February, 2017

How To Find Inspiration After A Big Failure

Dumb Little Man

I am sure that you have heard the saying that if you have never failed at anything, then you never tried anything. This saying is quite true.

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Highly Skilled Self-Employed Driving the Growth of the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The Resolution Trust, a left leaning U.K. think tank, released a study showing that 60 per cent of the growth in self-employment in Great Britain since 2009 has been in what they call the "privileged" sector.

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Why the Real High Potentials Often Get Ignored

On The Job

When private companies begin using military jargon to describe their organizational challenges, then it’s clear that something has shifted in the business landscape.

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Thriving On Change

Office Dynamics

Something is definitely in the air… it is something that disrupts our lives; pushes us out of our comfort zones; often causes stress and pressure, but can be rewarding and invigorating. Can you guess what it is? CHANGE! I have been speaking on change since 1990. It has always been a great topic because everyone can relate to change personally and professionally. I have been through massive changes over the past 10 years and have experienced all levels of change since I was a young person.

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Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

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The Lost Art Of Customer Service Within The Tech Industry

Small Business CEO

Reinvigorating Customer Service in the Tech Industry. The tech industry is often highly impersonal — especially among companies that sell digital goods. A company can sell a digital service entirely over the Internet. The buyer pays online, and the service activates itself automatically.

Love Your Career

Office Dynamics

I have always been a “career-minded” woman since I was a little girl. When I was about 10 or 11, I went from house to house in our neighborhood selling my Mom’s used magazines. When I got a little older, I went to work at my uncle’s beauty salons in Cleveland, OH. I was responsible for collecting money from the customers and straightening the product shelves. After doing that for a few years, I worked at Franklin Ice Cream store, which I loved because I could eat all the ice cream I wanted.

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Quick Test: Can You Tighten These Bullet Points?

Business Writing

Today a business service I use sent me a bulleted list of updates. Every single bullet point starts with the contraction We've or We're. Those unnecessary words not only stretch out the bullets. They pull the focus away from the. Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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4 Ways to Get the Boss to Give You What You Want

On The Job

If you're having difficulty getting what you want at work -- perhaps a promotion or a big project -- it's time to rethink your negotiating skills and learn from the best.

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5 Things You Need To Get Rid Of To Become Successful In Life

Dumb Little Man

What do you mean by a “successful life”? Many people talk about having a successful life, but what do you mean by a successful life? Is it all about having luxury? Studies show that the suicide rate is a lot higher among rich people. If being successful was all about money, then rich people would never commit suicide. There are lots of factors to be considered in judging whether a person is successful or not. Each and every person has different personality traits and habits.

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3 out of 4 Americans Have Smartphones

Small Business Labs

Pew Internet recently updated their technology adoption numbers for the U.S. As the Pew chart below shows: nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online, up from about half in the early 2000s. roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone.

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Top 10 Venues in London that Every PA Should Know About

Practically Perfect PA

So your boss has asked you to find another unique meeting room, locate a cool party venue for the office do and source a screening room for an investor pitch. Your to-do list is as long as your arm and you have no idea where to start. Enter HeadBox.

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Learn To Become A Better Leader: 10 Most Important Must Have Skills

Office Dynamics

Being a leader is so much more than just being the person in charge of your team or company. It’s a unique set of skills that you must have, in order to lead and take care of the people under your charge. Here are the ten most important skills you must develop to be a good leader. Listen to others. No one knows everything, even a good leader. Listen to others when they come to you. They’ll have good ideas, and takes on situations that you may not even have thought of.

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Preserve Your Relationships, Even in Sticky Situations

Business Writing

If you are human, you face situations during your workday that require you to write under pressure. Maybe you have to respond to an angry employee's email. Maybe you seriously disagree with a coworker and need to put your reasons. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette Positive Language

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Why You Shouldn't Always Trust Your Gut

On The Job

How much do you trust your gut instincts? According to a new research, you may be relying on them too much.

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9 Reasons Why We Procrastinate and How to Address Them

Dumb Little Man

‘Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone’ ~ Pablo Picasso. Procrastination can be one of life’s biggest barriers to success. If we don’t tackle it, it can really prevent us from moving forward towards our goals.

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The Large and Rapidly Growing U.S. On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

The research firm BIA/Kelsey estimates that in 2016 local U.S. on-demand economy generated $34 billion in revenue. They are forecasting this will grow to $57 billion in 2017.    BIA/Kelsey is an analyst firm focusing on the local advertising and marketing marketplace.

