January, 2013

How to turn an assistant into a career EA

Practically Perfect PA

I’m not going to lie, I became an assistant because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Growing up I’d dreamed of becoming everything from a spy to an air hostess but those dreams faded once I left University and hit the big wall of reality that is paying bills and funding your social life.

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Office Items That You Can Reuse or Recycle

Eco-Office Gals

Even office workers that have yet to embrace the ideals of green living are aware of the fact that recycling exists, especially if you’ve decided to set up bins around the office to remind them that there’s an alternative to throwing everything in the trash.

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How to Impress a New Boss

On The Job

Is there anything more frustrating than working your tail off for your boss and then one day -- poof! The boss is gone and you've got to start all over with a new manager.

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Productivity versus the perils of working from home

The Small Business Blog

When I am not blogging, I am writing or editing copy for clients. I have exactly eight hours in which to get this work done. That’s a fair amount of time, isn’t it? Well, four of those hours are between 8am and 12pm while my four-year-old is at nursery. (I

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How to Set (And Stick To) Your Business Boundaries

Office Organization Success

It happens to all of us at some point or other … a client will ask us to do something different for them that is outside of our normal business practice. And, in the interest of keeping our clients happy, we will accommodate.

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Kiss That Frog!: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives

Ian's Messy Desk

Just like the lonely princess in the fairy tale who was reluctant to lock lips with a warty frog and transform him into a handsome prince, something stops many of us short of attaining our dreams.

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What can assistants expect in 2013

Practically Perfect PA

Well 2012 is over and done with and we are now already two days into 2013. Over the holidays I´ve been thinking about the year ahead and have lots of exciting things planned which will keep me busy. I hope you all feel the same and are looking forward to the next twelve months.

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More Trending

6 Ways to Wow an Interviewer Via Video Interview

On The Job

Not long ago someone wanted to interview me via Skype. I froze. I badly needed a haircut. I had bags under my eyes after a week of no sleep because of a bad head cold. The t-shirt I was wearing had a big stain from the tea I had spilled on myself earlier. A Skype interview?

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Success in 2013

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Start this new year with a post-mortem of all the things you did right (or wrong) in 2012. It is important for you to understand exactly why your actions succeeded or failed…

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

Below is our sixth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  Last year's trends and links to our trends lists from prior years are available here. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.25% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.8% range. Technology  1.

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You Want to Grow Your Business – But Are You Really Ready?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Wow, I can’t believe we are charging into a new year already! Exciting things are happening, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in my business. How about you? Are you anticipating a breakout year in your business?

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Getting your motivation back after a vacation

Practically Perfect PA

Well today I am back to work with a very large bump!

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How to Reduce Food Waste at Home and in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of times, when we toss food into the trash can, we don’t give it a second thought. However, once it is picked up to be taken to our local landfill, do you know what it turns into over time?

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The Skills You Need to be Great Boss

On The Job

Most people I know like to complain about their bosses. Sometimes the complaints are trivial, and sometimes not. But when asked how they would do things differently, there is often a pause. "Me? Well, let me see." they say.

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Let’s hear it for paper (and people like me)

The Small Business Blog

If only you could see my desk right now – alright I’ll let you. This is it, four hours into a day, when all order and good intentions have melted into delicious, organised chaos.

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The 5 Minute Trick to Dramatically Improve Quality Time with Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

My wife and I both have demanding jobs - mine as a partner at a product development company and hers as a managing director at a transfer pricing consulting company. We also are proud parents of a three year old, with another one imminently arriving.

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Strategies for Expanding Your Professional Network

Eat Your Career

We’ve all heard it a million times: “It’s not WHAT you know; it’s WHO you know.”. While I don’t believe this entirely (to me, it’s both what you know and who you know), I definitely agree that having a strong professional network is a critically important part of creating career success.

The questions you need to ask before you cover for another assistant

Practically Perfect PA

In last week’s blog I wrote about assistants working together as a team and part of the blog discussed how we should cover for each other when one of us is off sick or on holiday.

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Green Energy: Simple Ways to Save Money and Protect the Environment

Eco-Office Gals

Believe it or not, building an eco-friendly house from renewable materials isn’t the only way to go green.

Why Anxiety May Prompt You to Take Bad Advice

On The Job

When I was in my early 20s, I took some really bad advice. I listened to people I should have ignored and did what they advised. I regretted it for years, and told myself one simple truth I would live by: "I will listen to myself from now on. If I make a mistake, it's my own fault.

