October, 2016

Most Small Businesses Have Less Than $400,000 in Annual Revenue

Small Business Labs

According to data from the  2014 U.S. Annual Survey of Entrepreneur s, the median U.S. employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generates less than $400k in revenue.

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Does Office Design Really Affect Productivity?

Productivity Bits

As an active employee, you spend a significant part of your day at the office. During that time, you need to carry out tasks, meet deadlines, interact with co-workers, and still have complete insight into the impact of your work.

2016 233

How Anyone Can Be More Innovative Every Day

On The Job

When a study was released earlier this year noting that procrastination can make you more creative, many people probably rejoiced. Instead of being thought of as slackers by co-workers and bosses, they can now claim they’re not goofing off – they’re being “creative.” To a certain extent, that’s true.

2016 232

Bullet Point Reminders and Greek Delights

Business Writing

I've been away from this blog while I traveled Greece for five weeks. As a way to tell you about my trip and Greece on this blog about business writing, I'll share with you seven reminders about bullet points and. Writing Tips

2016 220

Is job hopping the only way up the career ladder for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Hi, I’m Nicky Christmas and I am a job hopper. There, I’ve admitted it. I’ve spent many years cleverly covering up the fact that I spent most of my career hopping from one job to another in an effort to climb the career ladder.

2016 218

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Why You Need to Practice Saying "No"

On The Job

Not a big word, is it? Yet for many workers, saying "no" has become very difficult. Whether it's because they fear looking like a non-team player or worry about backlash from a boss, saying "no" has become a very big problem.

2016 217

Email Isn’t Dead. Here’s Why You Should Be Using It to Market Your Business.

Tips From T. Marie

The business experts agree, when it comes to marketing, the most effective avenue you can use is email. An email list gets 10 times higher conversions than social media and receives a 4300 percent return on investment (ROI) for US based businesses according to the Direct Marketing Association.

2016 180

The Launch of PA Insiders – for PA to PA Recommendations

Practically Perfect PA

Hi, I’m Merryl Futerman and I am one of the founders of PA Insiders. Having worked as a celebrity PA for nearly 20 years, one of the things I love most about the job i[link] never knowing what task is coming my way next.

2016 191

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary? Admin Conference Recap

Office Dynamics

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary? Well, I have finally recuperated from hosting our big conference. It was a huge success and was worth all our time and energy.

2016 248

Peak Stuff and the Luxury of Less

Small Business Labs

J Walter Thompson Intelligence's The Luxury of Less suggests that "pared-down lifestyles" with less stuff are becoming aspirational for the well-off.

2016 220

8 Fitness Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better

Dumb Little Man

To stay fit and motivated at the same time in a world full of wonderful distractions is simply not an easy task. Moreover, we all already know how tough it is to stay on track with fitness goals.

2016 285

The Biggest Distraction in the Office May Be You

On The Job

If you're tempted to yell "Shut the $#% up!" to a colleague in a nearby cubicle, you're not alone. As it turns out, loud-talking co-workers are so annoying it has prompted researchers to study it.

2016 198

A New Word That's Not a Word: Disconcerning

Business Writing

Lately I have been hearing the word "disconcerning." When it came up yesterday in an interview on NPR (National Public Radio), I knew it was time to write about it. Disconcerning" is actually not a word--at least not a correct. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage Proofreading

2016 172

Practically Perfect PA Survey 2016 Reminder

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received just over 350 replies and some great feedback, but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire.

2016 169

Take Time to Say Thank You

Office Dynamics

Today, I want to talk about taking time to express your gratitude to others, whether you personally know them or not.

2016 236

Stride Health's Study on Gig Workers and Health Insurance

Small Business Labs

Stride Health's Stride Study: Health Coverage in the Gig Economy  covers how gig workers access and use health insurance. 

Health 220

5 Ways to Balance Work and Family Time Even if You’re a Workaholic

Dumb Little Man

There is nothing as fulfilling as reaping the fruit of your labor. All those long hours at work, and countless meetings, phone calls and emails may have made you successful in your career but your family had to pay the price for it. You hardly spend time with your wife anymore.

