February, 2019

Purpose and a Paycheck and the New Retirement

Small Business Labs

Purpose and a Paycheck is a new book from Chris Farrell, a leading expert on retirement and workforce issues facing people over the age of 50. 

What are interpersonal skills?

Practically Perfect PA

‘Must have good interpersonal skills’ is a phrase that you will often see on job descriptions for Assistants, but what does that mean? What are interpersonal skills and why are they so crucial for Assistants? Interpersonal skills, or soft skills or people skills are the same thing.

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Does Humming Attract Birds? A Punctuation Problem

Business Writing

My friend Eric W., a great sign spotter, sent me this photo for your enjoyment. He asks, "What does it hum?" I ask you, "What is the problem with the heading below?" It's an easy problem for a snowy Monday. Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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How Weight Training Will Affect You In The Long Run

Dumb Little Man

I never had major struggles with my weight, but there was definitely a period of time where I was somewhat out of shape, lazy, unhealthy and unhappy. Not knowing a whole lot about fitness, I just decided to hit the gym and hope for the best.

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3 Ways to Handle a Negative Coworker

On The Job

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is always talking or writing about "times like these." Usually, it's not "times like these are so great." It's usually something like, "Times like these are so horrible."

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24 Online Collaboration Tools That Let You Leave The Office Space Behind

Tips From T. Marie

Location-less offices, remote employees, virtual assistants , and online service providers. This is the changing face of today’s small business offices. Business is becoming less and less tied to a location for various reasons. Reducing the cost of running a business is at the top of that list.

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Modern Homesteading and the Trend Towards Greater Independence

Small Business Labs

The trend towards desiring greater levels independence - and the autonomy, control and flexibility that comes with it - takes many forms. 

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More Trending

Teach Your Executive How to Work with You

Office Dynamics

Today, I thought I’d take a little different spin and share with you an excerpt from a chapter in my newest book for assistants, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed. In my early days as a secretary I didn’t know how to teach my executives how to work with me or what I needed.

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10 Tips to Develop Both Sides of Your Brain

Dumb Little Man

Each side of the brain performs certain functions. The right side focuses on the visuals and the “big picture” of something. It’s the side from which creative thought springs. The left brain, on the other hand, is the linear, detail-oriented, and logical part.

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4 Steps to Being Happier

On The Job

When my children were babies, I knew exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Hire a nighttime nanny. That's because my kids couldn't seem to get the hang of sleeping through the night, and I was beyond exhausted.

2019 181

How Can I Earn Extra Income For Less than $100?

The Solopreneur Life

What if I told you there’s a way to earn extra income for less than $100… You might be thinking to yourself that this is flat out impossible. You might be thinking that I’m trying to pull a fast one. You might even be under the impression that I’m delusional.

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Results from the European Freelancers Study

Small Business Labs

The European online talent marketplace Malt and the European Forum for Independent Professionals recently released Freelancing in Europe , a study based on a survey of close to 1,000 European freelancers.    The results are generally consistent with studies of U.S. freelancers.

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Dealing with personal issues at work

Practically Perfect PA

You might be the most professional Assistant in the biz, someone who works hard to keep their personal life as far away from their professional life as possible, but throughout your career (of all our careers) inevitably something will happen to make the two collide.

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A Large Amount of Mistakes

Business Writing

Today I was reading an article online in Forbes. I expect Forbes to produce error-free articles, but an error popped out in this sentence: When you stop to think about it, the sheer amount of websites can also confuse and. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

2019 153

5 Tips to Convince Your Overprotective Parents to Let You Travel Alone

Dumb Little Man

A lot of parents aren’t comfortable with the idea of their children traveling abroad, particularly if they plan on going alone. They think it is unsafe and simply a waste of time and money.

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Losing Sleep Over Your Business? Here are 9 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips From T. Marie

In the early days of my business I lost a lot of sleep. Sometimes it was due to working into the wee hours, other times an inconsistent income kept me awake and other times a multitude of to-do lists insisted on rotating through my brain like a revolving door of tasks I couldn’t slow down.

2019 151

3 Ways to Feel Better About Failure

On The Job

I'm not sure I know many people who get up every morning and say, "Gee, I can't wait to fail today!" Failure. Failing. Any of those words are drilled into us from childhood to avoid. No teacher or parent wants us to fail. We don't want to fail in front of friends or coworkers.

2019 141

"Job Crafting", Independent Work and the American Dream

Small Business Labs

"Job crafting" describes the ways in which employees redesign and customize their jobs to foster greater work satisfaction and engagement. This is done by breaking a job into tasks and then deciding what to do less and more of. 

