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Blog Action Day 2008

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Blog Action Day 2008 Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 1:00 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging As a participant in Blog Action Day 2008, I asked everyone I know for information on programs (actual or planned) which combat poverty.

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On the needles October 2008

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs On the needles October 2008 Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10:04 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Knitting Frenetic. Speaking of this , here are some related posts from the Loosely Speaking archives: Carrying Capacity Carrying Capacity II Comments: 4 4 Comments Christopher Duggan Comment // October 22nd, 2008 // 6:43 am Hi Katie, I saw your posting an Home Office Warrior and came to your blog.

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Workplace Trends for 2008

On The Job

Since I began doing my syndicated workplace column more than 15 years ago, I've often interviewed Gerald Celente, founder of The Trends Research Institute , about workplace trends in the coming year. When I spoke with him recently, he told me that a large newspaper that normally also interviews him wouldn't be doing so this year. The reason: the reporter who usually did the story had taken a buyout package and the newspaper was now too short-staffed to have someone talk with him and do the story.

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2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now!

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The post 2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now! by John Trosko , president of NAPO in LA, just reminded me that it’s time to vote for your favorite organizing product, helpful organizing technology, best organizing TV show, and more! Voting is open to the public and continues through December 31. You can read more about it and vote here on the NAPO LA website. Help spread the word about whatever it is that helps make your life easier, more productive and better organized!

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Best of … Blog Action Day 2008

Loosely Speaking

Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Best of … Blog Action Day 2008 Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging Whether on- or off-topic for your blog, there are times when participation in a group blog project just feels right. Speaking of this, here are some related posts from another time and place in Loosely Speaking: Blog Action Day 2008: What will you do to fight poverty?

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The 2008 Holiday Giveaway Event … Grab your free gifts!

Office Organization Success

Click here to claim your gifts from the 2008 Holiday Giveaway. One of the joys of the holiday season is giving. Sharing with others is one of the true joys of life. So in the spirit of giving, I asked some of my friends and business associates what gifts they had that they could share with others. Well I was pleasantly surprised – with a very nice selection of gifts. Some of these gifts will help you improve your life – others will help you improve your business.

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Recession Business Start Up: Micro Business Co-op. | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

by Stefan Töpfer on Dec 29, 2008 I’m thinking more and more about opportunities for people to start a small business, home business or a self-employed business during this recession/depression or once they lose their jobs. E-Mail me or follow me. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business. Concentrate on your business, not your office. Starting a Small Business? On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure™ allows you to run your business online. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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Takeover Disasters | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Takeover Disasters by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 22, 2008 The process of taking over another company can be a very exciting time for you and your business, but it can very quickly turn into an unpleasant experience with serious lasting consequences. bookmarks for April 17th through April 22nd | AccMan Said on April 22nd, 2008 at 7:59 pm [.] E-Mail me or follow me. Starting a Small Business? On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure™ allows you to run your business online.

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What To Do If You Lose Your Job! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Dec 29, 2008 These days many ask, what to do if you lose your job? « Small Business Blog Roundup 2008-12-28 Book Review: Spare Room Start Up by Emma Jones » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Monday, December 29th, 2008 at 11:47 am and is filed under Home Business , Self-employed , Small Business / SOHO , Sole-Trader. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral.

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No Business Plan Needed To Start Small Business! | THE SMALL.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Jan 13, 2008 Two professors, Julian Lang and William Bygrave , from Babson College in the US have found that the business performance of businesses started, with or without business plan , was unaffected. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm and is filed under do a SWOT plan , plan cash-flow , plan your business , start-up in business. E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure?

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Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant | THE SMALL.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea: Image Consultant by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 11, 2008 This business is ideal for someone who has worked in the corporate world or the media for a number of years and understands the importance of image within it. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 at 11:58 am and is filed under Business Ideas , Start-Up. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business | THE.

