2014

5 Things to Remember in a New Job

On The Job

As the economy improves, many people are starting new jobs and learning how to work for a new company and a new boss.

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Solopreneurs Generated $1 Trillion in Revenue in 2012

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census recently reported that the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses reached 22.7 million in 2012. This is up 1.1%, or 245,000 businesses, from 2011.   These businesses generated $1 trillion in total revenue, up 4.2% from 2011.

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Six reasons every assistant should be using a corporate taxi service

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was travelling with my boss to a number of appointments around London. It was February and it had just started to snow.

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Participate in The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

You’re invited to participate in the The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey! The survey is open through Friday, December 19. Results will be published on January 5. Past survey results have been reported on widely, including in The New York Times. Click here to take the survey.

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Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

Dumb Little Man

There was an interesting statistic recently on inc.com. It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high.

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How to be an Effective Employee

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to be an Effective Employee appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Sometimes being an effective employee is easy and sometimes it’s not —work responsibilities and circumstances vary, as do relationships with co-workers.

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How to Write the Opening Sentence

Business Writing

In an online Writing Tune-Up class, an attendee wrote what he wanted to get from the class: "My most time-consuming task is developing a good opening sentence. Any tips on that?" The first sentence can be the trickiest one.

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The 3 Stages of a Successful Launch Campaign

Office Organization Success

What is a launch campaign? It’s a step-by-step, repeatable process, that you can implement whenever you want to launch a brand-new product or program, or re-launch a current product or previous program.

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How Veterans Can Find a Job in the Private Sector

On The Job

I originally wrote this story a couple of years ago, but it''s still valuable advice for vets. Joe Kearney retired from the Army after 23 years and has two words of advice for fellow veterans who will be looking for a job in the private sector: "Start early."

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Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

Small Business Labs

Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.   Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business.

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The ultimate guide to diary management

Practically Perfect PA

I have written a lot about diary management over the years, which is not surprising when you think assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their manager’s calendars. Juggling our boss’s time is a complex operation.

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How to Take the First Step Toward Building New Business Relationships

The Solopreneur Life

Below is an excerpt from the book Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs: How to Build Rewarding Connections in Work and Life, written by Jim Sheard, Ph.D., and Larry Keltto. Relationships are the foundation for marketing your solo business.

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5 Life Lessons Learned From The World Cup

Dumb Little Man

Sports metaphors for life are a bit cliche, and there wouldn’t be so many of them if there wasn’t something to it. As a large portion of the world comes to a near standstill, celebrating I wanted to take a look at the subtext below the dressing up in our country’s colors, drinking and cheering.

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Online Invoicing App CurdBee To Shutdown As Users Move To Hiveage.com

The Small Business Blog

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Honored “Best Book” In Best of The Best Office Products and Services

Office Dynamics

DeskDemon Announces the Winners of “Our Favorites – The Award,” A Prestigious Award Honoring the Best of the Best in Office Products, Services and Vendors.

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Simple Productivity: 7 Day Productivity Plan (Infographic)

Simple Productivity Blog

It doesn''t get much simpler than this: a 7 day productivity plan, bringing together the best advice in productivity. The post Simple Productivity: 7 Day Productivity Plan (Infographic) appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

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12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 12 Tips to Improve Your Stage Presence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. When speaking in front of an audience , these tips will help you communicate more effectively on stage: Consciously lift your eyebrows. It will immediately brighten your face. Smile. A lot. Channel your nervousness into your diaphragm. Relax your neck, and your shoulders, and breathe slowly and deeply using your diaphragm. Put any tension you have there. When you breathe in, your stomach should push out.

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7 Business Writing Truths for College Grads

Business Writing

Writing that succeeds in college often fails in business. That is because professors, thesis advisors, and instructors want one style of writing. Classmates, friends, and family expect another type. But on the job, managers, employees, customers, and others need something. Writing Tips

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The Psychological Effects of Cleanliness in the Workplace

Eco-Office Gals

The physical and psychological effects of an unhygienic workplace can be debilitating for staff and visitors. The negative impact is gradual, but it is inevitable.

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity

On The Job

Technology has helped us be so self-sufficient that it can feel old-fashioned or sort of elitist to think we need someone to help us keep our calendar, book a flight or research a new customer.

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Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

Small Business Labs

We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City. The number of global coworking facilities has been growing quite rapidly over the last 5 years, basically doubling in number each year. 

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Networking – it doesn’t have to be a chore!

Practically Perfect PA

Networking can be a scary word can’t it? At the start of my career aged just 21, I had no real grasp of what networking was, nor was I interested in finding out. Now, just 5 years on, I have come such a long way and networking has been a huge part of my journey and contributed to my success.

2014 113

Can You Guess the 2 Most Powerful Words in Advertising?

The Solopreneur Life

J ohn Caples was a legendary ad executive and copywriter. Legendary ad executive and copywriter John Caples. He worked for 40 years at BBDO, one of the nation’s largest ad agencies, and he was BBDO’s vice president when he retired. He died in 1990.

2014 104

6 Uncommon Lessons About Success and Happiness from Theodore Roosevelt

Dumb Little Man

The Internet is in love with Theodore Roosevelt. Whether it’s a photo of him riding a moose or admiring his impressive facial hair, millennials have put him up on a pedestal.

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Four Lessons You Can Learn about Personal Effectiveness from the Ryder Cup

The Small Business Blog

Firstly: if you don’t know about the Ryder Cup it is a biannual golf match played between the professional golfers of Europe and those of the USA.

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Career Goals: Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail?

Office Dynamics

Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail? Guest Post by Debbie Gross, CEA to CEO, John Chambers, Cisco Systems. . “You are the Captain of your own ship!” ” I am fond of the saying that we are all “captains” of our own ships.

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Debunking The Myth of the 2 Minute Rule

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the standard pieces of productivity advice is "if it will take you less than two minutes to do the task, do it now." Unfortunately, this can actually be counter-productive. Today we will look at the additional conditions you need to assess before applying the 2 minute rule.

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3 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Client Information Organized

Office Organization Success

For many solopreneurs a large part of their business is working one-on-one with clients, and that means having a way of keeping all of their client information organized and easy to access.

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Don't Chip Away at Your Credibility

Business Writing

The other day I had lunch with an old friend at a restaurant. We both ordered tea, and our tea came in ceramic teapots. My friend''s teapot had a noticeable chip on its lid. She commented to me, "They should. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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Get Your Message Out Farther by Getting Rid of Your Visibility Blocks

Productive & Organized

One of the fastest ways for you to reach more people, so you can serve more people, is to get your message out far and wide.    We all know that using different media to teach and market is an awesome way for our ideal clients to find us. 

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Is "You're Overqualified" an Excuse?

On The Job

There is good news and bad news about the job market. First, the good news: Employers are hiring more people, and for better-paying positions. Now for the bad news: Some employers are still too short-sighted when it comes to hiring decisions. The Washington Post recently profiled a J.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015. Below is our 8 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.    2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015.

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How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office. It is such a great achievement when we manage to create something that works well and everyone has a great time.

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To Make Copywriting Easy, Start With a Fact Sheet

The Solopreneur Life

T he late Gary Halbert was a copywriter who lives on in his books and in the newsletters he wrote for subscribers. Many copywriters believe he’s the greatest copywriter who ever lived.

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