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How to Let Go of Little Things

Dumb Little Man

Ah, the little things. Your husband loses his keys for the 37th time. A driver cuts you off. A nasty neighbor complains about your disruptive children. A restaurant serves you the wrong entree. And it’s cold. Things happen. Things that make us angry, upset and annoyed.

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The Best Marketing Tool For Your Solopreneur Business

The Solopreneur Life

If there was an inexpensive marketing tool that would increase your business’s customer acquisition, conversion, and retention, would you use it? How about if the tool gave you heightened knowledge customers’ wants and needs while also creating a tangible, valuable asset?

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The 3 Stages of a Successful Launch Campaign

Office Organization Success

What is a launch campaign? It’s a step-by-step, repeatable process, that you can implement whenever you want to launch a brand-new product or program, or re-launch a current product or previous program.

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Working with the executive team

Practically Perfect PA

As assistants most of us will interact with our organisation’s Executive team on a daily if not hourly basis. Your manager may well be part of the Executive team.

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7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Morning Productivity

Dumb Little Man

It’s ok to be a night owl. There’s nothing wrong with that. But at some point in your life, you might want to change your habits. It might be that you’re starting a new job where you have to wake up earlier than you’re used to. Or maybe you’re starting your own business.

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The Rise of Experience Retail

Small Business Labs

I was shopping recently in Walnut Creek, an affluent east bay suburb of San Francisco. An upscale shopping destination, Walnut Creek has the usual array of high end stores and boutiques. But what caught my eye were two stores that don't actually sell things.

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Time Saving versus Bending Over Backwards

Office Organization Success

I’ve worked with many clients over the years who have wanted me to help them set up their client scheduling system — whether it’s creating a system for existing clients or one for booking strategy sessions.

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5 Natural Ways to Stop Your Sleepless Nights

Dumb Little Man

Have you had yet another night of staring up at the ceiling, eyes held open by the anxiety of tomorrow’s trials and tribulations?

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The Booming Field of Public Relations

Small Business Labs

Interesting data from Pew Research's The Growing Pay Gap Between Journalism and Public Relations shows that the PR field is booming even while the total number of reporters in declining. As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.

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Interview with a VA: Gayle Bu

Virtual Moxie

This month, I talked with the delightful Gayle Bu, who''s been in business as a VA for more than a decade! I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking together! Meet Gayle Bu. . Interview With a VA Moxie

Organising a corporate golf day

Practically Perfect PA

When I spend time in Scotland my mind and my body wonders to Golf. Scotland is of course the birth place of this sport. For over 600 years men and woman (Mary Queen Of Scots was a very keen Golfer) have knocked a white ball over fairways and greens.

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Don’t Get Your Identity Stolen – Here’s How

Dumb Little Man

Identity theft is one of those things that no one sees coming. You always hear about it happening to someone else, so you never consider taking preventative steps to prevent it from happening to you.

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Should You Autopost Social-Media Posts to Multiple Platforms?

The Solopreneur Life

In the name of efficiency, some people say you should autopost your social-media posts to multiple platforms. I disagree. These are “social” platforms, after all, and automation is rarely effective for building long-term relationships.

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1 million) don’t have a traditional employer and do freelance, temporary or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis. Moonlighters” (27 percent, or 14.3

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Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t know about you but I have spent hours arranging and then rearranging travel for my Executives. It takes up a huge amount of time and can be incredibly complex especially if they are travelling to a number of destinations with connecting flights and a host of visa requirements.

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How to Know If Something’s Right For You

Dumb Little Man

One of the most important factors in deciding whether or not something’s right for you is authenticity. Authenticity is defined as “the genuineness or truth of something”. It is a preservative force and is necessary for sustained success in whatever you’re trying to do.

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Simplifying Incoming Paper

Simple Productivity Blog

As much as we have become an electronic society, paper still abounds. Let''s talk about simplifying paper. The post Simplifying Incoming Paper appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Training from the Guys at Premium Web Cart

Office Organization Success

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, I shall be enjoying a nice, long weekend. We have lots of jobs to do around the house, and we’ll also enjoy our last weekend at the pool before it closes. I always love learning new software and programs, and this week I’ve been taking some training from the guys at Premium Web Cart on how to use their system. One of my clients is switching from Aweber to PWC and so I needed to learn how to use this system too.

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Moonlighting: Booming or Declining?

