Sat.Feb 25, 2017 - Fri.Mar 03, 2017

Highly Skilled Self-Employed Driving the Growth of the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The Resolution Trust, a left leaning U.K. think tank, released a study showing that 60 per cent of the growth in self-employment in Great Britain since 2009 has been in what they call the "privileged" sector.

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Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

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How to Be Assertive, Not Pushy

Business Writing

If you write to customers, clients, employees, or almost anyone on the job, you have times when you need to assert yourself. You have to disagree, delegate, instruct, remind, and say no—in each situation coming across as clear and forceful. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

Technology of the week:

Practically Perfect PA

What is is a productivity app that helps organise every aspect of your life. It is available for free on most platforms, including Apple and Android, web and desktop. What does it do? Like most ‘life management’ apps

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Using On-Demand Economy Platforms to Start and Build Businesses

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from the Intuit On-Demand Economy study is the various ways on-demand economy platforms are being used to start and build small businesses.

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Structure Your Business With Kanban

Small Business CEO

Starting a new business? Want to increase your chances for success? Every company, regardless of its size, needs to plan and establish an internal processes.

2017 40

Automation Helping the Self-Employed With Their Taxes - And Making Them More Productive

Small Business Labs

There's been a lot of discussion about automation and technology replacing jobs. But there's been much less discussion about the positive sides of automation and in particular how automation can improve productivity. 

2017 39

Fighting Office Dragons – Managers (1 of 3 part series)

Office Dynamics

Image Designed by Freepik. Did my title get your attention? Last week I certified 7 people to teach my Star Achievement Series® curriculum for administrative professionals in their organizations. I spent 3 full days with these wonderful individuals who are going to create change in their companies. One of the modules in Star Achievement is all about attitude and events and feelings that affect our attitudes such as fear and intimidation.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 14 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Life moves fast, doesn’t it? It often feels like you’re trying to keep two dozen plates spinning at the same time. Heaven forbid one of those plates start to wobble. You know, when you have to flat out run to reach it in time before it topples to the floor, taking the next plate and the entire row with it. Life can sometimes feel like you’re constantly babysitting those darn plates when all you really want to do is experience what’s beyond them.

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Habits Of Highly Effective Small Business Owners

Small Business CEO

It is easy to see that some people in the world of business stand out among all the others. A successful small business owner requires a particular skill set and disposition. People often wonder what makes those “high rollers” so successful in business.

2017 32

3 Ways to Deal With a Distracted Boss

On The Job

Everyone thinks they can multitask, which is why we have people texting on their phones when they're supposed to be engaged in a conversation with someone else at work. Lots of people don't mind, because they see this as permission to do the same.

2017 28

When vacation comes, how hard do you try to spare others from doing your work?

Office Dynamics

Each month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation over this month’s question. Question: “I actually stress out a little when my vacation rolls around because I feel I should work far ahead as a courtesy to the team so they don’t have to do anything for me that I could conceivably do in advance.

2017 46

Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Dumb Little Man

Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia. However, a new study published in Psychological Medicine by Francesca Solmi and colleagues at University College London failed to find such a link. Why would researchers suspect such a link in the first place? This is because of a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

2017 42

Punctuation Quiz #12: Suspensive Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following sentences demonstrates incorrect style for suspensive hyphenation; revise the style of the number as necessary. For an eighteen or nineteen-year-old, it can just seem like old guys blowing hot air.

2017 28

Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design

Andrea Kalli

Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design. I just love these. And they are so fun to create. They make your quotes, tips, and words of encouragement, empowerment, or inspiration really pop. Unique and professional. Let your imagination run wild with what images you will use for these.

2017 21

Career Success A to Z: M is for Mindset

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. It’s no secret that how you think impacts your reality.

2017 28

Why Criticizing Others Won’t Get Them to Change … and What Will!

Dumb Little Man

When someone in your life behaves in a way that is off-putting or upsetting to you — maybe they cross one of your boundaries, or perhaps they just do something that is not cool with you, maybe even repeatedly, and you finally get fed up with it — how do you handle the situation? How do you confront them about their undesirable behavior, or perhaps their lack of desirable behavior? You want them to change, right? But is your approach really working to bring about that change?

2017 40

What are The Fastest Growing Industries for 2017 and Why?

Small Business CEO

In a world increasingly dominated by interconnective technology, emerging industries are creating new markets and investment opportunities almost every day.

2017 19

Synonyms for “Works”

Daily Writing Tips

Several words available to writers seeking to succinctly refer to the entirety of a person’s artistic or literary works are listed and described in this post. Canon , often confused with cannon , is from the Greek noun kanon , “meaning rule,” and has multiple meanings.

