January, 2014

Brain Boosting Foods to Cheer Up Your Bad Mood

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of reasons that we all get stressed out from time to time, and more often than not, we end up in a bad mood as a result. But what can we do about it? Well there are plenty of ways to cheer up when you're in a bad mood, and none of them are hard to do.

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What should be in our job specs?

Practically Perfect PA

More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’?

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Can You Guess the 2 Most Powerful Words in Advertising?

The Solopreneur Life

J ohn Caples was a legendary ad executive and copywriter. Legendary ad executive and copywriter John Caples. He worked for 40 years at BBDO, one of the nation’s largest ad agencies, and he was BBDO’s vice president when he retired. He died in 1990.

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Economic Insecurity and the Decline of Babies

Small Business Labs

After declining for the last 4 years, the U.S. birth rate flattened out in 2012 relative to 2011 with just under 4 million babies being born in both years.  This maintains the number of U.S. births per 1000 women aged 15-44 at 63, its lowest level since records have been kept.

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LinkedIn Q&A: What’s the Difference Between Endorsements and Recommendations?

Eat Your Career

By now, most of you probably know that LinkedIn is the gold standard for online professional networking. Regardless of your opinion of social networking in general, LinkedIn is a site you simply can’t afford to overlook.

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Membership Drive has begun!

Step It Up VA Coaching

The VA Biz Success Academy Membership Drive is THIS WEEK! If you have been thinking about joining us to uplevel your business and get all the information, support, guidance, masterminding and networking as you do it – - NOW IS THE TIME!

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How to Finally Get Started on Your Big Dream

Dumb Little Man

We all have those big dreams.

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David Ogilvy’s Second Commandment for Great Copywriting (and How to Use It)

The Solopreneur Life

D avid Ogilvy was widely regarded as the 20th century’s most sought-after advertising executive. Even though we’re 15 years removed from his death in 1999, his reputation and stature continue to grow.

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Why People Choose Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

TD Ameritrade did a study late last year on retirement savings and the self-employed.  One of the questions they asked was why people chose self-employment over traditional employment.   The results, which are shown in the chart from the study below, will not surprise regular readers. 

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5 Steps to a Green Recruiting Strategy

Eco-Office Gals

Organizations are becoming more and more aware of the importance of practicing sustainable development in the work force, both for the reputation it creates as an environmentally responsible company, as well as for the financial benefits that permeate throughout the establishment.

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Get More Clients: A Simple Strategy for More Clients (It’s Not What You Think)

Office Organization Success

Clients are the backbone of every solo service professional’s business. If you don’t have any, or enough, clients then you’re going to struggle to grow and build a profitable business. Therefore business owners are always on the lookout for strategies, tools, resources etc.

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The 5 Minute Morning Success Ritual

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to wake up motivated, energized and productive each morning? The morning is the most critical part of ones day, especially in terms of being as productive as possible. Most people wake up each morning tired, lethargic, stressed, and even uninspired.

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Practically Perfect PA Visits: The Hay Adams DC

Practically Perfect PA

The Hay Adams has welcomed some very very famous guests over the years, including Amelia Earhart in 1928, just recently the press junket for the 3rd season of Homeland, not to mention the Obama family prior to the inauguration in 2009. Last week they welcomed me through their historic doors.

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How to Overcome Stage Fright

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Overcome Stage Fright appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Along with the science behind stage fright. Do you get sweaty palms, weak knees, or heavy arms when speaking in front of an audience? You’re not alone.

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2014 Pet Industry Trends

Small Business Labs

I can think of no better way to start 2014 than with a look at 2014 pet industry trends.  Multibrief's Pet Businesses Will Prosper: Industry trends for 2014 and beyond  provides such an outlook.

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How To Develop Your Niche — 5 Quick Ideas Based on My Experience

The Solopreneur Life

T his week a solopreneur sent me this question by e-mail: “I’ve identified my niche; do you have any thoughts on how to develop it?” ” Here’s my reply. Position yourself as the “go-to” person in your niche.

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Let’s chat TODAY!

Step It Up VA Coaching

I hope your new year is off to an amazing start! Mine is! Some pretty incredible women are stepping up and getting ready to make 2014 ROCK by working with me in the Make Magic & MONEY, 3-Month Coaching Program ! And you’re in luck, there is still a couple open spots! .

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5 Ways To Help You Get Started On Your Most Important Work

Dumb Little Man

Life can feel like a blurred rush sometimes. With hundreds of commitments flying at your everyday it can be hard to make the time to do the things that really matter.

