August, 2016

Coworking Forecast - 26,000 Spaces and 3.8 Million Members by 2020

Small Business Labs

Coworking is booming. The industry is growing and hybridizing so fast , we're having a hard time keeping up with it.    We recently released our 2016 coworking forecast and we are projecting continued rapid growth over the next 4 years, although at a slower rate than the industry's current dizzying pace.    As the chart below shows, we expect the number of global coworking spaces will grow from a bit over 11,000 this year to just over 26,000 in 2020.

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Tech of the week: Packing Pro

Practically Perfect PA

What is Packing Pro. Packing Pro is, very simply, an app that helps you pack for your next trip. It is £2.29 from the Apple Store. What does it do? Users can pick either sample lists, or use the Expert list-making tool to automatically customise their own lists based on the number of adults (males & females), children & days, as well as temperature, destination, food prep & clothes washing preferences. Search or pick from over 800 items in the huge, built-in Master Catalogue.

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4 Simple “Set It and Forget It” List Building Strategies

Office Organization Success

There are many, many ways to build your build list. But the best list building strategies are the ones you don’t have to think about! These become the mainstay of your List Building System. Set them up once and they continue to work for you again and again. Having a list of interested potential clients, who want to know more about you and your services, will provide you with a long-term, successful, business. And guess what?

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5 Olympic Training Secrets That Will Make It Impossible For Your Competitors To Keep Up With You

Dumb Little Man

Olympic athletes inspire and awe us. They are the greatest athletes in the world. And every four years they get together to put their lives’ work on display for all of us to see at the Olympic Games. And even if sometimes we feel like couch potatoes who can’t walk down the block without breathing heavy, there is much we can learn from these amazing athletes that we can apply to becoming top performers in our careers.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills

Office Dynamics

Organization skills is the one thing most successful business owners have in common. Without the ability to organize your work and your resources, you could be twisting in the wind in no time. You may have been able to muddle along back in the day, but in today’s competitive environment, you need to work any advantage to your favor. Fortunately, there are at least 9 ways to improve your organization skills without too much effort on your part. Be proactive.

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Why a Combined Heat & Power System is the green way to go

Eco-Office Gals

A whole range of greener sources of energy have come to the surface and continue to do so as the topic of global warming continues to dominate the global conversation. There has been a much greater focus on greener initiatives, and it’s great to see people actively improving efforts to save on waste and energy. Combined heat and power is one of those systems that aims to keep waste and energy at a minimum, and is one of the greenest co-generation processes.

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The Growing Role of Small Business Coaches

Small Business Labs

We recently conducted a study in partnership with the sales and marketing automation company  Infusionsoft on  how small businesses define and achieve success. We were surprised by one of the findings. This is the extent to which successful small businesses are using coaches. We didn't set out to study this topic. We didn't even have questions on the use of coaches in our interview guide.

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Tips From T. Marie

The Following is a Guest Post By: Sydnee Yates is a content writer for PDF Supply. She studied Literature (with a specialization in creative writing) in undergraduate school. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Since graduating in 2015, she has been working on finishing her memoir, which she hopes to publish soon and has now found a passion in blog writing.

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6 Tai Chi Benefits That Will Surprise You

Dumb Little Man

Tai Chi or rather “Tai Chi Chuan” is an ancient martial art from China which spread like wildfire in China when people realised the powerful health benefits it delivered. Today, research is supporting what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries- Tai Chi practice delivers fantastic results. So just what are these cool, calm and collected Tai Chi peeps getting from their practice? Some of the answers might surprise you! Let’s take a look at these tai-chi benefits. 1) Tai Chi Grows Your Brain.

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Thinking Like Leonardo da Vinci Webinar Replay

Office Dynamics

A free webinar replay is now available. This week we spoke with Lisa Olsen. Our “ Thinking Like Leonardo da Vinci ” webinar replay is now available. Please feel free to view, share and view again! Apply the strategies of one of the world’s most revolutionary thinkers to solve complex problems and ignite your creativity in the workplace. As an attendee, you will learn…. A brief introduction to the 7 “da Vincian” principles.

