February, 2008

How much money do you really need to start your micro business.

The Small Business Blog

How much money do you really need to start your micro business? by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 02, 2008. Starting from home and using bootstrapping techniques will save you money and help your small business to stay afloat. But you will need

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The New Hire

Laughing all the Way to Work

When someone new is hired these are the things I look for: Do they ask questions? People sometimes feel when they are new they shouldn't ask questions because we might think they are not qualified. I get worried if they don't ask questions. I can gauge how much they are taking in by the questions they ask. Do they write things down? I like to see someone writing things down, then I feel I can relax.

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Body Language Speaks Volumes

On The Job

It’s one of those awkward situations we’ve all found ourselves in: we’re standing around at a company function, and all of a sudden the top brass shows up and heads our way. Suddenly we don’t know what to do with our arms. Our hands are some strange appendage that hang uselessly, or flutter nervously. How did our necks get to be too short for our bodies? When did we become unable to smile without an eye twitching? All this is, of course, a natural reaction under stress.

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Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find that staff members leave their garbage around the kitchen area? Do you get annoyed that you are always the one that has to clean up after them? Do you start wondering if they treat their own house the same way

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Don't charge by the hour! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Don't charge by the hour! by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 12, 2008. It always amazes me to see how many businesses still charge by the hour – it is a business killer. How do you like it if someone comes to quote for a job and then tells you

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Australia/ New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 02/07/2008.

The Small Business Blog

Blogging about small business, working from home, self-employed, contractors, business start-up using online eco-friendly software combined with bootstrapping techniques and social networking

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The Changing Role of the Administrative Assistant

Laughing all the Way to Work

I found a very interesting article today called The Secret Service of Administrative Assistants in the West Viriginia Record. It is an excellent article on the changing role of the administrative assistant. It addresses our name change from secretary to administrative assistant, but in particular our expanding duties and responsibilities as our roles have been re-created into what they are today. It is written by Kathryn E. Brown and she does an excellent job.

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More Trending

Office Quirks

Laughing all the Way to Work

I’m sure we have all seen quirks at the office. Some examples could be drumming fingers on the desk, twirling hair, clicking a pen while talking, or sighing heavily when thinking or problem solving. We all love the person who absently makes necklaces out of paperclips and then when one is pulled out you have a whole string of them. Grrr! I have seen people who pull at their chins, steeple their fingers as they think and nibble on their pens or pencils.

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Looking Good for that Presentation Matters More Than You Might Want to Believe

On The Job

You’ve practiced your presentation until even the family dog heads for cover when he hears your opening line. You’ve researched your data, got your handouts ready, the slides have been double-checked and now the big moment is near. Time to give your big presentation that will hopefully rank right up there with The Gettysburg Address and catapult you into the career stratosphere. But wait a minute. You’re not going to wear THAT, are you? And your hair -- are you sure?

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When you Open the Cereal box Upside Down: Getting Ready for Work on Time

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is inevitable that on the morning I oversleep and the radio is announcing traffic is backed up and it will be slow-going to work: that is the morning I open the cereal box upside down sending my cat scrambling and leaving me with a shower of raisins and flakes at my feet. Mornings can be a busy time. Ideally I would like to have lots of time to make my lunch, do my hair, put on my make-up and get dressed, but most mornings I find myself racing just to get out the door.

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Don't Be Naive When Working From Home

On The Job

If you work from your home, either full or part-time, you probably feel pretty lucky. You don’t have to fight the traffic, you get to wear your bathrobe if you want, and no co-worker is hitting you up to contribute money for another employee’s baby shower. Everything is pretty cool.

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Employment Gaps

Laughing all the Way to Work

There is likely a time in your career when you took a break to either raise a family, take care of an elderly or sick family member, go to school, travel the world or whatever the reason may be, this will show an employment gap on your resume. These gaps are noticed. How do you explain it to a potential employer? Be Honest I have found that honesty is the best policy, but you do not need to go into detail unless you are asked for further information.

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It pays to walk to work

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here is an article I found that helped an administrative assistant become a first-time homeowner and her employer helped to pay for it. For some homeowners it pays to walk to work , is about a company in the States who promote living close to the workplace and they are prepared to put down the money to prove it. There are conditions, but if you meet the criteria they will give you money for a down payment.

