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10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward. Many Office […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Top Remote Working Trends in 2019 You Should Know More About

Dumb Little Man

Working from home is no longer a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. It has become standard procedure for more than fifty percent of the USA’s workforce. An estimated 1.5 million people work remotely in the United Kingdom, too. According to this survey by Hire Intelligence , almost one-third of workers would choose a more flexible approach to work over a pay rise. As this demand for a more adaptable working style grows, trends are developing which allow those working remotely to improve their experience.

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The Recent Flurry of Gig Economy Studies

Small Business Labs

It's been a busy couple of weeks for gig economy studies. Below is a list of 4 of the recently released studies. Want Your Business to Thrive - Cultivate Your External Talent : The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Success Factors teamed up for study, which surveyed independent workers, managers who hire independent works and HR employees.    The goal of the study was to get a 360 view of external labor use by businesses.

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The New Rules of Modern Job Search (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The New Rules of Modern Job Search.”. In my role as a career coach, I’ve helped a lot of people navigate the complex world of job search. Often, when people come to me for help writing a resume or practicing for an interview, they’re really starting from scratch. Most of my clients haven’t had to search for a job in many, many years.

2019 136

Don’t take it personally! Growing a ‘thick skin’ at work

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Virtual Summit, I was talking to a group of Assistants about resilience and how we gain respect in the office. Both of the Assistants said that we had to try not to take things too personally and that having a ‘thick skin’ is an excellent competency to have as an Assistant. It […]. Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2019 139

13 Things You Can Do With Your Old Phone

Dumb Little Man

Smartphones are a necessity nowadays but one big setback in using them is that we need to upgrade on a regular basis. The newest technology today can be obsolete in a short year or two. This leads most people to discard their phones, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are still many surprising and creative things you can do with that old phone. Backup eReaders. eReaders took the world by storm a few years ago, and they’re still immensely popular today.

2019 149

Keeping Clients; The True Secret to Success

Tips From T. Marie

The number one question I’m asked by the students who take my best-selling course Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant is “How do I get clients?” Ironically, not one student has ever asked me, “How to do I keep clients?” While the importance of getting clients can’t be argued, knowing how to keep them once you have them is equally important. And it goes beyond my students. A recent article at Small Business Trends shares that only 6% of small businesses focus on keeping their customers.

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Top 5 CRM systems for small businesses

Practically Perfect PA

Finding the best customer relationship management software for a small business can often fall on the laps of the office manager or Executive Assistant in the business. There are so many options out there, with different functions and price points that it can be an overwhelming choice! Saying that, every small business should be using […]. Featured Office Technology admin administrators CRM system EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

2019 118

How to Make Meal Planning a Fun Kitchen Adventure

Dumb Little Man

How many times a week do your kids ask you what’s for dinner? How often can you give them confident replies? If you’re always fussing about what to cook or eat the whole week, don’t fret because there’s a solution for you. Meal planning. Have you tried this? A meal plan is composed of sets of dishes to cook and consume for the rest of the week. Depending on your daily schedule, the set meals per day could be breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks can be added if you have kids at home.

2019 135

Podcast 123: More baby steps

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 123 and because of the July 4 th holiday, it’s a rerun of one of my favorites: Baby Steps. Today’s podcast is based on Simple Way #21 in my book. It’s about taking baby steps to advance whatever project you’re working on.

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Podcast Episode 4: The Power of Three

Simple Productivity Blog

What do you do when you've done nothing so long that it becomes a habit? Today's episode talks about how I conquered that problem with the power of three: three tasks every day, with a secret weapon. The post Podcast Episode 4: The Power of Three appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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Why Others Consider Your Email Response to Be Rude

On The Job

"Far too many poor decisions rest on knee-jerk responses. Don't let fast emails become the enemy of good decisions." This is some of the advice in Dianna Booher's new book, "Faster, Fewer, Better Emails." Booher addresses how some emails are too long -- and how some are too short. I think we all know the problem with long emails, but can you be too brief? Booher says yes. She cites the boss who emails the project team to ask for their input on a problem.

2019 109

I Am Not Ashamed to Be Seen In Public Anymore

Dumb Little Man

My wife and I were at a nice restaurant, eagerly waiting for the chance to order our meals. I salivated at the thought of the barbecue ribs. A server came to our table and in his chivalrous way, asked Stephanie what she would like to eat first. After taking her order, he said it would be right out and I prepared to order. As I began to open my mouth, I watched him close his notes. He started walking away without even looking up at me.