Small Business Labs

Let me say up front our research indicates moonlighting- working 2 or more jobs - has become much more common in the U.S. over the past decade.  But not everyone agrees.   According to the Pew Research Center's article Moonlighting is less common now, despite what you might have heard , moonlighting has been declining for years.

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How to Turn Around Miserable Workers

On The Job

Is it just me, or are American workers complaining more loudly than ever? There are the protests by food workers demanding better wages, of course, but even in my local grocery store or doctor''s office I hear a lot of complaining by workers.

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3 Tips To Make Notebooks More Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

Paper notebooks have the advantage of being portable, usable under most conditions, and don''t get lost in cyberspace. However, the usefulness of a paper notebook is related to how easy it is to get the information out.

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Set Your Heart Right

Virtual Moxie

We must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. For me , that''s the most powerful part of the quotation. As a VA, there''s a whole big wide workd out there waiting to know you and to thrill about what you can do.

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Working with a Mentor is Invaluable

Office Organization Success

We had a very busy Labor Day weekend, with lots to do around the house. But we did manage to get to the pool for the last weekend before it closes until next Summer. This week I also had a very productive brainstorming session with my mentor. The outcome … I’m going to make some changes to the School for Online Business Success come October 1st; it’s something I’ve been thinking about for over a year but wasn’t sure whether it was the right thing to do.

Enthusiasm – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” ” – Mary Kay Ash, US entrepreneur An unfortunate truth of entrepreneurship that many people will not tell you is that often the best idea for a product or service is not the one that ultimately wins out and… Read the full article here: Enthusiasm – Business Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations Business Quotes enthusiasm

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Open Loops 9/12/2014: 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.

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7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

Productivity Bits

A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively. Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment. Thank you for subscribing!

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Declutter Your Reading List

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2010-11-10 15:55:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It's book chapter Wednesday. Here you go! Like it? You can buy the ebook here. Simple Way #9. Reading List. Reading material constitutes a lot of the paper that people struggle with. If you get two daily newspapers, a few weekly magazines and 5-6 monthly publications, your reading pile gets high very quickly.

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BIG Life Choices

Office Dynamics

Sometimes living a BIG life requires making hard choices and as I sit down to write you this week I am faced with one of those choices. You see, recently I have been challenged within my Wellness Pillar.

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Thursday from the Trenches

Simple Productivity Blog

In this video I introduce the Thursday from the Trenches, and talk about how productivity systems will change when our lives change. The post Thursday from the Trenches appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Today, Your Email is an Engagement Tool – PointDrive Makes Sure it Stays that Way

Small Business CEO

Gary Vaynerchuk repeatedly says that marketers need to do their thing in the year we live in. In other words, we need to focus on strategies that work today, not those that worked 10 years ago – or even just 2 years ago. It sounds like obvious advice, doesn’t it? Well, not quite.

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A Historic vs. An Historic

Daily Writing Tips

My post A Useful Reminder About ‘An’ prompted an outpouring of emails asking, “How about an history or an historic ?”. Some points of English usage stir strong feelings. Placing the indefinite article “an” in front of the words historical or historic is one of these.

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A Simple 3 Step Filter to Give You Clarity


Jim Woods is a writer and coach passionate about helping others live a better story. Today marks the release of his new book, co-authored with Erik Fisher, called Hit The Mark. You can connect with him @jimwoodswrites on Twitter or his website. There is no shortage of ideas out there.

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New Productivity Forms: September 2014

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things I wanted to do this year is to release productivity forms more often. Fun tools make me more productive). This month: Pencils. The post New Productivity Forms: September 2014 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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New Trends in The US Labor Market

Small Business CEO

The financial crisis of 2008 has significantly affected the economy of the United States, including in the labor market. In recent years, the labor market began to recover, and today it demonstrates good activity. We can see it in the number of job vacancies available in our country.

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License vs. Licence

Daily Writing Tips

My recent post on Driver License vs. Driver’s License stirred a discussion about the spellings licence and license. In American usage, the word license is used as both noun and verb: license (noun): permission to act.

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The Quest for "Just Right"


I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve read Goldilocks and The Three Bears. It’s not a crazy number, but it’s enough to know the tale inside and out. I’m not going to retell it here, but I do want to focus on the quest that Goldilocks was on: The Quest for Just Right.

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Warning to War Supporters – World Beyond War

Denise Aday

Warning to War Supporters – World Beyond War. A good day to reflect on this and dispel the myths that war is inevitable, necessary, or beneficial. Let’s declare peace. Personal 911 myth peace war war is a crime

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