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Are you struggling with content for your blog?

The Small Business Blog

I expect the vast majority of us know, by now, that blogging is good for business. We know that effective blogging is a vital element of our marketing strategy; it encourages customer engagement and attracts traffic to the website. And yet, some still hold back from doing so.

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8 Ways to Dramatically Boost Your Productivity While Traveling

Dumb Little Man

As organizations get larger, it’s inevitable that their leaders will have to invest in some travel. Whether they’re visiting current clients, attending conferences, meeting new clients, or simply seeking inspiration, travel becomes a crucial and unavoidable part of a growing business.

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Wall Street Journal's Explosive Technologies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Explosion in Innovation covers 8 technologies the author believes will drive innovation over the next decade. The eight are: 1.

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Working with other assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In my recent blog on what I think Assistants can expect in 2013 I briefly discussed the relationship between assistants and how teamwork and support of each other will become more important this year. I thought I would go into a bit more detail and give some tips on how we can work as a team.

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The Increasing Popularity of Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Eco-Office Gals

In an ideal world of eco-thusiasts, all buildings would run on totally green power, creating no carbon footprint whatsoever. Unfortunately, the majority of homes, offices, and other buildings still run on electricity from the grid, natural gas, and the like.

Got Charisma?

On The Job

Martin Luther King, Jr. Bill Clinton. Oprah Winfrey. John Kennedy. When you think of such people, charisma is probably a word that comes to mind. Were they born with it? Or did they learn it? Most studies agree that charisma is a combination of factors.

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We’ve all got to do more to retain great people

The Small Business Blog

We’ve all heard it before. Try and keep the best people, and surround yourself with people better than you. This is the secret of success, and apparently people like Branson are masters at it.

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Reboot Your Life Like Betty White

Dumb Little Man

We all know her. In fact, we all pretty much grew up watching her antics on television. From guest appearances, games shows, sitcoms and countless commercial spots; who hasn’t had a laugh with Betty White?

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The 3 Mega Shifts Changing Work and Employment

Small Business Labs

We spend a lot of time researching, debating and talking about trends. But behind the trends are major shifts - the higher level changes in how our world works that drive or enable a wide range of economic, social and technology trends.   Mega shifts tend to be slow acting and take a long time to impact business and society. While their long term impacts are powerful, the changes they bring can be subtle in the short term.

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J’adore rapport – working with a new manager

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations you got the job, you’ve worked your notice, you have bought a few outfits and now you are sitting at your desk ready to face the challenges of a new role.

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The Top 5 Cities for Green Jobs

Eco-Office Gals

Eco friendly business and environmental responsibility are becoming more widely accepted–in many places, they are even being demanded. Reckless actions in the past have had a serious effect on the environment, and many people are trying to repair the damage.

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5 Ways to Look Better at Work

On The Job

While looking in the mirror recently you discover a gray hair. In your eyebrow. You also begin to notice that everything is starting to, well, sort of droop. Sag, actually. Your latest photo in the company newsletter bears an uncanny resemblance to your mother. And your great Aunt Edith.

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Markets- A lesson in business.

The Small Business Blog

A walk down to Borough Market in London on a Saturday before Christmas confirmed two things to me. The first, great quality artisan food businesses are alive and well, and the second, people are interested in buying their goods, and ‘food culture’ is alive and well, safe to say- it was heaving.

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5 Obvious Goal Setting Mistakes You Must Avoid

Dumb Little Man

Goal setting can get overwhelming. To get the maximum results and to actually achieve your goals, you have to know what you're doing. If you miss something important, or make an obvious mistake, it could mean significantly delaying your progress.

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The Rise of Public Unions; The Fall of Private Unions

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their annual Union Summary this week. The New York Times sumed up the data quite well with their article title, Unionization Rate Lowest in a Century.  Key quote from the article: "The percentage of workers in unions fell to 11.3

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Quiz: Are You a Respectful Co-Worker?

Eat Your Career

Your office is probably full of different personalities— some easier to get along with than others. No matter where you work, or what you do, respecting your co-workers is an essential part of being a high-quality professional. Your team is there to support and guide you.

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Giveaway: StudioPress & Genesis

Eco-Office Gals

It’s been a while since we announced our Like EOG & WIN StudioPress Giveaway and it may have gotten lost in the shuffle so I thought I would breath some life into it for the New Year. We love StudioPress at Eco-Office Gals and with the release of Genesis 1.9 and Genesis 2.0

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