September, 2010

What Does Success Mean to You?

Dumb Little Man

All of us want to succeed in life. We want to accomplish something – to feel that in some way, we’ve “won”. It’s easy to get sucked in to thinking that we have to succeed on the world’s terms when, really, we each need to define success for ourselves. What does success look like to you?

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Coaching vs. Consulting vs. Training vs. Freelancing: Which One Is Best For You?

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Rob Place. He is the publisher of Solventurer, a Web site that helps solopreneurs during the start-up stage. Rob works as a small-business coach, trainer, and speaker.

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Bad Career Advice: Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day

Eat Your Career

This is post is part of my Bad Career Advice series in which I expose outdated, clichéd, and counterproductive advice for exactly what it is. Oh man, this one kills me. It’s so frequently repeated that hardly anyone questions its truth anymore.

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10 Time Management Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Updated and reposted from May 2008. 1) Always Look Ahead. It is human nature to want to live in the past: to savour accomplishments or to wallow in defeats. However, you will not effectively move forward if you are constantly looking

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Eco-Office Gals Is Live, again…

Eco-Office Gals

So, I debated, I polled my readers and I debated some more. I simply wasn’t happy with the last redesign of the Eco-Office Gals site. So, I re-re-designed it with an awesome StudioPress Theme and I am very happy with the results!

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Over 250 US Coworking Facilities

Small Business Labs

As part of our broader project on coworking, we recently conducted a count of US coworking facilities. As of the end of August, we found 226 office-based coworking facilities in operation in the US. We also found 28 shared "industrial

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30 Ways to Make TV Watching More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever hear yourself saying "I just don't have time " yet find yourself plopped in front of the TV for the better part of every evening? As our to-do lists grow so does our stress and anxiety over getting everything done.

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More Trending

When to Give Up on Finding Your Dream Career

Eat Your Career

Everyone wants a job they love. We all want to wake up excited to go to work, spend our days accomplishing goals we’re proud of, and come home feeling pleasantly fulfilled.

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Nine Insights for Getting Ahead

Ian's Messy Desk

from Charles R. Swindoll. WORK HARD. Follow tasks through to completion. THINK CREATIVELY. See challenges from new angles. SPEAK GENTLY. Consider the impact of your words. COOPERATE FREELY. Meet the need of the moment – even

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Eco-Options: Paper

Eco-Office Gals

Yes, I just said the “P&# word — Paper. I have no use for it. I still don’t have my printer hooked up and have no intentions of doing so.

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The Future Job That's Here Today

Small Business Labs

I've been a regular reader of Popular Science since junior high and have always enjoyed their visions of the future. The article 10 Best Jobs of the Future includes the usual far out, futuristic stuff Popsci is known for. Bestjob3_0

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7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like Minded People

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever felt that it's hard to meet like-minded people? Such as, people with the same interests. Or, people with common goals and aspirations. And last but not least, people with whom you can build a rapport and camaraderie with. I do, sometimes.

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3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

When you’re constantly working on and in your business you forget to schedule in some down time for yourself. The summer is the perfect time to take that downtime, especially if it means taking a vacation somewhere nice. But then there’s always the worry that if you’re not involved in your business on a daily basis that things will fall apart and you won’t have any business to come back to when you return.

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Beware: Thinking Hurts

Eat Your Career

The great philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk.”. I love this quote. To me, it really pinpoints why many people are afraid of thoughtfully confronting issues in their lives.

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The Solopreneur Life “Friday Bits” Column #22

The Solopreneur Life

I t’s the end of the week, and just like every Friday at The Solopreneur Life, I have tasty, mostly-nutritious bits of information to share with you. This week’s menu includes: • John Jantsch’s small-business trends for 2011. Factors that affect the value of your business. •

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Guest Post: Green Benefits of Virtual Events

Eco-Office Gals

by: Tricia Heinrich, ON24 ’s Senior Director of Strategic Communications. The high price and inconvenience of air travel have spurred companies to look for more cost-effective ways to get people together, and the virtual event is the perfect alternative.

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Effective Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Effective time management doesn't mean doing more things or doing them more quickly. Effective time management means getting more of the important work done in a day. In fact, effective time management is even more important than

10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever met someone who was rude to you and didn't hold you with much regard? How did you feel? Did you feel annoyed? Peeved? If you are a self respecting individual, chances are you want others to treat you with respect.

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Is It OK to Hug at Work?

On The Job

I got into a conversation recently about how "chummy" people should be with one another at work. I've written about this before, but it seems to be an issue that comes up again and again.

