I Miss the "Mail Moment"

Small Business Labs

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.   The article is artfully written, and captures my mixed feelings about the Postal Service. I've always liked the Postal Service. Bell tolls for the U.S.

2012 156

The Post Office Expanding Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal.   The driver behind this is labor costs are 80% of the postal service's total costs. Needless to say, the Postal Service has to cut labor costs to survive. Interesting interview with the head of the U.S. Lots of information on how the Post Office is doing financially (quick summary - not well) and how it hopes to return to solvency.

2013 132

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How Long Does The Post Office Hold A Package?

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For more than two centuries, the United States Postal Service has reliably delivered packages to its customers. Occasionally, however, a postal worker must deliver a package that does not fit in the addressee’s mailbox. Below is an overview: When a package cannot fit into a mailbox and the postal worker requires a signature or needs to place the package directly into the recipient’s hands, he’ll knock on the addressee’s door.

2019 171

How Many Stamps Do I Need For A 6 x 9 Envelope?

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The amount of postage needed to mail a 6” x 9” envelope depends on the postal classification rate used for shipping. When mailing to an address within the US, the most popular service is First Class. Priority Mail Express Service offers a flat rate fee that includes several extra services at no additional costs. Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Service. The price for this service includes proof of delivery, a tracking system, and insurance coverage up to $100.

2019 164

Snail Mail Or Email: The Benefits Of Hand-Delivered Correspondence

Small Business CEO

Whether it be via a postal service or by email, mail is often one of the main ways people stay connected with the outside world. Since the beginning of time, people have developed and honed their ability to communicate with each other in written form. Those early pictures and symbols etched in stone developed into a readable alphabet which later turned into writing on early forms of paper. Now, people have many ways to communicate.

2018 58

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.  Postal Service is experimenting with same day delivery. On-demand delivery service Postmates, for example, recently raised $35 million in venture funding. Startup alcohol delivery services are also increasingly common. Seems like everyone is getting into logistics.

2015 160

Everything You Need To Know About Direct Mail

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Direct mail is a type of marketing that involves delivering tangible promotional material through the United States Postal Service to residential or commercial premises. Direct mail is effective when the right message reaches someone who has the specific need or want in the product or service being advertised. EDDM is a USPS service designed to reach customers with targeted mailers in specific neighborhoods. Looking for an effective way to promote your small business?

2020 149

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. Advertising revenue plummeted for their print publications, and online revenue didn’t replace it.

2013 138

6 Eco Friendly Marketing Tips

Eco-Office Gals

If you don’t see these options, call customer service and request them, the company may not realize there is a market for it yet. The United States Postal Service will actually deliver your supplies to you when they deliver your mail, and pickup those packages for free as they pass through your neighborhood. Engaging your customers does not have to hurt the environment.

2013 126

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." Between email and other delivery services such as UPS, we may only be missing our daily allotment of junk mail. We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. And soon, there may be a day every week where no mail comes at all.

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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." Between email and other delivery services such as UPS, we may only be missing our daily allotment of junk mail. We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. And soon, there may be a day every week where no mail comes at all.

2016 100

Infographic: Postage and Packaging

The Small Business Blog

Many small businesses rely on the postal service in order for their business model to operate. Without a reliable delivery service, they would be unable to ship their products to the people who buy from them online. The price of getting things delivered via Royal Mail has increased by a huge amount in the last… Read the full article here: Infographic: Postage and Packaging on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Infographics infographic package postage

2013 141

What Do the 1099 Changes Mean For Solopreneurs?

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest column written by Deb Howard Greenleaf, a solopreneur who provides virtual accounting and bookkeeping services to small businesses and other solo professionals nationwide. Vendors selling products will now be receiving 1099 forms, whereas previous reporting was limited to service providers. As a business that purchases products and services, however, you will be sending out a whole lot more 1099s. Send the United States Postal Service a 1099!

2010 128

State Names and Abbreviations

Daily Writing Tips

However, when giving an address, or in tables or other uses in which space is limited, use the US Postal Service’s symbol system, which consists of a two-letter abbreviation in which both letters are always capitalized and no periods are used (for example, NY for “New York”). How should you treat references to states? The form depends on which style guide you adhere to and why the state is being referenced. Details about how to refer to states follow.

2013 73

Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007s Formula Bar Size By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity D o you find that trying to either write or fix formulas in Microsoft Excel can be a pain? Do you wish that you could expand the size of the formula bar to see more of the formula that you are working on? I remember back in the day when Microsoft Excel 2003 and prior versions didn’t have this feature.

How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Filed Under: Office Gossip , Productivity D o you find that some of your co-workers can be extremely annoying, rude or just plain inconsiderate? Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind? This happens to the best of us all of the time.

2009 152

The Handwritten Note

Daily Writing Tips

Postal Service notes, we only receive a handwritten letter once every two months, each of those letters likely means more to us than the “cheaper” communication we receive each day.

2014 87

Answers to Questions About Abbreviations

Daily Writing Tips

The short form of state names — based on US Postal Service usage and technically considered a symbol rather than an abbreviation — omits periods, and both letters are capitalized. Responses to some reader queries about abbreviation issues follow. Which is the preferred abbreviation for “United States,” US or U.S. ? Both forms are correct, but, in the interests of consistency with the decline of the use of periods in abbreviations, the trend is to use US.

2013 71

Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really? By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook , Productivity D o you have trouble trying to book several managers’ meetings, yet you have access to their calendars in Microsoft Outlook 2007?

Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, July 16, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity A re you a big fan of Windows XP? Did you feel that Windows Vista was a big flop? Well, look no further, since Windows 7 will be coming out very shortly. I am truly hoping that this new platform will be much smoother than Windows Vista.

