The Long Term Shift to Contract Labor by Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

In 2003 contract labor about 20% of total labor costs of sole proprietors. Data from the IRS shows that sole proprietor small businesses spent $69.2 billion on contract labor in 2018 (the most recent data available). 

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Coffee And Conversations

Brilliantly Better

“Coffee and cigarettes” is a 2003 movie by Jim Jarmusch. If you didn’t see it yet, I recommend it. You may be surprised to see a Roberto Benigni (Oscar winner for La Vita e Bella) at the beginning of his career.

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Word and Outlook 2007 tips

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 24 May, 2009 Word and Outlook 2007 tips I use Word 2007 at my new job and have never really had a chance to go through it to find the quick tips and how-tos that I had in Word 2003. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets

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Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

  Way back in 2003, contract labor was only about 20% of the labor costs of sole proprietors. The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors.    The data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by taxpayers on Schedule C of tax Form 1040. This includes the vast majority of small businesses, including small businesses that report on a pass-through basis (LLC's, etc.).     In 2016 about 25.5

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Why I think you need to get offline to find new clients

The Small Business Blog

Granted, Linkedin was launched in 2003 and then Facebook in 2004, but I hadn’t heard of them. When I started freelancing ten years ago, I had to do my marketing the old fashioned way. I was too busy trudging my local neighbourhood with freshly designed flyers, pinning them in every library and appropriately placed shop… Read the full article here: Why I think you need to get offline to find new clients on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Continued to Grow in 2016

Small Business Labs

 Since 2003, for example, the number of nonemployer businesses has increased by about 5.7 The U.S. Census recently released the 2016 nonemployer business statistics. Key quote from their press release : nonemployer establishments increased 2.0 percent from 24,331,403 in 2015 to 24,813,048 in 2016. Receipts increased 1.5 percent from $1.15 trillion in 2015 to $1.17 trillion in 2016.

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Is Telecommuting Leading to Peak Travel?

Small Business Labs

  But the trend flattened starting in 2003.    Key quote: “Since 2003, motorized travel demand has leveled out or even declined in most of the countries studied, and travel in private vehicles has declined,” the authors wrote in their study. Wired's Study Suggests We've Hit 'Peak Travel" covers research that suggests demand for travel and automobile ownership in the developed world may have reached a saturation point. 

Picking up skills along the EA career path

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been an EA for quite some time now, in fact I started working in 2003 so it has been a decade. The skills you pick up along the assistant career path are invaluable and I for one would not be able to do the job I do today if I hadn’t started as a Team Administrator back in 2003.

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Recruit CRM's Recruitment Entrepreneurs Series Ft. Robin Doenicke

Recruit CRM

an innovative, technology-driven brokerage leading the recruitment forefront, in Japan back in 2003. Robin Doenicke , an Australian entrepreneur, coach and martial arts expert co-founded Zensho Agency Inc.,

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Lessons from a Failed Forecast

Small Business Labs

Workforce Week's (tiered subscription) Fast Forward: 25 Trends That Will Change the Way You do Business appears to have been written in 2003.    I'm most intrigued with their 2003 jobs forecast for 2010.    The underlying assumption behind this forecast was that the economy would grow 3%-4% a year between 2003 and 2010.  workers per unit of output than they did in 2003

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Use of Contract Labor by Sole Proprietors Surging

Small Business Labs

In 2013 contract labor was 36% of total labor costs, up from 31% in 2010 and just 20% in 2003.  The IRS recently released the 2013 data on sole proprietors. This data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by individual taxpayers on Schedule C of Form 1040. This is how most independent workers and small businesses report business income for tax purposes. In 2013 there were a bit over 24 million sole proprietors reporting about $1.34

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$1 Million Ain't What it Used to Be - You Need More Than $5 Million to be a 1%er

Small Business Labs

  Although the numbers fell quite a bit during the recession, they've recovered nicely and have more than doubled since 2003. The number of U.S. families with more than $5 million in investable assets exceeded 1 million for the first time in 2015.    This is one of many interesting stats about the growing number of rich Americans in the Baron's article Penta Millionaires: The New Rising Class.

