Sat.Oct 11, 2014 - Fri.Oct 17, 2014

Check Your Ego, Build Your Relationships

Dumb Little Man

Picture yourself at work leading your way to a one-to-one meeting with your boss.

2014 285

Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

Small Business Labs

Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.   Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business.

2014 285

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Swiss Luxury Apartments, Geneva

Practically Perfect PA

The Swiss Luxury Apartments are located in a beautiful building on a quiet street and short walking distance from the Lake. It is a lovely part of Geneva with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes nearby. Upon arrival I was swiftly checked-in and the reception staff were really helpful.

2014 204

The Best Online-Writing Advice I Ever Received

The Solopreneur Life

Here’s the best online-writing advice I ever received: “Be brief. Be brilliant.” ” The advice’s genius is that it works for all online platforms: websites, landing pages, e-newsletters, landing pages, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

2014 171

How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

Dumb Little Man

I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said.

2014 285

Wage Versus Education Gap

Small Business Labs

Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention.

2014 198

Technology of the week – Haiku Deck

Practically Perfect PA

Understanding technology has always been an important part of the assistant role.

2014 199

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In An Emergency, Be An Asset, Not A Liability

Dumb Little Man

Most of us experience life as a set of predicable events that unfold as a series of manageable challenges. When we hit a speed bump in our day, there is usually plenty of time to select among several amenable choices or at least choose the least of all evils.

2014 285

Will Superintelligent AI's Destroy Mankind?

Small Business Labs

A new book - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies - says yes, or least says it's very possible. The books author, Nick Bostrom, is a professor at Oxford University and Director of their Future of Humanity Institute. 

2014 195

Rock Your Party this Christmas

Practically Perfect PA

Stick It On is a very simple – and completely unique – concept that has been rocking parties for over a decade. With a Stick It On event, the guests get the opportunity to work the decks like superstar DJs as they ‘wow’ their colleagues and friends with 15 minutes worth of their favourite ‘choons’!

2014 197

Amazon Associates Program is Back for Minnesota Businesses

The Solopreneur Life

If you’re a Minnesota resident and you operate an online business, this is big news: beginning October 1, Amazon started collecting Minnesota sales tax from Minnesota customers. This means the Amazon Associates program is up and running again in Minnesota.

2014 161

10 Great Books that Will Boost Your Creativity

Dumb Little Man

Becoming more creative can be challenging, especially if you have no idea where to start. You’ve probably already scoured Google for the answers to all your creative problems and whether if you’ve found answers or not, you walked away from the search engine not feeling like you found what would get you over the hump. Today you’ll read about books that are designed to do just that and boost your creative qualities as much as you can imagine.

2014 218

5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work.  The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems  unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various ways in which intelligent systems are being integrated into the workforce in both protective and problematic ways. Much of what’s at stake in this domain stems from people’s conflicting values regarding robots, drones, and other intelligent systems.

2014 163

Interview with a VA: Jude Rush

Virtual Moxie

This month''s interview is with Jude Rush, a talented Certified Professional Virtual Assistant from Rochester, NY. I had a great time talking with Jude, and hope you''ll enjoy getting to know her a bit better! Meet Jude Rush. . Interview With a VA Moxie

Why is nailing your niche so darned difficult?

The Small Business Blog

Your Niche. Your Unique Selling point. Unique Value Proposition. Compelling Value Proposition. Useful Value Proposition. Oh Help!

2014 203

Open Loops 10/17/2014: 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.

2014 198

Make a not to do list

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2013-06-13 10:38:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter To do lists are a dime a dozen. I’ll bet you have a dozen hiding somewhere on your desk. They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with: things you don’t really have to do. things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t. things you have no intention of doing, but think you should. things that were a good idea at the time, but have become irrelevant. You get the picture.

2014 135

Think you don’t have time to market? Think again!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. We’ve all done it – putting our marketing and business building tasks on the back burner, because we think we don’t have the time to get it done. We may even feel as though in order to market, we need to take time away from our client work. But, if we don’t invest time back into our businesses, how will they grow? Do you have room for new clients? If you do, then I have good news for you. It’s simple.

2014 122

Avoid Costly Law Suits Through Proper Winter Maintenance

The Small Business Blog

Slip and fall law suits increase exponentially in winter, where icy surfaces increase hazards and snow may not have been cleared. As a business, you are required to keep areas such as aisles, stairs, walkways, car parks, and other parts of the premises reasonably safe for clients and employees.

