Sat.Feb 01, 2014 - Fri.Feb 07, 2014

21 Things We Love and Hate About Being Solopreneurs (in GIFs)

The Solopreneur Life

I n a typical day, how many times do you swing back and forth between loving the stuff you’re working on and hating it? Two times? Ten times? Fifty times? I’ve never kept track, but I know it can be a lot for me, even within an hour. But that’s the nature of the work.

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What holds us back?

Practically Perfect PA

Good question right? I think so. I know so many personal assistants who are highly intelligent, experienced, skilled and professional yet they are often deemed as the person that does the menial office tasks. Why do we allow ourselves to be seen like this? Why do we put up with it?

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How Freelancing Can Help Start Your Business

Productivity Bits

Yes, freelancers do get to set their own hours. And, you’re right, they can take a Doritos break any time they want. And, sure, they do get to do all of this while ensconced in their favorite flannel pajamas. But there’s more to freelancing than meets the eye.

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Top 5 Tips for Running a Business as a Parent

The Small Business Blog

If you have quit your day job to bring up children it can be tough to make ends meet with one fewer paycheck coming to the household every month.

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To Make Copywriting Easy, Start With a Fact Sheet

The Solopreneur Life

T he late Gary Halbert was a copywriter who lives on in his books and in the newsletters he wrote for subscribers. Many copywriters believe he’s the greatest copywriter who ever lived.

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Winter Olympic sports for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

I had an absolute blast during the London Olympics in 2012 and although the winter Olympics isn’t going to be quite the same I am looking forward to seeing the athletes perform in frankly freezing conditions (something I know a little about as I am currently in Chicago where it is -17c).

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How to Develop More Confidence in Your Creativity

On The Job

Think back to when you were in kindergarten and you’ll probably agree you were a creative kid. Whether it was building a Batmobile from toilet paper rolls or performing a one-act play you wrote with your dog, you displayed creativity freely and abundantly.

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Success and Happiness: It's Your Heart vs. What the Others Think

Dumb Little Man

How do you know you are successful in life? You can either judge your achievements by other people's standards or by your own definition of success. So the first step to success is knowing what success means to you. Otherwise, you won't even know it when you get there, right? Read more ».

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Practically Perfect PA visits: The Fulton Inn Charleston SC

Practically Perfect PA

While sitting in the back of a taxi owned by one of the friendliest drivers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet I surveyed my surroundings and came to the conclusion that King Street is quite possibly one of the greatest streets on earth. What an experience!

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How to Make Smart Career Decisions

Eat Your Career

Considering a new job? A new career? Wondering if you should take that promotion or explore opportunities at other companies? Whatever career decision you’re facing, you certainly want to be smart about it. That’s where I come in!

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Infographic: Serial Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Once you are bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, it can quite quickly become a way of life. Often the first startup business of an entrepreneur is not the one they have the most success with and it is only after a few tries that they manage to get things right.

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The Number One Reason You’re Not As Productive As You Want To Be

Dumb Little Man

Lost time is never found again. Ben Franklin A teacher walks to the front of his class one day and sets a large bucket and a box of rocks on the table. The teacher silently transfers the rocks from the box to the bucket while his curious students look on.

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Practically Perfect PA visits: Wentworth Mansion Charleston SC

Practically Perfect PA

The very first sentence of this blog post is going to be dedicated to my new love – Wentworth Mansion. I didn’t really believe in love at first sight until I set my eyes on this absolutely stunning building in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.

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Seattle Seahawks Apostrophe Test

Business Writing

In Seattle, where I live, the entire city is fired by Seahawks fan fever. To wave a banner for our team to win tomorrow’s Super Bowl, I offer an apostrophe test. What else can a business writing expert do?) Punctuation Pointers

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Infographic: Obamacare and Small Business

The Small Business Blog

A great many of our readers are small business owners from the United States and since the beginning of the year they have been subject to new legislation under the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare“).

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A Simple (Yet Powerful and Actionable) Way to Re-Motivate Yourself

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever “lost steam” in the process of achieving a goal? Maybe you wanted to lose 10 pounds within two weeks, but after a week of jogging for 30 minutes a day, you realized that you still haven’t lost a single pound.

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Practically Perfect PA: Le Méridien Perimeter Atlanta

Practically Perfect PA

Walking into the lobby of Le Méridien Perimeter Atlanta on a cold Saturday afternoon is a rather pleasant experience. The atmosphere is similar to a private club in a cool part of town with lots of nicely dressed people enjoying the bar and happily chatting with one another.

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How To Make Your WordPress Website Less Vulnerable to Hackers

Office Organization Success

This past week I had a few technical issues with two of my websites (both WordPress sites) and needed to enlist the help of a WordPress expert … step in SandraDeFreitas of WPBlogsites. I have several websites and they are all WordPress websites.

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Infographic: Health and Safety

The Small Business Blog

Health and Safety might not always the most prominent thing that is on the mind of a small business owner but, as today’s infographic provided by the Forum of Private Business demonstrates, it really is something that they cannot afford to take lightly.

