What can assistants expect in 2015?

Practically Perfect PA

The last few years I have written a blog about what assistants can expect from the year and here you will find the tradition has continued into 2015. I genuinely think 2014 was a turning point in our industry and I think 2015 will see a consolidation of our efforts to take our profession forward. I am very optimistic about 2015, here are a few reasons why… Employment opportunities and salary. The post What can assistants expect in 2015?

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Practically Perfect PA 2015 Survey

Practically Perfect PA

Would you please take my 2015 reader survey? The post Practically Perfect PA 2015 Survey appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. Practically Perfect PA is nearly four years old. The blog has come a long way since October 2011 and I’m really excited about what we have planned for the next few months, including Assist Travel and the next Assist Conference.

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2015 Freelancing in America Study Released

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union and Upwork released their 2015 Freelancing in America study last week. For more on the 2015 Freelancing in America study see the excellent summary over at Spend Matters. This is the 2nd year this group has done a comprehensive look at freelancing.    Key study findings include: The percent of the U.S. workforce freelancing held steady at 34%, that equates to an estimated 53.7 million people.

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A review of Assist Travel 2015

Practically Perfect PA

The post A review of Assist Travel 2015 appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. We held our first Assist Travel conference and exhibition on Friday 25th September at the Hilton Bankside and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I hope those that came along enjoyed it too. It was particularly brilliant being the first event to take place at the Hilton Bankside. The hotel itself was not open to guests and you could literally smell the fresh paint in the conference space.

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My Three Words For 2015

Productivityist

As we kick off the 2015 calendar year, I don’t just look back at the twelve months gone by but I envision the twelve ahead. When I put together my NOW Year Action Plan in late October, I decided what My Three Words for the year ahead were going to be and I will be using them as driving forces for everything I do in 2015. Here are My Three Words for 2015, in alphabetical order: Generosity. ”If In 2015, I’d like to make that reach extend even further.

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2015 Travel Trends

Small Business Labs

There are already  lots of 2015 travel trend lists out. They expect these fares to continue to decline in 2015 due to increased competition.    Happy travels in 2015.  Here are a few of the trends from these lists I found interesting. Peer to Peer Dining:  Just as Airbnb lets you stay in someone's house or apartment, peer to peer dining services like Eat With  allow tourists to dine in local homes.

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CYBER MONDAY 2015: Last Day to Save!

Eco-Office Gals

The post CYBER MONDAY 2015: Last Day to Save! Don’t miss out on these WordPress deals your website will LOVE!! Last day to save BIG! Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You don’t want all that hard work bogged down by slow servers or worse hijacked by a hacker bots.

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The Assist Conference 2015

Practically Perfect PA

I am so proud and delighted to launch the first conference from Practically Perfect PA – The Assist Conference 2015. It is taking place on the 27th February 2015 in London and as you can imagine I am very excited! The Assist Conference 2015. The post The Assist Conference 2015 appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. I wanted to give all of my readers more information on the conference and why I think it is going to be a fantastic event.

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The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report - 30.2 Million U.S. Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today. million in 2015, divided between 17.8 In 2015, 43% of those currently working full-time as Independents report that they feel more secure working independently, up from 33% in 2011. Key findings include: The number of independent workers aged 21 and up stands at 30.2 million Full-Time Independents and 12.4 million Part-Time Independents.

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2015 Tech Trends

Small Business Labs

But while consumer uses of wearables is getting most of the press - The Telegraph has even declared 2015 the year of the smart bra -  we agree with Forrester Research that business applications of wearable computing will drive its adoption over the next couple of years. Cloud Computing -  in one form or another is on pretty much every technology prediction list this year - including our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015 list.

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1 in 5 Humans Got a New Smartphone in 2015

Small Business Labs

in 2015 to a total of 1.43 In other words, 1 out of every 5 people in the world got a new smartphone in 2015. Gartner is forecasting 2015 mobile phone shipments (smart and otherwise) of 1.9 billion, which means 26% of humans got a new cellphone (smart and otherwise)  in 2015.  Everyone knows mobile computing has gotten big. But every so often a number comes along that still amazes us.

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Ford's 2015 Consumer Trends

Small Business Labs

It's predictions season and lots of 2015 trends, forecast and predictions lists are starting to be released.   Starting our prediction season coverage is a look at Ford Motor Company's Looking Further With Ford 2015 Trends report.    Ford's 2015 report consists of 10 consumer focused trends. I'll be covering several of these lists inc the coming weeks. We'll also be releasing our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list tomorrow.

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2015: WordPress Deals Your Website Will Love!

Eco-Office Gals

The post Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2015: WordPress Deals Your Website Will Love! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients. I’ve had the pleasure of working with creative entrepreneurs and small businesses, building their little piece of web real estate.

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What is happening with Practically Perfect PA in 2015

Practically Perfect PA

We have some very exciting plans in the diary for 2015 and I want to share them with you today. We have also introduced two regular features – ‘ A day in the life ‘ and ‘ Technology of the week ‘, both of which will continue into 2015. So here is to 2014, it has been a wonderful year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings the assistant industry! Well firstly I just wanted to say what a year 2014 has been!

