Sat.Jan 21, 2012 - Fri.Jan 27, 2012

Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities in Federal Contracting

The Solopreneur Life

B y: WinBiz Proposals, LLC. Author: Jennifer Adeli, Owner and Senior Proposal Manager. WinBizProps and @SoloBizAdventur.

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How to Build and Stick to Your Exercise Routine

Dumb Little Man

Most of us need to exercise more. Being active isn’t just important when you’re trying to lose weight – exercising regularly also means you’ll have a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and even some cancers.

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Sometimes great customer service only needs to be easy and familiar

The Small Business Blog

We’ve all seen the news lately and heard of lots of large and small businesses closing down. No doubt, you’ve also seen the impact on your high street with both large and smaller, independent retailers shutting up shop. However, it’s important to realise that despite uncertainty in the economic environment, high levels of competition and…

What References are Really Saying About You

On The Job

I remember the first recommendation an editor wrote for me. It was glowing. It was wonderful. It told editors they would be idiots not to hire me. I still have copies of that recommendation.

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Testimonials: Your “Selling Super Powers”

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. You have created a fabulous business, doing excellent work for a slew of wonderful entrepreneurs. Your clients love your work… in fact, many, if not all, tell you regularly how pleased they are, and give you great feedback. You have likely heard over and over that rave reviews from your clients are perhaps your most valuable tool for bringing in new clients.

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5 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Who doesn’t like that feeling of being productive while expending little energy? I sure love feeling like I’ve gotten a lot done without feeling like I’ve been through the wringer.

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A Mini Guide to Business Insurance

The Small Business Blog

There are many different types of insurance cover that a business will need to look into, and some that are required by law. You can find a full listing and evaluation of these on online comparison sites like Money Supermarket. But here is a list of some of the main policies that should be considered…

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100 Words for Facial Expressions

Daily Writing Tips

Face it — sometimes you must give your readers a countenance-based clue about what a character or a subject is feeling. First try conveying emotions indirectly or through dialogue, but if you must fall back on a descriptive term, try for precision: 1. Absent : preoccupied. Agonized : as if in pain or tormented. Alluring : attractive, in the sense of arousing desire. Appealing : attractive, in the sense of encouraging goodwill and/or interest. Beatific : see blissful. Bilious : ill-natured.

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Use Online Calculators to Reduce Emissions and Save Energy

Eco-Office Gals

Going green isn’t exactly easy to do by your lonesome. Few of us are experts in the fields of energy innovation, nor do we have the skills to assess our individual circumstances and lifestyles and come to practical conclusions about how to save energy.

5 Tips to Help Manage Increased Workloads

Ian's Messy Desk

Lucille Ball said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” One of the side benefits” to getting organized and developing skills to get things done, people begin to see you as a go-to to get even more accomplished. This extra work or activity can quickly take over your systems and threaten to overwhelm you. There are five things you can do that can keep you on top of the action. Have a plan. You have to know where you are going to be able to get there.

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Top 5 Business Data Cloud Storage Tips

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Although you often pay a monthly fee for cloud storage, it still usually works out cheaper than buying physical hardware for data storage. The cost of cloud storage covers the outlay of the…

2012 42

How Do You Teach Someone to Write Well?

Daily Writing Tips

Why is the craft of writing in such a dire state? The best writers of our time create magnificent prose, and additional tiers of talents do a fine job of communicating. But the vast majority of people seem competent at best, and many of those who are paid to write — or for whom writing is at least part of their job description (and, these days, that’s just about everybody) — frequently demonstrate a lack of understanding of, or concern about, the most basic rules of grammar and usage.

2012 27

The silent exit of poor customer service

Service Untitled

Most customers who feel they have been the recipients of poor customer service will never vocalize their feelings to a particular organization.

10 Tricks to Help You Remember

Ian's Messy Desk

Between meetings, to-do lists, preparing supper, shopping and driving the kids, how do you remember all you have to do? David Allen says that your brain is not the most efficient memory tool and it will only trust systems that it knows works. Good memory recall is as simple as finding those things that will jog your brain at the time it needs to remember. Here are 10 easy tricks to jog your memory: Write it down - My number one favourite trick: carry a notebook, have good lists, etc.

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Collaborate to Accumulate

The Small Business Blog

There’s no denying times are tough for small business. Competition for customers is fierce, overhead costs are rising, and although there is much talk of ‘going global’ the reality is for many small enterprises the costs of breaking in to new markets are often prohibitive. Yet there is a way for small business to remain…

15 Big Little Words

Daily Writing Tips

Sometimes, short and sweet is best, and English includes many three-letter words that help us accommodate our yearning for concise composition — or, to be brief, fix our yen for curt prose. Some are workhorse words — the article the , the pronouns his and her , conjunctions like and , prepositions such as for , verbs like put and say.

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Grab StudioPress Savings While They Last!

Eco-Office Gals

Until Monday, you can get all 44 StudioPress child themes, plus every child theme design they make in the future, for only $299.95 with the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package. That’s a savings of $887.80 off the price of buying everything separately.

