Sat.Jul 28, 2012 - Fri.Aug 03, 2012

3 Questions to Inspire Action in the Face of Fear

Dumb Little Man

I sat at my desk, waiting for the inevitable. That morning I put my letter of resignation in my boss’ mail bin.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased.

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Eco-Friendly Transportation Ideas for Small Businesses

Eco-Office Gals

Concern for the state of the environment is spurring more and more companies to seek sustainable business practices. Not only can a company adopt green practices and materials within the business, they can also provide incentives to encourage employees to use sustainable travel options. Go Electric.

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Food Trucks = Business Model Innovation

Small Business Labs

The gourmet food truck craze sweeping the nation is a classic example of business model innovation.   And the response from brick and mortar restaurants is a classic example of how incumbent industry participants tend to respond - by using their political power to try and fend off the innovative new firms.   Business model innovation refers to taking a new approach to an existing business or industry.

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Seven Great Ways to Make Your Good Intentions Last

Dumb Little Man

How often have you made a New Year’s resolution, only to give up by February? How often have you started a new diet on Monday, only to give up by Wednesday? All of us have good intentions for positive change in our lives.

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Can Your Career Survive a Political Discussion?

On The Job

I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people didn't talk about politics. Of course, my jobs have always involved the news business, so that's pretty natural. But I know that for some people, discussing politics at work can be uncomfortable. Still, is there any way to avoid it?

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased.

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The Sacred Process of Growth

Eat Your Career

I was ready to quit. I had my email message all typed up. Yes, I was going to cancel via email. That’s how unprofessional I was ready to be. I was in full-blown meltdown mode. There was no way I could manage a call at this rate. I had just gotten off the phone with one of my mentors.

2012 164

The Different Types Of Open Loops

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the concepts of David Allen’s Getting Things Done is the concept of an open loop. An open loop is an unfulfilled commitment to yourself.

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New Test Identifies Arrogant Bosses

On The Job

Do you have a boss who discredits the ideas of others while claiming to have superior ideas? Does your boss blame other people and refuse to take personal responsibility for anything? Does your boss reject feedback?

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Small Businesses Often Choose Not to Grow

Small Business Labs

One of the things we consistently hear in our interviews with small business owners (male and female) is most don't want to grow their businesses beyond a certain size.  In most cases the size they want to limit their business to is quite small.   We first explored this topic years ago when we held a series of focus groups to define small business success.  We found small business owners defined success as meeting their personal objectives for the business.

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Reach Your Goals With a Self-Management Checklist

Ian's Messy Desk

Everybody faces challenges in managing certain aspects of their lives. Someone who loves to go trail riding on a bicycle will have no problems motivating themselves to exercise. However, putting aside time to sit and read might be problematic. On the other hand, the reader might have problems putting down the book and getting active. This self-management checklist can be applied to any area of your life where you need to gain some control. Set specific goals.

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Quick Biz Tip: Income Analysis Financial Report

Office Organization Success

This is a very simple report that you can set up using a spreadsheet that tracks your monthly income. This is money you receive into your business from clients, products, programs, affiliate commissions – in fact, any income that you receive as part of your business activities you need to list in this report. Set up your report so that you monitor the whole year on one spreadsheet, broken down month by month.

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Easy Organizing By Grouping

Simple Productivity Blog

Nearly every women’s or home magazine these days has articles about organizing. They show nice neat pictures of tidy drawers, closets, pantries, linen closets and more. Like the one accompanying this article).

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Flurry of Articles on Micropreneurship

Small Business Labs

Micropreneurs - generally defined as people who work for themselves or run businesses with fewer than 5 employees - has been getting a lot press lately.  Articles include: Why People Want to Be Micro-Entrepreneurs :  From Fast Company Co.Exist, this article covers a survey by micro-task site Fivvr on why people want to be micropreneurs.  The top reasons are job independence, frustration with the 9 to 5 grind and the money.

2012 148

Top 5 Tips for Dealing With Holidays in a Small Business

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. Don’t let it come as a shock to you when an employee is off on holiday. If you are unaware of their coming absence until the day they go away, there is…

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Quick Biz Tip: Check Links Before You Hit Send

Office Organization Success

If the broadcast is for a teleclass or other event, are the telephone numbers listed correct? If it’s your ezine or other broadcast, are all links correct? There’s nothing worse than sending out a broadcast with an incorrect phone number or bad link and then having to resend it again because you made a mistake the first time. It doesn’t look good for your business. Quick Biz Tip

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Keep It Simple Silly

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There is a saying that has floated around for as long as I’ve been in programming, and I’m sure it’s not unique to that field. It’s KISS: Keep It Simple Silly.

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UK Creative Professionals Like Being Independent

Small Business Labs

The UK recruiting firm  Major Players surveyed over 1,000 creative, design and marketing freelance professionals in the UK last February.  They found 72%  of the respondents chose freelancing and only 28% ended up freelancing because they couldn't find a traditional job. One of my favorite findings is one of the drawbacks cited by the respondents is "not being able to have blue Mondays and lazy Fridays."

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Good is boring.

