Sat.Feb 02, 2013 - Fri.Feb 08, 2013

The Top 100 Secrets Of High-Achievers

Dumb Little Man

How do you feel about success? What exactly separates the successful from the downtrodden, the prolific author from the closet hack, the well-loved executive from the slime ball boss? The high achieving from the mediocre? Quite a lot, actually. One hundred things, to be exact.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Do you think assistants should use social media for professional purposes? Now I think a lot of you might have guessed where I stand on this question?

Green Colleges in the US Lead the Way in Sustainability

Eco-Office Gals

Environmental issues have finally and permanently come out of the shadows, with everyone from politicians to scientists to pastors admitting that climate change is a real issue that must be addressed.

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The Rise of Coaching as a Business

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we've long been fascinated with the growing number of personal services jobs and businesses.  These are firms and people that provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained and often affluent consumers.

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How to Get Motivated When You’ve Already Run Out of Motivation

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to stay positive and motivated ? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expected for your goals. Or maybe you’re getting results, just not the celebratory kind or magnitude you expected.

2013 286

Great resources for assistants on Twitter

Practically Perfect PA

Earlier this week I wrote a piece on Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants so I thought I would carry on with that theme and try to convince you all to join Twitter! Twitter really is a great place for learning as well as being social.

The World’s Greenest Office Building to Open in Downtown Seattle

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to business practices, the pendulum often swings one way before it swings the other, and since the beginning of the industrial revolution, commerce has tended to lean towards the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment.

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5 Simple Mistakes That Destroy Your Relationships (And How to Avoid Them)

Dumb Little Man

Relationships can be fragile things – especially in the beginning. When they end, it can leave a lot of unanswered questions. Why did this happen? What did I do wrong? Why do I keep attracting jerks?

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How Big Is Your List? 3 Numbers You Need To Know

Office Organization Success

One of the mistakes I see many, many business owners making is being so focused on the size of their list (i.e. the total number of subscribers) that they’re not paying attention to actually what’s going on in their list.

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The Green Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Workforce

Eco-Office Gals

If you’ve been thinking about starting up a virtual office or transitioning the business that you already have into one, now more than ever, it’s actually a really wise thing to do.

2013 213

How a Lack of Manners Hurts Your Career

On The Job

The idea for this latest story I did for Gannett/USA Today came from the many complaints I've received over the years about workplace incivility. I've heard gripes about the guy who eats Cheetos all day and leaves a trail of orange fingerprints everywhere.

2013 244

How to Pick the Right System for Anything

Dumb Little Man

In a recent article we talked about why systems may not have worked for you in the past. The short answer: because you weren't doing it right.) But you've read that article and you have it all worked out. So now you need a system to apply it to. But which system will you use?

2013 285

Is Traditional Retail Dead?

Small Business Labs

A recent Pando Media article quotes noted VC Marc Andreessen saying traditional brick and mortar retail will be dead within the next the decade.    And by dead, he means really dead - as in we will do all our shopping online. Key quotes from the article: “Retail guys are going to go out of business and ecommerce will become the place everyone buys.

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University Cuts $1 Million Off Electricity Bill With Wind Power

Eco-Office Gals

It is reasonable to assume that the majority of states support their local universities.

2013 208

Top 5 Tips for Business Longevity

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.

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Many Business Owners Overlook This

Office Organization Success

Having an effective market research strategy in place is an area many business owners overlook when running their business.

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5 Tips for Writing a Compelling Digital Resume

Job Advice Blog

With employers getting smarter, your resume should not just be about impressing the hiring manager. You resume should be such that a computer can also read it. This is the electronic part of the hiring process. Now, keeping this in mind, follow the 5 tips given below to write your digital resume.

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Levi’s New Waste

Eco-Office Gals

If you love wearing jeans, there’s a pretty good chance that you have a pair of Levi’s hanging somewhere in your closet (if you don’t have a pair of them on right now). After 160 years, it’s a company that has mastered the way jeans fit for men, women and even children.

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Why Your Business Should Monitor Its Online Reputation

The Small Business Blog

It’s true: The Internet has a shocking amount in common with Junior High! People are talking about your business. They are going to tweet about you, review you on Yelp, write about you on Facebook, leave their thoughts on Google, and email all of their friends about you.

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Why Others See you as a Nitpicking Nut Job

On The Job

Do you expect that anyone who works for you should handle an issue exactly as you would – even if their solution is equally effective? Does the amount of time spent following up on the work of staff members get in the way of tasks that are a better use of your time and attention?