2009 100

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). Nomenclature for US government entities can be complicated. Here are some guidelines about how to style names of administrative jurisdictions, departments, and agencies: Name Versions.

2011 57

Co-Workers Annoying You?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Annoying You? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, December 31, 2007 Filed Under: Meetings , Office Gossip , Productivity A re your co-workers annoying you at work by talking to loudly? Do you wish you could take a fog horn and toot it around, just so that they would quiet down? I also work in an environment where it gets a little too loud at times. Its an open-concept office and at times, I would like my colleagues to simmer down a bit.

2007 122

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

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice Versa? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity Y our boss calls you over to their office and asks that you send her a list of something that you’ve created in Microsoft Excel. The list is in a vertical fashion, but she wants it a horizontal way instead. You check your contact list and see that you have about 50 names in your Excel spreadsheet.

2010 122

Round

Daily Writing Tips

The creed of the United States Postal Service, translated from Herodotus, declares, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”. The word round is the ideal word to illustrate the fact that a word is not a part of speech until it is used in a sentence.

2014 72

Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

Professional Assistant Blog

By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 19, 2009 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Organize , Productivity D oes your department have an administrative procedures manual? Home About Me Advertise Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

2009 125

How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, August 30, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word P eople often ask me, "How do you copy a table from Word into Powerpoint?" This actually is quite easy to do. Here are the simple steps on how to copy tables: Open your Word document that contains the table. Open Powerpoint and click on File, then select New, then Blank Presentation. You will see this screen at the bottom.

2007 118

Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007 By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 20, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook Y ou sent a meeting request to a bunch of people. Your boss calls you up and tells you that you need to add an agenda to this meeting, but you don’t want everyone to get the meeting request again and have to accept/decline it. Trust me, people start to get irritated when this happens over and over again.

2007 122

25 German Loanwords

Daily Writing Tips

Reich (“realm”): in German, usually a neutral term for “empire” or part of a name for a nationalized service, such as the postal service, but in English, because of the Nazi appellation “the Third Reich,” connotes tyranny. The German language has provided English with a huge inventory of words, many of them pertaining to music, science, and politics, thanks to the influence of German-speaking people on those areas of human endeavor.

2012 87

How to Write a Cover Letter

Daily Writing Tips

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? Whether or not you still employ this declining form of communication, you should be aware of the customary procedure, because the necessity may come up.

Blogging Here and There - Part 2

Professional Assistant Blog

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 do apologize for this, but my life has been really busy lately and unfortunately, could not share my thoughts with you during this time. I will try to post articles when I get a chance, but it will be quite infrequent.

2008 100

Do You Have a Pen?

Professional Assistant Blog

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? This has happened to me quite a few times in the past.

2008 100

Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Monday, January 28, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered how to copy pictures from and to Microsoft Word ? Do you have a big project coming up and want to show your boss that you can handle this type of task ? Recently, someone asked me how this is done. It’s actually quite simple.

Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered or tried to sort a table within Microsoft Word ? Do you already have a table set up in Microsoft Word, but dont want to copy to Microsoft Excel and back again, just to sort it? One of my colleagues came to me and asked about this very question.

Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, December 06, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking , Productivity , Travel D o you find yourself getting stuck in traffic each morning and afternoon? Do you feel that people should relocate to a closer home or find a new job? Heres an interesting article I found about how most employees would rather get stuck in traffic jams rather than relocate to a new home or job.

2007 100

Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential? By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 30, 2007 Filed Under: A re you looking for a way to make sure that others don’t open your letters or packages? Do you have confidential information that you need to send to someone, but want to make sure that it gets treated like registered mail? Then Redi-Tag Security Seals and Tape is the product for you.

2007 100

Dealing With Unreasonable Requests

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Dealing With Unreasonable Requests By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, October 08, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Prioritize , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail , among the many others that you receive each and every day. Your colleague or boss calls or comes up to you exactly 2 minutes later and asks if youve read it. You think to yourself, "What?!? Is this person crazy?!?" Has this ever happened to you?

2009 109

Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Productivity D o you have too many applications open on your computer? Have you passed by a co-workers desk and noticed that they have 20 different things running all at once? Believe it or not, this can lower productivity. You actually end up thinking that you are working harder, yet you are reducing your productivity by about 30%.

2009 109

Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online!

Professional Assistant Blog

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? I originally wrote a post on this entitled " Travel Plans " explaining that you can use Travelocity and Expedia to find the best deals.

2009 109

Worried About Your Online Resume?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Worried About Your Online Resume? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 26, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking A re you worried about online identity theft online? Do you worry about your current employer finding out that you are looking for a new job? Resume Rabbit will make all of this disappear. You can post up to 80 different job sites, such as Workopolis , Monster , CareerBuilder and many more, just with one submission.

2007 100

Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 19, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself among co-workers that are not respectful of your privacy? Do they end up talking loud on the phone while you are trying to do some work? Are you being bombarded with people walking up to your cubicle and dont have the decency to see that you are busy?

2007 100

Sync Your Hand Held Device

Professional Assistant Blog

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. You can find instructions to setting up this software here and the software download page here.

2007 100

Hands Hurt From Typing?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Hands Hurt From Typing? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Filed Under: Ergonomics , Productivity D o you find yourself typing too much? Using the mouse too often? Heres a product that will help you feel better and relieve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injury. It will also aleviate pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis, and poor cirulation. It even gives the person a massaging effect, for lasting comfort.

2007 100

4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

Professional Assistant Blog

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? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional environment?

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