August, 2012

Six Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress Levels

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel stressed? It’s a silly question, I know! Modern life brings so many worries and anxieties that you probably feel stressed at least occasionally … and perhaps a lot more often than that. Whether you’re facing a demanding boss, a difficult colleague, a mountain of debt, a rebellious teen, or a computer that’s crashed and taken all your files with it, stress often seems like an inevitable part of modern life.

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5 Strategies for a Super Follow Up System

Office Organization Success

Having a super-duper follow-up system in place is a critical, if not the critical, system you need to grow and build your business. Let me ask you…. When you have a client consultation and you ask the client to work with you, and they say something like: I need to think about it; Not yet; Can I get back to you? What system do you have in place to follow-up with them and turn them into a paying client?

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Gen Y Delaying Adulthood

Small Business Labs

Those old enough to remember Alice Cooper will also remember his song Eighteen.  Released in 1970, it's about the confusing yet hopeful period of life when you realize you're becoming an adult.   If Alice wrote the song today, he would likely title it Twenty-Eight , or at least that's what the results of Clarke University's poll of emerging adults indicates.

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Quiz: Are You a Team Player?

Eat Your Career

Let’s face it: Everyone wants to be a team player. And most people think they are. But we know that’s not true. Some people are so consumed with their own work; they forget to support their team—or they flat out don’t care. It isn’t always easy to be a part of a team. In fact, it’s sometimes a real pain! But it’s an absolute necessity in the workplace. You simply have to be willing to collaborate and pitch in when needed in order to achieve success.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased. London is really busy at the moment but the place is buzzing and I think the city is looking pretty hot right now!

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Update & Giveaway: #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I have exciting news to go with my update this week. As you know I have been doing the Cinch Program for the past 2 months and I’ve slowly dropped my weight and inches, with little effort on my part. I can only imagine the results if I could get out of this computer chair once in a while! Here are the latest updates: Measurements: Weight: I’m about out of meal bars for NEXT month, they’re just the easiest option when you’re running errands, out of Silk, or just being lazy.

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I’m Sorry—My Crystal Ball’s Cloudy

Virtual Moxie

"How long will it take you to do my ezine?” “How How many ARs can you set up in an hour?”. How much time will it take you to do these 27 things?”. Have you ever been asked a question like this by a client or prospect? If not, you’re a lucky one. Questions like this seem to spew forth from the lips of clients often--clients who seem perfectly intelligent, and yet ask what sound like really stupid questions. I get them, too, in the context of the consulting I do with authors.

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Book Review: Running a Food Truck for Dummies

Small Business Labs

A good sign that a trend is reaching the mainstream is the publication of a Dummies book on the topic. So it comes as no surprise to those following the food truck industry that Running a Food Truck for Dummies was recently released. The guide is written Richard Myrick, a great choice to author this book.  He's an expert on food trucks and the editor and founder of Mobile Cuisine , an online website covering the mobile food industry.

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Quiz: Are You a Professional Communicator?

Eat Your Career

Communicating professionally is an essential part of workplace etiquette. It can be difficult to keep your emotions in check , especially when things are busy and stressful. But how you communicate with co-workers and superiors can truly make or break your career. Are you communicating professionally? Take this quiz and find out! Download the PDF version here >> Instructions. Review the following statements and pick the answer that describes you best.

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How to Handle Your Career Stress

On The Job

Five years ago you may have laughed if someone told you that you would not only take on twice your current workload, but be happy about it – and be willing to take a pay cut. Or, you may have thought someone was pulling your leg to tell you that your Ivy League education would net you a 20-hour-a-week temp job with no benefits and have you living at home with your parents. The world we envisioned before the Great Recession may be quite different than the existence we have today.

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4 Simple Ways to Make my e-commerce Website more Eco-friendly

Eco-Office Gals

With the digital revolution in full swing, internet retailing has become the business of choice for many entrepreneurs. Amazon, eBay and ASOS are a few of the leading names in the industry, and with the low start-up costs and overheads, it is something that everyone should consider. By sharing some creative ideas to make running your e-business greener, I can help you become a super player in the industry without destroying world.