2019 133

Learn English with Alexa Skills: Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary

Daily Writing Tips

Have you got an Amazon Echo? If so, you might well have enabled a bunch of different skills to extend Alexa’s capabilities. Skills are like apps for Alexa.). Even if you’ve not got an Echo, you can still use Alexa on your smartphone – and you can enable skills there, too – so you might want to give some of these a try. How to Enable (Install) Alexa Skills. You can enable and disable skills using the Alexa app or a web browser.

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30 Day Challenge: Life Reboot

Simple Productivity Blog

For July 2019 I am going to focus on rebooting my life: getting rid of the "programs" that no longer work and deciding what will restart. The post 30 Day Challenge: Life Reboot appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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It's Time to Complain

On The Job

Conscious complaining. This isn't a term that I was familiar with until I found it in Pamela McLean's new book, "Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others." In the book, she relates how a colleague urged her to do some conscious complaining after McLean was feeling greatly challenged while recovering from a fractured spine. For three months, all of my routines had come to an abrupt stop in order to accommodate complete recovery," she writes.

2019 100

Online and Offline Businesses You Can Start With No Money

Dumb Little Man

These days, it’s easier than ever to start your own business. With the rise of the internet and online platforms for conducting business, there are plenty of opportunities to make money. There’s a long list of businesses you can start with no money. Traditional wisdom holds that you need to “spend money to make money” In reality, however, there are many ways to earn money without an initial investment. Here are just a few potential businesses you can start with no money.

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Episode 251: Being a Late Bloomer with Rich Karlgaard

Productivityist

On today’s episode, I spent time with Rich Karlgaard. Rich Karlgaard, author of Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement , is the publisher of Forbes magazine and is based in Silicon Valley. He is a lecturer, pilot, and the author of four acclaimed previous books.

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Stress Makes You Stupid

Simple Productivity Blog

Stress, the flight or flight response, is a necessary part of being human. It's what kept us from being eaten by things in the distant past. There are a whole lot of physical changes that occur while stressed, but there are also mental changes as well. Most of us don't have to worry about being dinner for some hungry animal these days, and yet, the stress response is alive and well. In the past week, I've heard from three different sources that "stress makes you stupid."

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What Small Business Owners Should Know About Investing In The Stock Market

Small Business CEO

If your small business is taking off and you have spare cash to invest – there are few things to consider before you make a decision where to put the money. Experts warn that a sound investment strategy is an important business plan to have – and there is a list of what must be taken care of before you decide to invest in stocks.

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5 Essential Things To Check Before Taking A Road Trip

Dumb Little Man

Road trips with your friends and family are always an enjoyable and exciting experience. However, without preparation and the right checklist for a long road trip, the whole experience can turn into a complete nightmare. Here, we have put together a handy guide you can use. Check Up On Your Car’s Maintenance. Any responsible and sensible car owner knows that regular car maintenance keeps the vehicles running for a long time.

2019 128

5 Ways to Maintain Your Parquet Floors

Dumb Little Man

If you have opted for a wooden parquet floor within your home, you will no doubt want to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you first laid it. It is a statement in any room you will have placed it in and you don’t want it to show and wear and tear too quickly; even in the high-traffic areas of your home. Here are some tips to help you properly maintain your parquet wood floors. Choose Quality. Your first step to maintaining your floors should come long before you even lay them.

2019 127

Ultimate Guide on Buying A Weighted Blanket

Dumb Little Man

Planning on buying a weighted blanket? Weighted blankets are now on the spotlight. From popular online stores like Amazon to local supermarkets such as Target, these weighted wonders are selling fast. Various textile companies have launched new types to fit to different needs. Here is a detailed guideline to help you in buying a weighted blanket that’s perfect for your needs. The Right Weight. A weighted blanket, as the name implies, is heavy.

2019 124

Skin Allergies Are More Than Just A Cosmetic Problem

Dumb Little Man

Bumps, redness, itching, and several other signs of skin allergies are becoming more common. They not only cause discomfort, but they are also embarrassing, especially when they appear on the face or exposed skin. It is advisable that you seek advice from an allergy doctor when these signs start appearing on your skin. It’s also equally important that you know the most common causes of skin allergies. That way, you’ll be able to avoid them completely.