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Increase Productivity By Protecting Your Time

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. My current client is a tax preparation firm. Since it is tax season in the U.S., I have been working. A lot. Unfortunately, working has been encroaching on my personal time. And I find that when I do not set the boundaries with my time at work, I get nothing done at night. Or even worse, I get grumpy and resentful about the choices I have made.

2013 192

Sustainable Business Advice for Startup Companies

Eco-Office Gals

Starting a business is no easy undertaking, as most entrepreneurs are no doubt aware. First you have to come up with a great idea for a business, followed by putting together a plan that convinces others that you have a good idea and that you can turn it into a successful venture.

2013 190

Raising Your Fees: Tactful Ways to Approach Your Clients

The Small Business Blog

The recession has been very beneficial to freelancers and the self-employed, as it has managed to throw more work their way. However, there comes a time when even the best freelancing en entrepreneurs out there have to bite the bullet and raise their fees in order to make a living.

2013 209

LinkedIn Success: 37 Thoughts to Help You Get More Out of LinkedIn

Productive & Organized

LinkedIn is one of the largest and most popular networking sites for business professionals.    However, many business owners don't know how to leverage the fabulous networking tool to their full advantage.    Today, I'm sharing an info graphic from Boot Camp Digital. 

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Your Clients Deserve the Best – And So Do You

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. If you hire a contractor to remodel your kitchen, of course you’re going to look for someone who has a reputation for being an expert at kitchen remodels.

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Wheelz: the Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Community

Eco-Office Gals

Car sharing services are nothing new.

2013 186

4 Types of Alternative Lending for Businesses

The Small Business Blog

Getting the cash a company needs to remain profitable in the long run can be difficult when traditional routes to financing have been exhausted. In order to obtain the money needed to grow a business, companies can explore alternative lending options to keep the cash flowing. Peer-to-Peer Financing.

2013 208

Lots To Share This Week!

Office Organization Success

It’s been a busy week with plenty of exciting opportunities and connections happening. First off, on Wednesday I was a guest on Bonnie Marcus’ radio show: GPS Your Career: A Woman’s Guide to Success. Did you catch it? If not, no worries. You can listen to the show again here. Then I had some fabulous calls with colleagues who I met on a program I’m a part of.

2013 126

Bookflip - A Law Office, Coworking Space & Book Store

Small Business Labs

Legal Force , an online firm that offers legal services, has opened a book store/coworking facility. It's called Bookflip and it's located in the middle of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA.    According to a Pando Daily article , Bookflip is: "part law office, part bookstore, part lounge, part classroom, part rec center, part ice rink and part tanning salon. Okay, maybe not the last two.

2013 122

Hydrokinetics: a Huge Source of Renewable Energy You Should Know About

Eco-Office Gals

You may be aware of several different types of alternative energy.

2013 185

Five Reasons To Switch to E-Signature Solutions Today

The Small Business Blog

Contracts and signatures are the bane of many businesses existence. Getting a job is only half the battle when legal matters get in the way of actually doing the work or getting paid. However, e-signature systems are changing all of that.

2013 192

BYOD Improves Customer Service Workflow

Office Dynamics

Imagine being able to assist customers from the comfort of your own home, or even better, imagine being able to reach a customer service representative without having to be put on hold.

The Two Sides of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

The NY Times article The Rise of Permanent Temp Economy provides an interesting look at the history of temporary work in America.    The author argues the temp industry in America was created by exploiting gender stereotypes in the 1950s and 1960s.

5 Things You Should Know About Cleantech Investing

Eco-Office Gals

If you’re not heavily integrated in the world of energy efficiency or you’re not someone who is a big investor (yet), while you may have heard of Cleantech investing, you may not be exactly sure what it entails. That’s OK. In the grand scheme of things, it’s relatively new.

2013 176

It’s those banks again!

The Small Business Blog

Recently I was looking to open a business bank account for a new venture I’m looking to start- so I thought I would do the rounds with the banks to see what was on offer. I’m not going to name names here, but I was actually quite shocked at what I found. I went in as a start-up business, completely ignorant of what I needed to do and what I needed in general- just to gauge what support the banks could offer.

2013 184

Communication While in Transition

Job Advice Blog

Disclaimer: My professional background is not in the field of communication, but I still have some opinions. Certainly, the cliché “It’s not what you know but whom you know” is often true.

2013 158

What Goes Around Comes Back Around

Virtual Moxie

William wrote to pick my brain. Anastacia, I really have enjoyed reading Virtual Moxie for the past four years. I’ve learned so much about how to build my graphic design business in your posts here. Thank you. What I want to ask you about is something I’ve never seen you write about—negotiating rates with vendors. What do I need to know or think about in advance of trying to get better rates on things like print services, or from my accountant?

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