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

Labor Day Sale: WordPress Maintenance Package Reduced Pricing.

Eco-Office Gals

Happy Labor Day! We’re supposed to take the day off, we’re not supposed to labor, right? Not going to happen at Eco-Office Gals, I always work – it’s a bad habit. However, Labor Day is all about the sales, I can do that at least.

2012 213

How to be an Organized Student

Ian's Messy Desk

Starting tomorrow, students in Canada will change from a relaxed summer schedule to the structured program of school and other activities. The key to success in achieving your academic goals is good organization and time management. As you head back to school, here are a series of tips that can help students get organized: Improve your work habits. In class. Have all the materials you need: pen, sharpened pencil, paper, etc. Listen carefully to your teacher.

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Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

[Show as slideshow]. Like a lot of us these days I am glued to my iPhone. Over the last year I’ve had it stolen … twice! Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!).

2012 189

David Ogilvy on How to Write

The Solopreneur Life

O ne of my favorite Web sites, Lists of Note, published a memo written by advertising legend David Ogilvy. David Ogilvy, the original Mad Man. Ogilvy’s internal memo was sent on September 7, 1982, to all employees of his advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather.

2012 169

5 Small ways to make a big difference to your company’s green credentials

Eco-Office Gals

Many businesses hesitate to adopt green practices because they fear it will damage their bottom line and negatively impact profits. But the reality is that customers quite often scrutinize companies that they know do not actively make an effort to save the environment.

2012 208

How to Onboard Generation Y

On The Job

There has been no lack of frustration in the workplace when it comes to onboarding young workers.

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Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

[Show as slideshow]. Like a lot of us these days I am glued to my iPhone. Over the last year I’ve had it stolen … twice! Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!).

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5 Ways To Improve Productivity Right Now

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. All of us interested in enhancing our productivity can be seduced into various self-improvement patterns. These more often than not fail to deliver any real result down the road.

2012 211

Grandparents and U.S. Economy

Small Business Labs

In honor of Grandparents Day, which is Sunday, we wrote Greying But Not Slowing Down: Grandparents and U.S. Economy  and released it on The Intuit Network.   It covers the impact grandparents are making as consumers, care givers and members of the workforce.    For those not familiar with The Intuit Network, it's a site Intuit uses for both internal and external communication.

2012 147

EMEA East – Personal Branding Q&A

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I was asked to speak to a group of assistants in Sweden about personal branding. I was interviewed by the lovely Elena Aylott from EMEA East about my blog and social media in general. I thought I would share the Q&A session with you: Tell us shortly about your professional background?

2012 157

Great Tool for Sharing Your Voice with Others

Productive & Organized

Over the years, I've found a number of tools and services that I've incorporated into my business that really help me get my message "out there" and run my. business more effectively. I use a lot of audio in my business and I'm often asked what some of my favorite tools are. 

2012 224

Are the “Nice Girls Don’t” Rules Stunting Your Success?

Tips From T. Marie

I was reading a Forbes article on turning American women entrepreneurs into power brokers yesterday and the question asked at the end stuck with me. The author asked: “What’s your solution to creating more American-born women entrepreneur role models?”.

2012 140

2nd Annual MBO Partners State of Independence Study

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners has released the 2nd Annual State of Independence report.  Emergent Research partnered with MBO Partners and Rockbridge Partners on this study. The focus of the study was to figure out how many independent workers (freelancers, temps, solopreneurs, independent consultants, etc.) there are in the U.S. and to profile independent workers to better understand their attitudes, reasons for being independent and their satisfaction levels.

2012 147

EMEA East – Personal Branding Q&A

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I was asked to speak to a group of assistants in Sweden about personal branding. I was interviewed by the lovely Elena Aylott from EMEA East about my blog and social media in general. I thought I would share the Q&A session with you: Tell us shortly about your professional background?

2012 151

Simplifying Trip Prep: The Reusable Checklist

Simple Productivity Blog

We recently completed a car trip across the country. Every extended trip requires preparation, but the time between trips practically guarantees that I will forget something necessary. Like the time we left the garbage in the house…and came home to a home smelling of decaying fish.

2012 194

How To Stay Competitive By Importing Your Goods From Abroad

The Small Business Blog

As the recession continues, being able to stay competitive is an absolute necessity in the current economic climate. If you’re in the retail industry one such way of staying competitive is through importing goods from abroad. Overseas suppliers can cut costs by a huge margin, in some cases by as much as 60%. This means…

2012 191

Small Business Owners Supporting Romney

Small Business Labs

According to a recent survey by Manta , 61% of small business owners plan to vote for Mitt Romney. Only 21% plan to vote for Barack Obama. This comes as no surprise.  Study after study shows that the majority of small business owners are Republicans.  Our own work over the years has been pretty consistent on this topic. We find about 60% of small business owners are Republicans or lean Republican.

2012 144

Tips for Overcoming Workplace Distractions

Eat Your Career

Here’s my latest segment from Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado. In it, I share my favorite tips for managing and minimizing workplace distractions and interruptions (something everyone can use). Enjoy! Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Share this on Facebook. Share this on LinkedIn. Email this to a friend? Post this to MySpace. Share this on Reddit. Tweet This! Get Shareaholic.

2012 130

5 Small ways to make a big difference to your company’s green credentials

Eco-Office Gals

Many businesses hesitate to adopt green practices because they fear it will damage their bottom line and negatively impact profits. But the reality is that customers quite often scrutinize companies that they know do not actively make an effort to save the environment.