The Small Business Blog

Ever wondered why nobody cares about your business, yet everyone tells you it is a good (or great, etc.) business? Here is why: Good is middle of the road Good is not Remarkable Good is boring Good in not inspiring Good is never remembered Your business needs to be remarkable at something. If you sell…

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Created My Own 90-Day Plan

Office Organization Success

We went on another family movie night this week … this time to see the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. It was good — we all enjoyed it! I also spent some time this week on creating my 90-day plan so that I know exactly what I need to be focusing on over the next 90 days. I love days when I get to sit down and plan … gone is the overwhelm. It’s all out of my head, down on paper, and organized.

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Should You List Your Business With Specialized Directory Services?

Productive & Organized

There are many different and effective ways that you can expand your reach and exposure on-line.    One of the ways that you can do this is by being listed in directories.    However, there are some things that you should consider before opening up your wallet. 

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Open Loops 7/31/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have them: the committee inside our heads that try to talk us out of things. Here is how to put them to work for you.

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Customer Value?

The Small Business Blog

Did this with a client yesterday – thought I would share it here. Scanner needs cleaning, sorry!). Anything to add

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Why Ask Why When Clients Choose Other VAs?

Virtual Moxie

In May, I wrote a post about letting go of the disappointment when a client chooses another VA. A related question I am sometimes asked by Virtual Assistants is why clients choose VAs other than themselves. These are Virtual Assistants who have mad skills, and who generally are befuddled when clients don't work with them. Mental masturbation--that's what pondering is. For me, pondering about why is pure mental masturbation. If you really want to know, ask the person who made the decison.

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7 Reasons to Create Information Products

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. It has never been easier to create and give away (or sell) information products. You’ve probably downloaded a few of these yourself as a giveaway on a website. They are also known as free reports, eBooks, digital products, audio downloads, and pretty much anything you can create and email as an offer. In fact, there are so many ways to distribute information products and use them as part of your marketing that they can help make your business a success.

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9 Clever Writing Tricks to Supercharge Your Blog Posts

Men With Pens

As an author and writing coach, I’m a big fan of good writing. I love a well-structured sentence or the perfect choice of word. But writing isn’t rocket science … and there are a few simple writing tricks you can use to write blog posts that are much more powerful and engaging.

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Business Cost Cutting

The Small Business Blog

All to often we are confronted with cash-flow problems. Lack of new business, clients paying later and later, etc. – which invariably brings us to think about reducing costs in our business. But there is more to reducing costs than meets the eye, it can have a negative effect on business growth and productivity. Here…

2012 157

Moxie Tip 215: Yes and No

Virtual Moxie

Saying no to what doesn’t fit for you is one of the absolute best ways to give yourself time, space, and energy for whatever matters more/most (the art of saying "no" to make it possible to say "yes"). There’s nothing quite like being so clear on what’s good and right for you that it’s easy to say no to everything else. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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Cake Mistakes and Kooky Cookies

Daily Writing Tips

The problem with spelling-challenged cake decorators is that they don’t have to eat their words, so sometimes they get a little careless, or display their ignorance on the icing.

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Barriers Don't Mean The End

Office Dynamics

Happy last Monday of July! Do you believe it? I certainly feel like I have been on the fast track this year and feel like soon I will be putting out my Halloween decorations. In fact, in my mass of catalogs that arrive in my mail, I saw the first one promoting Halloween decorations. Really? Can I please finish my summer?

2012 109

A Woman, still in a Man’s World

The Small Business Blog

The equal pay act was passed in 1970, and you guessed it, us women are still low earners compared to our male counterparts, sometimes earning only ¾ of a man in the same job. In a world where everyone is seen as equal, everyone should be paid equally right? Especially if they are working the…

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Moxie Tip 214: Motivating Factors

Virtual Moxie

Know what motivates you. You can’t fight City Hall, they say, and I’ll add that you can’t fight your own nature with any degree of success. So knowing what motivates you will absolutely bring you one giant step closer to the practice of your dreams. And if that’s not a truly good incentive, I honestly don’t know what is! Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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Minute-taking webinar, August 14, 2012

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is time again for another minute-taking webinar. My goal for these webinars is to make minute-taking not seem so scarey by breaking down the steps you should take before, during and after the meeting. To take good minutes you need to be prepared and informed. I find if you have these twos things, along with the necessary skills of an admin, you will be much more confident to take on this role. I think the most frightening part for most people is they don't want to miss anything important.

2012 109

How to Stop Time


Want to be more efficient and effective? Then you have to stop time. Mike Vardy explains how you can do just that

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How To Write A Successful eBook, Get A Publisher Deal, Reach #2 In AppStore – The Quick And Easy Guide

Brilliantly Better

First and foremost, I have to tell you that this article has more than 2000 words. So, if you’re after the “quick and easy guide on how to write a successful ebook”, well, you’re in the wrong place. It’s not gonna be even remotely “quick”, and I have my doubts about “easy” Sorry about the [.]. Personal Development Success & Wellness ebooks self publishing success

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Moxie Tip 216: Honoring Yourself

Virtual Moxie

One of the best things you can learn to do is say no when you want to say it. It keeps your life and commitments where you want them to be, and it’s powerful modeling for the millions of other people who haven’t yet learned how to do it. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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