Sat.Dec 01, 2012 - Fri.Dec 07, 2012

How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

Eat Your Career

It’s a common complaint: I’ve got too much work and not enough time to do it all. Considering the alternative (no work at all!), you’re in a decent position. That doesn’t make it any easier to handle though. So let’s talk about ways to manage this overwhelming workload without losing your cool.

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Eco Friendly Ways to Warm Up Your Office This Winter

Eco-Office Gals

As summer fades into fall, and fall into winter, the seasons change for everyone and we start to get a little colder. Office workers feel the change of seasons more than most, leading largely sedentary days that leave little time for activity.

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays as 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. Be aware that many of your bigger rivals will be offering holiday discounts in order to drum up extra trade. If you are thinking about doing the same, be mindful of whether…

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How to Resolve Conflict with a Co-Worker

On The Job

One of the most stressful situations to face in the workplace is a conflict with a co-worker.

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Surviving Redundancy

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Unfortunately most people have lost a job in one way or another over the course of their career; they have either been let go before the end of their probation, fired or made redundant. It definitely seems the way of the world where no job is guaranteed for life anymore.

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What's Driving Food Trucks Forward?

Small Business Labs

Food truck are hot. They have been highlighted as a food trend, new industry model, cultural fad and a political hot potato in the press. But despite their popularity, there's been surprisingly little research on why they're so successful.

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Customer service is about changing feelings and creating good memories

The Small Business Blog

As readers of this blog may know that I am a fan of Seth Godin’s work. In a recent post on his blog he wrote a short, yet insightful, post about the purpose of customer service.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Your Business Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I speak to clients all the time who are frustrated and overwhelmed because: Their business isn’t growing; They don’t have any clients (or very few clients); And their income isn’t where they want it to be.

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Planning The New Year: My Tools For Success

Simple Productivity Blog

For a few months, I’ve been feeling a need to change things up. I don’t know what is behind the feeling, but I decided that this year I would do my best to make major dreams of mine come true. I don’t believe that dreams come true by magic.

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A Grand Read

The Small Business Blog

Normally I only review non-fiction books (after all, when it comes to business the truth is often stranger than fiction!) but I will make an exception this time because the author is actually someone I know!

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How To Face Life’s Challenges Head On

Dumb Little Man

I've heard it said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.” After years of overcoming sizable obstacles and constantly surprising myself with resilience, I have learned that this statement is quite true.

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Could Your Name Prompt Hiring Bias?

On The Job

I've written a lot about how to craft emails that get the attention of key people, but I was taken aback when I learned of a study that says it could be your name that determines whether you get a response or not. Read this latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today.

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The Green Business Benefits of Telecommuting

Eco-Office Gals

It seems that almost daily, there is a new company that is opening its doors with an eco-friendly platform. This is a good thing because it means that there are more and more people who are becoming aware of and sensitive to the needs of the environment.

Genetically Modified To Fit Your Business DNA

The Small Business Blog

Every business is different, that is a fact. Any I.T. solution has to be tailored to the business DNA, in order to maximise the business potential in this fast changing and challenging business environment.

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The Importance of Being Early

Dumb Little Man

We all notice the people who are always late. There’s no hiding it when a report is handed in after a deadline. Or when the same person arrives late for meetings every day. But what about those who are habitually on time? Those who walk in at 9, avoiding trouble by the skin of their teeth?

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Book Review: The Freelancers Bible

Small Business Labs

The Freelancer's Bible is an all-encompassing, soup to nuts guide on starting and running a freelance business. While even the most experienced solopreneur will find it useful, it is especially valuable to those who are new at freelancing or considering becoming an independent worker.

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The Benefits of Making Eco Friendly Improvements to Your Home Office

Eco-Office Gals

You don’t want to make too big of a fuss about it, but you really do think that you deserve a pat on the back.

The Best Business Decisions Involve Both Your Head and Your Heart

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Obviously, you have a head for business, or you wouldn’t be the successful entrepreneur that you are. But do you have the heart for it?

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In Life It’s OK To Ask Why

Dumb Little Man

Let’s get real for a second. Life, family and balancing a career can get hectic at times. If we were to gauge from the images and fronts everyone has up, we would think something was wrong with us.

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Evernote Launches Evernote Business

Ian's Messy Desk

Evernote Business is built around two key concepts: Knowledge Collection and Knowledge Discovery. Knowledge Collection. The information we need to capture in our daily lives is incredibly varied.

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Build Your Brand in 2013

Eco-Office Gals

Building a brand is more of an art than a science, in many ways. While some people think that branding is virtually synonymous with marketing, the truth is that marketing is just one part of a multi-faceted strategy for creating a public image and influencing the way consumers perceive your company.

