August, 2007

Small Business Checklist: Business Costing | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Checklist: Business Costing. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 15, 2007. Do you know what your overheads and variable costs are in your business – have every worried about that? If you have then you must keep up-dating your costing

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How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint

Professional Assistant Blog

People often ask me, "How do you copy a table from Word into Powerpoint?" This actually is quite easy to do. Here are the simple steps on how to copy tables: Open your Word document that contains the table. Open Powerpoint and click on

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Job Interviewing 101

On The Job

I remember when my older son was just learning to read and write and I found his name written boldly in pen on the white marble of our fireplace hearth. Did you do this?” I asked him, pointing to his name. His big blue eyes looked boldly into mine. He shook his head “no.” Then who did?” I asked him. His chubby little finger quickly pointed at his infant brother, who was happily sucking on his sock as his older brother tried to sell him down the river.

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Finding Time in Your Day for Exercise

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am a firm believer in finding time in your day for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It may even improve your health and your productivity. So join a gym, go for a walk, climb the stairs each day, but do something and keep healthy. Check it out. At most gyms they offer corporate discounts for employees, check with your HR Manager or the gym when you sign up. Our firm did not have a corporate discount so I applied for one. It was an easy process and resulted in a savings for my co-workers.

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Outsourcing Options For Small Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Outsourcing Options For Small Business. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 16, 2007. A couple of days ago I mentioned the excellent posting from Kathie ” Virtual Assistant or Virtual Worker” followed by my own post of yesterday “Grow your small

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Teamwork for Small Business Is Way To Success | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

The Small Business Blog

Teamwork for Small Business Is Way To Success. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 22, 2007. If you have a group of people working with you – in your office or from home, employed or outsourced – does that mean you have a team

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Funding | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Failure – Reason: Funding. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 30, 2007. Funding issues are really only a problem if you do not use “bootstrapping techniques” – so I'm not that comfortable talking about this issue, since I believe

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007. There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last

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Small Business Failure – Reason: Fixed Cost | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Failure – Reason: Fixed Cost. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 23, 2007. I have decided to write a little mini series on why small business and personal businesses, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and

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Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007. There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers – make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last

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Say something profound today. | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Say something profound today. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 24, 2007. If you can't think of something to say, don't worry – how about this: Based on structural considerations, our physical distribution strategy broaden our horizons tpwards

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Low Staff Turnover in SME/SMB Businesses | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Low Staff Turnover in SME/SMB Businesses. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 09, 2007. Not so long ago I wrote about small business being less volatile and that employees see small or personal business as less risky than working for bigger

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Small Office Administration 101 | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

You will find that in the start-up phase of business, many of the vendors, government agencies, potential customers, media contacts and partners want the same kind of information about you and your company. So instead of digging through

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Smart Business Start-Up | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Smart Business Start-Up. by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 08, 2007. Whatever you are planning a personal business or a small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer businesses, the time has never been better for

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Are You Afraid to Talk to Your Boss?

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you afraid to talk to your boss about your workload - if you really do feel stressed about the workload that you have? Try using the "Compliment Sandwich" method. You'd be amazed of how well it works and helps you negotiate the only

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Learning to Mind Your Own Business

On The Job

The report was just sitting there, almost under your nose. OK, so it was on the boss’s desk and you were sitting a few feet away, but you have really good eyesight – and the ability to read upside down – so it wasn’t really your fault you read a co-worker’s recent performance evaluation, was it? And it wasn’t really snooping when you were looking for a pencil in a colleague’s desk and came across her pay stub – your eyes just accidentally happened to focus on how much she makes a month.

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Happy and Laughing at Work

On The Job

I spend much of my time listening to people gripe about their jobs and their bosses. That’s why when I had two surveys land on my desk that show – gasp! that not only are some people happy at work but – double gasp! think their bosses have a good sense of humor – I knew that either I’d fallen down the rabbit hole or things weren’t really as bad as sometimes portrayed.

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How to Create Mail Merge Letters

Professional Assistant Blog

Ever have trouble doing a mail merge in Microsoft Word? The mail merge wizard is the simplest tool to use to get your letters or e-mails out to your clients. Here are the basic steps to take to do a simple mail merge (make sure you have

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How to Write Effective E-mails

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you the type of person that likes to ramble on and on about something? Do you try to get your point across with advertising in between your message? If you chatter away in your e-mails and are trying to get your point across

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Dressing for the Office

Laughing all the Way to Work

How important is it to your career how you dress at the office? Here is what Marjorie Brody, Fabjob.com, says: "Most business professionals recognize that the expression,"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression" is true. The simple fact is that in and out of the business world, people are judged on their wardrobe. The clothing you wear can have an adverse affect on your career."

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How to Organize Tasks Effectively

Professional Assistant Blog

A task here, a task there! When does it ever end? Have you ever felt like you were in a whirlwind situation where you were asked to do so many different tasks and don't know where to start? Well, you are not alone

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Save the Assistants

On The Job

They are often the unacknowledged heroes of the workplace – the assistants. Not many companies could get by without them. They know tons of critical stuff – from how to fix the office copier to how to set up conference calling with Switzerland to how to get a company party catered for 200 with less than 24 hours notice. They are smart, tough and critical to the success of their bosses, and yet they can be treated like doormats.

