October, 2014

Find Your Happiness, Find Your Success

Dumb Little Man

1 in 10 businesses will succeed. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you.

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Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

Small Business Labs

Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.   Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business.

2014 285

The ultimate guide to diary management

Practically Perfect PA

I have written a lot about diary management over the years, which is not surprising when you think assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their manager’s calendars. Juggling our boss’s time is a complex operation.

2014 273

5 Ways to Shine at a Job Fair

On The Job

During the height of the Great Recession, job fairs were a mob scene. People with 30 years of experience were standing next to recent college graduates, all clamoring for work. But as things have improved, many people don''t think that job fairs are worth their time. They''re wrong.

2014 257

It’s Not Poor Time Management…It’s Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

Recently I have observed several people whose time management skills are exceptional. They plan their day, pick their most important tasks, fill in gaps.and never get things done. It''s not poor time management.it''s poor focus management.

2014 235

Four Lessons You Can Learn about Personal Effectiveness from the Ryder Cup

The Small Business Blog

Firstly: if you don’t know about the Ryder Cup it is a biannual golf match played between the professional golfers of Europe and those of the USA.

2014 223

Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

Dumb Little Man

There was an interesting statistic recently on inc.com. It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high.

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A day in the life: Lorna Cowan, Visit Belfast

Practically Perfect PA

One of the great benefits of running Practically Perfect PA is the chance to meet some extraordinary assistants either face to face or through social media. I continue to be completely amazed by what these assistants achieve and how they continue to push our industry forward.

2014 262

Apps to Consider When Job Searching

On The Job

When considering a job or career, you may turn to a personality assessment to determine what type of job you should have or what kind of employer would be a good fit.

2014 226

The Power of No

Simple Productivity Blog

I started thinking about the Power of No. It''s a really powerful concept, especially from a standpoint of productivity, simplicity, and simplifying productivity. The post The Power of No appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 229

How Enterprise Unified Communication Technology Is Changing Business

The Small Business Blog

Do you remember those small handwritten sticky notes that people used for phone messages? Communications has come a long way since then, but are we really any better at getting the message to the right person at the right time? Sticky notes have been replaced by email or text messages.

2014 209

The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

Dumb Little Man

We get caught up so much in what we should do, we often neglect the skills that all of us can develop – the ones that actually will improve our lives and get us ahead. I don’t blame anyone – it’s only human nature to do things that feel safe or are quite frankly, easier to do.

2014 285

What Is a Salutation? It's Not a Close!

Business Writing

People often write to me asking for help with salutations. But when I read their questions, I find that they deal with "Best regards" or "Sincerely yours." Those are complimentary closes. Let''s look at the differences. A salutation is a. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2014 199

Go Native Apartments, London

Practically Perfect PA

Now that I live in Barcelona it is always a bit strange going back to London and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city that I worked in for over ten years. Seeing familiar faces rushing to and fro.

2014 247

5 Ways to Get Others to Listen to You

On The Job

Do you sometimes feel like you''re wearing Harry Potter''s "cloak of invisibility" at work? No one really pays attention to you. You''re often interrupted when speaking in a meeting, and your boss scarcely seems to know who you are.

2014 221

Use A Checklist to Make Invisible Maintenance Tasks Pop

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things I struggle with is the home maintenance tasks that are invisible. By this. I mean those things that you need to do to preserve things on and around the home, but don''t necessarily come into your awareness until it is too late.

2014 228

Automated appointment reminders and HIPAA

The Small Business Blog

I get asked all the time if we are “HIPAA Compliant” and honestly I have no idea! OK, I’m only kidding.

2014 204

How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

Dumb Little Man

I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said.

2014 285

Wage Versus Education Gap

Small Business Labs

Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention.

2014 196

The Assist Conference 2015

Practically Perfect PA

I am so proud and delighted to launch the first conference from Practically Perfect PA – The Assist Conference 2015. It is taking place on the 27th February 2015 in London and as you can imagine I am very excited!

2015 246

How Small Changes Can Build a Stronger Team

On The Job

When it comes to influencing others to change their behavior, the smallest changes can make the biggest differences, contends a new book called “The Small Big” by Steve J. Martin, Noah J. Goldstein and Robet B. Cialdini.