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015.   2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. Add to this a growing wave of cybercrime – which is increasingly targeted at small business through the use of automated online bots – and 2015 looks like a year when online security and privacy will be major small business issues. 2015 Economic Trends.

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First Race Of 2015 – Half Marathon Brasov

Brilliantly Better

And it kinda … The post First Race Of 2015 – Half Marathon Brasov appeared first on Dragos Roua. Last year I started the season with a race in the mud, and boy, that race was cold. And muddy. And hard. Personal Development

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My Top 10 Newsletter Items So Far for 2015

The Solopreneur Life

T oday I studied the most-clicked-on items in my newsletter for 2015. The post My Top 10 Newsletter Items So Far for 2015 appeared first on The Solopreneur Life. I compiled a Top 10 and thought you’d like to see it. Sigh* a story from Inc.com that had a Taboola -style headline (I hate Taboola) ranked number-one. But I was happy that four stories I wrote cracked the top 10. Not bad, when you consider my competition: all the best current content for solopreneurs.

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My 2015 Year in Review (and How a Journal Made It Easy to Do)

Productivityist

As I write this, there are 37 hours left in 2015. This Friday (January 1) I’ll spend the majority of my day reading my journal entries from 2015. I’ve decided to share with you three highlights from every month of 2015, that I recorded in my Day One journal. I’ve got another vertical in the works with Driftwood’s Singularity, but that can’t happen until January next year at the earliest due when its 2015 edition is released.).

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A Look Back At The 2015 World Domination Summit

Productivityist

The post A Look Back At The 2015 World Domination Summit appeared first on Productivityist. I’ve spent some time this week hanging out with Jeff Sandquist as he made the trek up to Victoria after, like me, being part of the World Domination Summit. One of the things we talked about over coffee was the experience he had there – which he wrote about here. Then we talked about my experience there. Or rather, I talked about my experience there. Unlike Jeff, this was my fifth WDS.

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The 2 Most Important Things I Did In 2015

Brilliantly Better

It’s not an evaluation in the strict sense of the word, but … The post The 2 Most Important Things I Did In 2015 appeared first on Dragos Roua. At the end of each year I take some time to look back. Personal Development

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Great venues for your 2015 events

Practically Perfect PA

Here are eight great venues for your 2015 events. The post Great venues for your 2015 events appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. It goes without saying that the venue is a crucial part of an event, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before you book the venue but the number one priority is that the venue suits the event that you are holding.

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JWT Intelligence's 100 Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

They recently released their annual trends list,  The Future 100: Trends and Change to Watch in 2015  (free, but registration required). JWT thinks the emergence of service providers who do the hard work associated with 3D printing will change this and start to bring this technology into the consumer mainstream in 2015. Because of this, 3D Printing is on our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015 list.  

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5 Challenges Faced by Small Businesses in 2015

Small Business CEO

To avoid failure, entrepreneurs need to know how they can face these five common challenges in 2015. Companies face difficult challenges in today’s competitive business world. Some researchers estimate that about 50 percent of companies only last four or five years before going out of business. Keeping Up with Regulations. Large companies hire lawyers to make sure they follow the latest regulations for their industries.

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15 social media and technology trends for 2015

Practically Perfect PA

Google Glass and the Apple iWatch really do seem like something out of a sci-fi film but they will be available in 2015. Images are going to be even more popular in 2015 than they were this year. This is an oldie but a goldie and it is still going to be the top tip for all social media users in 2015. For those managing their organisation’s social media this is something you might be asked to research in 2015. I hope we see more of you online in 2015!

2015 can be YOUR year!

Step It Up VA Coaching

It’s called, 6 Month Life & Business Development Coaching Program , and it runs January through June 2015. This program will help YOU do the same, IF you’re ready to make 2015 YOUR year for personal AND business development. I recently announced the launch of a brand new 6-month private coaching program. In my 11 years as an entrepreneur and in creating two successful businesses – - I learned a few things!

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My 2015 Year in Review (and How a Journal Made It Easy to Do)

Productivityist

As I write this, there are 37 hours left in 2015. This Friday (January 1) I’ll spend the majority of my day reading my journal entries from 2015. I’ve decided to share with you three highlights from every month of 2015, that I recorded in my Day One journal. I’ve got another vertical in the works with Driftwood’s Singularity, but that can’t happen until January next year at the earliest due when its 2015 edition is released.).

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A day in the life: Amanda Barlow, Senior EA, PZ Cussons

Practically Perfect PA

Since 2011, I have watched it grow from a small group of 50, to nearly 500 members in 2015. What does your career path look like? I have been working as the Senior EA at PZ Cussons for over a year now and have developed my role to become an integral part of the ExCo Team.

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Email Management: 5 Top Tips for Managing Your Emails

Office Organization Success

2015 (c) Tracey Lawton. “Help! I’m in email overload.” ” When I asked my subscribers recently what their biggest office headache is, email is right up there with the rest of them! Comments such as: “Emails – yikes!” ” “Responding to emails” “Managing email” “Email overload” Sound familiar?

