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Get Rid Of Your Bad Habits In 7 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Most people don’t have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. – Carlos Santana There are two traits that suck the life out of you. Poor excuses and self pity.

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3 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Client Information Organized

Office Organization Success

For many solopreneurs a large part of their business is working one-on-one with clients, and that means having a way of keeping all of their client information organized and easy to access.

2014 270

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A day in the life: Alison Boler, ITV

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? Supporting three Heads of Legal & Business Affairs at ITV. I give PA support to each boss including diary management, booking international travel, preparing contracts, documents and papers.

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The Attributes of Successful Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Earlier this year we surveyed 547 successful independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, freelancers, etc.) asking them what attributes are important for success as an independent worker. We defined success in terms of independent worker longevity and income.

2014 223

Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

Dumb Little Man

The Universal Truth about Fear: it affects everyone one of us. But when was the last time we stopped to really analyze our fears? Not only to see what they are but also to see what they stop us from becoming. How many opportunities do we miss out on by avoiding things we’re afraid of?

2014 285

Biz Owners: Are You Losing Potential Clients By Not Doing This?

Office Organization Success

Many business owners are losing clients without even realizing it. And yet with a few simple tweaks in their contact management system, they could easily turn that around, and find that they have all the clients they need!

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Nine steps to fantastic events

Practically Perfect PA

Here is a snap shot of the Practically Perfect PA questionnaire, which has now been filled in by almost 300 of our readers, it shows that one of the main functions of an assistant’s role continues to be events management.

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5 Personality Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Dumb Little Man

If it’s just about the money, forget it. Running your own business can be a wild and crazy ride. And if money is your sole motivation, it simply won’t be enough to sustain you when you’re hanging on for dear life.

2014 285

6 Reasons Why Your Business Should be Paperless

Eco-Office Gals

Did you know that it takes around 24 trees to produce one ton of paper? That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the rate at which we use and dispose of paper every day. Of course, that’s not the only reason to go paperless, especially if you’re a small business owner.

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How to ensure your boss has a great business trip

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants spend hours putting together travel itineraries for their Executives.

2014 219

The Movie Nightcrawler & Its Take on the Freelance Economy

Small Business Labs

The movie Nightcrawler   is a psychological thriller examining local TV newscasts and their thirst for exclusive video of crime scenes. It does this by exploring the dark subculture of freelance TV journalism. 

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Have a Life Fit for Pharrell

Dumb Little Man

You went to work today dreading it. And what happened? Did a magical unicorn come and drop a bomb of happy on you? Your boss called you in his office, first thing, and asks why you made a decision you made last week.

2014 284

Green Restorations

Eco-Office Gals

Homes require restoration work for many different reasons. Sometimes a house is just old and decrepit. Other times, extreme weather events force homeowners like you to take immediate action or face further damages and costs from accumulated deterioration.

2014 169

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 6

Practically Perfect PA

In my last blog I wrote about interview questions regarding career development and a few example answers. In this blog I want to concentrate on competency or scenario based questions.

2014 215

Bee Thinking: a Niche Business That Helps the Planet

The Solopreneur Life

If you’re like me, you’d love to create a sustainable business that helps the planet. Matt and Jill Reed of Portland, Oregon, have done it. Matt caught “bee fever” in 2008 when he came home and found a struggling bee on a windowsill.[1] 1] He gave it heated honey on a plate.

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7 Tips for Handling Annoying Coworkers

Dumb Little Man

If getting up at the crack of dawn, fighting for the hot water in the shower, then spending hours in traffic only to arrive at a job you despise wasn’t bad enough, many of us have to deal with yet another factor when it comes to getting through our workday with some level of sanity: other coworkers.

2014 283

My First Automated Sales Funnel

Office Organization Success

I finally did it! These past couple of weeks I’ve been busy creating an automated sales funnel, and yesterday I finally finished it. It’s been quite the job, but it’s such a relief to have my first funnel in place.

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The Fitzwilliam, Dublin

Practically Perfect PA

Located on Grafton Street with all its shops and restaurants and just opposite St. Stephen’s Green, The Fitzwilliam is in the perfect spot. As soon as you walk through the doors you know this is a 5 star hotel.

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3 Innocent Subject-Line Words That Harm Open Rates

The Solopreneur Life

A recent best-practices post at the Mailchimp website included information on three innocent, non-spammy words that harm e-newsletter open rates. The post said: “An unexpected discovery in our analysis was the negative impact of three innocent words.

2014 165

Why Your Career Needs Reverse Mentoring

On The Job

When older workers witness young IT employees making workplace gaffes like referring to the CEO as “dude,” they may shake their heads and sigh, knowing that the young employees have a lot to learn.

