July, 2019

Freelancers and Solopreneurs are Increasingly Exporters

Small Business Labs

Despite trade wars, tariffs, and the erection of other barriers to cross-border commerce, independent workers, freelancers and solopreneurs are increasingly finding customers outside U.S. borders.

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10 habits of highly organised Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team.

2019 206

How to Write a Professional Development Plan

Eat Your Career

This is the second article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. In the first part of this series, you learned that a professional development plan (or PDP) is a written document used to focus, evaluate and prioritize professional development goals and activities.

2019 202

Should you use a Free WordPress Theme for your Business Website?

Tips From T. Marie

There’s no doubt that WordPress is the ideal choice for building your business website. Recently I touched on the fact that WordPress is an ‘ array of moving parts’. One of those parts is the theme. In WordPress, the theme is the part that dictates your design.

2019 178

9 Things To Give Up In Order To Become Conscious And Free

Dumb Little Man

To me, consciousness is about emotional self mastery. It’s the energetic and spiritual awareness of yourself and others and having the tools to be empowered and effective in whatever you do. Knowing how to become more conscious starts with that and letting go of a few things in your life.

2019 244

10 Signs Your Best Employee is About to Quit

On The Job

When you're the boss, there are days when your life seems like one big dumpster fire. Then, there are the days when it feels like everything is going right and you and your team can take on the world. Those take-on-the-world days happen because you have a great team, right?

2019 130

The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

According to the  U.S. Census, the number of   nonemployer businesses in 2017 increased to 25,701,671, up 3.6% from 2016.    Nonemployers are businesses that have an owner, but don't have paid traditional full or part-time employees (W2 employees).

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Do I Really Need a Professional Development Plan?

Eat Your Career

If you’ve been following my work for any period of time, you know that I’m a big fan of Professional Development Plans (also referred to as PDPs). I often create these plans in collaboration with my career coaching clients, and I frequently provide training workshops on this topic.

2019 155

How To Prepare Your Digital Business for Outages

Tips From T. Marie

I celebrated the July 4 th holiday by taking 4 days off from work. It was a hot few days here in southern Maine, and as usual, the hot weather broke with a round of strong storms rolling through on Saturday.

2019 173

13 Things You Can Do With Your Old Phone

Dumb Little Man

Smartphones are a necessity nowadays but one big setback in using them is that we need to upgrade on a regular basis. The newest technology today can be obsolete in a short year or two. This leads most people to discard their phones, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

2019 241

Dear Employers: It's Time to Stop Treating Applicants Like Crap

On The Job

I was not surprised 10 years ago when many job applicants told me of their frustration when employers refused to even acknowledge their applications or let them know where they stood in the interview process.

2019 151

From Man’s Best Friend to Family’s Favorite Child

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like Pet Trends here at Small Business Labs. So we had to cover the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's article The Pet Economy Kicks Into Overdrive. The article covers the growth of the pet economy.

2019 191

10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward.

2019 207

Positive Career Affirmation #21

Eat Your Career

I take pleasure in simple, everyday workplace routines. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #21 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations routines workplace routines

2019 148

Do You Own Your Premium WordPress Theme License?

Tips From T. Marie

WordPress requires a theme in order to customize the design of your website. In most cases, to get the level of customization you desire it will require a premium WordPress theme, which requires the purchase of a license.

2019 160

4 Steps To Manifest What You Want

Dumb Little Man

Our every day thoughts and feelings fuel the decisions we make. Whether our thoughts are positive or negative, they have an effect on our lives. Have you ever told yourself “I can do it” and then went ahead and actually accomplished the task? It’s not luck or magic; it’s simply manifesting.

2019 221

The Best Way to Answer Questions About Strengths, Weaknesses

On The Job

What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? These are two very common questions asked in job interviews, and they should catch no job seeker off guard if they've prepared their answers. The problem for many applicants is that those answers aren't very good ones.

2019 141

40% of Americans Say They Struggle to Pay Bills

Small Business Labs

The Washington Post's ‘This doesn’t look like the best economy ever’: 40% of Americans say they still struggle to pay bills covers the fact that despite a strong job market and a 10 year long economic recovery, a lot of Americans still struggle financially.

2019 178

Get started on your festive party now

Practically Perfect PA

I know it is mid-July and we are a world away from the festive season, but it is time to start planning out the end of year party. You may think I am crazy, but actually, this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should […].

