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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.

Infographic: Postage and Packaging

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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.

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.   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.

The Handwritten Note

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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.

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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.

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.) 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.

Same Day Delivery and the Uberfication of Logistics

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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.

7 Advisories About Abbreviations

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Postal Symbols. Postal symbols are a prescribed set of two-letter abbreviations for states that are sometimes used as shorthand in nonpostal applications. In 1963, to make room for an innovation known as the ZIP code (which phrase has its own entry below), the US Postal Service advocated a two-letter form ( CA , for example), but many people persist in incorrectly styling such abbreviations uppercase/lowercase (e.g.,

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

Small Business CEO

Once you get one contract and show the postal service you can be relied upon, future contracts will be offered/awarded to you and the business can grow. The idea of starting a small business is intimidating to the majority of the population. The problem? Fear of the unknown.

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How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

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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.

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.

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? 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.

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? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional environment?

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State Names and Abbreviations

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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”).

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?

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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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Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

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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?

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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 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.

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

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

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?

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 ?

Using Subtotals Function in Microsoft Excel

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Home About Me Advertise Using Subtotals Function in Microsoft Excel By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity D o you have a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet where you have firm names and figures?

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

"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. You search around to find the best deal (check out Travel Links on the right side of this blog for some suggestions) and book what your boss needed. The time finally comes when your boss is flying out to that all important business trip.

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. Also, make sure to tell your colleagues about this great service to improve your department’s overall productivity. What services do you use for your research?

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. Your manager asks you to create a report of some sort and wants you to send it to a client, but making sure that they cannot manipulate the information.

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? There is a great and simple way to add a new look to your templates in PowerPoint. Here are the 4 steps to do this: Click on the particular template(s) that you want to change.

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. I personally couldn’t do this, but it’s quite interesting that people would actually think of this.

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? One of my readers asked me this: I am an Executive Assistant to the CEO/President. She is the largest share holder of the company, obviously.

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. Gossip has never been a positive matter. It always leads to negative productivity and sometimes people even get involved on a personal level.

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? Finding the right tools to manage your business can be time consuming.

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! Did your co-worker, significant other or a client give you a surprise by coughing and sneezing around you? Dont you wish you could be where they are (to the left) instead?

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. Home About Me Advertise Phishing & Spam - Not Your Everyday Food Items! By The Professional Assistant on Friday, December 14, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Outlook , System Security D o you receive spam in your e-mail box?

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 ? Does your boss come up to you and ask you to find information on an e-mail that youve received and needs it yesterday?

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? Heres an article I recently found on office fridge etiquette. Heres an excerpt on the article: Do not eat or drink foods that do not belong to you.

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.