Sat.Jul 21, 2012 - Fri.Jul 27, 2012

How Minimum Targets Can Mean Maximum Progress

Dumb Little Man

Do you tend to set yourself ambitious, challenging targets – like “work out for an hour every day” or “write 1,000 words a day”?

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Blog Post Ideas: 3 Simple Strategies for Creating 3 New Blog Posts Every Week

Office Organization Success

Having a blog is an excellent marketing tool for a solo service business owner. But for many business owners the real issue is creating enough content on a regular basis to make it an effective strategy … they could really do with some blog post ideas.

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Career Lessons I Learned from Katy Perry

Eat Your Career

Confession: I saw the Katy Perry movie. Bigger confession: I LOVED IT. I know this puts me somewhere in the realm of teenybopper, but I don’t care. In truth, Katy has a pretty powerful story and a very inspirational message. And yes, the costumes were fantastic, okay?!

2012 205

Should you lie for your boss?

Practically Perfect PA

As you’ll know I’ve just started a new job and am in the process of learning how my manager likes to work. Mostly I’m figuring out how he wants me to manage his diary and emails but also how he prioritises his time, which calls he will take and if he really does have an open door policy.

2012 196

Week 4 #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve reached my Cinch Journey Week #4 aka 1 month of my #Cinchspiration journey. It’s been a challenging week. Not for this program – Friday the 13th just seemed to get extended a week. Tackling one obstacle after another made it hard not to cheat.

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Household Income in America

Small Business Labs

People tend to way overestimate how much money people make.  When we tell people the median U.S. household income is about $50,000, we're often told that can't be true and it must be much higher.   NPR has a nice summary of the household income for America's 114.6

2012 186

How to Train Your Virtual Assistant?

Tips From T. Marie

Over the weekend I stumbled across a video on YouTube entitled “How to Train Your Virtual Assistant” posted by a virtual assistant service company. Just the title alone set all kinds of alarm bells off in my head. I’ve mentioned before that although you may need to give direction and communicate clearly , there should be no need to literally train a virtual assistant.

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Las Vegas Project Gains LEED Credential, Thanks to V.P. Cindy Ortega

Eco-Office Gals

As more people become aware of environmental issues, businesses are responding with green marketing campaigns. Many are also establishing more sustainable practices in their business operations.

2012 158

Confirmation Bias and Decision Making

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know survivor bias is our favorite bias here at Small Business Labs.  But if we had a 2nd favorite bias, it would be confirmation bias.  This is the tendency for people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. There's been a flurry of recent articles on confirmation bias: 1.   Doctors, Scientists say fracking critics misrepresent some facts to make their points is from the Washington Post.

2012 176

How DreamWorks Teaches All Employees to Flex Their Creativity Muscle

On The Job

I know an accountant who does not consider himself artistic or creative. He knows he's organized and good with numbers, and can meet tax deadlines with ease. When he introduces himself to others and mentions he's an accountant, I doubt others say, "Wow, wish I could do such a creative job."

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Turning Your Office into a Sanctum of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines.

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Last 3 Days To Get The Business Building Success Kit

Office Organization Success

Through this simple, 6-week virtual training program you will discover how to: Create a super-duper filing system so you never lose critical information again. Set up your financial management system so that you can easily track your revenues and expenses.

2012 151

The Boys Initiative - Trying to Stop the End of Boys

Small Business Labs

One of the great things about blogging is you hear from lots of interesting people.  For example, the folks over at The Boys Initiative commented on our post The End of Boys. The Boys Initiative is a non-profit focused on promoting boys health and achievement.  They have a fascinating blog - Attention Must Be Paid - that covers the wide variety of issues boys are facing.   The editor of the blog, Mark Sherman, has a great article in Psychology Today called The End of Boys.

2012 143

Job Interview Tips for Mature People

Job Advice Blog

To start with, here are some statistics: Only 28% of workers 55 and older find jobs within one year versus 71% of those aged 25 to 35, reports Career Builder. 63% of workers 55 and older applied for positions at lower levels than their previous jobs. 48% of workers 55 and older found positions at [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Transition Coaching Individual Career Counseling Mature job seekers

A Really Easy Corn On The Cob

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Summer is a great time for corn on the cob. But corn on the cob means shucking, and getting rid of all those little silks that cling everywhere. My family loves corn on the cob. I do not love shucking.

2012 205

8 Steps to Effective Records Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Records are essential components of every business and organization. Business transactions and processes result to reports, documents , files, and contracts. Invoices, receipts, presentations, memos and letters are all too common in a business setting. Without a doubt, records are a big part of the corporate life and managing these records one of the building blocks for a transparent and credible organization.

2012 134

Is Big Data Getting Too Creepy?

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting issues around Big Data is whether or not consumers (and business people) will find its use creepy.   Over the last year we've been researching Big Data and what it means for small businesses and consumers. One of the issues we've been exploring is how consumers and small business owners look at data privacy.

2012 135

Let Me Help You Create Your 90-Day Plan

Office Organization Success

Another week has whizzed by again … although much quieter this week, I did manage to get two movies in. We took the boys last weekend to see Spiderman, and I had a girls’ night out on Tuesday and we went to see Magic Mike! I’ve been sharing with you over the past couple of weeks about how I’m changing my business model so that it involves more direct one-on-one work with you, and that, as part of that change I’ll be releasing a brand-new program.

2012 132

The Secret Productivity Tool

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. There are plenty of great articles circling the web on how to be productive. Set goals.