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Analysis of the Cloud Computing Market: Trends in 2015

Small Business CEO

According to Business Insider, the price war on cloud computing rages on. Described as “the race to zero” by some tech experts, the competition seems fierce in the coming year and the market continues to be a vicious battle ground for cloud service providers. Mark Mahaney of RBC Capital published a chart to show the changes between Oct 2013 to December 2014, and this trend shows no sign of stopping.

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3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton Training and Consulting LLC. “I don’t have time for a vacation!” ” “My family are sick of talking to my back as I’m constantly hunched over my desk!” ” “Give me five more minutes … and I’ll watch that movie with you.” ” Does any of this sound familiar? I hear it a lot from entrepreneurs. They start their business because they want freedom … a flexible schedule.

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Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

Small Business Labs

According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study , the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.  According to a Q1 2015 Gallup study , 88% of Americans have health insurance. Gen Xers (born 1965 to 1979) with health insurance increased from 54% in 2013 to 80% in 2015.

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Get Ready to Show Proof of Health Coverage in 2015

Small Business CEO

By now, you should know the law: As of last year, all Americans – both individuals and businesses – are required to carry health insurance coverage under the terms of the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010. If you don’t have at least the minimum amount of health coverage, you could face penalties on your 2014 tax bill. Because this is the first year that taxpayers have to provide proof of health coverage, many people are confused about what they actually have to do.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

The conference is taking place on Friday 27th February 2015 at the Proud Archivist, London. We will announce the winner on the 20th February 2015. Thanks to our wonderful partners at Tate we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free!

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3 Simple Strategies for Discovering What Your Target Market Wants

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton. To find out exactly what your target market wants, you gotta ask them! Sounds easy enough, right? But you’d be surprised at how many business owners don’t do this. They just assume they know what their audience wants. Or they see someone else having success with a product or program, so offer something similar to their own clients and subscribers (I remember once a mentor telling me that I’ll always have success if I offer list building.

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List Building: Get Your First 1,000 [Fill-in-the-Blank]

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton. Build your list! The money is in the list! That’s what the experts tell you do when you’re just starting out in your business. And it makes sense. If someone willingly gives you their name and email address, then they are putting their hands up and letting you know they’re interested in what you have to offer. So you focus on building your list.

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Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

Small Business Labs

The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence survey results , which we worked on with MBO Partners, shows that most independent workers report being happier (79%) and healthier (59%) working on their own. Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. 

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Uber, Airbnb Garner Majority of On-Demand Economy Funding

Small Business Labs

YTD in 2015 alone. billion YTD 2015. Key quote from the article on fund raises by companies who are not Uber or Airbnb: Some of the largest non-Uber, AirBnB rounds in 2015 YTD include  Lyft ‘s $530M Series E,  Munchery ‘s $85M Series C,  Postmates ‘ $80M Series D,  Shyp ‘s $50M Series B and  Sprig ‘s $45M Series B.

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64% of Americans Own Smartphones

Small Business Labs

Smartphone Use in 2015  profiles American smartphone usage and the growing role that "smartphones play in helping Americans access, share, and create information and communicate with others." Pew Internet's U.S. " And while the growth of smartphones and smartphone usage is not new news, it's nice having detailed data illustrating it. The key quote from the report is: 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011.

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Study: Self-Employed Have Higher Lifetime Earnings Than Salary Workers

Small Business Labs

It's long been accepted as fact in academic and government circles that the self-employed earn less than people with traditional jobs.    It turns out, this accepted fact could be wrong. Bloomberg View's You Don't Have to Be Nuts to Start a Business covers an academic study that shows becoming self-employed or starting a business: "  is a form of experimentation that can boost your prospects later in life, even if the business fails."

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Working with an introvert

Practically Perfect PA

The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate. Actually let me rephrase that… the assistant should have a good understanding of how the Executive operates and adjust their style accordingly. Most people fall into two camps when it comes to their personality – they are either an introvert or extrovert.

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Create Joint Venture ‘Giveaways’ to Boost Your List

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton. I added 550+ new subscribers in just FIVE days with this strategy. And, once you know exactly how to set this up, you can do this too. One of the best ways you can give your list building efforts a HUGE boost is to partner with other solopreneurs to create a giveaway event … also known as a joint venture (JV). If done right this strategy can literally add hundreds of new subscribers to your list in a very short period of time.

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10 Tips to Beat the Overwhelm and Stay Focused

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton. Staying focused and on track is one of the hardest things for a business owner to do. After all… there are the emails to check. the client calls to take. the follow-up to do. the product to launch. the program to create. the social media to update. The list goes on and on … And it’s a constant hamster-wheel of busyness and things to do. And guess what? You have to do it all again tomorrow!

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3 Simple Sign-up Strategies to Grow Your Email List!

Office Organization Success

c) 2015 Tracey Lawton. If you’re not fully maximizing your website you’ll be missing out on new subscribers. There are many ways to capture a visitor to your website, and turn them into a new subscriber, but if you’re not fully using all of the strategies available to do so, then you’re going to be missing out on filling your pipeline with potential clients and customers.

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