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Technology of the week: Scanbot

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Scanbot. Here are all the details… What is Scanbot? Scanbot is the easiest and fastest way to create high-quality scans with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It is free to use, although there is a pro version which enables users to produce edit-ready documents. What does it do? Scanbot […].

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The Top 15 Cities for Specialized Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Fiverr's Understanding the Impact of the Freelance Economy study focuses on what they call "specialized freelancers" These are independent workers who provide professional, technical, or creative services.    As the report chart below shows, there are about 2.5 million "specialized freelancers" in the U.S.    Fiverr and their research partner, Rockbridge Associates , dug deep into the U.S. Census non-employer business dataset for this analysis. 

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Ten Simple Ways to Go Green On A Budget

Eco-Office Gals

Most people associate “going green” with buying expensive products like organic vegetables, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and electric cars. However, there are some really simple techniques you can use to go green without spending much money. In fact, some of these techniques can even help you save money! Without further ado, here are ten simple ways to go green on a budget. . Reduce your plastic use.

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How to Create A Fairy Garden Outdoors

Dumb Little Man

Despite what most people say, creating a fairy garden is surprisingly easy and you can do it by yourself or with the help of your kids. You can find fairy garden kits so you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for all the bells and whistles to make a perfect garden. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a quick guide on how to create a fairy garden outdoors. Materials and Fairy Garden Accessories.

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Five restaurants to recommend in the City of London

Practically Perfect PA

As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves. I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s. Last year, I decided to set up www.Cityintrigue.com to give inspiration to my fellow PAs on trusted […].

The Strong Job Market's Impact on Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The U.S. unemployment rate fell under 4% for the first time since 2000, continuing a steady decline that started in 2010. Despite the strong traditional job market, according to the BLS self-employment has increased slightly over the prior year and is also up from 2010.    We've also found in our research that the number of independent workers has also increased  since 2010. The relationship between the traditional job market and independent work is complex.

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Interacting with the World and Work

Office Dynamics

During a class I was teaching, a high-level executive assistant that I admire said to her peers, “At our company, we insulate ourselves. We think we are the best executive assistants alive, but we are not. We have much to learn.” This executive assistant is a seasoned professional with 25+ years of experience in the administrative profession.

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Day in the life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC.

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the Life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC. What are the main aspects of your role? I manage the CEO’s calendar and email, book his travel, help with sales notes and drafting proposals, and anything else he needs. In the first year of the company (2017), I wore […].

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Pew's Demographic Trends That Are Shaping the World

Small Business Labs

Not everyone agrees that demographics are destiny. But demographic trends are key drivers of change and also one of the few things we can project into the future with decent accuracy. Pew Research's  7 demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world in 2018 looks at the demographic trends Pew considers to be the most important. 

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Top Career Killers that Sabotage Your Professional Growth (and How to Avoid Them)

Eat Your Career

In my work as a career coach, I meet a lot of promising professionals who feel professionally stuck. They complain of being overlooked, unappreciated, passed over, undervalued and ignored. Many of these people feel like victims. It’s my job to help empower them to take responsibility for their part, which is often bigger than they originally thought. Much of the time, we can identify specific behaviors that have contributed to the situation.

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5 Extremely Powerful Ways to Become Your Own Inspiration

Dumb Little Man

I ask myself an important question every day – who knows me better than myself? The answer is nobody. Not even my close friends or family has the power to know what I am thinking or feeling. I am the only one who can express my thoughts and feelings and that goes the same for you. You are the only one who knows what you are truly capable of and how willing you are to push yourself.

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Want to attend the Virtual Summit? Need to convince the boss? We’ve got your back!

Practically Perfect PA

This summer’s Virtual Summit takes place on Friday 22nd June at 9 am GMT+1 and we are just putting the final touches to the programme, which we are hoping to release next week. We have a brilliant line-up of speakers and the programme is packed full of practical sessions with loads of information you can […]. Assist Events Featured Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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Forever A Student

Office Dynamics

I am so jazzed! Yesterday I flew to San Diego (with Jill and Brian from ODI), to attend the ATD International Conference and Exposition for 3 days. This is the training industry’s premier event with about 10,000 attendees, 300+ breakout sessions, and more than 600+ exhibitors. It’s amazing and can be overwhelming. I am excited to be the student this week. As you know, I am usually the teacher. At heart, I have always been a student and absolutely love to learn.

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The F-ing Meeting

Productivityist

My wife and I have a lot going on. We work together on this business of mine, and Anne has her own business dealings as well. We also have two kids, so we have other people in our household that require our time, attention, and focus. As our kids have gotten older, their needs have changed, so nothing at home really stays the same. In fact, nothing about our lives ever really stays the same.

