March, 2019

What Freelancers Want From Their Clients

Small Business Labs

As we pointed out earlier this week , firms of all sizes and types are increasing their use of freelancers and other forms of non-employee labor.    But as companies become more reliant on external talent, they increasingly need to structure their policies, procedures, and engagement practices in order to be successful in attracting, engaging, and retaining highly skilled independent professionals. 

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50 Ways to Strive for Excellence in Life

Dumb Little Man

Most of us want to excel in life, but there’s just one problem. People often rely on what their society has to say when it comes to determining whether they’re succeeding or not. The society in which we grow up determines how we perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of our lives. Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases.

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7 Ways Admins Can Do More Meaningful Work

Eat Your Career

As a proud former administrative professional—and a current admin trainer and coach—I believe that support professionals can play an invaluable role in the workplace. Of course, that’s not always the case. There is a wide array of roles that qualify as “administrative” in nature, and a wide variety of people who occupy them. Some admins simply follow instructions and do what is asked of them—no more, no less. They meet expectations, but they aren’t really challenged.

2019 176

Template for capturing messages

Practically Perfect PA

You know what it is like, you are having a hectic day, emails to answer, meetings to attend, people talking to you, asking questions and looking to you for answers. The phone rings, you have no idea who it is or what they want. They want to speak to your Executive or someone random in […]. Core Skills Featured Templates admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

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18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life. Because we had so many great choices we decided to make it a little easier for you to find what you are looking for by breaking the blog into two sections.

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5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

On The Job

Once an employer gets around to checking your references, you may be feeling quite confident that a job offer is coming your way. Hold on. According to an Accountemps survey , one in three candidates are removed from job consideration after checking with their references. The problem is often that references don't know that they're your references because you neglected to ask them. Or, you asked so long ago that they have forgotten.

2019 176

The Most Common Professions of Skilled Freelancers Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

We're often asked what the most popular professions are for freelancers and independent workers. This is not as easy a question to answer as it seems. Independent workers serve all industries, work with both businesses and consumers and participate in pretty much every job type and profession. They also tend to self-identify in very specific and often idiosyncratic ways. This makes grouping them into categories difficult.

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Terrible Time Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “10 Terrible Time Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them”. You know that frustrated feeling you sometimes get at the end of the day? It’s not just exhaustion; it’s also the anxiety of barely making a dent in the day’s to-do list. It’s that feeling that you’ve been busy– slammed, in fact–but can’t actually identify anything you got done. Sure, busy days happen. Sometimes it’s out of your control.

2019 138

How to think more analytically

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve just finished reading Think Better Analytically, and I want to share my learning with you! I decided to read the book because I don’t think of myself as someone who thinks logically or analytically. I’m much more of an emotional thinker, placing more value on my instincts than the evidence in front of me. […].

2019 169

The desk is still messy.

Ian's Messy Desk

The post The desk is still messy. appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It is almost four years since I last posted anything here. Now , it’s time to reactivate. Over the next while, I will add new content. The layout is somewhat old-school blog, and needs updating. My web-design skills are rusty and haven’t really kept up with changes over the past few years. Welcome back. Hopefully, you will find content that is useful. You just finished reading The desk is still messy. !

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Your Business Feels Like a Job? 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Passion.

Tips From T. Marie

For most small business owners, the impetus to trek out into the world of business ownership is a combination of passion and hating their current job. To be honest, hatred of their job is often the starting point to discovering their passion and a business model that fits it.

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The Rise of "Wealth Work"

Small Business Labs

Quartz's Life coaches are the new personal trainer highlights a trend we've been tracking since 2008 , the growth of personal services.    These are what noted labor economist David Autor calls "wealth work"   A good example is the growth are personal trainers. Back in 2000 there were so few the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) didn't track them. Now there are over 300,000 in the U.S. and it continues to be a fast growing profession.

2019 161

10 Unstoppable Entrepreneurs Share Their Advice For Success

Dumb Little Man

Being an entrepreneur is never about the end result but the journey you embark yourself on. If you really want to succeed, you must look past your failures and pursue your goals with persistence. Unfortunately, staying motivated on this journey isn’t easy. Whether it’s online trading or any other business you are running, always remember that there is nothing in this world you can’t do. Ever wondered how successful entrepreneurs survived and still managed to thrive?

