January, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Mental Clarity

Dumb Little Man

You turn on the TV and you are bombarded with images and stories of disaster and tragedy from around the world, you are getting 100 emails a day, your finances need attention and you still haven’t fixed the leak in your bathroom.

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Are assistants overqualified?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just spent the last hour looking through jobs that are currently available to assistants. It has been really interesting reading all of the different job descriptions, the skills that are required and the salaries attached to different levels of the role.

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7 Simple Steps to Organizing & Hosting a Successful Teleclass

Office Organization Success

This simple strategy can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list … practically overnight! And it’s a very simple, yet low-cost marketing strategy that you can implement on a regular basis to reach your target market.

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"Comprised of" vs. "Composed of": A Test

Business Writing

At lunch today I read the following sentence in an advertising supplement in The New York Times: Our wine team is comprised of devoted wine lovers who are some of the most respected professionals in the industry. Your test: Is. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels , electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside.

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What Is HTTPS? And Why Your Website Will Need HTTPS Soon

The Solopreneur Life

H ave you ever noticed how some websites have “http” in their URL while others have “https”? This post explains what HTTPS is and why your website will need it soon. What is HTTPS? HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure.

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5 Reasons Your Life Should Have a Theme

Dumb Little Man

You should have a theme, a motto, a definite thing that you stand for. Does that sound a bit corny to you? It did to me too until I realized how much having one could affect all aspects of my life.

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Creating Your Online Marketing Flow in 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

Are you doing what many service professionals are doing when it comes to marketing? And jumping around from one online marketing strategy to the next? Without giving any one of them any time to really work?

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Don't Make Us Slog Through Long Sentences

Business Writing

People often complain about jargon slowing down and confusing readers. But long sentences create as much drag on readers as unexplained abbreviations. This opening sentence from a recent news article throws too much at readers at once: The frustration and. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Should Your Home Go Solar?

Eco-Office Gals

Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them.

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Five Things Small Businesses Need to Know About Free

Tips From T. Marie

When I first started my virtual assistant business I was on a tiny budget. Surviving on unemployment and taking part in Maine’s Self Employment Assistance Program meant that I just didn’t have any extra money to invest in my little start up.

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5 Motivation Secrets of Successful People

Dumb Little Man

Because motivation is such a powerful, driving force, it is one of the most important elements of the corporate world and can be the difference between failure and success.

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A day in the life: Rebecca-Monique Williams, Adaptive Lab

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I have a dual role: my primary responsibility is being the PA to the managing director.

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Are You Still Struggling to Get Clients?

Office Organization Success

Have you ever wanted to create a marketing plan so that you would know exactly what to do to get more clients? Well now is your chance: GET CLIENTS NOW! 28-day marketing plan.

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How Dog Training Differs From Emailing

Business Writing

Outside the supermarket the other day, I walked past a man who was trying to get his dog to sit. He said, "Sit. Sit, Rudy. Each word was followed by a short pause during which the man''s. Email Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Results of the 2014 Solopreneur Survey: Quality of Life is Up, Expectations are Up, Facebook is Down

The Solopreneur Life

Q uality of life improved for solopreneurs in 2014, solopreneurs have high expectations for 2015, and Facebook has fallen out of favor. Those are among the key findings in The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey.

2015 185

5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

Eco-Office Gals

Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why.

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10 Ways to Embrace Changes In Your Personal and Professional Life

Dumb Little Man

For many individuals, accepting change in their personal and professional lives is oftentimes a difficult proposition. Yet change is inevitable; it is the only thing that is constant in our world.

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Working with a self-reliant boss

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve often been asked to give advice to assistants who work with a self-reliant boss. I have experienced this myself and it can be really frustrating.

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Are You Taking the Easy Options?

Office Organization Success

This past week I’ve been working with several clients helping them to create their 28-day marketing plan.

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How Your Business Could Benefit from Mobile Shredding Services

The Small Business Blog

All businesses, whether large or small, will produce or possess sensitive information. This data must be kept confidential in order to protect the interests of an organisation. If you do not dispose of this data in the right manner, it could compromise your company as well as your clients.

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The Best Inbound-Marketing Resources: HubSpot and Impact

The Solopreneur Life

A n important part of what I do here at TheSolopreneurLife.com is spend a ton of hours searching for the resources that are worth your time. You’re welcome!

2015 182

Who Are You? Tell Resume Readers Fast

Business Writing

The other night I helped a young friend with her resume by phone and email. I have known "Alicia" for many years, so I know her story--her job and education history, her strengths, and her accomplishments. I know the essential

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8 Principles to live by for an Epic Life

Dumb Little Man

In our modern society, it’s really rare seeing people living on principles. A life principle is basically something that drives you to be the best image of yourself every single day. It is an invisible force that defines who we truly are.

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Minute taking tips

Practically Perfect PA

As any PA knows, taking minutes is a challenging and essential skill. This guide provides some handy tips on getting it right, every time. Do your research.

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Is Article Marketing Still a Good Strategy?

Office Organization Success

One of my members in the School for Online Business Success asked me recently about article marketing. She wanted to know if it was still an effective marketing strategy as she’d heard it wasn’t that great any more.

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Why Big Business Has Customer Service All Wrong (and how small businesses can take advantage of it)

Tips From T. Marie

I’m a stickler about customer service. I could blame it on being a waitress in my teens, but it’s more likely because I was taught that we should always treat people the way we ourselves would like to be treated.

2015 173

A Super-Cool Niche Art Business: Martin Bruckner’s Spaghetti Toes

The Solopreneur Life

O K, you’re going to love this niche art business. Martin Bruckner lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and daughter. Bruckner launched a Tumblr site — Spaghetti Toes — that’s dedicated to the absurd things he hears under his roof on a daily basis.

2015 175

The Real Reason You Aren't More Productive

On The Job

Rory Vaden wants you to forget everything you know about time management, because it’s probably wrong. He wants you to ignore the advice on doing the most difficult tasks first every day, or the rule about answering emails during certain time periods.

2015 244

The Best Way to End The Day: 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Sleep

Dumb Little Man

You know that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, right? Some watch movies, read a book, force their eyes to close, plan and worry about tomorrow, or think about the things they had to do today but didn’t manage to. I say eliminate all this and make the best of the end of the day.

2015 286

Tips on transitioning your career

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA you know you have the organisational skills to rule the world and actually know your company well enough do half the jobs in the place if push came to shove.

2015 244

Need a Punctuation Class? Try This Test.

Business Writing

In response to client requests, I have designed a new online class, Punctuation for Professionals. It''s a lively, interactive review of the essential rules of punctuation. Would you benefit from a punctuation class? See whether you can identify punctuation errors. Proofreading Punctuation Pointers

2015 169

The Reason We Don’t Reach Our Goals

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the first ways to go about reaching a goal is to crystallize it in our minds so that we are clear about what we are trying to have/do/be. Then the next is to break it down into manageable steps.

2015 237

Inbound Marketing: Its Advantages and Disadvantages for Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

I nbound marketing can be an efficient method for building your solopreneur business. It’s a great tool if you have the proper skills, knowledge, and tools to make it work.

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Why I think we should kill multitasking.

Office Dynamics

Kill multitasking! Juggle with precision focus. As I perform seminars throughout North America in every kind of business you can think of, I often encounter people who are proud that they can multitask. I have been engaged in this topic and spoken on it for the past few years. What about you?

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Dumb Little Man

Fear Of Failure. This is one of the restricting factors at start. When you try to think about failure in the first place, there is a high probability that you could restrict yourself from starting even when failure has been discovered to be a subset of success.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Tate we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free.

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