February, 2016

8 Tips To Make Better Decisions in Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Making a Better Decision in your Life is something that each & every one of us comes across in our daily lives. Starting right from when we wake up in the morning and take a look at the time on the alarm clock, is when we start making our day’s first decision like, Should I get out of the bed now? Will I be late for class or work if I sleep a little longer?

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40 PowerPoint hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Here is the next blog post in my series of tech hacks for assistants. Yup, we are looking at PowerPoint today. I LOVE PowerPoint. There are so many wonderful things you can do with PowerPoint and the software really does allow you to be incredibly creative. As most of you will be asked to put together a slide deck for your Executives it is important that you are pretty confident on PowerPoint – hopefully these hacks will help.

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3 Simple and Low Cost Marketing Ideas to Create Visibility

Office Organization Success

When it comes to building your list, it is not a one-and-done activity. Marketing your business is one of the biggest challenges for any solopreneur – it’s a task we all find quite daunting, and are simply overwhelmed by all the information that’s available. However, list building is something that should be happening year-round in your business via a mix of online and offline marketing strategies.

2016 146

Interesting Academic Paper Deep Dives on Coworking

Small Business Labs

You rarely sees the words "interesting" and "academic paper" in the same sentence. But despite its title, Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview  is one of the best and most interesting articles I've read on coworking.    Key quote from the paper's abstract on what it covers: It argues that coworking is a complex social phenomenon that can be differentiated from other spatial concepts that relate to work, learning and social interactions.

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Refusing Rush Work Improves Well-Being

Virtual Moxie

Anastasia wrote to ask about charging rush fees. “I I haven't charged it before but just got a new client with whom I feel it would be very appropriate. But I am not sure what's the best way to do it - flat fee, or raising the hourly fee or something else, and what's a reasonable percentage.” Oooo.unfortunately, I don’t actually have an answer to the question you posed because I don’t support VAs doing “rush” work.

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How Eco-Friendly is your Furniture?

Eco-Office Gals

This probably isn’t a question that you ask yourself often, but: just how eco-friendly is your furniture? As a matter of fact, what is eco-friendly furniture anyway? In the simplest possible terms, eco-friendly furniture is furniture that is created in a manner that has minimum negative impact on the environment. For example, where wood is used, it has to come from renewable sources, and any chemicals used in the process do not pollute or otherwise harm the environment.

2016 109

How to Look Your Best Without Changing Your Eating, Sleeping or Lifestyle Habits

Dumb Little Man

It’s the one comment that we all hate hearing: “You look tired today.” These four little words can swiftly and deftly demolish your self-confidence, especially when you’re not actually tired. They can make you think you need to make dramatic lifestyle changes, because if what you’re doing makes you look like a zombie, it can’t be fine, can it?

2016 159

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Office Organization Success

As exciting as working from home can be when you first start out, after a while it can become very isolating. Even though I’ve been doing this for over 14 years, there have been times where I’d wished for the office environment again just so that I can be with people and have face-to-face conversations. Over the years I’ve developed some tricks and strategies to help combat the isolation that we can sometimes feel: 1. Get dressed for work every day.

2016 126

Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

Small Business Labs

CB Insights The United States Of Startups: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startup In Every US State  illustrates that there are tech companies all across America. The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the most money by state. In addition to pointing out there are tech companies everywhere in the U.S., the article also shows how quickly things move.

2016 116

You're Not Mother of the Universe

Virtual Moxie

Two weeks ago, I answered a question Anastasia posed about charging for "rush" work. As a follow-up to my response, she sent me this: "The situation I found myself in is when a new potential client contacted me and she turned out to be a really nice lady who was working with someone else and it didn't work out and she needed someone urgently to help her (with a potential for a long term relationship). .

2016 116

There’s Beauty In A Healthy Heart

Office Dynamics

“You’re heart looks beautiful. The valves look great and everything is functioning exactly as it should.” ” These were the magnificent words I heard from my cardiologist on February 3, 2016 when I had gone for my 5 month follow-up visit after having open heart surgery August 14, 2015. Yes, I said open heart surgery! This was necessary surgery to repair a Mitral Valve Prolapse that had worsened.

2016 149

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Reach Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

No matter how big or small your goals are, they are very important, since achieving them can bring you closer to what you want to have in your life. Therefore, it is imperative that we find ways to obtain that inner energy, which can keep us going; and, such energy can be derived from motivating ourselves. Staying motivated help us in accomplishing goals, whether we like the activities involved in them or not.