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The top five alternatives to Microsoft Office

Practically Perfect PA

Although most organisations are still using Microsoft products to run the business, there are other alternatives on the market that are becoming more popular with small to medium-sized companies.

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A New York Times Lesson for Business Writers

Business Writing

As an online subscriber and recipient of Sunday delivery, I enjoy the excellent writing in The New York Times. The paper often uses a powerful technique to meet readers' needs: listing and answering the readers' questions. For decades I've been. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2019 151

Top 7 Ways To Achieve Legendary Level of Leadership

Dumb Little Man

You must’ve had the pleasure of leading a team or a small group of people at some point in your life. Be it a project or a small campaign, you know how difficult it sometimes get to keep all of your team members on the same page and make them working toward your (common) goal.

2019 261

4 Productivity Lessons From A Matching Game

Simple Productivity Blog

There are productivity lessons everywhere, if you just look. Here are four lessons I learned from a video game my daughter got me into, "We Bare Bears Match 3 Repairs.".

2019 141

Research Shows What Can Help You Survive a Toxic Boss

On The Job

If you have a horrible boss, you know that each day seems to get longer and longer, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed and you start to develop physical ailments like headaches and stomachaches.

2019 141

Colliers on Coworking - It's "Established, Expanding and Evolving"

Small Business Labs

Colliers International, a global real estate services and investment management company, recently released their 2019 U.S. Flexible Workspace Outlook Report.

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Technology of the week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad

Practically Perfect PA

This week’s Technology of the Week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad What is the Rowrite Smart Writing Pad? The RoWrite, by Royole, brings the traditional notepad into the digital age to capture ideas, notes, and drawings.

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Acronyms and SMEs--Help!

Business Writing

Tim wrote today with an acronym situation he would like to resolve. What do you think about his desire to spell out acronyms and initialisms, even when writing for SMEs (subject-matter experts)? Here is his message: I read your blog. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2019 141

3 Reasons to Ditch Your Leather Wallet and Go Digital

Dumb Little Man

Despite the cool factor, Americans have been slow to make the switch to digital wallets. As you might expect, younger consumers lead the way: Fifty-four percent of Gen Z consumers use digital wallets.

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The March 30 Day Challenge: Bullet Journaling

Simple Productivity Blog

I try a lot of different methods and techniques as the result of my search to live a more deliberate and productive life. And while I learn a lot from these exercises, I don't necessarily put the results together for myself or for the blog.

2019 130

Doing This Can Make Mondays a Whole Lot Better

On The Job

It's estimated that some 14 million people will call in sick to work today because they can't manage to get out of their pajamas after watching the Super Bowl last night. While such action (or inaction) costs employers about $2.6

2019 141

Most CFO's Use Non-Employee Labor for Major Initiatives

Small Business Labs

New research from Robert Half Management Resources found nearly seven in 10 CFOs (69 percent) use non-employee labor for major one-time business initiatives, such as an acquisition or system implementation.

2019 181

The Future Assistant Conference 2019: What went down?

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t quite believe I am writing about our 5th conference!

2019 141

How do I Deal with an Executive that Always Says Yes? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to Ask an Admin! This is where any administrative assistant or executive assistant can submit any question they have and your peers can weigh in on the conversation with their advice. There is more than one way to approach a situation or problem so we would love to hear your input!

2019 184

Coffee Culture: The Origins of Your Morning Cup of Joe

Dumb Little Man

In 1699, the East India Trading Company set up the first commercial exports of coffee from Java, Indonesia. As Europeans became fascinated with the strong beverage, its demand only grew stronger.

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Name Your Tasks Properly

Simple Productivity Blog

Have you ever been going over your task list and come to a screeching halt? Did you stumble over the task because your brain didn't know what to do with it? Properly naming tasks is one way to keep that from happening. I am not very good at naming tasks.

2019 130

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

On The Job

Everyone has heard the expression "work smarter, not harder." If you're like me, that's often easier said than done. When you're under pressure from your boss, or you're trying to juggle multiple projects, you might forget all about such advice, and find yourself working 12-hour days.

2019 130

Rig Up and the Growth of B2B Niche and Specialty Gig Talent Marketplaces

Small Business Labs

Rig Up , an online talent marketplace that connects oilfield workers who are looking for a job with oil and gas companies, recently announced it had raised $60 million in VC funding. 

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Giving and receiving feedback at work

Practically Perfect PA

At last week’s Future Assistant Conference, we had a brilliant session on how you can manage an awkward conversation.

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