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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015. Below is our 8 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.    2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015.

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What to Do When There Are Too Many Things to Get Done

Dumb Little Man

You know that feeling of having way too many things to do. When you don’t feel like starting to work on them any time soon, and just the thought of all the tasks, projects, housework, school assignments, or else, is overwhelming you. Most of us do know how this situation looks like. And those who don’t are either the most organized people in the world, or have some secret strategies for doing a lot of work in no time and not feeling stressed.

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When Time Matters, Old School Rocks!

Virtual Moxie

Rose wrote to me about a problem with a client. The client was readying for an event that Rose was helping with. Two days before the event, the client asked Rose to get the answer to an important question (logistical) from the venue''s coordinator. Rose got the answer, but not in a timely fashion, according to the client. The client was upset, and Rose was perplexed. I asked Rose to tell me how things went down, step by step. Here''s the scoop: Got the request from the client.

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Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock. I must say I was completely bowled over by the event, which is not something I have often said about networking events for assistants! The event, entitled ACE Connects, was organised by assistants for assistants which meant that a lot of thought had gone into the structure of the session.

Productivity and Minimal Software

Simple Productivity Blog

I recently upgraded my home laptop. My old computer was struggling with lack of memory, and attempts to upgrade the memory had failed. Since I am now looking at a clean slate, I have cause to look at the software installed on my old machine, and think about minimal software on my computer, phone and tablet. Today we''ll take a look at minimal software, what it means for your productivity, and how to get rid of it.

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5 Helpful Tips for Adjusting to Change

Dumb Little Man

Whether we are talking about a business or an individual, change is necessary for growth and improvement, but many of these have difficulties adjusting to change or resist it altogether. It goes without saying that change requires a great deal of faith. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is easier to believe in faith or preach it than it is to live by it. Learning how to cope with change is an important skill that one must attain in order to improve our companies or our lives.

2014 218

5 Things to Remember in a New Job

On The Job

As the economy improves, many people are starting new jobs and learning how to work for a new company and a new boss. But what many don''t realize is that your first few days on the job can set the tone for your time in that position, Complain about something on Day 1, and you may forever be labeled a whiner. Gossip about your old job in the first week and you may be seen as immature.

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Thursday From The Trenches Episode 5

Simple Productivity Blog

In this video I talk about how I am looking for a way to finish a major project. The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 5 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 ( ). Productivity trench

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The Only Habit You Need to Accomplish All Your Goals for 2015

Dumb Little Man

We all know the disappointment of unachieved goals. With each new year, we set a number of goals to make this year the best, only to forget what goals we’ve set come December. For many of us, the story of passionate goal-setting followed by disappointing results is one we’re all too familiar with. But what if this cycle could end? It’s now December—a time to reflect on how far we’ve come this year, and also pause to plot the path forward.

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Ford's 2015 Consumer Trends

Small Business Labs

It's predictions season and lots of 2015 trends, forecast and predictions lists are starting to be released. I'll be covering several of these lists inc the coming weeks. We'll also be releasing our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list tomorrow.   Starting our prediction season coverage is a look at Ford Motor Company's Looking Further With Ford 2015 Trends report.    Ford's been doing annual trend reports for several years.

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Technology of the week: Expensify

Practically Perfect PA

What is Expensify? Expensify’s moto is “Expense reports that don’t suck!” ” Founded back in 2008 Expensify have a number of features that make processing expenses easier. What does it do? There are a few different elements that make up the Expensify website, here are just a few features. Expensify enables users to import expenses directly from personal and corporate card transactions. Users can take pictures of their receipts via a mobile phone using SmartScanning.

2014 154

Email Labels Vs. Folders

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the key strategies to finding things in an email program is to sort them in such a way that you can find them again quickly. One of the impediments to this is email programs that store their information in folders, as opposed to labeling the email. Today we will look at the fundamental differences in between folders and labels when it comes to email. The post Email Labels Vs. Folders appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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If Money could buy Happiness, You won’t get enough Bang for Your Buck

Dumb Little Man

As human beings, we oftentimes dwell too much on the unanswerable question “Can money buy happiness?” Indeed, it is an age-old question and yet so many of us have defined our happiness by the amount of assets and wealth that we have. It’s that many individuals attain more wealth over time and get richer in the process. Ironically, all the money in the world can never equal the price tag that happiness oftentimes has attached to it.

