February, 2015

7 Reasons successful people have mentors and you should too

Dumb Little Man

Does this sound familiar? You have a big dream. It’s what you were meant to do. It motivates you. It has you getting up early and staying up late. But none of your effort seems to make a dent.

A day in the life: Claudia Ferreres, PA to Albert Adrià

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? As the Personal Assistant to a quite renowned chef, my tasks might vary from the ones of a regular PA, like calendar and email management, to most specific tasks such as taking care of the journalists that come visit the restaurants and to interview Albert.

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Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs.    But cats are more popular with online audiences.

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Build Your Relationship With Your Subscribers With These 7 Simple Ways

Office Organization Success

Technology is making us forget one very important aspect of building your business… And that is building a relationship with your subscribers and clients.

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How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert

The Solopreneur Life

E very online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business?

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Buying a Green Home? Be Sure to Look For These 6 Things

Eco-Office Gals

Often when it comes to buying a home, so much of the focus is on location or size. But if you’re an especially environmentally-conscious person, you may want to know how “green” a home is. Does the home use a lot of electricity?

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How to get rid of stress and anxiety in 10 minutes?

Dumb Little Man

I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of people, who have two daily companions – stress and anxiety. They wake up together, go to studies or work together, make decisions together and even try to relax and have fun together.

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More Trending

PayPal, Square & Others Moving Into Small Business Lending

Small Business Labs

BI Intelligence , the research arm of new site Business Insider, has an excellent report on PayPal and Square's activities in the small business lending space. Their report - The Small Business Lending Opportunity - requires a paid subscription.

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7 Ways to Kickstart Your Marketing for Your Teleclasses

Office Organization Success

You know teleclasses are a great list building strategy…. But you don’t know where to start when it comes to marketing your teleclass. You know that this is a great list building strategy, but getting the momentum going with marketing can feel overwhelming.

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How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster

The Solopreneur Life

I f your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all.

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How to Avoid Canned Responses to Interview Questions

On The Job

Job seekers often worry that if they practice responses to interview questions too much, they will come off as insincere, their answers having that "canned" quality. I think that''s partly true, but you also don''t want to use it as an excuse not to prepare for an interview.

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5 Secrets For Becoming More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Our lives are filled with stress. Spending long hours at work, in traffic, never having enough time to eat properly and then coming home exhausted to drop on the couch and turn on the television. This is the daily routine for a large percentage of the people on this planet.

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Technology of the week: DocuSign

Practically Perfect PA

What is DocuSign? DocuSign lets you sign documents electronically and easily send documents for electronic signature in just minutes. It’s safe, secure, and legally binding. There is a free trial available for new users and prices start from £7 per month for individuals. What does it do?

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Virgin's Coworking Hotel

Small Business Labs

Virgin has opened their first hotel - The Commons Club - in a refurbished bank building in downtown Chicago.

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Follow-Up Is Simple – So Why Isn’t It Easy?

Office Organization Success

Doing a good job at follow-up is a piece of cake. You just capture every lead or potential referral partner you run across, then place a call or send them something, or both. If you don’t make a sale right away, you calendar them for the next follow-up and do the same thing again.

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How to Bounce Back From Devastating Failure: 7 Lessons You Can Learn From Pete Carroll

The Solopreneur Life

P ete Carroll is the head football coach of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps you heard: his team lost the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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How to Make Any Job Interview Pay Off

On The Job

It can be frustrating when you interview for a job and then aren''t offered the position. What a waste of time," you think. But it doesn''t have to be.

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6 Tips for Getting Things Done

Dumb Little Man

People have always commented at my ability to get things done. At school, university, work or on the various courses I’ve taken over the years, I’m generally met with the same question: ‘How do you find the time?’

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The ultimate guide to designing presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive. This could be for a presentation in front of the board, for other members of staff or a pitch to win new clients.

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Scientists Use Robot Penguins to Spy on the Real Thing

Small Business Labs

Popular Mechanics has a great story about robot penguins being used to study Emperor penguin colonies in their natural habitat without disturbing them.

