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Working Through the Digital Hyperactive Hive Industrial Complex

ProAssisting Blog

Working Through the Digital Hyperactive Hive Industrial Complex. THIS podcast by Ezra Klein with Cal Newport got my mind going in a number of different directions. How do we manage our deep thinking time? How do we tame the firehose of information being shot our way?

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Do you know how much your time is worth?

ProAssisting Blog

Do you know how much your time is worth? If you’re a business owner or an entrepreneur, do you happen to know your hourly rate?

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Remote Executive Assistant? So, what do you DO?

ProAssisting Blog

Remote Executive Assistant? So, what do you DO? The setting is usually a party, sitting next to someone on an airplane -pre-COVID- or just striking up a conversation with a fellow patron at a bar while on vacation.

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Connecting the Dots Between Service and Hospitality

ProAssisting Blog

Connecting the Dots Between Service and Hospitality.

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Do You Need To Hire An Executive Assistant? Top 10 Questions To Ask

ProAssisting Blog

There comes a time when business leaders recognize that balancing their growing workload is causing them to drop the ball professionally and personally.

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What You Can Accomplish in One Week with a Remote Executive Assistant

ProAssisting Blog

Business partner, chief of staff, project manager, scheduler, personal assistant. These are just a few of the roles a great executive assistant can fill for you. remote executive assistant Assistant-Principal Partnership

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Fully Integrating & Onboarding an Executive Assistant into Your World

ProAssisting Blog

There comes a time in every successful executive’s career where they transition from having to do everything for themselves to having an executive assistant. remote executive assistant Assistant-Principal Partnership Onboarding

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Go Remote: How CEOs Can Work in the Digital World

ProAssisting Blog

Ethan Bull shares his insights with Nasdaq on the trend of CEO's hiring remote executive assistants and how they can best utilize this rising position. Insider

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4 Steps to get your email inbox under control once and for all

ProAssisting Blog

You're not alone. Does the 10,000+ “Unread” notification that sits next to your email inbox catch your eye every time you open your inbox? Insider Productivity Best Practices

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The Independent Worker Surge

Small Business Labs

After falling by 7% in 2020 due to the pandemic, the number of independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, etc.) rose to 51.1 million in 2021, an unprecedented 34% increase. This is the key finding from MBO Partners 2021 State of Independence research study.

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Feeling undervalued and how to make a change

Practically Perfect PA

Feeling undervalued and how to make a change One of the many challenges that I often hear from Assistants is that their Executives and the wider organisation does not understand the role and the work that Assistants undertake.

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3 Tiny Habits That Can Shift Your Home Business Into a Growth Mindset

Tips From T. Marie

In the worlds of psychology and business, you’ll often hear the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’.

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Tropical Island Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's  Some People Worked From Home During Covid. These People Moved to a Tropical Island  covers the growing number of Caribbean islands offering digital nomad visas and includes interviews with people taking advantage of these visas.  

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Starting a Work From Home Micro-Business has Different Rules & Requirements

Tips From T. Marie

On September 7 th , 2021 I will have run a work from home business for 14 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation.

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America's Growing Diversity

Small Business Labs

According to the 2020 census, between 2010 and 2020 the white population in America declined  by 5.1 million.      And as the chart below (click to enlarge) nicely illustrates, all of America's population growth in the past decade came from people of color.  

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How to Handle Things When You’ve Said Yes But Should Have Said No

Virtual Moxie

Rose scheduled an on-the-spot coaching session with me. When she called, she immediately shared that she was overwhelmed. As I listened to her, it became clear that she was overextended; she’d simply agreed to do to much for too many (her VA clients, friends, and groups she belonged to).

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The Rise of Ecommerce Nomads

Small Business Labs

The Verge's Road-Tripping With Amazon Nomads looks at people who travel across the country looking for merchandise they can sell for a profit on Amazon.

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How assistants can learn to improve business processes

Practically Perfect PA

How Assistants can learn to improve business processes In this post, we will look at how Assistants can learn to improve business processes. Have you ever taken time to analyse your business processes, or do you just ‘do’ them without thinking? Do you ever notice any of your teams’ processes [.].

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How Much Should A Home Business Charge?

Tips From T. Marie

Deciding what to charge can be one of the most challenging aspects of running your work from home business. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling services or products, in order for your business to be successful and support you, the pricing has to be right.

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Retirees and the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

According to the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) The age re-retirement: Retirees and the Gig Economy , 20% of retired Americans also work in the gig economy. The article lists the usual financial reasons for working in retirement.  

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The Pandemic Increased Interest in Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

Forerunner Ventures' The universal holding pattern: a period of trial followed by an era of opportunity   covers survey work they've done on the impact of the pandemic on consumers. One of their main findings is the desire for empowerment and independence has increased. 

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Air Taxi Company Joby Went Public

Small Business Labs

The urban air mobility (buzzword alert) company Joby made its public markets debut last week.    As with many new public offerings, it was done via a SPAC. The company is developing a five-seat electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, pictured below in-flight (click to enlarge).

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Moxie Tip #8: What am I Doing?