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The Solopreneur Life’s Review of the New Rainmaker Platform

The Solopreneur Life

O n Sunday morning I was sitting on the sidelines inside a domed athletic facility in the Twin Cities. I was watching my 16-year-old daughter play lacrosse. Sitting next to me was a good friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years. He and I became solopreneurs in the same year, 1993.

2014 171

Holiday Wishes From Me to You

Virtual Moxie

I''m taking a break from Moxie to focus on the holidays and finish my sabbatical in style! I hope you and all those you love have wonderful holiday and end-of-year celebrations, and I look forward to being back here with you in 2015! Thanks for reading, and for growing your own Virtual Moxie! Schedule. Business Communication Expectations

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Open Loops 12/19/2014

Simple Productivity Blog

#Excerpt. On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on procrastination; decision fatigue; keeping your tasks off your calendar; expiring clutter; self-improvement through Dr. Who; how to be more productive; when things go wrong; giving people the benefit of the doubt; productivity pick-me-ups; catching up; and why it is important to free up space.

2014 132

How to work from home and not become a vegetable!

Dumb Little Man

They are paying me a great salary but it is a ‘work from home’ opportunity: I wonder ‘how that works out in the long run’! Working from home can be easy or difficult – it all depends on our belief. We may get a work from home opportunity without even asking for it; or we may actually ask for it thinking that – it comes with lot of freedom. But lot of freedom comes with fear of inaction, boredom and isolation. Our thoughts determine: how we measure the success in our life?

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Productivity App

Clutter Coach

by A software engineer reached out to me last week to let me know about an app she and her partner developed to increase their own productivity as they worked on their start up. It’s called 52 Wins. There’s a companion blog that will record the successes of the app users as they build a skill, try something new, stick to a plan or whatever it is they choose as a goal over the coming year. Sounds inspiring!

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Working at a height

The Small Business Blog

What should you be mindful of when working at a height? Safety Concerns When Working At a Height Official statistics from the Government Department of Work and Pensions reports that a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. The Chair… Read the full article here: Working at a height on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Small Business / SOHO safety working in height Workplace

2014 153

How to Change the Text on Mailchimp’s “Subscribe to List” Button

The Solopreneur Life

M ailChimp’s default text on sign-up buttons says “Subscribe to list.” ” That’s not what you want the user to see when she’s registering to receive an e-book, white paper, or other product. “Subscribe to list” doesn’t match what she wants to do, at all.

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Preparing Your Business to Weather the Storms and Survive the Unexpected

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When your business is hit by fluctuations in the economy, you probably have ways of adjusting to help you ride out the storm. You cut back on expenses, bump up your marketing, whatever it takes to keep that revenue coming in, right? To some degree, you are still in control in those situations and can navigate your way through them. But what happens when a real-life storm hits? If a devastating storm were to hit your corner of the world, would you be prepared?

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How to Get Workers in Any Organization to Help Drive Change

On The Job

"Change agent” is no longer just a term for an outside consultant or someone in the C-suite who is charged with transforming an organization. More organizations now realize they must have leaders and employees who are change agents, capable of looking at what they do in a different way and bringing about change in order to be competitive.

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Businesses Love New Technology

The Small Business Blog

Understanding new technology is key for explaining how start-ups grow to become well known brands. These days, it is important for companies to be ‘fresh,’ ‘in cloud’ and, of course, ‘socially connected. New technologies allow you to spend less money and get more time for running a well operated business. There are some new tools… Read the full article here: Businesses Love New Technology on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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How to Change the Text on Mailchimp’s “Subscribe to List” Button

The Solopreneur Life

The old retail adage, “a confused mind never buys,” applies to online sign-ups, too. Here’s an example. Mailchimp’s default text on its sign-up buttons says “Subscribe to list.”

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2015 can be YOUR year!

Step It Up VA Coaching

I recently announced the launch of a brand new 6-month private coaching program. It’s called, 6 Month Life & Business Development Coaching Program , and it runs January through June 2015. In my 11 years as an entrepreneur and in creating two successful businesses – - I learned a few things! I learned… that your business can only grow at the rate of your personal growth.

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Dozen: Singular or Plural?

Daily Writing Tips

Referring to a recent post , a reader wants to know why I wrote, “Here are a dozen common subordinating conjunctions” and not, “Here is a dozen common subordinating conjunctions.”. Because I was referring to what I regard as twelve distinct conjunctions with different uses, I treated dozen as a plural. Dozen is a collective noun, like committee. Collective nouns name groups of people or items. If the group is seen as identical or as acting in unison, the noun is treated as singular.