2014 213

Train Your Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

I have heard more than one person say lately that they don''t seem to be able to concentrate or focus like they used to. With all the beeps, whirs, pop-ups and such coming at them, their attention is fractured and disjointed. It is possible to train your focus.

Why is nailing your niche so darned difficult?

The Small Business Blog

Your Niche. Your Unique Selling point. Unique Value Proposition. Compelling Value Proposition. Useful Value Proposition. Oh Help!

2014 203

Check Your Ego, Build Your Relationships

Dumb Little Man

Picture yourself at work leading your way to a one-to-one meeting with your boss.

2014 285

Autoresponders – Put Your Follow-up On Autopilot!

Office Organization Success

Wouldn’t it be great to put some of those day-to-day activities on autopilot? As a solopreneur being able to follow-up with your clients and potential clients is crucial in growing and sustaining your business, and keeping a steady flow of new clients coming on board.

2014 195

Happy 3rd birthday Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA

So today I am doing a little bit of celebrating because it is officially my three year blogging anniversary. Thanks to everyone who has already sent me their congratulations. When I first started the blog, I really didn’t put much thought into it.

2014 245

HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

Small Business Labs

The HBR's The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth covers data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study showing word of mouth is the dominant way freelancers and other independent workers find work. The chart below describing this data is from the HBR article.

2014 195

Get Things Done With A Productivity Sprint

Simple Productivity Blog

Sometimes, no matter my best intentions and diligent working, my task list seems to take on a life of its own. At the time that I am peering down the throat of this monster that is about to swallow me, I know I have to quickly bring that list down in size.

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Avoid Costly Law Suits Through Proper Winter Maintenance

The Small Business Blog

Slip and fall law suits increase exponentially in winter, where icy surfaces increase hazards and snow may not have been cleared. As a business, you are required to keep areas such as aisles, stairs, walkways, car parks, and other parts of the premises reasonably safe for clients and employees.

2014 201

6 Life Lessons We All Know But Always Forget

Dumb Little Man

School isn’t the only place where we can learn—day-to-day experiences can deal us some major life lessons that you won’t find in any academic book. Sadly, because we are always too wrapped up in our fast-paced lives, we forget about these life gems that help us become better people.

2014 286

When Messaging Is Mindless

Business Writing

The customer service representatives at XYZ Company include the sentence "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you" at the end of every email--at least on every email they send externally. When Ashlee, one of XYZ''s customer service. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2014 188

How to make your event more environmentally friendly

Practically Perfect PA

Sustainability is slowly creeping back on everyone’s radars. Over the last few years ‘going green’ has not been at the top of many company’s list of priorities.

2014 235

2014 MBO Partners State of Independence Report Released

Small Business Labs

The 4th annual MBO Partners State of Independence study was released yesterday. It shows independent workers (self-employed, independent contractors, freelancers, etc.) who regularly work 15 or more hours per week as independents numbered 17.9 million in 2014. This is up 1.2% from 2013 and 12.5%

2014 194

Boost Your Focus By Compartmentalizing

Simple Productivity Blog

Have you ever felt that something that should be a small activity was taking over your life? Today I will talk about a method - compartmentalizing - and how you can use it to regain control. The post Boost Your Focus By Compartmentalizing appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 211

What Is the Best Flooring Option for Your Commercial Kitchen?

The Small Business Blog

The flooring in a commercial kitchen needs to withstand far more punishment than in a domestic setting. The heavy traffic created by the constant coming and going of kitchen and waiting staff can take a heavy toll over time, so commercial flooring needs to be hard-wearing.

2014 201

So, Here’s 14 Reasons Why You’re Not Successful!

Dumb Little Man

You Complain. Complaining may feel good for a second but it is probably the biggest waste of time there is! It serves no purpose unless you are taking note of what went wrong for the sake of figuring out what you’re going to do about it.

2014 286

Write to the Dead--Don't!

Business Writing

In response to last week''s post, "When Messaging Is Mindless," Arjay shared this comment: After the death of a family member, we had to work out some insurance issues related to the end-of-life care. We received multiple letters from the. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2014 181