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Small Business Startup Checklist – Naming Your Business by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 12, 2008 This is the first of a series of weekly posts focusing on some of the key issues that a small business startup faces. Jen Said on December 12th, 2008 at 3:46 pm I think it’s most important to find a unique name for your business that also will appeal to your audience. E-Mail me or follow me. Small Business Bootstrapping How to start your own small business with no or little money.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 02, 2008 There is always a great demand for custom-made T-shirts, ranging from sports teams in need of new kit to event organisers wanting promotional shirts to give away. » Home Based Business Ideas and Freelance Business Ideas for Startups - Blog for Freelancers and the Self-Employed Said on April 2nd, 2008 at 8:28 pm [.] Working at Home on the Internet Said on April 4th, 2008 at 12:55 pm [.]

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Don't charge by the hour! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 12, 2008 It always amazes me to see how many businesses still charge by the hour – it is a business killer. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at 2:32 pm and is filed under Marketing/PR , grow your business , market and sell. Charging For Time is a Bad Idea « Brett’s Blog Said on February 13th, 2008 at 2:27 pm [.] E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure?

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How much money do you really need to start your micro business.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 02, 2008 Starting from home and using bootstrapping techniques will save you money and help your small business to stay afloat. « Book Review: A Bit on the Side by Jasmine Birtles Introducing: The Small Business Bookshop » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 11:59 am and is filed under Finance , find funding. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network!

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Change of Business Ownership | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Change of Business Ownership by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 17, 2008 An important consideration for a small business owner when looking towards the future is the possibility that the ownership of their business may change. 2 Comments » | Trackback | Share This 2 Responses to “ Change of Business Ownership &# Robert Moore Said on March 20th, 2008 at 11:27 am Indeed selling any business needs lots of planning. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – C.V. Writing Service | THE SMALL.

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Writing Service by Stefan Töpfer on May 20, 2008 The competitive job market makes it important for applicants to have a résumé that stands out from the pile. Writing Service &# Chris Burgoyne Said on May 20th, 2008 at 5:21 pm I think this is a great idea for a Small Business – and one that could expand well through cheap advertising and word-of-mouth. E-Mail me or follow me. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business. Concentrate on your business, not your office.

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Best Bets for 2008

On The Job

So, I'm doing a Tidbit Thursday, which doesn't sound as catchy but will nevertheless be just as riveting: * Hand me that wrench: In ranking the best careers for 2008, U.S. I didn't get around to this week's Tidbit Tuesday because (duh) it was Christmas and I was busy spending time with my family and cleaning up dog barf from my Golden Retriever who ate half a bag of Peppermint Patties. And just for the record, I will never eat Peppermint Patties again.)

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Decline of Small Business Sector in the UK! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Jan 14, 2008 In a report, due to be published next month, from the European School of Management – ESM , it is reported that there has been a marked decline in small business activity in the the UK under Gordon Brown. Introducing :- The Home Business Archive » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008 at 11:29 am and is filed under Red-Tape , Small Business / SOHO. E-Mail me or follow me.

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5 Tasks You Can Delegate to Free Up Your Time

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c) Copyright 2008. Very often solopreneurs owners know they have a need to partner with a Virtual Assistant (VA), but are not really sure how a virtual assistant can help them grow their business – they don’t fully understand what services the VA provides.

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Entrepreneurship live and kicking! | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 20, 2008 I always enjoy the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs out in the field, during speaking engagements, trade-shows and other events. « Small Business Startup Checklist – Company Structure India Small Business News Round-up – 20/03/2008 » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 9:16 am and is filed under Business Ideas , Start-Up , be successful , start-up in business.

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Small Business Startup Checklist – Company Structure | THE SMALL.

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Small Business Startup Checklist – Company Structure by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 19, 2008 An important early decision that will have long-term consequences for your business is to determine the legal form it will trade under. » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 at 8:46 pm and is filed under Business Checklists , Start-Up. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service | THE SMALL.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 09, 2008 Sign manufacture is a fun way for you to earn some extra income. 1 Comment » | Trackback | Share This One Response to “ Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service &# Sarah Said on April 11th, 2008 at 9:05 am This is definitely an interesting and fun idea, with relatively low start up costs. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Party Planner | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Party Planner by Stefan Töpfer on May 13, 2008 Organising a party can be time-consuming and stressful for many people. E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control.

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The 5S concept: Will a Misplaced Stapler Get You in Trouble?