Keep it All in Balance

Ian's Messy Desk

A corporate executive on holiday in a small Greek seacoast village was strolling by the docks and drinking in the local colour. He complimented one fisherman on the quality of his catch. How long did it take you to get all those fish?” he wondered. Not very long,” answered the Greek. “An An hour or two.”. Then why didn’t you stay out longer to catch more?”. Shrugging, the Greek explained that his catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

Building an Integrated Social Media Dashboard


I have been looking for way to monitor and track all my websites/blogs plus all my social media accounts (linkedIN, Twitter etc) from a single dashboard. I figured this would be pretty easy - a thing that most people would want to do! Not so - despite the abundance of great social media tools I found it surprisingly difficult to find one which met all my requirements. Social Networking

Shell Opening Business Centers in Gas Stations

Small Business Labs

A few years ago we worked on a "future of gas stations" project for a major oil company.  One of our forecasts was that gas stations would offer business center services (Internet access, printers, office space, etc.) to motorists.   The client didn't agree.   So as you can imagine, I was pleased to see that Shell Oil (not the oil company we worked with) is starting a business center pilot project in Europe.

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Four Powerful Ways to Bring Your Writing Goals Closer

Daily Writing Tips

Do you wish you could get further with your writing? Perhaps you want to: Finally finish that novel that you started ten years ago. Improve your spelling and grammar. Make money from your writing. Have a popular blog with lots of readers. Publish a non-fiction book to support your business. …or something else entirely. Whatever your writing goal is, follow these four steps and you’ll find yourself making much faster progress. #1: 1: Write More Frequently.

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Organize Facebook with Lists

Office Organization Success

One of the features I love about Facebook is the ability to be able to group your friends by lists; so instead of wading through hundreds of status updates, you can quickly scan what’s going on by going through one of your lists. I have separate lists for friends, family, clients etc. And one of my favourite lists is to group my Page Likes together – so I have a list for business pages and a separate list for personal pages. Quick Biz Tip

Featured Soloist Barbara Austin: “Don’t Jump Into It Without a Plan”

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 Barbara Austin. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail,

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When You Make a Fool of Yourself in Front of Colleagues

On The Job

Let's say that despite all the good advice out there (including, ahem, my own) you decide to go out with some people after work and hit happy hour. And once again, despite the good advice (did I mention my own?)

4 Books That Show You How to Write

Daily Writing Tips

No, that headline doesn’t read “Five Books That Tell You How to Write.” The verb is show , and that’s exactly what I mean. This post does not list writing guides, but if you want to learn how to create a memorable reading experience, follow the excellent examples below.

A Crash Course In The Long-Lost Art Of Adaptation

Brilliantly Better

One of the biggest lies of my life was this one: if you do your job constantly, if you listen to your folks obediently, nothing bad will happen to you. All you have to do in order to live a happy life is to play by the rules and everyone around you will do the same. If you listen to life, life will listen to you and will reward you back big time. Well, guess what, it didn’t actually happen like this.

What Would a Solopreneurism 101 Course Look Like?

The Solopreneur Life

H ave you ever said: “I wish there had been an entrepreneurism class when I was in school”? It’s a comment that I hear frequently from solopreneurs of varied educational backgrounds, including liberal-arts graduates, law-school grads, tech-school grads, and even people who studied ministry. I’ve even been told by colleagues that I should build a Solopreneurism 101 course.

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How to Stop Wasting Time – External Factors

Ian's Messy Desk

There are many behaviours and practices that get in the way of our productivity. These time-wasters fall into two types: internal, those things we generate and external, those things that come at us from outside. Both types can be controlled. There are four external factors that can waste our time: Unwanted Visitors – Controlling drop-in visitors who interrupt your workflow requires both tact and judgement. The office culture where you work can have considerable influence on this practice.

Have You Been Triaged Yet?

Business Writing

My example today is not from business writing, but I am sure we can relearn something from it. When I sat in a doctor's waiting room with my father this afternoon, a medical staff member asked a man sitting near. Gems of Language Writing Tips

Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 2 of 4

Service Untitled

This is the second of a four part interview with Rob Siefker, the Director of the Customer Loyatly Team at Zappos. In this part of the interview, Rob discusses how Zappos motivates members of their customer loyalty team, what programs they have in place to recognize good service, and what service metrics the company tracks and how. You can read part one of the interview here. To read this part, click “read more.”

Enjoy Bootstrapping

The Marq

Business Startup You’ve started a new business, job search, project, and you put all of your effort to insure its success. For various reasons, you close the business doors, stop searching for a job, close out the project without completing it. Then you wonder: what’s next?

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A Quiz About Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

Many writers are thwarted by unsuccessful efforts to express equivalent ideas in phrases that clearly identify the hierarchy and relationships of those ideas. Here are five sentences in which syntactical structure fails to communicate these concepts. Try your hand at resolving the confusion, and then compare your results to my solutions at the bottom of the page: 1. Learn to use this art form not only for performance but also to collaborate, exercise, and respect the differences of others.”.

How To Remember To Prep Food

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Eating at home is one of the healthiest and inexpensive ways to eat. The problem with eating at home, though, is that there is usually some prep work to be done.

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Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 1 of 4

Service Untitled

After interviewing Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and seeing the company’s HQ outside of Las Vegas , I knew I wanted to learn more about the nuts and bolts and day-to-day operations of Zappos. To get this information, I spoke to Rob Siefker, Director of the Zappos Customer Loyalty Team.