September, 2017

Why personal development is your own responsibility

Practically Perfect PA

That “back to school” feeling affects us all, even if we have left our school days far behind. There is definitely an air of a new start, a fresh approach to work and the motivation for self-improvement every September. It’s that time of the year when we see the full time and adult education terms start up and I personally have spent many an autumn evenings at an evening class in a cold classroom clutching a pumpkin spiced latte!

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4 Free Business Productivity Apps To Help You Grow Your Small Business

Dumb Little Man

Managing a business is easier said than done. When you run your own business, you need to give it all your time and attention. It’s a job that is both demanding and fulfilling. Eventually, you’ll want to turn it into a business that can run without you. This, unfortunately, is the harder part. The first obstacle you need to anticipate is manpower. For small businesses and start-up companies, it is usually the owner that does most of the work.

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How to Get More Out of Professional Development Training: [Part 1] Getting Leadership Approval

Eat Your Career

As a professional development trainer , I take a lot of pride in my work. My number one goal is to help ensure that participants get a TON of value from their training. In this 3-part series, I’ll be addressing some important topics to help you do just that. Articles in this series will be published each week and will include the following topics: Part 1: Getting Leadership Approval. Part 2: Retaining Information. Part 3: Leveraging Learning.

2017 175

5 Ways You Can Love the Environment both at Home and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Looking after the environment not only makes you feel good, but it makes the world feel even better. Every time you say no to plastic is an environmental win, and this doesn’t/shouldn’t stop at home because you can keep up your eco-friendly ways at the office. What is your workplace’s recycling philosophy like? Could it be better?

2017 162

The Gig Economy Pivots to the Enterprise

Small Business Labs

Over the past few months there's been almost a stampede of gig economy companies talking about the corporate market and/or announcing new services, products or initiatives aimed at serving large corporations.

2017 161

Love Your Office Space Series: Take a Seat

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 126

Introducing the Virtual Summit Partner

Practically Perfect PA

Today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the International Management Assistants (IMA) are the official partner for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. As many of you will know, IMA is Europe’s largest Association for Management Support Professionals. They are incredibly supportive of their member’s professional development and the evolution of the industry as a whole.

2017 159

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18 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Own Boss

Eat Your Career

Self-employment isn’t for everyone. As a career coach and a business owner myself, I’ve seen it go very, very wrong at times. It just doesn’t suit everyone’s career needs. While it might sound nice to “be your own boss,” it takes a certain person in a certain situation to make it work. If you are currently exploring entrepreneurial endeavors or plan to in the future, consider the following questions first.

2017 164

Podcast 072: Have what you love, love what you have

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! The current challenge I’m giving myself is general decluttering. I decided that there’s too much visual clutter in my apartment. It’s distracting and I feel that I can’t completely relax because so much is calling my attention. I need to remove some things. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

3D Printing Moving Past Prototyping to Large Batch Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

After literally several decades of hype and hope, it appears 3D printing may finally be starting to deliver on its promise to change manufacturing. The shortcomings for 3D printing have been they aren't economical for large scale manufacturing, they don't produce parts as strong or reliable as traditional manufacturing methods and they are limited by the types of material they are able to use. In particular, 3D printers have not been good at printing metal parts. 

2017 157

What Happens If You Can’t Separate Personal Convictions from Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

It’s been abysmally quiet here on the Tips from T.Marie Blog, for that I apologize. You see, I’ve always been told that one must keep their business separate from the things that one may be experiencing personally. I’ve always thought it was pretty good advice. After all, no one wants their business to be impacted. Read more. Business Tips

2017 126

How to go from a PA to a VA

Practically Perfect PA

Are you currently a PA, dreaming of having your own VA business? Maybe you’re an Admin Professional, who craves having the control and freedom of running your own business? If you’re currently employed and looking to make a career change to VA, it’s a simpler process than you think. Whether you’re a PA, EA or Admin Professional, it’s relatively easy to make the transition from being employed to running your own successful VA business – if you take the following tips into consideration.

2017 154

13-Point Website Migration Checklist for SEO

Dumb Little Man

Migrating any site should never be taken lightly. You have to be aware that your ranking on search engines could take a major hit if you aren’t careful. Even the smallest issues can make things worse for your site. With all the requirements you have to fulfill, it may not seem like SEO is a priority. However, if you are a marketer or anyone who would like to maintain visibility, you need to think about it carefully.

