2008

Do You Have a Spineless Career?

On The Job

When was the last time you did something courageous at work? I'm not talking about cleaning out the office fridge (although that does take gumption) or trying a new font on your report.

2008 209

No Business Plan Needed To Start Small Business! | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

No Business Plan Needed To Start Small Business! by Stefan Töpfer on Jan 13, 2008. Two professors, Julian Lang and William Bygrave, from Babson College in the US have found that the business performance of businesses started

2008 208

20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches

Dumb Little Man

Subscribe via RSS. Subscribe via Email. Welcome to Dumb Little Man. Each week we provide a handful of tips that will save you money, increase your productivity, or simply keep you sane. 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches.

2008 286

5 Tasks You Can Delegate to Free Up Your Time

Office Organization Success

Very often solopreneurs owners know they have a need to partner with a Virtual Assistant (VA), but are not really sure how a virtual assistant can help them grow their business – they don’t fully understand what services the VA provides. This is usually discussed during the client consultation process, but sometimes the client can still feel a little overwhelmed and are not sure about delegating their workload – in fact that is how one of my clients felt recently!

2008 182

The Filing Poem by Lynn Crosbie

Laughing all the Way to Work

I hope Lynn's poem on filing will motivate you to do this necessary but boring task. Enjoy! Someone's Gotta do it.

2008 153

Updating to wordpress 2.7

Loosely Speaking

With each successful update of wordpress, the more comfortable you become when receiving weird fatal error messages, which cause your blog to crash completely until you decode and address them. I used the auto update option to bring

2008 130

Deal with Paper Every Day; Don't Pile It

Clutter Coach

2008 100

More Trending

Takeover Disasters | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Takeover Disasters. by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 22, 2008. The process of taking over another company can be a very exciting time for you and your business, but it can very quickly turn into an unpleasant experience with serious lasting

2008 205

How much money do you really need to start your micro business.

The Small Business Blog

How much money do you really need to start your micro business? by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 02, 2008. Starting from home and using bootstrapping techniques will save you money and help your small business to stay afloat. But you will need

2008 204

Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business | THE.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 12, 2008. This is the first of a series of weekly posts focusing on some of the key issues that a small business startup faces

2008 203

The 5S concept: Will a Misplaced Stapler Get You in Trouble?

On The Job

Watch out: 5S may be coming to your workplace. And if it does, well, you have my condolences. I first read about 5S several months ago, and hoped it was a bad blip on the radar screen, sort of like a new High School Musical cast being assembled. But no, there it was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

2008 153

Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 11, 2008. This business is ideal for someone who has worked in the corporate world or the media for a number of years and understands the importance of image within

2008 201

21 Excellent Web Apps For College Students - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2008 219

Ezine vs Blog? Making the Right Choice For Your Solo Service Business

Office Organization Success

I often read debates on forums about whether you should have just a blog or just an ezine, with questions like, “I currently publish an ezine and a blog, but I’m thinking of dropping the ezine and going with just the blog.”. My answer… you need both!

2008 122

Thinking Outside the Job Description Box

Laughing all the Way to Work

Today’s assistants are computer savvy, smart and up-and-coming, and consider themselves professionals in the workplace. They are no longer stuck within the job description box, but have the freedom to break out of the mould and redefine their roles and sometimes even change their careers.

2008 138

Put a smile on that face

Loosely Speaking

Feeling too busy? Not busy enough? Maybe all you need is a little gingerbread house

2008 130

Making Notes on the Go

Clutter Coach

2008 100

Macros: Shortcuts To Productivity With Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Computer Keyboard - Shift Key Do you know what a macro is? Do you know how to create them? Do you wish that your life could be a little more productive and be able to use a few shortcuts to get through your tasks

Don't charge by the hour! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Don't charge by the hour! by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 12, 2008. It always amazes me to see how many businesses still charge by the hour – it is a business killer. How do you like it if someone comes to quote for a job and then tells you

2008 200

Recession Business Start Up: Micro Business Co-op. | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Recession Business Start Up: Micro Business Co-op. by Stefan Töpfer on Dec 29, 2008. recession.jpg I'm thinking more and more about opportunities for people to start a small business, home business or a self-employed business during

2008 199

Small Business Startup Checklist – Company Structure | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

The legal form that your business takes will affect numerous aspects of your business trading. Areas affected include how much control you will have over its operations, the amount of tax you will pay, how much money you can take out of

2008 199

Is Your Manager Setting You Up to Fail?