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Watch out: 5S may be coming to your workplace. And if it does, well, you have my condolences. I first read about 5S several months ago, and hoped it was a bad blip on the radar screen, sort of like a new High School Musical cast being assembled. But no, there it was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

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Do You Have a Spineless Career?

On The Job

When was the last time you did something courageous at work? I'm not talking about cleaning out the office fridge (although that does take gumption) or trying a new font on your report. I'm talking about stepping out of your comfort zone, doing something that made your palms sweat or your knees quake. You may be wondering why in the world you would do something scary at work, when just being at work these days is frightening enough.

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UK/Ireland small Business News Round-up – 11/04/2008 | THE SMALL.

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FPB warns that removing ‘green’ fuel tax incentive will further alienate small firms : The FPB is questioning the Government’s commitment to helping small firms switch to environmentally friendly fuels, following an announcement in the 2008 Budget that it is to remove a tax incentive for investing in ‘green’ biofuels. E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Starting a Small Business?

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How to fix/remove 'Winweb Security' Virus/Malware. | THE SMALL.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 23, 2008 We had the misfortune that there seems to be a computer virus/malware program affecting many Microsoft Windows operating systems, called winweb.exe. « UK/Ireland Small Business News Round-up – 21/11/2008 US Small Business News Round-up – 24/11/2008 » « Previous Entries This entry was posted on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at 12:43 pm and is filed under Announcements , WinWeb. Said on November 26th, 2008 at 11:13 am [.]

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation | THE.

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 30, 2008 In recent years there has been a far greater emphasis placed on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP. Effective Small Business Planning Strategy Planning your small business is the best way to avoid costly mistakes.

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Winweb Security – winwebsecurity.com – more facts. | THE SMALL.

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by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 26, 2008 As I mentioned in an earlier post about WinWeb and winweb security, we have been contacted by hundreds if not thousands of people with problems relating a service that calls itself ‘Winweb Security’ We have been trying to help people, even so they are not customers of ours, to rid themselves of this menace. Laura Hagmann Said on November 29th, 2008 at 11:19 pm What do people think of maybe trademarking the name of your small business?

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Round up #3, Prescott Style

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Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Round up #3, Prescott Style Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 7:48 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant Election Day 2008! This one feels like Christmas. I voted early by mail this year. I’ve read the arguments that early voting is a cop out, but let me just say this: Where I vote, here in beautiful Prescott Arizona (yes, you saw my town on T.V.

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I am such an SOB!

Loosely Speaking

Monday, October 27, 2008 at 9:03 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Blogging Successful and Outstanding Blogger, that is! Liz Strauss , the original SOB is hosting her blog’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow, October 28, 2008. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs I am such an SOB! A year ago I joined the SOB ranks when Liz conferred the title on Loosely Speaking, allowing me to proudly display her badge here.

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Is Your Manager Setting You Up to Fail?

On The Job

Recently I ran into a friend of mine who told me he's quitting his job and going back to school to become a registered nurse. I was a bit surprised: Quit a job in this economy? Take on more student loan debt? When I asked him why he was leaving a job that he seemed to love the last time I spoke to him about a year ago, he told me that he was simply exhausted, both emotionally and mentally. The position that he had fought so hard to get had become an anvil around his neck.

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Why educate women – isn't it a waste of resources? | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 16, 2008 When my wife went to university in London in the eighties one of her professors was of the opinion that the education was wasted on women, since they would leave university, get married and have children. Christie Lyle Said on May 21st, 2008 at 3:41 am Thanks for the great post. Keith Said on November 16th, 2008 at 10:53 pm What a sexist opinion, I have to say the most motivated and successful business person I know is a lady.

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Going Over the Boss's Head: Like Swimming With Sharks While a T-bone is Strapped to Your Butt

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Before I get into discussing the issue of whether you can -- or should -- go over your boss's head, I'd like to share a little story with you. Once upon a time there was a young woman named Letitia Hood. Because her hair was a vibrant auburn color, and she was a bit vertically challenged, she was known in her office as Little Red Riding Hood -- or "Red" for short. Red was a diligent worker. So diligent, in fact, that she felt she deserved a promotion and a raise.

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