Sat.Apr 14, 2012 - Fri.Apr 20, 2012

You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Dumb Little Man

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. Your world has changed forever, because today you woke up being able to make just one more change before you die. You get to make a single change before you buy the farm, pop your clogs and kick the bucket. One last thing you can implement.

2012 138

Network Like It's 1959

On The Job

In fashion, what's old is often new again. If you doubt it, just look at the styles coming out this spring: 1950s-style dresses for women and streamlined suits for men just like the characters in Mad Men. You may also want to heed another fashion from that era: in-person networking.

Trending Sources

How to Manage (and Minimize) Workplace Interruptions

Eat Your Career

One of the most common complaints I hear has to do with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. We all have to deal with it, though admittedly, some have it worse than others.

2012 98

"Hopefully" Gets Upgrade at AP

Business Writing

The adverb hopefully, meaning "it is hoped," was just upgraded to acceptable at The Associated Press Stylebook (AP), according to Monica Hesse writing in yesterday's Washington Post online. I recommend her article, "AP’s Approval of ‘Hopefully’ Symbolizes Larger Debate Over. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

2012 56

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

Dumb Little Man

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve. It is easy to give up, drown in self-pity or insecurity, which ultimately leads to you giving up or simply not performing in the best way possible. I have certainly been there and I am sure most of you have too. However, it is in those moments that we can show our real strength and our determination for success.

2012 108

More Trending

The Under Educated Male

Small Business Labs

Two good articles from Bloomberg Business Week highlighting a huge issue that is not getting enough attention - the lack of men getting college educations.

2019 38

10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part One)

The Small Business Blog

To run a business you need to go to a bank and borrow lots of money, sign your house, dog and granny away, right? Wrong! Here are 10 business owners who share their information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular…

2012 35

ZeroWater Review & Giveaway {2 Winners}

Eco-Office Gals

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Zerowater system. Zerowater is a water filtration pitcher, with a twist. It comes with a tester for your water – called s TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) tester.

2012 49

Executive Assistants Investigate

Office Dynamics

Welcome to the Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding the 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession. We hold this blog-a-thon each April and the goal is to make assistants aware of the resources available to them and build a community of administrative assistant and executive assistants who want to learn and grow and flourish in their career of choice!

2012 56

Home is Where the Startup Is (For Now)

Small Business Labs

The Kaufman Foundation and LegalZoom have teamed up to produce a quarterly Startup Confidence Index. The goal of the index is to measure how much confidence startups have in their business and the economy. Their  most recent survey shows that 53% of startups are home-based.  This is consistent with other studies on both startups and small businesses.

2012 38

Why Simplify?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the questions I get asked frequently when I am telling people about this blog is how productivity and simplicity fit together. “After all, productivity is getting things done, and simplicity is living like a monk, right?”

2012 34

Systems: This Is What Happens When You Have The RIGHT Systems But In The WRONG Order

Office Organization Success

I recently held a virtual workshop where I talked about the three biggest mistakes I see many business owners making in their business, which leaves them feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and basically stuck. One of those mistakes I shared was having the right systems in place, but in the wrong order.

2012 34

What’s the Difference Between Solopreneurs and Home-Based-Business Owners?

The Solopreneur Life

L ast week a reporter for Atlantic Monthly asked me, “What makes a solopreneur different from a home-based business?” ” Good question. My answer: solopreneurs innovate. Solopreneurs take risks and try new things that other people don’t. Solopreneurs create new and better products, new and better ways of doing things. They’re open and alert to new opportunities. Solopreneurs invent new niches, they open new markets.

2011 32

Startups Getting Smaller

Small Business Labs

The Declining Average Size of Establishments: Evidence and Explanations is a wonky article from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that shows the average size of small businesses has been shrinking for the last decade or so. The key data from the report is on the size of startups: The average size of establishment births (new startups, excluding seasonal businesses)in the 1990s was around 7.6 employees, whereas the average size of births fell from 6.8 employees in 2001 to 4.7

2001 36

Why Financial Crisis is Good for Entrepreneurship

Men With Pens

Let me tell you a story about what’s happening right now in Greece, my corner of the world, entrepreneurship-wise. The situation in Greece is quite bad at the moment.

2012 46

The only rule that matters for Wealth Freedom and Happiness

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Every now and then, I get set on fire with a burning desire to figure it out. You know… Life, The Universe and Everything. This is one of those posts. Don’t worry though, I’m not going to throw you into the philosophical deep end.

2012 32

Correcting With Kindness

Business Writing

Last Thursday I published a blog post in which I had missed a silly error. I typed reader's instead of readers. Of course, I know where apostrophes belong, but I typed the apostrophe and then overlooked it during several rounds. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2012 31

Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

GigaOm's Women make up the majority of online freelancers, study says covers research from Zinnov showing that women comprise 55% of the workers on online talent sites like Elance and oDesk.   This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.

