Sat.Sep 08, 2012 - Fri.Sep 14, 2012

7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all heard about the habits of productive people. But productivity is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Here are 7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People. Do any sound familiar? Procrastination.

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Featured Soloist Monique Y. Wells: “I Love the Freedom to Explore”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Monique Y. Wells.

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How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

How to Negotiate a Salary

On The Job

If you’ve just been offered a new job, you probably feel very fortunate to be one of those people who will no longer have to spend endless hours surfing job sites or supplying perky Twitter updates to garner some attention from a recruiter.

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10 Re-Uses For Plastic Grocery Bags

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Even though I bring my own bags shopping, I still seem to end up with many plastic grocery bags in my house. Rather than throw them out, I came up with 10 ways to re-use the ones that come into my house. School waterproofing.

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Put a Star on Today

Eat Your Career

When I was in fourth grade, my best friend and I were really “into” day planners. We meticulously noted our homework, our special activities (like trips to the mall) and anything else we found relevant in our young lives. Every once in a while, we would play a game.

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Which room layout is right for my event?

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am off to The Office Show 2012 at London Olympia. It is a great event and gives us a chance to meet with other assistants and like-minded people.

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How to Manage the Best in Tech Talent

On The Job

Yesterday I was affected for several hours by the Go Daddy crash. As I felt my blood pressure spike, I calmed myself by knowing that I had just talked to some pretty smart folks who reassure me that the bad guys who caused it will be found -- and stopped in the future.

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Remembering and Reflecting 9/11

Eco-Office Gals

I don’t think anyone who witnessed the tragic events on 9/11 will ever forget – I can narrate that entire day as if it happened this morning! Every call, news reporters watching in shock, arguing with the VP that the towers were leaning, insisting they were going to come down.

2012 193

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

9 Ways To Simplify Your Bathroom

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. My bathroom and kitchen are my two most complicated rooms in the house. They are also the ones that need to be cleaned most often.

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Health Care and Education Inflation

Small Business Labs

New Geography's The End of the Road for Eds and Meds argues that the health care and education industries are "at the end of their growth cycle."

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Be Wary of the Dream Sellers

The Small Business Blog

Unlocking the handcuffs No, I’m not talking about the bondage scenes in ’50 Sheds du Lait’ my latest, erotic fantasy novel. My next book is about a billionaire dairy farmer hooked on gorgonzola and addicted to early morning visits to the ‘Beyond the Pail Room’ with a trainee yoghurt maker. I’m talking about the multi-billion…

2012 179

Strategies for Automating Some (Hopefully not All) of Your Social Media Content

Productive & Organized

I have been talking with people about social media a lot lately.    There is a lot of confusion and frustration about what to do and what not to do when it comes to social media. Recently, I participated in Michele Price's #SpeakChat on Twitter. 

Reviewing Insurance

Simple Productivity Blog

Our insurance agent retired, and a new man took his place. Soon afterward, we received a call that the new agent wanted to review our policies with us. We put it off for a while, thinking it was all about selling us more insurance.

2012 176

The Make-up of the Artisan Economy

Small Business Labs

In 2008 Intuit released The New Artisan Economy , which covered a combination of economic trends and changes that were resulting in the re-emergence of artisans as an economic force.  We partnered with Intuit and the Institute for the Future on this report.   A recent article in Canada's National Post on the artisan economy reviewed and updated these trends.

2012 175

Top 5 Tips for Devices in your Small Business Workplace

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. Nearly every person in your small business is likely to have either their own smartphone, tablet computer or laptop. There is no reason why you can’t take advantage of this to make…

2012 168

How Well Do You Manage Your Social Media Content Assets?

Productive & Organized

I was on the phone the other day with one of my private clients and we were talking about her social media strategy.    She tells me: " I just don't know what to say!    I barely have enough time to create my webinars and blog posts. 

Open Loops 9/11/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Two very important tips in here, among others: “Don’t use email as a task manager” and set up a mental budget.

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It's All About Flexibility

Small Business Labs

About 5 years ago we quit using the term "work/life balance" in our work and starting using "work/life flexibility" instead.  We did this because almost everyone we interviewed described balance as having a flexible work schedule. Today it seems it's all about flexibility.

2012 155

Why licensing is a good business move in the current economic climate

The Small Business Blog

The management of innovation is very important. Without discipline, innovation is not controlled and sculpted in a way that is beneficial to a business. The money spent on research and development has to show a return on investment – this is where innovation management comes in. Innovation lies right at the heart of all successful…

2012 166

Manage Your Time. Schedule Your Workflow. Save Your Sanity.

Step It Up VA Coaching

I heard an old expression the other day, “the harder I work, the behinder I get!” Do you ever feel like they’re talking about you? I remember times when I certainly felt this way. That got me to thinking about the importance of managing your time and workflow, especially as a small business owner or entrepreneur who typically works alone. Our goal, after all, is to work smarter, not harder, right?