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Vocabulary Quiz #3: Commonly Confused Words

Daily Writing Tips

In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.). Any business leader with a of sense would say this is the perfect time to borrow money to rebuild the country. a) whit. b) wit.

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8 Killer Tips for a Successful Executive and Assistant Partnership

Office Dynamics

There is no greater relationship in the workplace than that of an executive and assistant. I can honestly say that because of my experience as an assistant for 20 years and as an executive for 27 years. While the world is a much different place today, there are core strategies for a successful executive and assistant partnership that do not change. That is because they are the interpersonal side of the partnership.

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Habits Of Highly Effective Small Business Owners

Small Business CEO

It is easy to see that some people in the world of business stand out among all the others. A successful small business owner requires a particular skill set and disposition. People often wonder what makes those “high rollers” so successful in business.

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What Others Really Think About You

On The Job

Were you the smartest kid in school? The funniest? The most athletic? It's a little strange to think that we like to label people from an early age. What's even more strange is how some of us like to label ourselves -- to the detriment of our own happiness or career success.

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The Romantically Challenged Guy’s Guide to a Successful Valentine’s Day

Dumb Little Man

No matter what your significant other has said about Valentine’s Day, it’s still important to her. Whether you’ve been married for twenty years or just went on a few dates with someone, Valentine’s Day matters. Even men with the best of intentions need a little help sometimes with this love holiday.

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San Francisco's (and Washington D.C's) Surging Household Income

Small Business Labs

San Francisco's real median household income has increased from $55,221 in 2000  to $88,829 in 2016.    This will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with SF's tech boom. What is surprising is the real median household income for the U.S.

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Video Animations Add Wow Factor

Andrea Kalli

As you’re building your video project, don’t forget that Video Animations add a great WOW factor. They also work great used as attention-getting pattern interrupts. Don’t let your viewers fall asleep!

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4 Stress-Free Networking Opportunities for Women

Office Dynamics

Photo via Flickr by Eugene Kim. Few things in life are as stressful as making a career change. Whether you’re jumping into new territory because you’ve recently lost a job or because you simply want to shake up your 2017, putting yourself out there in an industry where you may not have as many connections can feel lonely and scary. Of course, the best way to start making advances towards your new career is to network with people who already have their foot in the door.

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Why Fleet Management is Important for Business Owners

Small Business CEO

Any business that uses vehicles within their service can make use of fleet management.

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3 Ways to Deal With a Distracted Boss

On The Job

Everyone thinks they can multitask, which is why we have people texting on their phones when they're supposed to be engaged in a conversation with someone else at work. Lots of people don't mind, because they see this as permission to do the same.

2017 28

Get Strong, Sleep, Repeat: The Importance Of Sleeping

Dumb Little Man

When you’ve had a long and tiring workout, you just want to go home and sleep. You feel satisfied knowing that when you wake up, you’re ready to take on another day at the gym for successful growth. How do we fall asleep? In a simple manner, your internal body clock recognizes your environment.

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The Growing Biotech Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Unlike traditional pharma or biotech companies, most of the people working at  Nimbus Therapeutics  are gig workers.    And the primary reason Nimbus hires gig workers is not to cut costs.

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Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Assist Conference winners are…

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who entered the Assist Conference giveaway! Originally we could only give one free place away, but thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we can now pick five winners!! I can announce the winners are … drum roll please…. Leigh Adams. Victoria Abebrese. Deborah Dei. Karen Coote.

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Building A Star Partnership – Free Webinar For Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Administrative professionals are in a unique position to build incredibly powerful partnerships with the person or people they support. The bond that exists between executive and assistant can be truly special and it can create a distinct competitive advantage in the business world. However, this kind of partnership doesn’t just happen.

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7 Employee Retention Strategies You Should Start Using

Small Business CEO

Ever noticed how every smart entrepreneur refers to their employees as a team? That’s because they know the value the right people bring to their companies. A business cannot be successful without the right people. photo credit: Kompania Piwowarska / Flickr.

How to Consistently Come Up With Better Ideas

On The Job

No matter how talented a team may be, sooner or later they may fall into a rut. Ideas seem stale. Solutions are the same old, same old. It’s not as if everyone has given up, but rather that approaches seem less inspired.

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What I Learned From Reading 1,000 Resumes

Dumb Little Man

If you’re working right now, it’s safe to say that you had to send out a resume in order to get hired. Even if you didn’t, there could come that time in the future where you may have to. In order to do that, you need to know how to write a good resume.