2017 166

Are You Overly Invested in Work?

Eat Your Career

The philosophy behind Eat Your Career is that work can be a nourishing , enriching life experience. That’s a tall order, I realize. I really do believe that work is a very important part of life. When you’re not happy with your career, it can impact all other areas of life. Your mental, physical and emotional health can suffer. Your relationships and financial security can suffer. Your whole world can become more difficult and painful. I know because I’ve personally experienced it.

2017 163

Fewer decisions = more willpower

Clutter Coach

by Willpower takes energy. You can use it up and wear it out. Guess what else uses up your energy? Decision making. Any decision making. What scarf to wear, how much cereal to put in your bowl, what parking spot to choose. All the little decisions you make all day, every day, take energy. So if you’re trying to make a change, develop a new habit, you need to save up that willpower to use on that, not waste it on mundane decision making. What can you do?

2017 100

After a Decade of Strong Growth, Craft Brewing Industry Shows Signs of Slowing

Small Business Labs

In 2016, a new craft or micro brewery opened in the US on average every 11 hours. Pretty amazing. Also, the roughly 5,300 U.S. craft and micro breweries produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016. This was about 12.3% of the beer industry's 2016 volume.    More impressively, craft and micro brewers 2016 sales totaled $23.5 billion, which was 21.9% of the U.S. beer industry's revenue. 

2017 154

Taking a Political Stand as a Business

Tips From T. Marie

Last week I published a post asking what happens if we allow personal convictions to spill over into our businesses. A few people admitted to wondering the same thing, but I didn’t get the conversation with other small and micro business owners I was hoping to get. head over to the Facebook Page if. Read more. Business Tips

2017 117

Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex, Founder and CEO of The Socialista Projects, Head of IMA Berlin and National Social Relations Officer, speaker, coach and mentor and all round superstar EA! What are the main aspects of your role? Support…my two managing directors on the highest level as possible in their day to day business matters. Motivate…my colleagues every single day and bring the team together as we fight for common goals.

2017 148

How to Get Hermes Birkins (My Experiences on Buying 5 Birkins In 3 Years)

Dumb Little Man

Like many girls, I have a passion for beautiful things and that includes luxury bags, especially the holy grail of handbags, the Birkin. I am neither a VIP at Hermes nor celebrity but I have brought back a total of five Birkin bags from the Hermes boutiques (New York and Paris) within three years. Some were obtained as a walk-in while others required certain purchase history. With this, many people have asked me to share my experiences and tips on how to get a Birkin.

2017 163

A Collage of Success Tips

Office Dynamics

I just got back from a great 2 day event called Success Live. Maybe you saw my Facebook post … or not. This event was hosted by Success magazine. I have been reading Success magazine for years and find every issue is packed with valuable information and tons of inspiration! Well, the live event was the same.

2017 131

Podcast 071: Not starting

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 71 and my topic is starting. I talked about that a few podcasts back, where I gave some ideas on how to get into action when you find yourself continuing NOT to. This time I’ll talk less about technique and more about mindset, or the emotional background to starting. Or not starting. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

More Forecast to Cycle Between Traditional Jobs and Independent Work

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released a list of their 10 predictions for the next decade of independent work. The list covers a lot of ground and all the predictions are interesting. But the predictions that caught our eye related to MBO's forecast that people are increasingly going to cycle between traditional jobs and independent work. The two predictions that cover this are: 1.   By 2027, more than half of the workforce will be, or will have been, an Independent.

2017 146

Love Your Office Space Series : Make Typing Fun

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 115

The Strategic Executive Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Jan Jones is the author of “The CEO’s Secret Weapon” and keynote speaker at the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit in October. In November she will be the special guest speaker at Adam Fidler’s groundbreaking one-day program “ The Strategic Executive Assistant ” in Milan and Paris. As many of you will know, Adam is a world-renowned EA educator.

2017 142

7 Unhealthy Behaviors That Affect Your Mental Health

Dumb Little Man

Bad mental health habits are behaviors that have a negative effect on the way we think and the way we feel about ourselves. We often believe our mood and our mental health are solely dependent on external factors and we only have little ability to control them. We often wonder why we get so easily irritated, upset, sad, lethargic, and bored in life. As a solution, we try to improve our mood and cope with stress by engaging in unhealthy behaviors. This, unfortunately, makes our mood even worse.