2012 131

How to Give an Impromptu Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Has this happened to you? You’re attending a meeting. You’re not expecting to say anything, just sit and listen. During a presentation, your boss is asked a question about the department’s plans for the coming year. He turns to you and says, “Ian, you’ve been working on our major project for the past year. Maybe you could say a few words about how this project got started, where it stands and where it is going.”. If something like this happens to you, you don’t need to panic.

2012 130

Remembering and Reflecting 9/11

Eco-Office Gals

I don’t think anyone who witnessed the tragic events on 9/11 will ever forget – I can narrate that entire day as if it happened this morning! Every call, news reporters watching in shock, arguing with the VP that the towers were leaning, insisting they were going to come down.

2012 130

Monetizing Your Website – Get a Merchant Account

The Small Business Blog

Do you want to make money off of your website or blog? There are many ways you can monetize your website such as selling items on your website, advertising, signing up for advertisement link service such as Google ad-sense, or being an affiliate. Whichever way you decide to monetize your website you may need to…

2012 155

Guest Blog Posts: Know Your Audience!

Business Writing

Because this is a popular blog, I get requests several times each week from someone wanting to write a guest blog post for Business Writing blog. As a reader of this blog, you know it is always about some aspect. Etiquette Teaching Business Writing

2012 126

Online Systems Workshop + All New Access Pass

Office Organization Success

Just a reminder that TOMORROW we are holding our first workshop of the 2012-13 school year… How To Set Up Your Online Systems To Earn Your First $1,000 (Or More). If you’re confused when it comes to setting up your online systems, then this workshop is for you! You will learn: How to set up your core online systems, including the minimum online tools you will need to get up and running. What a payment processor is, and why Paypal isn’t going to cut it.

2012 126

The Perfect Recipe for Handling Negative Feedback at Work

Eat Your Career

Originally published on U.S. News & World Report. Let’s be real here: No one likes negative feedback. Criticism in the workplace can be especially painful. After all, we all want to do a good job. Hearing that you’ve fallen short of expectations can be a serious blow to the ego. Even worse, it can create all kinds of stress and fear as you suddenly begin to second-guess yourself at every turn.

2012 122

Tips for Overseas Business Expansion

The Small Business Blog

Expanding small businesses overseas can be a risky business, but with cities like Dubai performing well economically in terms of trade and tourism at the moment, the UAE could be the place to do it. Head of the Dubai Economic Sector Committee recently stated that growth in GDP for this emirate is expected to be…

2012 150

Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

Business Writing

Because I loved the third edition of Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, I was excited to see that Microsoft had finally updated the 2004 volume. The new fourth edition, published this year, is titled simply Microsoft Manual of. Best Picks Grammar and Usage

2012 122

A Week of Challenges

Office Organization Success

The Labor Day weekend has meant a short week, and it’s been a week of challenges … from a changed dentist appointment, to running back and forth to school, to a two-hour delay, to a doctor’s appointment … all of these things have thrown the past three days out of balance, and have meant that I haven’t had my usual blocks of focused work time. So what do I do when presented with these challenges? Focus on priorities. What are the most important things I need to do?

2012 126

Control the Time to Control the Work

Virtual Moxie

Don't get caught up in the thick of thin things. -- Stephen Covey. A friend who's a management consultant told me a story I'll never forget. It’s said that Charles Schwab, when President of Bethlehem Steel, paid $25,000 for one idea—worth about $550,000 today. He paid it, despite immense criticism from friends and colleagues, because he said it was the most profitable thing he'd ever learned.

2012 154

How to Ensure That Your Resume-Writing Guarantees You a Job

Job Advice Blog

It is a mad rat race for landing the handful of the most coveted jobs available in the market and you will need to ensure that your resume does half the hard work when it comes to job hunting. For this, your resume should be so good that you land interview calls in multiple places [.]. Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Jeff LeFevre Job Advice JTL Services Resume Tips

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Be thankful: A week of remembrance & respect 9/11

Office Dynamics

During the week of September 11, I am reminded not to forget those who gave their lives during that terrible crisis years ago, those who had no idea it was their last day driving to work, or those who didn't know it would be the last day to kiss their children goodbye.

2012 132

Shaking Hands in Cyberspace

Small Business CEO

In the good old days, a town’s small businesses (the barbershop, the general store, the soda fountain) served as the hub of a community. Employees and customers were typically on a first name basis, and any sales conversations began with inquiries about family and life events.

2012 82

Moxie Tip 238: Don't Struggle--Find What Works!

Virtual Moxie

Have the moxie to get the help you need so that you don't struggle. Some people think the easy way is for sissies. I think struggling is for sissies; it takes guts and heart to admit you can't do it alone and that you need help. Not struggling is, I think, the smartest path, ever. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

2012 147

Interviewing is a Two-Way Street

Job Advice Blog

So many of us focus so intently on preparing to answer interview questions that we often neglect to prepare a strong set of questions for the interviewer. This is a major mistake. To simply not ask any questions during an interview is unforgivable and fortunately most candidates do not commit this job-search sin. But, how [.]. General Advice by Michael Farley how to get a job offer how to job interview interview questions job interview job offer Jobs questions for a job interview