Sat.Oct 08, 2016 - Fri.Oct 14, 2016

5 Ways to Balance Work and Family Time Even if You’re a Workaholic

Dumb Little Man

There is nothing as fulfilling as reaping the fruit of your labor. All those long hours at work, and countless meetings, phone calls and emails may have made you successful in your career but your family had to pay the price for it. You hardly spend time with your wife anymore. And your kids are growing up knowing less and less about you. Striking a balance between work and your family can be a challenge but, as it is with everything challenging, there is a way out.

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Most Americans Don't Want to Be Gig Workers, But 60 Million Do

Small Business Labs

Late in August Deloitte released survey results under the headline Deloitte survey finds 67 percent of Americans who have worked as independent contractors would choose not to do so in the future.    This led to a series of articles suggesting that this shows the gig economy is doomed because no one wants to be a freelancer ( click here for an example from Forbes ). More recently the Staffing Industry Analysts released their Gig Workforce study. They found about 60% of U.S.

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Case Study: 747 New Subscribers in 30 Days

Office Organization Success

… Over a 30-day period I was able to add 747 new subscribers to my list. … I collaborated with 14 other business owners and helped them build their lists in the process. … One business owner added 354 new subscribers to her list from this event alone. What was this amazing list building event? A Joint Venture Giveaway! What is it?

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How Paperless Meetings Can Help the Environment and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Paper-based meetings are becoming a major inconvenience at the office and in the environment. Offices spend a lot of resources on paper, while the environment suffers from the carbon that paper usage emits. Fortunately, paperless meetings have come to take those nuisances away. Paperless meetings are conducted in digital rooms that provide tools and online document repositories to simulate face-to-face meetings through different computer devices.

8 Tips for Coping with Pet Loss

Dumb Little Man

Coping with pet loss is not easy, particularly if you’ve spent a long time caring for your pet. Whether it’s due to aging, illness or an accident, it can take time before you get fully healed. If you are struggling with this, here are some helpful tips to help you out. Allow yourself to grieve. Your pet can be your beloved companion, a friend or a family member. No matter how you viewed your pet, it was still special to you.

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s guide to Boston

Practically Perfect PA

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest and most illustrious cities in the U.S. It’s where the pilgrims landed and the Red Sox play and with its many educational institutions, stands as a modern-day Athens. Culturally and historically rich, this enchanting metropolis is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and stands as a crossroads, where colonial history meets contemporary innovation. Getting from the airport to the city centre.

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Podcast 026: Why do we procrastinate?

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about the dreaded procrastination. Why do we do it, when we know it’s against our best interests? Here are some highlights: Why can’t I estimate my time better? I need to be inspired to do good work! I can’t get focused unless the deadline is looming. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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A List of Superfoods You Definitely Need in Your Diet

Dumb Little Man

Superfood is a term used to describe foods with powerful health benefits. You’ll commonly find fruits and vegetables in its list of examples. While you may be familiar to some of them, such as kale, blueberries and broccoli, there are actually tons of this food you may not have heard of yet. Here’s a list of superfoods you should know more about. Buffalo berries. Shepherdia or buffaloberry is a shrub with edible berries native to North America.

2016 188

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Practically Perfect PA

Last month, we teamed up with technology specialist Brother to give you the chance to win one of five state-of-the-art office labelling machines, the PT-D600VP. The labeller, which won an iF Design Award for outstanding design quality earlier this year, is the perfect partner for any PA and can bring a touch of colour to your office. Thank you to everyone who entered the Brother and Practically Perfect PA giveaway. I can now announce the winners… drum roll please… are: Raquel Ruiz. Mandy Towell.

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Why Your Company May Be Losing Customers

On The Job

Service design often can get short shrift when a company is focusing on designing a product, but that’s a mistake if a business wants to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace, contends a new book, “ Service Design for Business.” Written by Ben Reason, Lavrans Lovlie and Melvin Brand Flu – all directors of Livework , a service design company – the book argues that service design is under-recognized and undervalued by businesses.

2016 136

3 Cases of Dangling Participles

Daily Writing Tips

Dangling participles are verbs that are intended to refer to a particular noun but that, because of how the main clause of the sentence is crafted, do not support the noun. The main clause, and the subordinate clause (often appearing at the head of the sentence), may in and of themselves be grammatically valid, but they do not match—often with unintentionally humorous results. Here are three sentences that suffer from dangling participles; each is followed by a discussion and a revision.

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5 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Made Your Purchase With Cash

Dumb Little Man

Many of us, especially the younger generations, rely so heavily on cashless payment options. Even though they are convenient, such payment methods are actually very disruptive to your finances. Without control and discipline, you can end up with tons of debts and interests. To save yourself from these inconveniences, try to avoid using your cards as much as possible. Here are some of the benefits of paying with cash to convince you. Cash feels more real.