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Not Enough Clients? What’s In Your Way?

Office Organization Success

What’s stopping you from getting all the clients you want? Do you know? The answer to this one question may be the key to making your marketing more successful.

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Do You Feel Lucky? You’d Better Be If You’re Using a Social Media Page as Your Business Website.

Tips From T. Marie

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky?…Well …Well do you punk?”- Dirty Harry. I see it a lot these days. Businesses who are using a Facebook Page rather than their own website.

Are You Offering TMI in a Job Interview?

On The Job

I''ve heard many horror stories over the years about job interviews gone wrong. Many times the mistakes are made by interviewees because they didn''t prepare. It wasn''t a matter of what they didn''t say -- but rather what they did say. It was often a case of TMI.

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12 Powerful Questions to Help You Live Your Life on Your Terms!

Dumb Little Man

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ” – Tony Robbins Do you often ask yourself questions like, “Why does this always happen to me” and “Why am I always doing everything wrong?” or “Why did he do that to me?”

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Does your boss make decisions?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve worked with a number of Executives over the years and seen many many different types of management styles.

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Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

Small Business Labs

Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that works with banks to help them better understand the needs of small businesses. According to one of their recent surveys, small business owners turn to a number of sources for advice and as the chart below shows, accountants are their first choice.

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This Easy List-Building Tweak Has Boosted My Newsletter Opt-In Rate 345 Percent

The Solopreneur Life

S ix weeks ago I made an easy list-building tweak. Since then I’ve experienced a 345-percent increase in the number of newsletter signups I receive per month at my website. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to kick yourself when you learn how small the tweak is.

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4 Things Small Businesses Can Learn from the Super Bowl XLIX Champions

Tips From T. Marie

The confetti is being swept up in Arizona and New Englander’s are waiting for the return of their Super Bowl champions in order to shower them with thanks for bringing the Vince Lombardi trophy back to Foxboro.

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12 Ways to Make a Great First Impression in a Job Interview

On The Job

Hiring managers often make judgments about you within a few seconds of meeting you for the first time. That''s why it''s so important that you not sabotage yourself by making some mistakes with your appearance that could -- either consciously or unconsciously -- turn the hiring manager against you.

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3 Rarely Used Tricks for Feeling Happier In A Heartbeat

Dumb Little Man

Everybody has this moment every now and then. We feel like everything is just fine, going in the right direction, and we should feel happy. But there’s something missing… I experience this on a daily basis.

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4 Tips For Keeping Important Documents Safe

Practically Perfect PA

We all have important documents that we need to keep safe. Whether it is for personal or business use, there are always some papers, invoices and key documents we just can’t afford to lose.

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Tracking the Digital Nomad Trend

Small Business Labs

Digital nomads - folks with a location-independent work and lifestyle that allows them to roam the earth working anywhere that has a good Internet connection - are getting a lot of attention these days.    So I thought I would look into the history of this term and trend.

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The Solopreneur Life Poster No. 1

The Solopreneur Life

B elow is the first in The Solopreneur Life poster series. If you like it, I’ll make more. If you don’t like it, then it was a short series. You are welcome to download the hi-res version (it’s a 600-dpi, CMYK jpg), print it, and do with it what you wish.

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Assistant Certifications, what’s the deal? A Free Webinar

Office Dynamics

Have you been curious about the various assistant certifications? In today’s competitive workplace, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Employers want admins with more than experience.

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What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

One thing people assume about me is that productivity comes naturally. After all, I spend a lot of time reading and writing about it, not to mention adjusting my own methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not naturally productive. But in spite of that, I am still highly productive.

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5 Things I Learned about Success from a Cup of Tea

Dumb Little Man

A couple of years ago, I talked to you about the sacrifices you’ll have to make to start a business. Some of you asked me if running a business was all about sacrifice – no, it isn’t. Today, I’d like to talk to you about success.

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Go Native India Street, London

Practically Perfect PA

Go Native have fast become our favourite serviced apartments in London. Having previously visited the Creechurch Lane and Monument apartments it was time to stay at their new venture: 8 India Street in the heart of the City of London.

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