Sat.Nov 30, 2013 - Fri.Dec 06, 2013

Secret Santa presents

Practically Perfect PA

It is that time of year again – Christmas parties, sparkly dresses, an indescribable amount of mulled wine and a stash of minced pies to ward off unwanted hangovers. Yup you’ve guessed it – December, where the best kept secret in the office is who has whom for their secret santa.

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Participate in the 2013 Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

I invite you to participate in the 2013 Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey. The information gathered will advance our knowledge of the current state of solopreneurship, and we all stand to benefit from the data in the results.

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Better Business: Five Solid Reasons You Should Invest in Solar Power

Eco-Office Gals

Solar power isn’t something you think of often. Mostly, it’s something you hear about on TV and blasted all over the Internet. But, this technology has come a long way since the 1970s.

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5 Steps to Going Paperless in 2014

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Steps to Going Paperless in 2014 appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I have slowly been making my way towards the paperless office, both at work and at home. It’s been a steady process, but there is still some ways to go.

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Totes emosh (emotional intelligence) training

Practically Perfect PA

One of the best training courses I have attended in my career was an introduction to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) with specific training on emotional intelligence. The reason I decided to take this course was because my manager at the time was taking a similar course for executive staff.

Why it Pays to Be More Popular at Work

On The Job

Does any of this sound familiar? You have to introduce yourself to the security guard every day to gain entrance to your office, and you’ve worked at the company for three years.

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5 traits of business owners that can make it difficult for them to be good managers

The Small Business Blog

As the owner of a business you must have some entrepreneurial spirit.

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More Trending

NEW! Business Rocks Magazine

Office Organization Success

Exciting news! You can now find one of my articles, “5 Reasons to Automate & Streamline Your Business” , inside the latest issue of the Business Rocks Magazine #BizRocks for #WomenInBiz. Click Here to download the FREE app from Apple iTunes today!

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10 Ways To Make Change Less Scary and More Possible

Dumb Little Man

I really wish things would change - I want to be happier – I’ve had enough! We all long to feel happy and can feel that something is just not working in our lives and that it isn’t right for us anymore.

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Want to hangout with one of our authors?

The Small Business Blog

“Resourceful Me” author Dene Stuart is a regular contributor to this blog, providing excellent business advice and self-improvement tips. You can hangout with him next week in a FREE webinar where he will share his expertise. Don’t miss out!

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Tidy Way to Charge Your Phone

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-01-06 18:56:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. This adorable wall socket cover provides a spot to park your phone while it's charging. The antlers are rubber, so they'll grip the phone, plus there's more antler space for draping the cord.

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Why Your Employer Wants You to Be Healthy

On The Job

Stress can mean different things to different people, but the American worker clearly has plenty. Consider: • Interruptions ruin our day. A survey by AtTask finds that 37% of workers say interruptions lead to "work hell." • We work too much.

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Geniuses Aren't Born - They're Made

Dumb Little Man

Books like The Da Vinci Curse by Leonardo Lospennato do a good job of summing up a problem of our time: that anyone striving to be a universal genius will inevitably fail.

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Client Personality Calculator

The Small Business Blog

Here is some interactive fun for the weekend. If you work as a freelancer or contractor, have you ever wondered how your personality is compatible with (or conflicts with) your clients?

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Low Wage Workers Getting Older

Small Business Labs

The New York Time's The Minimum Wage and the Laws of Economics  has some really interesting age related data on low wage workers, which they define as earning less than $10 per hour. As the chart below (from the article) shows, low wage workers have been getting older and better educated. 

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Haiku Deck & ten top tips on minimising interruptions

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been designing a lot of presentations for the company I work with but also for my own little foray into the world of public speaking. When I say a lot of presentations I mean A LOT! So I’m really pleased I stumbled across Haiku Deck back in May and have been a massive fan of it ever since! If your Executive does many public speaking events or presents to staff then I’d seriously suggest you check out Haiku Deck.

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One Big Reason Why You Should Go On A Facebook Diet

Dumb Little Man

Using Facebook is fun, but it's not the best experience that life has to offer. It isn't close. I'll prove it to you with an illuminating question. Have any of the top ten best times of your life been spent on Facebook? Ok, so maybe top ten is pretty exclusive, but how about top 50?

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Top 5 Tips for Strategic Hiring

The Small Business Blog

Unless you are hiring someone as part of a strategic plan to improve your business in the long-term, actually hiring them at all might be a mistake. Too often, people are brought into a business and their presence just makes things worse rather than improving things.

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Free Checklist: End-of-Year Career To Do List

Eat Your Career

The end of the year is always a hectic time. Unfortunately, with so many personal obligations centered around holiday activities, it’s easy to get distracted and let your professional loose ends remain untied.

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Making The List

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I love making lists. I make lists of everything. But the one list that rules them all is the daily task list. It is what I use to balance what I can do during the day without being overwhelmed. Making The List… It contains all the things that I do in my “life” as opposed to work.

