October, 2011

One Question That Will Change Your Life Forever

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that, barring some radical scientific advancement, you and everyone you know will be gone in 100 years? All of that hard work and perseverance disappears, just like that. All of those years of striving and "just holding on", jettisoned into oblivion in an instant.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails.

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Coworking at a Growth Inflection Point

Small Business Labs

Coworking facilities - shared, collaborative workspaces - are rapidly gaining traction as a work location option.    This is illustrated by several clear signals. Web traffic and activity related to coworking continues to surge. 

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A Solopreneur’s Story: Ed Sabol of NFL Films

The Solopreneur Life

A s a sports-crazy boy growing up in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, my daydreams looked like an NFL Films movie — my heroic deeds on the gridiron were in slow motion, with a soaring orchestral score, and the Voice of God narrating. Ed Sabol.

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Green Pick of the Week: Caroma Showerhead

Eco-Office Gals

I was given the opportunity to try out the Caroma Flow Showerhead over the last few months and I have really enjoyed this addition to the master bath. It has a unique look and great pressure for being low flow. From the site: New Caroma Flow shower offers the ultimate shower experience.

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Simple Changes Have Compound Effects

Ian's Messy Desk

I came across two articles today that talk about the larger, long-term effect realized by making small and simple changes daily. Image via Wikipedia. Lifehacker points to an article at Science Daily that talks about the long-term health benefits of simple lifestyle changes.

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Six Ways to Become More Self-Motivated

Dumb Little Man

Do you find it tough to work towards your goals – even when you know they’re worthwhile? Perhaps you’ve tried to push yourself forwards with willpower. but it hasn’t worked. Instead of willpower, you need more self-motivation.

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More Trending

The Rise of Multi-Generational Households & New Localism

Small Business Labs

Pew's Fighting Poverty in a Bad Economy, Americans Move in With Relatives reports that over 50 million Americans live in multi-generational households.    As the report's title indicates, the Great Recession had a major impact. 

2011 188

7 Ways To Conquer Your Fear and Doubt

The Solopreneur Life

D ay after day, it reappears. Night after night my heartbeat, shows the fear. Ghosts appear and fade away. – From “Overkill,” by Colin Hay, originally performed by Men at Work. As a solopreneur, fear and doubt are our worst enemies.

2011 216

10 Simple Steps To Make Your Business More Green

Eco-Office Gals

It should not take a large outlay of money in order to take your business from consuming more energy to one that is eco-friendly. As a matter of fact, once you have worked out all the details, you can actually raise your businesses profit margins.

2011 224

Customer Service Through Social Media: The game has changed

Customers Rock!

Today’s post is written by a guest blogger, Harry Rollason. Harry is with Useful Social Media , and I will be presenting at their New York Conference on Social Media and Customer Service next week.

How to Write Like a Professional

Dumb Little Man

As part of your job (or your personal life), you’ll sometimes have to write more than a simple email. Chances are, you put off doing the writing for as long as possible. Writing can be incredibly hard, especially if it’s something you feel that you’re not very good at.

2011 285

5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.

2011 225

Bain's Trillion Dollar Growth Trends

Small Business Labs

The Great Eight: Billion Dollar Growth Trends to 2020 is a fascinating look at macro trends from the elite consulting firm Bain and Company. Bain's primary business is strategy consulting at the highest levels of world's largest corporations. 

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Is Your Business Like The Krusty Krab, Or the Chum Bucket?

The Solopreneur Life

I n “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the immensely popular cartoon for adults kids, an ongoing storyline involves Eugene H. Krabs (Mr. Krabs) and Sheldon J. Plankton, Jr. The Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs owns The Krusty Krab, a dining establishment in Bikini Bottom.

2011 209

How to be Green When Dining Out

Eco-Office Gals

If you are an eco-savvy individual who is aware of the importance of the “go green” efforts to sustain the environment, you might question whether or not you can maintain a green lifestyle while dining out on the town.

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Spoiler Alert

Eat Your Career

Recently, a study revealed that knowing the ending of a book makes it more enjoyable to read. Sounds a little surprising, right?

2011 168

How to Kill Your Painful Habit of Wishful Thinking

Dumb Little Man

Do you constantly hope that your situation will improve, but find yourself unable to start or finish projects that are going to contribute to your growth. If you do, you may be falling victim to the trap of “if only”.

2011 286

Organize Your Blog in 3 Simple Steps So That You WOW!, Not Overwhelm, Your Visitors

Office Organization Success

These days the website of choice for many business owners is a simple WordPress blog site, for a variety of reasons: They’re so easy to maintain and update. You can really show off your expertise by posting on a regular basis. Blog posts don’t need to be very long – approx. 200-350 words.

