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Get After It…Now!

Dumb Little Man

“People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” - Charles Bukowski Yes, people are strange. You, me, and everyone else – we’re all guilty of wasting our lives. We sweat the small stuff while losing sight of our dreams. If you’re lucky, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and not have to spend those final moments wondering “if only?”

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Practically Perfect PA Survey: The industry snapshot 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Well firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that took the time to complete my survey a couple of months ago. I have decided to break the survey results into a few blogs so that I can share how you all feel about being assistants, the industry and your thoughts on the blog. This post will concentrate on the industry and your place within it. This first blog is the Practically Perfect PA Survey: The industry snapshot 2014.

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Decision Making Data Used by Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

Marketing Charts, one of our favorite data related websites, covers a recent Constant Contact survey in their article Types of Data Used by Small Businesses. Since this data is based on a survey of Constant Contact customers, it's no great surprise that the data source listed most often is email marketing reports. But the other uses are consistent with both our research and the research of others, so I find this information overall to be quite credible.

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Get Organized to Get Clients

Office Organization Success

“I need clients, not organization.” ” That’s what one of my clients said to me. But she’s wrong! And here’s why… This particular comment really stuck out for me because I feel that a lot of business owners become so focused on getting the clients that they really don’t understand that being more organized means getting more clients , and therefore do not put in place the foundational organizational systems that will allow their business to grow.

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4 Benefits of Mind Dumping to Help You Sleep

Dumb Little Man

In today’s world, there’s so much constantly going on. We’re constantly multitasking away, getting a million different things done in a minimal amount of time. This has created such a fast paced society that more and more people are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders. More anxiety means less sleep. Less sleep means the worse off you will be in the morning and day ahead. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. I keep a notepad and pen next to my bed every night.

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The Assist Conference: So much to do so little time!

Practically Perfect PA

I have the Assist Conference up and running and I can not begin to tell you the amount of lists I have produced to help me keep on top of all of the details. It is great to be back organising events again and I must say it is even more special that it is my first Practically Perfect PA event! Over the last few weeks we have added some more amazing speakers. I wanted to have as many speakers confirm as possible before the end of the early booking rate (which runs out at the end of November).

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Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payrol l showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country." " In other words, small and mid-sized businesses are using more independent workers and fewer traditional employees.   The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge).

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A Little Bit of Gratitude, Everyday!

Dumb Little Man

How many struggles have you encountered this week? How many times have you bounced back quickly from each one? Struggles are a part of everyday life, especially if you’re in sales. Each time you walk in a new door, you don’t know who you’re going to face, how you should address their concerns about your product, or what rebuttals you need to have ready. Living with so many variables is a touchy way to live.

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Blythswood Square, Glasgow

Practically Perfect PA

The hotel spreads across one full side of Blythswood Square and was once home to the infamous Royal Scottish Automobile Club catering to the wealthier Glaswegians. Our taxi driver, as they tend to do in Scotland, chatted away telling us the history of our destination. Everyone I would pick up from there would call me ‘squire’, would be wearing a three piece tweed suit and would be heading home to a massive house in the west end of the city.” ” Oh this should be nice I thought!

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Schedule Control and the Independent Worker

Small Business Labs

Independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) consistently tell us they like the autonomy, control and flexibility independent work provides.    The National Journal article How Airbnb and Uber are Changing the Nature of Work  explores one aspect of this - schedule control.  Key quote: It's hard to overstate how much an employee's control over his schedule, even if it's a small amount of leeway, changes the work experience.

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How I Improved My WordPress Website’s Speed by 60 Percent

The Solopreneur Life

One of the best things about the WordPress publishing platform is that it gives you endless customization options. Most of the customization comes via plugins, which are small programs that you install on your site. There are thousands of plugins, serving nearly every purpose you can imagine: drop caps, forms, tables, security, search-engine optimization, blog […]. No related posts. Web Site WordPress Load speed P3 Plugin Performance Profile User Experience WordPress plugin

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Eat Amazing (and Healthy) for $50/Month

Dumb Little Man

I changed my nutrition lifestyle to one that contains significant amounts of both meat and vegetables a few months ago. I was shocked when my grocery bill for the month went down and I could get by on 30$ and sometimes 50$ a month. $50 50 a month is obviously minimalist grocery – it is not for the faint of heart and those who don’t want to live the bare minimum.

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Is your Executive causing a bottleneck?

Practically Perfect PA

I’m sure at some point in your career you will experience an Executive who causes bottlenecks in your organisation (if you haven’t already). It can be really frustrating waiting for colleagues to complete a part of your work, especially if you have a deadline. It is a pretty delicate situation when that colleague is the CEO of your organisation.