2016 285

Why Trust Matters

On The Job

About a month ago I visited a favorite local deli. It reminded me of that scene from "Animal House" when John Belushi yelled "food fight!" While food wasn't flying across the room, it certainly looked like the aftermath.

2016 191

How Paperless Meetings Can Help the Environment and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Paper-based meetings are becoming a major inconvenience at the office and in the environment. Offices spend a lot of resources on paper, while the environment suffers from the carbon that paper usage emits. Fortunately, paperless meetings have come to take those nuisances away.

The Future of Business Travel and the Millennial Traveller

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Assist Travel event we were lucky to have Tae Lee, the founder and CEO of Travo talk to our delegates about the future of business travel and the millennial traveller. He covered a lot of interesting points and I thought it would be useful to share his video with you today.

Travel 154

Webinar Replay Helping Your Executive Maintain a Competitive Edge

Office Dynamics

Our webinar replay for Helping Your Executive Maintain a Competitive Edge is now available for viewing. Leverage your skills and help your Executive achieve his or her goals by creating a positive reputation both inside and outside the organization. Learning Highlights.

2016 226

The Institute for the Future's Profile of On-Demand Economy Workers

Small Business Labs

The Institute for the Future's (IFTF)  Workable Futures: People Transforming Work in the Platform Economy  describes 7 "archetypes" of on-demand economy (ODE) workers and their motivations for working in the ODE.

2016 220

7 Ways to Make Your Angry Wife Happy

Dumb Little Man

Happy wife, happy life. If you’ve heard this before, you know that if you pissed off your wife royally bad, you have to make her happy again. Even though each woman is different, some traits are common to all including feeling happy when showered with kindness and appreciation.

2016 285

To Be More Likeable, Learn to Listen

On The Job

Dave Kerpen says it’s “understandable” that a lot of people don’t think much about how to make themselves more likeable at work.

2016 181

Annual List Building Plan – Explained In 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

As I’m sure you already know, there are a ton of different list building strategies, and equally as many differing opinions on which one(s) work best.

2016 141

The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s guide to Boston

Practically Perfect PA

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest and most illustrious cities in the U.S. It’s where the pilgrims landed and the Red Sox play and with its many educational institutions, stands as a modern-day Athens.

Travel 149

Revelations from the Revolution at the Conference for Administrative Excellence

Office Dynamics

Just over a week ago, I had the honor of attending the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. I was there both as a participant and a speaker, and the experience was, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary.

2016 211

Intuit Future of Small Business Report

Small Business Labs

Last week Intuit released the Slideshare presentation  The Future of Small Business. It covers 5 broad trends that are driving the growth of the small business sector of the economy.

2016 217

4 Signs That You’re Making Positive Progress in Life

Dumb Little Man

Whether you’re hoping to start a successful business or simply looking to live a fulfilling life, progress is an important indicator of current and future success.

2016 285

5 Signs You're a Jerk Employee

On The Job

Nothing gets people more stirred up than to ask them about a bad boss. They love to share stories of how a boss is rude, egotistical and selfish.

2016 176

Is Business Writing the Same as Technical Writing?

Business Writing

People who want to be technical writers often ask me whether business writing classes will help them. I answer yes—because strong business writing skills will help them be better technical writers. But what is the difference between technical writing and. Frequently Asked Questions Teaching Business Writing

2016 140

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Practically Perfect PA

Last month, we teamed up with technology specialist Brother to give you the chance to win one of five state-of-the-art office labelling machines, the PT-D600VP.

2016 145

Starting a workday with easy tasks? Top reasons why it kills your productivity

Productivity Bits

Let’s be honest – we’ve all done it once or twice. We came to work early in the morning, especially on Monday and then decided to settle down a little bit by doing some easy tasks first. Seems pretty normal. However, if you are starting off your day with the easiest tasks on your list, you could be killing your productivity levels for the rest of the day. This could seriously harm your output, leaving you with a lower task completion rate than you should be able to achieve.

2016 133

Despite What the Government Statistics Say, Moonlighting is on the Rise

Small Business Labs

UpWork and the Freelancers Union recently released their 2016 Freelancing in America study. According the press release the key findings are: Freelancing is growing -- The freelance workforce grew from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016 and currently represents 35% of the U.S. workforce.

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