February, 2012

Ways to Minimize Your Chances of Regret in Life

Dumb Little Man

I have a fear that is shared by many people. I fear waking up one day in the future and regretting how I've spent my life. Like you, I want to live my life to the fullest and avoid the "should-haves". Sounds like a good goal, right?

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Top 3 Gmail Productivity Tools

Office Organization Success

As some of you may be aware, I permanently switched from Outlook (having used it for many years) to Gmail at the end of last year.

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The Hard Truth About Achieving Your Goals

Eat Your Career

I’m a big believer in setting goals. After all, how can you expect to “get” anywhere without first having a clear idea of where you want to go? Only, the problem with goals is that achieving them isn’t always all its cracked up to be. How so, you ask?

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The Rise of Small and Micro Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

manufacturing is on a roll.   The New York Times recently called manufacturing a " Surprising Bright Spot in the U.S.

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Protected: Mobile Marketing For Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

T his post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: Related posts: Our Hunt For the Best Marketing Web Sites For Solopreneurs. “Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs” Has Launched! Marketing for Solopreneurs: Here’s a Powerful Tactic That Takes 4 Hours, Costs $2.20. Marketing Mobile Marketing Smart Phones

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Five Reasons Why Attending Live Events is a Must

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. For those who work virtually, and even some who don’t, we can easily get stuck in a comfort zone of learning and networking solely by email, phone, teleclasses, and internet and don’t always find a way to get out to a live marketing, networking, or educational event or workshop. And there’s SO much more that one can get out of a live event that you can’t get from online networking and learning.

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The Most Overlooked Secret to Dealing with Life’s Problems

Dumb Little Man

How often have you been living life, happy and content, and then suddenly life slaps you in the face with something unexpected? We all have problems, and the truth of the matter is that problems will never go away. They will just change form.

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More Trending

Where Is the Love?

Eat Your Career

Do you ever find yourself stumbling around your workplace wondering, “Where is the love?”. I’ve been in professional environments where the tension was so thick you could practically taste it. People literally hated one another. They actively worked against their teammates.

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4 Top Project Management Tools

Office Organization Success

One question that I get asked a lot is “what’s a good online product I can use for scheduling projects throughout the year?” or something similar.

10 Lotus Notes Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Lotus Notes is the groupware of choice for my employer. It is coupled with my BlackBerry via the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. This allows me to keep my e-mail in-box, calendar, to-do list , address box and journal synced between my desktop and handheld.

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Non-Profit's Employ 10.7 Million Americans

Small Business Labs

We posted last fall on the preliminary results of a study on non-profit employment from Johns Hopkins Non-Profit Economic Data project.  The study showed non-profit employment increased by 2.1% from 2000-2010 while for-profit employment fell slightly.

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How to Turn Your Ideas into Life Changing Actions

Dumb Little Man

If you’re like me (and most people on the planet), you have plenty of ideas that could potentially change your life dramatically. Perhaps you’re thinking about losing weight , or starting your own business , or writing a novel : you might even have several great ideas jostling around in your head.

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Meet Dave. And Dave. Good Morning Dave! Yo Dave!

The Solopreneur Life

H as there ever been a commercial that captures the solopreneur life better than this one from Staples? Are there other ads that speak to solopreneurs? Let us know in the comments. No related posts

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How to Create SMART Goals

Eat Your Career

This is a small segment pulled from a webinar I did at the beginning of the year where I provided tips for helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

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Just unveiled … The Superlicious Leap Year VA Give Away Event

Office Organization Success

It’s here! The much anticipated Superlicious Leap Year VA Give Away Event. My friend and colleague, Pam Ivey, has just released a massive giveaway event – The Superlicious Leap Year VA Give Away! link]. Simply sign up and get the scoop on: training. e-books. audios. videos.

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8 mental steps to self-motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

To be a success you need to know how to motivate yourself. You have to keep your spirits high no matter how discouraging a situation is. It’s the best way to overcome difficulties. If you are discouraged in difficult times, you will lose the battle before it starts. How do you motivate yourself? Here are several tips I’ve found to be effective to build self motivation: Use visual motivators : An inspirational quote or poster can keep you focused on a change you’re trying to make in your life.

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The U.S. Energy Boom is a Game Changer

Small Business Labs

One of the biggest shifts going on right now is the U.S. oil and gas boom. Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years.  Natural gas production is also booming and prices are falling.  A  recent Bloomberg article  suggests the U.S.

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11 Underrated Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Get You Focused, Happy and Massively Productive

Dumb Little Man

Most of us think we’re getting enough sleep when really, we aren’t. A recent poll revealed that almost two thirds of us just don’t feel we’re meeting our sleep needs. And, “we” includes those teaching our kids, driving on our roads and running our world! Are you one of those statistics?

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Looking for a Virtual Assistant? Think Cupcakes.

Tips From T. Marie

Consider this scenario: You need 500 specially decorated cupcakes for an extremely important event you’re hosting at the end of the month. You do a search for local bakers and find two that list custom decorated cupcakes as something that they offer. You jot down the addresses and head out to check them out. . You find the first bakery easily, noticing its sign from the roadway, it’s window is nicely decorated with a few fancy cakes and cupcakes.

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Inspire Your Team, and Everybody Wins

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a Virtual Assistant, it’s likely you have team members that help you in supporting your clients. . And, for many of you, you may also have a team to support YOUR OWN business! What does your team mean to your business? If your business is running optimally, your team is likely RUNNING your business! Having a team has allowed your business to expand, offer a wide variety of services, take on more clients, and bring in more income.