2019 168

Coaching for Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

I am happy to say that more executives are investing in their assistants by providing one-on-one coaching for them. Over the past two years, Office Dynamics has done more on-site coaching for executive assistants than we have done in the past seven years! And we continue to get more calls for this type of work. I love it when an executive is willing to make this kind of investment.

2019 156

Day in the life: Keesha Williams, EA at Lift & Co

Practically Perfect PA

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Keesha Williams, EA at Lift & Co, which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role? It changes from day to day, but mainly ensuring the CEO and CFO of my company have all the information and resources they need to perform […].

2019 169

Theme and Variations

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Theme and Variations appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As I reactivate things here at Ian’s Messy Desk, there is going to be a bit of a shift in content. While still focusing on personal development, leadership and management skills, productivity, and related tools, the overarching theme will be the not-for-profit/NGO environment. NGO leaders face many challenges – both at a personal and organisational level.

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The Attractive Attitude Advantage (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The Attractive Attitude Advantage.”. Have you ever worked with a Debbie Downer? If you remember the old Saturday Night Live sketch, you’ll know that Debbie Downer is a relentlessly negative, pessimistic person. She’s also painfully funny!) No matter what anyone says or does, Debbie finds something to complain about. Obviously, Debbie Downer is an exaggerated character. But, as with most good comedy, we can all kind of relate.

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Kauffman Foundation Indicators Show U.S. Entrepreneurship Near 20 Year High

Small Business Labs

The Kauffman Foundation recently introduced the Kauffman Indicators of Early Stage Entrepreneurship.    The indicators cover: Rate of new entrepreneurs : The broadest measure possible for business creation by population. Opportunity share of new entrepreneurs : The percentage of new entrepreneurs who created a business out of choice instead of necessity. Startup early job creation : The number of jobs created in the first year of business.

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Startup SEO: 5 Tips to Get More Organic Traffic

Dumb Little Man

Many startup businesses believe that SEO is both time-consuming and too inefficient to provide traffic fast — but this is simply wrong! Search engine optimization can quickly turn around traffic to your site and provide a huge number of benefits, including free leads and garnering trust and credibility within your niche. Here are 5 tips on how to get more organic traffic: Crawl your website and gain insights into your technical SEO level.

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Administrative Professionals Day is Just Around the Corner

Office Dynamics

Here we go again! Administrative Professionals Week and Day will soon be upon us. The dates are April 22 – 26. Here at Office Dynamics, we love to celebrate administrative professionals of all walks of life in a big way. Since I worked as an executive assistant for 20 years before starting Office Dynamics, I thoroughly understand what it is like to be in your job and walk in your shoes. I loved being an assistant. It was an exciting career. There was always an element of surprise.

If time management is so obvious why don’t you have enough time?

Practically Perfect PA

If time management is so obvious why don’t you have enough time? Time Management is so obvious, and it’s unlikely you will read anything new in this blog post. So why should you keep reading? Simple, if you already ‘know what do to’…WHY aren’t you doing it? WHY don’t you have more time than you know […]. Assist Events Core Competencies Featured Time Management Virtual Summit Writers admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Time management

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Podcast 116: The perils of storage space

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 116 and it’s about the perils of storage space. Are you scared? You should be! I came across a post on the website Becoming Minimalist, which has some great tips on downsizing for families. This post cited statistics about how much stuff people own and how much room it takes up. Here are some of them.

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Positive Career Affirmation #5

Eat Your Career

I confidently express my opinions and ideas at work…and others listen. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #5 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations communication confidence

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Mercer's Global Talent Trends - Disruption and Greater Use of Non-Employee Labor Ahead

Small Business Labs

The global human capital consulting and services firm Mercer recently released their annual Global Talent Trends study. For the 2019 edition of this study, they surveyed over 7,300 business executives, HR leaders, and employees from around the world on a variety of talent and HR issues. The major finding is 73% of the executives surveyed expect their industry will experience significant disruption over the next 3 years. 

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How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Transform Your Mental Health for Good

Dumb Little Man

A fast-paced life surely offers you the luxuries you have always dreamed of. On the flip side, however, it’s uglier than you have ever expected. The constant rat race and the urge to stay ahead in every sphere of life have resulted in tremendous peer pressure, relationship issues, social image concerns, and different types of disorders. One out of every five individual suffers from anxiety, anger issues, and depression owing to pressure at work and stringent societal norms.

