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The Post Office Expanding Use of Contingent Workers

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Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal.   The driver behind this is labor costs are 80% of the postal service's total costs.

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Infographic: Postage and Packaging

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Many small businesses rely on the postal service in order for their business model to operate.

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I Miss the "Mail Moment"

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Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment"   This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation. I've always liked the Postal Service. trends

The Handwritten Note

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Don’t you believe it. Far from belonging to the analog past, the handwritten note has found a place in the high-tech world of business. If, as the U.S.

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Mail-Free Tuesdays?

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The US Postal Service is considering dropping mail delivery either on Tuesday or Saturday, historically the lightest volume days. USPS officials say, " The Postal Service may be running out of cash by year’s end." We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. " Perhaps they will.

Exceptions in the Rules of Hyphenation

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By contrast, the US Postal Service, on its Web site, correctly styles the term nonprofit — but the Internal Revenue Service employs the hyphen, as do many such organizations.) But reality begs to differ. The exceptions to the preponderance of closed prefixes are relatively few and more or less simple. Grammar

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Same Day Delivery and the Uberfication of Logistics

Small Business Labs

Same day delivery services are being offered by Amazon , Ebay  and Google  in a variety of geographies.  Even  the U.S.

7 Advisories About Abbreviations

Daily Writing Tips

Postal Symbols. Postal symbols are a prescribed set of two-letter abbreviations for states that are sometimes used as shorthand in nonpostal applications. Abbreviations are useful, but they can be wickedly tricky little widgets. Keep these points in mind when you truncate words and phrases: 1. Initials as Adjectives. “I Periods. Ca. )

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8 Small Business Ideas to Start You on the Road to Success

Small Business CEO

The idea of starting a small business is intimidating to the majority of the population. The problem? Fear of the unknown. Adult Paper Route. Cleaning.

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How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

Daily Writing Tips

When an entity is referred to generically, even if the term is part of the entity’s name, the wording should, by definition, be lowercase: “the department,” “the bureau” (for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for example), “the postal service” (in reference to the US Postal Service). Name Changes. Vocabulary

Answers to Questions About Abbreviations

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Responses to some reader queries about abbreviation issues follow. Which is the preferred abbreviation for “United States,” US or U.S. ? Style

How to Write a Cover Letter

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Start the letter with your own address on one line, followed by the city and state (using the US Postal Service’s two-letter state symbols) and the ZIP code on the next. (It’s Does anyone write business letters anymore? It’s not necessary to include your name here.) or a variation you know the person prefers). Business Writing

4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

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Home About Me Advertise 4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself having to deal with a difficult person in your office? Do you feel that they are overbearing and don’t know when to keep their opinions to themselves? Control yourself.

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State Names and Abbreviations

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How should you treat references to states? The form depends on which style guide you adhere to and why the state is being referenced. Style

Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice.

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Home About Me Advertise Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice Versa? Right click and then click Paste Special. Voila!

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How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

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Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind? Any tips?

2009 11

Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

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Home About Me Advertise Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One? Also, if people are writing e-mails, memos, etc. Any ideas?

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Blogging Here and There - Part 2

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Home About Me Advertise Blogging Here and There - Part 2 By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, April 24, 2008 Filed Under: A s you may have noticed, I havent been posting any articles for quite some time now. I will try to post articles when I get a chance, but it will be quite infrequent. Until next time, T ake care - of your clutter!

Do You Have a Pen?

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By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Meetings , Productivity Y ou’re walking around the office and someone comes up to you, asking for a pen. Home About Me Advertise Do You Have a Pen? You search your pockets and realize that you don’t have one. Has this ever happened to you?

Sync Your Hand Held Device

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Home About Me Advertise Sync Your Hand Held Device By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 15, 2007 Filed Under: Networking , Organize , Productivity , Travel A re you looking for software that can synchronize most of your hand held devices? Heres a free piece of software that was recently released that can do just that.

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Calculation of Discounts in Excel

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Home About Me Advertise Calculation of Discounts in Excel By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel H ave you ever wondered how to calculate discounts on certain products/services that you or your firm offers? One of my colleagues had this dilemma a few days ago.

Labelling The Features In Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

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?

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Using Subtotals Function in Microsoft Excel

Professional Assistant Blog

The spreadsheet might contain other types of data, but is similar to this example? Click Data, then Sort, then sort by the firm name.

Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online!

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Home About Me Advertise Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online! By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Research , Travel A re you trying to book a flight, hotel or car rental for your manager? Do you feel like you are going to lots of websites to find the best deal? Write a comment and let us know.

