December, 2012

You’ve Got To Pay The Toll

Dumb Little Man

Growing up in the Hampton Roads area as a youngster, I have seen my share of toll roads. In fact, I remember along one particular expressway you couldn’t even get off an exit without paying. As I grew up and began to travel I have been taken by surprise by unexpected toll booths.

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How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

Eat Your Career

It’s a common complaint: I’ve got too much work and not enough time to do it all. Considering the alternative (no work at all!), you’re in a decent position. That doesn’t make it any easier to handle though. So let’s talk about ways to manage this overwhelming workload without losing your cool.

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How to organise your office and keep it that way!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. A few years ago I worked in a department with a dozen or so Project Managers who were all highly qualified Six Sigma professionals. They were a great bunch to be a round and during my time there I did learn a lot about the dark art of project management!

2012 273

4 Simple Steps to Securely Send Credit Card Information

Office Organization Success

Many business owners find themselves in a situation where they are asked to send their credit card information in order to finalize a business transaction. If the vendor you’re using doesn’t have a secure shopping cart interface that you can use, there are a few other alternatives.

Eco Friendly Ways to Warm Up Your Office This Winter

Eco-Office Gals

As summer fades into fall, and fall into winter, the seasons change for everyone and we start to get a little colder. Office workers feel the change of seasons more than most, leading largely sedentary days that leave little time for activity.

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What's Driving Food Trucks Forward?

Small Business Labs

Food truck are hot. They have been highlighted as a food trend, new industry model, cultural fad and a political hot potato in the press. But despite their popularity, there's been surprisingly little research on why they're so successful.

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5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

There are a lot of people today that are fresh out of college or university, and they don’t know what to do. Or maybe someone has lost their job , and they are staring into the dark abyss of the future without a clue as to where to start.

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Christmas gifts for assistants!

Practically Perfect PA

It’s nearly Christmas! As assistants I’m sure you have been aware of this fact for quite some time as you would have been running around organising everyone’s Christmas festivities including parties, cards, presents, decorations and goodness knows what else!

Gifts 233

Top 6 Reasons Why Your Business Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I speak to clients all the time who are frustrated and overwhelmed because: Their business isn’t growing; They don’t have any clients (or very few clients); And their income isn’t where they want it to be.

2012 207

How to Conduct an Energy Audit at Your Place of Business

Eco-Office Gals

Have you looked at your utility bills at work and wondered what you can do to lower the amount that you pay each month? One of the most effective steps that you can take the decrease the levels of energy that you (and your coworkers) use is conduct an energy audit.

2012 217

Book Review: The Freelancers Bible

Small Business Labs

The Freelancer's Bible is an all-encompassing, soup to nuts guide on starting and running a freelance business. While even the most experienced solopreneur will find it useful, it is especially valuable to those who are new at freelancing or considering becoming an independent worker.

2012 195

Next Level Living: How To Have A Happier New Year

Dumb Little Man

No doubt we have all heard the masses preparing for the huge New Year’s rush of resolutions. Many of our peers, friends and family members will be highly motivated for all of five days past January the 1st. So the question remains; how do we go past a feeling into an intentional transformation ?

2012 285

Quiz: Are You a Workplace Bully?

Eat Your Career

Sometimes, the office can feel like high school. There are all kinds of cliques and gossip. Occasionally, you even run into a workplace bully—someone who constantly criticizes, aggressively points out mistakes, and refuses to be part of your team.

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Surviving Redundancy

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Unfortunately most people have lost a job in one way or another over the course of their career; they have either been let go before the end of their probation, fired or made redundant. It definitely seems the way of the world where no job is guaranteed for life anymore.

2012 208

Planning to Keep Your Goals Moving Forward in the New Year

Ian's Messy Desk

Project planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Each January 1 my wife and I head for a quiet table at a local coffee shop and set some goals for the upcoming year. We begin the process by reviewing what we set out to accomplish in the year past: to look at our successes and failures.

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Keep WordPress Secure in 2013 – SALE!

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.

2013 217

More Workers with Autism Entering Workplace

On The Job

Autism is a subject that often promotes a great deal of debate. The causes. The solutions. Employers are now entering that discussion, as they will be seeing more job applicants with autism spectrum disorder. It's an issue I looked at in my latest Gannett/USA Today column. An estimated 1.5

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7 Sleeping Tips to Boost the Quality of Your Sleep

Dumb Little Man

Picture this. It’s 2 AM. You’ve been trying to fall asleep for the past two hours. You drift in and out of light sleep, not really able to reach that deep, restorative sleep you need to prep you up for the day that is to come.

