Sat.Feb 09, 2013 - Fri.Feb 15, 2013

Building Your Career Around Your Lifestyle

Dumb Little Man

There is a belief in our society that people should work hard for their entire lives, sacrifice themselves in order to earn a living, and then, when they have stored up enough money, they can live the life they want. This belief is the cause for much of our unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and pain.

5 Best Email Management Practices

Office Organization Success

With all the different rules and regulations governing list management, it’s getting harder and harder to not only get your emails delivered to the recipient’s inbox – think all those spam filters – but to actually get your recipient to open and read your email.

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Using LinkedIn effectively

Practically Perfect PA

LinkedIn is the Facebook of the business world. I know a lot of assistants are on the website I’m just not sure how many of them are using LinkedIn to its full potential.

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The Use of Sustainable Materials in Promotional Products

Eco-Office Gals

Running a business not only requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but also a responsibility to take care of an organization’s employees and the planet.

Is Fear Stopping You From Following Your Passion?

Dumb Little Man

For years I was held back by fear. I wanted to follow my passion and build a business around my passion, but I was scared out of my mind. I doubted my abilities. I worried what others would think. I was uncertain if I would be able to succeed. So I did nothing.

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3 Critical Areas to Include For a Successful Market Research System

Office Organization Success

Having worked in a high-end management consultancy practice for many years (in my previous career), I’ve discovered a thing or two about market research, and how critical it is to your business success.

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Corporate Training Exploding and Changing

Small Business Labs

Interesting article on Bersin by Deloitte's site on corporate training.  As the chart below (from the article) shows, after a steep decline during the recession U.S. spending on corporate training has strongly rebounded.

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Starting Over from Scratch

Dumb Little Man

I recently embarked on an ambitious journey; one that I knew would have a ripple effect on my life and those closest to me. This adventure would take me into situations stressful enough to rival my tour of duty overseas in Desert Storm.

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Video: 5 Steps to Setting Up Your Online Systems Quickly and Easily

Office Organization Success

So many times I’m asked, “where do I start” when it comes to setting up your initial marketing systems. So I thought I’d share my quick and dirty guide to getting started with online marketing. Enjoy! Online Marketing

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Do Buy Local Programs Work?

Small Business Labs

Interesting study done by the Institute for Self-Reliance shows that buy local programs are effective, or at least that's what the local businesses who responded think.

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Will Reduced Work Hours Really Slow Climate Change?

Eco-Office Gals

Here’s a question that you may not have been asked in a while: When’s the last time that you took out a moment or two (or even a day or two) to just sit back and relax?

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5 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there, staring at a blank screen, throwing endless drafts in the trash, perhaps pulling out the odd hair, as we scroll through our Facebook photos, re-order our music libraries and sometimes even wipe our computer clean; anything to pass the time and avoid admitting the painfully obvious – we’ve hit a block.

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Bring Success to Your Business by Respecting Your Money— Practically and Spiritually

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a successful business owner, you should have systems in place for tracking and measuring the various aspects of your business. Without these measurement tools, there’s no accurate way to tell if you’re on the right track to meet your goals.

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Showrooming Taking a Bite Out of Local Businesses

Small Business Labs

The Institute for Self-Reliance recently released a survey of local businesses. One topic they covered was showrooming and as the chart below shows, it's having an impact on local retailers.

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Green Manufacturing Helps Create More With Less Energy

Eco-Office Gals

One of the major complaints of the green movement is that common manufacturing processes produce so much waste and pollution.

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Top 5 Tips for Running a Business in Severe Weather

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. Plan for the bad weather and expect it.

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This Can Make All the Difference

Office Organization Success

Having an effective market research system in place could make all the difference in your business. From: Having a product launch that is a flop, to one that is a success. Having a group program with one or two registrants, to having one that is full.

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Boomer Delayed Retirement Top 10 News Round-Up

Small Business Labs

Lots of news these days on baby boomers delaying retirement.  Below are our top 10 (actually 11, we added a bonus story) recent stories on the topic. The quick summary is boomers are delaying retirement, changing retirement and choosing not to go gently into retirement.

Simplify Time Calculations With Calcloc

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. As a consultant, how I bill my time is important. And in order to bill properly, I have know calculate properly. Calculating time can be a pain in the neck. 60 minutes, plus all the increments therein…nothing goes nicely to base 10.

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Battling cash flow issues

The Small Business Blog

Cash flow is crucial. It is the lifeblood of any company and directly affects the scale of operations that the business can manage at any point. There can be several causes of your income stalling beyond bad planning and it’s not always something you can control.

