February, 2017

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 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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Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design

Andrea Kalli

Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design. I just love these. And they are so fun to create. They make your quotes, tips, and words of encouragement, empowerment, or inspiration really pop. Unique and professional. Let your imagination run wild with what images you will use for these.

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Usage Challenge: Can You Pick the Correct Word?

Business Writing

Do you think you know words well? Take this challenge: Pick the correct word or phrase in every sentence below. No peeking at the answer key until you have finished! This site/sight/cite is ideal for our conference. Grammar and Usage

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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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10 Super-Charged Ways to Grow Your Company in 2017

Andrea Kalli

Want to Know How to. Supercharge Your Business? 10 Great Ways to Grow Your Company in 2017. 10 Great Ways to Grow Your Company in 2017 and Beyond. Whether you own a brick-and-mortar store or an online business, if you are not growing your company, you are likely losing ground.

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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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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.

2017 264

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.

2017 159

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.

2017 153

Digital Transformation Leading to Ghost Restaurants

Small Business Labs

Ghost restaurants are delivery only, online restaurants that skip storefronts and deliver food straight to the customer. Think Amazon for restaurants.

How to Create a Stellar Video Marketing Plan – 7 Essential Components of a Cohesive Video Outreach Strategy

Andrea Kalli

How to Create a Stellar Video Marketing Plan – 7 Essential Components of a Cohesive Video Outreach Strategy. How to Create a Video Marketing Plan.

2017 151

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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How To Overcome Negative Emotions Using 5 Writing Techniques

Dumb Little Man

Having a positive attitude is important when it comes to improving your mental heath, but it can be difficult to push through negative thoughts. No one is immune to negative emotions – they can occur very suddenly, and in the most inappropriate situations.

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Sharing some feedback

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve had some wonderful feedback from readers that I tuck away and come back to when I need a little confidence boost but I never share the messages with other readers. Well, today is a new day, folks.

2017 153

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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2017 Top 10 Pet Product Trends

Small Business Labs

Package Facts recently released their list of 10 Pet Product Trends to Watch in 2017.    Key quote from their press release: From leather collars to fur-lined carriers and orthopedic bedding, there's no shortage of innovative and human-inspired products trending in the U.S.

2017 162

5 Video Production Tips for Powerful Business Videos [INFOGRAPHIC]

Andrea Kalli

Video Production Tips Infograph. Sound production is crucial for a business video that drives sales. Understand Your Audience. Pay Attention to Composition When Filming a Video. Edit Like a Professional. SEO is Critical, So Take the Extra Time. Andrea Kalli. Video Design, Editing, and Marketing.

2017 141

3 Simple Steps To Manage Your Budget And Cashflow

Office Organization Success

Along with paper piles, budget and Cashflow is another area that can be a huge source of overwhelm and frustration! . And I bet the very title of this article made you think twice about reading it.

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Your Ability To Fail Without Fear Is A Requirement To Reach Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

What is Failure? Did you know that you need to fail to live life? Yes, you do. When we were all born, we never received a “book of life” that had all the rules laid out for us to skim through when we needed to refer to it.

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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.

2017 130

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 141

The On-Demand Workforce Continues to Expand

Small Business Labs

About 3.9 million Americans are working in the on-demand economy, up from 3.2 million this time last year. The number is forecast to grow to 9.2 million by 2021. This is about a 23% compounded annual growth rate. 

2017 159

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!

2017 130

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.

2017 168

Five Ways of Overcoming the Problem of Getting Sleep

Dumb Little Man

Sleep. An important and inevitable physiological body function. An effortless activity in past years but an increasingly difficult one in the present day. Many people in our contemporary society are struggling with sleep — correctly termed insomnia — in their daily lives.

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Why focus for productivity?

Clutter Coach

by Did you know that sticking to your task makes you happier? When you let your mind wander, even to a pleasant memory, studies show you’ll be unhappy. I remember reading about this in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s terrific book Flow. In it, he writes about being in the flow, where you are totally engaged with your task, whatever it is. Being in the flow feels great. You’re completely present and time is suspended.

2017 109

How Even Obnoxious Colleagues Can Help Your Career

On The Job

When you're on the job, you often engage in idle chitchat with your colleagues. What's your favorite hobby?" "Is Is is supposed to rain today?" or "Do you have big plans this weekend?" are some common topics. Nothing earth-shattering -- just a way to be pleasant to co-workers.

2017 141

Using On-Demand Economy Platforms to Start and Build Businesses

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from the Intuit On-Demand Economy study is the various ways on-demand economy platforms are being used to start and build small businesses.

2017 152

Audio Testimonial Video for Credibility Building and Reputation Management

Andrea Kalli

Here’s a perfect example of a testimonial video that doesn’t include anyone recording themselves on video. It uses audio instead. It’s ideal to highlight the clients who you have impacted the most and want to praise your relationship and work.

2017 130

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.

2017 159

10 Amazing Business Ideas For Stay-At-Home Retirees

Dumb Little Man

Retirement does not mean that a senior just has to sit at home and do nothing. Many seniors prefer to work even after they have crossed the retirement age. Some seniors actually perceive this as a golden opportunity to follow their long forgotten entrepreneurship dreams.

2017 223

Test, Analyze, Course-Correct

Office Organization Success

The month of January has just flown by — I feel we were just celebrating Christmas and poof! it’s the end of January! One of the reasons I think is that (as well as a trip to San Diego) I’ve been knee-deep in a client’s launch campaign for one of her online training programs. We’ve also been testing several different marketing strategies too to see what works best.

2017 106

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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