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Gig Economy Declining in Rural America

Small Business Labs

Also interesting is back in 2003 rural areas had more non-employer businesses per thousand residents than urban areas. The Daily Yonder's (tagline: Keep it Rural) ‘GIG ECONOMY’: WHILE U.S. GAINS, RURAL SHOWS NET LOSS  covers an interesting study that shows rural areas of the country are seeing declines in gig economy employment. The is based on an examination of  non-employer data by U.S. county.    Non-employer is what the U.S.

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The On-Demand Economy Driving Growth of Nonemployer Businesses

Small Business Labs

 Since 2003 the number of nonemployer businesses has increased by about  5.2 The U.S. Census  released their 2015 data on non-employer businesses last week.    Overall, the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses continued it's steady growth, increasing by 2.1% to 24.3 million from 2014 to 2015. Since million.    Nonemployer businesses are businesses that have a business owner, but no traditional employees.

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Why Worry About Ethics?

Virtual Moxie

In 2003, I realized that if the pledge was going to mean something, there had to be a way to hold the Virtual Assistants accountable for violations to the pledge. Almost as soon as I created AssistU , I created the AssistU Standards of Excellence and Ethics pledge.

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The Direct Line Between Happiness and Productivity with Will Henshall

Productivityist

In 1996 he started up San Francisco based Rocket Network , and invented the pro audio media transfer tool ProTools DigiDelivery , used extensively in movie post-production, sold to Avid in 2003. This week on the 200th(!) episode of The Productivityist Podcast my guest is Will Henshall. Will is the CEO and founder of Focus@Will , a tech music platform that helps 1.5m professionals be up to four times more productive at work.

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Self-Employment Shifting to the Creative Class

Small Business Labs

As you can see from this chart, the share of creative class jobs has increased from roughly 25% in 2003 to almost 30% in 2012. Well known author and academic Richard Florida has written extensively about the rise of the creative class. According to his work, the creative class - a grouping of knowledge-based professions - has rapidly increased its share of total employment over the last 2 decades and now  comprises about one third of all U.S.

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Check Out CenStats For Free Market-Research Data

The Solopreneur Life

I learned that, since 1980, the number of permits peak at 254 (in 2003). I f your market-research budget is limited (or even if it’s not), check out CenStats, a free service from the U.S. Census Bureau. Search by county or zip code under “County Business Patterns” to get business profiles that include payroll information and the number of businesses by industry.

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Does anyone know what day it is?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Is it June 11, 2003? Is it the 6th of November 2003? Wouldn’t it be nice if we all followed the same numerical dating standard. It can get very confusing when we date differently. For instance, can anyone tell me what this date is - 06/11/03? Or is it 2006 November 03? Well, it depends on which country you are in and if the person writing the date is aware of the standards in their particular country.

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4 Marketing Lessons Learned From DirecTV’s Customer Service

The Solopreneur Life

I ’ve been a satisfied DirecTV customer since 2003. I called customer service today because I wanted to cancel my subscription to ESPN Gameday, which is a package of out-of-market college football games. I wanted to cancel because Big Ten games aren’t included in the package. I explained my situation, and the customer-service representative said, “I can’t cancel the subscription because the season has already started.” ” Shoot, I was afraid of that.

AZVAs the Podcast: Social Media Success Stories

Loosely Speaking

Craig has been training and managing a diverse group of Virtual Teams since 2003. Craig has been training and managing a diverse group of Virtual Teams since 2003. Season 2/Episode 14 Program Notes. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# link to listen to the episode now. iPod users can find the episode in the podcast directory at the iTunes Store. Here’s that link !

Forecast Lessons from Past Small Business Trends Lists

Small Business Labs

  I think the first "year of NFC" I remember was 2003.    But if you'd asked us in 2003 when NFC would have its breakout year, we would have said 2007 or 2008.  Last week we released our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2012 list.    This is the 5th year we've done a public top 10 trends list (we've been doing small business forecasting for about a decade). 