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Moxie Tip 232: Listen

Virtual Moxie

Things show up in our lives first as Messages. These are the gentle rumblings inside which make us uneasy, or give us a sudden flash of intuition that something just isn't right. Be sure to listen to them when you hear them the first time. If you don't, they come back even more loudly and annoyingly. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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Keeping Things Picked Up With A Hostage Box

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ll start by saying this isn’t my idea. I saw a picture of something similar on Facebook and decided that I needed to give it a try. A hostage box is a place where we put all the things that were left out, and they can only be redeemed by doing a chore. The purpose behind this is to get people in the habit of putting stuff away after it has been used. My daughter, and to a certain extent myself, have a habit of not putting things away.

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More on the Decline of Marriage

Small Business Labs

CNN has an interesting article on the jobs recovery favoring singles. When you look a little deeper at their data, it becomes clear what really is going on is younger people are delaying or choosing not to get married. This  This results in the number of single adults growing much more rapidly than married adults.  Key quote: " the single population is growing at more than double the speed of the married population.

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Finding the Right Clients Starts With Knowing Where To Look

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Some years ago (for those of us “seasoned” enough to remember), there was a very popular country song entitled, “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” It was quite a catchy little tune, and it came to mind as I began today’s article. Do you ever feel like you’ve been looking for clients the same way? Indeed, finding the right clients can be a challenge.

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Can Your Career Survive a Political Discussion?

On The Job

I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people didn't talk about politics. Of course, my jobs have always involved the news business, so that's pretty natural. But I know that for some people, discussing politics at work can be uncomfortable. Still, is there any way to avoid it? Check out this column I recently did for Gannett/USAToday. Most of us know that it's best to stay away from discussions about politics and religion at work.

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#Cinchspiration Week #5-6

Eco-Office Gals

I didn’t drop off the face of the earth dear readers. I’ve just been beating myself up inside and I struggle when it comes to sharing the ugly truth. I haven’t done well lately, and I have no one to blame but myself! Life has been one hurdle after the other and I’m just eating my way through it I guess. I’m not going whine or cry, I’m just going to try to get back on track. I’m up at 200.08 and as you can see my measurements popped up a little, too.

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How Transparent Should I Be With Clients?

Virtual Moxie

One of the participants of our Virtual Mentoring Program asked, “I don’t really understand the topic of transparency as it pertains to my relationships with clients. How much is enough, and where’s the line where it becomes too much?”. Transparency with clients is all about what to share and what to not share--what's appropriate and what's better left unsaid. All of us, to greater or lesser extent, were taught social and appropriateness skills as children.

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The Secret To Being Happy

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. In this post I want to ask you two key questions: Are you being yourself around people? Are you happy with your life?

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Coworking Facilities as Mini-Industrial Clusters

Small Business Labs

We've noticed that a growing number of coworking facilities are starting to look and act like mini-industrial clusters. Industrial clusters are geographic concentrations of firms that broadly serve the same industry and have common needs for talent, technology and business infrastructure.  Firms within a cluster may be competitive or cooperative and are often reliant on other firms in the cluster as suppliers and/or customers.   Some of the best known large U.S.

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Tea Maid

Practically Perfect PA

If there is one thing people know about me it is that I love a good cup of tea, I am English after all! I plan my tea breaks at work so that I get a chance to step away from my desk and, you know, load up on some caffeine while having a small amount of ‘me’ time. I worked at a few different places before I moved into an assistant role and I always made my own tea or coffee and because of this I never really made drinks for anyone else, call me selfish or fussy but that was the way it was.

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Have Laptop Will Travel!

Office Organization Success

I’m sat writing this week’s ezine from the boot of my car!! George had a soccer practice out of town and it just wasn’t worth me driving back home again. So, I packed up my laptop and MiFi and off we went! This week I also held a Business Planning Intensive with a fabulous client. We went through her entire Client Consultation process and then put in place some simple strategies for her follow-up system.

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Quiz: Are You Committed to Your Own Professional Development?

Eat Your Career

s easy to get so absorbed in our day-to-day activities that we forget to focus on our own professional growth and development. But this is such an important part of creating a satisfying career! After all, there?s s nothing worse than feeling stagnant or stuck in a dead-end job. Professional development means advancement, learning new things and exploring new career paths. It takes real effort though. You have to keep your eyes open for opportunities and jump on them when they arise.

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Listening With Heart

Virtual Moxie

Here’s a story: There once was a little girl who wanted to talk with her father when he got home from work. She loved waiting for him to arrive so she could tell him all about her day. But each night he would sit in his chair, and read his paper while she talked to him -- muttering the occasional "uh huh" along the way, and managing to smile or chuckle at appropriate moments.

