Sat.May 11, 2013 - Fri.May 17, 2013

It’s Not You, It’s Them: 11 Frenemies You Should Dump Today

Dumb Little Man

Relationships are an accumulation of life’s continuous serendipity, but friendships are intentional. We choose to let others influence us, and we rely on them to provide modeling, mentorship, and assistance. But what if those friends actually did more harm than good? Those are called “frenemies.”

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How can I ruin your day?

Practically Perfect PA

The other day I was asked what features I like in my new flat. It is terrible but I could instantly list a few things I didn’t like before I answered positively (the sofas too close to the telly, the dining room table is in a weird place etc etc!).

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Self-Employment Shifting to the Creative Class

Small Business Labs

Well known author and academic Richard Florida has written extensively about the rise of the creative class.

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Effective Office Tips for a Greener Workplace

Eco-Office Gals

Want to make your office greener on the budget? Want to contribute to the green revolution without making any major changes to your office? If your answer’s yes, then check out the following few office tips that will help you create a greener workplace. #1: 1: Use Multiple Bins.

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16 Sneaky Ways You Sabotage Your Own Happiness (And What To Do About It)

Dumb Little Man

Sometimes, life sucks. You want to be happy. In fact, you try really hard to be happy. But something always seems to come along and ruin everything. You get into fights with your friends or family. You can’t quite catch a break with your career. It feels like nothing good ever happens in your life.

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Feeling undervalued?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been soooo busy with work over the last few weeks including business trips to Madrid, Amsterdam and the UK I’m still not quite sure which country I’m in at the moment!

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Temps Working More Hours Than Employees

Small Business Labs

Prior to the Great Recession temporary workers worked, on average, fewer hours per week than regular employees. 

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How Your Office Can Go Green in 2013

Eco-Office Gals

We’re all in it Together! ??Owing Owing to increased global warming and rapidly depleting non-renewable resources, we have all started to look into ways in which they can save the environment and the Earth.

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Go Your Own Way? Musings on Fleetwood Mac, Collaboration, and Solopreneurship

The Solopreneur Life

A s solo-business owners, we embrace the “solopreneur” lifestyle — we treasure the independence and flexibility that it gives us. But being a solopreneur doesn’t mean you shouldn’t collaborate with others. Look at the music industry, for example.

Cleantech 2.0 = Cleanweb

Small Business Labs

The cleantech industry has fallen on some hard times. The U.S. energy boom - and especially the "shale gale" of cheap natural gas - has led to lower prices for fossil fuels.    While good news for the U.S.

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Be more productive with better sleep habits

Ian's Messy Desk

You just finished reading Be more productive with better sleep habits ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials. Productivity

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A Lesson on "Fewer" and "Less"

Business Writing

This past week, when I led the online class Writing Tune-Up for Peak Performance, I was surprised at the number of people who used the word less where they should have used fewer. Test yourself on the items below to. Grammar and Usage

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How Planning Ahead Can Make You Happier

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2010-10-20 18:29:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I talked with someone recently about planning and why he avoided it. He thought it was rigid and unimaginative. On the contrary, I replied, taking up the challenge. I’ll show you how it's flexible and creative. 

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Is Technology Making Your Rude?

On The Job

Nearly everyone has a story about someone at work who has been rude. Perhaps it was the boss who sent a snippy e-mail or the co-worker who made snarky comments, but workplace civility often seems to have gone the way of the typewriter.

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3 Needs of Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Before you can start managing your time, you have to analyse how it’s being used. Keep a log of your daily activities for 2–3 weeks. Once you have a fair representation of your regular time usage, ask yourself the following three questions for each of the items in your log. Does it need to be done ? Just because the weekly sales report has been produced for the past 10 years doesn’t mean that you need to keep generating the data. Perhaps you’re duplicating work being done by another department.

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Get people experienced in everything to do with SMEs!

The Small Business Blog

Today saw the publication of a report by Lord Young entitled ‘Growing Your Business’- one of a series of pieces by ‘The Dude’ (still don’t know why he has that nickname) to help Small Businesses in the UK.

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Will Obamacare Lead to Lots More Small Businesses?

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Will Health Care Law Beget Entrepreneurs? suggests that once fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) could lead to a substantial increase in new small businesses. Key quote: The Obama administration has touted a boost for entrepreneurship as one of the health-care law's key benefits. The Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy in Santa Monica, Calif., says the law could increase the number of new U.S.

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My Top 5 Strategies for More Website Traffic

Office Organization Success

I signed up for Hancock County’s Relay for Life earlier in the week. This is the first time I’ve ever done one of these events and I’m looking forward to it. I’m part of Team Body Fix, which is headed by Shawna, my Personal Trainer! Things are definitely gearing up for summer around here. The boys’ soccer is almost over for the Spring season. And earlier in the week I signed us all up for the local pool we go to each year.

2013 136

Inefficiency Hinders Your Job Search

Job Advice Blog

Most if not all job seekers reach at some point a heightened level of frustration with their job search process. It’s easy to understand, and it might be justifiable to blame the complex and convoluted job search process. It’s difficult to improve efficient and speed up the process.

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Infographic: Small Business Time Management

The Small Business Blog

When you run your own business it might seem like there is not enough time to get everything done. Time is in fact the most valuable asset to a small business owner – as revealed in the infographic below – even more so than having a website or owning a computer!

