great year for our personal and professional growth.

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What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018?

Office Dynamics

For 2018, my word is “grow.” So, what is your word going to be for 2018? The post What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018? It’s amazing the power one word can have! It was proven to me January of 2017, I decided instead of writing a bunch of goals, I would select one word to be the overarching umbrella of everything I wanted to achieve in 2017. My word was “abundance.” I scribbled this in big letters on an 8 /12 x 11 sheet of paper and then wrote words all around it.

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Social Isolation - Not Just Loneliness - a Health Risk Reduced by Coworking

Small Business Labs

Social isolation and loneliness are related, but not the same thing.    Social isolation refers to having relatively few relationships and/or infrequent contact with others.  Loneliness

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What have we got planned for 2018?

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the first blog post of 2018. Well, firstly, happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a fantastic festive break and you were able to get some much needed R&R.

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Fiverr Buys And Co; ADP Buys Work Market; Expect More Gig Economy Acquisitions

Small Business Labs

There were several interesting recent acquisitions in the gig economy space. Last week the online talent marketplace Fiverr announced they had acquired AND CO , a provider of financial and client management software for freelancers. 

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Euromonitor's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2018

Small Business Labs

Euromonitor International recently released their 2018 Top 10 Global Consumer Trends list,  which are listed in the chart below.

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Event Management for PAs – how to create the basic plan

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA/EA you already regularly organise meetings and minor events. You probably organise the social aspects too, certainly the office Christmas party! However, event management is a skill that is a little, ok a lot more specialist.

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10 things to consider before becoming a VA

Practically Perfect PA

Starting your own VA business and becoming a VA may currently be a dream for you, but you can easily make it your new reality, if you’re willing to put in the focus, time and effort. However, before you make the decision to make a leap to self-employment and your new VA business, you need […].

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Why Startups Fail

Small Business Labs

The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail from CB Insights is based on their postmortem review of 101 failed startups. Their infographic below lists the 20 reasons. Their research brief goes into detail on each reason. 

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Romancing the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

According to research by Chris Larsen, a professor at the University of Colorado, the median income for romance authors has tripled during the e-book era.

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8 Instagram Trends In 2018 You Need To Know

Dumb Little Man

As you look ahead to 2018 and begin planning your social media strategy, it is essential to monitor trends. This means that we can look forward to more improvements in 2018. In 2018, we’re likely to witness Instagram putting more of a focus on growing their business options. In 2018, social analytics tools are likely to become more detailed and valuable to marketers. In 2018, more brands will use social media influencers as a way to improve reach and engagement.

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My Three Words for 2018 (and a Single Resolution)

Productivityist

So this year after I went through the Yearly Words exercise – something I feature in my “anytime” annual planning program The NOW Year Action Plan Course – I decided to use the same three words from 2017 in 2018. There are several reasons why this post nearly didn’t get written.

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The Future Assistant full programme is live and kicking

Practically Perfect PA

Today, I’m so excited to share the news that the Future Assistant full programme is live and kicking! I’m so excited to share the final programme with you.

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Technology of the week: Rev

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Rev. Here are all the details… What is Rev? Rev.com is a service website that transcribes video and audio into text, they add captions to video and translate documents into any language, which can be certified for an additional fee. What does it do?

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The Importance of the Social Side of Coworking

Small Business Labs

Our recent Harvard Business Review article, Coworking Is not About Workspace - It's About Feeling Less Lonely , covers research we conducted on the social side of coworking.

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Job Fairs May Suck -- But You Can Use Them to Your Advantage

On The Job

On college campuses around the country, job fairs are popping up like groundhogs looking for a place to wait out the winter. Companies load up their banners and swag (A free pen! A free stress reduction ball!) and stake out a table. Then, the college students -- wearing nice clothes that make them squirm -- start the trek from table to table to table, ready to hand out their resumes. The only problem is that sometimes recruiters shake them off. "No," No," they say. "We We don't need your resume.

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The Future Assistant Conference: What went down?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just arrived back in Barcelona after a pretty roller coaster week in the UK, which included running the two day Future Assistant Conference in Camden and an overnight stay at the Royal London Hospital with my one year old. He is fine, me not so much!

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Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! So what can I tell you about the Future Assistant 2018? The Future Assistant will take place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February 2018 in London. Launching the Future Assistant 2018.

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Be Nice and Make Less Work for Your Reader

Business Writing

The other day at my health club I asked an employee what time the bank parking lot was available for club members' use. I knew I could use the bank lot when the bank closed, but I wasn't sure what. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

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Amount ? Quantity: A Cautionary Tale

Business Writing

The other day my fitness coach went online to pay a $250 deposit on her daughter's high school trip. She found the website and the correct trip, clicked the link to pay $250, and then faced a cell marked Amount. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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Declining Corporate Longevity

Small Business Labs

Innosight, an innovation consulting firm, recently released their  2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast: Creative Destruction is Accelerating.   This report forecasts continuing corporate turbulence and a reduction in the amount of time firms spend on the S&P 500 index.

