New ProAssisting coming in May 2018!

ProAssisting Blog

Please note that we have closed our training to new membership as we prepare to re-launch our company in May of 2018. Please come back then or enjoy our content from our blog posts below. We have been so thrilled to train so many assistants for the last 9 years and can’t wait for the next chapter. All our best, Stephanie and Ethan

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Key skills roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year. We covered a lot of skills including minute taking, event management, organising business travel, project management and everything in between! Here are […].

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4 scheduling tools to try in 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Well, we are a few weeks into 2018 and I have seen a ton of articles, opinion pieces and social media messages about technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, taking over the role of Assistants. I can understand the cause for concern because so many of us are still battling with the perception of the Assistant role. […].

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. Career development round up for 2018 Here are some of our highlights and a video from our first Virtual Summit – Developing your business acumen on […]. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers!

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What have we got planned for 2018?

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the first blog post of 2018. Well, firstly, happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a fantastic festive break and you were able to get some much needed R&R. I spent most of December in Australia visiting some amazing places (more on that later this month) and spending time with […]. Editor's notes Featured admin administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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U.S. Coworking Forecast: 2018 to 2022

Small Business Labs

Our U.S. coworking forecast projects continued growth for the U.S. coworking industry over the next 5 years.    Our forecast average annual growth rate for U.S. spaces over the forecast period (2017 to 2022) is, by coworking's standards, a relatively modest 9%.    This is considerably slower than our global forecasted space rate of growth forecast , which is 16.1% over this time frame. The slower rate is due to the greater maturation of the U.S. market.

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Competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

During 2018 we delved into everything from influencing, productivity, resilience, rapport building and a whole load of competencies that Assistants need to thrive in the role. Please enjoy our competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018. Here are just a few of our highlights from this year including videos from our recent Virtual Summit. Competencies for Assistants […].

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Euromonitor's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2018

Small Business Labs

Euromonitor International recently released their 2018 Top 10 Global Consumer Trends list,  which are listed in the chart below. We found all the trends interesting, but we especially liked two trends that we also follow closely - the shift to access over ownership and the rise of entrepreneurship. Key quote from the report summary: Consumers of all ages want and need less.

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CB Insights on the Trends Shaping Tech in 2018

Small Business Labs

The technology information site CB Insights recently published their list of 15 Trends Shaping Tech in 2018. This is happening and next year, for example, Volvo will release a car subscription option for their new 2018 XC40 SUV.  Smart pills are obviously still in the early stages of use, but digital health will continue to be a big trend in 2018. CB Insights is widely followed in the tech community, especially among investors and tech deal makers.

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Number of U.S. Nonemployer Businesses Continued to Grow in 2018

Small Business Labs

Census,  the number of   nonemployer small businesses increased to 26,485,532 in 2018, up 3% from 2017.     From 2010 to 2018 the number of nonemployer businesses has grown at an average annual rate of 2.53%. between 2010 and 2018 and reached 3.1

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The Virtual Summit October 2018: What did you miss?

Practically Perfect PA

Last Friday, 19th October 2018, we hosted our third Virtual Summit for Executive Assistants around the world, and I’ve got to say, so far the feedback has been fantastic! We had just over 650 Assistants book onto the Virtual Summit, which is more than we have had at any previous Summit. We opened the event […]. Assist Events Featured Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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JP Morgan Chase's 2018 Online Platform Study and Rideshare Driver Earnings

Small Business Labs

The JP Morgan Chase Institute released their 2018 Online Platform Economy in 2018 study this week. It generated a lot of media attention, most of which focused on the data showing the average rideshare driver's earnings per month declined 53% between 2013 and 2017 (click on the chart to enlarge). This, of course, led to a rash of headlines proclaiming earnings for gig workers have fallen substantially.

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Get ready for the Virtual Summit Summer 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Drum roll please… Today I am letting you all know that you can now book your place on this summer’s Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit! Hurrah!! High fives all round. Following the success of last year’s first Virtual Summit (and by that I mean the first ever Virtual Summit for Assistants around the world) we […].

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Ford's 2018 Consumer Trends

Small Business Labs

Ford (yes, that Ford) recently released their 2018 Trends Report. Ford has been doing an annual trends report since 2013. Like prior years most of the reported trends are not new or surprising. But Ford does a great job presenting and explaining the trends. And that, we think, makes the report well worth reading for anyone interested in trends.

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What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018?

Office Dynamics

For 2018, my word is “grow.” So, what is your word going to be for 2018? The post What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018? It’s amazing the power one word can have! It was proven to me January of 2017, I decided instead of writing a bunch of goals, I would select one word to be the overarching umbrella of everything I wanted to achieve in 2017. My word was “abundance.” I scribbled this in big letters on an 8 /12 x 11 sheet of paper and then wrote words all around it.