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How to Relieve Stress Fast: Stop, Drop, and Roll

Dumb Little Man

Stop, drop, and roll has been the method for teaching fire safety since the late 1970s, but what if we used this same technique to extinguish stress in our lives? I am not suggesting that if your boss moves your end of the month presentation to two o’clock today, you stop everything you’re doing, drop to the floor, and start rolling around the office. No, that will not be effective or productive. It can actually increase your stress level. My theory is simple.

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This is How You Ace a Phone Interview

On The Job

For many job seekers, the first interaction they have with an employer is over the phone. But for some, it may be the first and the last contact if they’re not prepared to follow proper phone interview etiquette. There are several phone interview etiquette issues you need to think about when preparing for a call from an employer. Also—there are several you need to be prepared for when you’re not expecting a call from an employer.

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What IS the Difference Between “Since” and “Because”?

Office Dynamics

This request recently came my way: Barbara, I’d love to see you do an article on the difference between “as” and “since” and “because.” Here’s a summary of what my research told me. Both “because” and “since” imply cause, and they can be interchangeable when “since” means “for the reason that.” e.g., “Since my dog needs exercise, I take him for a walk.” e.g., “I walk every day because my dog needs exercise.”.

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All Things Productive with Carl Pullein

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Carl Pullein. Carl is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Your Digital Life and Working With Todoist: The Book. We spoke about the term “productivity,” how to get the most out of applications and more. Here are a few highlights from the show: What productivity means. Why it’s so important to capture quickly. How culture affects perspective and productivity.

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Why You Need A Daily Morning Routine Even If You’re Not A Morning Person

Dumb Little Man

I can almost hear you thinking: “Just one more snooze” as you shuffle around your bed early in the morning. You’re either giving yourself just enough time to get ready for work or rushing to get one bite to eat before heading out. This is the sad reality most people face. You hear about morning routines on the web and in Podcasts. You hear about morning routine practically everywhere yet you’re convinced they don’t apply to you. Afterall, you’re not a morning person.

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You Didn't Get an Internship -- Now What?

On The Job

Many people have now learned the value of getting an internship. An internship can open doors for a permanent job, it can teach you a variety of skills and it can help you make key contacts. It can even help you learn that this chosen field is a big mistake, and you need to explore other options. Still, getting an internship can be tough. There's a lot of competition for good internships, and some companies dilly-dally around so long they never getting around to making an offer.

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Meeting New People as an Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

Meeting new people as an Administrative Professional is cool! Think about all the people you have met because of the people you support and where you work. Where else would you meet such a broad range of individuals? Many executive assistants and administrative assistants work with a variety of cultures. Even in my “good” old days as an executive assistant, I worked with people from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France.

Idioms About Units of Measure

Daily Writing Tips

A number of idiomatic expressions refer (often hyperbolically, or with lighthearted exaggeration) to units of English measure to describe something figuratively or make an observation. This post lists and explains many such phrases. To be “every inch a (something)” or “every inch the (something)” is to so closely match a stereotypical look or embody a trait that the comparison holds thoroughly, figuratively, from beginning to end.

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Growing In A Relationship: 12 Things To Do While Dating Someone

Dumb Little Man

I get asked frequently if I subscribe to or prescribe to traditional dating “rules”. You know, things like wait X number of days to call a guy back, don’t sleep with a man before X number of dates, never be the first to say “I love you,” and so on and so on. Well, the simple answer is no. Living a life with hard rules doesn’t allow flexibility. You need to know how to use and modify rules based on your personal beliefs and what will directly work for you.

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Are You at Risk? Lessons Learnt from Netflix’s Security breach

Small Business CEO

In 2017, Netflix became one of the many companies to suffer a security breach. A group of hackers known as “thedarkoverlord” had gained access to the then-unreleased series of hit show “Orange is the New Black” and threatened to release it online unless Netflix paid a substantial ransom fee. Although the breach threatened to damage Netflix’s credibility, the company decided not to pay the ransom and were ultimately vindicated.

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The Top Advantages of E-Learning You Might Not Know About

Dumb Little Man

With the advent of the internet and everything being almost fully available online, learning has changed. Now, almost anybody can easily learn even the most difficult skill right from the couch! Along the years, many remote learning centers have developed complete e-learning models with no brick and mortar school affiliated at all. These companies have evolved into the likes of Udemy, Edx, Alison and a long list of others that we now know. This is why many people choose e-learning.