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10 Tips to Beat the Overwhelm and Stay Focused

Office Organization Success

Many business owners share with me that one of their biggest problems is information overwhelm which in turn leads to lack of focus, and therefore they don’t actually get stuff done in their business. They’re so busy trying to keep up with all the information that they’re being hit with that they don’t actually get around to any implementation and so they stay stuck.

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This 1-Minute Drill Keeps You Cool Under Pressure

The Solopreneur Life

T his was written by Jen Waak, who pens a monthly health column for The Solopreneur Life. Jen Waak. How often do you have a project due or client presentation coming up, and the closer you get to the deadline, the more stupid you become?

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Wall Street Journal on the Two-Track Economy

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on what they call "the two-track economy." You need to be a WSJ subscriber to see the entire article. The article looks at how companies with a large exposure to international

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How to Make a Good Impression

Ian's Messy Desk

The adage says, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. There is some suggestion it takes no more that 15 seconds for someone to evaluate you when you first meet. In this short time, the person forms an opinion about

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7 Productive Things You Can Do While Commuting

Dumb Little Man

Commuting doesn’t have to be the hellish experience it has been made out to be. You can learn a lot while commuting. I used to despise jumping on the train or taking the bus, but not anymore. I have everything set-up for my commuting adventures.

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Feeling Lost in Your Career? I Can Help

Eat Your Career

Picture this: You’re driving along, singing at the top of your lungs to your favorite tune on the radio, and—all of the sudden—you realize you have absolutely NO IDEA where you are. You’re completely lost. At some point or another, it’s happened to all of us.

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How to Find a Job Using Social Media

On The Job

I follow the jobless claims from week to week pretty closely. It's not near as much fun as say, watching to see if Lady Gaga will show up covered in raw eggs and bran cereal, but it's something I feel I need to do for my job.

Featured Soloist Laura Brandenburg: “You Need To Be Self-Aware”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Laura Brandenburg. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

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Ultralight Startups

Small Business Labs

Ultralight startups: little capital, just computer is an interesting article by the SF Chronicle's Tom Abate. It is about a UC Berkeley student who started a custom T-Shirt printing company in high school and continues to run it at

2010 178

How to Analyze Your Audience

Ian's Messy Desk

When Preparing for Public Speaking. The boss e-mails and says you are going to be training employees on the features of the new software roll-out. What's the first thing you do? You don't fire up PowerPoint and start creating slides

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61 Ways To Find Inspiration When You're Stuck and Feeling Down

Dumb Little Man

Life isn't always hunky dory. No matter how good we are at what we do, and how well we plan things out, we do get stuck.

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Is an Intern Really Better than a Virtual Assistant?

Tips From T. Marie

I recently stumbled across a tweet that read: “Interns are actually way better than virtual assistants”. The link led to an article giving the reasons for the bold proclamation. So of course I followed the link and read the article.

Building the House of WordPress

Eco-Office Gals

I had a potential client ask me the other day, “What is the difference between WordPress, StudioPress Genesis Theme Framework , and the child themes?&#

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The Marketing Secret That Will Keep You In Business

The Solopreneur Life

L addering is a market-research technique used in consumer marketing that seeks to explain why people buy and use products and services. Small-business owners, you too can utilize laddering to create successful new products, services, and marketing campaigns that tap into your customers’ emotional desires. Laddering connects the emotional desires of your potential customers or clients to the attributes of your product or service. The ultimate goal is to link your brand to a value.

2010 176

AZVAs the Podcast Episode 7: Your Best Self

Loosely Speaking

September 2010 Podcast Program Notes. This episode of AZVAs the Podcast is sponsored by Lisa Williams. Scroll down to read more about Lisa. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# logo to listen to the episode now.

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Rate Your Time-Management Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Yes, No. 1) Is managing my time a priority for me? 2) Do I have goals and a plan to meet them? 3) Do I set deadlines for getting things finished? 4) Do I avoid procrastination? 5) Do I have all the information I need to organize my time

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How to Build Self-Discipline

Dumb Little Man

You've been on your diet for two days … and you've already given in and eaten a giant slab of chocolate cake. You've told yourself you'll tidy out the garage this weekend … just like you've been saying for the last four months.

2010 285

The Truth about Me (and You)

Eat Your Career

I’m an emotional eater. When I’m sad or lonely, which lately seems quite often, I head for the pantry. It’s an awful habit but obviously, I’m aware of it. As a certified nutritionist, it’s one of those things I rarely advertise. You know—bad for business and all.

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