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A great event idea for 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Keeping event ideas innovative and fresh can be an extremely difficult exercise. It’s a delicate balancing act of trying to push the envelope to keep things exciting, but not too radical that it fails to appeal to the majority of the workforce.

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your Business on Track in 2014

Office Organization Success

As we sit here at the start of a New Year, many of you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do this year in your business.

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Book Review: Exporting - The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably

Small Business Labs

I was excited by the arrival of my copy of Exporting - The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably. It's written by small business exporting expert Laural Delaney. We've known Laural for years here at Small Business Labs.

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David Ogilvy’s First Commandment for Great Copywriting

The Solopreneur Life

D avid Ogilvy was widely regarded as the 20th century’s most sought-after advertising executive. Even though we’re 15 years removed from his death in 1999, his reputation and stature continue to grow.

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Career Necessity: Key Accomplishments List (Free Template Provided)

Eat Your Career

Download my free Key Accomplishments List template here >> One of my favorite career development tools (and one I recommend on an almost daily basis) is the Key Accomplishments List.

2014 189

This Is The Key to Getting in the Best Shape of Your Life This Year

Dumb Little Man

“When you drop a pebble into a pool of water, the pebble starts a series of ripples that extend until they encompass the whole pool. This is exactly what will happen when you give your ideas a definite plan of action.”

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Are you where you want to be on your career path?

Practically Perfect PA

Research suggests that the role of the PA is constantly evolving. Many of today’s PAs and secretaries are multi-skilled and work in complex roles; one minute being reactive and supportive, the next expected to have a proactive approach in a pressured environment.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore.

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Ecommerce Driving Steep Declines in Retail Foot Traffic

Small Business Labs

The startling chart below shows shows retail foot traffic is rapidly and dramatically declining.   It's from the Wall Street Journal article Stores Confront New World of Reduced Shopper Traffic.

2014 189

Virtual Assistance was Never Designed to be the Cheap Option

Virtual Moxie

. Marianne came to me about a client she’s been working with for four years.

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How to Turn Metal Trash into Treasure and Help the Environment

Eco-Office Gals

Each year, tons of metals are disposed of worldwide, with the US being the leading culprit, at about 540 pounds of metal waste per family per year.

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10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Day

Dumb Little Man

We all know how hard it is to get the day going. You wake up, your bed is entirely too comfortable. After pressing “snooze” on your alarm clock half a dozen times, it’s time to get up. Your coffee is taking too long to percolate. You can’t find anything good to pack for lunch.

2014 285

An airline loyalty programme that benefits assistants too!

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us organise travel for our executives and most of our executives are considered frequent flyers. I’ve found over the years that it is always worthwhile getting my executives to sign up to an airline loyalty and rewards scheme.

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Solopreneur Survey Results: 2013 Was a Good Year, Expectations Are Very High for 2014

The Solopreneur Life

T he year 2013 was a good one for solopreneurs and they have very high expectations for 2014. But to meet their expectations, solopreneurs must overcome challenges with cash flow, time management, and sales and marketing.

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Alt-Labor: Unions in a Freelance Economy

Small Business Labs

Unions haven't fared well over the past few decades. At their peak in the 1950's, about 1 in 3 U.S. workers were in a union. Today, about 1 in 10 are union members - and only about 6.6% of private sector workers are in unions.

2014 189

Whenever You See Two Options, Choose the Third

Virtual Moxie

Some time ago, there was a client who came through the Registry at AssistU for a referral to our fabulous Virtual Assistants.

2014 232

Eight Ways to Eliminate Paper and Clutter in Your Office

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Eight Ways to Eliminate Paper and Clutter in Your Office appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Working at a regional head office, we see a lot of paper. We were recently involved in a capital project to build a new program facility. When the HVAC system was installed, someone thought we might want the user manual for the system: a 400 page PDF document.

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Why You Should Do What You Love

Dumb Little Man

I went to college for a program I didn’t really care for with one thing in mind: “I’ll use my income to fund my career as a writer and a musician.” It seemed like a brilliant plan. At the time, how was I to know I was telling myself heinous lies? I actually thought I was quite progressive.

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Why incentive travel works

Practically Perfect PA

Having been established in the incentive travel industry for over a decade now, I can state with confidence that we at First Event have seen it all; events to recognise success, reward achievement, inspire motivation, build relations and give back to communities.

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