2011 224

3D Toy Printing for Kids

Small Business Labs

Origo is creating a 3D printer for kids.    The idea is kids can design their own toys using a very simple, PC-based drawing application and then make them out of plastic using the printer. 

2011 187

Featured Soloist Rob Place: “Write a Business Plan!”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Rob Place. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

2011 193

Saving Money As Well As The Environment

Eco-Office Gals

Saving the environment is enough of a pleasure to keep us switching lights off and putting less water in the kettle, but there is another great reason that many people seem to either miss or ignore: money.

One Minute Monday – Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

Ian's Messy Desk

More than a third of all adults hit the “snooze” button an average of three times before getting up each morning. That adds up to 27 minutes each day. Imagine what you could do with an extra 14 hours per month. 1-Minute Strategy

2011 162

Steve Jobs' 10 Secrets to Building a Huge Empire

Dumb Little Man

Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He is known to be the Chairman, co-founder as well as the CEO of the Apple Inc. He was also the former CEO of well known Pixar Animation Studios. He was also represented among the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company. Not bad!

2011 286

5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.

2011 204

The Trend Towards U.S. Manufacturing Continues to Accelerate

Small Business Labs

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is forecasting a major uptick in U.S. manufacturing.    Key quote from their most recent study: "Over the next five years, a U.S. manufacturing renaissance in home appliances, car parts, and other sectors could accelerate—boosting output by $100 billion and adding 2 million to 3 million jobs." " There are currently about 11.7 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. down from over 16 million in the late 1990s. 

2011 185

17 Signs You Are Falling In Love With Your Business Idea

The Solopreneur Life

W hat are the signs you are you falling in love with your idea for a small business? I actually think it’s an important question to ask and to answer, because every solo-business owner I’ve known says you have to love what you’re doing in order to make it as a solopreneur. And in my opinion, if you don’t love your business idea in the early days, you’ll never love it.

2011 192

EarthTalk: Impact of Spending Time Online

Eco-Office Gals

Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of so many people now using sites like Facebook and spending so much time online? – Bob Yearling, Paris, TX.

2011 181

5 Things Your Colleagues Really Don't Want to Know

On The Job

People at work often socialize. Socializing at work is good for our health, studies reveal, and may even help us live longer. It's fun to talk Fantasy Football or the latest music or even why anyone cares what the Kardashians do.

2011 228

7 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals in Bite Sized Pieces

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to accomplishing our goals we’re encouraged to reach for the stars and set big hairy audacious goals.

2011 285

Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails.

Email 203

The Tablet Revolution - Tablets Taking Over

Small Business Labs

In case you've been living in a cave the last year or so, the use tablet computers (and especially Apple iPads) is surging. According to a recent report by Pew Research , about 11% of adult Americans own a tablet computer. 

2011 182

Dyin’ Ain’t Much of a Livin’: Hidden Messages To Solopreneurs That Are Buried In Clint Eastwood Movies

The Solopreneur Life

T he solopreneurial streak is wide, deep, and stubborn in many of Clint Eastwood’s movie characters. Josey Wales, The Man With No Name, Joe Kidd, Monco, William Munny are characters who possess strong solopreneurial traits.

2011 167

The Myth of Life Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

It’s amazing to me that people are still trying to balance their lives. It’s as if they see life as slices of a time pie that can be equally shared amongst a hungry crowd. The truth is that life balance, thought of in this way, is unobtainable.

2011 227

Yes, I’m a Virtual Assistant. No, I’m not Siri. I’m better.

Tips From T. Marie

As if there wasn’t enough confusion out there regarding virtual assistants, along comes the iPhone 4S. The S, I’m guessing, stands for Apple’s version of a virtual assistant and ‘her’ name is Siri. Articles and blog posts have been singing her praises, absolutely amazed at the way she answers their questions and requests. I suppose some virtual assistants might be irritated.

2011 157

How to Deal With a Job You Hate

Dumb Little Man

Do you dread Monday mornings? It’d be great if we all had creative, fulfilling jobs with fantastic bosses and brilliant colleagues. The truth is, though, that an awful lot of people – some figures suggesting as many as 80% - are dissatisfied with their jobs. Maybe you’re one of them.

2011 285

Outlook Tip: Create Rules and Folders for Simple Email Management

Office Organization Success

Do you get a ton of emails each day? Does it take you nearly all day just to sift through them to find out which ones you need to deal with now, which ones can be dealt with later, or which ones are just junk?

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