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Podcast 020: Back to school paper management

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to handle that blizzard of paper your kids bring home from school everyday. Here are some highlights: Where should I keep school papers? How do I deal with this huge quantity of art my kids bring home? What’s the important stuff to keep? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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One Week in the Coworking Boom

Small Business Labs

We've gotten a lot questions about our recently released coworking forecast. While many think the forecast is too conservative and that coworking is growing faster, others wonder if we aren't too optimistic and if our forecast should be lower. We readily admit this is a tough industry to forecast. But it's also clearly growing really, really fast. For example, we took a look at just news from the past week on coworking space openings in the U.S. and Canada.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: 10 Assist Travel tickets!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Travo , we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering ten lucky readers the chance to attend Assist Travel for free. Yes, that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free! The conference is taking place on Friday 9th September in London. More information on the programme and the speakers can be found on the Assist Travel website.

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Surprise! Your Customer Service Ain’t All That.

Tips From T. Marie

A recent article on Small Business Trends explains that although you may believe you and your business are providing excellent customer service, chances are your customers/clients aren’t exactly on the same page. In fact, when GetFiveStars.com founder Mike Blumenthal conducted a survey, although business owners themselves believed that 75% of customers were experiencing excellent customer service, the customers themselves had something else to say.

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10 Habits of Successful People

Dumb Little Man

Want to know the habits of successful people ? Being successful in life is every individual’s dream. We set up our goal and that where the journey to success begins. However, only a few reach the destination and many fail. And it’s not always a matter of resources or extreme talents either. Many common personalities have found success without any extraordinary talents and handful of resources.

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8 Tips To Help You Deal With Conflict Better

Office Dynamics

How do you deal with conflict? Are you a person who holds onto everything or do you let your anger out? Conflict affects our attitude, which impacts our ability to be productive. Conflict is destructive if not positively handled. It damages peace and orderliness within us as relationships are broken. Our ability to trust people is hindered, and we pull away rather than build relationships. C = closed-minded. O = opinionated. N = negative attitude. F = frequent frustrations. L = low self-esteem.

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Podcast 019: The best way to purge your email inbox

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about some simple ways to keep your email inbox from getting completely out of control. Here are some highlights: There’s plenty of space. Why should I purge email? What about the ones I need to refer back to? It’s too time consuming to decide what to purge! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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The Rise of Employee Free Businesses

Small Business Labs

It used to be hiring employees was the goal of almost all small business owners. This is no longer true.    As the Your Story article Running an employee-free business without compromising on scale and quality  points out, you no longer need traditional employees to start and scale a small business. 

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How important is office culture?

Practically Perfect PA

Our lovely friends over at Career Moves recently conducted a survey to find out how important salary is when looking for a new role. You will be surprised by the results. Here is Sarah with more details… Do we just want a good salary? The Career Moves Office Support team recently sent out a Salary and Insights Survey, which produced some surprising results.

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Top 6 Sources to Draw Motivation From

Productivity Bits

O btaining motivation to work on projects can be very difficult to achieve. Additionally, it can be quite difficult to organize your schedule in a way that promotes success. When trying to approach projects both in life and at home, it is important to draw your motivation from many sources in order to complete your projects effectively and punctually.

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7 Reasons To Start Reading Books? Here’s why!

Dumb Little Man

Ask a voracious reader why he or she makes time out of their busy schedule for reading a book. Have you ever wondered why they even read books? What’s the importance of reading books for these bibliophiles? What makes those pages attractive to them? You can’t truly experience this feeling unless you have found the right book for you. But if you are a beginner, here’s why reading books is an awesome thing. Reliable knowledge base.

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The Best Choice for Pots and Pans

Professional Assistant Blog

High-quality cookware has always been the heart of all serious cooks. You require a variety of pans and pots to make time in the kitchen easy and enjoyable. Expensive does not always mean the best as some companies sell their brand rather than quality. This does not tend to mean that cheap cookware have better quality compared to the expensive ones. As they say, sometimes cheap tends to be expensive.

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Podcast 018: Your home office doesn’t have to be an “office”

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how everyone needs an office of some kind to stay organized, but it doesn’t have to be what you think. Here are some highlights: I have an office that I never use. What do I need for my office? Why is having an office important? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Staffing Industry Research Firm Says There are 44 Million Gig Workers

Small Business Labs

The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)  recently released a study showing that nearly  30% of the U.S. workforce are gig workers. This works out to be about 44 million Americans. They also found that contingent workers represented $792.4 billion in staffing buyer spend. That's a lot of money and you can see why corporations are trying to better manage this spend. SIA is an analyst firm that provides advisory services on contingent staffing and workforce solutions.

