5 Tips for Solopreneurs for Successful Project Management

The Solopreneur Life

W hen you enter the self-employed, solopreneur life, one of the hardest obstacles you’ll need to overcome is project management. In the corporate world, there is often a chain of command and a list of policies and procedures to manage tasks. As a solopreneur, you need to incorporate every aspect in order to successfully manage projects. Here are five quick tips on project management as a part of your self-employed business plan.

If You Do Any Project Management, You Need to Know This

45 Things

Great project managers often are described as good communicators, able to delegate tasks and be cool under pressure. But as competition heats up in various industries and the marketplace becomes more globally connected, such qualities won’t be enough to ensure a successful project management career. At this point in time, your technical savvy as a project manager is a threshold skill – it just gets you in the conversation.”

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Why You Should Plan To Burn Out

Productivity Bits

Reports. Projects. A hectic day now and then is manageable. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of good time management skills. Break It Up When you face a large project, it can seem overwhelming. Each complex project consists of several small components. GTD Hacks Personal Development burn out GTD Productivity project managementMeetings. Assignments. Deadlines.

2016 100

Streamlining the Management of Your Construction Business

Small Business CEO

Managing a construction business can be very strenuous. However, with the availability of innovative software and technologies, construction project managers are able to streamline the various process involved to build smarter and faster projects. Planning a construction projects takes too many details into consideration but even with the best laid plans, there are many internal and external variables to cause the plan to go awry.

2016 80

How to keep your business plan fresh

Ian's Messy Desk

Present your business ideas clearly and stick to the facts: incorporate market studies, benchmark reports and sales projections. A business plan can give you an objective picture of the viability of new projects. The Truth About Business Plans & Financial Projections (insidemoneytoday.wordpress.com). (NC)—If your business plan has been collecting dust since you launched, it’s likely time to refresh.

2012 122

6 Tools to Help You Manage Large Projects with Local & Virtual.

Stephanie LH Calahan

Work With Stephanie « Listen to Stephanie on Solace Wealth Management on Blog Talk Radio | Main | My first Twitterview with @marciahoeck - Decisive Productive Action Taken » 6 Tools to Help You Manage Large Projects with Local & Virtual Teams I created this super secret (he he - not so secret now) group on Facebook of productivity and organization consultants and it has been a great source of networking for us.  Productive & Organized Home Contribute to P&O!

2011 206

10 Painless Time-Tracking Apps For Your Creative Projects

Dumb Little Man

If you are a freelancer, team leader, manager, or a simple individual, you can use the feedback from time tracking apps to make well-informed choices. This will improve project management and save time on your work. 10 Time-Tracking Apps For Your Creative Projects.

2020 183

How To Grow Your Startup

Dumb Little Man

He manages this through a big screen in the center of his office hall that shows growth metrics and their progress on a daily basis. He also recommends picking a minimal set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that can be tracked and reported every day. Marcio Cyrillo is head of mobile services and senior business manager at Ci&T, a software product engineering company. Use a Project Management Tool. Project management tools have evolved over time.

2018 195

Tools to Help Your Employees Work from Home

Dumb Little Man

Whatever it is you need, there’s almost always a tool available for it, like video conferencing tools, audio tools, productivity tools, and even project management templates. Teams tend to achieve more when using a collaborative task management tool like Trello.

2020 173

An Admin’s Guide to Documenting Systems

All Things Admin

You can create systems for everything you do, but I recommend starting with these five key areas: Time and task management. Project management. Follow up after the trip regarding what went well or didn’t so you can update your notes and templates, submit expense reports, etc.

2021 52

5 Ways to Build A Culture Trust In A Large Remote Team

Dumb Little Man

Technological advancements, in terms of connectivity speeds, as well as feature-rich project management tools, are allowing companies from a range of industries to enable remote work settings. They can manage work stress better as they were reported to experience 40% less burnout.

2020 205

10 Ways to Encourage More Women Into Your Workforce

Dumb Little Man

According to a World Bank research report , the women’s labor force participation rate is 48.5%, whereas the rate for men is 75% in 2018. The following stats from McKinsey & Company 2018 report about women in the workplace depict a sad picture. Project Manager, Developer, etc.

2020 205

Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week, MBO Partners released its 10th annual report in the MBO Partners State of Independence research series. These include low-cost, Internet-based tools, services, and online marketplaces for everything from billing and project management to marketing and sales. 

2020 67

Creating Your Personalized Productivity Tool Kit: Top 10 Tools to Consider

Dumb Little Man

These tools offer outstanding features that aid in creating tasks, setting timelines & reminders, performance tracking, time tracking, creating reports, team collaboration, file sharing, etc. With so many tools around, you may wonder what is the most popular personal productivity software to boost time management skills? ProProfs Project. It is a robust online project management software that boosts productivity by simplifying most project-related tasks.

2020 162

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.”. Fifteen minutes later another manager comes by looking for last-minute help with a PowerPoint presentation. Create a chart that shows the projects you are handling and the time required to complete them. I suggest we move the deadline for the widget report to Wednesday.

