Sat.Aug 25, 2012 - Fri.Aug 31, 2012

Quiz: Are You a Team Player?

Eat Your Career

Let’s face it: Everyone wants to be a team player. And most people think they are. But we know that’s not true. Some people are so consumed with their own work; they forget to support their team—or they flat out don’t care. It isn’t always easy to be a part of a team.

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How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs frequently ask me questions about virtual assistants. I turned to Amy Wright, CEO of AmyWright.biz for answers. Amy Wright. Larry Keltto: What kinds of services do virtual assistants typically provide?

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Update & Giveaway: #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I have exciting news to go with my update this week. As you know I have been doing the Cinch Program for the past 2 months and I’ve slowly dropped my weight and inches, with little effort on my part. I can only imagine the results if I could get out of this computer chair once in a while!

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Book Review: Running a Food Truck for Dummies

Small Business Labs

A good sign that a trend is reaching the mainstream is the publication of a Dummies book on the topic. So it comes as no surprise to those following the food truck industry that Running a Food Truck for Dummies was recently released.

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How to Handle Your Career Stress

On The Job

Five years ago you may have laughed if someone told you that you would not only take on twice your current workload, but be happy about it – and be willing to take a pay cut.

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What do our clothes say about us?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week on the blog I wrote about how to dress down for work without looking unprofessional, particularly when the company allows for casual Friday. I received feedback that suggested a lot of companies have stopped casual Friday for one reason or another.

5 Essential Steps for Swapping Careers Successfully

Eat Your Career

This article was originally published on U.S. News & World Report. If you’re considering a career change—a move from one industry and/or one position to an entirely new industry and/or position—preparation is absolutely essential.

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Is it Possible to be an Outgoing/Extraverted Introvert?

Productive & Organized

Earlier this week, one of my readers commented on a post I wrote about ADHD.    Her comment was such a good question that it sparked this post.    She said: I love Janet's question!    Let's talk about that today.

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What do our clothes say about us?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week on the blog I wrote about how to dress down for work without looking unprofessional, particularly when the company allows for casual Friday. I received feedback that suggested a lot of companies have stopped casual Friday for one reason or another.

Keeping Things Picked Up With A Hostage Box

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ll start by saying this isn’t my idea. I saw a picture of something similar on Facebook and decided that I needed to give it a try.

2012 215

Non-Profits vs. For-Profits for Social Change

Small Business Labs

Rieva Lesonsky's ReadWriteWeb article  Why Starting a Non-Profit to Create Social Change is a Bad Idea  covers the various for-profit organizational options available to social entrepreneurs.

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4 Simple Ways to Make my e-commerce Website more Eco-friendly

Eco-Office Gals

With the digital revolution in full swing, internet retailing has become the business of choice for many entrepreneurs. Amazon, eBay and ASOS are a few of the leading names in the industry, and with the low start-up costs and overheads, it is something that everyone should consider. By sharing some creative ideas to make running your e-business greener, I can help you become a super player in the industry without destroying world.

2012 149

How Helicopter Parenting is Invading the Workplace

On The Job

I'm a parent, so I know that even when you vow not to hover over your children, you always do it to some degree. We tell ourselves that if we don't hover, our kids won't get into the right preschool and that will lead to the kid living at age 27 in a box somewhere with no dental health benefits.

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3 Tips for Breaking the Clutter Cycle at Your Desk

Productive & Organized

Guest post by Kenneth McCall.   Over the course of history, plenty of landmark scientific breakthroughs and literary masterpieces have resulted from the minds of people with messy desks. Albert Einstein himself is often cited as inspiration (or justification) by the worst clutter offenders.

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Using Kickstarter to Fund a Space Elevator

Small Business Labs

Kickstarter has a project that is looking for funding to help with space elevator research. For those who aren't Star Trek fans, a space elevator is a device for lifting things into space. Long the staple of science fiction - a space elevator plays a role in the most recent Star Trek picture -the science behind the space elevator is real.  All it takes is: A space station in geosynchronous orbit (also serves as a counterweight).

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Give Yourself A Productivity Boost By Finishing Something

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am very good at starting projects. Not so much on bringing them to completion, especially if they involve crafts.

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Start Your Christmas Planning in August

Ian's Messy Desk

Did you know we are less than 18 weeks away from Christmas ? Has Christmas 2009 even crossed your mind? You’re probably more concerned about back-to-school or the restart of regular fall activities; anything but Christmas. Organized Christmas has a different idea. They have a Holiday Grand Plan.

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Update & Giveaway: #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I have exciting news to go with my update this week. As you know I have been doing the Cinch Program for the past 2 months and I’ve slowly dropped my weight and inches, with little effort on my part. I can only imagine the results if I could get out of this computer chair once in a while!

2012 130

Campbell's Soup Learning From Food Trucks

Small Business Labs

The venerable consumer products company Campbell's is attempting to spice up their line-up of soups and other foods in an attempt to ramp up sales and earnings.  To accomplish this, they've been studying food trucks. Key quote from an article from NewJersy.com on Campbell's research: " went to such "hipster hubs’’ as Austin, Portland and San Francisco to study the rituals and preferences of people in their mid-20s and 30s. They shopped with them.

2012 143

Stay Focused Tip #1: Set Times To Check Email

Office Organization Success

Only check email at certain times. You’re not going to do yourself any favors by checking your email every 30 seconds. Once first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon is enough. Quick Biz Tip

2012 126

To All Entrepreneurial Moms and Dads: Happy New Year!

