Sat.Aug 18, 2012 - Fri.Aug 24, 2012

5 Strategies for a Super Follow Up System

Office Organization Success

Having a super-duper follow-up system in place is a critical, if not the critical, system you need to grow and build your business. Let me ask you….

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Quiz: Are You a Professional Communicator?

Eat Your Career

Communicating professionally is an essential part of workplace etiquette. It can be difficult to keep your emotions in check , especially when things are busy and stressful. But how you communicate with co-workers and superiors can truly make or break your career.

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Featured Soloist Kathryn Vercillo: “I Feel Like I’ve Been True to My Heart”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Kathryn Vercillo.

2012 179

Do First and Third Person Mix Well?

Business Writing

George, a regular reader of this blog, asked this question: "In describing a client's services on their website, I wrote something like 'Acme does A and B. We can also help with C and D.' The client said mixing the. Grammar and Usage Writing Tips

2012 176

Casual Friday Fashion

Practically Perfect PA

During the month of August myself and my colleagues are allowed to dress in a more casual manner than in any other month throughout the year which means that the guys in the office aren’t wearing ties and the women look pretty much the same.

2012 168

Reducing Your Company Carbon Footprint On The Road

Eco-Office Gals

There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck in traffic – no matter where you’re going. Similarly, there’s nothing worse than having your employees stuck in traffic, whether they’re simply late for work, or late with a delivery.

Writer's Block Stinks: 4 Steps for When Your Get-Up-And-Go Has Gone-Up-And-Went

Productive & Organized

In the last few weeks I have had a number of clients share their frusteration with writer's block.    Interestingly enough, I found myself in a similar slump! 

2012 228

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Casual Friday Fashion

Practically Perfect PA

During the month of August myself and my colleagues are allowed to dress in a more casual manner than in any other month throughout the year which means that the guys in the office aren’t wearing ties and the women look pretty much the same.

2012 168

Reducing Your Company Carbon Footprint On The Road

Eco-Office Gals

There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck in traffic – no matter where you’re going. Similarly, there’s nothing worse than having your employees stuck in traffic, whether they’re simply late for work, or late with a delivery.

How to Build Rapport With Anyone

On The Job

I'm one of those people that loves to sit and people watch. Give me a nice, cold Diet Dr. Pepper and put me in a shopping mall or airport terminal, and I'm perfectly happy to find a nice seat and do nothing but watch people go by.

2012 201

6 Ways to Simplify Your Finances This Year

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Many people’s finances run amuck simply because they don’t take the time to properly manage them.

Have Laptop Will Travel!

Office Organization Success

I’m sat writing this week’s ezine from the boot of my car!! George had a soccer practice out of town and it just wasn’t worth me driving back home again. So, I packed up my laptop and MiFi and off we went! This week I also held a Business Planning Intensive with a fabulous client. We went through her entire Client Consultation process and then put in place some simple strategies for her follow-up system.

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Marketing Tip: 5 things you must include on your website

Step It Up VA Coaching

This week has been a really busy one for me, so I’ve enlisted the help of Lisa Wells of VAMarketingMentor.com to help out a bit. She’s got a ton of marketing ideas for your VA business. I hope you enjoy her post. =. There is no question that having a website is the most important ingredient in an e-marketing strategy.

2012 131

What to Consider Before Accepting a Counteroffer

On The Job

Once upon a time there was a manager who searched the job market far and wide for just the right job candidate. When the candidate was found, the manager was very happy and tendered a fair and just offer.

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Simplifying By Using Flexible Tools

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I believe that you should use the right tools for the job, but at the same time, I think the tools should be as flexible as possible.

2012 188

To Grow Your Business, Ask “What Am I Good At?”

The Solopreneur Life

I n his book Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing, Harry Beckwith explains that most service businesses are trapped in a box of their own making. When they ask themselves “what are we good at?” ” business owners answer in terms that define their industry. For example, an architect will answer that she’s an architectural firm. This traps her into doing what others do, saying what others say, and offering what others offer.

2012 125

Free Coaching Call: August 2012

Eat Your Career

So, I held my free quarterly coaching call yesterday and OH MY GOODNESS THE TECHNOLOGY ALMOST KILLED ME. Okay. I’m breathing. It all worked out in the end. And some amazingly patient listeners persevered and stuck it out through all the frustration. I was rather impressed to be honest. Anyway, if you missed it, be thankful that you can listen to the recorded version which I’ve carefully edited to remove the moments of silence and various other technology interruptions.

2012 116

Top 5 Tips for Small Business eCommerce

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. Carefully monitor your traffic and get to understand the peaks and troughs of your monthly website visitors – this way you will quickly be able to tell if any new strategies you…

2012 164

The Ultimate Secret to Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I know I’m not the only one who feels off-kilter. And when I feel off-kilter, my productivity suffers. Today we have the third of a three part series from Erin Owen, an Eastern-inspired productivity expert, to guest blog and share her unique philosophy that brings Eastern wisdom to the Western idea of performance and productivity. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines.

2012 166

How Transparent Should I Be With Clients?

Virtual Moxie

One of the participants of our Virtual Mentoring Program asked, “I don’t really understand the topic of transparency as it pertains to my relationships with clients. How much is enough, and where’s the line where it becomes too much?”. Transparency with clients is all about what to share and what to not share--what's appropriate and what's better left unsaid. All of us, to greater or lesser extent, were taught social and appropriateness skills as children.

2012 158

More on the Decline of Marriage

Small Business Labs

CNN has an interesting article on the jobs recovery favoring singles. When you look a little deeper at their data, it becomes clear what really is going on is younger people are delaying or choosing not to get married. This  This results in the number of single adults growing much more rapidly than married adults.  Key quote: " the single population is growing at more than double the speed of the married population.

