Sat.Apr 07, 2012 - Fri.Apr 13, 2012

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain Power

Dumb Little Man

Google "improve brain power" and you'll find all sorts of tips, techniques, books, and games explaining how you could improve your brain power. Most of them involve physical exercise, balanced nutrition and complex mental exercises.

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Real-World Experience Pays Off

On The Job

Journalism has always been one of those professions that demands experience before you even get your first job at a television station or newspaper. In my case, I began working for the school newspaper and writing articles for my hometown newspaper by the time I was 17.

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Did You Know Paper and Other Things in Your Office Hold Emotion?

Productive & Organized

OK, you may be thinking that I've lost my mind in telling you that paper holds emotion.    Maybe I have!    However, I also know that when I'm working with my clients, letting go is extremely hard for most.    So why is it so hard?    There is emotion to it! As you are looking to simplify and move your business to the next level, be prepared to face a sense of loss as you let go of certain possessions.

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The Biggest Secret of Stellar Copywriting

Men With Pens

Do you ever wonder why so many ads, web pages and emails sound the same? And why is it that some copywriters get their content to sound so much better? Is there a secret copywriting conspiracy going on? Do they know something we don’t know? Yes, they do.

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Incredibly Simple Steps to Living a Truly Great Life

Dumb Little Man

Living a truly great life seems impossible. Days and weeks go by and is just feels like we're stuck in this never ending world of mediocrity. I don't know. Maybe we're all defining 'great life' the wrong way. What does it mean to live a truly great life ? I can tell you one thing. It’s different for every person, and each one of us has to come up with our own definition. It’s not up to society, our friends, or our family. And - it's certainly not up to me or some guy on the internet.

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Sometimes You Choose Your Niche. Sometimes Your Niche Chooses You.

The Solopreneur Life

I ’ve never claimed to be a fast learner. Here’s the latest example: it took me 18 years to identify my niche. For quite some time, I’ve been mystified by my clients. In our initial conversation, they invariably say they have a reason for wanting to build a business that goes beyond a profit motive. Some clients have an education-related purpose. Some have a spiritual purpose. Some have a health purpose.

Keeping It All Together in Outlook 2010 WEBINAR

Office Dynamics

Hello, readers! We wanted to share this excellent opportunity for learning via the webinar below. I always walk away with more than enough tips from these webinars to feel as if my time and financial investments were well spent. You can never know too much about technology! View this online. Your hands-on road map to the new Outlook. Keeping It All Together in Outlook 2010.

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How to Save At Least 2 Hours a Day By Automating Your Business

Productive & Organized

I was talking with a small business owner earlier this week and sharing a bit about what I do.    He instantly told me that he could use our services, but did not have time to put anything new in place.    He shared that he feels overwhelmed performing daily tasks and he does not have time to engage his prospects or maintain a strong connection with his current customers or even assign tasks to his staff. Does that sound familiar?

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The Aging in Place Market

Small Business Labs

We recently attended the Boomer Summit , a conference focused on the business opportunities being created by aging baby boomers.   One of the more interesting market opportunities we heard about was supporting aging boomers and seniors wanting to stay in their homes instead of moving to a retirement community or assisted care facility.   This is clearly a large and growing market.

Happy Easter 2012

Eco-Office Gals

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter! Post from: Eco-Office Gals Happy Easter 2012. Family

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Top 5 Tips for Increasing Small Business Revenue

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. One of your main aims as a business owner should be converting prospective leads into actual sales. A proven sales script that works is vital for increasing your conversion rate. Another…

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A Few Rounds About Bullet Lists

Daily Writing Tips

Before reading this post you might wanna check one we published a while ago titled 7 Rules For Formatting Lists. Here’s a quotation from it: “The items in unnumbered lists are often preceded by dots or other symbols known collectively as bullets, though such markers are technically not necessary, especially in a recipe or a materials list. (In

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The Most Powerful Force In The Universe Is The Agreement

Brilliantly Better

Ever wondered what money is? I know I did and not only once. The shortest answer I get when I ask around is: “pieces of metal or paper which can be exchanged for goods”. People don’t seem to have any difficulty whatsoever when giving me this answer. They even smile, like it’s the simplest thing in the world. Well, while still being true, I don’t think this is even remotely complete. I mean, yes, you can use money for that.

What Is a Purpose-Driven Solopreneur?

The Solopreneur Life

T provide resources for solopreneurs who are building purpose-driven solo businesses. This begs the question: what does “purpose-driven” mean? Below is a list of characteristics I see in purpose-driven solopreneurs (keep in mind that not all of these characteristics are present in every solopreneur). Purpose-driven solopreneurs: • Want to achieve socially significant goals. Want to better the world/change the world. • Are hardwired to want to help people. •

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Business Planning – Why Bother?

The Small Business Blog

Business planning is, contrary to popular belief, not to get money from the bank or investor. Business planning is about what; 2. business planning is about when; 3. business planning is about why; 4. business planning is about where; 5. business planning is about how. Business planning is for you, it will serve as…

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8 Ways To Get To Super-Productive Flow Faster

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Flow is that state where everything just flows out of you. Ideas, words, code, anything just streams out easily and effortlessly. It is productivity at its pinnacle.