Productive & Organized

My son, David and I (and our dog Danny) taking a day to hike the trails at Allerton Park this summer. Do you feel it? The new year is here! realize we are still in August, but for many entrepreneur moms and dads, it is. the new year.

2012 178

Webinar Employee Expense Reimbursements: Compliance Workshop

Office Dynamics

View this online. Get educated now on the new rules of employee expense reimbursements! Employee Expense Reimbursements: Compliance Workshop. The legal and financial risks of mishandling employee expense reimbursements have spiked in recent years.

Showrooming Reaching Tipping Point, Changing Retail

Small Business Labs

Showrooming is the trend towards shoppers visiting stores to see a product, but then buying it online or from some other store.  The reason is they've used their smartphone to compare prices and have found the product cheaper elsewhere - and elsewhere is usually online. A recent study by GroupM Next found that 44% of consumers use a mobile device when shopping in stores.

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It’s Back To School Time

Office Organization Success

On Wednesday the boys went back to school. And even though I LOVE having them at home, I realized just how much the change of routine affects my work flow. Wednesday I was going gangbusters through my work! Yesterday I had lunch with a really good colleague of mine. It was great to meet up with her as I hadn’t seen her since before the Summer break.

2012 126

10 Ways to Organize Your Music Collection and Cut Down on Clutter

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. As a music aficionado, you’ve spent countless hours (and dollars) procuring albums and selections that you like.

2012 170

Top 5 Tips for Protecting the Online Reputation of your Small Business

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. Try not to overlook how important it is for you to maintain a positive reputation for your business online. Any negative things that people say about your business online are likely to…

2012 168

I’m Sorry—My Crystal Ball’s Cloudy

Virtual Moxie

"How long will it take you to do my ezine?” “How How many ARs can you set up in an hour?”. How much time will it take you to do these 27 things?”. Have you ever been asked a question like this by a client or prospect? If not, you’re a lucky one. Questions like this seem to spew forth from the lips of clients often--clients who seem perfectly intelligent, and yet ask what sound like really stupid questions. I get them, too, in the context of the consulting I do with authors.

2012 164

It's Okay to Feel Blue

Office Dynamics

Dear Monday Motivators, As you know I had a fantastic 60th birthday filled with company for 5 days, celebration, festivities, laughing and loving. My last guest left my house this past Wednesday; my sister, Gina, from California. I noticed feeling a bit let down as the past few days came and went.

2012 153

Simplifying Timekeeping

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Throughout my entire career, I have had to track and report on my time. As a consultant, it led to the generation of client invoices, as well as status reports on the projects.

2012 158

What you think about your customers and how you serve them will define and drive what you receive from them

The Small Business Blog

Following on from my previous post (You cannot improve one thing by 1000% but you can improve 1000 little things by 1%), I’d like to share with you another quote: A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an…

2012 164

Moxie Tip 232: Listen

Virtual Moxie

Things show up in our lives first as Messages. These are the gentle rumblings inside which make us uneasy, or give us a sudden flash of intuition that something just isn't right. Be sure to listen to them when you hear them the first time. If you don't, they come back even more loudly and annoyingly. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

2012 161

Pricing Your Services – Is It Time Or Value That Matters Most?

Step It Up VA Coaching

How do I decide what to charge for my services? How do I determine my value and then put a dollar amount on that? These are age-old questions in the VA industry. I know they certainly are popular water-cooler topics for discussion in my VA circles and in my coaching sessions as well. Let’s see if we can answer these questions for you. Get clear on your value. If you don’t know your own value, it’s going to be hard to price and sell your services. So let’s start with that.

2012 100

Open Loops 8/28/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This is a great reminder that you have to maintain your perspective.

2012 158

Using Common Sense To Cut Small Business Costs

The Small Business Blog

Whether you’re a gambling person or not, setting up a new small business is a daunting experience. Let’s make no qualms about it; this is more than just putting $100 down on the roulette table. You might have what you think is a winning concept, but keeping yourself afloat during the early days is one…

2012 164

4 Simple Ways to Make my e-commerce Website more Eco-friendly

Eco-Office Gals

With the digital revolution in full swing, internet retailing has become the business of choice for many entrepreneurs. Amazon, eBay and ASOS are a few of the leading names in the industry, and with the low start-up costs and overheads, it is something that everyone should consider. By sharing some creative ideas to make running your e-business greener, I can help you become a super player in the industry without destroying world.

2012 100

Moxie Tip 230: Attraction Quote

Virtual Moxie

Attraction based on what’s genuine will always trump attraction based on misrepresentation. – You can absolutely put on a show, put on a mask, put on a personna, and attract people based on that. But it's tiring to be who you're not. And you can't sustain it forever. What happens when you can't do it any more? What happens when you don't want to do it any more? I say don't do it at all. Be you. Do you. And screw anyone who has a problem with it.

2012 140

Is the Employer Always Right?

Job Advice Blog

In this new, chaotic, and uncertain century, with its more and more minutely specialized occupations and skill sets and with nothing to do with the faltering economy, it’s not only human resources employees who might not be familiar with certain job skills and the actual needs of the open positions in their organizations. Believe it [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Assessment and Testing career planning Individual Career Counseling interview preparation

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