Sat.Mar 05, 2016 - Fri.Mar 11, 2016

A day in the life: Bethany Burns, First Mate to the Captain at Brewdog

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? As First Mate to the Captain, my primary responsibility is to maximise his efficiency. If James isn’t working at full capacity, then the business isn’t being driven at full capacity.

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5 Tasty Alternatives to your Calorie-Dense Staples

Dumb Little Man

We often need to hunt down excess calories in order to keep that bulging waistline in check. Some people might resort to timely workouts, but nutrition is what works in the long run.

It’s OPEN – Spring Business Building Giveaway Event

Office Organization Success

The Build Your Brilliant Business: Spring Giveaway is now OPEN! I’m excited to be one of the business professionals participating in this special spring giveaway.

2016 144

How to Banish Procrastination, Wasting Time, and Crappy Productivity (Not to Mention Drama and Guilt!)

Virtual Moxie

A good one, this! Maquisha, a new VA, wrote to ask: "Some days I feel like I get nothing done! It’s so wasteful. I start the day with a plan, and somewhere, I find something else that catches my attention and I do that, instead, procrastinating on everything else and blowing up my whole day.

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So the Assist Conference happened… again!

Practically Perfect PA

On Friday 26th February we held our second Assist Conference and what a day we had! With a few days to spare we sold out which meant we had just over 100 assistants attending the conference.

2016 177

It's Time to Figure Out When Your Boss is Lying

On The Job

There are common lies that many people tell, whether it’s about receiving an email or how much they love your new haircut (they actually hate it). Such fibs are usually designed to prevent hurt feelings or to dodge a disagreement, and there’s often not a lot of repercussions beyond annoyance.

2016 164

5 Communication Rules to Improve Your Client-Virtual Service Provider Experiences

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve heard a lot of sad tales about failed attempts to work with a virtual assistant or other virtual service provider. In some cases they are valid, perfect examples of why you shouldn’t just trust some virtual assistant service to find the right kind of help for your business. In other cases, bad experiences could have been avoided with attention to one thing. Communication. It’s important in any working relationship, even traditional in office situations.

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Jobbatical Raises $2 Million to Democratize Expat Assignments

Small Business Labs

Jobbatical is a startup online talent marketplace that connects people looking for short term experiences combining work and travel with global employers offering short term gigs. Their tagline is: Travel. See the world. Connecting talented professionals with inspiring career adventures at startups around the globe. In other words, they provide access to expat assignments.    In the past expat assignments mostly went to a small number of employees at large corporations.

2016 136

To Do List Hints on Video

Clutter Coach

by I'm having fun with video! Here's my latest one about to do lists. I talk about three important elements: make it short, write it nice and give it an end. It features a lovely to do list I posted about back in June. What topic shall I use for the next video?

2016 130

How to Get Exactly What You Want at Work

On The Job

The world of business is one continuous negotiation, so if you don’t negotiate well you could damage your career, lose out on big opportunities for your organization and be thought of as weak and inept. Research shows, however, how anyone can negotiate better – and get more of what they want.

2016 130

Nordstrom Signs Lose Sales and Customers

Business Writing

I vacationed in beautiful Honolulu last week. To stay away from the sun's rays for a few hours, I traveled to the fashionable Ala Moana shopping center. I was curious to see whether Nordstrom, one of my favorite stores, would. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2016 130

The Rise of the Single Ladies

Small Business Labs

The New Yorker's The Single American Women is an extended extract from the book All the Single Ladies , written by Rebecca Traister.    According to its website, the book is: A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America.

2016 130

My search for the best kitchen knife

Professional Assistant Blog

I have recently taken up a part time catering course at my local adult college. I love cooking and preparing meals for my kids. I even encourage them to help me in preparing the vegetables and making the family stews.

2016 130

Multitasking vs. Creativity

Clutter Coach

by Here’s another, unsung reason that multitasking is not so great: it stifles creativity. I’ve been reading Marc Lesser’s book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. He focuses a lot on what “doing” is. Much “doing” is what he calls busyness. It’s extra effort we put in because we feel it’s required, or we’re just not comfortable not doing, or we crave activity of some kind.

2016 100

4 Reasons Why SMBs Need to Invest More in Safety and Sustainability

Small Business CEO

Safety and sustainability are two things that small to medium businesses just don’t think about enough. Being a small to medium business (SMB) is hard work. Markets can be inconsistent, money can be stretched, and the slightest setback can be devastating.

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What is Fractional Availability?

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like new buzzwords here at Small Business Labs and "fractional availability" is a new one to us. We found it in the GigaOm article The Game Changing Economics of Fractional Availability. The article covers the on-demand customer care company Directly. They provide on-demand apps that allow companies to recruit and pay power users to answer customer support questions.

2016 109

50 Words with Alternative Spellings

Daily Writing Tips

What is one to do when one finds a choice of spellings in the dictionary? Most dictionaries specify the preferred variant when two or more spellings of a word are listed, but others aren’t so clear.

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Let the Right Ones In

Clutter Coach

by If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find it. Rummaging around in your kitchen cabinet for that special bottle of vinegar might take a minute or so, but you’re not distracted in your search by the tomato paste cans or the bags of rice. You can filter those out. Your mind is set on finding that specific bottle.

2016 100

How to Choose the Best E-Commerce Platform for Your Online Store

Small Business CEO

Opening an online store gives you access to the global marketplace. If you are able to grow a successful business, you can potentially reach millions of customers, which is very exciting for entrepreneurs with lots of ambition.

