October, 2014

Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

Small Business Labs

Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.   Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business.   Our surveys of independent workers who work on their own as freelancers, independent contractors, etc. consistently show most of these solopreneurs spend even less.

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Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

Dumb Little Man

There was an interesting statistic recently on inc.com. It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high. However, only a small portion of that number will ever succeed in making their dream a reality. Why is that? Well, many people equate starting a business with risk, complexity and potential financial ruin.

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The ultimate guide to diary management

Practically Perfect PA

I have written a lot about diary management over the years, which is not surprising when you think assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their manager’s calendars. Juggling our boss’s time is a complex operation. There are also a lot of tasks related to diary management, for example ensuring our managers get to their meetings on time, understand the reason for the meeting and are prepared for it.

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When Honoring Others Dishonors You

Virtual Moxie

In her book, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. Iyanla Vanzant, wrote: When are we taught that it’s ok to say what you feel when you feel it? Certainly not when we are children. As children, we are taught what not to say and what not to do if or when it will make others uncomfortable. The others are the big people. As children we are taught to take care of the big people, the adults, those in authority. Don’t talk when big people are talking.

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It’s Not Poor Time Management…It’s Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

Recently I have observed several people whose time management skills are exceptional. They plan their day, pick their most important tasks, fill in gaps.and never get things done. It''s not poor time management.it''s poor focus management. The post It’s Not Poor Time Management…It’s Focus appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside.

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Why the Self-Employed Flourish

Small Business Labs

Flourish is not a word normally used in discussions about work. But it explains why most of the self-employed report being highly satisfied with their jobs.   The Fast Company article Why Being Engaged at Work Isn't as Simple as "Being Happy"  covers the issue of low employee work engagement, pointing out that only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged.    The article suggests that the reason so few are engaged is because few are given the opportunity to flourish.

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A day in the life: Lorna Cowan, Visit Belfast

Practically Perfect PA

One of the great benefits of running Practically Perfect PA is the chance to meet some extraordinary assistants either face to face or through social media. I continue to be completely amazed by what these assistants achieve and how they continue to push our industry forward. With this in mind I have decided to start a new section of Practically Perfect PA – A day in the life, to give our readers an idea of how these assistants run the office and their lives! .

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Any Decision is Better Than Staying Stuck

Virtual Moxie

Beth and I were talking about how paralyzed she feels. She''s been trying to choose between two options for a project she''s working on for her business. Because she has no prior experience with this thing she''s trying to choose, and neither option seems perfect, she''s been unable to make a decision—for six weeks. Six weeks ! That''s a long time to be undecided. And, in Beth''s case, while she''s been chewing on this, she''s missed a few opportunities.

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The Power of No

Simple Productivity Blog

I started thinking about the Power of No. It''s a really powerful concept, especially from a standpoint of productivity, simplicity, and simplifying productivity. The post The Power of No 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 Simplification

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Product/Program Launch Campaign Quick Tip

Office Organization Success

Give yourself enough time to plan and implement your launch. So often business owners don’t allow enough time to put in place all the key steps needed to ensure a successful launch campaign. There are so many moving pieces in a launch cycle that if at any point in the process a step gets missed, it could spell disaster for your launch and means it might not to be as successful as you hoped it would be. Click here to read the full article, and get four more product/program launch campaign tips!

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Freelancers Hire Lots of Other Freelancers

Small Business Labs

We think one of the most important findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence researc h is that freelancers hire a lot of other freelancers.   In 2014 38% of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent workers, etc.) reported spending about $92 billion over the past year hiring other independent workers on a contract basis. This is roughly the equivalent of hiring 2.2 million full-time workers via contract hiring.

2014 185

6 Life Lessons We All Know But Always Forget

Dumb Little Man

School isn’t the only place where we can learn—day-to-day experiences can deal us some major life lessons that you won’t find in any academic book. Sadly, because we are always too wrapped up in our fast-paced lives, we forget about these life gems that help us become better people. Now that we’re adults, we’ve become even more stubborn and hard-headed than when we were children, and sometimes, it takes the discipline of a strict teacher to beat some sense into us.