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Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! So what can I tell you about the Future Assistant 2018? The Future Assistant will take place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February 2018 in London. Launching the Future Assistant 2018. Here are the current prices: You can buy your early booking discount tickets on the Future Assistant 2018 website. I am really excited to be launching the Future Assistant 2018.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

Three Shots Ahead

Continue reading → Working Life International Women's Day 2018Last night, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham embraced International Women’s Day at a special event hosted by the Council’s Town Hall.

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My Three Words for 2018 (and a Single Resolution)


So this year after I went through the Yearly Words exercise – something I feature in my “anytime” annual planning program The NOW Year Action Plan Course – I decided to use the same three words from 2017 in 2018. The post My Three Words for 2018 (and a Single Resolution) appeared first on Productivityist. Mindfulness Productivity Reviews Theming 2018 planning resolutions theming three wordsThere are several reasons why this post nearly didn’t get written.

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Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

Small Business Labs

We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City.   As the chart below from our GCUC presentation shows, this growth results in over 12,000 global coworking spaces operating in 2018. Because of these reasons, we're forecasting global coworking membership to grow at about 40% per year over the next 5 years and pass the 1 million member level in 2018.

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B2B Reads: Re-Engagement Emails, Storytelling, and 2018 Tips

Heinz Marketing

How Content Marketing is Evolving Heading into 2018. 11 Expert Tips to Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year Ever. New Year’s Resolutions: How to Be a Better Marketer in 2018. The post B2B Reads: Re-Engagement Emails, Storytelling, and 2018 Tips appeared first on Heinz Marketing. B2B Reads Content Marketing 2018 building trust content Content marketing emails re-engagement selling Social media

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Assistants are their organisation’s influencers

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Over the last few weeks I have spent quite a bit of time reviewing my social media strategy for 2018 which basically means I’ve been reading a lot about how to be an influencer on all the different platforms. There are a ton of articles on this very subject and while I was reading and writing […]. Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Career Competencies EA Executive Assistant Influence Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Assistant Resources: Your Excellency Limited

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We are delighted to be welcoming Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency Limited to the Virtual Summit on 22nd June 2018. More details of her beneficial session will be shared soon. In the meantime, I asked Lindsay to introduce herself and share details of the learning and development Your Excellency provides to the PA and […]. Featured Sponsored posts Training admin assistants EA Education and Training Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistan

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Top Mobile App Trends For 2018

Small Business CEO

With that said, here are the top mobile app trends for 2018: Android Instant Apps Are Becoming Big. It’s always important to stay up-to-date on current trends regardless of what business you are in, and the mobile app world is certainly no exception. Regardless of whether you are a professional developer who builds app for a living or are a small business owner who uses an app to engage with your customers, you will need to be aware of the biggest mobile app trends that exist right now.

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Study: Corporations Rely on Their Non-Employee Workforce

Small Business Labs

SAP Fieldglass's External Workforce Insights 2018 study, 44% of workforce spend at large corporation is on external, non-employee talent.    External Workforce Insights 2018 is another study showing non-employee labor at most corporations is large and growing and increasingly used in core and strategic business functions.

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Why Independent Work and Coworking Increase Mental and Physical Well-Being

Small Business Labs

McKinsey's  The overlooked essentials of employee well-being focuses on how companies can improve the well-being of their employees. But it also explains why the self-employed - and especially those that work in coworking spaces - report higher levels of wellness and work satisfaction than traditional employees do. It covers two critical factors - job control and social support - that foster physical and mental well-being.

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Network like a CEO

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that networking is essential for your career development. For a whole load of reasons, that I’m not going to write about in this blog, because we have lots of other blogs that talk about the benefit. So what am I going to write about today? Well, if we know networking is […]. Career Development Networking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Networking tips Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

Coworking is Disruptive Innovation

Small Business Labs

The term disruptive innovation was coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen and popularized by his classic 1997 book  The Innovator’s Dilemma. According to Christensen : Disruptive innovation describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. The Christensen Institute adds that a disruptive innovation.

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Co-Living Startups Continue to Attract Funding

Small Business Labs

Euromonitor International even lists it as one of their top consumer trends for 2018. According to Crunchbase , an "analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so." " The Crunchbase chart below shows startups some of the startups who've recently raised capital.

