Sat.Apr 18, 2015 - Fri.Apr 24, 2015

14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Dumb Little Man

Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading.

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The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

Small Business Labs

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem. 

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Info Product Creation: How To Create Your FIRST Info Product in 7 Easy Steps

Office Organization Success

You can create your first info product in as little as two hours when you follow these steps below. But first, let’s look at why having an info product as part of your business model is so important.

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Working with a micromanager

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve worked with a lot of Executives over the years and I have to say one of the trickiest personality types are those that micromanage their staff.

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How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

Dumb Little Man

The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy.

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2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

According to a new report from MBO Partners -  Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy  - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week – Celebrating An Admirable Profession. First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics. Jasmine Freeman.

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5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Every relationship has its peaks and valleys. Sometimes the valleys seem so deep and wide that it feels like you’ll never get out of them. Some couples never do. They either choose to go their separate ways, file for a divorce, or have a legal separation.

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Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a regular basis.

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5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine> Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters.

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5 Ways That Bosses Drive Away Employees

On The Job

A recent survey finds that about half of employees quit their jobs to get away from bad bosses. Count me as one of them. I''ve quit two jobs in my career because I believed the bosses were actually hurting my ability to do my job.

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Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

Dumb Little Man

Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you.

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Planning the perfect business meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Organising business trips requires a lot of logistical tinkering. From booking trains or flights, to finding a hotel that suits both the budget and the boss, you’ve probably honed your skills.

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Take Your Seat … At The Executive Table

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Debbie Gross> Take Your Seat…At the Executive Table. Administrative Professionals leading in the 21st-century. Business today is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up or keep track!

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Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the best ways that you can boost your productivity at the computer is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for some of the most commonly used actions. Instead of grasping the mouse and clicking the Copy button, for example, you could press a couple of keys and get the same results.

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5 Things to Think about before Getting a Tattoo

Dumb Little Man

When I was in that adventurous teenage phase, facing the world with much aplomb, a tattoo was one of the ‘must-haves’. My youthful perspective told me that tattoos basically screamed a devil may care attitude, and to some extent, are a rite of passage in this country.

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Are you getting attendees to your meetings?

Practically Perfect PA

So you have organised a meeting, it has been in everyone’s diaries for ages, you’ve booked a room and ordered tea and coffee.

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Responsibility Without Authority Sucks

Virtual Moxie

I was talking with someone about his relationship with his Virtual Assistant.

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Boost Productivity In Excel

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the best ways that you can boost your productivity at the computer is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for some of the most commonly used actions. Instead of grasping the mouse and clicking the Copy button, for example, you could press a couple of keys and get the same results.

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What’s the Secret to Business Success? Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The fears and excuses that people have when it comes to their growing their business is always a big topic with my coaching clients. They want to have great success.

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Re-designing meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Many assistants are involved in their organisation’s big internal meeting. It could be the executive staff away day, the annual sales conference or it could be a stand alone conference for internal staff and clients.

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Living Your BIG & Bold Life [Upcoming Event]

Office Dynamics

Announcement: Our next free webinar in our celebration series is open for registration. Living Your BIG & Bold Life with Joan Burge. May 7, 2015. 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Register Now, It’s a free event! Working women hold a unique position in our society.

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Thursday From The Trenches Episode 12

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode I talk about how a portable office setup has affected my productivity. The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 12 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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How to Grow Your Business and Not Burn Out

On The Job

Scaling a business can be thrilling and exhilarating – but it also can be exhausting. It’s not unusual to hear those in the midst of growing a department, division or small business talk about how they’re working 60 to 80 hours a week, rarely seeing their friends or families.

2015 169

The Two Minute Warning: Why Two Minute Tasks Don’t Work


“If it will take less than two minutes to do it, then do it now.” ” This is a phrase I’ve heard countless times. If you have a task that comes your way and can be done in two minutes or less, then get it done and out of the way. It seems like a good idea.

2015 112

Peer Synergy: 5 Powerhouse Strategies For Creating Administrative Peer Power

Office Dynamics

Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity.

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Open Loops 4/24/2015

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. This week I highlight articles on. ways to break bad habits. Microsoft Office Lense. cleaning dusty candles. some cool office organization tips. a phone diet.and more!

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French Onion Soup Recipe

Professional Assistant Blog

2 ½ pounds yellow onions, halved, and sliced ¼-inch thick (8 cups). pound unsalted butter. 1 bay leaf. ½ cup medium-dry sherry. ½ cup brandy or Cognac. 1 ½ cups good dry white wine. 4 cups beef stock. 4 cups veal stock. 1 tablespoon kosher salt. teaspoon freshly ground white pepper.

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Completing Multiple Projects: An Interview with Adam McKay


Recently, Adam McKay was on Slate’s Working Podcast. This is an interview series where people share what it is they do all day. The guests range from school principals to bail bondsmen to McKay who writes, directs, and produces movies.

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Accepting Feedback (The positive kind!)

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Judi Moreo> How are you accepting feedback? Positive feedback, that is. It’s amazing how few people know how to handle positive feedback. Actually, it’s as much of an art as handling criticism. And, how you handle it will determine how much more of it you receive.

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Punctuation Review #5: Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

Seven common conjunctive adverbs are however , moreover , therefore , thus , consequently , furthermore , and unfortunately. A common error is to use them in place of an ordinary coordinating conjunction like and , but , or , nor , so , for , or yet.

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What If You Don't Want to Get Rid of Stuff?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-11-03 08:44:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Organizing doesn’t always mean getting rid of things. It means finding places for them so that you aren’t tripping on them, distracted by them, maneuvering around them or always looking for them. It means cr eating a living space that is pleasing and supportive. You do need space to put things if you’re keeping them, however. I wrote a post back in June about curating your environment.

2015 109

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Expand?

Small Business CEO

This is a tricky question since there is no universal answer. Expansion is a gamble, and a lot of entrepreneurs are hesitant to pull the trigger when they aren’t 100% sure they’ll do enough business to make the expansion worthwhile.

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Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – Ultrabalaton

Brilliantly Better

For years, on this blog, I wrote about business, the millionaire mindset, making money or other things from the same category. I wrote ebooks on … The post Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – Ultrabalaton appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Little and Small

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Can you illustrate how “little” and “small” are correctly used? As adjectives, little and small are often interchangeable, but sometimes one will not do in place of the other.

2015 109

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article → Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Don’t Quit Your Day Job first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. Better Business

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Service and Utility: Choosing the Best Truck and Flatbed for Your Industry

Small Business CEO

Owning or renting a fleet for your business shouldn’t be hard, but it often is. And, when you need to replace a truck or flatbed, or buy a new one, for your needs, there are several things to think about that most people won’t or don’t tell you. CM Flatbeds.

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