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5 Simple Steps to Manage Your Anger

Dumb Little Man

We all are familiar with the negative impact anger has on our growth. So many people (myself included, at times) find it difficult to keep themselves from saying/doing something stupid simply because they cannot control their anger.

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The Rise of Experiential Luxury

Small Business Labs

According to a study released by the strategy consulting firm BCG , the global rich (and well off) spent $1.8 trillion in 2012 on luxury goods and services.

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Another Cool Niche Business: The Chair Guy at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas

The Solopreneur Life

Y ou could go a long way and not find a cooler niche business than this one: Derek Kipe, the Chair Guy, rents folding chairs to people standing in the legendary line for Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Kipe charges $5 per rental, with a shade umbrella included at no extra charge.

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Think Twice Before You Stop Paying for These Two Things

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips A fellow virtual professional shared a link to this article in which the author lists eight items you could stop paying for in your business.

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10 Supplies You Must Have in Your Emergency Kit

Dumb Little Man

A major disaster can strike at any time—are you prepared? What if you and your family are stranded in the snow, hit by a tornado or forced to evacuate by a hurricane? When you’re trying to deal with an emergency, the last thing you need is to be running around, looking for first aid supplies.

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Book Review: With Charity for All

Small Business Labs

Charity for All: Why Charities are Failing and a Better Way to Give is a fascinating book.  It covers - warts and all - the many problems with the U.S. charities.   As we've described in the past , the non-profit/charity sector is primarily made up of small organizations.

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Self-directed Learning Puts Experts At Your Fingertips

On The Job

If you ever feel as if the demands of your job and your industry are moving too fast to keep on top and maintain your sanity, you''re not alone. Rapid technology changes, worldwide competition and increasing demands from employers can make even the most confident worker a bit shaky.

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Tips To Manage Your Energy

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity is not just about doing the right things the right way. In order to be at our best effectiveness, you have to take into account your energy. This article talks about our natural peaks and valleys, and how to harness them to the best. The post Tips To Manage Your Energy appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com.,

2014 163

The 3 Simple Ingredients to a Successful Conference

Dumb Little Man

I have a confession to make. I love going to conferences. I love learning from really smart, successful speakers who share their best “insider tips” on how to get ahead. I eat it up. But here’s the problem: it’s incredibly hard to find really good conferences. So many of them are truly bad.

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Freelancers, Time and Values

Small Business Labs

Two related articles on how freelancers and micropreneurs look at the world and their businesses caught my eye this week. Fast Company's How Freelancers are Redefining Success to be About Value, Not Wealth  covers a topic that constantly comes up in our research - the vast majority of solo and micropreneurs do not define business success purely - or even mainly - in financial terms.   Yes, they want to make money.

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Three Easy Steps For Adding Productivity to Your Work Day

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Do you ever look back at the end of a long work day and wonder what you accomplished? You’re exhausted, so you know you worked hard all day, but you just don’t seem to have much to show for it. And you ask yourself, “How did that happen?”

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Commuting – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Commuter – one who spends his life in riding to and from his wife; a man who shaves and takes a train, and then rides it back to shave again.” ” – E.B. White (1899-1985) US writer. Does that sound familiar to you? Many of us spend a total of several weeks every year and thousands… Read the full article here: Commuting – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations business quotes commuting teleworking

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5 Tips for Actually Making Money this Upcoming Tax Season

Dumb Little Man

The only sure thing in life are death and taxes. Everyone has heard that one. So if you don't think you will be facing the grim reaper anytime soon, chances are good that tax season is your primary concern. But it doesn't need to be that way.

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An Introduction That Isn't an Introduction

Business Writing

The other day I joined a small professional group, and the group leader sent an email introducing me to the other members. Here is the introduction: "I am happy to introduce Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, who has joined our group." I expected. Books Courteous Writing Email

2014 158

Trends and Budweiser's Puppy Love Commercial

Small Business Labs

It's pretty likely you've seen Puppy Love , Budweiser's Superbowl commercial.   I'm writing this article on the Friday before the Superbowl and it's already been viewed online 25 million times.  For those who haven't seen it, it shows a labrador puppy making friends with a Clydsdale on a ranch.    While I like the ad, I'm more intrigued by the trends the ad represents.

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Why Simplicity Matters To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

I''ve been writing a lot about simplicity lately, and I realized that many people might not see the connection between simplicity and productivity that drives not only my research and writing, but also my life, from a very fundamental place. Simplicity matters to productivity in the most basic way possible: I believe that complication hinders productivity, and that only by simplifying every aspect of my life can I be the most productive person I can be.

2014 156

For Mac Users Seeking a TurboTax Alternative: TaxACT Small Business

The Solopreneur Life

M ac users who do their own small-business taxes* have been pleading for an alternative to TurboTax. There isn’t a Mac version of TurboTax, so Mac users have been forced to use Parallels while running TurboTax. Anecdotal evidence says Parallels/TurboTax is unstable and unreliable.

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Two Big Words I Used in an Article

Business Writing

Today I used the words perspicacious and salutary in my monthly newsletter article. Do you know what they mean? Test yourself: Answer the two multiple-choice questions below. Perspicacious means (a) of a lesser quality, (b) clear-sighted, (3) extremely curious. Salutary.

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