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What Freelancers Want From Their Clients

Small Business Labs

As we pointed out earlier this week , firms of all sizes and types are increasing their use of freelancers and other forms of non-employee labor.    But as companies become more reliant on external talent, they increasingly need to structure their policies, procedures, and engagement practices in order to be successful in attracting, engaging, and retaining highly skilled independent professionals. 

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Template for capturing messages

Practically Perfect PA

You know what it is like, you are having a hectic day, emails to answer, meetings to attend, people talking to you, asking questions and looking to you for answers. The phone rings, you have no idea who it is or what they want. They want to speak to your Executive or someone random in […]. Core Skills Featured Templates admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

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How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Transform Your Mental Health for Good

Dumb Little Man

A fast-paced life surely offers you the luxuries you have always dreamed of. On the flip side, however, it’s uglier than you have ever expected. The constant rat race and the urge to stay ahead in every sphere of life have resulted in tremendous peer pressure, relationship issues, social image concerns, and different types of disorders. One out of every five individual suffers from anxiety, anger issues, and depression owing to pressure at work and stringent societal norms.

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Podcast 115: Interview with Gretchen Rubin

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 115 and it’s my interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of the brand new book Outer Order, Inner Calm. The subtitle is “declutter and organize to make more room for happiness.” ” I’m excited because this is the first time I’ve done an interview for the podcast and it turned out great. Gretchen was delightful to talk to.

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The Rise of "Wealth Work"

Small Business Labs

Quartz's Life coaches are the new personal trainer highlights a trend we've been tracking since 2008 , the growth of personal services.    These are what noted labor economist David Autor calls "wealth work"   A good example is the growth are personal trainers. Back in 2000 there were so few the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) didn't track them. Now there are over 300,000 in the U.S. and it continues to be a fast growing profession.

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How to create an internal Assistant network

Practically Perfect PA

During the Virtual Summit October 2017, we had the amazing Simone White, Executive Assistant and Global Chair of GAIN – Administrative Professionals Network at BlackRock train our group of attendees on starting their own internal network for Assistants. Today we are really pleased that we can share the video with you. It is full of useful […]. Career Development Featured Networking Video admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like-Minded People

Dumb Little Man

Finding people with the same interests isn’t always that easy. Finding people with the same goals and aspirations is even harder. Most of us feel that way. I do, sometimes. While I love and appreciate every single one of my friends, there are times when I wish they share some of my passions so we could bond over them. For example, I blog full-time as part of my business. I spend at least 5-6 hours managing and writing at my blog.

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A Growing Number of Freelancers are Providing Professional Services to Businesses

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners recently released their 3rd annual Client of Choice study.    Like prior years, the 2019 study focuses on the growing group of highly-skilled independent professionals (freelancers, independent consultants, etc.) who provide services to businesses on a regular basis. And the number of independent professionals has grown quite rapidly. As the study chart below shows, it's increased from 4.5 million in 2011 to 5.9 million in 2014, and to 7.4 million in 2018. 

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Technology of the week: Slido

Practically Perfect PA

This week’s Technology of the Week: Slido What is Slido? Slido is an easy to use question and answer and polling platform for events and group meetings. What does Slido do? Slido gives a voice to the audience at live events. Events can be set up in under a minute, and participants can join the event […].

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How to Master the Art of Apathy

Dumb Little Man

You may think that an apathetic person doesn’t like to be bothered with the burdens of the world or even in his immediate community. You may picture him having a slothful attitude. Maybe he doesn’t care too much about his appearance, doesn’t watch the news or be bothered to argue over anything. Well, that’s me most of the time. I get pissed at something and next thing you know, I’ve shifted off into another topic.

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Minimalism Is About Getting Rid of Distraction

Simple Productivity Blog

I recently heard on a podcast that minimalism is a mind game - that it's not about getting rid of stuff as much as it is about getting rid of distractions. I've never heard it phrased that way before, but it clicked. I've dabbled with simplicity for years. In fact, my long-time readers will remember when this blog was called "simple productivity" - and focused as much on simplifying as it was on productivity. But minimalism?

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How I Made My First $10,000: Sebastian Schweyen

The Solopreneur Life

This is “How I Made My First $10,000,” a feature that gives all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs hit the $10k milestone. If you would like to be the “How I Made My First $10,000,” please send me an email. Name of solopreneur: Sebastian Schweyen Name of business and city: Berlin, Germany

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Our Virtual Summit April 2019 speaker lineup is awesome!