2014 201

Recap Your Day; Simplify Tomorrow

Simple Productivity Blog

It is about getting things done, right? But at the end of the day, do you see what you have accomplished, or just the remaining things on your task list? The post Recap Your Day; Simplify Tomorrow appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 196

The Best Way to Deliver Bad News to Your Manager

On The Job

No one likes unpleasant surprises, and that includes your boss. But when you have bad news about sales performance or a new product development, for example, your vice president wants to hear about it right away. So how do you deliver bad news without it becoming a shoot-the-messenger scenario?

2014 169

Honored “Best Book” In Best of The Best Office Products and Services

Office Dynamics

DeskDemon Announces the Winners of “Our Favorites – The Award,” A Prestigious Award Honoring the Best of the Best in Office Products, Services and Vendors.

2014 166

Why Freedom is the worst goal you can set for yourself 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

A shard of ice just shivered it’s way down the spine of very freedom loving, lifestyle designing internet entrepreneur on the planet. Blaspheme has been uttered! Welcome to the sacred cow slaughterhouse.

2014 112

Thursday From The Trenches Episode 2: Expectations

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode I take a look at some expectations of myself that made things overwhelming. The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 2: Expectations appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 170

How I Use Priority Levels in Todoist


Todoist has been my task manager for some time , and one of the features it offers is the ability to flag tasks as needed. I have avoided using priorities until recently, but I finally figured out how I wanted to use them and have started to add them to my Todoist workflow.

2014 110

Do you share your career ambition with your boss?

Office Dynamics

Career Ambition: How do you tell your boss that you don’t want a promotion? Question: “Our company has performance plans based on the expectation that we’ll always be moving up the ladder—or at least trying to.

2014 137

7 Strategies for Coming Up With Your Best Ideas Yet

Small Business CEO

With so much emphasis being placed on new technology, it’s easy to forget about the one thing that got you where you are today – and I’m not talking about your innovation, willpower, or proven track record. I’m talking about your brain.

2014 109

Boost Your Productivity With An Airplane Day

Simple Productivity Blog

Sometimes being connected is a good thing. But it is also a minefield of distractions, and it can keep you from reaching peak productivity. Today we will talk about being disconnected, its advantages and what you need to do before you disconnect. The post Boost Your Productivity With An Airplane Day appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 163

Preposition Mistakes #1: Accused and Excited

Daily Writing Tips

The use of prepositions is tricky, even for native speakers. Certain prepositions are used with certain words, while others are not. Here are four examples of nonstandard usage. Accused. Incorrect: They were arrested and accused for murder. Correct : They were arrested and accused of murder.

2014 104

The Attitude That Makes Every Day Worthwhile

Office Dynamics

What’s your attitude look like today? I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. Thank you for understanding and it is my hope you’ll enjoy today’s throwback message.

2014 132

How to Avoid Killing Good Email Design with These Five Campaign Enemies

Small Business CEO

Email marketing campaigns are a delicate balance of different factors interacting in just the right way to create what is an overall smooth flowing campaign.

2014 92

A Better Note Taker for iOS: Notes Plus

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things I think the iPad should be better at is being a notebook. It would be so nice to be able to take notes as with a pen, and not have to deal with the typing. Notes Plus is an application that brings this to the iPad.

2014 153


Daily Writing Tips

When Dick Cheney said, “We’re in deep doo-doo,” he was expressing himself with hypocorisma. Hypocorisma is a type of euphemism derived from a Greek word meaning “pet name.”. The English word hypocorism may be defined as “the diminutive or otherwise altered version of a given name.”.

2014 103


Office Dynamics

OFFICE DYNAMICS CONFERENCE RECAP PART III: The Final Day. This article is part 3 of our conference recap. click here for Office Dynamics Conference Recap part 1 and part 2.

2014 130

Taking Traveling, Talking, and Trying to the Next Level


This past week – my first small sabbatical – was definitely needed. During the last couple of weeks I''ve taken traveling, talking and trying to a whole new level. The sabbatical was well-timed as I needed a break from all the travel I’d undertaken.

2014 83

19 Ideas for Killer Lead Magnets

Denise Aday

See on – Email Marketing Virtual Assistant. Want more email subscribers – and more leads? The single best way to get them is to offer a lead magnet – a free incentive for joining your email list.

2014 56

Grammar Review #1: Particles and Phrasal Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

Generally speaking, a particle is a word that doesn’t belong to the usual classes of words like noun, verb, pronoun, etc.

2014 99