September, 2016

Very Small Companies Create a Lot of Jobs

Small Business Labs

Over the past three decades companies less than 1 year old with 1 to 4 employees have averaged creating more than 1 million jobs per year.    That's a lot of jobs.    Less surprisingly, 86% of all new employer companies have between 1-4 employees.

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Practically Perfect PA readers review of the Brother P-touch PT-D600VP

Practically Perfect PA

We recently teamed up with technology specialists, Brother, to give you a chance to win one of their office labelling machines. It is an amazing piece of office tech and a fantastic prize!

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Trending Sources

6 Vitamin-Packed Smoothie Recipes for Glowing Skin

Dumb Little Man

Whether you are a veggie lover or not, it can be tough to pack in the daily recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients into your diet. This becomes even more difficult if you are busy and have a million other things to do through the day. The good news is that there are smoothies.

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Is Depression Affecting Your Career Success?

On The Job

I remember the first time I wrote about depression in the workplace. It was more than 20 years ago, and the response was immediate and surprising. So many people responded with: "I thought I was the only one going through this" or "I don't know how I'm going to make it."

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9 Ways To Choose Where You Place Your Attention

Office Dynamics

I hope your September is off to a good start. We are quite busy here at Office Dynamics getting ready for our big administrative conference in Las Vegas starting October 10. It’s always a lot of work but we love hosting more than 400 assistants from around the world.

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More Trending

5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Failed Before Becoming Millionaires

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that most of the successful women entrepreneurs today suffered dismal failures before? Not all people see failures as a turning point. For most of us, it’s generally game over. Once we see a dead end, we suddenly stop chasing our goals.

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Why Teams Don't Trust One Another -- and How to Fix It

On The Job

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.—Stephen

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Free Webinar Replay: Don’t Let Fear Sink Your Career

Office Dynamics

Our free webinar series includes a free webinar offered each month. In this month’s program we covered the topic: Don’t Let Fear Sink Your Career. . Learning Highlights From Webinar: How to identify the fears holding you back from living your best life.

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Grammar Quiz #1: Dangling Participles

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences includes a dangling modifier. Revise as necessary: 1. Running consistently every day, the workouts steadily became easier. Studying for her degree, there were times when she felt like giving up.

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"As a Freelancer My Career is a Constant Classroom."

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from the Intuit On-Demand Economy (ODE) study is the large number of people who say learning new skills is a key reason they work in the ODE.    Across the entire sector, 17% of ODE workers listed this as a reason.

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Win an award-winning Brother office labeller

Practically Perfect PA

We’ve teamed up with technology specialist Brother to give you the chance to win a state-of-the-art office labeller.

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8 Top Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Dumb Little Man

You’ve launched your business and now you need to tell people about it. Although that sounds fairly easy, the truth is that it really isn’t. The type of marketing you do can either make or break your business.

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Uh-oh: The Boss is Ignoring You

On The Job

Sometimes your boss isn't the nicest person on the planet. He or she may bark orders at you when under great stress to meet a deadline, or even forget to say "good morning" on some occasions. But when does such behavior bode ill for you? When the boss is rude to you or ignores you on a regular basis.

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How To Leverage Criticism At Work

Office Dynamics

Autumn is here and I’m loving it. Are you enjoying the cooler weather of fall? I love fall (yes, even in Las Vegas). To me, fall represents cozying up at home, days ending a little earlier, a new television season, football, cooler evenings and mornings, sweater weather and. pumpkin.

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5 Types of Errors When Representing Numbers

Daily Writing Tips

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Go Midwest Tech Entrepreneur

Small Business Labs

Venture Beat's In 5 years, the Midwest will have more startups than Silicon Valley  covers one of my favorite trends - the rise of the Midwest as a source of tech startups. The author of the article is a partner at Drive Capital , a VC firm based in Columbus, Ohio. 

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So, Assist Travel happened… again!

Practically Perfect PA

On Friday 9th September we held our second Assist Travel event at The Grange Tower Bridge and from the feedback we received it looks like everyone had a thoroughly good day.

How to 10X Your Productivity by Playing Pokemon Go

Dumb Little Man

You’re probably thinking: Pokemon Go can’t possibly improve your productivity and there’s no way it can increase all chances that you can get anything done by playing it. Well, here’s the thing. I was sitting at work one day when, suddenly, a coworker arose from his desk and hurried away.

