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.

2019 257

Signs That Need Your Proofreader's Eye

Business Writing

Even when I am on vacation, I can't turn off my proofreading eyes. The three signs below, which I spotted in Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, got my attention. Can you recognize why? Each sign has at least. Proofreading

2019 239

How to Benefit When You Get Blindsided by Criticism

On The Job

One day when I was on deadline frantically trying to complete a story, my instant messaging app popped up with something like: "Anita didn't check the database and now I'm having to recreate this work. sigh*" The IM was from my direct editor to another editor.

2019 242

The mindset of a VA business owner

Practically Perfect PA

When it comes to successfully running your Virtual Assistant (VA) business, being an awesome Virtual Assistant isn’t enough. A VA can be excellent at their job, have a positive mindset, the necessary skill set required to do the job well and a desire to be there for her clients.

2019 218

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

8 Proven Tips To Study Smart And Remember More

Dumb Little Man

Reading a book is as simple as ABC and everyone can pick up a book to read. However, not everyone remembers what they study. In this guide, I am going to reveal to you the best study habits and tips on how to remember more when studying.

2019 284

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Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

Office Dynamics

An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul!

2019 250

What Is Passive Income?

The Solopreneur Life

What Is Passive Income and How Do You Do It? Basically, it’s the opposite of trading dollars for hours. Most people have been raised on the concept of trading dollars for hours and so they try to find jobs that just increase the hourly rate.

2019 180

Counting the costs: What government funding for scientific research will cover?

The Small Business Blog

What Costs Can You Claim Through R&D Tax Credits? Finding out that the government could give you some money is always great news, especially when you’re a small business to whom it makes a real difference.

2019 147

23% of Traditional Full-Time Job Holders Plan to Switch to Gig Work

Small Business Labs

According to MetLife's 2019 U.S. Employee Benefits Study, 23% of Americans with full-time traditional jobs intend to switch to gig work over the next 5 years. Another 14% say they are considering it. 

2019 272

Poop Sign to Punctuate

Business Writing

Let's imagine that this sign needs perfect punctuation, or dog owners will ignore it. How would you punctuate it? I would add four punctuation marks. What would you do? Please share your version in the comments section. I'll share mine. Proofreading Punctuation Pointers

2019 226

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence

On The Job

When you're job searching, the advice is to "clean up your social media presence." But what does that mean, exactly? For example, when you were told to clean up your room as a kid, my hunch is that your version of "clean" was a lot different than your mom's.

2019 226

The EA competencies you will need in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […].

2019 236

7 Ways Admins Can Do More Meaningful Work

Eat Your Career

As a proud former administrative professional—and a current admin trainer and coach—I believe that support professionals can play an invaluable role in the workplace. Of course, that’s not always the case.

2019 219

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

When Working Hard is Not Enough: 18 Ways to Work Smart

Dumb Little Man

Most of the things we do require hard work. Whether it’s our job, relationships, and personal goals, we need to exert effort and work extra hard to get the best results possible. Unfortunately, working hard comes with negative effects.

2019 283

Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As a writer, I can be pretty sloppy or lazy, at times. However, I do look for ways to learn how to improve the quality of my writing.

2019 167

18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life.

2019 251

How Can I Earn Extra Income For Less than $100?

The Solopreneur Life

What if I told you there’s a way to earn extra income for less than $100… You might be thinking to yourself that this is flat out impossible. You might be thinking that I’m trying to pull a fast one. You might even be under the impression that I’m delusional.

2019 154

4 Productivity Lessons From A Matching Game

Simple Productivity Blog

There are productivity lessons everywhere, if you just look. Here are four lessons I learned from a video game my daughter got me into, "We Bare Bears Match 3 Repairs.".

2019 141

What Freelancers Want From Their Clients

Small Business Labs

As we pointed out earlier this week , firms of all sizes and types are increasing their use of freelancers and other forms of non-employee labor. 

2019 259

If You Are a Writer or an Editor, You Need This book

Business Writing

In an earlier post, I promised to review Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style "in a few days." That was more than three weeks ago. I've been savoring the book, making notes on every chapter.

2019 217

10 Smart Things to Do in a New Job

On The Job

It's natural to be a bit nervous on your first day of a new job. You want to make a good impression and not mess anything up too much. Chances are, you'll be fine. If you care enough about the job to be a bit nervous, that means you're going to try hard to do all the right things.

2019 220

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 205

How to Position Yourself for Management (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Position Yourself for Management.”. Let’s be honest: Management isn’t for everyone. It takes a specific set of skills to be a great manager, and some people just don’t have what it takes. Others certainly can do it, but they’d rather not.

2019 200

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

Why Social Media is Dying a Slow Death

Dumb Little Man

I remember when I was a young whippersnapper of a kid — no place to be and no dependents to take care of. I was responsible, trustworthy, and intelligent enough to work my way to a comfortable place in whatever job I held at the time.

2019 281

7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Non-profit organizations face the same challenges and costs, when it comes to operating their facilities. Rent, taxes, insurance, utilities are all part of the cost of doing business.

2019 160

Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Meetings, meeting, and more meetings! In spite of all the technology, meetings have not gone away.

How To Upgrade Your Cubicles To Be Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

As more and more working professionals realize how important protecting the planet is, they are upgrading their cubicles to be eco-friendly. Business owners like yourself can encourage employees to make small changes that can go a long way for Earth.

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).

2019 229

BCG on the New Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Last week the Big 3 strategy consulting firm BCG released THE NEW FREELANCERS: TAPPING TALENT IN THE GIG ECONOMY , a study on "those who find temporary work through digital labor-sharing platforms."

2019 247

Six Tricks to Make Your Writing Seem Shorter

Business Writing

Sometimes you simply have a lot to say. But you know that people often don't read long documents, and you are looking for ways to shorten yours. After you cut a few extra words and one or two unnecessary sentences, Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2019 207

5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

On The Job

Once an employer gets around to checking your references, you may be feeling quite confident that a job offer is coming your way. Hold on. According to an Accountemps survey , one in three candidates are removed from job consideration after checking with their references.

2019 229

Handling colleagues who think you are their Assistant (when you are not!)

Practically Perfect PA

We’ve all been there, picture the scene.

2019 219

Admin Tip: How to Get Your Boss to Give You More Control

Eat Your Career

April is Admin Appreciation Month, so today I’m sharing some tips specifically for all of you hardworking admins. As a proud, former executive assistant, I know how challenging your role can be.

2019 202