Sat.Mar 30, 2013 - Fri.Apr 05, 2013

When to Quit Your Job

Dumb Little Man

Last year’s politics, like many Americans, has left me on overload. Of course I made an effort during the election season to be fully aware of both sides of the agenda, Democratic and Republican. But it amazes me just how many hours of political banter is aired on multiple networks daily.

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Amazing career paths for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

So I have some big news to share with everyone today… are you ready? Okay, well… I’ve just quit my job!

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Quiz: Are You Ethically Challenged?

Eat Your Career

For some, ethics are black and white. For others, there are all kinds of grey areas. Perhaps you live by a strict moral code. Or maybe you just go on gut instinct. However you define your ethical standards, it’s important to perform your job with integrity.

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Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Intelligence

Dumb Little Man

When I was a kid, we had one of those “Simon Says” games where you held this little black box with four different colors. They would light up in sequences, progressively getting faster and faster. The goal was to tap the colors in the exact same sequence, a game of memory-testing.

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Go Green at the Restaurant

Eco-Office Gals

As a local restaurant owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate (pun intended). From open until close, you have to play chef, matradee, custodian and customer psychologist all at the same time. It’s a taxing job, but rewarding nonetheless.

How to Leave Work at Work

Eat Your Career

It’s easy to take work home with you…heck, with today’s technology, it basically follows you everywhere you go!

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One Little Tip to Remain in the Present

Dumb Little Man

Yesterday I found myself thinking; ‘I need more money, I need to move out, I need more clothes, I need, I just need, goddamnit!’ The day before, I was absolutely content with what life was giving me. What had changed? What was different about that day of neediness? The variables are endless.

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Going Green Pays

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of people want to be eco-friendly , but they’re either not sure where to begin, they think it’s too much work, or they think it will cost too much money.

2013 198

Twitter Hits a Home Run With Its Twitter For Business Microsite

The Solopreneur Life

T witter has relaunched its Twitter For Business microsite. The site was built to get you to use Twitter advertising, but I’m extremely impressed with the quality and quantity of helpful information that the microsite provides for small businesses.

Pronoun Tip Sheet--Pass It On!

Business Writing

Pronoun errors shift my attention from the message to the mistake. Instead of listening to speakers'' meaty ideas, I am thinking about their incorrect Is and mes. Are you like me? Are you hearing him where you hoped for he, Grammar and Usage

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6 Ways to Avoid What 26 Million People Have

Dumb Little Man

So what do the 26 million have? Type 2 diabetes. An estimated 8.3% of Americans are diabetic , with another 7 million unaware they have it. 20%, or about 79 million, are pre-diabetic, still with a fighting chance of it going no further.

2013 285

Top 5 Tips for Promoting Your Business with Videos

The Small Business Blog

As a small business you probably don’t have a large budget for advertising. In fact, you probably don’t even have an advertising budget. Thankfully one of the most effective methods of online marketing – video – is actually really cheap to produce.

The Rise of Gen X Independents

Small Business Labs

Generation X (ages 33-48) encompasses roughly 50 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. This generation is sandwiched between two much larger generations - the Baby Boomers and Gen Y. There are almost 80 million Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and bit more than 75 million Gen Yers (born 1980 to 2000).   We often refer to Gen X as the Rodney Dangerfield generation. Because it's relatively small, it gets no respect.

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The Case of Two Investment Firms

Business Writing

As the executor of my father's estate, I have been dealing with the two investment firms at which he had accounts. The companies' names are household words, but let's call them Firm A and Firm B. I will tell you. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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Use Social Pressure to Get a Slacker Colleague Back on Track

On The Job

I haven't posted on this blog in a while because I was taking some time off. I wasn't just slacking, I swear! I was busy eating my way through New York City and visiting the M&M store on multiple occasions.

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Exclusive: New Trade Agreement To Boost Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Blog

New Trade Agreement Will Boost UK-US Entrepreneurship?

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California Small Business Crowdfunding Initiative

Small Business Labs

The California Association of Micro Enterprise Organizations (CAMEO) is partnering with microlending pioneer Kiva to bring more crowdfunded microloans to small businesses in California. CAMEO is already the largest microlending network in California. CAMEO network members provide entrepreneurs with small and micro-business financing as well as technical and advisory assistance and business management training.

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Email List Fatigue: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, and Cures

The Solopreneur Life

L ist fatigue is the gradual decline of responsiveness by your email subscribers. Over time, your list doesn’t open as many emails, click through to your website, or forward to friends as often as they once did. Some list fatigue can’t be avoided. People retire, move, get married or divorced, have kids, change jobs, get promoted or fired, quit hobbies. When change happens, people no longer need what you’re selling.

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Would You Rather be Good or Great?

Virtual Moxie

Last weekend, Dominic and I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful. We both really enjoyed it, although I thought the monkeys were over-the-top scary! At one point in the movie, Glinda and Oz share a moment that went like this: Glinda : “I knew you had it in you all along.” Oz : “What…greatness?" Glinda : "No, something better than that. Goodness.". It was, I admit, the best moment in the movie for me.

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Remote Working: Yes, No or Maybe?