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Being Truthful Can't Include Pretending

Virtual Moxie

I’ve recently had folks have talk with me about situations they find themselves in with colleagues and/or clients that have them upset, concerned about something, feeling worried, or generally feeling half a bubble off. I ask the logical question: "Have you talked with the other person about this?" I shouldn''t ask—the answer is always the same, and a resounding "no." Reasons they give are similar, and always deal with the fear of loss (the relationship, the other''s good will, money, etc.).

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Ezines — There’s No Excuse Not To Do Them

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. I was recently doing some research for a coaching client that took me to several virtual assistant websites. I was amazed at the number of sites I visited that did not include an ezine or newsletter for visitors to register to receive. At first I thought “Why on Earth are they not doing an ezine? It’s the simplest thing in the world to do!”

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Win The Life Insurance Game: Do These 4 Things Before Getting Your Physical

Dumb Little Man

As if acquiring life insurance wasn’t hectic enough, did you know that you might be required to get a physical exam? A licensed phlebotomist, nurse, or medical doctor will check your vitals: blood, urine, blood pressure, height, and weight. The insurance provider will then use this information to determine whether it wants to insure you and what health class you fit into, which affects your policy’s price.

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Snail Mail 101

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-06-20 17:24:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Ah, the plague of the daily mail. Kind of like death and taxes, it’s inevitable. Here’s what’s in your mailbox: stuff to. delegate. act on. trash. Let’s call it DRAFT for short. Delegate. This is mail that you can fob off on someone else. If you’re married, you may decide one partner is responsible for paying the bills, so they go in that person’s in box (don’t have an inbox?

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Thursday from the Trenches 3: Someday/Maybe

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday from the Trenches, I talk abut a snarl I recently untangled with my Someday/Maybe list. The post Thursday from the Trenches 3: Someday/Maybe appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity trench

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How to Tell a Good App Idea From a Bad App Idea

The Small Business Blog

Have an idea for an app, but aren’t quite sure if it’s “good enough”? Plenty of factors distinguish a good app idea from a bad one, from the technical to the…not so technical. Even if you find your app isn’t the best idea ever, it still might give you an idea people are sure to… Read the full article here: How to Tell a Good App Idea From a Bad App Idea on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Guest Blog app consumer easy to use

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How Worker’s Productivity Determines Incentives

Productivity Bits

Workers productivity is both important to the firm and the employee himself. A workers productivity is determined by various aspects which influence the efficiency and quality of work. Companies are investing heavily on their workforce because they are well aware that without them, there would be no production. Workers are the company''s assets and failure to maintain a good relationship with them may lead to low productivity thus leading to a drop in profits.

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Get Engaged In Your Work and Life for Resilience

Office Dynamics

Big Resilience Is Being Engaged In Work and Life. Don’t panic. Thanksgiving is just 10 days away! In addition to the holidays approaching we want to be sure you are aware we will not be publishing a Monday Motivators on November 24. Can I also use this moment to thank you so much for being a Monday Motivator follower? I hope that I have inspired you each week this year through my weekly e-note.

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On Vacation November 2014

Simple Productivity Blog

It''s time for a blog vacation for me. I''m actually very busy writing my latest novel attempt, and finishing up email ecourses which will launch at the start of 2015. Here are some articles you might enjoy: The post On Vacation November 2014 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Blog Business expires

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5 COMMON CLOUDWARE MYTHS DEBUNKED

The Small Business Blog

WORRIED ABOUT USING CLOUDWARE? WE ADDRESS THE MOST COMMON CONCERNS FOR BUSINESSES Despite the benefits it offers to the business world, some people still don’t trust cloud technology. This article seeks to set their minds at ease! Business cloud services or applications simply known as Cloudware is revolutionising the way businesses utilise software across their… Read the full article here: 5 COMMON CLOUDWARE MYTHS DEBUNKED on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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The 1Password Emergency Kit: Version 3.0

Productivityist

It''s been a while since I updated The 1Password Emergency Kit I created a couple of years ago. I''ve had various versions and adjustments sent my way over the past couple of years, and even created a second iteration last year. But Charles Hamons has taken it to a whole new level with this new version. The 1Password Emergency Kit V3.0 is now a fillable PDF that looks and functions a lot better, and includes even more information that will come in handy if any sort of emergency arises.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 5. Make New Friends

Brilliantly Better

Reach out. Don’t be afraid. Establish new contacts. The worst thing that may happen to you is to be rejected. Well, if that’s the case, … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 5. Make New Friends appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Relationships & Society friends kids

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The Rise of WeWork Coworking

Small Business Labs

Inside the Phenomenal Rise of WeWork , from Forbes, covers the explosive growth of the coworking chain WeWork.    Key quote: Over the next 12 months the company expects to triple its membership from 14,000 to 46,000 and expand to 60 locations from 21 today and 9 just a year ago. WeWork  WeWork will gross an estimated $150 million this year with operating margins of 30%. Current plans will push revenue to more than $400 million next year. 

