April, 2012

You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Dumb Little Man

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. Your world has changed forever, because today you woke up being able to make just one more change before you die. You get to make a single change before you buy the farm, pop your clogs and kick the bucket. One last thing you can implement.

2012 285

How to Manage (and Minimize) Workplace Interruptions

Eat Your Career

One of the most common complaints I hear has to do with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. We all have to deal with it, though admittedly, some have it worse than others.

2012 275

5-Step Checklist for Sending Out Email Broadcasts

Office Organization Success

Being consistent in your business is one of the critical factors for ensuring long-term growth, and one of the ways to ensure consistency is to create systems.

Email 268

ZeroWater Review & Giveaway {2 Winners}

Eco-Office Gals

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Zerowater system. Zerowater is a water filtration pitcher, with a twist. It comes with a tester for your water – called s TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) tester.

2012 268

Featured Soloist Kathleen Moore: “Get People to Help You”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Kathleen Moore. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

2012 216

The Under Educated Male

Small Business Labs

Two good articles from Bloomberg Business Week highlighting a huge issue that is not getting enough attention - the lack of men getting college educations.

2012 209

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain Power

Dumb Little Man

Google "improve brain power" and you'll find all sorts of tips, techniques, books, and games explaining how you could improve your brain power. Most of them involve physical exercise, balanced nutrition and complex mental exercises.

2012 286

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Systems: This Is What Happens When You Have The RIGHT Systems But In The WRONG Order

Office Organization Success

I recently held a virtual workshop where I talked about the three biggest mistakes I see many business owners making in their business, which leaves them feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and basically stuck. One of those mistakes I shared was having the right systems in place, but in the wrong order.

2012 203

A Green Life is a Good Life

Eco-Office Gals

Do you strive for a green lifestyle? It can sometimes be a struggle to keep with the latest green trends as you live your busy life. However, you might be surprised to learn how changing small facets of your everyday life can add up to big changes for preserving the planet.

2012 206

What Will You Do When Your Passion Disappears?

The Solopreneur Life

W hen evaluating a business idea, I measure three areas: • The market’s wants and needs. • The ability to meet the market’s wants and needs. • The level of passion for the work. But I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be measuring passion at all. Passion Does Not Last. Passion is like “falling in love” or “being in love.” ” Passion is the emotional, irrational euphoria that occurs at the beginning of a relationship.

2012 196

Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

GigaOm's Women make up the majority of online freelancers, study says covers research from Zinnov showing that women comprise 55% of the workers on online talent sites like Elance and oDesk.   This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.

2012 207

14 Action Inducing Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Dumb Little Man

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove.

2012 220

Network Like It's 1959

On The Job

In fashion, what's old is often new again. If you doubt it, just look at the styles coming out this spring: 1950s-style dresses for women and streamlined suits for men just like the characters in Mad Men. You may also want to heed another fashion from that era: in-person networking.

Why Simplify?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the questions I get asked frequently when I am telling people about this blog is how productivity and simplicity fit together. “After all, productivity is getting things done, and simplicity is living like a monk, right?”

2012 237

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Top 3 Green Options for Your Business Space

Eco-Office Gals

As most businesses begin looking to green solutions for sound business/environmental practices, as well as added savings, they often neglect to consider the very ground they walk on.

2012 182

What’s the Difference Between Solopreneurs and Home-Based-Business Owners?

The Solopreneur Life

L ast week a reporter for Atlantic Monthly asked me, “What makes a solopreneur different from a home-based business?” ” Good question. My answer: solopreneurs innovate. Solopreneurs take risks and try new things that other people don’t. Solopreneurs create new and better products, new and better ways of doing things. They’re open and alert to new opportunities. Solopreneurs invent new niches, they open new markets.

2012 173

The Reshoring of Manufacturing Continues

Small Business Labs

Reshoring is the latest term for manufacturing returning to the U.S. from overseas.  "Insourcing", "boomeranging" and "inshoring" are also used to describe this shift.

2012 192

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

Dumb Little Man

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve. It is easy to give up, drown in self-pity or insecurity, which ultimately leads to you giving up or simply not performing in the best way possible. I have certainly been there and I am sure most of you have too. However, it is in those moments that we can show our real strength and our determination for success.

2012 220

Do You Respect Your Own Time?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When it comes right down to it, our most valuable business resource is our time. If you’re like me, you have created systems and outsourced certain tasks so you can make the most of the time you have doing the most important things (like building and marketing your business). This has allowed you to ultimately work less for more, and spend more time with your loved ones, and doing things you love.

