November, 2014

Participate in The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

You’re invited to participate in the The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey! The survey is open through Friday, December 19. Results will be published on January 5. Past survey results have been reported on widely, including in The New York Times. Click here to take the survey.

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How to Write the Opening Sentence

Business Writing

In an online Writing Tune-Up class, an attendee wrote what he wanted to get from the class: "My most time-consuming task is developing a good opening sentence. Any tips on that?" The first sentence can be the trickiest one.

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3 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Client Information Organized

Office Organization Success

For many solopreneurs a large part of their business is working one-on-one with clients, and that means having a way of keeping all of their client information organized and easy to access.

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Black Friday WordPress Deals: Gifts Your Website Will Love!

Eco-Office Gals

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients.

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A day in the life: Alison Boler, ITV

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? Supporting three Heads of Legal & Business Affairs at ITV. I give PA support to each boss including diary management, booking international travel, preparing contracts, documents and papers.

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How Veterans Can Find a Job in the Private Sector

On The Job

I originally wrote this story a couple of years ago, but it''s still valuable advice for vets. Joe Kearney retired from the Army after 23 years and has two words of advice for fellow veterans who will be looking for a job in the private sector: "Start early."

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Information In Too Many Places? Simplify!

Simple Productivity Blog

One of my readers askend me to address the question of what to do when you have information in too many places. She said she had notebooks everywhere, plus all her email accounts, plus sticky notes scribbled on and stuck all over her house and office.

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80% of Business Owners Don’t Do This

Office Organization Success

There is ONE thing that 80% of business owners don’t do that keeps them in overwhelm, frustration, and chaos. And I’m going to share with you what that is below … and I’ll even tell you how you can correct it too!

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How to Have a Greener Holiday Season

Eco-Office Gals

There are plenty of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle this winter, even if the weather isn’t particularly friendly to you. Below are eight tips to make your winter a little bit easier on the earth. Pass on Paper. Gift-wrapping paper, that is.

Practically Perfect PA Survey: The industry snapshot 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Well firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that took the time to complete my survey a couple of months ago. I have decided to break the survey results into a few blogs so that I can share how you all feel about being assistants, the industry and your thoughts on the blog.

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Why Your Career Needs Reverse Mentoring

On The Job

When older workers witness young IT employees making workplace gaffes like referring to the CEO as “dude,” they may shake their heads and sigh, knowing that the young employees have a lot to learn.

Building Margin Into Your Schedule

Simple Productivity Blog

One easy way to up your productivity and make your life less hectic is to build margin into your life. Building margin gives you a buffer between tasks, appointments and activities and can greatly decrease your stress and sense of overwhelm.

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The New Minorities

Small Business Labs

Citylab's March of the Non-White Babies  covers the rapidly shifting (at least by demographic standards) racial composition of America. The key message is sometime between 2040 and 2050 America will be a minority - majority nation.

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Biz Owners: Are You Losing Potential Clients By Not Doing This?

Office Organization Success

Many business owners are losing clients without even realizing it. And yet with a few simple tweaks in their contact management system, they could easily turn that around, and find that they have all the clients they need!

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6 Reasons Why Your Business Should be Paperless

Eco-Office Gals

Did you know that it takes around 24 trees to produce one ton of paper? That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the rate at which we use and dispose of paper every day. Of course, that’s not the only reason to go paperless, especially if you’re a small business owner.

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Coping with car hire – When the best is expected

Practically Perfect PA

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How to Tell a Good App Idea From a Bad App Idea

The Small Business Blog

Have an idea for an app, but aren’t quite sure if it’s “good enough”? Plenty of factors distinguish a good app idea from a bad one, from the technical to the…not so technical.

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Boost Your Productivity: Designing A Calendar System

Simple Productivity Blog

This month we are taking a look at creating systems. We talked about the basics of systems, and the steps in Boost Your Productivity: Understanding Systems. Today we will look at creating a system from scratch. Our first example will be a calendar system. (By

Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payrol l showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country."

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How to Create the “VIP Experience” for Your Clients with a Welcome Packet

Office Organization Success

Are you making it easy for clients to work with you?

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On The Job - Untitled Article

On The Job

Have you got moxie? A new book by John Baldoni asks this question, and it''s worth considering if you''re a leader. Do you have the courage, the get-up-and-go to take action when it''s necessary?

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Managing your social media content

Practically Perfect PA

These days most of us will have some sort of social media account. Most often it is Facebook, followed closely by LinkedIn and Twitter. Instagram is becoming ever more popular as is Pinterest and Foursquare.

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Be Grateful

Dumb Little Man

The holidays are coming. This is the time of year when we’re reminded to be kind and good and most of all, grateful. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably like most of us; you have a lot to be grateful for.

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Thursday from the Trenches 3: Someday/Maybe

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday from the Trenches, I talk abut a snarl I recently untangled with my Someday/Maybe list. The post Thursday from the Trenches 3: Someday/Maybe appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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The Attributes of Successful Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Earlier this year we surveyed 547 successful independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, freelancers, etc.) asking them what attributes are important for success as an independent worker. We defined success in terms of independent worker longevity and income.

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Get Organized to Get Clients

Office Organization Success

“I need clients, not organization.” ” That’s what one of my clients said to me. But she’s wrong!

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5 COMMON CLOUDWARE MYTHS DEBUNKED

The Small Business Blog

WORRIED ABOUT USING CLOUDWARE? WE ADDRESS THE MOST COMMON CONCERNS FOR BUSINESSES Despite the benefits it offers to the business world, some people still don’t trust cloud technology. This article seeks to set their minds at ease!

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Six reasons every assistant should be using a corporate taxi service

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was travelling with my boss to a number of appointments around London. It was February and it had just started to snow.

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Get After It…Now!

Dumb Little Man

“People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” - Charles Bukowski Yes, people are strange. You, me, and everyone else – we’re all guilty of wasting our lives.

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Simplifying Systems

Simple Productivity Blog

Even though we may build systems to help simply what we do by making it repeatable, systems can sometimes become bulky or ineffective when the underlying conditions for the system change. If you change the system in response, this is good.

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The Global Shift to the Open Workforce

Small Business Labs

New Ways of Working. Managing the Open Workforce is a fascinating study from London-based CGMA. 

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Top 5 Favourite WordPress Plugins

Office Organization Success

WordPress websites are the new standard for online business owners. The traditional static websites have been ousted in favor of WordPress.

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Focus with Business Mentoring

The Small Business Blog

Business Mentoring could be just what you need to get your business back on track and you passion back in your life. Remember your ideas and passion for your business when you started – what happened?

Nine steps to fantastic events

Practically Perfect PA

Here is a snap shot of the Practically Perfect PA questionnaire, which has now been filled in by almost 300 of our readers, it shows that one of the main functions of an assistant’s role continues to be events management.

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A Little Bit of Gratitude, Everyday!

Dumb Little Man

How many struggles have you encountered this week? How many times have you bounced back quickly from each one? Struggles are a part of everyday life, especially if you’re in sales.

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Boost Your Productivity: Understanding Systems

Simple Productivity Blog

When you are going to do something more than twice, it will save you time and effort in the long run to formulate a system. Systems can help you quickly navigate what needs to be done, help you handle unforseen issues, and give you a shot at consistent results.

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Why Companies Are Increasing Their Use of Contingent Labor

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and as part of this brief they research and analyze the use of contingent labor (temps, contractors, consultants, etc.) by corporations.

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