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The Infrastructure Behind the Rise of Crafters, Makers and Hobbypreneurs

Small Business Labs

Back in 2009 we released Today's Hobbyists are Tomorrow's Hobbypreneurs , a report on the Maker Movement with our partner Intuit. Our conclusion was: "Makers increasingly create new products and build small businesses based on innovative use of technology, processes, and business models.

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10 ways assistants can improve their productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve written quite a bit about minimising disruptions at work, which for assistants is a particularly tricky activity.

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Deconstructing Getting Things Done: The Workflow

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the second chapter, which lays out the workflow.

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3 Ways to Generate Cash Flow … Fast!

Office Organization Success

The summer months are approaching and, for some of you, that means business may slow down a little … you might even be feeling a little panicked at the thought of your income dropping.

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Top 5 Tips eBook

The Small Business Blog

Ever wanted to take our Top 5 Tips with you everywhere, even when you don’t have an internet connection? Our friends at WinWeb have created a nifty little eBook from our Top 5 Tips archive that you can download and read on your preferred device at any time, even when you aren’t online.

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How to succeed as an assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Do you find more and more is demanded of executives and senior managers’ time? There is one key individual who is critical to their success, both on a professional and personal level, and that person is the Personal Assistant.

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Simplifying Getting Things Done: Projects

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about making a productivity system that fits how you work is to understand the concepts of other systems. Today we are going to look at simplifying the concept of a Getting Things Done project.

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Infographic: Entrepreneurial Teachers

The Small Business Blog

Teachers suffer from a problem in the U.S. in that they are not respected anywhere near as highly as in other countries. Such devaluing of the importance of educators also undermines the entire education system.

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What to do when your boss has been sacked

Practically Perfect PA

So picture the scene. You walk into your office one day to find that your boss is no longer there. They have been fired and escorted off the premises. Now, how you feel about this largely depends on how you feel about your boss.

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Open Loops 5/16/2014: 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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3 Paths to Squash Your Negative Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Many of us are champions of maintaining bad moods. For some, it’s even a default mode. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly easy to trade in your vigor, dreams, and self-worth for wages, traffic jams, and mindless meme-browsing. Sometimes it’s even expected of us.

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Take the Freelancers Union Live and Work Survey

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union is conducting a survey on how freelancers work and live. The goals of the survey are to better understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success and how they are working with one another to improve their business outcomes.

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Afternoon tea at The Crosby Street Hotel

Practically Perfect PA

Being English and having spent two months in the United States eating everything the US has to offer (think BBQ, soul food, hot dogs and fried chicken… lots of fried chicken) I was super excited to go to The Crosby Street hotel for an English afternoon tea.

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Should You Tell Others What You Earn?

On The Job

Over the years there has been great discussion about whether companies and employees should be more transparent over salaries. The latest salvo in this discussion comes from a Tel Aviv University and Cornell University study that finds pay secrecy can hurt individual performance.

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6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

I hate to admit it, but people annoy me pretty regularly. Not only strangers and acquaintances, but those dear to me, as well! What’s wrong with everyone?! That’s what I used to wonder – what’s their problem? Now I know better. hourselves that we are not fully aware of.

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Avoiding Gender-Based Language Traps

Business Writing

This month''s e-newsletter, Better Writing at Work, features an article on avoiding gender-based language traps. Below are highights from the 545-word article. Avoid "man" words unless you are specifically referring to an adult male.

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20 do’s and don’ts when travelling with the boss

Practically Perfect PA

Most assistants do not get to travel on business trips with their boss unless they work for high net worth individuals or are private household assistants. If the opportunity ever comes up it is well worth grabbing with both hands.

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New Productivity Forms: May 2014

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things I wanted to do this year is to release productivity forms more often. Fun tools make me more productive) So to that end, I will be releasing a new set of productivity forms every month. They are free…all you have to do is sign up for the mailing list here. This […].

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Embrace These 15 Qualities And Success Is Yours

Dumb Little Man

My friends think I achieved a lot. I’m a full-time blogger and I just moved to London from South India. I can live where I want, and I spend my days pretty much how I like.

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MIT Technology Review's 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Small Business Labs

Each year MIT Technology Review releases their list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies. They describe these as: "advances from the past year all solve thorny problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come." " Their 10 are: Agricultural Drones. Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. Ultraprivate Smartphones.

