Sat.May 04, 2013 - Fri.May 10, 2013

6 Powerful Tips to Help You Strengthen Your Focus and Achieve Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

In one of my recent posts, I wrote about the importance of focus on achieving a successful life and also laid down a few tips to improve your focus. However, developing focus is not an easy task. It is not something you can achieve overnight. It calls for a set of actions that you follow regularly.

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How To Create A High Quality List

Office Organization Success

If you publish your ezine/newsletter through one of the emailing list services then you will also be provided with tracking stats for each issue. Are you happy with the open rate, or does it seem exceptionally low for each issue?

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Featured Soloist Krista Stryker: “I Nearly Tear Up From Happiness”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a ongoing feature that gives all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Krista Stryker. Today we meet Krista Stryker, who is based in San Francisco. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an email.

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Self-Employment Increases With Age

Small Business Labs

One of the interesting aspects of self-employment is that the likelihood of being self-employed increases with age. The chart below shows self-employment as a percentage of total employment by age group. The data comes from the U.S.

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The Ultimate Quick Fix: Solve Any Problem In Your Life In Three Steps

Dumb Little Man

We all make mistakes, and cause problems and harm: we may not want to, but we do. By going through life hiding from this fact and pretending we are perfect, we just make things worse, and expect perfection from other people, which will only cause disappointment.

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Career Lessons From My Mom

Eat Your Career

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share just a taste of the wisdom my mom has imparted on me over the years.

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Is It Okay to Want Stuff?

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2008-03-19 13:20:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Sure it is! It’s even okay to buy stuff if you really want it. You can still embrace a life of voluntary simplicity if you cycle things in and out rather than hanging onto all that stuff you buy.

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A Simple 5-Step Process to Separate Your Actions from Negative Thoughts

Dumb Little Man

As a collegiate student-athlete for many years, I was constantly reminded to think positively. Recently, “The Secret” emphasizing positive thinking was an incredible commercial success.

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mission Statement

The Small Business Blog

As Jerry Maguire was fond of repeating: “It’s not a memo. It’s a mission statement.” A mission statement is a statement that sums up who you (or your company) is and what you are about. Unlike what happened in the popular movie, though, a mission statement isn’t pages and pages of ideas or plans.

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How to Feel the Stretch But Avoid the Pain - in Business and In Life

Productive & Organized

Are you forcing the pain or feeling the stretch?    The difference could grow your business. How often are you stepping out of your comfort zone? How often are you stretching yourself -- a good healthy stretch? Or maybe you are stretching too much. 

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The New York Times on Hackerspaces

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article One Big Workbench covers the growth of hackerspaces , which are coworking facilities for people who like to hack or make things.    Think of them as shared workshops instead of shared offices. 

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You’re Not a Bank: Don’t Let Your Accounts Receivable Slide

The Solopreneur Life

S everal years ago I was providing marketing-communications services on contract to a very large B2B publishing company. I had worked for the company for roughly 8 years, and they had paid my invoices like clockwork, at 20 days. Life was great! But then the company hit hard times. Advertising revenue plummeted for their print publications, and online revenue didn’t replace it.

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Top 5 Tips for Finding Work on LinkedIn

The Small Business Blog

Believe it or not, LinkedIn has been around for a decade now and it is often the first place that potential employers visit to find out more about the people applying for their jobs. If they don’t like what they see, it will undoubtedly play a part in their decision to hire them or not.…

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Businesses Are a Reflection of Their Owners – What Does Yours Say About You?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Have you ever walked into a restaurant and immediately felt uncomfortable about eating there? You look around and see that the tables haven’t been bussed, the floor is dirty, and the staff looks a bit disheveled. Not a good first impression for a restaurant to make! Do you think that affects their business? Absolutely it does. The same is true for any business, regardless of whether it is a bricks-and-mortar establishment, a home-based business or a one-man show.

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Are Small Business Owners the New Left?

Small Business Labs

That's the claim of The Nation's article Meet the New Left: Small Business Owners.     Key quote from the article on what you will hear if you listen closely to small business owners:  "you will hear jarring expressions of distinctly liberal opinions. And they express salty disgust for the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, which claim to speak for the little guys on Main Street.

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Stay Sane in Insanely Busy Times

Office Dynamics

Hello Office Dynamics Blog Readers! It’s May and we are almost halfway through this year! It’s hard to fathom but time is passing at a rapid speed and I have been one busy lady both personally and professionally. All great fantastic things!

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Quote of the Week: Returns

The Small Business Blog

It’s the return of a popular TSBB feature after an absence of over three years – the Business Quote of the week!

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How to Stay In Business As a Solopreneur For Another Month: A First Step

The Solopreneur Life

T he wolves are at your door. And they’re pounding on it. You have to do something fast, really fast, in order to stay in business through June 1 and beyond. There are many things you must do to survive, but a top priority is getting those wolves (your creditors) to give you some space. Here are three options Denise O’Berry suggests in her book Small Business Cash Flow : 1. If you need to stretch out your payment terms, ask to switch from a 30-day window to 45 days.

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Moving Lists, Client Strategizing … and More!

Office Organization Success

Finally, we seem to have left Winter behind and are now enjoying some lovely, warm, sunny days! In just a few short weeks the boys will finish for Summer break and I’ll be working to my Summer schedule. I’ve also been able to get outside and start some gardening, and making plans my Summer annuals. And it won’t be long before I’ll be able to enjoy my morning cuppa out on the deck too!