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Solopreneurs, No More Dreamy Entrees Until You Eat Your Vegetables!

The Solopreneur Life

A t the beginning of the startup stage, I’m in favor of dreaming big. But I think we as solopreneurs are being fed too many empty-calorie “just follow your dream and everything will be awesome!” ” entrees. So to counter all of our high-fat dreaming, this post is a heaping helping of reality. How Much Money Are You Risking? From a financial perspective, what’s at stake when you launch a solo business?

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26 Ways to Make Meetings More Fun (…and productive)

Ian's Messy Desk

Cover via Amazon. by Charlie Hawkins. Looking for ways to bring new life and energy to your meetings? Turn “dull and dreaded” to “energizing and effective” with these tips. Keep It Moving.

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More on the End of Men and Rise of Women

Small Business Labs

Earlier this week we posted on the  End of Men and the Rise of Women trends.  The basics behind these are trends are a growing set of data indicating that men are falling behind women in a wide range of well being, educational, and employment measures.

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5 Little Secrets for Turning Fear into Your Loyal Servant

Dumb Little Man

Fear is misunderstood. We learn that fear is bad , and happiness is good. We run away from fear and toward happiness. But what is fear, if not a few sensations in the body coupled with a few thoughts? We are the creators of our own fear, yet we believe we are the fear.

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Why Pinterest is No Longer of Great Interest

Virtual Moxie

An extra smackeral from me this week--about something I felt so strongly about that I didn't want to wait to share it till next week. I admit, I love Pinterest. I love how it’s been a place of pure attraction. And I have been a super-avid Pinner. But when the Boston Business Journal decided to stop using Pinterest out of fear it could be sued for infringing Copyright, I decided to take my own deeper look. Deep thanks to my fabulous client, Jude Rush, for sharing the BBJ decision with me!

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7 Ways to Tell a Story That Makes Employers Crazy About You

On The Job

Career experts often advise job seekers or networkers to “tell your story.” But what does that mean? Should you share how you won the school science fair in third grade or how you once locked your keys in the car with the engine still running?

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The Solopreneurship Self-Assessment Test

The Solopreneur Life

“I s solopreneurship for me?” ” “Am I ready to launch my business?” ” “Do I possess the traits that are common to successful solopreneurs?” ” Those questions are very common, and the frequency of the questions motivated me to create the Solopreneurship Self-Assessment Test for aspiring and new solopreneurs.

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Have a Successful Job Interview with These Four Steps

Ian's Messy Desk

One only has to pay attention to the news to know there are still a lot of people looking for employment. Unfortunately, the factors which lead to their unemployment have reduced the number of jobs available. If you’re out there looking for work, you know how much competition there is for each job. You’ve landed an interview. You’re nervous and inventing “what if” scenarios. With these 4 P’s, you’ll increase your chances of a successful interview. Prepare. Know yourself.

The Rise of Storytelling

Small Business Labs

Over the last few months a hot topic in the media has been business storytelling.  Entrepreneur's How to Become Your Company's Storyteller  is a good example.  It explains the reason business stories are becoming so important: "These days, corporate-weary consumers care more and more about buying locally, supporting independent businesses and owning products that are made sustainably and responsibly.

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How to Find Time for What Really Matters

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel as though weeks, months, even years, are going past, without you making any real progress in your life? Often, our time can get swallowed up in the busy-ness of day-to-day living: emails, commuting, meetings, chores, TV.

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I wish I had known sooner

Practically Perfect PA

My very good friend and fabulous Executive Assistant Stacy Price shares her thoughts on starting a new job… enjoy! We’ve all started a job and had the ‘I wish I had known sooner’ moment. I have had 5 jobs over the past 12 years and pride myself as being an experienced new joiner.

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Eco-Friendly Flooring Options for the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Most of us make an effort to be eco-friendly at home—recycling, not wasting water, and getting rid of toxic cleaners are all pretty well known ways to go green. But what you might not have considered is that there are opportunities to be just as eco-friendly at work as you are at home.

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Speak for Yourself

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. There are many ways to market your business – email marketing, social media, press releases, attending networking events. But to really “kick it up a notch,” you have to put yourself out there, in person, in front of people. The very thought of standing behind a podium may be terrifying for some, or just uncomfortable enough for others to have avoided it up until now. This is a hurdle worth jumping.

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Tips for leaving a good out-of-office message

Ian's Messy Desk

Whether it’s time to get away from the office on vacation or business takes us on the road, the influx of email or phones messages rarely stops. A little bit of preparation before you leave will ensure less to worry about on return. A good out-of-office message is a must. A well-prepared message can go a long way to decrease the backlog of messages waiting for you when you get back to work. A good out of office message has three parts: Dates of your absence.

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I Miss the "Mail Moment"

Small Business Labs

Bell tolls for the U.S. Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment"   This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation.   Younger readers will wonder what I'm talking about.

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Have You Found Your Calling in Life?

Dumb Little Man

One of the questions I tend to get asked frequently by people who start reading my blog is “How do I find my passion?” or some variation of that question. It’s a tough question to answer because there’s no real formula for it. It’s not “if you do A, you’ll find B.”

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Your Personal Invite To The Ultimate Social Media Giveaway

Office Organization Success

There’s a Brand NEW annual giveaway that’s about to SURPASS all other giveaways of it’s kind! Kerry Russell and Paul Teague have some how managed to talk the one and only ‘Giveaway Queen’ Stephanie Mulac, into joining forces with them, for a limited Special Appearance in the Internet Marketing arena to lend her knowledge and expertise to build the Ultimate Social Media Giveaway!