Practically Perfect PA

I’m so excited to share with you speakers for this April’s Virtual Summit and their session details. We have a varied group of trainers from all over the world for the Summit who are truly inspiring. I will be sharing more of their tips and empowering stories over the next few weeks, but for now, […]. Assist Events Featured Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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6 Ways to Set the Bar a Little Lower

Dumb Little Man

Self-help writers are always pushing their brilliant ideas on the insecure public, suggesting endless techniques to help us, broken slobs, achieve our “ultimate potential.” But none of these gurus ever consider formulating messages tailored to the less ambitious of us wandering around out there — the ones who aren’t interested in 6-pack abs or the latest superfood. That’s where I come in. Sometimes, people need more realistic goals. Over-the-top enthusiasm gets annoying after a while.

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Subject-Verb Agreement: Rules and Examples

Daily Writing Tips

One of the rules of language that you almost certainly know, even if you’ve never thought about it consciously, is that subjects and verbs must agree with each other in number. If that sounds a bit complicated or mathematical, here are a couple of very simple examples to show this in action: The child plays at the park. Singular). The children play at the park. Plural). A singular noun needs a singular verb; a plural noun needs a plural verb.

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Communicating with your Executive – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome back to Ask an Admin, the best place to get peer to peer advice for administrative assistants and executive assistants! This question comes from A Very Frustrated Admin, and the question is: I am at a loss and am completely frustrated. In the past, I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with executives who have been great at communicating.

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The Potential of a Fresh Start

Productivityist

There’s something about starting something with a clean slate. The ability to have a fresh start shows up more often than we realize each day. When we wake up in the morning, that’s a fresh start. When we come back from any sort of break in our workday, we’re offered a fresh start. When we end our day of work and transition to the remains of the day at home, the opportunity shows up again. I started fresh in my application when writing this piece.

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How To Become Bitter and Resentful in 9 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

There are all sorts of benefits to being bitter and resentful. There’s getting rid of the people around you, ruining the things that are going well for you, and causing general self-sabotage. Getting to that state of ruin doesn’t take that much, really. You just need to get the ball rolling and let it grow as it goes downhill. Let’s look at some of the ways you can get the ball rolling and how to keep the momentum towards becoming bitter. Suppress your feelings and say nothing.

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What it Takes to Land Your Dream Job

On The Job

Many people talk about their dream job, but do a majority of people achieve it? According to a recent survey by TollFree Forwarding, no. Respondents were asked if they managed to achieve their childhood dream and make it to their ideal job. The results: 76 percent never made it. Many of these respondents lived to regret it: 39 percent say they wish they had pursued their aspirations further, but the majority felt they didn't have the right skills or knowledge.

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Coaching for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

I am happy to say that more executives are investing in their assistants by providing one-on-one coaching for them. Over the past two years, Office Dynamics has done more on-site coaching for executive assistants than we have done in the past seven years! And we continue to get more calls for this type of work. I love it when an executive is willing to make this kind of investment.

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Script Writing Tips and Format Example

Daily Writing Tips

If critics tell you that your stories have too much dialogue, maybe you should consider writing scripts. It’s different from writing ordinary prose. For one thing, a script is not the finished work of art. It’s the blueprint that the director and actors use to create the work of art. The good news about that: your words don’t have to carry all the weight. As a playwright, I like the way a stronger actor can make up for my weaker writing. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true.

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A Quick Fix To Close Sales Every Day For Your Startup

Dumb Little Man

During the last couple of decades, sales closing has become more challenging than ever. The old-fashioned principles of sales that once upon a time dominated the market are becoming pretty ineffective today. Prospects are tired of door-to-door sales, unwanted phone calls, and irrelevant brochures in their mailboxes. Moreover, 77% of customers make a purchase online and 51% opt for live chat support when having doubts or second thoughts.

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Can a Clean Desk Create Inner Happiness?

On The Job

I've known people in my life who are so into cleanliness and order that you could eat off their garage floor, surrounded by gardening tools that stand at attention like little soldiers. I've also known people whose surrounding environment -- whether at home or at work -- that I wouldn't touch without wearing a hazmat suit and knowing avalanche procedures in case a mountain of junk fell on my head.

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Storing Blockchain Data In Synthetic DNA – A Disturbingly Possible Utopia

Brilliantly Better

Blockchains have been around for about 10 years, in the form that we know today – namely cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Steem. Although they’re part of our lives for a relatively short amount of time, as they are growing… The post Storing Blockchain Data In Synthetic DNA – A Disturbingly Possible Utopia appeared first on Dragos Roua. Health and Fitness Money and Wealth

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How to Color Code Your Calendar

Jen Lawrence

Color coding your calendar is one of those organizational tricks that most people shrug off. Either they think it takes too much time or they won’t implement it or it is just plain frivolous. I’m here to tell you – if you aren’t color coding your calendar, you’re missing out. Color coding your calendar allows you to see how your time will be used at a glance. Colors can be used to distinguish between projects, clients, meeting types, activity types. You name it.