2017 152

The Skill You Must Have No Matter Your Job

On The Job

Many people believe that if they just get that college degree or industry certification, they will have no trouble finding a job. They also believe that once they get their foot in the door, then they will continue to climb the ladder if they work hard. If you believe the same, you are wrong. Today, employers are looking for more than someone to write code or deal with customers.

2017 131

Podcast 070: Chunking

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! Hi, gang, this is podcast 70 and it’s about chunking. This is a concept you should be familiar with if you’re a regular listener. I talk often about how to make an unmanageable project manageable by cutting it into small pieces or chunks. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

Economic Uncertainty and the Trend of Decline

Small Business Labs

The New Strategist Press has an interesting list of the Top 10 Emerging Trends of the 2000s.    But even more interesting is their summary of the 10 trends:  "Most are stories of decline–which is a trend of significance in itself." " In fact, 7 of their 10 trends are about decline. These are: The Income Decline. The Wealth Decline. The Home Ownership Decline. The Marriage Decline. The Birth Decline. The Life Expectancy Decline. The Economic Mobility Decline.

2017 144

Can You Really Be Authentic in Your Business- Part 3: Conclusion

Tips From T. Marie

For the past two weeks I’ve explored the question of what happens if you can’t separate your personal convictions and beliefs from your business. In part two I did a bit of research and talked about mixing politics with business and some examples of those that do and don’t. I can honestly say even with. Read more. Business Tips

2017 113

Assistants as information managers

Practically Perfect PA

Back in 2013 HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland released the Management Assistant 2020 report , which detailed how the role of an Assistant will change by 2020. It is a fascinating document and many of the suggestions are coming into fruition four years on. One of the predictions centred around the idea that Assistants would become information managers in their organisations.

2017 141

How Not To Give Up When Your Head Tells You to Quit

Dumb Little Man

Most people have to work hard in order to live their dreams. However, all we see and celebrate is their success because the hard work is usually not done in public. So, when you are struggling in the shadows, wondering why success is not coming fast enough, it’s easy to want to quit. Don’t. The successful people you admire are there because they resisted the temptation to quit.

2017 151

Living and Working at the Intersection of Logic and Creativity – Revelations Podcast

Stephanie LH Calahan

Are all of the different parts of you integrated into what you do? Recently, Cole Johnson and I sat down for what turned out to be one of the most personal interviews I have experienced in a long time. Good grief!

2017 130

Clothing Clutter

Clutter Coach

by Today I’m sharing with you a tip from my book, 5 Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom , about how to deal with clothing clutter. Clothing always causes clutter. Every day, you get clothes out of the closet or bureau to wear. And every day you take them off again. They spend a lot of time not being put away, so they can cause clutter, just like other things you use daily. .

The Staffing Industry Analyst's Human Cloud Framework and Taxonomy

Small Business Labs

Last week the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) released The Human Cloud, the Gig Economy & the Transformation of Work. It nicely covers the topics mentioned in the report title. Key quote from the report on the size of the "human cloud": "SIA estimates that total human cloud spending reached between $47 and $51 billion globally in 2016.

2017 141

Can You Really Be Authentic in Your Business- Part 3: Conclusion

Tips From T. Marie

For the past two weeks I’ve explored the question o f what happens if you can’t separate your personal convictions and beliefs from your business. In part two I did a bit of research and talked about mixing politics with business and some examples of those that do and don’t. I can honestly say even with all of my reading and research I couldn’t come up with a do or don’t answer. Some people swear it’s a no-no, others will tell you that it’s part of being authentic.

2017 100

The Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

Practically Perfect PA

I always think of my conferences and events as my work babies, they take about 9 months to create, they are as time consuming as my actual babies, they cause as much sleep deprivation and worry but they are ultimately worth all the hard work and bring me a lot of joy! The Virtual Summit is my youngest work baby and last week, with the launch of the final programme, it started walking! Yup, that is right the Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

2017 136

10 Working From Home Tips That Are Guaranteed To Make You Extra Productive

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up promising yourself that you’ll have a successfully productive day…but you end up sitting in front of the television all day instead? This used to happen to me quite a lot when I first started working from home. I’d lounge around in my pajamas all morning, trying to find the motivation to do something. And, well, I never found it. Then, one morning, I decided that enough was enough! I needed to change my routine.

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