Making sure you receive great customer service

Service Untitled

Last evening a group of us went out to dinner at a popular Italian restaurant. One has to realize that South Florida – namely Palm Beach County is rich with tourists, snowbirds, and an occasional rude diner which gives us the opportunity to learn by someone’s mistakes.

The only rule that matters for Wealth Freedom and Happiness

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Every now and then, I get set on fire with a burning desire to figure it out. You know… Life, The Universe and Everything. This is one of those posts. Don’t worry though, I’m not going to throw you into the philosophical deep end.

2012 32

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Product Exporting

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Don’t blindly assume that exporting is the right option for your small business. Sometimes it is best to establish yourself more firmly in your local area or home country rather than branching…

2012 25

New Research on Hard Benefits of Online Customer Communities


According to a 2011 survey, almost 50% of the top 100 global brands host some kind of network or community but are there any indications that these investments are paying off? Strategy and Business Magazine have just published an article which suggests the answer is "YES". Virtual Communities

2011 24

How To Track and Progress On Long-Term Goals

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Reader Leonid emailed me to ask “how do you manage your annual goals and track progress?”

Goals 23

A Casual Conversation: What Would You Do If You Had All the Money In the World?

Men With Pens

Owning a small business is tough – real tough. One month you’re rolling in sales and clients, cackling like a fiend at your riches. The next, you’re wild-eyed and panicked because work dried up… and so did the money. A week after hustling hard? You’re loaded again – until you’re back to being poor.

Exciting New Partnership Options for Your Small Business

The Small Business Blog

My company WinWeb has launched a brand new partner network that could help you to build an additional revenue stream for your small business. If you would like to sell our products and services to your existing clients you could easily increase your business earnings by receiving ongoing commission on everything you manage to sell…

11 Forms of Word Patronage to Forgo

Daily Writing Tips

Various specimens of a curious class of self-referential expressions often find their way into spoken and written discourse. Such locutions in speech are nigh inevitable, because spontaneous communication frequently necessitates verbal placeholders, and the speaker’s self-consciousness or self-regard demands self-induced back-pedaling or backslapping.

Forms 19

Capitalization Matters

Business Writing

A friend sent me an excerpt from a brief professional bio she had read online. The bio said the individual is a consultant for a china inspection service. What do you think the consultant actually does? Inspect china for defects. Grammar and Usage Proofreading

2012 16

Google Calendar: Time Slots

Office Organization Success

I noticed this past week that Google Calendar has added a great new feature … it’s called Time Slots. You simply block out time on your calendar when you’re available for appointments, and your clients can self-schedule with you. What a great time saver! Here’s the link to more information: Click to read about Google Time Slots. Quick Biz Tip

10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part Two)

The Small Business Blog

Continuing on from yesterday, we are busting myths about bootstrapping and sharing tips from the professionals. Here are the rest of our 10 business owners sharing information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular order): 6. Melissa Picolli, founder of Bija…

2012 22

20 Words for That Certain Something

Daily Writing Tips

Some people have it, and some people don’t. But what, exactly, is it ? Here’s a list of words describing a special quality that sets certain people apart from others, and their meanings: 1. Brio : vivaciousness (Italian, “fire, life,” perhaps from the word for vigor from a form of French). Charisma : charm or personal magnetism (from the Greek word meaning “favor”).

2012 18

Unplug to Recharge!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Are you tethered to your laptop? Is your iPhone or iPad your constant travel companion? Virtual Assistants rely heavily on these technologies to operate, but on occasion, it is necessary – and healthy – to take a break and leave it all behind. Consider taking a work-free, wireless-free vacation this year, and reconnect with nature, your family, and yourself. Since work must go on, and you must get out, here are a few tips to help you make vacation a work-free zone.

2012 16

Establishing a partnership with your boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

As in every aspect of life, relationships are two-way. Both parties have a responsibility and work to do to make it work. In the admin/boss working relationship however you do have an edge since it is you who schedules your executive’s calendar. Schedule yourself in for one-on-one meetings with your boss on a regular basis. Each situation will be different, but either short daily meetings or longer meetings once a week will work.

6 ways to better blog content

The Small Business Blog

I was talking with a colleague earlier today and we were discussing blogging, marketing and how to engage with your customers and with more customers. I’m a great believer in blogging being a really powerful marketing tool. (I’ve I’ve written about blogging and marketing here before in Inbound marketing – it’s new and it’s hard but…

2012 16

A Quiz About Hyphenating Phrasal Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

One of the most frequent mechanical errors in writing is the omission or misuse of hyphens when two or more words are used to modify a following noun. In the sentences below, remedy the absence or abuse of hyphens in the phrasal adjective and compare your revision to mine: 1. “He’s He’s one of the world’s best known zoologists.”. As is, the sentence implies that among known zoologists, he’s one of the best.