2012 155

Is it really a good time to be diversifying my business?

The Small Business Blog

The current economic climate presents challenges to businesses of all sizes. The effects of the recession have been widely felt, and in many cases, small businesses have suffered the heaviest impact. The economic downturn has seen a reduction in consumer spending, and in turn businesses are often hampered by limitations on their own resources. Seeking…

2012 162

Only A Few More Hours To Win Accomplist!

Simple Productivity Blog

I am very pleased to announce that Appsolutlee, the makers of Accomplist , are going to give the readers of SimpleProductivityBlog two chances to win copies of the Accomplist software for iOS. If you wish to enter, please leave a comment here: Contest: Win Accomplist!

2012 158

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

Job Advice Blog

So, finally the phone rings and the caller ID displays the name of a company you sent your résumé to. The caller is from the company’s human resources department and wants to schedule you for an in-person interview. Fantastic, this is music to your ears, but what now? Are you prepared? Do you have time [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Job Advice Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation networking Personal Branding Winning Interview Strategies

Improving the Job Market With Big Data

Small Business Labs

Interesting article from John Horton at oDesk  on the Digitization of the Supply Side of the Labor Market. It covers the growing role labor supply sites such as LinkedIn and oDesk are playing in making job markets more efficient. Historically only on the demand side of the labor market has rich information been easily available.  As John points out:  "online job boards like  CareerBuilder ,  Monster.com ,  Indeed ,  SimplyHired , etc.,

Key Concepts in Online Store Optimization

The Small Business Blog

Converting visitors into paying customers is the primary goal of every ecommerce website, and there are specific strategies online retailers can use to boost conversion rates. If you’re the proprietor of an ecommerce website and you’re frustrated with high bounce rates, low conversion rates and customers abandoning full shopping carts before completing their purchases, you…

2012 155

Open Loops 8/21/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Feng Shui often lends itself to productivity and simplicity because clearing out stuff is a basis for Feng Shui. And when you clear out stuff, you simplify and get less distracted.

2012 158

Want Better Clients? Sell Value

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As you are contacted by potential clients, how often do you find yourself being haggled, or “talked down,” offering discounts or extras, or offering a la carte services or hourly rates to sign the client on? Are you attracting price-conscious clients, who inevitably end up demanding more for less, and sucking you dry? If so, take a good look at your marketing materials.

2012 100

Street Fight - Great Hyperlocal Information Source

Small Business Labs

I've become a big fan of Street Fight.  It covers the local and hyperlocal  content and commerce industries. I follow their website and subscribe to their free daily newsletter.  Anyone interested in local business or content will find Street Fight useful. Street Fight also nicely illustrates the growing trend of curated content.

2012 139

Why use a Payment Gateway Provider?

The Small Business Blog

Online shopping is a billion dollar a year industry and only getting bigger. In order to sell merchandise from your website you need the ability to handle payment processing for your clients. Most website owners do not have the technology or budget to handle the processing of customer payments. If you cannot take payments you…

2012 153

Moxie Tip 228: Filling Service Gaps

Virtual Moxie

The best Virtual Assistant I know (and can conceive of) have addressed their service gaps (the gaps between what they can do and what clients need to get done) and are able to be one-stop shops for their clients. I absolutely believe that clients should be able to go to their VAs for anything (quite literally). And the VAs should be able to do what’s needed, or get it handled--no matter what it is.

2012 138

Cinch.fm Audio Service Shuts Down - Lessons We Can Learn on Customer Service & Not Counting on One Platform

Productive & Organized

Friday night I learned that one of my favorite pod-casting sites, Cinch.fm , was shutting down.    The news hit me like a lead brick.    Sure, shutting down is something that can happen when you use a 3rd-party tool. It was a real let down though, considering I had invested time linking to them and growing 1014 followers and creating 284 recordings. 

2012 137

Millennial Myths

Small Business Labs

Good article on Monster's blog called Millennial Myths and the Truth About Gen Y Workers.  It covers 5 of the bigger misconceptions about the Millennial generation (born 1980 to 2000).   The 5 Myths are: Gen Y is lazy. Gen Y is apathetic. Gen Y lacks morals. Gen Y has trouble finding jobs. Gen Y thinks they are smarter than you were at their age. I will refer you to the article for the Gen Y "truths", which I agree with.

2012 135

Are You Really Good at Job Interviewing?

Job Advice Blog

Job interviewing is an act. Yes, you are the actor, and both sides know the rules: You, who are one of the candidates for the position, are doing your best to convince the interviewer you are the ideal candidate. The interviewer, who is the audience, has choices, is an independent thinker and often skeptic, and [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview preparation Job Interview Coaching

Moxie Tip 227: Proper Posture

Virtual Moxie

Standing (always doing what's best) for the client is always a fabulous idea. Remember, when you stand for the client, you ultimately stand for yourself and your practice, too. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

2012 138

Dream BIG

Office Dynamics

Hello Monday Motivators! Well, the big 60 came and went! In January, I had thought about having a special celebration/big party for my 60th birthday. I love to celebrate milestone birthdays, mine or someone who is near to me. At first, it seemed likes months of waiting for my special event. Jasmine and Michele helped plan the main event with fancy invitations, music, sit-down dinner, flowers, a huge star cake and more. (By By the way, they did a fabulous job!)

2012 110

How ramping up customer service is paying off for Home Depot

Service Untitled

Years ago when contractors were so busy building houses, supply giant Home Depot paid a lot more attention to the builders than to the do-it-yourself home owners.