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Go Native Apartments, London

Practically Perfect PA

Now that I live in Barcelona it is always a bit strange going back to London and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city that I worked in for over ten years. Seeing familiar faces rushing to and fro. The shops and cafes I once frequented still packed with customers buying a quick lunch before returning to their desk and of course the bars and pubs full to the brim of an evening with my friends and colleagues still in need of a pint come 5pm.

2014 191

Simple Structure; Immense Freedom

Virtual Moxie

Let me ask you a couple of questions: Do you struggle (generally, or time to time) with managing your time; juggling, and getting everything done? Do, or have you struggled with what your "regular" office hours "should" be? Is part of your challenge with setting office hours your innate want of flexibility? If so, join the club of other right-brained (or fairly balanced-brained) VAs who struggle with the same things. Let me get a couple of things out of the way: 1.

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Use A Checklist to Make Invisible Maintenance Tasks Pop

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things I struggle with is the home maintenance tasks that are invisible. By this. I mean those things that you need to do to preserve things on and around the home, but don''t necessarily come into your awareness until it is too late. This article talks about how you can find the information -- and schedule -- that works for you. The post Use A Checklist to Make Invisible Maintenance Tasks Pop appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Autoresponders – Put Your Follow-up On Autopilot!

Office Organization Success

Wouldn’t it be great to put some of those day-to-day activities on autopilot? As a solopreneur being able to follow-up with your clients and potential clients is crucial in growing and sustaining your business, and keeping a steady flow of new clients coming on board.

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Financially Challenges Millennials Changing Society

Small Business Labs

According to several recent articles the financial problems of millennials is leading to changing behaviors and purchase patterns as well as broader societal shifts.   For example, the New York Times article No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent focuses on the shift away from home ownership and towards renting by young adults.

2014 183

5 Things Happy People Let Go Of

Dumb Little Man

There’s a reason the theme from Frozen is a worldwide hit. People have been finding ways to “Let It Go” for a very long time, but throwing caution to the wind is easier said than done. Often, we are bogged down by the daily worries that life throws at us, but if there’s one secret that genuinely happy people share, it’s that they know how to let stuff go. It may take a while for you to completely change your mindset, but letting go of these can be a good start: 1.Stress.

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The Assist Conference 2015

Practically Perfect PA

I am so proud and delighted to launch the first conference from Practically Perfect PA – The Assist Conference 2015. It is taking place on the 27th February 2015 in London and as you can imagine I am very excited! I wanted to give all of my readers more information on the conference and why I think it is going to be a fantastic event. Being an assistant is something unique. Being in charge when you are not in charge” comes second nature to us.

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Interview with a VA: Jude Rush

Virtual Moxie

This month''s interview is with Jude Rush, a talented Certified Professional Virtual Assistant from Rochester, NY. I had a great time talking with Jude, and hope you''ll enjoy getting to know her a bit better! Meet Jude Rush. . Interview With a VA Moxie

Train Your Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

I have heard more than one person say lately that they don''t seem to be able to concentrate or focus like they used to. With all the beeps, whirs, pop-ups and such coming at them, their attention is fractured and disjointed. It is possible to train your focus. You can strengthen it with practice and persistence. Here are some ways to do that. The post Train Your Focus appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

Changing Habits Requires Motivation

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-04-25 15:16:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Changing habits is hard. It’s easier the more motivated you are to do it. Tip: be honest about what motivates you. I was riding in my friend’s car the other day and she mentioned that she was trying to keep h er speed down to 55 mph to maximize fuel efficiency. Her car is a Prius, so she’s really into that kind of thing. immediately thought, is the speed the same for all cars? How much could I save?

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5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work.  The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems  unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various ways in which intelligent systems are being integrated into the workforce in both protective and problematic ways. Much of what’s at stake in this domain stems from people’s conflicting values regarding robots, drones, and other intelligent systems.

2014 161

5 Things We All Do That Over Complicates Our Lives

Dumb Little Man

Can you get trapped in a treadmill while you try to chase your dreams? My answer is yes. You can sleepwalk through life, with your eyes wide open, and not even notice you are doing it. You can convince yourself that you are building a career, while you are simply being used as, often cheap, labour. You can slave away for a project, despite having no real interest in it. You can fake enthusiasm for certain activities to such an extent that you even believe it yourself.

