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Solopreneurs Generated $1 Trillion in Revenue in 2012

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census recently reported that the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses reached 22.7 million in 2012. This is up 1.1%, or 245,000 businesses, from 2011.   These businesses generated $1 trillion in total revenue, up 4.2% from 2011.

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Technology to help with minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

About 10 years ago I used to manage 12 Committees as part of my role at the time. I absolutely loved the job but it did mean that I had to write 48 sets of minutes each year.

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How To Set Up Your DIY Planner

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the advantages of making a DIY planner is that you can customize exactly what goes into it. Anything you need, in.anything you don''t, out. Today we will look at some useful sections to help you set up your DIY Planner.

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Do You Learn From Your Mistakes?

The Small Business Blog

There are a number of old adages that relate to learning from our mistakes.

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How to Write a Speech to Inform

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Write a Speech to Inform appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. If you’ve ever told your spouse about your day at work, or explained how to make an omelet, you already have experience giving an informative speech.

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The Lowell, New York City

Practically Perfect PA

This is me arriving at The Lowell , New York City. It was freezing cold and I was actually wearing two coats. The doorman was lovely and didn’t mind carrying my bright pink suitcase.

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Balancing Chores and Fun

Simple Productivity Blog

There are those who work before playing.and never get to playing at all. On the opposite side, there are those who play before working.and important things never get done. The secret lies in the balance. The post Balancing Chores and Fun appeared first on

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Don't Chip Away at Your Credibility

Business Writing

The other day I had lunch with an old friend at a restaurant. We both ordered tea, and our tea came in ceramic teapots. My friend''s teapot had a noticeable chip on its lid. She commented to me, "They should. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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Who discovered Elvis?

Practically Perfect PA

Early this year I was in Memphis. During my visit I went on the Sun Studio tour. For anyone going to that neck of the woods I would highly recommend the tour – it is brilliant. One of the stories I absoutely loved was about the woman you can see in the picture above.

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Before You Quit Your Job – Ask Yourself These 5 Things

Dumb Little Man

It’s no mystery that most people are unsatisfied in their jobs. Statistics show that more than 70% of the U.S. workforce is unhappy with their current jobs. Why is this happening in this great and free country?

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Top Tips for Employing the Right People

The Small Business Blog

Although there are literally millions of people who are actively seeking some form of employment, very few of these candidates are suited to filling positions that are offered by way of sales and IT jobs.

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12 Tips For Commanding a Room

The Solopreneur Life

As a solopreneur, you’re not always going to be holed up in your home office. Knowing how to captivate an audience is an essential skill — and it’s one that can be learned. Here are tips from More magazine on how you can be the person who’s worth listening to.

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Planning your job search

Practically Perfect PA

Whatever the reason is for your latest job search, taking a step back and thoroughly assessing your options is vital. Wherever you’re headed, good planning will ensure that your next career move is the right one. Why are you looking for a new job?

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How to Set a Goal – When You Don’t Have One

Dumb Little Man

Google “how to set a goal” and you’ll come up with 938 million results. By the time you read through all of those articles, blogs, and how-to lists, you’ll likely forget what your goal was to begin with. But, what happens if you don’t have a goal to meet?

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Benefits of Using Accounting Software for your Business

The Small Business Blog

In the accounting world, there are a lot of software choices that can make or break any business. Some software stands out from most choices, however. Good accounting software is highly beneficial to a business, and enables accountants to help the businesses they represent in a number of ways.

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Open Loops 5/2/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

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Virtues of going Virtual: Working whilst on holiday

Practically Perfect PA

Gone are the days when employees necessarily have to be in the same office, or even same country as their boss. Skype allows meetings to take place in multiple locations around the world and the use of tablets means emails can be responded to anytime and anywhere (including the beach!).

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Procrastinate Now – Don’t Put it Off!

Dumb Little Man

Are you having difficulties in producing the results you want because of procrastination? Are you keeping on delaying and putting things away in life?

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Infographic: Future Workplaces

The Small Business Blog

The way we work has already undergone a fundamental shift in the past decade, with the emergence of easy internet access everywhere completely altering workspaces or eliminating them entirely.

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Cool Perks to Look for at a New Employer

On The Job

Would you like to have your employer do your laundry? Or buy a new wardrobe on the company tab? What about having someone run errands for you while you’re at work? If those ideas sound far-fetched to you, think again.

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Use the Apostrophe in Happy Mother's Day

Business Writing

Okay, this post is not about business writing. But over the next few days, plenty of people--perhaps you?--will will be sending Mother''s Day cards, notes, emails, tweets, and Facebook messages to mothers and motherly people. I want to save you the. Etiquette Punctuation Pointers

2014 182

How to Efficiently Start a Part-Time Startup?