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How to Cope with a Difficult Work Environment

Dumb Little Man

You've read the reports about the economy, the jobless rate and the difficulties involved in finding employment. The statistics indicate that the world economy still hasn't pulled out of the recession and finding a job -- especially if you're older -- is harder than ever.

Bizarre Business

The Small Business Blog

Think that your business idea is too “out there” to be successful? You might want to think again. History has shown us that it is possible to be a success even if people initially dismiss your idea as something that is wacky.

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Amazon's Drones and Forecasting Mistakes

Small Business Labs

Amazon caused quite a stir with their "announcement" on 60 Minutes this week that they are working on creating autonomous delivery drones.   This was clearly a very successful PR ploy and not a real announcement of any product or service.

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Free Worksheet: End-of-Year Career Review

Eat Your Career

As we approach the new year, now is a perfect time for reflecting on the year that was—where you’ve been and where you want to go in the future. This is equally important for your professional life as it is for your personal life, which is why I always recommend doing an end-of-year career review. While I’ve written about this topic in the past, this year, I wanted to make the process even easier for you.

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12 Great Holiday Shopping Apps That Can Save You Time and Money

Dumb Little Man

As though buying gifts for the holidays isn’t difficult enough, the shopping season is shorter than usual this year, with less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means you have to make the most of your shopping time—shop fast and shop smart.

Infographic: Vine videos

The Small Business Blog

Most small business owners now know of and have had some experience with Twitter. It’s probably the most immediate and effective medium that any small business can use to announce their latest special offers or to increase engagement with their customers.

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Book Review: The End of the Suburbs

Small Business Labs

The End of Suburbs was released released last summer (OK, I admit I'm a bit behind on my book reviews), but I was reminded of it today while running errands in my suburban town. 

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Simplify Seasonal Bedding

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. If you live in any area where there is a significant season change, it is probable that you switch out bedding with the seasons. It doesn’t make sense to have a heavy quilt on the bed in mid-summer, nor a thin blanket on during the middle of winter. Unfortunately, that means that you have to do some switching and storing. Here are some ways to simplify seasonal bedding. The Seasonal Shift.

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The One Tool You Need To Survive The Information Age

Dumb Little Man

Creating content is such a herculean task. Not exactly for every entrepreneur, but definitely for some. The thought of sitting at your computer to put word after word down onto a blank page is sometimes nerve-racking. You know you need to do this, but the question is “how?” and probably, “why?”

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Money: Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“These companies have money thrown at them. And that’s good, but it’s also dangerous.

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Want To Go Into 2014 With A Plan?

Office Organization Success

I’m hosting a free training next week. It’s called: Create Your 2014 Strategic Business Plan. Click here to join me. I’m going to be sharing with you my proprietary business plan model; one that I’ve developed, tweaked, and fine-tuned during my 12 years in business. Once you understand how all the different systems fit together, creating a plan for your business becomes so much simpler.

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Open Loops 12/6/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. I really don’t care for kale, and I have been disappointed by how many people have been telling me I absolutely have to choke the stuff down to be healthy. Here is an article that contradicts that. From Pick The Brain’s “5 Ways to be Healthy Without Kale” This is a great way to actually *do* something about stress, rather than just ignore it and hope it will go away.

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Legal Advice: Just Got Sued? Here’s What To Do Next

Dumb Little Man

“You've been served.” Those three words -- indicating you’ve been served with a lawsuit -- will send a chill down the spine of just about anybody. Getting served with a lawsuit can be unnerving and confusing. If you haven’t been sued before, you will probably have a lot of questions.

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Infographic: Pinterest

The Small Business Blog

Pinterest is one of the main social networks that small businesses are often advised to join. But why is it so useful for entrepreneurs? Well, if your business produces or crafts items then a virtual public pinboard like Pinterest is a superb way to highlight the things that you make.

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Everyone Should Plan for Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The Forbes article Why Everyone Needs a Business Plan covers what we feel is a very, very important topic - that most Americans, at some point, will be self-employed.   Key quote on shifting career paths leading to more self-employment and/or contingent work: Thanks to corporations’ desire for agility, more people are going to find themselves getting replaced by new technologies and workers with more flexible relationships to the company, such as outside contractors.

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What Are Your Weaknesses?

Virtual Moxie

A Virtual Assistant and I were talking: She: Hey, I have a moxie-filled answer to an old interview question! Me: What''s that? She: So glad you asked! When I''m asked what my weaknesses are, I say, "I don''t have any!" Me: Hmmmmm. I''m sure they ask you to explain that--what do you say?

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It's Time to Shed the "Should"

Productive & Organized

The other day I was taking a walk with Danny (my ever faithful Havanese) and I really took in the look around us.    We had an unusual cold snap a few weeks ago and all of our trees dropped their leaves at the same time.    On one hand, it made quite a mess! 

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