Virtual Moxie

Being successful requires you to focus on what you’re doing, and what you want to do. To keep your eye on the goal, ask yourself often, “What am I doing here?” ” There are all kinds of possible layers to the answer(s) your wise self will give you.

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3 Pages Your Business Website Absolutely Positively Needs

Tips From T. Marie

Congrats for deciding to start a work from home business! But before you quit your day job, make sure your website is up to par and ready to attract clients. Your website is the introduction of your business to the world.

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3 Mindsets That Sabotage Your Dream to Work From Home

Tips From T. Marie

Do you still have work from home dreams of a lifestyle you’d love to attain or a home business you’d like to start? Do you remember how to dream big like our kids do?

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Mapping the Creator Economy

Small Business Labs

The venture capital firm Antler recently released The Ultimate Guide to the Creator Economy. The guide includes the map below (click to enlarge), which shows, by category, "the 220+ platforms that are empowering creators to make an income by doing what they love." 

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What’s Stopping You From Starting a Work From Home Business?

Tips From T. Marie

I often tell the story of how I started my business. From getting a pink slip to the fear of ending up homeless, it seems to resonate with folks. But I don’t often share the fact that looking back I really wish I’d been brave enough to start my business before I was forced to due to that pink slip.

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What are Gigfluencers?

Small Business Labs

Influencer marketing has become a popular way for companies to promote their brands.    According to Influencer Marketing Hub, brands are expected to spend $13.8 billion on influencer marketing programs in 2021.

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Moxie Tip #12: Check Your Ethics

Virtual Moxie

Ethics are a big deal in life and in business. No one likes to deal with people whose ethics are lacking. How high are yours? For instance, would you know a conflict of interest if you saw one? And do you have a standard for how to deal with one when it shows up?

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Should You Agree to Requests for Sample Work From Potential Clients?

Virtual Moxie

Call them sample projects, test projects, or anything else you like…as a professional virtual assistant, should you do them if asked by a potential client? My opinion is a big, fat nope. And it’s not only because you deserve to be paid for your work, which you clearly do.

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"Hotel on Wheels" #VanLife Firm Cabana Raises $10 Million

Small Business Labs

Cabana rents custom-built Ford Transit vans that include beds, storage, bathrooms, and Internet access.    Their tagline is "a hotel that travels with you"   They're hoping to tap into the large and growing number of #Vanlifers.

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Why This is the Perfect Time to Say Goodbye to Your Boss

Tips From T. Marie

The pandemic taught us a lot of things. Some good, some not so good. One important thing that lockdowns and quarantines taught us is that just because business has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean it’s because it’s the best way.

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Moment House and the Blending of Social Media and Digital Entertainment Experiences

Small Business Labs

Moment House is a live streaming, interactive social media platform for digital entertainment. Newly launched in 2020, Moment House has produced over 700 concerts, called “moments,” selling one million tickets through its platform.

How To Make Traditional Business Cards Work For You In The Digital Age.

Tips From T. Marie

Purchasing traditional business cards used to be one of the first official things you did when you started your own business. Today, with everything from file storage to forms being offered electronically, many business startups are abandoning the traditional business card altogether.

LA's Creator Townhouse Community

Small Business Labs

The Hollywood Reporter's New Studio City Townhouses Draw Digital Creators Thanks to Hybrid Zoning covers a new townhouse community designed for artists and creative professionals.      Quite unusual in LA, the townhouses have live/work zoning approval. 

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Online Platforms Supporting Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

Platform Professional's  Platforms and Digital Nomads  covers online platforms supporting digital nomads. Key quote: "Platforms may not have created the phenomenon of the digital nomad, but they are making it easier to become one."

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Small Business Applications in May 2nd Highest Ever

Small Business Labs

May was yet another banner month for new business applications.    As the U.S. Census chart below shows (click to enlarge), 500,219 business applications were filed in May.    This was the second highest number of applications filed since this data was first collected in 2005.

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A Client’s Take on How to Best Approach Your Prospective Clients

Virtual Moxie

I was reading some reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally old posts and articles I’d written; many of them more than a decade old. I was surprised by how evergreen many of them are, and especially this one, so although it’s more than a decade old, I wanted to share it.

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The Creator Economy Monetization Features of the Major Social Media Platforms

Small Business Labs

Axios' Tech giants have all become creator companies covers the various ways digital creators can earn money on a variety of tech platforms,  Their excellent summary chart is below (click to enlarge). The article also makes a good point about the diversity of digital creators.

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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How to Deal with Employment Gaps in Your Resume

Eat Your Career

This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Library. A participant in our recent Q&A session asked: “CVs (or resumes) are often rejected by recruiters for having career gaps.

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Post Pandemic, the Hybrid In-Office, Remote Work Model is the Most Favored

Small Business Labs

By late last summer, it became clear that most companies would likely move to a hybrid working model , which combines increased levels of remote work with in-office work. The Washington Post's recent article T he hybrid office is here to stay.

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Moxie Tip #9: Focus on Your Own Stuff

Virtual Moxie

You can’t truly be focused on your own stuff if you have one eye focused on everyone else’s. Plus, an overabundance of looking around dulls your creativity. Stay focused and creative. The world needs what you know how to uniquely offer.

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