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How to Easily Build Your Website with AI

Dumb Little Man

If you want your business to succeed in the modern world, you’re going to have to think long and hard about how to establish your online presence. The first thing you should do is put yourself in the shoes of the client that you are trying to win over. Ask yourself: where’s the first place they’re going to look? You guessed it – Google. Searching on the Internet is by far the fastest way to get access to information about anything. This is why most people don’t look anywhere else.

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How To Make A Successful And Hassle-Free Career Change

Dumb Little Man

Whether your goals, values or interests have changed or you need more money and flexible hours, starting a new career isn’t something you can take lightly. You need to really think things through before you make a decision. If you are in the middle of planning your next career move, here are some of the best tips you can use. Determine Where You’re At.

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12 Tips That Build Customer Loyalty And Boost Sales

Dumb Little Man

Loyal customers can help you stay in business as they faithfully buy your goods and services. They can also refer other customers and help your company build brand recognition. For these reasons, you want and need to build customer loyalty. The following 12 tips can definitely help you with that. Build a Relationship. Value every customer in all aspects of your sales funnel.

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3 Things That Make An Effective Banner Ad Design

Dumb Little Man

Before there were “banner ads” on the internet, there were banners. Printed banners that advertised a sale, drew attention to an event or made a rock band look like seasoned professionals at the annual park festival. Printed banners are still an essential part of the image you want to project for your business or event. They’re one of the most durable, affordable, and memorable forms of advertising out there – even today. But not all banners or banner printers are equal!

2018 102

Your Complete Guide to Playing Online Slots

Dumb Little Man

Knowing how to play online slots isn’t that hard and confusing. In fact, you can easily learn it with just the right tips, tricks, and hacks. Getting familiar with the games matters, too. Unfortunately, for beginners, the list of guides on how to play online slots can be confusing. So, to help you get the best gaming experience, we’ve prepared a complete guide you’ll actually find handy. Read on. The Different Types of Online Slots. Via atomik.

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How Google Classroom is Reshaping Learning

Dumb Little Man

The job market is always changing but new technology and globalization are driving change at a faster rate than ever before. Working habits are changing as well with more industries embracing work-from-home. With all these changes in the job market, only 44% of students feel their education prepared them for employment. If today’s students want to have successful careers, they must be better prepared for the job market of the future. Traditional Education Falls Short.

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9 Easy Ways To Use Social Media SEO

Dumb Little Man

SEO and social media marketing are two strategies that can help boost your brand awareness and market your business. They create an appealing identity that attracts visitors naturally. Since social media mainly depends on the high-quality content and a strong, visible brand presence, your SEO efforts can particularly improve your social media reach. It can improve your search rankings, too. If that’s exactly what you want, check out the following nine ways to improve your social media SEO.

3 Tips on Becoming Crypto Nomads

Small Business CEO

With technology offering even more ways for people to work away from their desks and offices, the term digital nomad has become prevalent for the past decade as the best way to make money while living life on the road. With only a laptop and an internet connection, millennials can work and get paid from any corner of the world. But now there is an emergent wave of a new type of nomads – Crypto nomads.

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E-Invoicing: The Unsung Hero in Every Business

Small Business CEO

As humans, we are constantly searching for ways to improve the processes that we frequently encounter during the course of our daily struggle called life. From the invention of the wheel to the invention of the internet a few decades ago, we humans have always been characterized by a penchant for innovation and an unending thirst for knowledge. We’ve come a long way from bartering. We’ve been able to create currencies and now, we’ve even been able to create cryptocurrencies.

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Judging Fundamental Versus Technical When Dealing with Foreign Currency

Small Business CEO

The foreign exchange market is one that many people utilize as part of their investment portfolio. It can even be a way to build up a nest egg that can fund a small business of your own. But, obviously, that will only happen if you have the ability to judge the intricacies of the market with a great amount of efficiency. And that often comes down to the strategy that you utilize. It often comes down to a debate between one of two tactics.

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The “Secret Sauce” for SMBs to Win in B2B

Small Business CEO

Many SMB owners operating in B2B markets have the aspiration to acquire large corporate clients. Getting a large “big brand” customer can provide an SMB with numerous benefits including: Larger revenues. Long term contracts. Enhanced industry reputation. The key to successfully acquiring such clients or customers is to provide an excellent customer experience. What Is Customer Experience?

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The Changing Nature of Transportation Factoring

Small Business CEO

Ask any business owner in the trucking industry and they will tell you how important financing is to their day-to-day financial strategies. And yet, for years owners of trucking companies were unable to secure funding when they needed it because banks and other traditional lenders often used difficult hurdles and long turnaround times to dissuade the trucking industry from seeking loans at all.

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