December, 2010

Our “Best Of” Blog Content

ProAssisting Blog

After going through all of our blog content from the last year and a half, we thought it would be a good idea to take some of our best posts and content and share them in a “best of” blog post… so here we go: General Assisting Blog Posts Wanna know what the number 1 rule of being an assistant is? We tell you right here. What does your career have to do with pizza? You can read part 1 and then part 2 to find out! What can’t we teach you? You can find out here in this three part blog series.

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7 Secrets of the Super Organized

Dumb Little Man

A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don't aim to be.

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Green Gift Giving: Naturally Good Soaps

Eco-Office Gals

Each year I partner with a great green company to sponsor Holiday gifts for my clients. This year I connected with Melissa Riviera of Naturally Good Soaps and it has been a true pleasure! A bit of background: Naturally Good Soaps is currently a web based business.

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10 Creative Ways To Reuse Gift Bags

Complete Organizing Solutions

Having three children with birthdays around Christmas means our holidays are filled with parties and gift giving galore. In preparation for wrapping some of my daughters gifts I noticed I had an over abundance of baby shower gift bags left over from when she was born.

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Featured Soloist Revisited: Tommy Walker’s Biz Takes Flight

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Tommy Walker. This week I have a variation that I’m calling “Featured Soloist Revisited.&#

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My Favorite Inspiring Career Quotes

Eat Your Career

As we enter a brand new year, I know many of you may be facing career changes (both big and small) in the future. While this can be exciting and energizing, it can also easily become overwhelming and draining.

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It’s a BOY!

ProAssisting Blog

Stephanie and I are very proud to announce our son, Wyatt Bull. Wyatt was born on 11/5/10, weighed in at 7 pounds 11ounces and was 20.75 inches long. It has been a real joy to get to know him over the last 4 weeks and he’s doing great. We think he’s taking it easy on us because he knows we’re newbie parents. Thanks for all of the well wishes and we’d like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season

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Green Gift Giving: Green Glass Company

Eco-Office Gals

One area of our home that is not green is our kitchen cabinets. I confess, our plates, cups and travel mugs… they are littered with plastic.

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Should Small Businesses Use Twitter?

Small Business Labs

The quick answer is yes -  if you see a positive return from the time and effort required to maintain a Twitter presence.    Having said that, we believe the answer will be no for most small businesses.    The reason is simple. 

106 Thoughts on Overcoming Overwhelm in a Freaked-Out World

Productive & Organized

Overwhelm - You Can Overcome It "Overwhelm" is a word that I have been hearing a lot lately. I hear it from my clients and workshop participants as well as my connections on social media sights. We have a lot that comes at us every day

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The Kettlebell: Your All-in-One Home Gym

The Solopreneur Life

T his was written by Jen Waak, who pens a monthly health column for The Solopreneur Life. Jen Waak. Stopping by the gym on the way home from work is a bit of a fantasy for most solopreneurs. We work from home, so there is no “stopping by.”

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20 Questions for Setting New Year’s Resolutions

Ian's Messy Desk

The end of the year is traditionally a time to reflect on the past twelve months and set resolutions for the year to come. We start on January 1 st with high aspirations and motivation to make change in our life, but our resolve doesn’t survive much beyond the end of January. While a desire for self-improvement might get us started, it’s rarely enough to keep us going all year. Having a plan can make a huge difference in the accomplishment of goals or resolutions.

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10 Speed Bumps On The Road To A Better Life

Dumb Little Man

Let's be honest, we all want more in life. We want more money, more freedom, more peace, and more time. In a perfect world, we would have all these things and more, but that's just not how it happens. Life has a way of becoming filled with "stuff".

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Green Gift Giving: Kiss Naturals

Eco-Office Gals

This holiday season I discovered Kiss Naturals. I really love their kits and if you have little ones like me I know you will, too! Kiss Naturals makes DIY kits which come with everything needed to make your own natural lip gloss, perfume, soap and bath fizzies.

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Are You a Twitter Menace?

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve talked about Twitter Do’s and Don’ts before. Today I want to talk about making sure you’re not a Twitter menace. So just what is a Twitter menace? Those people that are using Twitter as a bullhorn rather than a communication device. Are you guilty of the following?

The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

Eat Your Career

Out of everyone in my group of college friends, I was the only one who still had the same job two years after graduation. Everyone else had changed jobs once, twice, even three times. So, I felt somewhat smug—as if I knew something they didn’t.

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Featured Soloist Kelly Newsome: “Lessons Annihilate Regrets”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Kelly Newsome. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

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Communication Productivity Tip: Don't Make People Search for You.

Productive & Organized

If you aren't keeping your online profiles complete, you are missing out on some great connections and opportunities. Today I'll share why you should care and what you can do about it. Communication productivity tip

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7 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before The Year Ends

Dumb Little Man

It's December again and the year is coming to an end! How do you feel? Excited? Eager to see what's in store for the new year? For myself personally, I love Decembers because it's the time when I take a breather, look back and see how the year has been.

