March, 2015

The Theory of Scarcity and How It Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

There is a theory in economics called the theory of scarcity which basically discusses that there is limited availability of certain resources at any point in time. This basically dictates that due to the limited resource, it also means a limited number of goods can be created. This theory of scarcity exists for our lives as well.

2015 212

10 do’s and don’t for managing your boss’s task list

Practically Perfect PA

In this post I am assuming your Executive has a task list that they use every day to get through their work! Hopefully this task list is available for you to access on a daily basis and you have the rights to edit and update the list. Ideally the list should be on the same email system that you use to manage their inbox and schedule (Microsoft Outlook for example). If this is not the case it might be worth suggesting to your boss that you work together on their to-do list.

2015 207
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10 Tips to Beat the Overwhelm and Stay Focused

Office Organization Success

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! Not exactly the entrepreneur life you envisioned for yourself, is it?

2015 201

Yes, I’m an Over Fifty, Overweight Woman in Tech

Tips From T. Marie

I did something yesterday that I’ve been putting off since 2007. I went to a photography studio and had professional photos taken for my business. I know it’s something I should have done way back when. It’s something every business guru recommends. So why did it take me so long to have them done? I’m not going to lie to you, having my picture taken isn’t my favorite thing to do. I’ve been overweight all of my life, in fact I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t watching what I ate.

2015 196

The Virtual Assistant's Bill of Rights

Virtual Moxie

In the Virtual Mentoring Program, and Virtual Basics at AssistU (and in the Virtual Training Program that came before them), we''ve long shared two documents: The Virtual Assistant''s Bill of Rights , and the Client''s Bill of Rights. . The idea behind their creation was to help blast apart the inherent patriarchal relationship most admins have known as employees.

2015 192

The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

The chart below, which shows a decline in employer-provided and on-the-job training in recent decades, has been making the rounds in the economic blogs. It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President  (page 147), which is prepared annually by the President's Council of Economic Advisers for Congress.      This data is collected only occasionally by the U.S. Census, which explains why the latest data is from 2008. But

2015 185

5 Reasons Why You Must Constantly Learn

Dumb Little Man

How many times you had the feeling that you are lost with a new subject at work? If you are like most people, probably many times… But don’t worry! This is really common in our days because we live in a very dynamic environment, with a lot of new information to handle every day and staying up to date is a real challenge. The hard truth is that if you want to grow as person, in your society and in your job, you have to constantly keep learning new things. But, why exactly?

2015 205

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

Office Organization Success

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.

2015 200

Get Started With Long-Term Goals Easily

Simple Productivity Blog

It''s really odd how sometimes you wish for something, and then it falls into your lap. This happened a few weeks ago, I was in the process of transferring my year goals and someday/maybes from ToDoIst into Evernote, and I was thinking that I wish I had a better way to make sure that I was moving forward on these projects, but that I didn''t have a good way to do it.

2015 183

6 Spring Maintenance Tips to Increase Your Energy Efficiency

Eco-Office Gals

Congratulations! You made it through winter. Say goodbye to your sky-high heating bills and hello to spring! Unfortunately, you won’t be saying goodbye to your energy worries altogether, though. Before you know it, summer will be here. And depending on your climate, it may be time to kick on those cooling systems sooner rather than later. So how can you be sure you’re not paying an arm and a leg for energy come spring and summer? (Oh,

2015 172

Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

Small Business Labs

I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there. Also, if you talk to small business owners for any length of time, most will eventually complain about taxes. The recently released Wasp Barcode Small Business Accounting Report supports this.  As the report chart below shows and Wasp highlights in their blog post on the report , 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure.

2015 184

3 Keys to Staying Focused & Reaching Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

It’s easy to drift. Life is hectic for all of us and if we’re not intentional about our direction in life we can easily wake up one day and wonder how we got where we are. A common complaint I hear from people, men in particular, is regret over not having done something in their life that they had always wanted or planned to do. It wasn’t their intention not to do it, but they also weren’t intentional enough to make sure it happened.

2015 196

Chasing colleagues who do not report to you

Practically Perfect PA

Imagine the scene – you’ve been asked to lead on a piece of work, for example compiling a report or managing a new project. You have to gather information from a number of colleagues so that you can complete the work you have been given. As the days and weeks go by you have received most of the information you need and most of your colleagues have been really helpful. However, you are still outstanding a few key details from a certain member of staff.