2012 285

How to Handle (and Relieve) Boredom at Work

Eat Your Career

For some of you, the title of this article may cause a double take. Boredom?! Are you kidding? I have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.”. If that’s you, cool. Head on over and read, “ How to Manage an Overwhelming Workload ” instead.

2012 209

Top Ten Countdown of Best Business Tips for 2012 – Part 1

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. While brainstorming ideas for my last two articles of this year, I knew I wanted to share something with you that would lead you into 2013 with renewed energy and motivation.

2012 170

Evernote Launches Evernote Business

Ian's Messy Desk

Evernote Business is built around two key concepts: Knowledge Collection and Knowledge Discovery. Knowledge Collection. The information we need to capture in our daily lives is incredibly varied.

2012 169

Green Christmas Wishlist

Eco-Office Gals

Trying to find the perfect gift for your Eco-concious friend or just want to make a lighter impact with your giving?

2012 213

Intuit and Instagram - Two Views on Who Owns Your Data

Small Business Labs

I was not surprised to hear Instagram, the photo sharing site acquired by Facebook, was changing its privacy policy.   But I was stunned by the change. In addition to the expected changes to allow Facebook advertisers to be able access your personal data, they are also reserving the right to use your username, photos and other data in advertisements. You agree to all of this when you sign up for the service. And there doesn't appear to be an opt-out.

2012 168

5 Ways I Stopped Depriving Myself of Sleep

Dumb Little Man

I used to stay up really late knowing I had to get up early. Sound familiar? You know how it goes, that book just has to be read the same night, you just don’t feel like going to bed when there’s so much on TV or you just left it too late to catch up on work.

2012 285

Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays as a Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Be aware that many of your bigger rivals will be offering holiday discounts in order to drum up extra trade. If you are thinking about doing the same, be mindful of whether…

2012 231

The Best Business Decisions Involve Both Your Head and Your Heart

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Obviously, you have a head for business, or you wouldn’t be the successful entrepreneur that you are. But do you have the heart for it?

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Merry Christmas

Ian's Messy Desk

Communication

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Smartphones May Soon Double As Air Pollution Monitors

Eco-Office Gals

lt almost doesn’t matter what you do — your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device has probably helped you do it better or more efficiently, in one way or another.

2012 207

How to Resolve Conflict with a Co-Worker

On The Job

One of the most stressful situations to face in the workplace is a conflict with a co-worker.

2012 227

15 Easy-On-The-Waistline Holiday Eating Tips

Dumb Little Man

Holidays create a "perfect storm" for eating way too much. They combine some of the worst cues and triggers for overeating: family drama, too much food, tradition and ritual, stress eating, and the attitude of “why not – it’s the holidays.”

2012 285

How to Conduct an End-of-Year Career Review

Eat Your Career

Click on the video below to watch my most recent interview from Fox 31′s Good Day Colorado. It’s all about reflecting on where you’ve been this year and where you’re going next. It’s a nice complement to my article last week in U.S. News & World Report.

2012 158

Top Ten Countdown of Best Business Tips for 2012 – Part 2

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As you recall, last week I began the countdown of my top ten best business tips for 2012, pulled from this year’s Step It Up VA articles. I’m sure you’ve been waiting anxiously for the remainder of the list, so I will keep you in suspense not a moment longer!

2012 163

10 Tips for Taking Back Christmas

Ian's Messy Desk

Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men are common sentiments at this season of the year. There are times when, Christmas is too commercialized, seems to join that list. As seasonal greetings go, it seems to be the most meaningless.

2012 161

WordPress 3.5 is here and the happy dance holiday sale!

Eco-Office Gals

Just in time for the holidays WordPress has rolled out a shiny new version to unwrap. Named “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones , who played with John Coltrane in addition to many others, this version has some exciting features including: New Media Manager.

2012 204

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Payroll

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Once you start employing people it is essential that you are aware of your obligations as an employer. In the UK, this means registering as an employer and submitting P35 and P14…

How to Live the Jim Valvano Life in 10 Minutes Each Day

Dumb Little Man

Every year ESPN dedicates a week to the late Jim Valvano. If you’re not a sports fan, bear with me because the lessons from Valvano transcend sports. And they transcend religion. And they transcend nationality. But before I can share with you his life plan, you have to understand his life.

2012 285

What is the Industrial Internet?

Small Business Labs

Industrial giant GE has been pushing the idea of the Industrial Internet, including publishing a detailed white paper on the concept.   This is a larger scale variation on the concept of the Internet of Things , first coined back in the late 1990s. The basic idea behind both concepts is more and more objects are being embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate.

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