2016 65

How To Stop The Urgent Stuff From Overwhelming You

Productivityist

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” ” – Wendell Berry. Thirty-two. That’s the number of active projects I have right now. And some of them are mega-projects. Things like Productivityist Films and other newer initiatives that I want to have see the light of day and the ongoing projects of The Productivityist Podcast and Productivityist Coaching.

2016 63

3 Cases of Complicated Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

When and where to use a single hyphen is perplexing enough for many writers, but when two or more are required, or one of the terms to be connected with a hyphen consists of more than one word, confusion is rampant.

2016 60

Make a List

Clutter Coach

by I love lists. I have a poor memory so I make lots of lists to help myself get things done that I'd forget otherwise. One list I consult before I do laundry. It's a list of items that don't get washed very often and that I want to keep using until the next washing, such as kitchen potholders and the bathmat. Another list is for things I've loaned to people. If I don't write it down, I may never get it back!

2016 100

Tapping Into Emerging Markets to Give your Business Start-up a Boost

Small Business CEO

Anyone starting a small business knows that being open to trading to the widest possible markets is an essential part of having an all-encompassing view of the future for the venture.

2016 65

How To Stop The Urgent Stuff From Overwhelming You

Productivityist

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” ” – Wendell Berry. Thirty-two. That’s the number of active projects I have right now. And some of them are mega-projects. Things like Productivityist Films and other newer initiatives that I want to have see the light of day and the ongoing projects of The Productivityist Podcast and Productivityist Coaching.

2016 63

Yay, Hooray, Woo-hoo and Other Acclamations

Daily Writing Tips

Traditional exclamations of triumph or vindication come into and go out of fashion, but they tend to beget variations, and they usually begin with one of several similar sounds, as exemplified by yay , hooray , and woo-hoo.

2016 59

Mail-Free Tuesdays?

Clutter Coach

We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. And soon, there may be a day every week where no mail comes at all. The US Postal Service is considering dropping mail delivery either on Tuesday or Saturday, historically the lightest volume days. USPS officials say, " The Postal Service may be running out of cash by year’s end." " USA Today wrote: ""We hope these changes go unnoticed by the customer," spokesman Gerald McKiernan said at the time."

2016 100

How your Business Location Effects the Perception of your Business

Small Business CEO

Think about some of the top tier businesses in the world. Yes, any kind of business – just bring to mind the first few that spring into your head when you think ‘prestige’.

2016 65

When Enough Is Enough?

Brilliantly Better

I often see entrepreneurs pivoting just after a few months from starting their product. Pivoting means drastically changing your business model, as a startup. Most of the time, pivoting is seen as a positive thing. I met some entrepreneurs who… The post When Enough Is Enough? appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2016 57

Aught vs. Naught

Daily Writing Tips

Aught and naught both mean “nothing.” Ought they to be antonyms rather than synonyms? Actually, aught means “something” or “anything”; it’s from the Old English word awiht , meaning “ever a thing.” (The

2016 59

Starting Somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Starting is hard. It means going from a standstill into some. useful activity that you may not feel confident about doing. Once you have. started, though, it’s much easier to. continue. That’s why I have a bunch of tricks for just getting started, any. which way. One typical problem people have is that everything they need. to do seems equally important. Here are a few ways to handle it. Assign each task a number from 1 through X (whatever the. total is) randomly.

2016 100

5 Pieces of Equipment that Make The Dental Business Easier and Better

Small Business CEO

You will most likely make it through your life without ever knowing someone who enjoys going to the dentist. From our earliest memories, we remember the awkwardness, the pain, the too hotness, the too coldness, and the numbness of our dental experiences.

Can A Great Security Plan Improve Your Productivity?

Productivityist

This is a guest post by Cassie Phillips. Cassie is a writer and cybersecurity professional who is interested in new technologies that make life more efficient. She hopes that her information gives people more time for the things in life that truly matter. Cybersecurity is a topic you likely don’t think about until something goes wrong. How much of your work exists only online? What happens if your valuable work is suddenly gone?

2016 43

Grounded and Ten Other Idioms with Ground

Daily Writing Tips

When I was still young enough to be under parental supervision, if I did something ill-considered, I was not “grounded”; I “lost privileges.” The use of grounded to mean “confined to home outside school hours” had not yet penetrated to our neck of the woods.

2016 59

Need reasons to clear out the clutter?

Clutter Coach

by Josh Waldrum from SpareFoot Storage sent me this delightful infographic full of impressive and sometimes scary statistics. Clearing out clutter can literally pay you back; every organizer I know has found uncashed checks, gift cards and money in their clients’ homes. Having more stuff than fits in your house is NOT a good reason to rent a storage unit. But there are plenty of good reasons. One of my clients downsized recently and uses his unit to keep artwork.

2016 100

Four Marketing Tactics that Should be Employed on Your Website

Small Business CEO

When it comes to having a business website, it is important to understand what the purpose of your site is for. Basically, a website is an advertising and marketing tool that is a hub for a business’ online presence. That sounds important, right? Well, it is.

2016 55

Can A Great Security Plan Improve Your Productivity?

Productivityist

This is a guest post by Cassie Phillips. Cassie is a writer and cybersecurity professional who is interested in new technologies that make life more efficient. She hopes that her information gives people more time for the things in life that truly matter. Cybersecurity is a topic you likely don’t think about until something goes wrong. How much of your work exists only online? What happens if your valuable work is suddenly gone?

2016 43

Words with the -ster Suffix

Daily Writing Tips

The suffix -ster originated in Old English as -ister , serving to turn a verb into an agent noun, one describing a person who (or thing that) performs an action.

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