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What is attracting employees to work for an SME?

The Small Business Blog

When there are so many monetary and big benefits of working for a large organisation, we have to question what is attracting so many of us to work for an SME? New research shows that a friendly atmosphere, having a close relationship with colleagues and bosses, and having a say in the future of the… Read the full article here: What is attracting employees to work for an SME? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Small Business / SOHO employee small companies sme

2014 146

What Does It Mean to Live the Solopreneur Life?

The Solopreneur Life

W hat does it mean to “live the solopreneur life.” ” It means thousands of things to me. Here are 19. Learning, all the time. Getting on my bike and riding, when I need a spark. Competing. Placing zero value on face time. Finding my perfect niche. Giving permission to my Inner Genius, my Inner Poet, my Inner Programmer. Being fair to my clients, and myself. Going on an Elmore Leonard binge, because it’s fun. Keeping promises. Telling the truth.

2014 126

Productivityist 2.0: The Next Level


I try to focus more on task than time , but in recent months I realized that it was time for a change here at Productivityist. Over the past year the site has grown, both in terms of offerings and in terms of audience. Ever since I launched the blog, growth has been consistent but between October 2013 and today the growth has been more than consistent – it’s been tremendous. As a result, the realization that change needed to occur rose to the forefront.

2014 82

Pronoun Mistakes #2: Reflexive and Intensive Forms

Daily Writing Tips

A pronoun that ends in -self or -selves is either reflexive or intensive. Reflexive pronouns function as objects, either the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition: The cat covered itself with the blanket. direct object of covered ) Cat is the referent. The greedy child kept all the cookies for himself. object of the preposition of ) Child is the referent. Intensive pronouns intensify or emphasize a noun or another pronoun: The owner himself washed the front steps.

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Press Release: Better Working Relationships Attract Employees To SMEs

The Small Business Blog

A friendly atmosphere, having a close relationship with colleagues and bosses, and having a say in the future of the company are key benefits of working in a SME according to new research from Nescafe Alegria and YouGov. The study which questioned over 1200 SME employees and over 550 SME employers, focused on the advantages… Read the full article here: Press Release: Better Working Relationships Attract Employees To SMEs on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Marketing/PR

2014 117

Living The BIG Life Principles

Office Dynamics

I am celebrating finishing a year of Monday Motivators which focused on a 12-month theme of “ 2014-The Year of BIG. ” I’m wondering how many of you were reached with my BIG Life principles. I am curious if I clearly communicated what I mean by a “BIG Life.” ” Each month this year, I focused on a different aspect of BIG Life.

2014 112

How to Make a Media Kit That Gets You Great PR

The Solopreneur Life

C lient: “I finished writing my e-book and I self-published it.” ” Me: “Congratulations!” ” Client: “Thank you! Right now I’m trying to put together a media tour to promote my book. But nobody at the newspapers, websites, or radio shows is returning my emails. Even the podcasters and bloggers are ignoring me. What I am doing wrong?” ” Me: “Let me take a look at your media kit.” ” Client: “What’s a media kit?”

2014 109

Dysphoria and Other Dys- Words

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has asked for a post on dysphoria. Dysphoria is the opposite of euphoria. Whereas euphoria is a feeling of well-being, dysphoria is a state marked by feeling of unease or discomfort. Perhaps the most familiar type of dysphoria comes from pangs of conscience: the bad feeling in the pit of one’s stomach that results from having done something unkind or dishonest.

2014 76

Book Review: The Fish That Ate The Whale


I wasn’t going to write about this book. I thought this was going to be book about a man, his business, and the story of how they come together. But it was so much more. Beyond being my favorite book of the year (and one of the best I’ve ever read), it’s got everything a nonfiction story needs. Lessons, characters, angst, confusion. Reading this book about New Orleans, old ships, railways, and the isthmus of Central America made it feel like I was there.

2014 76

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 33. Dissolve Negative Opinions About Yourself

Brilliantly Better

Whatever you think you may do, it’s half of what you can really do. And that’s – partially – because you have so many negative … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 33. Dissolve Negative Opinions About Yourself appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Our Totally Free Thank You Gift

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics International has been serving the Administrative Profession for 24 years (since 1990). Our team collectively began to wind down the year and talk about all that’s happened over the years, in the profession, in our own lives, and in the lives of the many we’ve come to know – as we did this, we experienced a wave of emotion. If you’ve known us for any length of time, you know, a lot has happened in these last 24 years.

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