2012 204

Most Politicians, Bankers and big companies have no idea what it is like to be a small business owner

The Small Business Blog

Recently, I was going through my Evernote archives of articles that I had ‘clipped’ over the last month and that I thought would be good feedstock for blog posts. As I was going through all of the articles, I came across Most small business owners have skipped paychecks from Yahoo! Small Business Advisor. When I…

2012 182

Clean up Uncertain Phrases in Your Communication

Ian's Messy Desk

What do these phrases mean to you? A good chance. Almost certain. Better than even. Definite. Highly probable. Highly unlikely. Impossible. Improbable. Likely. Possible. Probable. Quite likely. Seldom. Unlikely. Do they mean the same thing to the people listen you use them or read what your write? What you say is only as effective as what is heard and understood by the listener. Too often, our messages are obscured by the the words we use.

2012 122

Quick Biz Tip: Creating A Filing System

Office Organization Success

Creating and maintaining a filing system is the very foundation that your business is built on, so this is the very first system you need to put in place – an efficient and effective filing system. With a proper filing system in place you will very quickly and easily be able to find the information you need, when you need it. Quick Biz Tip

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Can’t Keep Up? 10 Ways to Simplify Your To-Do List

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Many individuals struggle to finish their daily tasks. With people getting pulled in several directions at once, it’s difficult to stay on top of everything that needs to be done. That’s why to-do lists are popular in today’s busy world.

2012 188

Do You Trust Your Knowing?

Virtual Moxie

Like many of you, I’m sure, the tragedy in Aurora, CO last week still weighs heavy on my heart. I’ve focused my maitri and tonglen practices there since I heard the news, and it’s still very heavy for me. I feel so deeply for the senseless loss of life—including the senseless loss of the person that James Holmes must have been at some point in his life, before he became a person who felt compelled to hurt others.

2012 168

Helen Sword's "Zombie Nouns"

Business Writing

If you work as an academic or a professional in a technical environment, I recommend "Zombie Nouns," Helen Sword's piece in yesterday's New York Times online. Sword, who teaches at the University of Auckland, attacks nominalizations such as proliferation, formation, Best Picks Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2012 116

Why you should quit your business and get a real job

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

This is the age of believe-in-yourself entrepreneurial ambition. Quit is a dirty word. Day job is blasphemy. We’ve been conditioned by our gurus and heroes to push through The Dip , overcome Uncertainty and conquer Fear. That means never giving up.

2012 114

Easy In. Easy Out.

The Small Business Blog

Chic Lit Keep Up, Won’t You? Look I’m sorry, dear readers, that I haven’t been in touch for a while. I’ve been smack up against a publisher’s deadline. I’ve been finishing off my latest erotic thriller, ’50 Sheds du Lait’ It’s about a fit French dairy farmer investigating the disappearance of big supermarket bosses. Anyway,…

2012 162

Open Loops 7/24/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’m big into tote bags for various activities, but Simple Mom takes it one step further: get your summer activity gear together so you can just go!

2012 158

Having a Vision For Your Business Is Critical—What’s Yours?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Have you ever had a really great dream where everything was perfect and things happened just as you wanted them to? And you wake up feeling calm, peaceful and happy? I love dreams like that! Visions can be a lot like dreams, except that visions are mental images that you actually create yourself of how you imagine something to be. It could be your perfect vacation, your dream home, or your ideal soul mate.

2012 109

Why you should quit your business and get a real job

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

This is the age of believe-in-yourself entrepreneurial ambition. Quit is a dirty word. Day job is blasphemy. We’ve been conditioned by our gurus and heroes to push through The Dip , overcome Uncertainty and conquer Fear. That means never giving up.

2012 114

Top 5 Tips for Business Technology on a Budget

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Don’t base your marketing strategy off something you have read in a marketing textbook. The world of marketing is changing at a rapid pace due to new technology and the old ideas…

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Moxie Tip 210: Focus and Grow

Virtual Moxie

What I know is that what you focus on increases. This is not fluff. This is not crap. It's law. If you focus on biz, you'll increase your biz. If you focus on hate, you'll increase hate. And if you focus on love, you'll increase love.and I believe help heal the world. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards small business foundation virtual assistant

2012 138

What's the best way to deal with username and password avalanche?

Office Dynamics

What’s the best way to deal with the username and password avalanche? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on JULY 5, 2012 8:14AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM.

2012 132

How to Seduce Strangers and Make Sales

Men With Pens

Pop quiz: You’re writing copy to introduce a fabulous new product or service. What’s the most effective way to proceed? You gather all the reasons why your offer is the best ever and carefully explain each one so your audience really, really understands just how great this is.

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5 Cloud Computing Security Concerns and How to Mitigate Them

The Small Business Blog

More and more small businesses are moving to cloud computing, signing up with private service providers that offer highly functional, subscription-based solutions that are far cheaper than the traditional in-house hosting method. Whether your company is using online email, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) CRM platform, or creating offsite backups of company data, you are trusting a…

2012 150

Moxie Tip 211: The Power in Your Words

Virtual Moxie

My words are very powerful. For me. Your words are equally powerful. For you. And your words will resonate more with the clients you attract if they are, indeed your words. If they’re not your words, then the person attracting the clients is, well, someone else, and what’s the point of that when YOU are what you’re “selling?” Be you. Do you. Share you. Leave everyone else alone unless you ask first. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards small business foundation virtual assistan

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Our First eBook Is 99 Cents

Office Dynamics

Exciting news! We just published our first eBook in Office Dynamics history. This eBook is available on Amazon.com right now and it's only 99 cents!

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