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The Biggest Sales Challenge That Solopreneurs Face

The Solopreneur Life

T here used to be a saying in American business: “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” ” The saying meant: IBM was the safe choice; you could count on IBM products to do a good job; IBM products might (or might not) do a great job, but they wouldn’t be a disaster. In a recent report titled “What Sales Winners Do Differently,” the Rain Group found that minimizing risk continues to be critical to buyers.

2013 135

Social Media, Joint Venturing and Building a Kick Butt Workshop Speaking Biz

Productive & Organized

Meggin McIntosh and Stephanie Calahan. Building your business and partnering with people all around the world is truly possible for anyone with today's technology.    Yet, many people feel that it is beyond their grasp. 

Help! I Hear This All The Time From Biz Owners

Office Organization Success

I hear it all the time from business owners, “Help! I need systems and I don’t know where to start!” ” If this where you are right now in your business, then I know you’re going to love this free training I have coming up for you … and it will be my last one before the Summer break (but don’t worry, I’ll be back with new trainings in August!). 4 Key Systems To Set Up When You Don’t Know Where To Start Workshop.

2013 130

Self-Employed Work / Life Balance Tips

The Small Business Blog

If you’ve recently started your own business it can be difficult to know where to draw the line between working all the time and making sure that you spend enough time on your personal life and with family.

2013 212

Problems With No-Shows, SOLVED!

Virtual Moxie

Martin wrote to pick my brain : "I have weekly calls scheduled with my clients. Two of them think nothing of blowing it off, with no notice, and nothing afterwards to apologize or explain. BOY that bugs me. How in the world do I talk with them about it?". You know what, Martin? I feel ya on this. Almost nothing annoys me more than people who no-show. To my mind, it’s discourteous and disrespectful. We live in a world where you can’t move an inch without bumping into someone with a mobile phone.

2013 157

Optimizing Pinterest for the Greatest Results

Productive & Organized

My private clients often ask me what I think of various social media sites and ask if they should spend time on Pinterest.    In fact, lately I've had some really great conversations about the most visual social media site out there. 

2013 158

Like Bacon and…well, Bacon.

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips. Featured. Working with a Virtual Assistant Tags: Bacon Business Collaboration Business Process Outsourcing virtual assistants your business I don’t think it’s a coincidence that our society which is so fixated on being thin is seeing a surge in people admitting that they love bacon. Smoky, salty and dare I say it; fatty bacon. Perhaps it’s the ultimate rebellion, like telling the emperor he had no clothes on. Whatever it is, large numbers [.] ( Read more. ).

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Infographic: Improving Customer Service

The Small Business Blog

This excellent infographic from GetApp has some great ideas for any business wanting to improve their customer service. According to their figures, poor customer service costs $338.5 Billion annually.

Decrease Distractions By Streamlining Reminders

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Between the dings, the buzzing, the whirs and the beeps, reminders are everywhere. Each one of them shouts, “Look at me!”

2013 151

Weekend LinkLineup - Video, posts and more

Productive & Organized

There is a lot of great content out on the web, but sometimes it is difficult to determine what to read.    I feel your pain!    That is why I share my LinkLineups.   Some of the links below will take you to video and some of the links will take you to posts. 

2013 154

How to manufacture your own lucky breaks

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, myself included, love to tell themselves a lie about hard work. You convince yourself that today you must wake up and crush that to do list. You have to, you’ve been putting stuff off. Get productive, goddamnit!

2013 104

The Importance of the Name Badge

The Small Business Blog

The decision of whether or not to have name badges as part of your staff uniform can seem like a trivial thing, but clever use of this tool could become part of your marketing as well as for the customer experience.

2013 206

The Media Diet: Corralling Newsletters

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. They’re all over the place on the web: give us your email address, and we’ll send you a great free something and a newsletter. I know this, and I do it myself. It also happens in paper: give a charitable organization some money, and suddenly you are getting a paper newsletter or magazine. But what happens when you realize that you are inundated? Corralling newsletters, commence. The Old Label Trick.

2013 149

The Welcome Package – Turning New Clients Into Loyal Clients

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. In order for your business relationships to be successful for the long-term, you have to get the relationship off to a good start from the very beginning. When you’re marketing to a potential ideal client, you want to prove to them that you care about their business. You want to show them how you can help their business grow and prosper, and convince them that partnering with you is a solid business decision for them to make. That’s all good stuff, and important, of course.

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Doing the Right Things


The past week has been crazy. Very crazy. But a good kind of very crazy – because I’ve been able to manage it better than before. The biggest part of this past week on my calendar was Social Media Camp.

2013 90

Over half of all businesses do not survive 5 years

The Small Business Blog

The odds are stacked against any new business venture, but that shouldn’t necessarily be something that puts you off starting your own business.

2013 206

Open Loops 5/17/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This is something I have seen happen to my laptop…it uses the wireless even when connected by wire. Lifehacker explains how to fix this at “Force Windows to Use Your Wired Connection Instead of Wi-Fi” This is a great way to keep paint off your hands…and reuses an otherwise garbage product. From Lifehacker’s “Catch Paint Drips with Yogurt Cups” Smashed fingers are no fun.

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