Sat.Jul 19, 2014 - Fri.Jul 25, 2014

8 Good Reasons Why You Suck At Life

Dumb Little Man

Having a great life, enjoying freedom and flexibility in your days, and truly being fulfilled by what you do is something we all strive for. But the bitter reality is that very few of us actually do.

2014 285

How to negotiate a job title change

Practically Perfect PA

Negotiating a job title change can be a scary prospect. It can be particularly daunting for those in the administrative sector who feel that they are not taken seriously in their chosen field.

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For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

Small Business Labs

We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life.

2014 246

Random Thoughts After a 10-Day Family Vacation

The Solopreneur Life

Late last night my wife, two daughters, and I arrived home in Minnesota after spending 10 days in Estes Park, Colorado. We’ve made the trip every year to EP since 2001, and we drive. Here are random thoughts from the vacation. •

2014 210

5 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone Else’s Day

Dumb Little Man

It is an unfortunate truth that as members of the animal kingdom, we are naturally inclined to think of ourselves before anyone else. We can’t help the fact – it’s ingrained into our brains like last week’s lottery jackpot you were one number off winning.

2014 285

Ten tips for organising a business trip to… Houston

Practically Perfect PA

After many many years of booking business travel to Houston for my Executives I finally got to travel there myself in January 2014. I had certain expectations about Houston based on all of the itineraries I had created.

2014 200

Great Visualization of the Changing Part-Time Workforce

Small Business Labs

We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment. 

2014 192

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4 Baby Steps to Approach Minimalism As a Lifestyle Today

Dumb Little Man

For anyone who is not acquainted with the trend, let me give you a quick overview. In recent years a crowd of authors and bloggers revived this very old philosophy, which is based on the principle of living more conscious with less possessions and distractions.

Chic & Basic, Barcelona

Practically Perfect PA

I love Barcelona, but I do live here so I may be a little bias. It is a cool city full of interesting people, creative architecture and beautiful scenery.

2014 179

New Homes Going to the Dogs

Small Business Labs

The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard  Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.

2014 185

How to create a Professional Image for your Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Setting up your own business is a dream for many and a reality for those brave enough to take the initial steps.

2014 229

6 Popular Summer Resolutions You Should Never Do

Dumb Little Man

Whoops! It’s suddenly summer in earnest. Last we looked, summer was just toeing the water, fishing a long-lost floatie from the shallow end. Then bam! Next thing you know, there’s the fireworked fourth of July, cannonballing smack into the sunscreen slick of the deep end. No matter.

2014 276

Generate Business During the Summer Slowdown

Step It Up VA Coaching

Does your business slow down in the summer months? Do you need income NOW? Here are a few tips to use this time to your advantage, and earn income along the way. Announce an affiliate program.

2014 151

Simplify Your Decision

Simple Productivity Blog

Is deciding what to keep and what to toss difficult for you? Do you have trouble trying to decide what to work on? Do you put decisions off until later because you think it will be easier? Later time never arrives and so this is a good way to let things pile up.

2014 211

Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.    The issue is nonstandard work schedules makes life much more difficult, especially for those with children.

2014 134

10 Products That’ll Save Your A** At Work (And Maybe Even Get You a Raise)

Dumb Little Man

When you work for someone else, that little behind of yours is always on the chopping board.

2014 274

Be Detached From the Outcome

Virtual Moxie

Think about a time when you''re meeting someone new. The other person shares her name, and you say, "My name is.".

2014 191

Help! I can’t get it all done!

Simple Productivity Blog

Help! I can''t get it all done! Let''s set a baseline here: no one dies with an empty in box. That being said, though, it is still very possible to be overwhelmed with everything you have to do. The post Help! I can’t get it all done! appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 205

How to Present Complicated Information That Anyone Can Understand

On The Job

We’ve become a world that communicates in two-minute sound bites and 140 characters, but how can anyone expect you to explain complex information so quickly and concisely? Well, they do – and you can.

2014 186

Organize your bedroom

Clutter Coach

by Wouldn’t it be delightful to walk into a serene, welcoming bedroom after a hard day’s work? It would invite you to relax and nothing else; nothing to put away, nothing to distract you from chilling out. The way it is now: The bed is unmade, clothes are slung over chairs and doorknobs, newspapers and magazine are on the floor, the bureau and nightstand are littered with stuff. People, this is not a room conducive to relaxation!