On The Job

Recently I ran into a friend of mine who told me he's quitting his job and going back to school to become a registered nurse. I was a bit surprised: Quit a job in this economy? Take on more student loan debt? When I asked him why he was leaving a job that he seemed to love the last time I spoke to him about a year ago, he told me that he was simply exhausted, both emotionally and mentally. The position that he had fought so hard to get had become an anvil around his neck.

2008 147

Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design. by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 02, 2008. There is always a great demand for custom-made T-shirts, ranging from sports teams in need of new kit to event organisers wanting promotional shirts to

2008 199

Ten Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2008 220

Virtual Book Tour: Becoming An Online Business Manager

Office Organization Success

Earlier in the summer Tina Forsyth interviewed me for her upcoming book, Becoming an Online Business Manager , Playing A Bigger Game With Your Clients (And Yourself). It was a great interview and I enjoyed talking with Tina about the role of the Online Business Manager.

2008 122

What happens at the office Christmas party, stays at the office.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I always have a hard time deciding whether to go to the office Christmas party. It is not that I don't like my co-workers, because I do. The problem is that they are the people I work with and it is often hard to change gears and all of

2008 130

Redistributing your work-life balancing act?

Loosely Speaking

There's a clipboard on my desk (pictured beneath my furry assistant at right) that is more valuable than any tech tool in my office. Divided into two columns, at left is my actual and pending work list, and to the right are personal and

2008 130

Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays

Clutter Coach

2008 100

Labelling The Features In Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Jeans Label Do you create letters or labels in Microsoft Word? Do you have trouble using the text box feature to place anchored text where you prefer, so that it shows up in a particular area of the page

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Blogging about small business, working from home, self-employed, contractors, business start-up using online eco-friendly software combined with bootstrapping techniques and social networking

2008 198

Change of Business Ownership | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Change of Business Ownership. by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 17, 2008. An important consideration for a small business owner when looking towards the future is the possibility that the ownership of their business may change

2008 196

Small Business Start-Up Idea – C.V. Writing Service | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Start-Up Idea – C.V. Writing Service. by Stefan Töpfer on May 20, 2008. The competitive job market makes it important for applicants to have a résumé that stands out from the pile. Many people have trouble writing a

2008 195

Going Over the Boss's Head: Like Swimming With Sharks While a T-bone is Strapped to Your Butt

On The Job

Before I get into discussing the issue of whether you can -- or should -- go over your boss's head, I'd like to share a little story with you. Once upon a time there was a young woman named Letitia Hood. Because her hair was a vibrant auburn color, and she was a bit vertically challenged, she was known in her office as Little Red Riding Hood -- or "Red" for short. Red was a diligent worker. So diligent, in fact, that she felt she deserved a promotion and a raise.

2008 143

Decline of Small Business Sector in the UK! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Decline of Small Business Sector in the UK! by Stefan Töpfer on Jan 14, 2008. In a report, due to be published next month, from the European School of Management – ESM, it is reported that there has been a marked decline in small

2008 193

9 Secret Ways to Persuade and Influence People | Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2008 219

Grab Hundreds of Free Self Improvement Products Now!

Office Organization Success

How would you like instant access to HUNDREDS of self-improvement and personal development products absolutely *Free*? Simple… Just click this link and get access now! That’s all there is to it! Take a look at the site – tons of self-help and personal development materials are included.). Head on over there now and download all these products immediately because Henry Gold, Dr. Joe Rubino and Keith Matthew plan on pulling the site down at midnight on January 18th.

2008 106

Are you worried about job security?

Laughing all the Way to Work

We are living in troubling economic times. The world economy seems to be having a melt down. Big companies are going down the tubes, people are losing their jobs and all of us are wondering what the future holds for us and is there hope

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