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How to Make Your Writing Flow

Business Writing

Do people tell you that your writing is choppy or difficult to follow? Do they say it doesn't flow? Or maybe you've noticed that your team's writing doesn't flow. Good flow in writing is method, not magic. When writing doesn't. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Don't Reveal Too Many Personal Details in Interview

On The Job

I'm battling a virus today and am going to take my own advice and go back to bed instead of trying to work. With that in mind, here's a column I wrote earlier and feel like it's worth repeating. I've heard many horror stories over the years about job interviews gone wrong.

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Why You Didn't Get the Second Interview

On The Job

It can be very exciting when you get a call from an employer inviting you for a job interview. But that feeling can quickly disappear when you don't get a call for the second interview. If this happens more than once, you may need to make some adjustments because it might not be "them" -- but you. If you fail to get a second interview, you need to consider: You're making rookie mistakes.

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NPR on the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

NPR's The Rise of the Contract worker , is a week long series of stories covering the gig economy.      It was based on a gig economy survey they conducted with Marist Poll. The highlights from their survey are: NPR/Marist Poll Highlights.

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What’s the Biggest Blocker Holding You Back in Your Job Search?

Practically Perfect PA

It’s that time of year, when we start reflecting on what we have achieved, question if we are on the right path and possibly asking ourselves if we are adding value or creating an impact in any way. Even if it’s just on a small scale. Now normally I’m not a big advocate for choosing […].

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Book Review: The Million-Dollar One-Person Business

Small Business Labs

We really like the tagline for the book The Million-Dollar One-Person Business. It's "Make great money; work the way you want; have the life you want." " This pretty much sums up the advantages of being successfully self-employed. 

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What is the Best Email Marketing Strategy for 2018?

Small Business CEO

You’ve finally done it. Made a list, checked it twice, and now you want to start sending emails to your (hopefully) loyal subscribers. Ah, life is great and your business is surely set to explode with increased sales. As they say “It’s all in the list!”

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Why You Keep Getting Overlooked at Work

On The Job

Take a minute and look at what you're wearing right now. Are they the same clothes you wore in college? Or similar enough that you could have worn them in college? Now, take a look at your work area.

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Creating a Brand Story – Part 2

Office Dynamics

By Anel Martin. You know that awkward moment in the interview when they ask you about your areas of excellence, or that moment you need to introduce yourself to someone new at a business networking event ( and your response sounds a bit rehearsed ) or you run into the CEO in the elevator and they want to know who you are and what you do at the company. If you have ever felt vulnerable or embarrassed in these situations you need a Brand Story and Part Two of this series is just for you!

2018 55

Amazon's High Tech, Checkout Free Grocery Store Opens Today

Small Business Labs

Amazon opened their brick and mortar, cashier-less store of the future today in Seattle. Called Amazon Go , it looks like a very high-tech version of a 7-11 convenience store. It has a selection of salads, sandwiches and beverages (including beer and wine), ready-to-eat meals, produce and meats. 

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How Do I Increase My Brand Value? PART 1

Office Dynamics

By Anel Martin. Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” – Jeff Bezos. I have to thank Jeff, as I have not found a better way to explain personal brands in all the years I have been exploring the subject. There are a few things we need to understand ( from my point of view and experience ) when it comes to brand: Your brand already exists (whether you know it or not). Your brand has value attached to it (actual financial and opportunity based benefits).

2018 59

Give Yourself Permission to Live a BIG Life

Office Dynamics

Do you take care of others and have nothing left for you? Has life kicked you with a wallop or two and you wonder if you’re woman (or man) enough to get up and get going again? Women juggle so much. We keep a mile-long list of must-dos; want to be there for everybody even when we can’t! Many women care for young children and aging parents at the same time. Women juggle pregnancy with job deadlines and soccer schedules.

2018 59

Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Eat Your Career

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Anyone can attend for free and submit questions of their own.

2018 58

How to Find Your Dream Job: 5 Tips You Can Use Right Now

Dumb Little Man

Everyone has a dream job in mind. However, finding and actually getting that job isn’t that easy. You may need to send out countless resumes and cover letters. You may need to go to interviews that don’t really guarantee any good results. There will be times that you won’t get any response, no matter how persistent you are. You’ll face a lot of competition and rejection that will really affect your confidence.

2018 60

SMB Marketing: The Trends to Follow for Big Success

Small Business CEO

Here are 3 of the top digital marketing trends of 2018 and how they can drive big success for your business.… Ask pretty much any SMB owner/operator what their greatest desire is, and most would say, “ More business.” Now, maybe you’re not one of them.

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Consumer Goods Workers Increasingly Choosing Gig Work

Small Business Labs

According to the British recruiting firm Sterling , the consumer goods industry is: " having to contend with the battle of the interim employee; a growing trend of permanent employees deciding to ‘go interim’."

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