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.

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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. Needless to say, the Postal Service has to cut labor costs to survive. Interesting interview with the head of the U.S.

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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.

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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.

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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 Flat Rate Service.

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Mail-Free Tuesdays?

Clutter Coach

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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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.

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Even More Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Office

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Check out the list below: Go Paperless – Are you still printing out documents and sending correspondence through the postal service? Climate change is becoming an increasingly real subject for businesses and consumers across the globe.

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. Engaging your customers does not have to hurt the environment.

2013 164

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

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”).

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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. Send the United States Postal Service a 1099!

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Answers to Questions About Abbreviations

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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.

2013 108

Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

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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?

How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

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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?

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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.

2013 184

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 114

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.”.

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Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

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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?

2010 158

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?

2009 163

Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

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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.

2007 158

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.

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How You Pass The Buck Without Knowing It

Simple Productivity Blog

Do I look like a postal employee? Hubby: “What’s the login and password to the Postal Service website? Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Sending email creates more work? It’s funny how things synchronize.

2010 170

Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista?

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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.

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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

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.

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

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

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

Macros: Shortcuts To Productivity With Microsoft Word

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Home About Me Advertise Macros: Shortcuts To Productivity With Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Monday, October 13, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity D o you know what a macro is? Do you know how to create them?

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

Labelling The Features In Microsoft Word

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Home About Me Advertise Labelling The Features In Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, September 04, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity D o you create letters or labels in Microsoft Word ?

"Excel"ing to Create Subtotal Row Totals

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise "Excel"ing to Create Subtotal Row Totals By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, September 03, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Organize , Productivity Y our manager sends you an e-mail with a spreadsheet attached.

2008 130

Clock In The Right Time Zone: Booking Meetings in Microsoft Outlook

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Home About Me Advertise Clock In The Right Time Zone: Booking Meetings in Microsoft Outlook By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, August 28, 2008 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook , Organize , Productivity , Travel D o you need to book meetings for your manager(s), but most meetings are all over the country or even internationally? Do you have trouble trying to figure out the time zone for each meeting in Microsoft Outlook ? I am currently in the process of doing this for one of my managers. I need to book meetings for him to travel to firms all over Canada. Since Outlook only allows for one time zone to be added to the persons calendar , this makes it a little difficult. The best way I could find accomplishing this task is by having to change the time zone information each time I need to add a new meeting. I also have a time zone map open in an internet browser, so I can make sure that I am choosing the correct one. To add or change a time zone in Outlook, follow these simple steps: Right click on the area marked in the picture below, then click Change Time Zone. Click on the check box for Show an additional time zone, then use the drop down arrow to select the particular time zone you wish to use. At this point, you can flip to your internet browser to see which time zone is the correct one. Now you can see by the picture below that the new time zone has been added. You can now add in the meeting details for this time zone. Note: Make sure to add the time in the meeting schedule (for example: Meeting with client, 1:00 pm Calgary time), so the manager knows that this is the correct time to meet with this client. There have been instances where people would get confused as to whether the meeting was booked on the managers time zone or the clients time zone. Subscribe to The Professional Assistant feeds or get posts e-mailed directly to you today. Until next time, Take care - of your clutter! Post from: Administrative Assistant 2comments for this post Babyanne Richard, You have no idea how many hours this is going to save me (and my manager because she double checks her meetings when going over seas). I honestly think if you were here this morning when I read this I would have kissed you!!!! Time Zones are the one thing that I cant wrap my brain around!!! And when you through DST into the mix I am totally lost!!! Thanks again for your very helpful tips and trick you ROCK!!! Posted on 29 August, 2008 10:36 AM The Professional Assistant Hi Babyanne, Thanks for the comment. Dont know how thrilled my wife would be though. As for the DST, it really does mess things up. There actually is a function within the time zone option where you can either allow or disallow DST. 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Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word

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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

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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.

Exceptions in the Rules of Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

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.) After thumbing through the dictionary or perusing a usage guide, you’d think that the trend in American English and, to a lesser extent, in British English is to omit hyphens from words consisting of a prefix attached to the root word. But reality begs to differ.

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Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

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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?

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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

Worried About Your Online Resume?

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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.

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