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A Look at Non-Employer Businesses from the SBA

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy recently released A Look at Non-Employer Businesses , a one-page summary of key data on non-employers businesses. "Non-employer" "Non-employer" is the terms used by government agencies to describe businesses that have a business owner, but no traditional (W2) full or part-time employees. The data is collected by the U.S. Census and comes from tax data. Most

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Coworking Doesn't Need a New Name, But the Office Space Industry Does

Small Business Labs

There's a mini controversy going on around whether or not coworking needs a new name.    The recent Allwork article Why Coworking Needs a New Definition covers the new name side.

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What are the top desk must-haves for Assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

In the next few weeks I will be moving house, and although the thought of it feels me with absolute dread, I am also very excited because I finally get to have an office. Yes, that is right, a whole room that is just dedicated to Practically Perfect PA! So although thoughts should be turning […]. Featured PA Perspective admin administrators assistants desk essentials EA Executive Assistant office Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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20 Google Search Hacks for Personal Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t think of a single day in the last decade that I haven’t at some point used Google for something. It could be to check my emails, write a document, put a meeting in my diary or, in most cases, search for something or settle an argument. It is, like most of us, my […]. Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Google Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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Connecting Artisan Makers With Retailers and Customers a Rapidly Growing Industry

Small Business Labs

Two companies that connect artisan makers with retailers and customers announced large funding rounds last week. The wholesale marketplace Faire raised $100 million while the wholesale and licensing business Minted said they raised $208 million. Both firms connect retailers, who are often small independents, with small and solopreneur maker businesses. Faire reports having "15,000 stores actively buying on the platform?—?more

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Funding for Education Technology Startups Continues to Boom

Small Business Labs

  The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows some (but not all) of the bigger Edtech funding rounds in 2018. Crunchbase's Aceable Scores $47M, As Startups Look To The Future Of Education (And Work) covers the continuing growth of venture capital investment in Edtech. 

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10 points to consider when visiting a new events venue

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know, when it comes to organising events there are a million decisions that have to be made. From catering through to goodie bags and badges, there are a ton of things to think about. The venue choice is a significant consideration and something that can make or break an event. So, in […]. Core Skills Events Management Featured admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills Tasks

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10 tools to help you work remotely

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently looking at how many Assistants are now working remotely or working with a remote boss and I can tell you there are a lot of you managing this new way of working. It is only going to become more common so I thought I would share with […]. Apps Featured Office Technology admin administrators apps assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

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Kick start your motivation

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as an EA in a large insurance firm. I’d been there a few years, I know the job inside out, I liked my colleagues and the work was okay. I would go into work every day, do my thing and leave at 5.30pm without a backwards glance. Good […]. Career Development Featured administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant motivation Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Upwork Going Public; Shows Maturation of Online Talent Marketplace Industry

Small Business Labs

For the first half of  2018, sales were $121.9 This is highlighted in Upwork's filing, which says 10 percent of its overall business came from a single, unnamed client in the six months that ended June 2018. The online freelance talent marketplace Upwork filed last week to go public.    According to the filing, Upwork has 375,000 registered freelancers and 475,000 client businesses located across 180 countries. 

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50 Chrome extensions for business

Practically Perfect PA

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, then I am sure that you are aware of all of the brilliant extensions you can download to help with pretty much anything that you need to do on the world wide web. I use Chrome all the time and have a whole suite of extensions that […]. Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Google Chrome Office manager PA Personal Assistant Productivity Tasks technology Virtual Assistant

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5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Practically Perfect PA

I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […]. Assist Events Career Development Training Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Online Courses PA Personal Assistant training Virtual Assistant

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The State of the U.S. Heartland

Small Business Labs

Brookings and the Walton Family Foundation teamed up to produce The State of the Heartland. It's a detailed study of the U.S. Heartland using 26 socioeconomic variables to assess how the region's economy has been performing since the Great Recession. trends

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The Staffing Industry Analysts on the Gig Economy and Cloud Labor

Small Business Labs

Gig Economy - 2018 Edition report. The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) recently released their U.S. They found that about 48 million Americans are in the gig economy, which is 31% of the workforce. They also found about 13.7 million Americans are human cloud workers.    They define the human cloud as: " all manner of companies that facilitate direct, digitally-enabled work arrangements, from sourcing a worker through payment."

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The New Tax Law: Freelancers Win on Taxes, Lose on Healthcare

Small Business Labs

This deduction, coupled with new, lower tax rates means most freelancers should pay less in Federal taxes in 2018 than they would have under the former tax code.   Because of the complexity of the new legislation, we urge freelancers to get help with their taxes in 2018. The new tax law contains a major benefit for many freelancers. It allows them to deduct 20% of their revenue from their taxable income. This is the "pass-through" provision.

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