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Advice from Women in the C-Suite

On The Job

The double-edged sword of the modern day workplace continues: 69 percent of senior women say they are confident they’ll reach the C-suite in their careers (yay!), but that’s only compared to 86 percent of their male colleagues (ugh), according to a recent McKinsey and Co. survey.

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Objectives – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves — to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” ” – Stewart B. Johnson It’s easy to lose sight of your own personal business goals if you focus too intently on what other people in… Read the full article here: Objectives – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations Business Quotes objectives

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How To Kick Any Bad Habbit

Dumb Little Man

“We are creatures of habit.” I woke up this morning and grabbed my phone out of habit. Out of habit, I didn’t turn off the alarm, but pushed the snooze button instead. I soon realized my mistake and shut it down for good. I got out of bed and went to the bathroom out of habit.

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Must-Have Skill for Executive and Administrative Assistants At All Levels

Office Dynamics

The shift into a new age. America is moving out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, where creative thinking will become as essential as logical thinking. The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? Creativity.

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The Ultimate in Moxie--Do You Have It?

Virtual Moxie

A friend asked me what I thought the ultimate in moxie is.

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Need Some Done-For-You Support?

Office Organization Success

Spring is truly in the air this week, with lovely weather and lots going on at school such as field trips and the like. May is always such a busy month for everyone; we’re all busy finishing stuff up before the summer starts! I’ve been busy planning my summer reading list too. I’ve just finished reading Divergent … what a great book; I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

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3 Simple Phrases to Transform Your Thinking

Dumb Little Man

It was an ordinary sunny afternoon in June, completely unremarkable in every way, except for the fact that I had just locked myself in the bathroom and refused to come out. Because I was sick. I was sick of having spent the last 2.5

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The Skill Every Assistant Needs

Office Dynamics

The shift into a new age. America is moving out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, where creative thinking will become as essential as logical thinking. The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? Creativity.

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Quick Tips for Beating Procrastination

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2010-04-05 18:53:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Got a project that’s bogged down? Finding it hard to get started at all? Here are some ideas: Break your project down into steps. Now, divide the steps into even smaller pieces. Keep dividing until you get to a piece small enough that it seems easy to do. Then do just that piece. Start your project somewhere in the middle or at the end. It can be easier to fill in backwards once you get going.

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Responding to RFPs – Creating Proposals That Shine Your Best Light

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. For years, businesses have been using RFPs when searching for professional services. An RFP, or Request for Proposal, is a written request for a particular service or type of individual that is needed to fulfill a specific role within an organization. It typically contains details about the skills and experience that are required for the position, along with the scope of work to be done.

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Future Finances: How to Ready Yourself for the Retirement Years

Dumb Little Man

One day you will awake and it will be the first day of your retirement. At that moment, a lifetime of habits dealing with money will become crystal clear. Your financial future as a retiree depends on honestly assessing your retirement planning now.

BIG Learning: The Invisible Bag of Skills Give Assistants the Edge

Office Dynamics

Hello Monday Motivators! Carrying on with the May theme of BIG learning, today I want to talk to you about the invisible bag of skills, knowledge and information. I have been carrying my own invisible bag for more than 35 years. And it has come in very handy in many situations.

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5 Ways Hiring a Chartered Accountant Can Improve Your Profit

Small Business CEO

Sometimes in the rush to get a small business up and running entrepreneurs overlook critical areas that vastly improve their chances of success.

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Eye-Catching Resumes

Job Advice Blog

Let me start by saying that unless you’re applying for a graphic designing job, making your resume look fancy ensures that the only thing catching your resume will be the recycling bin. Not a day goes by when I don’t see at least one groan-inducing resume. While it is generally a good idea to make [.]. Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Creative resume Jeff LeFevre JTL Services Resume

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What Happens If You Delete A Paid App On Your Iphone/Ipad?

Dumb Little Man

At times, you may download a new paid application to your iPhone or iPad. You try to make it work, but it just doesn’t function like you hoped it would. What happens if you delete a paid app on your iPhone or iPad? <h2>Deleting <h2>Deleting a Paid Application</h2> People make mistakes. That is a fact of life. When you toggle around your electronic device, you might hit the wrong button, key or open the wrong screen.

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What The Conceptual Age Means For Assistants

Office Dynamics

The shift into a new age. America is moving out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, where creative thinking will become as essential as logical thinking. The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? Creativity.

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‘I Am Small Business Proud’ Campaign Shares Story of Immigration Lawyer

Small Business CEO

This week, Capital One’s I Am Small Business Proud campaign is making stops in Texas to interview entrepreneurs in various industries.

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