2017 16

What 24 Hours of Personal Productivity (Can) Look Like


So I’m leaving today for a 24-day trip to the Philippines. Part of my time there will be spent at Tropical Think Tank and the remainder of my time will be spent traveling through the country with my wife. Before I go, I decided to share this piece today that I recently wrote for The Productivityist Weekly. It seemed to be the most fitting. I hope you enjoy it. I’m here in Florida. It’s been two days since the close of Think Better Live Better event. There’s no one around from the event.

2017 15

4 Things Tom Brady Can Teach You About Career Management

Dumb Little Man

Tom Brady has created what is possibly the most successful career for any NFL quarterback, perhaps even in all the major sports. He continues to dominate the league as he nears 40 years old, and he cemented his legacy as the best quarterback ever with his Super Bowl 51 win. He now holds more Super Bowl wins than any other quarterback. However, his ability to sustain peak performance condition while staying cool under pressure doesn’t happen by accident.

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Better Leadership through Community and Social Work

Small Business CEO

Leadership is one of the must-have skills for business owners.

2017 17

Metaphorical Usage and Scare Quotes

Daily Writing Tips

Writers often mistakenly believe they are being helpful when, in the act of using a word or phrase in a nonliteral sense, they frame the term in quotation marks intended to alert readers, “This usage is not being employed in its original sense!”.

Podcast 045: Decide to decide

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about the first step to making effective decisions: deciding to decide. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

6 Ways to Recognise a Really Bad Manager

Dumb Little Man

Managers come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the benefit of obtaining the necessary training to lead a team. Many bosses just do it because, well, they have to. When interacting with staff, it’s often their personalities that can dictate how they deal with their team. Do you recognise any of these unhappy management traits? The People Pleaser. Cast your mind back to Michael Scott from The Office and you will instantly recognise the type.

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Money for Nothing? The Value of Consultants

Small Business CEO

They get a bad press, consultants. They’re sometimes thought of as being people who charge a lot of money to tell you what you already know. People worry if they’re getting any value from consultants. However, genuinely qualified and talented consultants can bring real value to your business.

The Distraction of Prepositional Phrases in Noun-Verb Agreement

Daily Writing Tips

The question of whether to use the singular or plural form of a verb in a sentence can be complicated by the distracting presence of a prepositional phrase—one that includes a preposition such as of , in , or to followed by a noun directly or after one or more an intervening verbs and/or adjectives.

Workplace productivity

Clutter Coach

by Productivity, and increasing it, is a perennially popular topic and it won’t go away anytime soon. New technology changes the issues a bit, as do new work habits, such as telecommuting. But as an issue to be dealt with, it remains. This fun infographic has some interesting statistics. Two thirds of office workers complain that chatty coworkers disrupt their work! That’s a lot. It’s probably not a new problem.

How to Find your Buoy of Safety When You are Drowning in Fear

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever been gripped by paralyzing anxiety? Are you having difficulty overcoming fear? What I Learned from Panic and Fear. My daughter and I celebrated her high school graduation with a vacation in my home state of Hawaii. To make it extra special, we purchased a zodiac/boat excursion on Kauai to go snorkeling offshore. The zodiac raft raced us through the azure blue waters with dolphins playfully jumping alongside.

2017 34

5 Business Expenses a Startup can do Without

Small Business CEO

It can be so easy to get carried away during the initial phases of setting up your own business, but it’s vital that you keep your head. Many new company owners waste thousands that they haven’t earnt yet on illogical expenses, so here are just a handful that you should avoid.

Vengeance and Vindication

Daily Writing Tips

Vengeance , vindication , and a few related words are derived from a Latin word pertaining to punishment and retribution. These terms and their definitions are listed in this post.

My Monthly Theme Report: February 2017


Every month I send out an email to subscribers of the My Monthly Theme Series that dives into my plans for the month ahead. I publish the results of said plan here on the blog within one week of the month ending. If you’d like to subscribe to the monthly series so you have an understanding of what I’m working on each month, then click here. The focus for the month of February was to work on the talks I have in my repertoire. I’ll cut to the chase: it went…okay.

How To Get The Best Deal From Your Local Used Cars Dealership

Dumb Little Man

Do you need tips on how to buy used cars? Do you want to buy used cars from Pueblo Co or some other state or area? If you think buying used cars is easy- think again. Even the most experienced car shopper can feel intimidated about making a deal once in a while. Apart from hidden mechanical problems, there’s title-washing and price-gouging that can take the deal off of the favor of the consumer. Should you buy online or local?

2017 34

Your Next Business Trip’s Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast – Here’s Why (Infographic)

Small Business CEO

Are you planning to take a business trip to the United Kingdom? If so, you might want to spice your trip up a bit by staying at a different property, for a chance. No, it’s not staying on someone’s flat a la AirBnB.