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Book Review: Bill’s Imperfect Time Management Adventure

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am always on the lookout for new time management pieces to slot into my current system. When Francis Wade emailed me and asked me to read and review Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure: A Business Fable , I thought why not? The thing that really piqued my curiosity is that this time management book was written as a novel. No dry bundle of lists, no obvious instruction. Who doesn’t love to learn while reading a story?

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Freedom From Bosses Forever

The Small Business Blog

My friend Tony Robinson OBE – joint Head Enterprise Rocker and Small Business Blog contributor – is also a well-respected business author.

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Share Your Turnaround Success Story

The Solopreneur Life

H ave you ever brought your solopreneur business back from the brink? Do you have a business-turnaround success story you’d like to share? Then send me an email. I want to talk to you! The Solopreneur Life has been doing a LOT of consulting lately for solo businesses that need to make things happen in a big-time hurry. In response to this need, and recognizing that many solos can’t afford coaching or consulting at this time, I’m working on my first new product in 2 years.

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It's All About You! Put Yourself First.

Office Dynamics

Welcome to May! This month I am focusing on the Wellness Pillar of Live a BIG Life. I am excited about this Pillar because it encompasses so many things and truly impact the other 4 Pillars: career, family, financial and spiritual. Please stay tuned to this entire Series.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? When to Join and Leave a List

Virtual Moxie

Toshanda wrote to pick my brain : "I’m trying to find a way to deal with all the email I get from people who have lists I joined. Most of them I don’t care about and never did. I only signed up to get their “special offer,” and never really wanted to be on their lists. But now I’m there and feeling like I can’t unsubscribe. SHOULD I unsubscribe, or does doing that make me a bad person?". Only you know your truth about this, Toshanda.

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How much money do you need to start a business?

The Small Business Blog

Well, if you are Richard Branson then the answer is just a couple of hundred dollars. Yes, one of the most important entrepreneurs of our time started his first business with just a few hundred dollars received from the sale of a lost necklace that was never claimed.

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A Quick Solopreneur Survey: How Is 2013 Going For You?

The Solopreneur Life

T he Solopreneur Life has been doing a LOT of consulting lately for solo businesses that need to make things happen in a big-time hurry. In response to this need, and recognizing that many solos can’t afford coaching or consulting at this time, I’m working on my first new product in 2 years. The tentative name is “The Solopreneur Emergency Turnaround Program,” and the program’s goal is to help out solopreneurs whose businesses are really struggling to stay afloat.

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Translating Admin Experience to Recruiters

Office Dynamics

If you plan to apply for a new job in the near future, you must know how to explain your administrative experience in a way that convinces recruiters to interview you and make competitive job offers.

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Open Loops 5/10/13: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you escalate the anger? From Seth Godin’s “Conservation of energy in conversation” If you haven’t learned these lessons, no matter what your age, consider them. From’s “10 Life Lessons People Should Learn Before They Turn 30″ Until it is your child having the melt-down, don’t judge.

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Pic of the Day: Read a Book

The Small Business Blog

Reading a book is likely to be a lot more valuable use of your time than spending the equivalent amount of hours on social media or watching television.

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Introducing The Productivityist Workbook


The Productivityist Workbook is designed to help you learn valuable strategies and explore tools that will allow you to attack your work and life with a more balanced, efficient, and effective approach.

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5 tactics to bounce yourself back from rejection and failure

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Everyone talks about transmuting failure into feedback. It’s the holy grail of entrepreneurial acceleration: You recover from set backs faster, get smarter and rocket up the learning curve to the milk and honey on the other side. If only it was easier done than said!

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The Media Diet: Paring Online Information

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. As I recently wrote , I have been working to pare down how much information I have coming into my life. I was taking in so much and it was becoming less and less valuable as I struggled to keep up with everything coming at me. So I have gone on a media diet. I have been paring online information intake. Today’s article will show you how I got my online sources purged and to a reasonable level. Websites.

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Software-as-a-Service Minus the Subscription

The Small Business Blog

Have you considered the Cloud for your small business but been put off in the past by the monthly or annual subscription fees?

2013 205

23 Small Business Social Media Dos and Don’ts

Small Business CEO

For cash strapped small businesses social media can be a cheap and effective way to promote your business/brand and increase revenue. At the same time many SMBs don’t properly utilize social media or ignore it altogether.

Capitonyms Are Separate Cases

Daily Writing Tips

Some words, in a class called capitonyms, have distinct meanings or senses when they are capitalized as opposed to generic senses. Writers should take care to render these words as appropriate to the context. Among capitonyms are several words denoting astronomical bodies.

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Why the Best Leaders Open Doors

45 Things

It''s amazing how life''s most important lessons sometimes seem to come from the most unexpected places. Read on for how Bill Treasurer learned a key leadership lesson from someone who isn''t even close to voting or getting his driver''s license his latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today.

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Make your business a global success story

The Small Business Blog

The Cloud allows businesses all over the world to reach audiences in previously untapped markets. Now it only costs a tiny fraction of what it would have previously cost to sell your products on a global scale. Find out how to make the most of globalisation with the Business Cloud.

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