The Small Business Blog

Most bosses have a strong opinion about whether or not they want their staff to be able to work from home or not. If you were Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, you would be firmly on the “no” side of the debate so that you would have greater hands-on control over your workforce.

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Media a Barbell Industry

Small Business Labs

Paid Content has an interesting article on media becoming a barbell industry.   Barbell industry structures consist of a relatively few giant corporations on one end, a narrow middle consisting of a shrinking number of mid-sized firms, and a large and growing number of small, micro and one person (solopreneur) firms on the other end. We've looked at dozens of industries and all have this structure or are moving to it.

2013 139

Pave Your Road to Success With Solid Support

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Being the CEO of my own business is a dream come true for me. It has been quite a ride, and I am so blessed to be where I am today. I look back at those early days when I was struggling to get the business going, and then I see how far I’ve come, and I’m proud of myself.

2013 130

If You Don’t Know Where To Start When Setting Up Your Systems

Office Organization Success

Spring break week here! And the week started off in the most un-Spring-like fashion with us having about four inches of snow! Still, it didn’t stop me taking the boys on a shopping trip to Toledo for the day to get them some shorts and t-shirts ready for when the nice weather does come. Even though my work hours have been limited this week, it hasn’t stopped me making the most of the time I’ve been in my office.

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UK insolvencies at lowest level since 2005

The Small Business Blog

Some great news for anyone thinking about starting their own business now: the number of insolvencies in the first quarter of 2013 have fallen to their lowest level since 2005 according to a study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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Goodwill Offers Blue-Collar Workers a Way to Network

On The Job

One of my first pieces of advice for anyone starting a career or job search is to get their profile on LinkedIn, then be vigilant about maintaining it throughout their career and adding connections. But after doing this story for Gannett/USA Today, I realize that my advice is a bit short-sighted.

2013 164

Simplicity Reminders, Or Why I Love Rowdy Kittens

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There is a site I read frequently called Rowdy Kittens. It’s a blog about living in a tiny house, and the various effects of simplicity and a slower life. I love this blog, and I strive to emulate things I see there. It’s not that I want to give up everything and live in a 128 square foot house (yes, her house is that small!). It’s not that I want to cook on an alchol-powered stove and have no refrigerator.

2013 158

Many Business Owners Are Afraid To Do This

Office Organization Success

Many business owners are afraid to create an ideal client profile, believing that if they do, they’ll limit themselves in terms of not getting enough clients, so instead they market to “ everyone “ So what happens… They still continue to struggle. They don’t have enough clients. They don’t make nearly the amount of income that they want to make.

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Learning your weaknesses as an entrepreneur

The Small Business Blog

Even the greatest entrepreneurial minds in history are not infallible. Richard Branson and even the great Steve Jobs made mistakes on their path to glory.

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January is Get Organized Month!

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2010-01-14 11:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter What? But it's already nearly half over! Claire, why didn't you tell me this before??? Relax. Get Organized month is a just a friendly reminder that you should start working on that organizing project.

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New iPad Software Configures Productivity On The Fly

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Imagine…a piece of software that when you start it up, allows you to enter anything: projects, tasks, calendar, reference material…even scans of anything paper lying around… …And then it automatically classifies it, and presents it to you in a format that it has decided best fits your working pattern based on observing you work. Now keep imagining, and look at the date.

2013 152

Join Me TODAY!

Office Organization Success

Join me TODAY for The Feminine Reinvention: From Day Job to Dream Business Telesummit. Are you growing your side business around your 9-5 job and feel like it’s time to make the leap but you just don’t know how? Join me and eleven other women solopreneurs as we pull back the curtains on what it’s like to transition from a day job to thriving freedom based dream business.

2013 109

How Often Should You Give Your Blog a Facelift?

The Small Business Blog

When you first put together your company’s blog, it’s normal to have to make small changes here and there as you get the design and functionality smoothed out. Once you’ve got everything up, functional, and looking halfway decent, do you just leave it that way forever?

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How do you stay organized?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I replied to this question on a Linked In forum so thought it was worth repeating here. If I was an employer, I would want to ask this question of any admin who was applying at my organization. Since it is almost second nature to most admins to be organized it is sometimes difficult to answer, but it is just for this reason that it needs to be asked. An admin has to be a strong organizer so they don't want to hire someone who isn't.

2013 148

Moxie Tip 344: A Smart Question to Ask a Prospective Client

Virtual Moxie

You want to work with clients who can easily afford your fee and who can reliably pay you each month. On time. Clients who are living hand-to-mouth can’t do that. How can you tell where a client is financially? Great language to use would be, "I only work with clients whose businesses are financially healthy and who know they can easily afford to work with me long term. How's the financial health of your business?". Moxie Tips

2013 138

Open Loops 4/5/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. I hate sweater bumps, yet don’t have the shelf or drawer space to store them all. Lifehacker has a great link to hanging sweaters to avoid it. From “Avoid Hanger Bumps When Hanging Sweaters” An excellent article on goals. From Time Management Ninja’s “10 Questions You Must Answer About Your Goals” An interesting thought…your task list should never be empty.

2013 131

Building Extraordinary Relationships

The Small Business Blog

If you ask successful entrepreneurs to tell you about the greatest relationship they have built during their time in business, the chances are they will have had so many great ones that they will have trouble choosing just one.

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