December, 2011

7 Secrets to Making This Year the Best Year Ever

Dumb Little Man

It’s the time of year when goals are made and abandoned a few weeks later. Will you be one of them, or will you set goals that have the power to change your life? Not achieving what you set out to do means you’ll yet again fail to move toward the life you desire, which leads to nothing but regret.

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Your Dreams Are Waiting

Eat Your Career

The other day I heard the following: You’re not waiting for your dreams to come true. Your dreams are waiting for YOU to come true. At first blush, this sounds so strange. What does it even mean? I thought about it for a while and soon, I became fascinated with the idea.

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Featured Soloist Shauna Washington: “Stop Settling!”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Shauna Washington.

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A Post Holiday Thank You!

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve been quiet over the holidays. Trying to keep up with work, holidays and life in general has been overwhelming. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was very nice, the kids had a great time that’s what really matters when it’s all said and done.

Top Tips and Tools For Managing Emails

Office Organization Success

Earlier this week a client email me asking, “Do you have 2 separate email accounts, one for business and one for personal. That’s what I have right now, but I am wondering if I should merge my email into one account, my business account. What do you suggest?”

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The Decline of Marriage

Small Business Labs

Pew Research released a study showing only 51% of adults aged 18+ are married.    This is down from 72% in 1960.    The Pew chart below illustrates the steady decline in marriage in the U.S. 

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Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

Dumb Little Man

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower: I've gotta try harder. If only I could stay focused. I need to be more determined. I have to be self-disciplined. The problem is, willpower alone won't get you far.

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An Overlooked Marketing Fundamental That Solopreneurs Must Understand

The Solopreneur Life

I n his book Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing, Harry Beckwith tells the story of Joel and Judy Wethall, who were driving from Tampa to Disney World when they were struck with hunger. They selected Burger King, even though they dislike Whopper hamburgers. Why did they choose Burger King? The Wethall’s alternatives were two unknowns — local restaurants with nice facades and hints of quality.

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WordPress 3.3 is here

Eco-Office Gals

It’s that time again – A Fresh roll out from WordPress has been released! Some of the features include: Easier Uploading. File Type Detection – A single upload button. Drag-and-Drop Media Uploader. Dashboard Design.

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The REAL Cost of Not Having a Business Plan

Office Organization Success

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My 2012 Career and Business Plan

Eat Your Career

As we head down the final stretch of 2011, I (like the rest of the world) am engaging in a little annual professional planning and review session. Today, I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you. After all, plans are much easier to keep when you share them with the world, don’t you think?

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Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Dumb Little Man

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail.

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What If You Make 2012 Your Most Extraordinary Year Yet?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It’s nearly 2012, and that means that I am in assess-and-plan mode. For the last three years, that has also meant using a tool that makes it a snap to see where I have been and where I am going.

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Should You Upgrade To WordPress 3.3?

The Solopreneur Life

O n December 12, WordPress.org released WordPress version 3.3, also known as “Sonny,” after jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Countless solopreneurs, including me, use WordPress for their Web sites.

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Flourish or Flounder!

Office Dynamics

A few years ago in late winter, I purchased a bunch of pussy willow stems at Costco. I took them home and plunked them into a large vase and added water. Because life was busy, I completely forgot about the stems.

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Take Control of Your Finances in 2012

Office Organization Success

When it comes to managing the financial aspect of running your business, do you know exactly how much money is coming into and going out of your business each month? Do you immediately know whether you can afford to take advantage of an opportunity that comes your way?

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Career Fulfillment Starts With Belief

Eat Your Career

This time of year, it’s always fun to play along with the whole “Santa Claus” thing. Yes, Virginia, he’s real and he’s awesome! Belief is a powerful, magical thing. Why throw that away just because we’ve grown up? Why should children get to have all the holiday fun?

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6 Ways to Start Your Day Off on a High Note

Dumb Little Man

I’m an early riser and I have been most of my life. It’s a habit my parents instilled in me ever since I was a kid, and nowadays I actually look forward to the morning. But for the first part of my life, my mornings used to be a bit chaotic.

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How to Avoid Overwhelming Your To Do List (And Yourself)

Simple Productivity Blog

This article was originally published on 17 December 2007. Photo by By POSITiv. To do lists. Those (in)famous little lists that supposedly keep us on track. I believe they’ve been around since the dawn of writing.

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More Than 50 Percent of U.S. Private Workforce Will Be Independent by 2020, Report Says

The Solopreneur Life

M ore than 50 percent of the U.S. private workforce will be independent by 2020, according to a report published today by MBO Partners. The MBO statement is one of five predictions that the consulting firm makes in its 2012 Independent Work Preview. The report says: One is the New Majority. The US is entering the fast lane on the road to the independent majority. By the year 2020, MBO Partners predicts that 70 million people, more than 50 percent of the private workforce, will be independent.

