July, 2015

Eccleston Square Hotel, London

Practically Perfect PA

Less then two minutes walk from Victoria station you can find one of the most tranquil places in London.

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5 Ways to Significantly Increase Attendance of Your Free Teleclass

Office Organization Success

You’ve planned your teleclass, promoted it … and only a handful of people have registered! Worse … with such a small number of registrations, it’s likely all you’ll be hearing is crickets on the call.

2015 221

Are You Afraid Of Becoming A Leader? 5 Simple Ways To Overcome Your Fear

Dumb Little Man

Being a leader is definitely not an easy job. But this does not mean that you are allowed to sit back and avoid any kind of responsibilities. On the contrary, it is always good to take initiative and get out of the comfort zone.

2015 285

4 Ways to Ensure You're Not Overlooked at Work

On The Job

No one likes to be passed over for a promotion or big project, but if you ask even the most successful people if it's happened to them -- they will probably respond "Yes."

2015 264

Yes, Small Business Owners Can Take a Vacation

Tips From T. Marie

I’m writing this post from a gazebo at Acres of Wildlife Campground. Yes, I’m working from a campground in the Maine woods. I’ve been sleeping in a tent for the past three nights, working only from 9am to 12pm each day.

2015 182

Top 5 Tips to Relax after Work

The Small Business Blog

Can’t switch off after work? Restless? Anxious? Thoughts endlessly going round your mind? Heart racing? Grumpy with your family for no particular reason? Maybe it is time to relax!

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What are your manager’s objectives?

Practically Perfect PA

Mid year review season is here again! Many of you will be completing your mid year review paperwork, looking back on the last 6 months to see what you have accomplished and having conversations with your managers regarding your performance to date.

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5 steps to regaining confidence

Dumb Little Man

Confidence is part of the human soul that affects us all. There are two primary aspects of life that can affect confidence: Number 1: Our own personal experiences. For example, I can remember my earliest experience of losing confidence when I was aged 10, and I missed a penalty at a soccer match.

Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. One of the key findings is that 79% of independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.)

2015 249

12 Ways to Reach Greater Success Through Self-Management

Virtual Moxie

Today's post is courtesy of my beautiful friend, Rosa Say. I agree with that quote, and I wanted to share her 12 rules with you so you could consider how they can help you move your VA practice from good to great. Hint : Personally, I think you should adopt all twelve, as quickly as you can.

2015 243

5 Powerful Communication Strategies for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Do have a healthy curiosity that you use in your day-to-day communications? I was inspired today to share with you 5 powerful communication strategies for assistants that I often teach in my World Class Assistant Certificate Program.

2015 232

What do you love about the assistant role?

Practically Perfect PA

Sometimes it can difficult to remember what it is that you love about your job or why you are doing it in the first place (other than paying the bills!) so I thought I would dedicate today’s blog to sharing a little assistant love.

2015 204

Have You Heard About This “Light House” Client Getting Technique?

Office Organization Success

If you’re not attracting enough clients to your business and are feeling overwhelmed, but you don’t know what to do next, I have a gift for you may just help you take that next step. But first… Have you ever been to the beach on a cloudy night? You can’t see a darn thing.

2015 200

9 Things You Must Stop Doing Now If You Want To Live Free In A World That Can Bind You Up

Dumb Little Man

Most people want to be free to do what they like when they like. Unfortunately, this never becomes a reality for a whole host of reasons that always seem sensible at the time.

2015 285

Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

Small Business Labs

Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. 

2015 246

Simple Tools for Big Productivity Gains, Part One

Simple Productivity Blog

What are the simple things you do or use every day that make a huge impact on your productivity? In July we are going to be looking at some of my favorites. Today we begin with my morning routine and mini-habits.

2015 232

4 Things You Must Know Before a Job Search

On The Job

When you're out of work or desperate to leave your current job, sometimes you're not thinking clearly about what you need to do to get a new position. You just need a new job. Right.

2015 231

Ten tips for travelling Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Organising business travel can take up a big chunk of our time with most assistants booking complex travel on numerous occasions throughout the year.

Travel 203

Getting People to Notice You At Work

Office Dynamics

Do you struggle with letting your light shine? When you work in a mid to large size organization it is easy to get lost in the crowd. If you are lost in the crowd, people cannot promote you, support your goals, recommend you for projects or leverage your great talents.

2015 231

7 Common Money Mistakes to Avoid (And their easy Solution)

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever thought about your money leakage? You work hard to get the precious paycheck. At the end of the month, you scratch your head in confusion. You are not able to diagnose the money outflow. Your self-confidence shatters in front of your eyes. There is no progress in your life.