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5 Golden Nuggets from Be The Change Event

Office Organization Success

Suzanne Evans shared so much valuable and wonderful information during her 3-day event … attendees walked away with a huge binder-full of information. So I thought I’d share with you my top five take-aways from the event. The way you do anything is the way you do everything. Recognize how you show up in your life and your business, and how it plays out for you. Do you show up late for appointments? Do you pay your bills on time? Do you deliver on what you said you were going to?

Do You Respect Your Own Time?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When it comes right down to it, our most valuable business resource is our time. If you’re like me, you have created systems and outsourced certain tasks so you can make the most of the time you have doing the most important things (like building and marketing your business). This has allowed you to ultimately work less for more, and spend more time with your loved ones, and doing things you love.

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Four Common Invoice Factoring Myths

The Small Business Blog

Invoice Factoring is increasingly recognised as an important part of business finance, particularly for SMEs. It operates as a viable alternative to a traditional bank loan and helps to promote a healthy cash flow. However, there are a number of misconceptions that cause many business owners to hesitate before taking advantage of it. In this…

5 Words Caught in Semantic Drift

Daily Writing Tips

Is it possible to simultaneously admire the vibrancy and flexibility of the English language and grumble about shifts in meaning that deprive the language of some of its richness? I know it is, because I often do so. Because of the organic nature of language, English is a victim of semantic drift — not as cataclysmic as continental drift, but detectable on the rigor scale — and I regret the loss of the far-flung flotsam.

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News on the Growing Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc. Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include: 1.  Aberdeen Research reports that  26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent.  This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study.

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Sending flowers and customer service

Service Untitled

Mother’s Day is coming, and with that comes the busiest day of the year for florists.

When a Demotion Makes Sense

On The Job

If you’ve ever been unemployed, you know the joy that comes from finally getting that job offer. But that elation may be tempered by the fact that the job pays less than your previous one, or is certainly lower on the career status level than you desire.

The Suffix “-esque” and the Like

Daily Writing Tips

The suffix -esque , one of a class of what are called adjectival suffixes, is adopted from the French version of the Italian suffix -esco , related to the standard English adjectival suffix -is h, and all of them mean like, or “related to” or “characteristic of”; -esque is more specialized, while -ish has additional senses.

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Industry Structures - Big Get Bigger, Small Get Smaller

Small Business Labs

We've done a lot of work looking at Barbell Industrial Structures.

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Trello - Simple Collaboration with Cards and free


I have been invited to participate in a software beta test which is using an online tool called Trello to coordinate test feedback. Trello is very simple and powerful and sits halfway between a forum and a wiki.

Offshore, Team, Solo: A Client's Challenge to get the Help he Needs

Virtual Moxie

A new one here at VMoxie… a Pick Anastacia’s Brain question from a client! Henry wrote: I’m so confused. I don’t really know whether to work with one of those VA companies in India, a VA in the US who has her own business and works alone, or a woman I met at a conference who has a team working under her. I’m a consultant, and I need general admin help, help with my social media, some design help (I need a new logo), and help with my web copy and SEO-and that’s just to start.

Prone vs. Supine

Daily Writing Tips

It’s easy to confuse the meaning of prone and supine — and it’s important to distinguish between them, because they’re antonyms. (I I also discuss here some of the synonyms of each word.). Prone , from the Latin term pronus , means “inclined to,” and it is commonly used in this figurative sense as well as to mean “lying face down.” Pronate , used both as a verb and as an adjective, means “to bend forward” or “bent forward,” respectively.

Big Data for the Little Guy

Small Business Labs

CIO Magazine has a good article on Intuit's "Big Data for the Little Guy" initiative.  This ongoing effort will create a series of products and services that allow small businesses and consumers to make their own queries on Intuit's extensive business and consumer data.

Ken Thompson's bioteams microblog


You might not have noticed but a few weeks back I launched my bioteams microblog for short articles you can read in under a minute. It also suits me when I am travelling and want to post via mobile phone.

Re-Elect or Reelect? Pre-Existing or Preexisting?

Business Writing

Have you ever wondered whether to put a hyphen after a prefix that ends with a vowel, when the same vowel follows the prefix? For example, do you wonder which choices are correct in the title of this blog post? Frequently Asked Questions Punctuation Pointers

The Ups and Downs of “Left” and “Right”

Daily Writing Tips

Left has gotten a bad rap throughout history. Because of overwhelming majority of people are right-handed (most estimates are in the range of 85 to 90 percent), left-handedness has come to be associated with weakness — the word left itself is descended from an Old English word meaning “weak.”.

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Pinterest is of B(iz)interest

The Small Business Blog

The not so new kid on the social media block, Pinterest, is causing some waves. Question is – is it anything, business owners should get involved in? The short answer is YES. Pinterest is especially useful if you produce iconic goods, art or great visual material that looks good on a billboard. Essentially, you are…

If This, Then That – It’s Like Having Your Own Virtual Assistant

Productivity Bits

A sure way to lighten your workload and instantly boost your productivity is by way of delegation. Or there is another option to that. If you cannot delegate, automate. This is how it usually works. You delegate or automate the least important stuff on your To-Do list to pave way for more space, and thereby time, that you will put back to your main work pool.