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Easy Ways To Clean The Shower

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. When my husband took over the housework, I stopped cleaning. Which got me out of a lot of work, but I realized about six months later that he was missing chores. Like cleaning the shower, for one. And by the time I realized it, it had become a big job.

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Lack of Time and the Rise of Personal Services

Small Business Labs

We've long been fascinated by the growing number of small personal services firms.  These are firms that provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained and often affluent consumers. Basically, these folks are paid to do things that in the past we used to do on our own, or did without. This category includes traditional personal services like gardening, house cleaning and pool cleaning.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased. London is really busy at the moment but the place is buzzing and I think the city is looking pretty hot right now!

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Quick Productivity Tip: Gmail Email Templates

Office Organization Success

Save time with email templates! For repetitive emails creating an email template can be a huge timesaver and you can tweak and personalize it as needed. In Gmail, click on settings, then click on Labs, scroll down until you find the Canned Responses Lab and enable it. Voila! Quick Biz Tip

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Writer's Block Stinks: 4 Steps for When Your Get-Up-And-Go Has Gone-Up-And-Went

Stephanie LH Calahan

In the last few weeks I have had a number of clients share their frusteration with writer's block.    Interestingly enough, I found myself in a similar slump!    Today, I am taking a stand to fight against writer's block and I'll share the techniques I'm using to do that.    What are your tricks? 1 - Come Clean About Your Writer's Block. Normally, creating content is something that is amazingly easy for me. 

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Moxie Tip 215: Yes and No

Virtual Moxie

Saying no to what doesn’t fit for you is one of the absolute best ways to give yourself time, space, and energy for whatever matters more/most (the art of saying "no" to make it possible to say "yes"). There’s nothing quite like being so clear on what’s good and right for you that it’s easy to say no to everything else. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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Contest: Win Accomplist!

Simple Productivity Blog

I am very pleased to announce that Appsolutlee, the makers of Accomplist , are going to give the readers of SimpleProductivityBlog two chances to win copies of the Accomplist software for iOS. If you wish to enter, please leave a comment on this post with your biggest productivity problem. The contest will run from 5:30 AM EDT on 17 August 2012, to 5:30 PM EDT 23 August 2012. Two winners will be selected by random number from the comments and notified by email.

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Non-Profits vs. For-Profits for Social Change

Small Business Labs

Rieva Lesonsky's ReadWriteWeb article  Why Starting a Non-Profit to Create Social Change is a Bad Idea  covers the various for-profit organizational options available to social entrepreneurs.

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What do our clothes say about us?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week on the blog I wrote about how to dress down for work without looking unprofessional, particularly when the company allows for casual Friday. I received feedback that suggested a lot of companies have stopped casual Friday for one reason or another. It would seem that professional and smart attire is back in fashion. This pleases me because I always like to dress up for work.

Career Lessons from ABBA

Eat Your Career

Those of you who don’t currently subscribe to my enewsletter might not know this, but I recently celebrated a birthday of undisclosed number. Side note: WHY are you not getting my newsletter?? Sign up here! ). As part of the festivities, I attended an ABBA concert at perhaps one of the world’s most beautiful venues— Red Rocks Amphitheater here in the Denver area. That’s right. Dancing Queen. Mama Mia. FERNANDO. What could be better? Now, technically, this wasn’t the real ABBA.

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How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs frequently ask me questions about virtual assistants. I turned to Amy Wright, CEO of AmyWright.biz for answers. Amy Wright. Larry Keltto: What kinds of services do virtual assistants typically provide? Amy Wright: Oh, it runs the gamut from basic calendar management, customer service and scheduling all the way up to super techie things like adding a shopping cart to a webpage or setting up applications like Infusionsoft and everything in between.

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Moxie Tip 219: Are You a Life Preserver?

Virtual Moxie

Stay away from the want to save, and the people who want to be saved. What I would suggest you look for are the people who already have it together and want to bring you in as a partner to help take their businesses further, rather than the people whose businesses are a mess and are looking for a savior. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards business tips for virtual assistants motivational tips for virtual assistants small business foundation virtual assistant

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6 Ways to Simplify Your Finances This Year

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Many people’s finances run amuck simply because they don’t take the time to properly manage them. However, taking only a few minutes to accomplish even one financial management task could save you hundreds of dollars. So set aside a few hours over the weekend, or schedule one task per day.