November, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More Trending

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 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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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.

Coping with car hire – When the best is expected

Practically Perfect PA

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3 Improv Comedy Tricks To Supercharge Your Social Life

Dumb Little Man

Picture this: You’re standing on stage in front of thousands of people. You have no script, no props, no set design, no director telling you what to do or how to do it, not even a story you’re supposed to tell. It’s just you, your scene partner, and maybe a couple of chairs.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY!

Step It Up VA Coaching

As you may know, a couple of times each year I hold a PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY, for a one-hour strategy session with me. It’s always a great success, a lot of fun for me and super beneficial to the smart, savvy folks that take me up on it. I am able to provide coaching, support, strategies, information, plans, and more, to folks who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to have that guidance. So TODAY I’m announcing my second (and last!) “Pay What You Can Day” of 2014!

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Being Truthful Can't Include Pretending

Virtual Moxie

I’ve recently had folks have talk with me about situations they find themselves in with colleagues and/or clients that have them upset, concerned about something, feeling worried, or generally feeling half a bubble off. I ask the logical question: "Have you talked with the other person about this?"

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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.

Get Rid of Morning Anxiety with 10 Easy Positive Affirmations

Dumb Little Man

“What is love? Love is the absence of judgement. Dalai Lama.” Do you wake up with morning anxiety, feelings of stress and tension even before facing your day? Did you know that when you first rouse out of sleep, you are your most vulnerable and most susceptible to worry and anxiety and stress?

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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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Can You Make Safety Sound Fun?

Business Writing

At a park in beautiful Florida this week, I found a great play structure in the shape of a ship. A safety brochure covered the rules (below). Challenge: Can you revise the rules so they make safety sound cool, with. Positive Language Teaching Business Writing

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Green Restorations

Eco-Office Gals

Homes require restoration work for many different reasons. Sometimes a house is just old and decrepit. Other times, extreme weather events force homeowners like you to take immediate action or face further damages and costs from accumulated deterioration.

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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 Rid Of Your Bad Habits In 7 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Most people don’t have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. – Carlos Santana There are two traits that suck the life out of you. Poor excuses and self pity.

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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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Bee Thinking: a Niche Business That Helps the Planet

The Solopreneur Life

If you’re like me, you’d love to create a sustainable business that helps the planet. Matt and Jill Reed of Portland, Oregon, have done it. Matt caught “bee fever” in 2008 when he came home and found a struggling bee on a windowsill.[1] 1] He gave it heated honey on a plate.

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Interview With a VA: Beatrice Ten-Thye

Virtual Moxie

This month, I had a great time talking with Beatrice Ten-Thye, and I know you''ll enjoy getting to know her! Meet Beatrice Ten-Thye. Interview With a VA

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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5 Personality Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Dumb Little Man

If it’s just about the money, forget it. Running your own business can be a wild and crazy ride. And if money is your sole motivation, it simply won’t be enough to sustain you when you’re hanging on for dear life.

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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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