July, 2019

Freelancers and Solopreneurs are Increasingly Exporters

Small Business Labs

Despite trade wars, tariffs, and the erection of other barriers to cross-border commerce, independent workers, freelancers and solopreneurs are increasingly finding customers outside U.S. borders.

2019 268

9 Things To Give Up In Order To Become Conscious And Free

Dumb Little Man

To me, consciousness is about emotional self mastery. It’s the energetic and spiritual awareness of yourself and others and having the tools to be empowered and effective in whatever you do. Knowing how to become more conscious starts with that and letting go of a few things in your life.

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10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward.

2019 228

How to Write a Professional Development Plan

Eat Your Career

This is the second article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. In the first part of this series, you learned that a professional development plan (or PDP) is a written document used to focus, evaluate and prioritize professional development goals and activities.

2019 219

10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. When considering what type of visual representation to use for your data or ideas, there are some rules of thumb to consider: 1. Use visuals sparingly.

2019 181

Should you use a Free WordPress Theme for your Business Website?

Tips From T. Marie

There’s no doubt that WordPress is the ideal choice for building your business website. Recently I touched on the fact that WordPress is an ‘ array of moving parts’. One of those parts is the theme. In WordPress, the theme is the part that dictates your design.

2019 173

The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

According to the  U.S. Census, the number of   nonemployer businesses in 2017 increased to 25,701,671, up 3.6% from 2016.    Nonemployers are businesses that have an owner, but don't have paid traditional full or part-time employees (W2 employees).

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40 Gmail hacks for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So many organisations are making a move from Microsoft Office to Google Suite (Practically Perfect PA being one such business!). I love Gmail, it is such a great tool, and with all of the available Chrome extensions, you really can make Gmail an incredibly productive tool.

2019 211

How Long is Normal to Go Without a Raise?

Eat Your Career

In my monthly Q&A sessions, I commonly receive a lot of questions about raises. This one comes up frequently: How long is “normal” to go without a raise? Is it a problem to have the same salary for 5 years or more?

2019 176

Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant – Part 3

Office Dynamics

In part one of “ Empowering Tips ” I mentioned that the word Empower is not only the theme of the 26 th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , it is also used in a variety of situations and conversations.

2019 222

How To Prepare Your Digital Business for Outages

Tips From T. Marie

I celebrated the July 4 th holiday by taking 4 days off from work. It was a hot few days here in southern Maine, and as usual, the hot weather broke with a round of strong storms rolling through on Saturday.

2019 168

From Man’s Best Friend to Family’s Favorite Child

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like Pet Trends here at Small Business Labs. So we had to cover the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's article The Pet Economy Kicks Into Overdrive. The article covers the growth of the pet economy.

2019 208

13 Things You Can Do With Your Old Phone

Dumb Little Man

Smartphones are a necessity nowadays but one big setback in using them is that we need to upgrade on a regular basis. The newest technology today can be obsolete in a short year or two. This leads most people to discard their phones, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

2019 245

10 habits of highly organised Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team.

2019 207

Do I Really Need a Professional Development Plan?

Eat Your Career

If you’ve been following my work for any period of time, you know that I’m a big fan of Professional Development Plans (also referred to as PDPs). I often create these plans in collaboration with my career coaching clients, and I frequently provide training workshops on this topic.

2019 164

Calling All Assistants—Secret to Building a Strategic Partnership

Office Dynamics

. For more than 15 years I have been teaching assistants how to build a strategic partnership with their executives. I especially spend a lot of time on this topic in my World Class Assistant™ designation course.

2019 209

What is a Solopreneur? Two Secrets to Success As One

Tips From T. Marie

You may have seen that I’ve included a few new terms on the pages of my website. Specifically, on my services page , you will notice them right at the top. It says, “Solopreneurs, Coaches, and Creatives”.

2019 163

40% of Americans Say They Struggle to Pay Bills

Small Business Labs

The Washington Post's ‘This doesn’t look like the best economy ever’: 40% of Americans say they still struggle to pay bills covers the fact that despite a strong job market and a 10 year long economic recovery, a lot of Americans still struggle financially.

