2017

Ground rules for team meetings

Practically Perfect PA

A really fundamental task for assistants is organising your department team meetings. If your organisation is anything like the businesses I used to work for I bet you organise A LOT of team meetings.

2017 110

Building customer loyalty for small businesses

The Small Business Blog

Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving customer loyalty in a small business?

2017 99

Trending Sources

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses.

2017 98

How To Find Inspiration After A Big Failure

Dumb Little Man

I am sure that you have heard the saying that if you have never failed at anything, then you never tried anything. This saying is quite true.

2017 125

4 Faults You Can Easily Avoid in Your Slide Presentations

Business Writing

I recently attended a dinner meeting whose featured speaker told about her life in a foreign country. Her story inspired everyone, but her slides frustrated and confused us. You can easily avoid her presentation faults, pleasing your audience, if you. Presentations Teaching Business Writing

2017 87

More Trending

Business Spotlight: How Cox Enterprises Successfully Promotes Sustainable Employee Behavior

Eco-Office Gals

At Cox Enterprises , conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every employee to adopt and apply to their lives.

2017 89

How to Run a Successful Bar Business

Small Business CEO

Every entrepreneur’s dream is to be successful and generate revenue consistently, but there are so many factors that will contribute to the attainment of these goals. New bars are emerging and the existing ones are busy working hard to stay in business.

2017 61

27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings.

2017 76

Best tips on working with multiple managers

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers.

2017 106

Brighton: The Silicon Valley of the United Kingdom?

The Small Business Blog

We are all aware that the digital revolution has been fully embraced throughout the United Kingdom. As the digital age continues to evolve, there are always some locations which tend to stand out from the rest.

2017 77

Self-Employment and the Attributes of the Dream Job

Small Business Labs

Gallup's The Dream Job covers the key attributes employees look for in a job. These  These are: the ability to do what they do best. greater work-life balance and better personal well-being. greater stability and job security. a significant increase in income.

2017 92

6 Questions To Ask When Designing A Business App

Dumb Little Man

App development for businesses and brands is on the rise. Many companies are waking up to its benefits and are now working to design and build their own. When in the process of mobile app development, there are so many variables and so many things to think about that if you are not careful — or if you lack experience — you might just miss a trick or two. To make sure you get the most out of your app, here are six questions you have to ask during design and development. How Can Your App Add Value?

2017 119

How to Write When You Can't Change Things

Business Writing

I led a class for a group of writers who respond to citizen complaints about airplane noise. The writers cannot make the planes quieter, and they can't make them go away. What can they do? They can respond in ways. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2017 69

How to Become One of the Boss's Favorites

On The Job

I'm all for work/life balance and making sure that you're not headed for burnout by working too much. But that doesn't mean you go to work and just warm a chair every day, doing just enough to make sure you keep your job.

2017 77

Top 8 Time Management Tips To Hack Productivity

Office Dynamics

Amongst the hectic schedules and infinite demands of modern life, we often feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything we need to done. This pressure has resulted in many self-aware individuals seeking ways to save time throughout their day. Some of this is relevant to work life, some to home life, but all time management hacks end up with you being more productive while you work and having more ‘me-time’ as a result.

2017 115

If Your Office is Still Using These Two Things, Stop. Now.

Tips From T. Marie

Once upon a time small and medium sized businesses prided themselves on being at the cutting edge of office technology. They were the first to adopt things like electric typewriters, fax machines and yes, even computers. And then they weren’t. In fact, an amazingly embarrassing amount of these same sized businesses are still using ancient. Read more. Business Tips Technologically Speaking

2017 66

10 Tips for Clean, Clear Writing

Daily Writing Tips

Adhering to the following guidance about usage, syntax, punctuation, style, and form will perceptibly improve the quality of your writing. Use vivid verbs.

2017 52

Faith In Manufacturing Jobs On The Decline

Small Business CEO

Although the American economy has grown by about 2 million jobs this year, none of them are in the manufacturing sector. This is alarming news–not just for manufacturing workers, but for the economy at large. Why is this such bad news?

2017 60

Are Professional Certifications Worth It?

Eat Your Career

One question I get a lot is around the topic of professional certifications. People want to know if they’re worth it. After all, professional certifications cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. And most require a significant investment of time and energy on top of it.

2017 77

Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. I’m lucky to be a member of a direct messaging group on Twitter made up of some very awesome and proactive assistants.

Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

2017 77

Why Coworking is Booming

Small Business Labs

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work  provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working.

2017 92

Benefits Of Meditation: How You Can Change Your Life In 10 Minutes

Dumb Little Man

It takes time to develop and master any skill, and meditation is no different. The ability to calm the mind on demand can be a phenomenal tool to have at your disposal.

2017 116

What Some Got Right About My Birthday: The Comma

Business Writing

I celebrated my birthday last month. Southwest Airlines got it right. TIAA did too. And a few good people on LinkedIn did as well. My dentist was among those who got it wrong. What some got right was the comma: Punctuation Pointers

2017 75

4 Tips That Will Help You Influence Others

On The Job

Communication seems to be a problem in the world today. It's not that we don't have plenty of ways to communicate, it's that we expect the tool (text, phone, email) to do the job for us. That's never going to work because good communication requires human effort.

2017 77

Tips for the Traveling Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

Administrative professionals are the superheroes of travel planning. Admins use their telepathy to know what brands their travelers prefer, time travel to get days of work done in mere hours, and teleportation to support their travelers, even when they are halfway around the world. Their only kryptonite? Themselves. Admins spend their days prioritizing other’s needs and often forget to think of themselves.

This $20 Business Investment Took Me from Struggling to Successful

Tips From T. Marie

One of the best investments I ever made for my business was “The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude” by Jeffery Gitomer. It’s a book I don’t consider a business book, but a life book, yet it has probably made the difference between my success and failure. I bought the book on a whim in. Read more. Business Tips Featured

2017 65

The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 51

4 Ways Big Data Has Changed Fleet Management Forever

Small Business CEO

Fleet management is no simple task; it’s tough to balance vehicle acquisition, repairs & maintenance, as well as disposals. All of that’s even before you consider the knowledge and effort it takes to be in full compliance with regulations and state laws.

2017 59

Career Success and the Power of Perception

Eat Your Career

In the business world, it can be tempting to believe we’re all operating in the same objective reality. After all, we deal in things like facts and data. We forget sometimes that reality is actually quite subjective; it’s shaped by the observer.

2017 75

Getting buy in from the boss

Practically Perfect PA

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections. Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is… Everyone can and should be a Networker.” Richard Branson. Generation Y makes about 50% of the current workforce.

2017 106

Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea.

2017 58

Will Consultants be Replaced by AI?

Small Business Labs

Since we're consultants, we hope not. But that's thesis of HBR's  AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants.

2017 86

Neglecting Self Care: The Biggest Mistake I Made (And How You Can Avoid It)

Dumb Little Man

Whether it’s lack of capital, economy or just a bad idea, each business has its own reasons for failing. And even though I’d agree that those reasons are common, there is another insidious reason that can cause a business to fail. It’s neglecting self-care.

2017 112