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5 Small Business Cybersecurity Fixes

Small Business CEO

In today’s world of accelerating technological advancements, it’s almost hard to imagine a small business not using technology. However, as a small business owner, you may find it increasingly difficult to keep pace with current trends. Yet technology is too important a piece for you to leave out of your business jigsaw puzzle. If you do your best to stay on top of technological changes, your business will grow faster, much faster than your competitors in the marketplace.

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The 1Password Emergency Kit: Version 3.0

Productivityist

It’s been a while since I updated The 1Password Emergency Kit I created a couple of years ago. I’ve had various versions and adjustments sent my way over the past couple of years, and even created a second iteration last year. But Charles Hamons has taken it to a whole new level with this new version. The 1Password Emergency Kit V3.0 is now a fillable PDF that looks and functions a lot better, and includes even more information that will come in handy if any sort of emergency arises.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 10. Travel Long Distance

Brilliantly Better

Starting to travel long distance is incredibly rewarding. It’s so exciting and filled with unpredictable events. I only recently (read: just a few years ago) … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 10. Travel Long Distance appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Travel & Fun long distance travel

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Pronoun Mistakes #1: TV Characters

Daily Writing Tips

When it comes to nonstandard grammar in the mouths of television characters, I expect the professionals–like FBI agents, medical examiners, and college professors–to model standard English. When they don’t, I always wonder if the scriptwriter or the actor is at fault. Here are some examples from my recent viewing: Incorrect: You and me are going to [do something about this]. Correct : You and I are going to [do something about this].

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Ways to Improve Your Brand Image with (Relatively) Minimal Effort

Small Business CEO

Do you really understand the power of a great brand? It allows you to dominate the market. It increases the rate of referrals. It becomes a major point in the decision making process. It creates a strong, opinionated, passionate community. It keeps people coming back for more. With all these great benefits you would have to be mad not to pour your resources into branding.

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How I Went from Mad to Motivated (and Got Writing Done)

Productivityist

“I was inspired by how smooth and solid Jim Gaffigan was at Oddball Fest. What a f—king pro. Made me mad and then motivated. Which is better than mad and self defeating.” – Marc Maron, WTFPod Dispatches Before I wrote this post, I had no idea what I was going to write about. This isn’t the first time that’s happened, nor will it be the last, but the fact is I have a ton of ideas and things I could write about.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 8. Keep A Journal

Brilliantly Better

Write down you feelings, your ideas, your goals, your activity. Journaling is by far one of the most useful things I’ve done to change my … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 8. Keep A Journal appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development goal setting journaling

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Spelling and Word Origin

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders how knowing a word’s origin helps spelling bee contestants arrive at the correct spelling: Recently, I was watching [a spelling bee] competition and students were asking about the origin of a spelling like Latin, French, Greek, Dutch, Italian etc. and were guessing correct spellings. How is it possible to get correct spelling from the origin of a word? One of the greatest strengths of English is its huge vocabulary, much of it borrowed from other languages.

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MailChimp Help = Another Happy Client. Ready to be one?

Denise Aday

Henci’s very goal-driven and determined to understand how to engage her audience with email marketing. Not just the what, but the why. Not surprising considering her important work helping pregnant women make informed childbirth choices. So it’s been a true pleasure to get Childbirth U up and running with MailChimp, from list strategy through technical setup, email template design, and sending her first campaigns.

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How I Went from Mad to Motivated (and Got Writing Done)

Productivityist

“I was inspired by how smooth and solid Jim Gaffigan was at Oddball Fest. What a f—king pro. Made me mad and then motivated. Which is better than mad and self defeating.” - Marc Maron, WTFPod Dispatches Before I wrote this post, I had no idea what I was going to write about. This isn’t the first time that’s happened, nor will it be the last, but the fact is I have a ton of ideas and things I could write about. I could have written about iOS 8 and how its release can help you be more productive.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 9. Create And Keep A Morning Phrase

Brilliantly Better

Whatever you say to yourself in the morning, it will most likely come true during the day. Why not taking advantage of it? Create a … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 9. Create And Keep A Morning Phrase appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development morning phrase Motivation and Inspiration

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