Inside the Guernsey PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Firstly, can I have a little background about you…. What is your career background? I started my working life as a Chef. When I left Catering College it was obvious to me that I wanted something with more regular hours. The hotel where I was working part time to obtain my catering qualification asked me to stay on. When I told them what I was looking for, they asked me to become the receptionist.

5 Signs You're a Jerk Employee

On The Job

Nothing gets people more stirred up than to ask them about a bad boss. They love to share stories of how a boss is rude, egotistical and selfish. Believe me, I've heard lots (LOTS) of these stories over the many years I've covered the workplace as a journalist, and have even shared a few bad boss stories of my own. But I have been reminded by people who are bosses that they also get treated badly. Not by their bosses -- but by their employees. That's right.

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How To Do What’s Right With The Rest Of The Year

Productivityist

“Sometimes you need to slow down to get back to where you want to be.” ” – Henry Allen. This calendar year sure goes by fast, doesn’t it? It seems as if every year moves faster than the previous one and with it goes our sense of how much we can do in twelve months. I bet if you look back at what you wanted to do over the past year, you’d find that there were some things that never made it to your to-do list after you initially thought of them.

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How to Write a Blog Post That Millennials Will Read

Dumb Little Man

With their influence, it’s probably a good idea to start writing for millennials, especially if you’re trying to make a name or even sales. They’re the world’s largest generation and they spend about $200 billion on goods and services every year. To help you out, here are some ideas you can start with. Focus on adding value to your reader. Your blog should concentrate on your readers and not you. Every word you put out there should focus on them.

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Boston City Guide

Practically Perfect PA

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest and most illustrious cities in the U.S. It’s where the pilgrims landed and the Red Sox play and with its many educational institutions, stands as a modern-day Athens. Culturally and historically rich, this enchanting metropolis is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and stands as a crossroads, where colonial history meets contemporary innovation. Getting from the airport to the city centre.

2016 109

5 Types of Errors in Parallel Construction of Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

There are numerous ways to inadvertently derail a sentence by failing to provide consistent structure to parallel elements. The following sentences illustrate various types of pitfalls and how they can be avoided. These audits are performed on both an ongoing basis or as part of due diligence.

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Despite What the Government Statistics Say, Moonlighting is on the Rise

Small Business Labs

UpWork and the Freelancers Union recently released their 2016 Freelancing in America study. According the press release the key findings are: Freelancing is growing -- The freelance workforce grew from 53 million in 2014 to 55 million in 2016 and currently represents 35% of the U.S. workforce. The freelance workforce earned an estimated $1 trillion this past year, representing a significant share of the U.S. economy.

2016 175

4 Free Business Productivity Apps To Help You Grow Your Small Business

Dumb Little Man

Managing a business is easier said than done. When you run your own business, you need to give it all your time and attention. It’s a job that is both demanding and fulfilling. Eventually, you’ll want to turn it into a business that can run without you. This, unfortunately, is the harder part. The first obstacle you need to anticipate is manpower. For small businesses and start-up companies, it is usually the owner that does most of the work.

2016 185

Breast Cancer Awareness video #2

Andrea Kalli

Here’s another great video for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. fightlikeagirl. Stop by my video Showcase page to see what else I’ve been creating lately! Andrea Kalli. Video Virtual Assistant, Video Editing Services. The post Breast Cancer Awareness video #2 appeared first on Video Editing Service & Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant. Video Marketing

2016 109

5 Sentences Rendered More Concise

Daily Writing Tips

It is essential for management to have the ability to assess how good the organization is at embracing risk. This is a case of a smothered verb—a verb converted into noun form, which complicates the sentence because a new verb must be conjured to accompany the newly formed noun. In this case, the simple verb phrase “be able” is sufficient: “It is essential for management to be able to assess how good the organization is at embracing risk.”

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The Revolution Has Begun: Conference for Administrative Excellence

Office Dynamics

Tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, Office Dynamics will kick off our 23 rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence tonight with our Welcome Reception at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We are excited to welcome more than 450 administrative professionals from 11 countries. This year’s conference theme is The Revolutionary Assistant. So please excuse me for this short Monday Motivator. I’d like to encourage you, no matter your position at work, to be revolutionary.

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5 Things to Help a Man Enjoy His Midlife Crisis

Dumb Little Man

If you’re a man, your 40s means you might be fighting an ever-expanding waistline or facing multiple hair dramas such as wayward grey hairs or a receding hairline. You might also be stuck in a career rut as you watch the next bunch of twenty-something entrepreneurs sell their two-year-old dot com businesses for X billion to Facebook before you’ve even figured out what the point of the “reactions” button is compared to the “like” button.

2016 179

How to Find the Perfect Co-Founder

Small Business CEO

One of the most critical elements of each startup are its initial founders. It might sound surreal, but team composition matters as much or even more than the product idea. One of the rules angel investors have is: “Invest on the team, not the idea” Finding the perfect co-founders to begin your entrepreneurial journey is one of the most challenging tasks you will stumble upon.

