October, 2011

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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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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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The Benefits of Chair Massage Therapy in the Workplace

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I f a company is full of unhappy employees, there is a distinct possibility that the business is not thriving as it should. But how is an employer supposed to placate employees without blowing the bank? In response to this prevalent problem, businesses are more frequently turning to some form of massage therapy provided during regular work hours.

2011 215

How to Turn a Part-Time Job Into a Full-Time Gig

On The Job

I think lot of the career "snobbiness" from the last decade is about gone. It used to be that taking a job at McDonald's was something to be joked about.

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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.

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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.

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The Easy Way To Beat Clutter

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Clutter. It’s everywhere. But it’s easy to beat clutter, with one simple rule: Don’t let it become clutter.

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Influencers vs Advocates

Customers Rock!

What is the difference between an influencer and an advocate for a brand? A lot of people recommend that a brand practice “influencer outreach”; others suggest a brand advocacy program is paramount for an organization.

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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

4 tips for retaining your customers online

The Small Business Blog

Small business owners who deal with customers face to face generally know what makes their patrons tick and can therefore plan to retain them effectively through their strategized business model. Despite nearly every small business having a website, from my viewpoint there is a clear lack of retention strategies being applied to the customers who…

2011 204

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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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.

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How Simplifying Choices Can Save Time In the Morning

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever stood in your closet in the morning, losing minutes because you don’t know what to wear? Or because you can’t decide what cologne or eyeshadow to put on?

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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.

2011 286

Why Your Behavior Matters Now More Than Ever

On The Job

When I was in junior high, there were these things called "slam books." These were notebooks that were passed around anonymously with a different person's name on each page. On each page, you could write -- good or bad -- what you thought of that person and remain anonymous.

2011 195

How to Be Productive First Thing In the Morning

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. A re you one of those people who can’t seem to get things right until you have had your cup of coffee? Maybe you’re one of those people who can’t focus until sometime after lunch. Well, if you are reading this article you no doubt have a desire to get more things accomplished while most people are still walking around in their bunny slippers and pajamas.

2011 195

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

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.

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Email Productivity: My GMail Secrets

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. With all the talk I’ve been doing recently, I thought I would write two final articles on how I actually process email. This week I’ll talk about GMail, which is how I process all non-employer email.

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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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Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Troublesome Customers

The Small Business Blog

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. The most important rule to abide by when dealing with awkward customers (and also potentially the hardest one to stick to) is to remain patient. Becoming impatient with customers is very unprofessional (even…

2011 192

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.

2011 191

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

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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Book Review: You Can Create An Exceptional Life

Simple Productivity Blog

What a concept: creating your life instead of just taking what comes.

2011 211

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

Time to Release Some Endorphins

On The Job

Last week I was very busy and pretty stressed. The cats were upset because I wouldn't rub their tummies when they made the request loud and clear through constant meowing (I threw my shoe in their general direction and they got miffed and left me alone).

2011 188

Writing Advice for Job Seekers

Business Writing

The other day I was teaching a business writing class in Portland, Oregon, when a manager said this: "I got an email from someone who had just completed his certification and was looking for a job. In his email, he. Email Proofreading Writing Tips

2011 185

The Bathroom Experience

Customers Rock!

Once again I am participating in the Bathroom Blogfest. As I have mentioned before, if you have a physical presence, whether you are B2C or B2B, your bathroom is an important part of the customer experience. What does it say about your brand?

2011 185

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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Simplify Responding to Email

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We have been looking at how to simplify email in two past articles. ( The Three-Step Process for Simple Email Processing , Dealing with Email and Filing ).

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