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Let the Right Ones In

Clutter Coach

Here’s a tip from Bill Jensen’s book, The Simplicity Survival Handbook (yes, it was published in 2003 (ancient!) by If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find it. Rummaging around in your kitchen cabinet for that special bottle of vinegar might take a minute or so, but you’re not distracted in your search by the tomato paste cans or the bags of rice. You can filter those out. Your mind is set on finding that specific bottle.

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Presidential Environmental Track Record and Positions 2012

Eco-Office Gals

also supported a 2003 northeastern states agreement to reduce carbon emissions from power plants via a regional cap-and-trade emissions reduction plan. Dear EarthTalk: Given that the presidential election is just around the corner, what can you tell me about each candidate’s environmental track record and positions? – Jane Miller, Chicago, IL.

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Let the Right Ones In

Clutter Coach

Here’s a tip from Bill Jensen’s book, The Simplicity Survival Handbook (yes, it was published in 2003 (ancient!) by If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find it. Rummaging around in your kitchen cabinet for that special bottle of vinegar might take a minute or so, but you’re not distracted in your search by the tomato paste cans or the bags of rice. You can filter those out. Your mind is set on finding that specific bottle.

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Don't press Send and Regret it

Laughing all the Way to Work

In Outlook 2007 this feature works much better than the 2003 version. In 2003, the recipient still gets the e-mail and has to agree to let you recall the message. I'm sure we've all done it at one time -- pressed Send on an e-mail and put the wrong recipient in the To box. No matter how diligent you are, sometimes these mistakes happen. Thankfully, there is an option to Recall the message.

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Does anyone know what time it is? Calculating time internationally

Laughing all the Way to Work

Instructions for Word 2003 In Word 2003 the instructions are similar. Here is a tip that someone from my office gave me for calculating time internationally. I am not a proficient enough blogger to know how to put these images in my post without you having to click to enlarge it, but I am learning. To set your clock to a different time zone in Word 2007, click on the time on your computer in the bottom right-hand of your screen.

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Cool Niche Businesses: 5-Hour Energy Went From Zero to $1 Billion in Less Than 10 Years

The Solopreneur Life

The idea for 5-Hour Energy came in 2003 when Bhargava attended a natural-products trade show in Anaheim, Calif. I n my ongoing look at niche businesses and products, I take the measure of a product that launched a new niche market: the “energy shot.” ” It’s not the first product that’s taken the size tack; another is Tic Tac, the tiny breath-freshener product that was introduced in 1969. The Need/Want: A small-portion energy drink. The Business: 5-Hour Energy.

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6 quick tips for managing paper

Ian's Messy Desk

In 2003, Canadians used a whopping 2, 867,442 tonnes of paper, compared with 1,198,100 tonnes two decades earlier. Close your eyes and picture the Zen-like state of your desk in a paperless world. When you need data from the last quarter, you speak to your computer and a soothing voice responds with the information. When it’s time to pay the bills, you instruct your computer where the payments are to come from.

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Are we still going green?

Practically Perfect PA

When I first started working in London in 2003 one of the key initiatives for most companies was corporate social responsibility and more specifically making the office environmentally friendly. Pin It. Throughout the early years of the last decade it was imperative that we all made a conscientious effort to ‘go green’.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. When this question comes up, which it always does, I keep the answer specific to my career and very succinct (if you don’t know your career history know one will!). “ After leaving University in 2003 I accepted my first full-time role at Deloitte and spent a year and a half there as a team administrator.

Solopreneurs: Are You Losing Potential Clients?

Office Organization Success

If you’re currently using Outlook it comes with its own contact address book, and Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 and above comes with Business Contact Manager. If you find yourself missing out on potential clients, contacts falling through the cracks, or not following up in a timely manner then your problem is simply a lack of an efficient contact management system! So let me ask you: 1.