6 Secrets To A Successful Marriage

Dumb Little Man

People always want to know what makes a successful marriage. Some assume that love and passion are the key while others rely on financial stability as the magic bullet. The truth is that, while those things are important, they are not what will keep your marriage strong and healthy. There is actually no grand secret or magic formula. However, there are some very clear commonalities among those marriages that have stood the test of time.

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4 Small Business Grants That Can Help Support Your Growing Business

Small Business CEO

Starting a business or getting a business to grow beyond its initial year can be challenging, especially when funds are an issue. This is why a lot of small business owners often use up their own savings to fund their business. Others use their credit cards, or take out a loan. The downside to this is that they will incur interest while they repay their debt. This can make it more difficult to funnel all your resources into improving your business. Luckily, business owners can turn to grants.

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How I Handled A Reduction in Force

Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

I’m old enough to have seen our country go through drastic economic upheaval and downfalls one too many times, but I’m also young enough to appreciate Nikkie De Jager of nikkietutorials. And in this age of such uncertainty and turmoil, I wanted to talk about what’s worked for me. Ever since college internships and being a working professional, every single environment I had been in, was enveloped by so many buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, and secret sessions of due diligence.

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How to Color Code Your Calendar

Jen Lawrence

Color coding your calendar is one of those organizational tricks that most people shrug off. Either they think it takes too much time or they won’t implement it or it is just plain frivolous. I’m here to tell you – if you aren’t color coding your calendar, you’re missing out. Color coding your calendar allows you to see how your time will be used at a glance. Colors can be used to distinguish between projects, clients, meeting types, activity types. You name it.

11 Tips On How To Write A Good College Paper

Dumb Little Man

An essay is an excellent way to showcase what standardized test scores and grades can’t, your personality. Along with giving your admissions counselors and professors a glimpse of who you are, they’re excellent chances to showcase your writing ability. We’re going to outline several great tips on how to write a college paper below. Open Your Essay with an Anecdote or a Mini Story.

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11 Gift Ideas for Your Business Partners

Small Business CEO

Whether you’re looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for your business partner, or simply want to welcome them aboard with something special, it’s important to find the gift that says the right thing. In this guide, our friends at French Knot , Aussie’s premier online homewares store, offer 11 great ideas that will make your business partner feel the love. Each of these items have been chosen for business professionals and will be sure to be a hit! Mini Zen Garden.

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Perceived Value

Brilliantly Better

There is no intrinsic value of anything. The value that we attach to things, situations, beings or processes is all subjective. (In In order to make this clear, I used the term “perceived value”, instead of “subjective value”, which may be… The post Perceived Value appeared first on Dragos Roua. Money and Wealth

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Stereotypes Part 1: Age vs Experience

Who's the Real Boss?

If you’re a follower of mine, you’d be well aware by now that WTRB is on the campaign to break down out-dated stereotypes prevalent within the admin industry and specifically demolish the misconceptions that others have around the value we add and the abilities we have to assist our Executives in achieving their goals.

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What is a Shell Casing?

Dumb Little Man

A shell casing is a piece of ammunition that is made of metal. It is often brass, but it can be made of other metals as well. Shell casings can be made from any kind of ammunition that is fired from a pistol, rifle or shotgun. It is not a bullet but it is a piece of the larger ammunition mechanism that is loaded into the chamber to be shot. To understand the role of a shell casing, it is better to understand the way that a gun works and its purpose in firing. How a Gun Works.

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How to Keep Your Business Safe For Employees

Small Business CEO

As business owners, we value the contributions that our employees give. For sure, they are essential to a company’s growth. That said, it’s important that we make sure their needs are met and secure their well-being. After all, you won’t be able to deliver products and services to your market if you have high-performing workers stricken down by injuries. No doubt, the best way we can keep our employees healthy and our operations consistently productive is prioritizing workplace safety.

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Advice For Greypreneurs Entering The Gig Economy

Dumb Little Man

Among Baby Boomers, four out of five currently have no plans to retire. By 2019, many of them are in or approaching “retirement age”, but they aren’t ready to leave their career. Even in environments that are ready to see them out of their positions, almost 25% of the US workforce is projected to be 55 and over by 2024. But if not in their traditional corporate careers, where are Baby Boomers finding success? Your Career After 50.

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Build Your Financial Future by Building Business Credit

Small Business CEO

From the moment we open our first bank account or get our first credit card, we are bombarded with tips, opinions, and information, from our family and financial advisors, on the importance of building personal credit. Personal credit is of course incredibly important, but many business owners do not place the same importance on business credit.

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