2019 159

Eco-Friendly Medical Product Can Help You Gain New Patients

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to medical products such as bandages and gauze, people don’t often think of going green. You wouldn’t believe it, but most medical products contain hazardous chemicals and other materials, which end up in landfills and are bad for the environment. The oddest part is that some of the chemicals that people are exposed to through medical products can actually cause them to become sick in other ways than they may already be.

Nine time busting tips for Microsoft Office

Practically Perfect PA

I am thrilled to be presenting a session for Practically Perfect PA at their Virtual Summit on April 5th and so happy to write this blog post in anticipation of the event. I will be presenting my top time busting tips for Microsoft Office. Make sure you have a notebook and pen – you will […]. Featured Office Technology Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Microsoft Office Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology

2019 159

Podcast 115: Interview with Gretchen Rubin

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 115 and it’s my interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of the brand new book Outer Order, Inner Calm. The subtitle is “declutter and organize to make more room for happiness.” ” I’m excited because this is the first time I’ve done an interview for the podcast and it turned out great. Gretchen was delightful to talk to.

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Minimalism Is About Getting Rid of Distraction

Simple Productivity Blog

I recently heard on a podcast that minimalism is a mind game - that it's not about getting rid of stuff as much as it is about getting rid of distractions. I've never heard it phrased that way before, but it clicked. I've dabbled with simplicity for years. In fact, my long-time readers will remember when this blog was called "simple productivity" - and focused as much on simplifying as it was on productivity. But minimalism?

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A Growing Number of Freelancers are Providing Professional Services to Businesses

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners recently released their 3rd annual Client of Choice study.    Like prior years, the 2019 study focuses on the growing group of highly-skilled independent professionals (freelancers, independent consultants, etc.) who provide services to businesses on a regular basis. And the number of independent professionals has grown quite rapidly. As the study chart below shows, it's increased from 4.5 million in 2011 to 5.9 million in 2014, and to 7.4 million in 2018. 

2019 136

How To Convince Your Boss To Let You Work Remotely

Dumb Little Man

You’re a 9-to-5 desk jockey chained to your cube. The ambient chatter of your co-workers has burned into your earholes. The worst part? You can do your job from anywhere and be more productive. Instead, you have to wake up at 6 am. It feels akin to crossing the Sahara desert with no camel. Take heart and put your party pants on because you’re about to start working from a hammock and enjoy the blue sky. Here’s what you can do when asking your boss to work from home.

2019 158

Things You Can Do As A Small Business Owner To Limit Your Tax Liability

Eco-Office Gals

Tax obligations will always be there as long as you’re running a business, whether it is a small scale business or a large scale business. There are different types of business taxes such as sales taxes, employment taxes, excise taxes, income taxes among others. It’s your responsibility as an entreprenuer to know how to pay your tax bills. It’s important as a business person that you review your taxes to know whether you are reducing or maximizing the deduction.

2019 100

Working with an incompetent Executive

Practically Perfect PA

Everyone moans about their boss. There are occasions when your Executive takes ages to get back to you on something, they are always in a meeting or out travelling. They never have enough time. They don’t manage your needs or expectations. They don’t make decisions, or they make the wrong decision, and they don’t […].

2019 157

Podcast 114: Organizing systems for growth

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 114 and it’s about organizing systems to cope with growth and change. I’m about to start an office organizing project. This small company is growing fast and they’ve increased their office space by a little more than half. And suddenly chaos is busting out all over.

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What To Do When Crisis Hits

Simple Productivity Blog

Crisis can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute life is normal, and then everything is different. It could be anything that rocks your stability: death, divorce, accident, layoff, shutdown. But crisis comes to us all, and it's important to know what to do. My own personal experience with crisis was major - eleven years ago my husband fell twenty feet off of a ladder and spent two days in neuro ICU.

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McKinsey's Bias Busters Collection

Small Business Labs

McKinsey's Bias Busters Collection covers how are decisions are often affected by cognitive and/or organizational biases.    These include being unwilling to cut back on an under performing asset or activity, getting too distracted by shiny new initiatives, sticking with numbers or projections that are out of date or likely incorrect. But our favorite was what they call taking an "outside view" of a project or forecast.

2019 133

Six Simple Factors for Successful Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Are you sure you’re setting the right goals? Believe it or not, one of the reasons why you are failing with your goals is that you aren’t aware how to set them up properly. You see, there are factors that’ll determine if your goals are achievable or not. If you don’t have any idea about those factors, the process of working towards your goals can be twice as hard. So, how should you do it? Below are 6 simple factors you need to consider when setting your goals.

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