2019 124

Ask Questions Before Approving a Marketing Campaign Plan

Dumb Little Man

Before you sign off on a marketing campaign plan, it’s crucial that you understand what the plan is about and if the budget is reasonable. You can’t let a plan go ahead without questioning the people who worked on those ideas to see if they are worth doing. Why did you choose that platform? The first question is about why the marketing team chose a specific platform. Is it the best option considering the choices available? Isn’t it a rehash of previous campaigns used?

2019 123

How to Create An SMS Marketing Campaign That Actually Works

Dumb Little Man

With the way everything gets more expensive by the day, it is perhaps no surprise that marketing costs are on the rise, too. While some brands can afford to keep up with the ever-rising pricing, the striking majority can barely put aside a portion of their budget for marketing at all. Businesses always try to cut corners in order to increase revenue. For that reason alone, some may even end up passing up marketing altogether.

2019 123

How to Lay Out a Winning Business Strategy in 5 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

If you’re thinking of organizing and running a business, you must have noticed tons of articles and guidelines written on this subject, as well as about creating a business strategy. What’s the purpose of reading yet another one? The thing is you hardly ever find something less stable than the business world. Here, changes come at the speed of light or maybe even faster.

2019 117

4  Ways to Make Your Business More Comfortable for Clients

Small Business CEO

Modern companies pay great attention to office design — and it isn’t just for bragging rights. Every workplace has a specific feel, and this ambiance will have a very real effect on how people engage with your business. While there are various goals that you can strive to achieve, one of the primary objectives should always be comfort. This should factor in how employees will feel in your space, but you cannot overlook the most important people to every business: clients.

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Customer 360: No-Nonsense Shortcut to a Successful Account Based Marketing

Small Business CEO

The newest feats of Salesforce comes in the form of Customer 360. Structuring and streamlining data files, emails, logs, transactions and whatnot, Salesforce Customer 360 presents the ultimate shortcut to nurture every lead in the best way possible. And if you have not been paying attention, here is how this brand new cross-cloud technology can help you in closing deals left and right. What is Salesforce Customer 360?

2019 59

Startup Financial Management: 8 Tips for Staying in the Black

Small Business CEO

Are you managing a startup with little or no sales as yet? Running on a lean skeleton crew of employees banking on your promises of success? At this stage, it might seem most important to just do everything possible to keep the doors open, but that’s the wrong kind of thinking. Working on a day-to-day approach is the same as saying “We might not make it.”.

2019 59

Packing Checklist for a Humid Business Trip

Small Business CEO

Summer comes along and we all adjust to working in the heat it brings along, but working in high humidity is a whole other ball game. The most humid areas in the world are tropical seashores and coastal cities, and if you are planning a business trip to one of these areas any time soon, you need to be aware that it’s not just the temperatures that will be challenging, but the combination of temperature and humidity too.

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Four Simple Ways to Speed up your Recruitment Process

Small Business CEO

Regardless of the type of business you run, finding and retaining the right people is essential. Sometimes, you will need people sooner rather than later. For example, if you suddenly get a big order you will need to recruit and train up new personnel very quickly. Not being able to do so, could easily lead to your failing an important new client. Carry out your initial background searches online. Whenever you can, read an application the moment it arrives.

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Your Site’s Domain Authority Has Dropped – Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out

Small Business CEO

Moz has changed its algorithm for calculating DA, causing many site scores to decrease. Here are three ways to maintain your site’s rank now that the dust has settled. The Moz-developed domain authority, or DA, is a metric that many companies use to verify their SEO effectiveness. A recent algorithm update, however, left those who view it as gospel reassessing their strategies.

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How to Plan a Startup Team Building Retreat

Small Business CEO

As startup culture takes over the modern generation, it has become more necessary than ever to encourage team-building efforts. Most start-ups deal with a skeletal group and work through many stressful situations together. When such a variety of work is being dealt with with a small group, animosities can arise very quickly. Team-building efforts like corporate retreats are a great way to bring the team together.

2019 50

Advantages of Proper Business Storage for Local Area Businesses

Small Business CEO

Smaller enterprises which serve the needs of their local area have just as much need of good storage solutions as larger companies with nationwide coverage. With high-quality storage systems, your business can operate more efficiently and help you to serve your customers better. For example, many Midlands-based enterprises can find that they are able to respond quicker to customer enquiries by simply having better knowledge about their current stock levels.

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