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6 quick tips for managing paper

Ian's Messy Desk

In 2003, Canadians used a whopping 2, 867,442 tonnes of paper, compared with 1,198,100 tonnes two decades earlier. Close your eyes and picture the Zen-like state of your desk in a paperless world. When you need data from the last quarter, you speak to your computer and a soothing voice responds with the information. When it’s time to pay the bills, you instruct your computer where the payments are to come from.

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Using an electronic Check Box - Check! Check!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here is how you do it in Word 2003 and in Word 2007: Word 2003 View - Toolbars – choose Forms – go to the icon that looks like a checkbox and click on it. When you are searching through Word, perhaps looking for something else, you may be surprised at what you find. My sister and I were refreshing our skills in Word at the advanced level and found this neat little checkbox.

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The ups and downs of working from home

Practically Perfect PA

When I first started out as a team administrator back in 2003 despite having a (massively bulky) laptop I rarely worked from home. Early in the week I wrote an update on my time in Barcelona and the new job I’ve had since April. I mentioned that I spent a lot of time working from home so I thought I would delve a little more into what I actually do at home and some of the myths that assistants might have about working remotely from their manager.

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Office Software is Evolving, Are You Ready?

Tips From T. Marie

Or Office 2003 or older? Office suite software is changing! If you haven’t heard, Microsoft is really pushing the new Office 365 , which is all of our old standbys from the Office Suite now delivered on a subscription basis, rather than purchasing that familiar box with the software on CD in it. Along with the standard programs, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.,

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The Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Your Virtual Business Tips (Part 4)

Stephanie LH Calahan

Many of my friends and colleagues run their businesses from all over the world and I have had a mobile business since 2003. I hope you are enjoying this series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life. No matter if you are crossing over multiple time zones or simply want to be able to go to the park and work outside, creating your freedom is possible.

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The Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life

Stephanie LH Calahan

  I've been doing it since 2003! Are you on the go with your business?    Do you dream of having a business where you can work from anywhere?    Maybe you want to travel the world, or maybe you simply want to spend time outside at a local park. It really is possible.  Many of my friends and colleagues have businesses that can be ran from anywhere in the world too. 

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Living the Mobile Life - Colleagues Share Their Virtual Business Strategies and Tools

Stephanie LH Calahan

  I've been doing it since 2003! Last week I started the series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life and two of my colleagues shared their tips.    Today, we're going to share some more!    Do you dream of having a business where you can work from anywhere?    It really is possible.  Many of my friends and colleagues run their businesses from many locations throughout the year too. 

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Creating Your Freedom Business - Expert Panel Shares Tips (Part 3)

Stephanie LH Calahan

  I've been doing it since 2003! We're in our third week of the series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life and my expert panel has shared some great tips so far.    Today, we're going to share some more!    It really is possible to have a business that allows you to work from anywhere.  Many of my friends and colleagues run their businesses from many locations throughout the year too. 

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Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

Professional Assistant Blog

I remember back in the day when Microsoft Excel 2003 and prior versions didn’t have this feature. Home About Me Advertise Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007s Formula Bar Size By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity D o you find that trying to either write or fix formulas in Microsoft Excel can be a pain? Do you wish that you could expand the size of the formula bar to see more of the formula that you are working on?

Productive Communication: You Don't Have to Yell To Be Heard - Part 1

Stephanie LH Calahan

link] - ' The Wisdom of Listening ' by  (Paperback - Jun 15, 2003 Sometimes productivity has to do with systems and processes.    I've written about that a lot recently, but often it is about effective communication too.    If you don't have good ways to communicate in your team or with your clients, the systems and processes fall flat. 

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Using Microsoft Office E-mail Templates

Professional Assistant Blog

Clear the Use Mircosoft Office Word 2003 to edit e-mail messages check box. To restore Word as a message editor, click Options on the Tools menu, click the Mail Format tab, then select the Use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to edit e-mail messages check box. Home About Me Advertise Using Microsoft Office E-mail Templates By The Professional Assistant on Friday, February 08, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Outlook , Organize , Productivity D o you wite reccurring e-mails on a regular basis?

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