2012 165

Kill Your Productivity With A New Device

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You might think that purchasing a new productivity tool would make you more productive. It can, if you do it right.

2012 228

Does WordPress have a BUB?

Eco-Office Gals

Years ago a computer teacher told the class “You will not find a BUB on your keyboard!” ” Huh?? Blow Up Button – Ohhhhh! I’m not saying wordpress has a blow up button but if you don’t take simple measures – it might as well!

2012 176

The Solopreneur Life Book Available Free Through Amazon Prime

The Solopreneur Life

2012 160

Industry Structures - Big Get Bigger, Small Get Smaller

Small Business Labs

We've done a lot of work looking at Barbell Industrial Structures.

2012 191

Incredibly Simple Steps to Living a Truly Great Life

Dumb Little Man

Living a truly great life seems impossible. Days and weeks go by and is just feels like we're stuck in this never ending world of mediocrity. I don't know. Maybe we're all defining 'great life' the wrong way. What does it mean to live a truly great life ? I can tell you one thing. It’s different for every person, and each one of us has to come up with our own definition. It’s not up to society, our friends, or our family. And - it's certainly not up to me or some guy on the internet.

2012 220

PhatWare releases Retina-optimized version of PhatPad for the iPad

Ian's Messy Desk

Yesterday, PhatWare Corporation announced the immediate availability of a Retina-optimized version of its PhatPad note-taking and collaboration app for iPad.

2012 158

8 Ways To Get To Super-Productive Flow Faster

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Flow is that state where everything just flows out of you. Ideas, words, code, anything just streams out easily and effortlessly. It is productivity at its pinnacle.

2012 223

Infographic: How Your Spend Your Time at Work

On The Job

2012 214

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: Which Should Solopreneurs Use?

The Solopreneur Life

B ack when I was creating TheSolopreneurLife.com, I was new to WordPress and didn’t understand the distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. It was very confusing. I came to learn that WordPress.com is like renting a building for your business, while WordPress.org is like owning the building. WordPress.com is a hosting platform that utilizes the same WordPress software that you can download from WordPress.org.

2012 155

Rise of Women News Roundup

Small Business Labs

Lots of news on the Rise of Women this week.   For those new to this trend, the quick summary is that a growing set of data indicates women are out performing men in a wide range of well-being, educational and employment measures.   Recent news includes: 1.

2012 175

Increasing Your Productivity: The Big Picture AND the Little Picture

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to boost their productivity, whether it’s at your day job or your personal development goals. Why does it seem so difficult? One of the reasons many people fail to see results when attempting to increase productivity is because they don’t realize there are two very different levels to which attention must be paid. Focusing on one to the exclusion of the other will usually result in only short-lived gains if not outright failure.

2012 219

7 steps to managing conflict

Ian's Messy Desk

Several years ago, when I started my current job, I had a conflict with another employee. By strict interpretation of our policies, I was right in my actions, but I managed it very poorly. Shortly after that, the other employee resigned. It was a lack of experience on my part. I was more interested in being right than resolving conflict. One of the harsh lessons you learn early in life, conflict happens. Not everyone will agree with you all the time, or even some of the time.

2012 147

Great Lifehack/Tip Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! How To Have Gourmet Bread without Breaking The Bank. How To Bake Potatoes Without An Oven.

2012 211

How to Develop Your Charisma

On The Job

People known for their charisma must have been born with it — because if charisma could be learned everyone would have it, right? Olivia Fox Cabane says charisma can be learned, but many people don't understand how to go about it.

2012 211

You Are a Solopreneur, a Hero on a Quest

The Solopreneur Life

I want to share a passage from Laurence G. Boldt’s book, Zen and the Art of Making a Living: Imagine that in approaching the Quest for life’s work, you view, consider, and experience yourself as a hero or heroine tracking a great treasure which, having won, you will bring back for all to see and enjoy. This is an altogether, qualitatively different experience from “looking for a job” or “finding your niche” or “discovering how to have it all.”

2012 151

News on the Growing Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc. Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include: 1.  Aberdeen Research reports that  26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent.  This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study.

2012 171

Why You Need to Delegate More

Dumb Little Man

Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Perhaps you’re worried about forgetting one of the many tasks on your mental list (you’ve not had time to sit down and commit it to paper).

2012 219

The Networked Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

“It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” Have you heard that line before?