February, 2015

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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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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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.

2015 256

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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Ready to Take Your Startup to the Next Level? Consider Outsourcing These Services

The Small Business Blog

Outsourcing sometimes gets a bad reputation as it can conjure up images of workers being paid low wages while a company’s profits soar. While that certainly happens in some instances, outsourcing can also be a really savvy way for business owners to take their startup operations to the next level.

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Understanding your boss

Practically Perfect PA

One of the best things about being a PA is the challenge of building relationships with each new boss you support. But it’s never easy – with each new boss comes new work styles, quirks, habits and expectations. This guide looks at how you can get on to your boss’ wavelength quickly and easily.

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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.

2015 243

Why I Make My Own Planners

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the questions people ask me when they find out I love productivity is what my tools are. Most expect me to be completely electronic because I am a software engineer.

2015 225

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?

2015 211

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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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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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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People do business with people.

The Small Business Blog

I think anyone knows that doing business is often all about personal relationships, especially in the B2B sector and when it comes to substantial personal investments. Not surprising then that building a personal relationship with your new business partner is essential to the final outcome.

2015 208

Why You Should Clean Your Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how to spring clean your calendar. The same sort of productivity boost can be had by cleaning your task list. Today we will look at why and how to clean your task list. The post Why You Should Clean Your Task List appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 223

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.

2015 208

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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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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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.

2015 206

How to achieve simplicity in a complex world.

The Small Business Blog

Making it easy for your customers to do business with you is one of the cornerstones of business success. Customers are happy to invest in relationships that promise simplicity in the future, i.e. with their personal data.

2015 207

Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday From the Trenches I talk about using a timer to get through a really large and tough task. The post Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 223

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.

2015 205

10 Ways to Earn More Valentines

Business Writing

Where I live, bright red signs of Valentine''s Day are everywhere--hearts, flowers, candies, cupids, and sugary cookies.

2015 205

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.

2015 205

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.

2015 204

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?

2015 202

Why You Should Spring Clean Your Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

We all have visions of spring cleaning as it involves our living quarters. Get down to the bare walls, clean everything, and have a fresh start. Most people don''t realize, though, that you should do the same thing to your calendar.

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.

2015 200

7 Tips for Communicating Data

Business Writing

After you have worked hard to collect meaningful data, the big challenges are how and how much to communicate. Consider these tips when you work on your next report or presentation that includes data. Focus first on your message, Writing Tips

2015 204

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.

How to Stop Hating Meetings

On The Job

Think you attend a lot of meetings? Let’s do the math and see if that’s true: There are an estimated 25 million meetings in America on a daily basis. If you live to the average U.S. life expectancy of 78.6 years, then you will have spent two years of your life sitting in work meetings.

2015 200

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.

2015 199

Moving Action Away From Collection

Simple Productivity Blog

There are systems out there that insist if you touch an item, you have to do it (one-touch methods). There are systems out there that insist if something is going to take less than X minutes, you need to do it right then (2-minute rule).

2015 219

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.

2015 198

Is Labour saying all small businesses are tax dodgers?

The Small Business Blog

It is so ‘cute’ to see how naive Ed Balls really is – £10 to have your hedge cut? What century is he living in? No wonder we are struggling with the minimum wage. Better yet, he seems to say that most micro and small business owners are tax dodgers.

2015 193

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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