2015 189

When You Think It, Communicate It!

Virtual Moxie

There are a bunch of requirements our Virtual Mentoring Program participants have to meet before they can graduate; the final exam is the last of them. The exam is rigorous, multi-day, and folks taking it can spend 25+ hours on it. In addition, because it''s done virtually, this exam has very strict guidelines for how it has to be turned in, when, and what happens if it''s late.

2015 172

Creativity and the Balanced Life

Simple Productivity Blog

Robert Fulghum wrote "Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Today we will look at the component of creating in context of a balanced life. The post Creativity and the Balanced Life appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2015 180

Keystone Habits: Leveraging the Power of Small Habits

Productivity Bits

Discipline. That''s it. That''s no drama. That''s no secret either. But the question is how to attain that level of discipline that will get everything you committed to doing done. Habits. Discipline, in a sense, is adherence to habits that you, yourself, have established and decided to stick to. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

2015 162

Competition to Hire On-Demand Economy Workers Heating Up

Small Business Labs

Really interesting atricle  by the folks at Zen99 on the amount of money being spent by on-demand economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are spending to recruit "providers" (contract workers).    The numbers are quite large. For example, Lyft is reported to have budgeted $50 million for driver recruitment this year alone. And  And the major on-demand economy companies are each spending millions of dollars a year on Craigslist ads.

2015 184

How to be Seen as a Leader at Work and get Promoted Quick

Dumb Little Man

Some people watch it happen. Some people say what happened. And some people make it happen. The world and more importantly your workplace is crying out for people who make it happen. One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that leadership is in a title. “I couldn’t do that, that is only for managers or senior people” people often think. I should know, I used to do that myself. Well in order to be seen as a leader or a potential leader, you must act like one.

2015 193

Dealing with ‘characters’ at work

Practically Perfect PA

Most businesses are made up of a variety of people and characters. There are so many different tests we can take which determine our personality type, we should work in a team and how all of us can get the best out of each other. There are the introverts and the extroverts and of course the organised analytical types and the disorganised creative personalities. We learn how to deal with most people and work together efficiently.

2015 187

The Client's Bill of Rights

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I posted about the VA''s Bill of Rights, and suggested that you embrace the standards it contains. This week, I''m sharing the Client''s Bill of Rights, and with it the same suggestion. :). Clients have the right to certain expectations of you in the work you do together. Please notice that none of the rights have anything to do with making you "less-than," or treating you like an employee. Client''s Bill of Rights 1. The right to be fairly invoiced 2.

2015 160

7 Secrets of Managing Extreme Busyness

Simple Productivity Blog

I have been extremely busy over the last few months, and it is about to get worse. Everything will ease up in June) Several friends and acquaintances are amazed at what I have going on, and asked me how I manage it. So here are my 7 secrets of managing extreme busyness. The post 7 Secrets of Managing Extreme Busyness appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 179

This Is How To Manage Your Client Follow-up

Office Organization Success

Finally we’re getting a little bit warmer here in our corner of north-west Ohio. And it makes a huge difference to your mindset; suddenly you feel energetic and enthusiastic! My youngest two are on Spring break next week, so maybe the weather will co-operate and we’ll be able to do a few fun outdoor activities!

2015 155

Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

Small Business Labs

Kudos to Wasp Barcode Technologies for their excellent Small Business Accounting report. It contains survey results from companies with 11-100 employees on issues related to their accounting and finance functions. According to their blog post on the report , the key findings include: 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure. 70% of small businesses outsource tax preparation, and 30% outsource tax planning.

2015 174

Haters Gonna Hate (And What you Can Do About It)

Dumb Little Man

You’ve got a dream, and it’s a big one. Maybe you want to quit your job, get a promotion, get married, or conceive the next great paper cup innovation. Whatever it is, it’s so exciting you just have to share it with everyone. So you do. But along with smiles and nods come scowls and awkward looks. Turns out not everyone’s as excited as you are about your dream.

2015 192

10 tips for public speaking

Practically Perfect PA

My first attempt at public speaking was back in 2013 at an exhibition for assistants and office managers. At the time I was absolutely petrified. Every fibre of my being was telling me to run away as quickly as my shaky legs could carry me. I managed to get through that first speech and since then I have presented at a number of events. Although I still get incredibly nervous I am less likely to bolt or shake uncontrollably.