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A day in the life: Katrina Wardell, EA at Dropbox

Practically Perfect PA

I’m originally from San Diego, California, but I have been living in Dublin, Ireland for the past six years. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Mills College in International Politics & Economics and a Master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Development. Before Dropbox, I worked for a tech start-up and was the executive assistant (EA) to the CEO of an aircraft leasing firm. What are the main aspects of your role?

List Building Teleclass

Office Organization Success

List building! It’s something we, as business owners, obsess over. It doesn’t matter whether your list is on a hand-written piece of paper with all of your contacts & colleagues information on it. Or it’s something more advanced, such as part of an automated online marketing system.

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Landlords Rolling out the Red Carpet for Dogs

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends here at Small Business Labs. The New York Times article Pet Amenities for New York's Lucky Dogs covers how NY landlords and developers are adding pet friendly amenities "to entice renters and buyers devoted to the four-legged members of their families." " One of the leaders in dog friendly housing is Related , which has rolled out a concept they call Dog City to several of their housing developments. 

2016 109

Watch the Courageous Living Replay!

Virtual Moxie

Apologies if you're seeing this twice; for some reason, technology failed me and sent out the post in draft over the weekend. But here it is again, complete, this time. :) Last week, I had the best time being interviewed by M. Shannon Hernandez for her Courageous Living show and thought that some of what we discussed may be applicable to your life and work.

2016 116

3 Keys to Getting a Job When You're Overqualified

On The Job

When you're out of work, it's tempting to apply for anything just to be able to get a job and pay your bills. But when you apply for jobs where employers believe you are overqualified, you greatly diminish your chances of getting a call for an interview. The reason is because the employer looks at your experience and job titles and says, "Whoa. I can't begin to pay this person what she was making in those other jobs. This person must be desperate, and will leave when a better job comes along."

2016 149

8 Principles to Manage Emails in No Time

Dumb Little Man

How much time do you spend checking emails? If you answered “a lot”, you’re almost right. On average, we spend 2.5 hours a day in our inbox every day. Assuming we don’t check emails during the weekend…THAT’S STILL OVER 28 DAYS A YEAR. It’s like spending an entire month in your inbox without ever stopping to eat, sleep, or take a break. That is A LOT.

2016 159

A staff away day that worked

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us will have no doubt at some level been involved in the Staff Away. Love it or loath it, they are events that we need to support. I’ve actually in the past run the entire event and it is such a large challenge. So when I came across this example of a Staff Away Day that Gallus Events ran I had to share it. It is a wonderful case study; if only all of our Staff Away Days’ could be so useful! Initially the organisation was not sure at all about running an away day.

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It’s Healthy to Have High Self-Esteem

Office Dynamics

Love yourself. In honor of the month of love, I am going to offer some great info I wrote a few years ago with my BIG Life project. People often describe their self-esteem like a thermometer. It goes up and down. If someone is complimenting them or they have done a good job, they have high self-esteem. But if someone belittles them or their work, they tend to have low self-esteem. I especially find this an interesting topic with women.

The On-Demand Economy Coming to Many Professions

Small Business Labs

Work intermediation platform expert Andrew Karpie has a series he calls the WIP of the week.    Regular readers know Small Business Labs is G Rated, so no worries - Andrew's articles are not on that kind of whip.

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Unexpected Events Help You Create Stronger Standards

Virtual Moxie

As you’ve undoubtedly heard me say, I believe that a person’s standards can always be higher. Even when a person believes she has things nailed, something will come along—a situation she couldn’t have seen before, an experience that wakes her up to something she was asleep to, a challenge she faces and learns from, just to name a few possibilities—that show her that the standard she had simply no longer serves her and needs to be higher, or stronger.

2016 109

5 Words That Limit Your Career Success

On The Job

There's a lot of things that challenge me in life and in my work. I cannot flip a pancake without making a mess. I get lost in new places -- even with a map. I find it difficult to focus on work when I know the St. Louis Cardinals are playing. That's why it would be easy for me to say: I'm not a good cook. I panic in new places. I can't focus on work. Those are pretty drastic statements when you think about it. With more practice, I can get better at flipping pancakes.

2016 146

30 Inspiring Quotes By Rumi

Dumb Little Man

Rumi, also known as Mawlānā, is one of the world’s greatest poets of all time. Born in the city of Balkh, located in Northern Afghanistan, this mystical man was heavily influenced by Sufism and had a deep love for humanity. Throughout the centuries, his poems and quotes have sang to the hearts and souls of millions and millions of people…inspiring greater love, faith, comedy and humanity in the world. Here are 30 of Rumi’s most inspiring quotes.

