2014

A day in the life: Lorna Cowan, Visit Belfast

Practically Perfect PA

One of the great benefits of running Practically Perfect PA is the chance to meet some extraordinary assistants either face to face or through social media. I continue to be completely amazed by what these assistants achieve and how they continue to push our industry forward.

2014 207

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.

2014 207

"Enclosed Please Find" Means You Lost It

Business Writing

Sandra wrote today asking about the expression "enclosed please find": I took a business letter writing class in 1988 and was told NEVER to say "enclosed please find" because it''s redundant! I see correspondence from lawyers using "enclosed please find.".

2014 207

How I Made My First $10,000: Marie Segares

The Solopreneur Life

This is “How I Made My First $10,000,” a new, ongoing feature that gives all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs hit the challenging $10k milestone. Click here to read the other “How I Made My First $10,000″ articles.

2014 207

Organize your garage with Monkey Bars!

Clutter Coach

Well, these bars don’t come with any cute monkeys to entertain you, but they’re cleverly designed. I really like the way you can have two layers of items hanging parallel to the wall; very creative maximization of space.

2014 207

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Step It Up VA Coaching

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2014 197

7 Ways to Make Your Mornings a Productive Start

Productivity Bits

Photo courtesy of mtwomenslifestyle.com Mornings aren’t that easy for most people. Morning means having to wake up early, do a routine, and deal with traffic on the way to work or someplace else.

2014 192

Simplifying Getting Things Done Collection Buckets

Simple Productivity Blog

In conjunction with the articles that I have been writing about revisiting Getting Things Done, I want to present ways to simplify some of the concepts. Today we will look at how to minimize collection buckets with a broad overview.

2014 191

A day in the life: Michelle Smith, Financial Times

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? A lot of time is taken up with diary planning and liaising with the various companies that Ben works with.

2014 207

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. 

2018 207

Women Are Not "Guys" at Work, Are They?

Business Writing

You have read and heard statements like these at work: "I''ll ask the guys on my team to work on that feature." "We We need to get a top-notch guy in here to fill that role." "Let Let me know how you. Courteous Writing Etiquette Tips on Microsoft Office

2014 204

21 Things We Love and Hate About Being Solopreneurs (in GIFs)

The Solopreneur Life

I n a typical day, how many times do you swing back and forth between loving the stuff you’re working on and hating it? Two times? Ten times? Fifty times? I’ve never kept track, but I know it can be a lot for me, even within an hour. But that’s the nature of the work.

2014 207

Visibility Blocks that Keep You From Having a Great Podcast

Productive & Organized

A few weeks ago we started talking about visibility blocks.    Visibility blocks are those sometimes conscious, but often unconscious, things that keep us from really showing our true brilliance.    Visibility blocks keep us from fully serving our ideal clients. 

2014 188

5 Tips for Dealing with Personal Crisis as a Small Business Owner

Tips From T. Marie

There is no shortage of information and advice for small and micro business owners when it comes to dealing with the ins and outs of running your business. Articles and posts on the subject of money management, marketing, dealing with uncertainty and growth are abundant, if not consistent.

2014 179

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."

2014 189

80% of Business Owners Don’t Do This

Office Organization Success

There is ONE thing that 80% of business owners don’t do that keeps them in overwhelm, frustration, and chaos. And I’m going to share with you what that is below … and I’ll even tell you how you can correct it too!

2014 195

Shoe Organizer: Creative or Just Weird?

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-05-01 10:26:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Maximizing storage space is always a good idea. Shelves in the back of your closet, off-season clothes under the bed. This wacky shoe organizer caught my eye.

2014 179

Top 5 Tips for Running a Business on the Side

The Small Business Blog

Not all of us have the luxury of being able to spend their whole working week on their business. A large number of entrepreneurs only have the time to run their micro biz after they have done a full day of work already or at the weekend.

2014 178

Information In Too Many Places? Simplify!

Simple Productivity Blog

One of my readers askend me to address the question of what to do when you have information in too many places. She said she had notebooks everywhere, plus all her email accounts, plus sticky notes scribbled on and stuck all over her house and office.

2014 189

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.

2014 207

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.

2012 206

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.

2014 198

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.

2014 205

Drilling Concrete

Loosely Speaking

I can do a fair amount of home repairs, as long as there’s no plumbing, electricity, or leveling required. I like to think that my projects are well conceived, but sometimes brutishly executed. I’m ok with that.

2014 176

How to Manage the Rush Jobs

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Manage the Rush Jobs appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and your boss calls from the road and says, “Drop everything, I need this report in an hour.”.

2014 175

5 Ways to Shine at a Job Fair

On The Job

During the height of the Great Recession, job fairs were a mob scene. People with 30 years of experience were standing next to recent college graduates, all clamoring for work. But as things have improved, many people don''t think that job fairs are worth their time. They''re wrong.

2014 184

3 Ways to Use Techonology to Automate Your Marketing

Office Organization Success

My recent free teleclass on 4 Key Systems made me realize just how much technology there is to understand and how it can really help you automate your online business, especially when it comes to automating your marketing.

2014 184

Membership Drive has begun!

Step It Up VA Coaching

The VA Biz Success Academy Membership Drive is THIS WEEK! If you have been thinking about joining us to uplevel your business and get all the information, support, guidance, masterminding and networking as you do it – - NOW IS THE TIME!

2014 173

Do you really “get” emotional intelligence?

The Small Business Blog

Over the last couple of months I have been running a series of workshops on emotional intelligence and from them I am now running a further series of six workshops going deeper into different aspects of EI.

2014 177

DropTask: A Fun Graphical Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

Regular task lists have two disadvantages, in my mind. With a plain list of text, it is hard to see groupings and relationships. Also, if the list is long enough, it is very easy to lose sight of things on it.

2014 182

A day in the life: Alison Boler, ITV

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? Supporting three Heads of Legal & Business Affairs at ITV. I give PA support to each boss including diary management, booking international travel, preparing contracts, documents and papers.

2014 206

From 20th Century Jobs to 21st Century Work

Small Business Labs

The Forbes article Hack Work To Combine Peak Performance and Personal Purpose has a fascinating chart that compares 20th century jobs with 21st century work.   Developed by future of work expert Ayelit Baron , the chart (shown below) nicely summarizes many of the shifts and trends we follow.

2014 204

Do I Feel Bad or Badly?

Business Writing

The other day a subscriber to my free monthly newsletter, Better Writing at Work, wondered whether this month''s "Error Quest" paragraph had two errors rather than one. Donna wrote: Isn''t there another error in the paragraph? What about "I feel. Grammar and Usage

2014 192

Napoleon Hill on The 10 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

The Solopreneur Life

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, one of Virginia’s westernmost counties. Hill’s mother died when he was 10 years old, and Napoleon’s father, James Hill, had difficulty taming his son’s wild nature.

2014 205