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Punctuation Quiz #6: Partial Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for partial quotations in American English; revise the sentences as necessary: 1. His comment left me wondering whether I’d be “invited to resign”, as he had put it. Although Smith agreed with the assessment, he added, “We resent the tone.” ” 3. It’s difficult to say it will work, Jones agreed, “But I haven’t heard any better ideas.” ” 4.

2016 76

The Productivityist Podcast: The Making of The Productivityist Playbook

Productivityist

Note: This episode was recorded before the problems I had with the soft launch of The Productivityist Playbook. I’ll be writing a newsletter about what didn’t go as planned (and blog about it at some point as well). Want to get The Productivityist Weekly newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.

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10 Essential Vitamins for Frequent Travelers

Dumb Little Man

Frequent travels can take a toll on the body. Regardless of whether you are traveling first class or economy class, your body gets exposed to a lot of factors that can greatly weaken your immune system. One of these factors is food. In order to retain their tastes at high altitudes, airline foods are typically high in salt and sugar content. The same issue arises when you’re traveling by land.

2016 179

Big Traffic Methods for a Small Business Website

Small Business CEO

As long as you have a fantastic product (or service), capable customer service, great positioning within your marketplace, and a price people are willing to pay for your offer, you shouldn’t have trouble becoming a profitable small business…. But even then it’s not always the case. Imagine you offer all these great features but no one knows where you’re located or how to differentiate you from the sea of competition?

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Oft, Often, and Oftentimes

Daily Writing Tips

What is the difference between often and oftentimes , and is oft a word? The short answers are that there is no difference, and yes. These three adverbs all stem from the Old English (and Middle English) term oft , meaning “frequently.” The longer variants developed in the 1300s. Just as often is an extended alteration of oft (likely invented to ease the transition to a word beginning with a vowel), oftentimes derived from ofttimes.

2016 75

Men Not at Work

Small Business Labs

The U.S. at an all time high in terms of the percentage of prime aged men 25-54 who are not in the workforce.    As the chart below from former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers' blog shows , this is not a new trend. And Summers expects the trend not just to continue, but accelerate. Key quote from his article: I expect that more than one-third of all men between 25 and 54 will be out work at mid-century.

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How Millennials Measure Success At Work

Dumb Little Man

Although many people think success can be measured by the amount of money you make or how big your house is, success is actually subjective. Millennials know this better than any other generation since their definition of a successful career is very different than others. But how do you exactly measure the success of millennials at work? Here are some of the ways: Balance. A lot of people consider millennials as lazy partly because of how they value work-life balance.

2016 179

6 Tips for Starting a Home Healthcare Business

Small Business CEO

Whether you’re a doctor looking to start your own practice or a healthcare administrator seeking to establish a home healthcare regimen, you need to understand that starting your own business won’t be easy. There are several factors that go into the process, including building up a clientele. Before jumping into the business, here are six things you’ll want to do. Have Your Finances Ready. Recognize that starting business will require a significant financial investment.

2016 78

3 More Cases of Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

When sentence elements that provide additional, nonessential information are not positioned in proximity to the word or phrase they directly pertain to, the sentence is often awkward at best and confusing at worst. Each example below demonstrates how misplacing a reference to a year or a point in time may muddle the meaning of a sentence; discussion and revision provide a solution to each problem. He was a part of the first lineup in team history to make the playoffs in 1978.

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4 Tips to Adapt The Right Mentality for Success

Dumb Little Man

As a young freelancer who has had the opportunity to run my own business, I’ve had numerous experiences. Some of them were really good while others were extremely challenging. Without them, I wouldn’t have the right mentality for success as I do now. If you are still struggling with your business or just want to know how you can be successful, here are a few essential tips you can use. Challenging Conclusions.

2016 178

5 Science-Proven Health Benefits of Low Carb Diet

Dumb Little Man

When you overindulge in carb-rich meals, you’re inhibiting your body’s fat burning mode. If you’re already overweight or obese, this means a lot of problems since you won’t be able to lose any stored fat. So, until you turn on the fat burning mode or start a low carbohydrate diet, you won’t be able to lose even a pound of excess weight. Aside from that, here are the other health benefits of low carb diet you should know. Aids in weight loss.

2016 176

How to Pack Your Suitcase Like George Clooney

Dumb Little Man

Remember that scene of the movie “Up in the Air” when George Clooney packs his carry-on in 20 seconds flat? His clothes are folded crisply and neatly, his neckties are stashed in a travel pouch, and he closes the bag in one clean (highly satisfying) pull of the zipper. Luckily, you don’t have to be a celebrity to master the art of suitcase packing. With a little pre-planning, all travelers — business or otherwise — can learn to pack their bags just like Clooney. Your Carry-On Is Your Best Friend.

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