2015 176

Getting to Abundance: What You Believe Matters!

Virtual Moxie

In a conversation with a friend, one of the things that we discussed was Abundance. He asked me what it meant to me, and I said that it''s the belief that there''s more than enough of everything, for everyone. He scoffed, "But that''s simply not true—there''s not more than enough of everything for everyone!" I countered that there is, and back and forth we went.

2015 154

Balance and Learning

Simple Productivity Blog

Robert Fulghum wrote "Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Today we will look at the component of learning in context of a balanced life. The post Balance and Learning appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Life Design Productivity

2015 176

You Need to Understand This

Office Organization Success

One of the areas that I help my private consulting clients understand is that of strategy — understanding the WHY behind the systems your set up : Why do you need this system? Why are you setting it up this way? What is going to be the end result of setting up this system? As a business owner it’s so important that you understand the strategy behind everything you do you in your business.

2015 154

Is a War for Talent Starting in the On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

It seems almost every day an on-demand economy company announces a big fund raise. For example, the delivery service Door Dash announced last week it raised an additional $40 million. 

2015 160

How to Break the Cycle of Worrying Once and For All

Dumb Little Man

We all have been there. Worrying about things we cannot or have no control over. We worry about our lives, finances, health, kids and many times things that doesn’t even concerns us. In fact, many times we worry so much that even when there is nothing to worry about some of us worry about not having anything to worry about. Worrying does not solve the problem. Researchers have provided us with evidence that the more we worry the more likely things are to go badly.

2015 191

So the Assist Conference happened!

Practically Perfect PA

All photographs are copyright of Rebecca-Monique Williams. So after many months of planning and organising the Assist Conference finally took place on Friday 27th February. I can honestly say I have never felt more apprehensive (and I am literally about to give birth) about anything I have done before. Walking into the Proud Archivist at 7am on Friday morning I felt very far away from my comfort zone. Organising the event was a big challenging but one that I am very glad I took on.

2015 171

Agreements: Protecting the Stuff That Dreams are Made of

Virtual Moxie

I''ve been asked what I think a Virtual Assistant should do if a new client wanted her to sign a confidentiality agreement about his intellectual property. The VA was disinclined to do it because she 1) thought the client should trust her, and 2) because this particular confidentiality agreement spelled out, very specifically, an exorbitant amount of money she''d be responsible to pay him if she spilled the proverbial beans.

2015 152

A Balanced Life and Work

Simple Productivity Blog

Today we''re going to look at "work some" in the context of living a productive and balanced life. The post A Balanced Life and Work appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2015 170

I Know It’s Boring But It’s Important

Office Organization Success

How many of you track your business stats each week? I’m guessing not many! I know it’s not the most exciting thing to do, but it’s so critical to your business success. I actually do mine each Monday morning – I have it scheduled in my calendar, and it honestly doesn’t take that long to do. Having vital business statistics available at your fingertips is so important when it comes to managing your business, especially when it comes to product or program launches.

2015 149

Same Day Delivery and the Uberfication of Logistics

Small Business Labs

Seems like everyone is getting into logistics. Same day delivery services are being offered by Amazon , Ebay  and Google  in a variety of geographies.    In addition to Internet companies, traditional retailers are also starting to offer same day delivery, with  Macy's  and  Ace Hardware  as diverse examples. Even  the U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with same day delivery.

2015 160

5 Ways to Calm Down Before You Shoot Ballistic Missiles at Everyone

Dumb Little Man

I came across the term “Ice Glass Method” while reading the wonderful book “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely. It is used for control the craving for excess shopping. In this method, the person has to put the credit card in a glass of water and then place it in the freezer. When there will be hunger for spending money, the person has to wait for the ice to melt. Till the ice melts, the shopaholic spirit within that person vanishes.

2015 188

Confidence is key for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Having low self-esteem or confidence issues can be a real challenge in life, particularly in the office and particularly for assistants. We have a difficult job and if we are unable to stand up for ourselves this makes the role a lot harder. It can lead to feeling unchallenged, unappreciated and more importantly managed ineffectively by your Executive. Although not all of us are blessed with unwavering self-confidence (I certainly am not!)