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How to Launch a New Career After 50

On The Job

It’s estimated that more than one in four Americans are tapping into their retirement savings accounts such as 401(k)s to meet non-retirement needs, but such a strategy can mean it may require people to work longer, especially since company-provided pensions are now provided to only one-in-five workers.

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Food Truck Also A Meeting Space

Small Business Labs

We're often asked why we're forecasting food truck revenues to grow rapidly over the next 5 years. One reason is food trucks are expanding into new businesses, with catering and special events being particularly fertile areas for food truck growth.

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Free Ebook: Reclaim Your Time

Simple Productivity Blog

It’s been a busy stretch of weeks here as I prepare an e-book for I’ve been working hard on assembling something I think everyone can use: a way to get more time. Reclaim Your Time: A Guide To Editing Your Life is available for free.

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Project Partnering with JTL Services, Inc.

Job Advice Blog

How finding top talent should be and is with JTL Services, Inc. Project Partnering is what we believe to be the future of job search for companies. Why pay the high cost of contingency recruiting when you can have a team of search consultants who are specialized in finding top “A” talent.

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How Umpqua Bank Keeps Workers Engaged, Motivated

On The Job

I once spent a summer working as a bank teller and I hated it. Not because the management was terrible (it wasn't) or my co-workers were mean (they weren't). It was because it was a hard job.

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Partners in Love and Business

Small Business Labs

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Manta  conducted a survey on small business owners who work together with their spouse/significant other. The quick summary is Mom and Pop shops are alive and doing well.   Their survey shows that roughly 25% of small business owners work with their spouse/significant other. This works out to between 4 and 5 million businesses.  That's a lot of Moms and Pops.

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Promotion: Share the Love

Office Dynamics

It's February and we're all about loving your career! This week only we have a very special offer called Share the Love. What does that mean? That means during this week when you purchase a Joan Burge authored book, CD, or DVD at regular price you get a 2nd copy of that same item for FREE!

What are the benefits of a time managed life?

Productivity Bits

One trending topic in the last years is time management. How to get better at it, what to do in order to be more efficient and what it really means. Few people take a minute to ask themselves a simple question: why should I manage my time better? Thank you for subscribing!

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Why you chose the entrepreneur life

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

You’re reading this because you’re curious. You’re an entrepreneur and some Shrink on the internet is offering to explain why you signed up for the life you did. You’re curious because sometimes you don’t even know.

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Streamline Phone Numbers To Boost Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It used to be that there was one phone per physical location. And I am old enough to remember when that phone was provided by the phone company, mounted to the kitchen wall, and there was a long cord attached to it. These days, everyone seems to have multiple numbers. This can get out of hand, though, especially if you find yourself juggling multiple devices or missing calls.

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Love Your Career: Fully Utilize Your Talents - Optimization

Office Dynamics

This month, I will be writing around the theme: Love Your Career. Last week I discussed the difference between a career and a job and asked some thought-provoking questions on your view of your role.

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The Importance of Data Destruction for Businesses

The Small Business Blog

When starting up your very own small business, it is important to do thorough research into legal areas in relation to your type of business. There will also be legislation that applies to all businesses including laws relating to the privacy and confidentiality of your clients and their information. Taking this information into consideration will help to secure the long term future of your company and safeguard its reputation.

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Is Your Job Search Progressing Satisfactorily?

Job Advice Blog

Most people complain that their job search has been excessively prolonged. The average or mean time that a person is looking for work is meaningless to a job search, giving merely statistical information.

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Moxie Tip: 315: Let Your Life Tell Your Story

Virtual Moxie

What I mean is that, generally speaking, people think marketing is about crafting, then telling, a story (usually elaborate and made up) about what clients are going to find in working with you. Figuring out how to make that different from the stories that others are telling is a hard row to hoe, sometimes. Ok—usually. There are only so many ways to talk about what you do.

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What If Life Is Just A Giant Scuba Diving Session?

Brilliantly Better

Never did scuba diving, but I saw a lot of people doing it. I’m also a very big fan of underwater filming and, generally speaking, of whatever happens under the waters. Don’t know why, I’ve always been like this.

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Open Loops 2/15/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you have a landline? Have you considered getting rid of it in favor of your cell phone? Wisebread talks about it at “Seriously, Get Rid of Your Landline” This article made me pause. I knew you could wash hats and canning jars in the dishwasher…but the rest? From WiseBread’s “Almost 40 Everyday Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher” I didn’t even know this was possible, and I’m glad I do.

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The Art of Procrastination and How to Use it to Your Advantage

Men With Pens

Sure, I’ll admit it: I procrastinate. Not just a little; I’m a devoted procrastinator and I put everything off until the very last minute possible. Just ask my husband. And I’m not necessarily looking to cure my procrastination. But yeah, it causes me problems from time to time.

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