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Happy 3rd birthday Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA

So today I am doing a little bit of celebrating because it is officially my three year blogging anniversary. Thanks to everyone who has already sent me their congratulations. When I first started the blog, I really didn’t put much thought into it. I was head-smashing-against-a-brick-wall bored in my job and I missed having creative tasks. I had also just split up with boyfriend and wanted to prove something to myself.

2014 188

This Will Take You Less Than 5 Minutes

Office Organization Success

These past couple of weeks I’ve been immersed in lots of online trainings and, as a result, I’ve been re-working my sales and marketing funnel — in the 3 Ms to Online Business Management Success business model, this is S tep 1: Manage. So you can see, even though I’ve been in business for over 13 years, as my business evolves I still need to go back to the first step and revisit some of the stages there to make sure I have the right systems in place for my business.

2014 145

Get Things Done With A Productivity Sprint

Simple Productivity Blog

Sometimes, no matter my best intentions and diligent working, my task list seems to take on a life of its own. At the time that I am peering down the throat of this monster that is about to swallow me, I know I have to quickly bring that list down in size. But when you are faced with a massive task list, what is the best way to get things done? The answer is a productivity sprint. The post Get Things Done With A Productivity Sprint appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Creating an organized space makes it easier for you to lay your hands on the things you need and helps you be more effective because you now have time for the important stuff. It's also an essential part of taking care of the most valuable person in your life, yourself.

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The Emergence of Freelancer Management Systems

Small Business Labs

"Freelancer Management Systems (FMS)" is a term used to describe cloud-based systems that allow businesses to better engage and manage independent workers, freelancers and other contingent workers. These systems allow users to search for contingent talent and then activate, manage and pay the independent workers they hire.  These systems also allow the creation of private talent pools that provide access to profiles of approved contingent workers. 

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How To Build Your Child an Emotional Bulletproof Vest

Dumb Little Man

Today’s children are riddled with shots that chip away at their self-esteem and self-worth. From bullying—whether overt or passive (i.e. being left out of games or groups)—to learning disabilities to familial dysfunction to peer pressure, they are constantly under fire. Positive self-talk is a crucial, effective strategy they can use to combat any time of discomfort. When I was a child, someone—we never learned who—set my father’s car on fire.

2014 192

How to make your event more environmentally friendly

Practically Perfect PA

Sustainability is slowly creeping back on everyone’s radars. Over the last few years ‘going green’ has not been at the top of many company’s list of priorities. Sustainability certainly hasn’t been a priority for assistants organising events, particularly as we often have to manage events alongside our actual day job and the budgets we have to spend on events are still quite a bit smaller than they were a few years ago. Sustainable events don’t need to be expensive events.

2014 183

If Systems Aren’t Working … Time To Change Them

Office Organization Success

I’ve been working on a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff this week, and I’ll be making some changes in the next couple of weeks too. You know that famous quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ” ~ Albert Einstein. Well, time to change things up and get some different results! Stay tuned. What about you? Are you ready to make some changes?

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Boost Your Productivity With An Airplane Day

Simple Productivity Blog

Sometimes being connected is a good thing. But it is also a minefield of distractions, and it can keep you from reaching peak productivity. Today we will talk about being disconnected, its advantages and what you need to do before you disconnect. The post Boost Your Productivity With An Airplane Day appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 163

5 Ways to Shine at a Job Fair

On The Job

During the height of the Great Recession, job fairs were a mob scene. People with 30 years of experience were standing next to recent college graduates, all clamoring for work. But as things have improved, many people don''t think that job fairs are worth their time. They''re wrong. Job fairs are a great chance to practice your networking skills and develop your personal brand pitch.

2014 197

Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

Small Business Labs

I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference , large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.

2014 150

How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

Dumb Little Man

I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said. After the conversation, I would complicate things further by blaming myself for a botched pick up line or a job interview that didn’t go so well. Thus, the vicious cycle would continue. I would always blame myself for something I wasn’t doing.

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