2016 159

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – Edinburgh

Practically Perfect PA

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society are Golf’s great wanderers. The fourth oldest Golf Society in the world their Society dates back to 1761. The society originally played in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle before moving twice along the Edinburgh coast during the 1800s before settling (and I would imagine for good this time) on the very edge of Edinburgh looking over the Forth river to the rolling hills in Fife. A perfect location for a corporate Golf Day.

2016 130

Why Your Website Needs to Get Active

Tips From T. Marie

We are a month into the New Year which is about the time the local gyms stop being quite as packed with resolution makers. By this time next month, the elliptical machines and treadmills will once again be available to the ‘regulars’ who frequent the gym regularly. We all know we should be exercising regularly, but the failure rate of resolutions is proof that trying to force ourselves into a healthier activity level seldom works.

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The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week Intuit released The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy , which covers 5 common profiles of on-demand workers. This is a follow on report to their On-Demand Workforce report from several weeks ago, which covers the motivations, attitudes and demographics of those working via on-demand economy (ODE) work intermediation platforms such as Uber, Upwork, Fiverr, etc.

2016 109

Make Time for Your Mail

Clutter Coach

by Last week, I wrote about setting up a way to sort your incoming mail. That’s step one of handling the mail. It paves the way for the more important step of doing something with all that mail. This means getting it to its final destination rather than letting it stack up on the counter or in lovely labeled file folders. The biggest mistake I see people make with mail is that they open it, glance at the contents, then set it down again “for later.”

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Flint Water Crisis – Business Impact and Mitigation

Eco-Office Gals

To many, the water crisis that is currently afflicting the residents of Flint, Michigan is nothing short of shocking. Surely such disasters are few and far between in the western world, where the resources and the technical expertise to prevent the collapse of a life-giving systems are in reassuringly abundant supply.

2016 100

Must-have apps for women who love to travel alone

Dumb Little Man

According to surveys, in today’s modern corporate world, women are proving to be more adaptive in nature than men. They are open to frequent business travels, are able to manage both house and job and are super efficient when it comes to multitasking.

2016 159

A team away day with a difference

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us are often asked to find venues for team days or to organise corporate events. Sometimes these tasks can give us sleepless nights! Waitrose can offer a venue with a difference, at one of their three Cookery Schools. So, if you are planning a team day, looking for a venue for a private function or corporate event, then why not consider hiring one of the schools? Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like eating and drinking!

2016 109

Moving from the City to the Country: 5 Big Changes You Will Have to Deal With

Productivity Bits

Moving from one site to another is a sane business strategy. These days many business owners and managers are taking the bold decision to move out of the crowded city centers into a more rural environment. This brave decision may well have been powered by the desire to work in country setting and will obviously have major implications when it comes to cutting costs.

2016 100

Virtual Reality Hype Hits New Highs

Small Business Labs

We too believe virtual reality is going to be big - eventually. But the hype around virtual reality seems to be getting ahead of the actual reality these days. A big driver of the excitement around VR is Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. It has gone on pre-sale with a ship date of the end of March. The price is $600, leading some to wonder if this is too high for the product to be successful. 

2016 109

Information Overload? Stop Moving

Clutter Coach

by I had the pleasure of hearing the charming and witty Karen Salmansohn speak the other night at the Ladies Who Launch monthly meeting. She's promoting her new book, The Bounce Back Book , about "how to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, losses, failures, illness, rejection – you name it." " Karen has a clever way with words. She likened having a case of information overload to being stuck in a snowglobe.

2016 100

What do Do If You Love Your Job But Hate Your Boss

On The Job

When you love your job, but hate your boss, it can be tough. While you may look forward to doing your job every day, the thought of dealing with your boss is enough to make your morning latte curdle in your stomach. It's often said that people don't leave jobs -- they leave bosses. That's certainly true when the the boss is an idiot, a jerk and a moron. But what if you don't want to leave because you like the work, your colleagues -- even the customers? Can you stick it out?

2016 133

3 Selfish Rules That Will Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

From a young age we are being taught to be selfless. To consider the feelings of the people around us and put them before our own. Selfless people are likeable, always nice to be around and they just make our lives a little bit easier. But are they happy? Some of them certainly are. I am not saying there is no happiness to be found in helping others. Especially the people that are close to your heart deserve to be treated the best way possible.

2016 159

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Assist Conference winner…

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who entered the Assist Conference giveaway! I can now announce the winner … drum roll please… is: Cheryl Bennett. Congratulations…! We will contact you to get your details and we will see you at the Assist Conference! We had over 260 assistants enter the competition this year. Unfortunately we can only pick one winner but there are still a small number of places available for the conference. Please do visit the Assist Conference website to register.

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