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The Benefits of Renting Office Space

Productivity Bits

O wning a building gives people the freedom to do anything they would like with their property, but this doesn’t always benefit every business owner. Sometimes, renting office space offers business owners more benefits than owning. Renting Means Flexibility . When people rent their office space rather than purchase, they are not forced to remain in one place.

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Powerful Lead Generation Strategies for Adding New Subscribers Daily

Office Organization Success

With so many different list building strategies available it can be a real headache knowing which one(s) to implement.

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7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Holidays

On The Job

I carry a list in my purse that if lost, would mean the end of my sanity. The list contains all the presents I have bought so far for Christmas, what I have left to buy and all the things I need to do before I take time off for the holidays.

Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan?

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Increase Motivation and Enhance Moods By Interior Design

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. The desire to achieve adequate security and practicality within one’s living quarters while maximizing comfort is nothing new.

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Is Twitter Losing Its Power As a Tool For Solo Businesses?

The Solopreneur Life

L ast week I visited with a colleague who has used Twitter smartly and effectively for her small business for a couple years. Prior to our conversation, I decided to ask if she’s sensing a decline in the return on her investment with Twitter. I never had the opportunity. She beat me to it, saying that Twitter doesn’t generate nearly the quality or quantity of interaction for her that it did a year ago. I’m seeing the same thing.

Favorite Books on Productivity and Business Growth

Productive & Organized

There are 1000s of books that you could read to grow your business, but how do you know which ones are good for where you are in the life cycle of your business?

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve changed employers a number of times and so have had to face quite a few interviews. After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. I went for one interview at a global accountancy firm and had a full-time permanent role as a team administrator straight away. However, this just isn’t the case anymore.

5 Steps For Success in the New Year

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. A New Year is upon us, and with it come opportunities for change and growth in ourselves and our businesses. The past year has been challenging in many ways, with continued economic upheaval as a dominant theme in the national news, and many small business owners struggling to stay afloat.

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How to Lose Weight. By Snacking

Dumb Little Man

Many people make this mistake of thinking that they can't snack at all if they're trying to eat healthily or lose weight. But it's not only okay to snack – it's beneficial. Snacking keeps the cravings down. You don't get over-hungry – so you don't eat as much at mealtimes.

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A Must-Listen Interview for Job Hunters

Eat Your Career

No matter who you are or what you do, I’m willing to bet you know who Richard “Dick” Bolles is. Maybe the name itself doesn’t ring a bell, but the title of his book most certainly will: What Color Is Your Parachute? Sound familiar? Dubbed the “Job Hunter’s Bible”, this book is considered the gold standard of career guides.

Tea Silvestre’s Tasty Branding Contest For Small Businesses

The Solopreneur Life

T ea Silvestre owns WordChef.com, and her mission is to help small-business owners create effective branding. Tea has cooked up a brilliant event called the 2012 Tastiest Brand Small Biz Contest.

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Life Reboot: Where Do You Start?

Simple Productivity Blog

When you’re looking at a life that seems out of balance, and you know that you need to make changes, the toughest part can be knowing where to start. Start With Questions. For me, the best place was to assess where I currently am, before deciding where I am going.

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What a Rapper Can Teach You About Finding a Job

On The Job

There are some days when I think I possibly have the coolest job in the world. Because I'm a journalist, I've attended presidential inaugural balls, I've been with cops as they raid a drug den and I now have interviewed a rapper.

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Ready, Set, Grow – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into a New You

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Are you a creature of habit? Do you avoid doing new things, or taking new approaches, in favor of the same, old “same-old?” ” Perhaps your routine is comfortable and predictable, and you feel quite in control of your work and personal life. You may say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” ” Sure, it ain’t broke, but is your Virtual Assisting business growing?

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Alternative Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

Social entrepreneurs create organizations that operate like a business, but with a social mission.    This makes them different from the traditional non-profits, with the main difference being they attempt to create organizations that scale and become financially self-sustaining instead of relying on a non-stop stream of donations. It's an exciting, growing field and a key reason the non-profit sector managed to grow through the Great Recession.  

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Business Planning for 2012

Office Organization Success

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I’ve turned these past couple of weeks I’ve been hearing about planning for 2012. And with good reason too! It’s so much easier to create a thriving and profitable business if you have a plan in place and goals to work towards. In fact, just last weekend I mapped out my entire 2012 (and into 2013) strategic marketing plan — it really isn’t that hard to do when you’ve got some key business planning tools at your disposal.

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