2019 176

Positive Career Affirmation #20

Eat Your Career

I take my workplace promises seriously. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #20 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations attitude workplace promises

2019 148

Keeping Clients; The True Secret to Success

Tips From T. Marie

The number one question I’m asked by the students who take my best-selling course Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant is “How do I get clients?” Ironically, not one student has ever asked me, “How to do I keep clients?”

2019 167

Top Remote Working Trends in 2019 You Should Know More About

Dumb Little Man

Working from home is no longer a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. It has become standard procedure for more than fifty percent of the USA’s workforce. An estimated 1.5 million people work remotely in the United Kingdom, too.

2019 237

"I Hope You're Well" as an Email Opener

Business Writing

On Saturday The New York Times ran a humorous column "I Hope You're Well," by Kerry Elson. In case you are unable to access The New York Times online, here are two opening exchanges from the piece: Hi, Robin, Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2019 141

The Recent Flurry of Gig Economy Studies

Small Business Labs

It's been a busy couple of weeks for gig economy studies. Below is a list of 4 of the recently released studies.

2019 175

Don’t take it personally! Growing a ‘thick skin’ at work

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Virtual Summit, I was talking to a group of Assistants about resilience and how we gain respect in the office. Both of the Assistants said that we had to try not to take things too personally and that having a ‘thick skin’ is an excellent competency to have as an Assistant.

2019 167

Do This One Thing to Ensure You Always Have a Job

On The Job

Amazon recently announced that it plans to spend $700 million to retrain 100,000 employees in an effort to help its workforce adapt to a world using more automation and new technology. Retraining will focus on moving more employees into tech-savvy roles.

2019 141

Make Stress Your Friend: A TED Talk Worth Viewing

Simple Productivity Blog

Doing research into stress is enough to induce stress. Looking at all the damage that chronic or acute stress can cause to our bodies is enough to make people want to crawl into their beds and not come out.

2019 130

How Can Universal Basic Income Mitigate Fallout From Automation?

Dumb Little Man

In a 2018 poll, nearly half of Americans supported the idea of a Universal Basic Income program. What is Universal Basic Income, where did the idea come from, and what would it mean for our society as we know it today?

2019 226

Positive Career Affirmation #19

Eat Your Career

Everything I do today brings me closer to achieving my goals tomorrow. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #19 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations achievement goals

2019 148

Bain Consulting on Predicting the Next Tech Disruption

Small Business Labs

Predicting the Next Tech Disruption from Big 3 Strategy Consulting firm Bain and Company discusses 4 forecasting tools (shown below) Bain uses to predict when disruptive technologies will be widely adopted.

2019 142

Working collectively and sharing best practice in your EA network

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is such an essential part of the Assistant role. We can work in such silos that without a network to support our endeavours, the position can be very lonely.

2019 155

Does "Ladies" Belong in a Salutation?

Business Writing

Rob wrote: I thought you might be a helpful sounding board from something I'm experiencing at work. Recently, one of our female executive leaders has been using the word Ladies as a salutation in her emails that include men in. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2019 141

Why Others Consider Your Email Response to Be Rude

On The Job

"Far too many poor decisions rest on knee-jerk responses. Don't let fast emails become the enemy of good decisions." This is some of the advice in Dianna Booher's new book, "Faster, Fewer, Better Emails." Booher addresses how some emails are too long -- and how some are too short.

2019 141

Getaway From Stress: 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

Dumb Little Man

Stress plays a huge role in our lives. Some of the biggest factors that contribute to the increase in stress are work and money. Many people are caught up in the nature of their work. They often forget how important it is to keep their mental and physical state healthy. How can we reduce our stress?

2019 203

Podcast Episode 5: Using External Brains

Simple Productivity Blog

Our brains simply can't hold everything that goes with modern life. Add in some stress, and it's more like a sieve than a filing cabinet. Today I'll talk about some common external brains and some tips on how to use them.

2019 130

Comparing the Risk Profiles of Independent Workers vs. Traditional Job Holders

Small Business Labs

One of the clear findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is that, on average, independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed, etc.) and those with traditional jobs have different risk profiles. 

2019 152

Technology to help motivate staff

Practically Perfect PA

An Executive once said to me “you are the glue that holds the department together, you create the culture.” ” She was so right, part of my role was to help motivate the department.

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