2014 193

5 Remote Collaboration Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Dumb Little Man

As reported by Forbes, 73% of millennials are engaged in freelancing. The SHRM Employees Benefits Report 2019 shows that more than half of the organizations (57%) offer remote working hours. But the main challenge is managing virtual teams. Poor time management.

2020 231

Office Dynamics Administrative Conference – Thursday Sessions

Office Dynamics

Debbie Gross (Strategy) suggested administrative assistants to work at a higher level by using their Outlook calendar like their own personal admin to help keep them on track with the many projects to be managed. She has a 3-point system for managing email: first pass. Third pass, Defer to tasks anything remaining that requires focus and project management. She took the initiative to have a conversation with her manager, and it worked out well.

2018 149

The Vanishing Executive Assistant? My Response

Eat Your Career

Hopefully, the resulting report (scheduled to be made public next week) will provide a more comprehensive view of the data. Jobs are being consolidated and many admins report that they are now responsible for the work that used to be distributed among 2 or more people.

2020 158

How To Boost Productivity By 50% In A Week

Dumb Little Man

At the end of the day, week or month, you’ll receive a report that will detail how you spent your time. Utilize a project management tool. Knowing how to use a project management tool can dramatically improve your productivity. There are tools like Asana and BaseCamp that can help you keep track of your projects. Do you ever feel like you are so busy that there is never enough time in your day?

2017 160

Why I Have A Mr. Potato Head At Work

Simple Productivity Blog

I have been documenting, reporting, and doing measurements, which when reported to upper management, was greeted with, “it’s a problem, and we’ll get to it.” ” In frustration, I went to my project manager, and I told him that I was struggling. To which my manager, who has another project with the same sort of resources assigned, quipped that a potato in the chair would be better.

2011 136

Building Client Trust: Communication is Key

Step It Up VA Coaching

Set a date for an initial call to clearly outline your strategies and goals for the project, and to solidify the lines of communication between you and the client. If they don’t like constant emails with status reports, then use a project management tool and put the information there so the clients can check on things on their own time. If clients have to ask about how a project is coming along, communication needs improving. by Donna Toothaker.

2015 109

EA to Project Support Manager

Practically Perfect PA

Back in April 2011 I started as a team assistant to an office of 25 people but as time went on I started to get involved in finance, human resources and marketing along with the office management. Since 2011 there have been several structural and management changes. Over the duration of my career here I have supported executive staff from the corporate controller, the managing director and the global head of sales aswell as ad-hoc support for both the CEO and COO.

2015 160

How To Effectively Manage Your To-Do List

Productivity Bits

The Next-Action Lists, along with the calendar, are at the heart of daily action-management organization. There are two things that you can do to make your to-do list an effective tool of productivity: Contextualize and bundle the tasks into Projects. If you think about it, the tasks you do are really parts of particular projects. Managing your tasks under these two elements become easy with the use of the online tool called Simple GTD. Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal.

2010 193

3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

45 Things

Maybe you took a certification class and spent thousands of dollars to become a project manager. Maybe you have discovered that what you really love to do is design the graphics for your reports. You quickly snap a photo of it, and start envisioning how to use those graphics in your next report. Obviously, you're good at project management or you wouldn't be in that job. Perhaps one of your project management networking connections is with a design firm?

2018 67

Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

Small Business Labs

Reluctants, on average, report feeling independent work is much less secure than traditional employment.   These include low-cost, Internet-based tools and services for everything from billing and project management to marketing and sales.   We contribute to the MBO Partners State of Independence report series.

2018 57

How To Leave A Job

Simple Productivity Blog

I asked for an internal transfer three times; I wrote an email to my project manager pointing out how her behavior was making me feel; and I tried to make it work. The final straw came when my reporting manager was asked to reprimand me about something he felt was part of my job: raising red flags about a bad decision. In addition, I also told my reporting manager (before I started the job search) that I was going to leave and that he needed to get a plan in place.

2012 149

Hire On The Go: We've Launched Our Own Recruitment App & The Features Will Truly Blow Your Mind!

Recruit CRM

Not only does recruiting require enough manpower but also strategic planning, time management, investment and so on. Manage All Your Candidates, Contacts & Clients In One Place Candidate management is imperative when it comes to a headhunter.

2021 52

Systemizing For Team Empowerment

Step It Up VA Coaching

Basecamp, Central Desktop, or some other project management software is a great place to load information, documents, policies, etc, so the team can discover answers on their own rather than have to ask. Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business. by Donna Toothaker.

2015 109

Building Client Trust: Communication is Key

Step It Up VA Coaching

Set a date for an initial call to clearly outline your strategies and goals for the project, and to solidify the lines of communication between you and the client. If they don’t like constant emails with status reports, then use a project management tool and put the information there so the clients can check on things on their own time. If clients have to ask about how a project is coming along, communication needs improving. by Donna Toothaker.