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The Virtual Workspace

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here is an interesting article on a company called The Virtual Workspace: "Virtual company revolutionizes the way entrepreneurs manage their business". Click here to read it if you are interested in this fast-growing business of being a virtual assistant.

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Caution: Critical Thinking Ahead

On The Job

Today is the last of my two-armed blogs for a while. That may sound strange, but true. On Monday, I go under the knife (gasp) to have torn tendons fixed in my elbow. I'll be in a full cast for a couple of weeks, then face whatever comes after that.

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Need not apply

Laughing all the Way to Work

I told the mailroom staff I was going to apply for a job with them. They said that I need not apply. Were they saying I was not qualified? Actually, I know I would be horrible at the job and obviously they know it too. Collating, copying, binding, stacking and couriering is not my thing. It takes all kinds of skills and people to run an office efficiently and having someone who can do a job well and be suited to it is a good match.

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Read Any Good Books Lately?

On The Job

There's a new meme being passed around the blogosphere, and it's pretty simple and fun: Find the book nearest to you, go to page 123 (this may not work if you're reading comic books at the moment), go down to the fifth sentence and then type the following three sentences. After that, you pass the message along to other people you want to bug. uh, get to contribute. From David Maister's blog he noted this book entry: From EPIC CHANGE: How to Lead Change in the Global Age, by Timothy R.

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Being Right Doesn't Mean You Win

On The Job

In the working world, we try not to show our weaknesses, concentrating instead on displaying our strengths. We respond to others with confident tones, argue our point of view firmly and lead with authority. Too bad we’re not always right. This may be a hard concept to grasp for some people, especially those who have risen in the ranks because they are always right.

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Good Looks, Marines, Genetics and Knowledge

On The Job

On this Tidbit Tuesday, the first order of business is to plug my podcast today where we'll talk about how your physical appearance in the workplace impacts your success. If you think I’m talking about just women, forget it. We’ll also talk about how a man’s height (or lack thereof) affects his chances for raises and promotions. Author Gordon Patzer, who wrote “Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined,” will be my guest.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Richard Rinyai

Laughing all the Way to Work

Richard and I actually started blogging around the same time. I found him by accident on an interactive administrative assistant site and we discovered we had both started a blog for admin assistants. I enjoyed reading his article about being a male admin in a predominantly female occupation. I invited Richard to guest blog.

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What it’s Like to be a Male Admin

Laughing all the Way to Work

You can find Richard Rinyai on his blog The Professional Assistant. For Richard's complete bio see the previous post Introducing Guest Blogger Richard Rinyai. Being a male administrative assistant in a predominantly female profession is something everyone asks me about. It feels like I have broken new ground by entering this profession. I have been an admin for many years and have worked in a construction company, an investment firm and for a large publishing firm.

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Beating the Sunday Night Blues

On The Job

When I was a kid, I hated Sunday evenings. I'm sure I wasn't alone -- I think kids throughout the ages have hated Sunday night because it means doing homework and going to bed early because it's a school night. Kids know that on Monday they face another week of teachers, tests and more homework. As an adult, I still get a sort of melancholy feeling when the sun begins to set on Sunday.

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The Green Blog

Laughing all the Way to Work

Check out The Green Blog and participate and let them know how you are going green in your office. It's something we all can do, one person at a time, to make a big global impact. The most recent blog post is called "Oh my Aching Footprint".

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Loyalty and Work

Laughing all the Way to Work

I noticed a co-worker putting on a hat with a competitor’s logo. It made me think of loyalty in the workplace. How loyal are you to your company? If someone offered you a higher-paying job would you take it without a second look back or would you hesitate because you really like the company you work for and feel loyal to your boss? Big Daddy is Watching It is hard to feel loyal to a big corporation, especially if you are staff.

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Admins in the Spotlight: Administrative Assistant is Library Employee of the Year

Laughing all the Way to Work

The Chart Online at Missouri State University report that the first Library Employee of the Year was given to their Administrative Assistant, Ann Quade, in recognition of her hard work and dedication. Congratulations to a fellow admin. Click here to see the full article.