2015 285

What it Takes to Be a Successful Freelancer

Small Business Labs

Several good articles this week about what it takes to be a successful freelancer. HBR's 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Freelance  nicely synthesizes the key questions a person should ask themselves prior to becoming a freelancer. 

2015 243

[Quick Tip] My 3-Step Plan For Getting On Track After Vacation

Office Organization Success

We had a wonderful family vacation last week in Traverse City. The weather was fabulous; the scenery was breathtaking; and there was so much to do. We went on a zip line canopy tour through the forest at Boyne City — my first time at doing this and it was fabulous. And now, it’s back to reality … It always takes me a little while to get back into the flow after I’ve been on vacation.

2015 160

Running a More Efficient and Greener Business

Eco-Office Gals

. Running a more efficient and greener business comes with numerous benefits. Being aware of your environmental impact as a business and putting in adequate effort to reduce it can help reduce costs and increase your appeal to a consumer market that is more environmentally arware than ever. Running a greener business today is one way to pull ahead of rivals regardless of sector. Here is a look at some steps you can take to ensure you are running a more efficient and greener business.

2015 158

Booking business travel: is there an app for that?

Practically Perfect PA

Booking business travel can be a lengthy process. There is a pressure to get the best deal on better seats and this can become time consuming as you wade through the hundreds of times, airlines and dates.

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Top 5 Tips for Startup Marketing

The Small Business Blog

Attracting customers is one of the top challenges for startup businesses, especially if you do not have any marketing background yourself. However, the principles of marketing are common sense and can get you a long way without excessive expenditure.

2015 224

7 Great Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Dumb Little Man

Our addiction to work and the internet is slowly wearing us down, and with that it’s dragging down our ability to think clearly and creatively. Luckily there is the help at hand, and thankfully it comes in the form of food. Here are seven great foods that can get your brain back on track.

2015 286

Interview With a VA: Cindy Henexson

Virtual Moxie

This month, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Cindy Henexson. Enjoy the interview, and getting to know this bright, talented VA! Meet Cindy Henexson

2015 211

3 Steps To Focus On Your Own Stuff

Office Organization Success

I was reminded recently how important it is to focus on your own stuff. You see, in our crazy, overloaded online business world it’s so easy to have one eye on what everyone else is doing, rather than focusing both eyes on your own work. I’m not saying that you need to bury your head in the sand.

2015 157

Overview of an Arising Phenomenon

Eco-Office Gals

In 2012-2013 the recycling rate in England was around 43.9% compared to previous figures showing a recycling rate of 31% for 2006-2007.

2015 151

Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

Practically Perfect PA

Once upon a time you spotted or were presented with a Job Spec which caught your attention. You applied for the role and after an interviewing process were offered the coveted position. I’m curious to know how the original Job Spec evolved.

2015 191

Top 5 Tips for Productive Meetings

The Small Business Blog

As pointed out in an earlier post, it is worth thinking twice before scheduling a meeting and preferable to first consider whether the meeting is really necessary. When you do arrange a meeting, make sure it is as productive as possible. Be clear about what you want to achieve.

2015 216

How To Use Regret To Fuel Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” ― Sydney Smith Regret prison. That’s a horrific place to be, isn’t it? Just sitting in your mental cell, torturing yourself with regret.

2015 285

Amazon Launches Truck-Based Retail Store

Small Business Labs

Amazon recently launched Treasure Truck , a truck-based retail service in Seattle. It carries 1 item per day and cruises through different Seattle neighborhoods.    Shoppers use the Amazon Mobile Shopping app to buy items and arrange a place to meet the truck.

2015 206

12 Ways to Reach Greater Success Through Self-Leadership

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I shared Rosa Say 's 12 Rules for Self-Management , suggesting that you consider how to use them in your practice. This week, I want to share some more goodness from Rosa, this time about self-leadership.

2015 205

Is it Time for a Coach?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. We all arrive at a business crossroads at some point. We need to choose a direction in which to proceed, but right now, we feel stuck somewhere in the middle. Perhaps it’s time to seek outside support to help move you ahead.

2015 141

Ultimate travel itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

With Assist Travel coming up in September in London I wanted to share one of our most popular blogs with you – The Ultimate Travel Itinerary. I will be presenting on this very topic at the conference.

Travel 183

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

The Small Business Blog

For many people the fear of speaking in public is second only to the fear of dying. Don’t let this put you off: Giving presentations, speeches and talks is an effective and valuable undertaking to promote your business and generate leads.

2015 206