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Is Your Productivity System Complicated?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was reading an article recently that laid forth a system that was incredibly complicated, using three calendars, two (at my best count) project and task tracking, and two feeder systems. The person was proclaiming how using this electronic system would save tons of time. And perhaps it would. But it was so complicated that I couldn’t follow it. It left me wondering, where does simplicity play into productivity systems?

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What Are You Waiting For? When Is Your Next Workout?

Dumb Little Man

"Sleep. Train. Repeat." It's as simple as that. If you train hard, eat well, recover and repeat this countless of times, then you are on the right path. Well, this is just some ancient bodybuilding wisdom.

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10 Companies Changing the Way We Work

Small Business Labs

10 Companies Radically Changing the Way We Work , from Business Insider, is interesting on several levels. First off, it's a nice list of innovative companies. But what really hit was 4 of the 10 companies listed fall into the freelance, independent work, mobile work arena.  These are: Fancy Hands , which provides online access to hireable assistants who will do a wide range of small tasks for relatively small amounts of money.

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Green Volunteering Opportunities for Your Small Business

Eco-Office Gals

If you have a small business in your community, one of the best things that you can do to become more active in it is to volunteer.

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Automating Email: Canned Responses

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. For many of us, email is a major form of communication. Between personal and work email, many of us can receive hundreds of messages a day! Many of those emails require a quick response, and some of them request the same information over and over. In this latest installment about automating life, I want to share how I handle these types of email. Knowing What You Send.

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Have You Created Your 2013 P.R.O.F.I.T. Plan?

Office Organization Success

Building a successful, long-term business is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. And, if you’re like hundreds of small business owners that I’ve spoken to this year, you’ve got all the pieces in front of you; you’re just not sure how they all fit together. And the reason you don’t know how they all fit together is because you don’t have the puzzle box with the picture on the front to use as your guide!

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Short, Fun Food Truck Video

Small Business Labs

Nice video from our friends at Intuit (our partners on our food truck project). It's just 1:26 long but still does a great job of explaining why food trucks are so popular.     To learn more click here for Food Trucks Motor Into the Mainstream , our study on food trucks. Food Trucks

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Moving Your IT to the Cloud to Save Energy

Eco-Office Gals

The world is becoming a more green place one step at a time, and businesses in particular are starting to become some of the most proactive players in the push for environmentally friendly practices.

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Using Days Of The Week To Simplify Meals, Cleaning and More

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was interviewed recently and I was asked how I made blogging easier. My response was that for every day I had a theme: Mondays are productivity, Tuesdays Open Loops, etc. After the interview I realized that I do that for many other areas of my life, and it really boosts my productivity. So I thought I would share how I apply this Day of the Week theme method. Blogging.

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Just Some of the Trends I’m Seeing

Office Organization Success

The more I speak to business owners, the more I discover! You know, many business owners shy away from having conversations with potential clients, but I LOVE them. And the reason why I love having conversations with clients and potential clients is that I learn so much about them and their business … and then I see trends start to appear in what’s not working, and why.

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The Tough Life of Independent Domestic Workers

Small Business Labs

Nannies, caregivers, house cleaners and other domestic workers earn a median wage of about $10 per hour, generally get no benefits and often are not treated very well. These are the key findings from  Home Economics , a study from the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Also interesting is the size of the domestic worker industry. According to the study there are about 800,000 domestic workers who are paid directly by the households they work for.

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The Laws of Eco-Friendly Marketing and Promotion

Eco-Office Gals

Okay, so the rules pertaining to green practices in marketing and promoting your business are more like guidelines than laws.

4 Ways To Be More Productive In The Gym

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Over the years I have been a member of many gyms. From large gymnasiums that cater for thousands of people with plenty of training facilities and equipment, to small workout areas that are more private and offer less gym equipment. What I have noticed is that we tend to slip downward with regards to our productivity at times during our workout session.

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Do You See XOXO in Business Email?

Business Writing

This month's Atlantic magazine features a snappy article "Kisses and Hugs in the Office," by Jessica Bennett and Rachel Simmons on the use of XOXO in business email. I wrote last year about a woman who was signing her email. Email Etiquette

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Moxie Tip 289: Speaking the Truth

Virtual Moxie

It's important to always speak your truth. It's even more important, however, to speak it consciously. and very gently. There's no such thing as brutal honesty there's brutality, and there's honesty. and the two don't go hand in hand. Always be fully aware of what you're saying, and how you're saying it. To free yourself from stress that isn't yours, speak your truth with love, conviction and clarity.

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How to Find Comfortable and Eco Friendly Footwear for the Office

Eco-Office Gals

When you’re someone who tries to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, one of the areas when it can pose to be a bit of a challenge is when it comes to attire; especially if it’s footwear. That doesn’t mean that it’s an impossible feat, though.

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