2014 125

Sincerity – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Managing a business requires a great deal of frankness and openness and you actually lead by being very honest with people.” ” – Michael Owen Edwardes, British company executive Anyone who has ever owned a business will know that you can’t get very far without being honest, whether it is to your employees, suppliers or customers.… … Read the full article here: Sincerity – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2014 163

Open Loops 7/25/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

2014 198

How to Know If You're a Toxic Sponge

On The Job

Are you the one that colleagues or your boss turn to when there is a crisis or they just need to unload their negative baggage? Do you then feel pressure to fix whatever is going wrong – as they walk away feeling better from having unloaded their troubles on you? If so, you may be a toxic sponge.

2014 169

BIG Change: It Takes BIG Faith

Office Dynamics

Have the Faith to Change Your Life. Do you have the faith to change your life? When you approach a situation that you wish you could change but it appears to be impossible, that’s when we need our faith more than ever!

2014 144

Hello world!

Tips From T. Marie

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging

2014 100

Apostrophe with Plural Possessive Nouns

Daily Writing Tips

Most English speakers know that the usual way to make a noun plural is to add -s to the singular: boy/boys , knight/knights , house/houses. They are also aware that the plural of few nouns, like child and ox , is formed with the quaint ending -en : children , oxen.

2014 113

How to Make Your Small Business Marketing More Interesting

Small Business CEO

Marketing a small business is absolutely essential. Whereas larger companies tend to have already made a name for themselves, it’s usually the case that smaller companies have yet to achieve widespread recognition.

2014 107

Speaker Lineup Announced for Administrative Assistant Conference 2014

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics International has announced the keynote presenters for its administrative professionals conference , the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, to be held September 30 – October 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2014 140

Don't Just Ship.Deliver


I''ve been thinking a lot about the term shipping lately. Shipping has become very popular when it comes to product launches, and I think the idea of shipping is a good one in principle. It was through the work of Seth Godin that I first heard how shipping can relate to your work.

2014 97

Forming Plurals with ’s

Daily Writing Tips

This reader’s lament prompted the recent spate of apostrophe posts: Could you please do a post on possessives versus plurals? I’m seeing this mistake more and more, to the point where I saw someone use an apostrophe for a plural on a billboard.

Forms 113

ReachLocal’s guide to Online Reviews

Small Business CEO

The proliferation of the Internet has made it easier for consumers to conduct their own research and inquire with other consumers. In the same token, it has made it easier for anyone and everyone to become publishers in their own right.

2014 97

My Running Playlist – the Tango Version

Brilliantly Better

Two years ago I shared my first running playlist. It had a lot of energy songs, mostly because at that time, when I just started … The post My Running Playlist – the Tango Version appeared first on Dragos Roua. Running running running playlist tango

2014 59

Greatest Hits

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-11-12 17:21:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Sentimental clutter is hard to get rid of. The watch, the birthday card and the piano all bring back memories of people we loved and good times we had. Throwing those things away seems like an affront, a cold detachment from our feelings. However, if you kept (or are keeping) every nostalgia-inducing item, you'll run out of room for anything else. Try this. Get all that stuff together either physically or on a list.

2014 100


Daily Writing Tips

Back-formation is one of several methods by which new words are added to the language. An often-quoted example is the word pea. Before pea was created by back-formation, English had the singular noun pease.

2014 111

Business Insolvency: What to Do Next

Small Business CEO

Insolvency can be a tough time for you and your business. Just the terminology itself can be intimidating and unnerving. But it doesn’t have to be and there are ways of making the process transpire as smoothly and pain-free as possible.

2014 96

Preceding a Gerund with a Possessive

Daily Writing Tips

A gerund is an -ing verb form that is used as a noun. Like any other noun, a gerund can function as the subject or object of a verb, or as the object of a preposition: 1. Gardening is my favorite hobby. noun, subject of “is”). He likes shooting skeet.

2014 103

Surplus and Surplice

Daily Writing Tips

The fashion term “surplice neckline” recently came to my attention. The term applies to a diagonally crossed neckline that creates a deep v-shaped neckline. The surplice style is thought of as a “faux wrap,” a cross-over design that makes the garment look as if it is wrapped around the wearer.

2014 94