May, 2014

Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

Small Business Labs

We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City. The number of global coworking facilities has been growing quite rapidly over the last 5 years, basically doubling in number each year. 

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10 ways assistants can improve their productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve written quite a bit about minimising disruptions at work, which for assistants is a particularly tricky activity.

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Simplifying Getting Things Done Collection Buckets

Simple Productivity Blog

In conjunction with the articles that I have been writing about revisiting Getting Things Done, I want to present ways to simplify some of the concepts. Today we will look at how to minimize collection buckets with a broad overview.

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Women Are Not "Guys" at Work, Are They?

Business Writing

You have read and heard statements like these at work: "I''ll ask the guys on my team to work on that feature." "We We need to get a top-notch guy in here to fill that role." "Let Let me know how you. Courteous Writing Etiquette Tips on Microsoft Office

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Overcoming The Need To Do

The Small Business Blog

You know the feeling; you’ve got so much you need to get done that you don’t know where to start. So you create a to-do list. When you get to write the last item you’re already feeling better.

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3 Ways to Generate Cash Flow … Fast!

Office Organization Success

The summer months are approaching and, for some of you, that means business may slow down a little … you might even be feeling a little panicked at the thought of your income dropping.

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The Infrastructure Behind the Rise of Crafters, Makers and Hobbypreneurs

Small Business Labs

Back in 2009 we released Today's Hobbyists are Tomorrow's Hobbypreneurs , a report on the Maker Movement with our partner Intuit. Our conclusion was: "Makers increasingly create new products and build small businesses based on innovative use of technology, processes, and business models.

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Deconstructing Getting Things Done: The Workflow

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the second chapter, which lays out the workflow.

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The Best Thing to Do For Your Career While on Vacation

On The Job

Probably the last thing you want to do on your summer vacation is think about work. And yet it intrudes into your thoughts, whether you want it to or not.

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated in the Workplace

The Small Business Blog

How important is staying hydrated? It turns out that office water coolers can have a significant positive impact on a workplace in both the long term and the short. By avoiding dehydration, a workplace will be happier, healthier and more productive.

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Minute-Taking Tip: Put Three Appointments on Your Calendar

Business Writing

Here is a tip that will help you feel more confident taking meeting notes and minutes and completing the final draft. I use it when I take minutes for the board of the Joyful! Noise community choir, a job I. Meeting minutes

What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

Small Business Labs

The Sleeter Group recently released a study looking at what small businesses want from their accountants. You need to be registered on the Sleeter site to get the full report.

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How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office. It is such a great achievement when we manage to create something that works well and everyone has a great time.

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Simplifying Getting Things Done: Projects

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about making a productivity system that fits how you work is to understand the concepts of other systems. Today we are going to look at simplifying the concept of a Getting Things Done project.

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Don't let a verbal attack go unanswered

On The Job

Not responding to a verbal attack at work can have serious consequences for your career, but there are ways to develop your ability to fire back with professionalism.

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Infographic: Extinct Professions

The Small Business Blog

Over the course of the 20th Century there were numerous jobs that became irrelevant and were eliminated by the invention of machines and robotics.

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MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms.

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Millennials and the Shift to Apartments

Small Business Labs

Are millennials (born 1980 to 2000) turning the U.S. into a nation of renters? That is a hotly debated question in the housing industry.   As the U.S. Census chart below shows, home ownership rates peaked just before the start of the Great Recession and has been falling since.

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Knowing your value

Practically Perfect PA

What do you enjoy? In some cases, the things you’re good at will correspond with the things you like doing – we all tend to put more energy into the tasks that we enjoy. So, it’s worth initially considering what you enjoy at work, as this may help to piece together your unique skill-set.

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Deconstructing Getting Things Done: Vertical, Natural Project Planning

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Last week we looked at the second chapter of the book. Today we will look at the third chapter.

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10 Universal Truths That Will Set You Free

Dumb Little Man

From a very young age everyone conspires to hide the truth about life and themselves from us.

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Benefits of Using Accounting Software for your Business

The Small Business Blog

In the accounting world, there are a lot of software choices that can make or break any business. Some software stands out from most choices, however. Good accounting software is highly beneficial to a business, and enables accountants to help the businesses they represent in a number of ways.

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1ShoppingCart’s New Features

Office Organization Success

I am so glad I didn’t jump on the Infusionsoft bandwagon and instead stuck with my trusted 1ShoppingCart account! I’ve always maintained that 1ShoppingCart is a great all-in-one ecommerce system; you can do so much more with the system than most people realize.

2014 198

7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It takes a lot of preparation to craft the kind of speech or presentation that is going to grab your listener’s attention.

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Technology to help with minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

About 10 years ago I used to manage 12 Committees as part of my role at the time. I absolutely loved the job but it did mean that I had to write 48 sets of minutes each year.

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Deconstructing Getting Things Done: Part 1

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the first Chapter of the book.

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6 Ways to Deal with Burnout

Dumb Little Man

The going gets tough. The rubber hits the road. And the euphoria and adrenalin rush you once had when you concocted that dream of yours is now gone. What’s left is you hitting the wall or rock bottom, and every single step forward feels like an eternity.

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Infographic: Data Loss

The Small Business Blog

What would happen to your business if it were to suffer a major loss of data? It isn’t an exaggeration to suggest that many businesses would have trouble bouncing back from this scenario.

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Lots Going On = High Productivity

Office Organization Success

First of all, welcome to the 300+ new subscribers that have come from the 6th Annual Done-For-You Giveaway Event. I’m thrilled that you’re a part of the Business Success community, and I do hope you enjoy your time here.

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Take the Freelancers Union Live and Work Survey

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union is conducting a survey on how freelancers work and live. The goals of the survey are to better understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success and how they are working with one another to improve their business outcomes.

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What to do when your boss has been sacked

Practically Perfect PA

So picture the scene. You walk into your office one day to find that your boss is no longer there. They have been fired and escorted off the premises. Now, how you feel about this largely depends on how you feel about your boss.

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Cleaning (Blog) House

Simple Productivity Blog

It''s funny. Sometimes I can''t see the forest for the trees. I have spent many articles talking about the way clutter is a detriment to productivity. Yet I didn''t see a big pile of clutter that is not only impacting my productivity, but also other people as well.

2014 213

You Precious Angel (Moms and Dads Know)

Dumb Little Man

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.

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Top 5 Tips eBook

The Small Business Blog

Ever wanted to take our Top 5 Tips with you everywhere, even when you don’t have an internet connection? Our friends at WinWeb have created a nifty little eBook from our Top 5 Tips archive that you can download and read on your preferred device at any time, even when you aren’t online.

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Should You Tell Others What You Earn?

On The Job

Over the years there has been great discussion about whether companies and employees should be more transparent over salaries. The latest salvo in this discussion comes from a Tel Aviv University and Cornell University study that finds pay secrecy can hurt individual performance.

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Avoiding Gender-Based Language Traps

Business Writing

This month''s e-newsletter, Better Writing at Work, features an article on avoiding gender-based language traps. Below are highights from the 545-word article. Avoid "man" words unless you are specifically referring to an adult male.

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Another PA news story

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last year there have been loads of news stories with PAs right at the heart of the scandal.

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