"Checking In" to a Better Flight

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Home About Me Advertise "Checking In" to a Better Flight By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Productivity , Research , Travel Y ou get an urgent e-mail from your boss asking you to book a flight and hotel. The time finally comes when your boss is flying out to that all important business trip. Whats next?

Kallout To Research Information

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There is a new service called Kallout. You have to be connected to the internet to use this service though. There’s quite a list of services that Kallout offers, such as search, reference, shopping, news, etc. What services do you use for your research? You come across a piece of text that you are unfamiliar with.

Need To Create a PDF? Don't Have the Software? Don't Panic!

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Home About Me Advertise Need To Create a PDF? Dont Have the Software? Dont Panic! By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail from your manager. Now select Microsoft Office Document Image Writer. Whats next?

Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates!

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Home About Me Advertise Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates! By The Professional Assistant on Friday, October 10, 2008 Filed Under: MS-PowerPoint D o you want to change the way your Microsoft PowerPoint templates look? Do you feel that you could do a better job on these templates than what you have currently? Presto change-o! Whats next?

Break The Routine, Inspire Yourself!

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Home About Me Advertise Break The Routine, Inspire Yourself! By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity A re you the type of person that comes into the office each and every day, thinking that its just going to be another boring day, nothing changes and its always the same thing day in and day out?

Overworked? Unload Your Workload to a Freelancer!

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Home About Me Advertise Overworked? Unload Your Workload to a Freelancer! By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Filed Under: Prioritize , Productivity D o you need extra help with your workload ? Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks that keep getting piled on your desk like a never ending mountain of files?

Men Wearing Shorts At The Office?

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Home About Me Advertise Men Wearing Shorts At The Office? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, August 18, 2008 Filed Under: Meetings , Productivity O k, I am sure that the title of this post drew you in. I couldn’t believe it either. Apparently, this seems to be this summer’s latest fashion trend. That goes for men and women.

Seminars for Professional Assistants

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Home About Me Advertise Seminars for Professional Assistants By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Filed Under: Networking , Productivity A re you looking to improve your skills and catch up with the latest office trends ? Are you trying to get that raise or promotion that you so well deserve? This definitely helped my position.

Why People Gossip At The Office

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Home About Me Advertise Why People Gossip At The Office By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Filed Under: Meetings , Office Gossip , Productivity D o you gossip at the office? Do you get sucked into the gossip of others? Im sure that this has happened to all of us at one point or another. Send me your comments!

Work From Home? Want to be More Productive?

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Home About Me Advertise Work From Home? Want to be More Productive? By The Professional Assistant on Friday, February 29, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Organize , Productivity A re you a Virtual/ Professional Assistant or want to become one? Do you work from home on a regular basis? Are you just starting out or already have a thriving business?

Got the Flu? Work from Home!

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By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, January 10, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Networking , Productivity A re you stuck at home because youre sick? The instructions for this varies, since it depends on what service your IT department will be using. Home About Me Advertise Got the Flu? Work from Home!

Opening Microsoft Office 2007 Files in Microsoft Office XP

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Home About Me Advertise Opening Microsoft Office 2007 Files in Microsoft Office XP By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Productivity I recently had a vendor send us an Excel spreadsheet that he created in Microsoft Word 2007 format.

Phishing & Spam - Not Your Everyday Food Items!

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There are many online companies which are providing web hosting services. These services also include marketing as well as web design. There are some companies which provide free web hosting services , but the quality of their services are not very good. How can you determine whats real and whats not? Youre not alone.

4 Easy Steps to Finding Old E-mails

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Home About Me Advertise 4 Easy Steps to Finding Old E-mails By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, December 13, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Outlook , Organize , Productivity , System Security D o you have trouble sifting through hundreds or even thousands of e-mails ? If it isnt, click on it and a new toolbar will pop up. It will save you lots of time!

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Office Fridge Etiquette

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Home About Me Advertise Office Fridge Etiquette By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Filed Under: D o you bring your food to work? Do you keep it in the office fridge? Are you in a constant battle to get your food into a pint-sized fridge because others leave their food there for days on end? Do not leave foods uncovered.

You’re Not a Bank: Don’t Let Your Accounts Receivable Slide

The Solopreneur Life

S everal years ago I was providing marketing-communications services on contract to a very large B2B publishing company. Postal Service. I had worked for the company for roughly 8 years, and they had paid my invoices like clockwork, at 20 days. Life was great! But then the company hit hard times. Both tactics worked.