Sat.Apr 20, 2013 - Fri.Apr 26, 2013

How to Increase Your Creativity in 9 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of discovering the next big thing or designing a breath taking product or at least solving a personal situation creatively and brilliantly. The problem is, most of us just dream about it. The truth is that you CAN turn that dream into reality.

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Invest in yourself

Practically Perfect PA

So here I am in sunny Madrid attending my first event as the Executive Assistant of Gallus Events. My manager is speaking about sponsorship to a group of event organisers who are all taking notes and listening intently. It has got me thinking about the differences between our profession and theirs.

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Can Entrepreneurs Save Detroit?

Small Business Labs

In case you haven't heard, Detroit's a mess. It has acres of empty buildings, frightening crime rates, crushing public debt and sky high unemployment.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People Summarized

Ian's Messy Desk

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to Win Friends and Influence People is the grand-daddy of all people-skills books. First published in 1937, it was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. The book still carries a lot of weight. BNET includes on its list of 10 Underrated Business Books and it is one of the books on The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List.

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How to Get Off Your Butt and Start Running This Spring

Dumb Little Man

This year, for the first time in my life I decided to run a marathon. It’s a big deal for me. I''ve never tried long distance running in the past, so I am very excited about it. Yet, in this article I won’t be addressing how to prepare for something as exhausting as a marathon.

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How to Handle Negative Feedback About Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Remember when you were a kid and you accomplished something great at school? Maybe it was a school election you won, or an award you received for placing first in the school spelling bee.

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TV Show on Spoiled Pets

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like pet trends. And in particular, anything related to the trend towards "pet humanization"  tends to catch our eye. This is the trend towards pet owners viewing themselves as "pet parents" and treating their pets as full-fledged family members.

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More Trending

One Small Chance, 1000 Huge Possibilities

Dumb Little Man

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” Denis Waitley You know, if you went back in time and told me four months ago I’d be where I am today, I would have smiled and shaken my head in disbelief.

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Infographic: Do you need an MBA?

The Small Business Blog

Many people think that they require a high level of education in order to be successful in business. That simply isn’t the case, as the infographic below points out.

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The Growing Independent Worker Ecosystem

Small Business Labs

The growth of the independent workforce (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) has also led to a growing ecosystem of companies supporting independent workers and the firms that hire them. This ecosystem includes a wide range of firm types, including: Talent marketplaces : firms like Elance , Odesk and that connect independent workers with those interested in hiring them.

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The Benefits of Green Office Products

Eco-Office Gals

Green office products allow your business to successfully reduce energy wastage and limit environmental impacts such as pollution and deforestation.

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How to Tell You Can't Cut Your Budget Any Further

Dumb Little Man

I''m a regular reader of about a dozen personal finance blogs like the popular

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Breaking the marketing inertia that may exist in your business

The Small Business Blog

Recently, a new study on SME marketing conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) – reported here – was released. In the study, they found that the average SME is only achieving 39 per cent of its planned marketing activity.

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The Rise of the Underground Economy

Small Business Labs

Last year we suggested growth in the underground economy is likely a key reason workforce participation has fallen so much in the U.S.    Others are starting to also suggest this.  Noted author James Surowiecki's New Yorker article The Underground Recovery  points out: Ordinary Americans have gone underground, and, as the recovery continues to limp along, they seem to be doing it more and more.

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Why Your Neurotic Colleague is So Valuable

On The Job

There''s lots of advice out there about how you have to develop an elevator pitch, use self branding to communicate your message and speak up in meetings to make sure the boss doesn''t forget you.

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How You Can Create a Sold Out Program or Product

Office Organization Success

Depending on when you read this, I may be on the road again! This time I’m headed down to Cincinnati for the weekend with my middle son, George. He has a soccer tournament there, so we’re having a “Mom & George” weekend! And I may even be able to get a little shopping in too.

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Why some business owners fail to collaborate

The Small Business Blog

While some research indicates that SMEs have changed the way they work and are showing a willingness to collaborate with others, I have found that many business owners are still reluctant to do so.

Smart Phones: Master or Servant?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was sitting at dinner with my family while on vacation and watched as a family of six next to us spent their entire dinner in unnerving silence. They were all glued to their smart phones, only looking up from the tiny screens when their waitress would come by and ask a question. I could be extra generous and assume they were all texting each other. Somehow I doubt this, though. Why Get A Smart Phone?

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We See You. ?

Virtual Moxie

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

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Can I Ask For 2 Minutes of Your Time?

Office Organization Success

As you know, my business focuses on delivering top-quality trainings and workshops to solo service professionals. But in order for me to deliver exactly what you want, I’d really appreciate just two minutes of your time. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed more and more small business owners are leaning towards “on demand” everything (music, movies, books) to download/stream instantly.