2012 126

Avoid Overwhelm When Starting a New Project

Step It Up VA Coaching

For the past month you’ve been planning, and the ideas for new projects and collaborations were flowing. Just how do you keep this big new project of yours off the back-burner, and NOT be overwhelmed? Take an hour to write down your goals for the project. Post them in the most visible spot in your workspace to give the project priority status. ” Think about your project as a series of easily achieved goals that lead to your desired end result.

2012 147

Networking Is Important For Your Business — And The Follow Up Is Critical

Step It Up VA Coaching

For example, if time management is an issue for him, send him a few tips for managing his calendar, or recommend an online project management tool that you know about, and let him know that you can set it up for him if he’s interested. It could be an anniversary date for his business, a big project he lands or an award he’s given, or even his birthday. Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business.

2015 126

Unplug to Recharge!

Step It Up VA Coaching

If you don’t have a project manager, select your most thorough and knowledgeable team member to be the designated point person to handle any issues that might come up for clients, other team members, or any other party with whom you do business. Although you may wish to check in sometime mid-week or if there is an important project in the works, avoid contacting your team more than once or twice. by Donna Toothaker. Are you tethered to your laptop?

2012 133

Top 13 Tools For Efficiently Running Your Online Business

Dumb Little Man

Running an online business efficiently--and productively--requires the use of various tools and apps that can help you properly communicate with your employees, collaborate easily on multiple projects and hence compensate for the lack of everyday face-to-face interaction that happens in a real world office. Basecamp Basecamp is without a doubt the most popular web-based project management tool. It helps you manage invoices, track time and even manage your accounts.

2011 218

DOs and DON’Ts for Building a Great Team

Step It Up VA Coaching

When you’ve got a pool of experts, you’ll be able to take on bigger projects, focus your talents-and best of all, make more money. When you’ve got a group of people to manage, it helps to meet weekly or monthly to boost morale, share wins, and stay on the same page. There are a number of free and paid project management websites with valuable time tracking software and other goodies, such as Clientspot and Basecamp. by Donna Toothaker.

2012 122

How to Use A Competency Assessment for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Manager Support. Managing Office Technology. Supporting Multiple Managers. Task, Time and Project Management. I wrote a report detailing my performance and answers under each of the measured administrative competencies. I was able to work out an action plan on how I would do that in my report. In my report I was about to outline these areas of my strengths and interests with my executive in pursuit of more fulfilling work.

2016 139

Are You Covering All Expense Bases?

Step It Up VA Coaching

Software applications and online products are also an expense, including Anti-virus software, project management, online backup, and online greeting card services, to name a few. Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business. by Donna Toothaker.

How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Ask “Why?&# - Get to the root of your problem by mimicking a four-year-old child: repeatedly ask “why?&# For example: Filing expense reports is a problem. What can a project manager learn from creativity training? Image via Wikipedia. Solving problems creatively means getting past your self-limiting thoughts. Creative problem-solving has countless uses.

Skills 159

Systemizing For Team Empowerment

Step It Up VA Coaching

Basecamp, Central Desktop, or some other project management software is a great place to load information, documents, policies, etc, so the team can discover answers on their own rather than have to ask. Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business. by Donna Toothaker.

2011 133

Strategies for Advancing Your Career Outside of Administrative Services

Office Dynamics

For example, here are a few of the most common roles that may be a great fit for assistants, depending on your skills and interests: Project Manager. Take on “Future Focused” Projects. Take advantage of that by volunteering to own projects that leverage and develop specific skills you’d like to use in the future. For example, if you’re interested in graphic design, offer to redesign a PowerPoint presentation for your executive, or create a new cover sheet for reports.

2017 159

You Want to Grow Your Business – But Are You Really Ready?

Step It Up VA Coaching

Be ready with your project management system, associate contract, etc. Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business. by Donna Toothaker. Wow, I can’t believe we are charging into a new year already! Exciting things are happening, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in my business. How about you? Are you anticipating a breakout year in your business?

2013 155

Stop Multitasking and Focus

Jen Lawrence

I had taken a job as an assistant to three executives, plus my role required project management work. Expense reports were taking twice as long to get done. And I just couldn’t seem to get my project reports sent out. At this time, I overhauled the way I managed myself. However, do not, I repeat, do not type or write directly into a task management system. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a pro at multitasking!”?

2019 52

Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

Practically Perfect PA

However – if we are not willing to speak up and actively list our duties how can we expect colleagues and managers to be aware of this change in office dynamics? Our jobs can be hard to quantify at times so it might be worthwhile starting off by keeping a time management log of all your duties over several days to get a full idea of your all-encompassing role. We lighten the load for executives and are vital members of any executive management team. Risk Management.

2015 147

A day in the life: Laura O’Malley, Team Lead and Executive PA, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Practically Perfect PA

and line manage the two administrators and our reception staff. It could be for meeting papers, information for my Directors or data for reports, not a day goes by without having to chase numerous colleagues for various outstanding pieces of work, regardless of how many reminders you have sent in the lead up to a deadline…. Working within Operations and HR means I get to have my fingers in lots of different pies and I get involved in lots of additional project work.

2016 159