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Calculation of Discounts in Excel

Professional Assistant Blog

Have you ever wondered how to calculate discounts on certain products/services that you or your firm offers? One of my colleagues had this dilemma a few days ago. I tried searching around for an answer on Google, but no luck

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Don't Let the Numbers Get You Down

On The Job

I’m the first to admit I have never been a math whiz. In fact, when my kids have homework that starts off with something like “If a train leaves the station and is traveling at 80 m.p.h…” I sort of hear this buzzing sound in my ears and my vision starts to blur around the edges. But I know that math is critical in our world, and I still hold in high esteem anyone who managed to make it through Miss Boren’s algebra class.

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Getting organized and staying that way.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I cannot stand clutter so to me it is very important to keep myself organized. If my desk has sticky notes all over the place, files here and there and papers, papers, papers, then I begin to feel buried and out of control. I need to be organized so I can think and function better. I have found what works for me is having a place on my desk for everything. If it has to do with accounting, I have a bin for that. If it has to do with scheduling meetings, I have another bin for that.

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Learning to Ask for Help

On The Job

First, let me admit that I am not big on asking for help. I think part of the reason is that I’ve always been sort of an independent spirit – I like to do things my way without anyone else telling me how to do it (which is why I’ve threatened on numerous occasions to leave the males in my family along the road somewhere the next time they try to tell me how to drive).

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Communicating Effectively at Work

On The Job

I spend a lot of time trying to be a good communicator. Sometimes I’m better at it than at other times (anyone related to me by blood never seems to understand my request to take out the garbage), but I keep at it. Despite technological advances, trying to communicate effectively can be frustrating. Trying to connect via e-mail or phone can be tricky when everyone is so busy.

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Blogging can get you fired.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was interested to find this article on blogging and work. For the complete article click here. 1 Wallack, Todd, "San Francisco Chronicle", Beware if your blog is related to work, [link] , (accessed August 11, 2007).

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The Miserable Job

On The Job

My oldest son, a teenager, has been a busboy/dishwasher for about two years now, and he recently told my husband and me that he had come to an important realization about his job. You get yelled at for doing something wrong, but no one ever says anything to you if you do something right,” he said, in apparent disgust. And it’s the same thing, every day.” My husband reached out and shook my son’s hand. Welcome to the world of work, son.” Then we laughed while my son scowled at both of us.

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Listen to My Interview

On The Job

If you've never heard an honest-to-goodness Okie accent, you might want to check out my interview with Peter Clayton at Total Picture Radio. Peter and I have been trying to hook up for months, but he's been busy moving (I understand after moving five times in 13 years), but we finally got together. The interview was fun and interesting, and of course, the first subject we discussed was how I lost my perspective -- and got it back.

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A Recovering Amazoniac

On The Job

OK, this doesn’t really have a lot to do with career advice, but then again, maybe it does. It’s more a note to myself (and maybe someone else can learn something from it). When my book was published, Feb. 7, I did the first thing any author does: I checked my Amazon.com ranking. When I wasn’t No. 1, I checked a few hours later. Hmmm…still not No. Thus began my downward spiral on that cold winter day into what I called Amazonitis.

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Always Needing to Be Right

On The Job

When you went to school, did anyone ever tell you to be sure and choose the “wrong” answer on a test? At work, does your boss regularly tell you to make the “wrong” decisions? Probably not. From the time we are children, we are counseled to make the “right” choices, and how to look “right” and how to do the “right” thing. That often continues in the workplace, that need to be ”right.” And, the more “right” we are, the more likely we are to become rigid in our way of thinking.

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I or me?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I once worked in an office with a former grade-school grammar teacher, and she taught me an easy way to remember when to use I or me in a sentence. She said if you can change the sentence around and use we or us you can easily determine whether you need to use I or me. For example: In the sentence, " We went to the store", the correct use would be "Brenda and I went to the store." In the sentence, "Do you want to go to the store with us?"

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Successful Resumés

Laughing all the Way to Work

Updated this article February 13, 2008 [link] Unfortunately, in one job I had I was involved on the downside of government downsizing, but I feel that even during a seemingly bad experience, you can always learn something positive. The employer I was working for sent me on career counselling as part of the "downsizing package". One of the many things I remember, and have put to good use, was a workshop on resume writing. I will share some of what I recall from this workshop.

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How the Heck to Use LinkedIn

On The Job

Several months ago when I got caught up in the frenzy of thinking I needed to get involved in anything that came into my line of sight (see previous post), I was told about LinkedIn. Immediately I visited the Web site and realized that a) it wasn’t a porn site and b) it was in English – so I signed up. If you had asked me at the time what LinkedIn was exactly, I could not have told you. Several weeks after that, someone sent me an e-mail and said they had seen my name on LinkedIn.

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A Different Kind of Networking.

Laughing all the Way to Work

In all my years as a secretary I have found having a network of other assistants has been a tremendous help when I just can't figure out how to word a sentence in a letter or if I'm wondering where to look to find the information I urgently need, or even "Do you know of an opening, I have to get out of this job!". What a help knowing I have these people that I can email or phone and get an answer to my dilemma in minutes, including another job opportunity.

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