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Why Your Business Is Failing!

The Small Business Blog

Your business is failing because: You are not focusing on sales and your customers!!! Yes it is as simple as that. How much time have you spent on sales today?

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Fun and Helpful Videos for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Joan and I were talking yesterday and she was wondering - what ever happened to all those videos you recorded years ago? Guess what, I found them and thought it would fun (and a little embarrassing) to share them with you this week!

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Language to Use if Your Fee is Questioned

Virtual Moxie

Ramona wrote to pick my brain : Anastacia, my fee is $55/hour, and I’ve been a VA for four years, after having been an EA for 20. I’m a really good Virtual Assistant. For the first time, though, I ran into a person who, hearing about my fees, said, “Why is your fee so high? There’s a mom down the street from me who does Virtual Assistant work and only charges $18.”. I didn’t have a ready answer, and I thought I’d ask if you do.

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Quick Tips for Beating Procrastination

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2010-04-05 18:53:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Got a project that’s bogged down? Finding it hard to get started at all? Here are some ideas: Break your project down into steps. Now, divide the steps into even smaller pieces.

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Outsourcing + Software = CloudVA

The Small Business Blog

Admin can be a painful distraction for many businesses and that’s why outsourcing has become an affordable and sensible option for enterprises all over the world. Did you know you could make your admin even easier by combining a Virtual Assistant with Cloud technology?

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Review: Sonic PDF Creator (iOS)

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The makers of Sonic PDF Creator for iOS contacted me and asked me to do a review of their product. Since I had been struggling with getting attachments in email in native Microsoft Office format and the difficulty of reading them on the go, I was intrigued by a program for my phone that would allow me to create these attachments into PDFs on the fly. In theory, the software works easily.

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Moxie Tip 357: It's OK to Say No.

Virtual Moxie

Each morning, figure out your highest priorities for the day. Make sure that you have time for them. For anything else that comes along, have the courage and commitment to what you know you need to do to say no to them rather than trying to bend time in order to say yes. Moxie Tips

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Are You Visible to Your Ideal Clients and Ideal JV Partners Online?

Productive & Organized

Many successful purpose-driven entrepreneurs are using social media, blogs, articles, webinars, and other on-line marketing tools to gather their community and share their message with their ideal clients.    Are you?

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Your Business = Cloud Vendor?

The Small Business Blog

Have you got a lot of knowledge about your chosen industry and an address book full of contacts?

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Why no one really lasts in the consulting business

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Rant post warning. There’s an alarming trend amongst the most vocal segment of the entrepreneur community: Get into coaching or consulting. For the online, location independent set it’s a no brainer. Build an audience, sell advice. Freedom will be yours!

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day/Week to You!

Office Dynamics

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Administrative Professionals do so much to support businesses of all sizes throughout the world. Thanks for all you do! We look forward to serving you in the future and remember, Office Dynamics is here especially for you!

Savvy Strategies for Boosting Your Sales This Quarter #sales #marketing #BBSRadio

Productive & Organized

Sales can be a "dirty word" to some solopreneurs, but it is critical to the success of any business.    Recently the BBSRadio team shared an awesome round table on the various aspects of lead generation and sales that will help you kick yours up a notch.

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CloudChat for your business or project

The Small Business Blog

Real-time communication is an important part of successful remote working. That’s why WinWeb have recently added a great free CloudChat module to all their apps, allowing you to speak directly with the people you are working with and taking integration one step further.

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Open Loops 4/26/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This is something I have needed to do frequently – use a funnel. But sometimes the funnel I have won’t work because of the size of thing I am transferring, or sometimes I don’t want to use a food-grade funnel for a non-food item. Lifehacker shows how to make a funnel out of foil at “Create a Makeshift Funnel with Aluminum Foil” I cleaned my copper Revereware with this method from Lifehacker.

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Pillar Huddle: What We Really Think About Multi-tasking

Office Dynamics

When you describe what you do well or your top work skills, do you say you are a "multitasker?". I see this term on so many resumes and LinkedIn profiles. People bragging about what great multitaskers they are and I''m going to share with you something about me and the people who work in my office.

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The Productivity Path


There’s a task funnel I’ve been using more and more – something I call The Productivity Path – and it has proven to remove quite a bit of friction from my work life and life outside of work.

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The Paperless Office

The Small Business Blog

Are we getting closer than ever to the “paperless office”? The BBC certainly seem to think so in a piece on their website today. Although once a pipe-dream for many businesses, a paperless office is now actually an achievable concept for the vast majority of enterprises.

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