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Finding the Right People to Make Change Happen

On The Job

When deciding which team member will be tapped as a change agent to help drive a new initiative, do you: a) select someone who has time to do it; b) has experience in the area; or c) draw names out of a hat and hope for the best.

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Do you have the courage to be the best?

Office Dynamics

It takes courage to be the best at what you are good at. As children, we are each gifted and talented in different ways. All of these are good and carry the capacity to change the world and enable us to live happy, fulfilling lives. But something happens.

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Restructuring Your Business Marketing After an Initial Failure

Small Business CEO

It’s tough to get a small business up and running. In fact, a majority of small businesses fail. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is gone for you, even after you’ve run into your first failure.

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Like Coworking, Makerspaces Rapidly Growing in Numbers

Small Business Labs

There are about 1400 makerspaces around the world. This up from only about 30-40 as recently as 2006.    This data is from Popular Science's BY THE NUMBERS: THE RISE OF THE MAKERSPACE. The article came out last February (we're behind in our reading). 

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8 Easy Contract Changes to Make for More Sustainable Events

Practically Perfect PA

It is our responsibility to make the changes we can to be more sustainable but naturally we cannot all chain ourselves to an oil rig and declare to stop flying places. We can however use the events industry to make small but significant changes.

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Success Tips For The Youth Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people go to universities to get a degree and then spend their entire careers working for other people’s companies. Some people aspire to create their own success.

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Research: Twitter Reveals Workplace Stress

On The Job

Chances are, your stress level has gone up simply because it's Monday. You're not alone. A new study by Dr. Wei Wang at the University of Central Florida finds that tweets mentioning work stress were highest on Mondays, and start to slowly decline throughout the week.

Don’t Let Fear Sink Your Career Webinar Replay

Office Dynamics

Our free webinar series includes a free webinar offered each month. In this month’s program we covered the topic: Don’t Let Fear Sink Your Career. Learning Highlights From Webinar: How to identify the fears holding you back from living your best life. • 7 surefire steps to conquer fear confidently and courageously—including a real-world example of the process in action. What “courage” actually is and what it is NOT.

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Building a Brand: Important for Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

Surprisingly, there is a substantial amount of small businesses that don’t understand the importance of building their brand. The assumption when most people hear the word brand is that it applies to how cool or memorable your logo is or how catchy the name might be.

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It's Tough Being Old in Silicon Valley

Small Business Labs

My last corporate job was running marketing for a Silicon Valley tech firm. This was long ago during the Internet boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. I turned 40 during this job and one of my coworkers jokingly pointed out that I may have been the firm's oldest employee. 

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3 Cases of Unnecessary Punctuation

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the sentences below, superfluous punctuation interrupts the flow of the sentence. Discussion and revision of each example indicates the correct treatment of the statements. Smith said she regrets using the term, low-lifes , to characterize Jones’s supporters.

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10 Things You Should Know About Creating Your Happiness

Dumb Little Man

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama. A lot of people know that happiness isn’t something you find in other people or things. Despite this idea, however, people still look for happiness in all the wrong places.

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How to Deal With a Lazy Colleague

On The Job

I'm not sure anyone embraces Monday with total enthusiasm. It may take more than a few cups of coffee or even a stupid cat video to really rev us up to work on the first day of the week, but we do eventually kick into gear. But what about those colleagues who don't get going on Monday? Or Tuesday?

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s guide to New York City

Practically Perfect PA

Affectionately known as the Big Apple, New York is also known as the city that never sleeps. It’s edgy, vibrant, sexy, a city rich with rich cultural activity; the place where dreamers come to fulfil their destinies. This city attracts the brightest, the best, and the biggest.

2016 28

What You Don’t Know About Commercial Insurance Might Cost You

Small Business CEO

Commercial insurance is a cost that is an inevitable part of running a small business. Many business owners look at it as a type of tax that is just part of being in business.

$1 Million Ain't What it Used to Be - You Need More Than $5 Million to be a 1%er

Small Business Labs

The number of U.S. families with more than $5 million in investable assets exceeded 1 million for the first time in 2015.    This is one of many interesting stats about the growing number of rich Americans in the Baron's article Penta Millionaires: The New Rising Class.

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