2019 194

How Can Universal Basic Income Mitigate Fallout From Automation?

Dumb Little Man

In a 2018 poll, nearly half of Americans supported the idea of a Universal Basic Income program. What is Universal Basic Income, where did the idea come from, and what would it mean for our society as we know it today?

2019 244

How to identify and fix problems at work

Practically Perfect PA

Problem-solving is one of the critical skills that will be needed by office employees by 2020.

2019 206

Positive Career Affirmation #22

Eat Your Career

I thrive in an atmosphere of change. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #22 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations change thriving in change

2019 151

Five Questions to Ask Before Saying “I’m Done” (Writing Tips)

Office Dynamics

Suppose you’re writing a sensitive email, article, or letter—one that’s extremely important in your world. The message must be as clear and concise as possible. Ask these five questions and follow the examples to make changes that will immediately improve your prose.

2019 206

Do You Own Your Premium WordPress Theme License?

Tips From T. Marie

WordPress requires a theme in order to customize the design of your website. In most cases, to get the level of customization you desire it will require a premium WordPress theme, which requires the purchase of a license.

2019 163

The Recent Flurry of Gig Economy Studies

Small Business Labs

It's been a busy couple of weeks for gig economy studies. Below is a list of 4 of the recently released studies.

2019 188

4 Steps To Manifest What You Want

Dumb Little Man

Our every day thoughts and feelings fuel the decisions we make. Whether our thoughts are positive or negative, they have an effect on our lives. Have you ever told yourself “I can do it” and then went ahead and actually accomplished the task? It’s not luck or magic; it’s simply manifesting.

2019 243

Get started on your festive party now

Practically Perfect PA

I know it is mid-July and we are a world away from the festive season, but it is time to start planning out the end of year party. You may think I am crazy, but actually, this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should […].

2019 198

Positive Career Affirmation #21

Eat Your Career

I take pleasure in simple, everyday workplace routines. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #21 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations routines workplace routines

2019 151

Time Management for the Modern Assistant

Office Dynamics

Year after year, one of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is effective time management. Let’s face it: your days are chaotic. You’re pulled in a million different directions, and many of you have multiple leaders to support.

2019 202

Keeping Clients; The True Secret to Success

Tips From T. Marie

The number one question I’m asked by the students who take my best-selling course Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant is “How do I get clients?” Ironically, not one student has ever asked me, “How to do I keep clients?”

2019 163

Comparing the Risk Profiles of Independent Workers vs. Traditional Job Holders

Small Business Labs

One of the clear findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is that, on average, independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed, etc.) and those with traditional jobs have different risk profiles. 

2019 164

A Safety Guide For Dental Implants

Dumb Little Man

Every person wants to look competent and confident. The shape of a face mainly depends on the structure and form of the teeth. People have various perceptions about the beauty of a face.

2019 235

Working collectively and sharing best practice in your EA network

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is such an essential part of the Assistant role. We can work in such silos that without a network to support our endeavours, the position can be very lonely.

2019 196

Positive Career Affirmation #20

Eat Your Career

I take my workplace promises seriously. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #20 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations attitude workplace promises

2019 151

My Boss is Leaving: How Can I best Help her Transition Out? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below. Alice S.

2019 186

5 Reasons Businesses Should Take Advantage of Renewable Energy

Eco-Office Gals

It’s Getting More Affordable Every Year. With the looming threat of climate change and its 11-year deadline , it seems like everyone is talking about renewable energy and what we can do with it.

2019 130

The Growth of Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

That side gigs - part-time or occasional work to supplement income - have become more common is hardly new news. Nor are the reasons behind the growing number of Americans with side gigs.

2019 158

Getaway From Stress: 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

Dumb Little Man

Stress plays a huge role in our lives. Some of the biggest factors that contribute to the increase in stress are work and money. Many people are caught up in the nature of their work. They often forget how important it is to keep their mental and physical state healthy. How can we reduce our stress?

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