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Little Green Footsteps

Eco-Office Gals

What is the business cost of going green? In today’s society most of us are becoming more environmentally conscious, particularly in our personal lives. If the adoption of greener habits and practices are going to accelerate then we need to see more green initiatives in business.

Better Battery Organization

Complete Organizing Solutions

This season don’t forget to add one more thing to your list… batteries are not included for many gifts! Last week on Penelope Loves Lists , Meredith posted about battery organization and I thought this would be a great time to show you my battery drawer!

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How to Save Money on Christmas Spending

Ian's Messy Desk

You’re well into the holiday shopping season and these tips may be too little, too late for many of you. However, make a note of these, start your planning early and be ready for next year. image via Wikipedia. Work from a Budget.

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Should I Use “Pay What It’s Worth” Pricing?

The Solopreneur Life

O n my plane flight to Ohio on Thanksgiving Day, I was reading Seth Godin’s book “Tribes,&# which encourages change and breaking from the status quo. Somewhere over Wisconsin while reading, I had an epiphany: remove price tags from my products and services and establish “pay what it’s worth&# pricing. As I continued to read “Tribes,&# I pulled out my notebook and began writing the reasons why I would want to eliminate prices: • I trust people to do the right thing.

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Make Your Resolutions/Goals from a Customer/Client Perspective.

Productive & Organized

Every year at this time we start to think about how the current year has progressed and what we want to do in the upcoming year. The new year brings new hope for your small business! Unfortunately, somewhere in the back of your mind you

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21 Excellent Tips For an Amazing & Productive New Year

Dumb Little Man

This is that time of the year when your mind is ruled by the thoughts of the upcoming year and what it might bring for you. You start making plans and resolutions to make the most of the next 365 days. You want to be more enthusiastic, more energetic and more productive next year.

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Happy New Year 2011

Eco-Office Gals

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe 2011! May you achieve the goal you set for yourself, your family and your business. Post from: Eco-Office Gals Happy New Year 2011. Random Green

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The Voice that Says You Can’t

Eat Your Career

You’ve just had the most amazing idea. It hits you like a tidal wave and nearly knocks you off your seat. THIS is the best idea you’ve ever had and you’re so excited to get started. And then…the voice shows up. Who are you kidding? You’ll never accomplish that!”. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Review of Our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2010

Small Business Labs

Each year we publish a Top 10 Small Business Trends list for the coming year.    Our 2011 list will be out in the coming weeks.    As part of the process of putting together next year's list, we review last year's list.    Here is how we did in 2010: 1.    The Shift to Contingent Workers Turns Employees into Entrepreneurs :  If anything, the shift to contingent workers (part-timers, temps, contractors, freelancers, etc.)

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The Solopreneur Survey: Your Participation Is Needed!

The Solopreneur Life

I invite you to participate in The Solopreneur Life 2010 End-of-Year Survey. Please join your colleagues in completing this first-of-its-kind, worldwide survey of solopreneurs. (If If other surveys of this type have been done of solopreneurs, please let me know!). The anonymous survey will reach only a small percentage of solopreneurs, yet I believe the information gathered will advance our knowledge of the state of solopreneurship in the United States and beyond.

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Merry Christmas!

Ian's Messy Desk

I’m enjoying the day with family and wish my readers a wonderful Christmas. Holidays

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40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation

Dumb Little Man

After all these years you finally have the courage and opportunity to write the email announcing that you and you alone have single handedly saved the company from utter disaster. You're excited, you type it, you spell check it, and you hit send.

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Merry Christmas 2011

Eco-Office Gals

As another year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank all of you and wish you a Very Merry Christmas. May it be safe & happy. May you be surrounded by those you love and may all your dreams and wishes come true in 2011. Click here to view my card to you. Happy Holidays!

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AZVAs the Podcast Episode 10: Creating a Business in the Practical Arts

Loosely Speaking

December 2010 Podcast Program Notes– Tara’s and my holiday bonus episode. NOTE: if you see a “warning at the top of this post, please ignore. It’s a coding thing I am working on with the developer of the podcasting software I have installed.

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What You Need to Say in an Interview

On The Job

Sometimes I really feel for my kids. As a career columnist, I've been full of advice -- from how to behave at work to how to choose the right career -- since they were about 3-years-old.

Reinvent Your Career in 2011

Eat Your Career

This time of year, as we approach the New Year, most of us spend an inordinate amount of time reflecting on where we’ve been and where we’re going. It can be depressing for some people; especially those who feel like their goals are never getting any closer to reality.

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10 Tips for Preparing for Christmas Guests

Ian's Messy Desk

Image by apium via Flickr. One of the most common story lines in Christmas episodes of television shows is the conflict arising from the expectations of visiting family and friends during the holidays. I suspect the recurring use of this theme is due to its resonance with viewers.

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5 Sure-Fire Ways To Enjoy Every Day Of Your Life

Dumb Little Man

There was a time in my life where I wasn't enjoying it very much. I was so stressed in the pursuit of success that I had in fact lost the joy of living. I spent so much time on the road endeavoring to build a future for my family that I didn't have time for them.

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