2012 130

Top 5 Tips for Protecting the Online Reputation of your 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. Try not to overlook how important it is for you to maintain a positive reputation for your business online. Any negative things that people say about your business online are likely to…

2012 183

Stay Focused Tip #2: Schedule Everything

Office Organization Success

Schedule in business development appointments. You need to work ON your business, right? So schedule that time into your calendar. This will get you really focused on creating that new program or product that’s been sat on your To Do list for the past six months. Quick Biz Tip

2012 126

2 Businesses And Going Strong: Interview With Dr. Bahram Nasehi

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Occasionally we here about those among us whose productivity is outstanding. Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Dr. Bahram Nasehi, who runs two very different businesses: a thriving dental practice and a glass business.

2012 173

Labor Day Sale: WordPress Maintenance Package Reduced Pricing.

Eco-Office Gals

Happy Labor Day! We’re supposed to take the day off, we’re not supposed to labor, right? Not going to happen at Eco-Office Gals, I always work – it’s a bad habit. However, Labor Day is all about the sales, I can do that at least.

2012 130

How To Stay Competitive By Importing Your Goods From Abroad

The Small Business Blog

As the recession continues, being able to stay competitive is an absolute necessity in the current economic climate. If you’re in the retail industry one such way of staying competitive is through importing goods from abroad. Overseas suppliers can cut costs by a huge margin, in some cases by as much as 60%. This means…

2012 171

September’s Workshops and Trainings

Office Organization Success

Here’s a roundup of this month’s workshops and training programs: From Overwhelmed To Organized – Discover The Simple 3-Step Online Business Management Model So That You Know Which Activities To Focus On At Each Stage Of Your Business Growth. In just 30 minutes you can go from overwhelmed to organized when you join me for this fast-paced, content-rich training webinar.

5 Steps to Recover from a Workplace Disaster (or What To Do When You Pull an Eastwood)

Eat Your Career

Originally published on U.S. News & World Report. Clint Eastwood knows a thing or two about bombing. After last week’s widely panned “performance” at the Republican National Convention, he could probably teach a graduate level course on the topic. Thankfully, most of us don’t have to deal with our mistakes being broadcast on national television. But they can feel just as embarrassing.

2012 116

Todoist: A Web and iOS Task Manager

Simple Productivity Blog

Recently, another task and project manager came across my desk. I agreed to review it because I was interested in seeing how it stacked up against other software I had been looking at. ToDoIst is a project and task manager that works on iOS, and has a web component to make it easy to use.

2012 158

What you think about your customers and how you serve them will define and drive what you receive from them

The Small Business Blog

Following on from my previous post (You cannot improve one thing by 1000% but you can improve 1000 little things by 1%), I’d like to share with you another quote: A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an…

2012 168

Enjoying the Long Weekend

Office Organization Success

Here in the US we’re heading into a long weekend with the Labor Day Holiday. For me, this officially marks the end of summer; the kids are back at school; our pool closes until next year; and it’s time to get back into a normal routine again! We have a fun-filled weekend planned with Toby’s soccer game away tomorrow, plus several cook-outs and get-togethers with our many friends.

2012 122

Just Stop—You Can do That Next Month

Virtual Moxie

Have you ever reached your retainer hours mid month and although there’s more work to be done, the client tells you to stop working and pick things up again in the new month? Sounds logical, doesn’t it. The client has reached the limits of her financial resources and doesn’t have more money to throw at having her work done this month. Besides, nothing’s critical… it can be done next month. Or can it? The problem with this logic is that it creates a deficit in the next month.

2012 158

Open Loops 9/4/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This is a good point to remember — we rarely HAVE to do anything. It is usually a matter of choice.

2012 158

Using Common Sense To Cut Small Business Costs

The Small Business Blog

Whether you’re a gambling person or not, setting up a new small business is a daunting experience. Let’s make no qualms about it; this is more than just putting $100 down on the roulette table. You might have what you think is a winning concept, but keeping yourself afloat during the early days is one…

2012 168

Study: Bosses Focused on Profits Hurt Bottom Line

On The Job

How long do you think a manager would keep his or her job if he failed to make a profit? The answer is, usually not too long. It's an issue I addressed in this latest story for Gannett/USAToday. Managers are supposed to focus on the bottom line, but new research suggests that kind of focus that may end up costing companies in the long run.

2012 152

Forget GTD, Focus On Productivity

Productivity Bits

GTD is a system that helps you achieve stress-free productivity. GTD is a means to an end; not the end itself. We all should remember that. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! GTD Hacks Productivity gtd does not work GTD fail

2012 145

Sealing the Deal with Clients – It’s An Art Form All Its Own

Step It Up VA Coaching

One thing I hear a lot from VAs and other entrepreneurs is how they want to increase their “closing the sale” percentage because it’s so low. Let’s face it; that’s what we all want, isn’t it? But there’s a right way and a wrong way to make that happen. Let’s take a look at a few of my best tips for sealing the deal with the right clients. Talk only to the right people. This means—don’t talk to everyone who happens upon your site or gets referred to you.

2012 100

Want to know more about Cloud Computing?

The Small Business Blog

My company WinWeb is always committed to educating as many people as possible about the benefits of cloud computing, particularly in terms of what I see as being the essential elements of cloud software: Integration: Can it be used in conjunction with other software to improve your experience of using it? Customization: Can it be…

2012 166

Moxie Tip 237: Be Independent!

Virtual Moxie

Whether you do it today, or on another special day, claim your own Independence Day, and create an independence statement to empower you and in celebration of the moxie it took to do that. Whether you realize it or not… it's HUGE! Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips for virtual assistants virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

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