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.

2014 285

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

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

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

Career Goals: Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail?

Office Dynamics

Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail? Guest Post by Debbie Gross, CEA to CEO, John Chambers, Cisco Systems. . “You are the Captain of your own ship!” ” I am fond of the saying that we are all “captains” of our own ships.

2014 246

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.

2014 286

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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

The Doors Are CLOSING Soon

Office Organization Success

As a member in good standing you will receive: Monthly training calls that focus on the strategy (the what and why) and the systems (the exact step-by-step system set up) (or both!). Plan your action steps on the Monthly Action Worksheets. An “Any Topic Goes” Monthly Q&A call.

2014 172

The Best Online-Writing Advice I Ever Received

The Solopreneur Life

Here’s the best online-writing advice I ever received: “Be brief. Be brilliant.” ” The advice’s genius is that it works for all online platforms: websites, landing pages, e-newsletters, landing pages, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

2014 171

Chronic Complaining Creates Negative Energy for Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. A couple of days ago, I sat down to take a well-deserved break from my work day and relax for a few minutes. I sank in to my favorite comfy chair and switched on the TV right in the middle of the mid-day news.

2014 170

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

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 198

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 248

Consideration: Give What You'd Want For Yourself

Virtual Moxie

You''ve heard it before: service: It''s not one BIG thing, it''s a thousand little things. And part of a VA''s role is to give great service to her clients; to really anyone she interacts with, if we want to get into it. Providing awesome service doesn''t mean the client is always right.

2014 237

Is Your WordPress Website Secretly Harboring Malware?

Tips From T. Marie

Dealing with a malware injection on a WordPress website isn’t a picnic on the best of days. Dealing with one my first day after arriving in Maine ; after a 993 mile drive in a packed Ford Focus with my 6 foot 2 son and a ticked off cat?

2014 166

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

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

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 197

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 247

When Honoring Others Dishonors You

Virtual Moxie

In her book, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. Iyanla Vanzant, wrote: When are we taught that it’s ok to say what you feel when you feel it? Certainly not when we are children. As children, we are taught what not to say and what not to do if or when it will make others uncomfortable.

2014 237

Amazon Associates Program is Back for Minnesota Businesses

The Solopreneur Life

If you’re a Minnesota resident and you operate an online business, this is big news: beginning October 1, Amazon started collecting Minnesota sales tax from Minnesota customers. This means the Amazon Associates program is up and running again in Minnesota.

2014 161

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

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

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 196

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

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

Pause Now To Consider Your Success Goals for 2015

Office Dynamics

If you think it’s still too soon to start planning your professional and personal success goals for 2015, I want to encourage you to think again! As quickly as this year passed, so will next year. Your future will become the present sooner than you think.

2015 226

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

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

Will Superintelligent AI's Destroy Mankind?

Small Business Labs

A new book - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies - says yes, or least says it's very possible. The books author, Nick Bostrom, is a professor at Oxford University and Director of their Future of Humanity Institute. 

2014 195

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 239

Any Decision is Better Than Staying Stuck

Virtual Moxie

Beth and I were talking about how paralyzed she feels. She''s been trying to choose between two options for a project she''s working on for her business.

2014 225

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

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

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

Insight, Innovation and Finding Aha's

Small Business Labs

The Harvard Business Review article Where to Find Insight provides a good primer on how to spot trends and create business insight that can drive innovation.

2014 192