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to San Francisco

Practically Perfect PA

San Francisco is a magical cosmopolitan city; known popularly as the city by the bay, it has evoked songs, poems and popular sayings. Rich in cultural attractions, it is both liberal bastion and commercial hub with tech-hot Silicon Valley reaching north and embracing the city with global headquarter giants like Twitter, Pinterest, and SalesForce. Think Napa Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, North Beach, Alcatraz and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. You need to plan ahead!

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5 Helpful Ways to Deal With a Person’s Bad Attitude

Office Dynamics

Recently, I was conducting a full-day workshop for administrative professionals at a large organization. I was purposely brought in to help these assistants manage change, build strategic partnerships with their managers, learn how to be more proactive, and build peer synergy. This was a mandatory training event and sometimes when employees are told they must attend training, they get a little defensive.

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16 Easy and Effective Morning Mood Boosters for Non-Morning Person

Dumb Little Man

If you are not a morning person, you’d agree that there is no better time for you to murder someone than in the morning when they force you to wake up. That feeling when you are roughly ripped from your unconsciousness, either by screaming alarm, violent shake, or glaring sunlight is painful and disorienting. You never get used to it even after a whole lifetime of practice. It turns you into a cranky and dissatisfied individual – not a very attractive nor appealing individual, by the way.

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2 Words to Help You Retain, Recruit the Best Workers

On The Job

It can be frustrating as a manager when your best talent walks out the door and you're forced to begin looking for someone to replace him or her. It also can be expensive -- the Society for Human Resource Management estimates the average cost-per-hire is $4,100 and it takes 42 days to fill a position.

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Podcast 017: Make it less boring

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how organizing tasks can be a lot more fun when you have bright colors and cool supplies. Here are some highlights: What is up with those army green folders? Where can I get cool stuff? What are the benefits of using fun supplies? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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The World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016

Small Business Labs

I'm a bit behind on my reading. So I just got to the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016 list , which was released in June.    Nanotech plays a big role in the list with 3 (assuming you include "organs-on-chips" in nano). Health/bio related also come in with 3. There are 2 power related and 2 IT related (3, if you include autonomous vehicles in IT).    The 10 are: 1. Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings.

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Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

Practically Perfect PA

So as most of you know, I’ve lived in Barcelona on and off for a few years now. It is a brilliant city and with more and more people coming here for business trips I thought now would be a good time to share with you my top tips for organising business travel to Barcelona. The format of this blog post is slightly different as I have recorded my top tips via video !

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Two Things You Need for Career Success

Office Dynamics

I had the fortunate opportunity last week to be a part of an incredible graduation and celebration for 39 administrative professionals graduating from our Star Achievement Series® who embarked upon this journey that started 3 years ago. Yes, I said 3 years. I was so impressed with these individuals who took 96 hours of training consisting of 3 levels of learning over a 3 year period. Talk about commitment, dedication, staying power, and determination—this group exemplifies all those qualities.

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5 Business Books Recommended By Top Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? A good idea? A great team? Or none of the above? One thing successful entrepreneurs all have in common is that they read. In case you’re looking for a great place to start, here are the 5 most recommended business books by today’s entrepreneurs as well as the best tips you can learn from each of them. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries. Traditional management consists of developing a strategy and overseeing the people executing it.

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Study: Workplace Incivility is Contagious

On The Job

Every workplace has at least one -- that snarky employee who is rude and has a ready put-down for any colleague unlucky enough to interact with him or her. But a new study shows that such an employee may be much more than just an annoyance -- he or she can become like a bad flu virus and begin infecting others with incivility. The result can be a work environment that saps the energy of workers and affects their productivity.

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Podcast 016: One in box to rule them all

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how anyone who has paper in their life needs an inbox. Here are some highlights: Do I have to use an ugly office inbox? What do I put in there? How long can I leave paper in there? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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For Many Boomers, Work is the New Retirement

Small Business Labs

Transamerica's Center for Retirement Studies recently released the results from their 17th annual U.S. retirement survey.    As with prior years, it's full of interesting data on the retirement preparations and plans of Americans of all ages.    Most interesting to us is their section on Baby Boomers. This group is currently entering retirement age in large numbers (roughly 10,000 turn 65 every day) and the oldest members turn 70 this year.

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Tech of the week: Seat Guru

Practically Perfect PA

What is Seat Guru. In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler launched SeatGuru.com with a single colour-coded interactive airplane seating chart. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travellers. In 2007, SeatGuru was purchased by TripAdvisor , and they now have seating charts for practically every airline. Seat Guru is a website and you can also download their app.

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