Dumb Little Man

Every start-up wants to dedicate the whole day to the project from day one, but just as it happened with us, this is not always a viable option. However, not having that possibility doesn’t mean that we don’t have the chance of making our idea a reality.

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Are You Up for the Challenge?

Office Organization Success

Given that my website got hacked last week, and it caused some issues regarding registrations for the Your Systems For Success Six-Week Challenge, I decided to EXTEND REGISTRATIONS through to Midnight tonight, Tuesday, April 29.

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Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of years ago I was involved in the termination of an employee. He was about eight inches taller than me and had 70 or 80 pounds on me. His supervisor delivered the bad news, we reviewed the termination process and documents and then stood to leave. Suddenly, he was standing toe to toe looking down on me. His fists were clenched at his side as he yelled.

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Purina Opens a Cat Cafe

Small Business Labs

Dogs are pretty common at cafes with outdoor seating, but you rarely see cats. This may change now that Purina has opened the first cat cafe in New York City. It serves complimentary "cat'achinos" (their bad pun, not mine).

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8 Ways Jealousy Can Help You Grow

Dumb Little Man

I’m sure we’ve all felt jealous at some point in our lives.

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Annual Reader Survey!

Simple Productivity Blog

Fill out the annual reader survey and get a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. All entries must be done by 6pm EDT 10 May 2014. The survey can be found here: [link] Photo by Grand Canyon NPS. Licensed under Creative Commons. The post Annual Reader Survey!

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Success – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.” ” – J. Paul Getty, US entrepreneur. In the history of business, no-one has ever managed to make a name for themselves by conforming to the rules of the people who came before them. The ones… Read the full article here: Success – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations business quotes Success

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A Short Version of Thomas Piketty's "Capital"

Small Business Labs

Capital in the 21st Century , by French economist Thomas Piketty, is currently the top seller on Amazon and the hottest economics book in many, many years. So hot that last Sunday's lead article in the New York Times style and fashion section was about Piketty.

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Do You Dream of Having a Lousy Business, Poor Health, and a Crappy Life?

Virtual Moxie

Jessica set up an appointment with me for some on-the-spot coaching to discuss how she manages her time. Among other things, we found that Jessica runs her practice on adrenaline (a post for another time).

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How You Can Be Happy Like Pharrell Williams

On The Job

I think there''s a reason that Pharrell Williams hit, "Happy" appeals to so many people. Simply put: It sucks to be sad. We can''t always avoid it, of course, and sometimes we need to let ourselves feel down in order to deal with a situation and then be able to move on. But when you''re stuck at work with someone whose main character trait seems to be "glum", then that bad vice can rub off on you, robbing you of the things you could be enjoying about your career.

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Did You Get Sent to an Inappropriate Website?

Office Organization Success

Well … what an interesting week it’s been! It would appear that one of my websites got hacked and some of you got taken to an inappropriate *adult* website when you clicked links in the emails I’d been sending you for my training program. (No, No, I haven’t started a new business on the side!). Apparently this has been happening to quite a few people this week; so it’s not just me.

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Freelancing and Job Security

Small Business Labs

The $200K Freelancer's Freelancing is the Ultimate Job Security covers something we often hear from small business owners and independent workers - they feel more secure than if they had a traditional job. In our interviews the primary reason given for feeling more secure is multiple sources of income. The article nicely describes this. Key quote: As long as I keep a good mix of clients, and don’t rely too much on any one for my income, I can never be fired in a devastating way.

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How to Choose What to Focus On

Office Dynamics

Did you know you have a choice every day, every minute, every second to choose what you want to focus on? You can focus on the “lack of” something or focus on your blessings. You can focus on why you aren’t getting ahead or focus on HOW to get ahead.

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Kipple is Clutter

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2007-02-26 17:50:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter “Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more.” “I I see.”

2014 109

What Does a Great Leader need? Time to think!

Small Business CEO

As a leader, you’re paid (and praised!) for delivering results. It’s all about setting an ambitious plan and then executing it. This requires action. Modern business life is busy and there’s often a barrage of unexpected events you have to deal with. This involves more action.

2014 105

Open Connect, Connect Hub and Disruption

Brilliantly Better

For the past two months, little has happened here, on this blog. But on the other side of the screen, there was mayhem. A good mayhem, that is. Put aside 15 minutes or so, a cup of coffee and prepare to read a story about connection, disruption, abrupt lifestyle changes and rapid evolution.

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