Save the Drama for Your Mama

Virtual Moxie

Revently, I''ve talked with several Virtual Assistants whose practices and lives have been chock full of drama. Client problems, information suddenly disappearing, money issues—you name it, the drama exists. Now, it''s true that every life has a bit o'' drama in it.

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7 Top Tips to Establish Value-Based Rates and Finally Charge What You Are Worth

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a business owner and service provider, have you ever questioned the value of the services you offer? Or even your own value as an experienced professional in your area of expertise? Believe me, you are not alone!

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Industrial Internet Changing Industries

Small Business Labs

Interesting study from Accenture on how the industrial internet is changing the competitive landscape of industries.   Accenture defines the industrial internet as the combination of Big Data analytics with the Internet of Things. They see this converging combination of technologies as fundamentally changing how firm compete.   They back this point of view with some interesting findings from a survey of senior execs at larger firms.

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How to Look Your Best on Skype

The Solopreneur Life

Nobody tries to look awful on Skype! It’s a case of not understanding webcam technology and not knowing how to look your best on a webcam. We’re going to solve that problem right now. Video First, let’s deal with video quality. • Be in a well-lit room. If the level of light in your room […]. No related posts. Office Skype Webcam

2014 146

On The Job - Untitled Article

On The Job

Have you got moxie? A new book by John Baldoni asks this question, and it''s worth considering if you''re a leader. Do you have the courage, the get-up-and-go to take action when it''s necessary?

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Simplifying Systems

Simple Productivity Blog

Even though we may build systems to help simply what we do by making it repeatable, systems can sometimes become bulky or ineffective when the underlying conditions for the system change. If you change the system in response, this is good.

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Office Dynamics

Why are we so passionate about Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month? On November 1, I would have celebrated my 37th year wedding anniversary with my husband, Dave, had pancreatic cancer not stolen him away from me.

2014 177

I’ve Completed a Massive Update to the ‘Tools That Work’ Page

The Solopreneur Life

After I launched, one of the first pages I created was the Tools That Work page. It’s a resource page for solopreneurs’ online-commerce and website needs. This is a heads-up — I’ve completed a massive update to the Tools That Work page. Check it out. A lot of trial and error goes into selecting […]. Related posts: Tools That Work For The Solopreneur Life: TextWrangler. Tools That Work for The Solopreneur Life:

2014 113

15,000 Feet: The Space Between Projects and Areas of Focus and Responsibility


This article, written by guest contributor Ray Sidney-Smith , originated from a conversation on Episode 142 of Workflowing.

2014 102

Boost Your Productivity: Understanding Systems

Simple Productivity Blog

When you are going to do something more than twice, it will save you time and effort in the long run to formulate a system. Systems can help you quickly navigate what needs to be done, help you handle unforseen issues, and give you a shot at consistent results.

2014 190

Resilience: The Ability to Bounce Back

Office Dynamics

Big Resilience. Hello, Monday Motivator fans! I am back from my extended break of focusing on my Wellness Pillar. [ Why was I gone in the first place? ]. It feels good to be back in the saddle writing again after a long break while recovering from my brain surgery.

2014 155

Be Smart, Don’t Use Taboola On Your Website

The Solopreneur Life

I despise Taboola. It’s the company behind those “Content You May Like” and “Around the Web” click-bait ads that damage so many websites. Taboola’s widgets include thumbnail photos and headlines that trick readers into believing they’re clicking on editorial content. The content is paid for by Taboola advertisers. (I’m I’m not going to include a link […]. Related posts: De-Flash Your Website, If You Haven’t Done So Already.

2014 113

Punctuation Review #1: Commas with Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

Sometimes writers are not sure about where to put commas in a list of adjectives. Compare: They visited a beautiful, elaborate mansion. They visited a beautiful Victorian mansion. The adjectives in the first sentence are separated by a comma because they are coordinate adjectives.

2014 112

Open Loops 11/7/2014: 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 172

Best Practices to Avoid a Data Breach This Winter

Small Business CEO

The expected rise in holiday sales this year is good news for small businesses— and for hackers attempting to steal sensitive customer information.

2014 110

Business Insider Reveals How Not to Offer a Two-Week Trial

The Solopreneur Life

Today I was at the Business Insider website and they had a piece of research that I wanted to read. The site said: “For full access to all BI Intelligence reports, briefs, and downloadable charts on the digital media industry, sign up for a two-week trial.” ” OK, that’s fine, I thought. I’ll give them my […]. Related posts: Ancient Parable Reveals a Secret for Solo-Business Success. 4 Marketing Lessons Learned From DirecTV’s Customer Service.

2014 109

Preposition Mistakes #2: On, With, From, Around

Daily Writing Tips

The following prepositional errors all occur in a published mystery novel written by a native speaker of American English. in / on. Incorrect: His principles may land him in the gallows. Correct : His principles may land him on the gallows. A gallows is a frame for hanging.

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