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How to Stop the Gossip

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read an article called How to Stop the Gossip on Lynn Gaertner-Johnston’s blog that made the point of how important it is that we proofread our documents as well as do spell check and grammar checks. You never know who may be noticing and talking about it. Click here 1 to see the full article. 1 (accessed February 16, 2008).

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Why I don't rely on Wikipedia anymore

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am fairly new to the Internet, blogging and writing articles. When I came across the Wikipedia site I thought it was great because the information was vast and they allowed anyone to quote from their site without permission. I took advantage of that in my article on E-mail Etiquette and unfortunately the information first given was incorrect. I was not aware that people input information on Wikipedia and then can update it or change it altogether.

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The E-tiquette of E-mail

Laughing all the Way to Work

E-mail is no longer just for personal use, with all our accepted short forms: LOL, U, GB and a co-worker's favourite, OMG! With the increasing use of e-mail as the first choice for business correspondence it opens a whole new world of dos and don'ts for the assistant. Here are Some Good-Sense E-mail Etiquette Tips E-mail Salutations: Although e-mail is less formal than writing a letter it is still polite to open with a greeting. Jane Watson of J.

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Admins in the Spotlight: Assistant gets Caught Stealing at NYPD

Laughing all the Way to Work

The North Country Gazette posted an article about an administrative assistant who is being charged with stealing $2,500 of cell phone usage from company cell phones at the NYPD. Click here 1 for the complete article. 1 (accessed February 16, 2008).

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Smash the Ladder and Build Your Own!

On The Job

Thousands of years ago, news often was carried by word of mouth. Peddlers, travelers and soldiers moved from place to place, telling those they met what was happening elsewhere in the world. Although certainly not a speedy way of getting the latest news, it served its purpose for those times. Now, we're in an era where, with the touch of a computer key, we can be connected to the world in an instant.

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Are you Having a Good Office Hair Day?

Laughing all the Way to Work

As a former hairdresser, I notice hair. I can't help it. One evening after working overtime, I was preparing to go home and noticed a young man getting off the elevator. I wasn't sure if he belonged there, but thought perhaps he was a co-worker's son so didn't question him. The next morning we got an e-mail from the office manager advising us that our office had laptops stolen the night before. She wondered if anyone had seen anything unusual.

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Love is in the Air

On The Job

As I've written in the past, I met my husband at work, and we've been married for more than 20 years, which just goes to prove that you can find love and happiness in the workplace. But if we're going to be truthful, love in the workplace can really go wrong, too. Remember: Just because Valentine's Day is around the corner and that person sitting across the room is starting to look pretty darn good right now doesn't mean you should jump into anything you're going to regret.

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Preparing Your Resume

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was working for a government organization and there were news reports that the public sector were in for some big layoffs due to downsizing. The rumour mill was in full swing at work. I was in a union environment and I was at the bottom of the years-of-service ladder as I had only been there a year. Was there any hope I would keep my job? Things were not looking good. I got the news a few weeks later that about a dozen of us were going to be laid off, including myself.

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Sending Private E-mails

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you want to send an e-mail Privately it is quite simple and if someone else has access to your e-mail account from their computer, they cannot see the e-mails that are marked Private in either your Inbox or Sent items. This would most likely be the case in the boss/assistant relationship as many assistants are given access to their boss's e-mail account. File New Message > Options button on the toolbar (or View / Options). Message Settings / Sensitivity - change to Private.

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The Laws of Khaki Revealed

On The Job

On this Tidbit Tuesday, I'd like to begin with a great quote I found from Mary Pickford, that Hollywood legend who had a way with words: "You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."

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Will You Still Be Working at 95?

On The Job

I get a lot of mail from readers of my nationally syndicated workplace column, much of it coming from people who have a workplace dilemma they'd like me to help solve (and more than a few letters from the unfortunately incarcerated who would like to be my pen pal). Today, I want to share a recent letter I received from a 95-year-old woman who told me she had been employed full-time from 1929-1971, and has been working part-time for the last 27 years.

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Guess who's coming to dinner?

Laughing all the Way to Work

When Susan Johnston agreed to accept my guest post and then told me that she had posted it on her site, I immediately felt the need to go to my site to do some quick housecleaning to welcome any guests that might come to my site. As I was tidying things up and putting a fresh article for new visitors to read, I had the same feeling I do when I have visitors in my home.

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