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Most Small Businesses Have Less Than $400,000 in Annual Revenue

Small Business Labs

According to data from the  2014 U.S. Annual Survey of Entrepreneur s, the median U.S. employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generates less than $400k in revenue. As the chart below shows, in 2014 the median small business had receipts of about $390,000 and  about 4 in 10 (39%) had less than $250,000.  Only about one quarter (26%) of small businesses generated more than $1 million in revenue. Economic Decentralization Small Business Economy

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Snapchat for Small Business: A Guide for Beginners

Dumb Little Man

Snapchat is the best example of a breakaway innovation that’s taken social media by storm. With more than 200 million active monthly users, Snapchat is a rapidly growing platform businesses need to take note of. But what exactly is Snapchat for business? A good place to start would be to look at how the market uses it in the first place. Statistics show that 76% of Snapchat users buy their products online making it in ideal platform for sales and marketing campaigns.

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Is job hopping the only way up the career ladder for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Hi, I’m Nicky Christmas and I am a job hopper. There, I’ve admitted it. I’ve spent many years cleverly covering up the fact that I spent most of my career hopping from one job to another in an effort to climb the career ladder. Prior to running Practically Perfect PA, the longest time I spent in any one organisation was 4 years and in that time I took on two different roles.

2016 180

Does Office Design Really Affect Productivity?

Productivity Bits

As an active employee, you spend a significant part of your day at the office. During that time, you need to carry out tasks, meet deadlines, interact with co-workers, and still have complete insight into the impact of your work. However, what you are unaware of (most of the time) is how your office affects the way you work. Whether you work at home or in a large company building, office design can impact your mood, your ability to concentrate and stay focused, and your ability to be productive.

2016 179

Flurry of New Studies on the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Lots of recent studies on the gig economy. So many that one article says you can't swing a cat these days without hitting one. We're dog fans here at Small Business Labs, but we still wouldn't swing a cat. But if we did, we'd likely hit one of these recent gig economy studies: Upwork's 2016 Freelancing in America study - We briefly covered this study last week. The key finding is there are 55 million freelancers in the U.S., up from 53 million in 2014.

2016 191

4 Surprising Ways Tobacco Use Is Harming More than Your Health

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it negatively affects many other important aspects of your life, too? It’s true. Lighting up harms a shocking number of things, from your future earning potential to your relationships, the environment and even your pets. Here are four little-known ways that smoking hurts more than just your lungs. Smokers Earn 20% Less Than Non-Smokers. Research shows that people who smoke earn 20% less than people who DON’T smoke.

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How Anyone Can Be More Innovative Every Day

On The Job

When a study was released earlier this year noting that procrastination can make you more creative, many people probably rejoiced. Instead of being thought of as slackers by co-workers and bosses, they can now claim they’re not goofing off – they’re being “creative.” To a certain extent, that’s true.

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The Aspen Institute on What We Do and Don't Know About the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

The Aspen Institute's report Data on the Sharing & On-Demand Economy: What We Know and Don’t Know  covers a lot of ground.    It provides an excellent summary of the existing research on this rapidly growing field. But section 4 is our favorite section. It covers what we don't know about the sharing/on-demand economy, which is a lot. This section suggests 13 areas where we need further research. 

2016 165

How To Create Success: 3 Essential Things You Need To Work On

Dumb Little Man

The way you think can influence your life to a large extent. To know how to create success , you must first have the right mindset, beliefs, thoughts and ideas. Once you are able to change the way you think, you’ll be able to turn your situation and even your life around. If you are wondering how you can modify your belief system, here are three essential things you need to work on. Believe in your goals.

2016 193

Why You Need to Practice Saying "No"

On The Job

Not a big word, is it? Yet for many workers, saying "no" has become very difficult. Whether it's because they fear looking like a non-team player or worry about backlash from a boss, saying "no" has become a very big problem. Still, if you want to avoid burnout -- or even questionable behavior that could land you in legal trouble -- you need to know that line in the sand when you won't hesitate to say "no."

2016 167

Podcast 027: How to beat procrastination

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll offer a bunch of solutions to overcome procrastination. Determining which ones will work for you depends on what type of procrastinator you are. Here are some highlights: What type of procrastinator am I? What are the best tips for beating procrastination? But there really isn’t time for everything! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Then or Than?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have always had trouble knowing when to use the words 'then' or 'than'. Sometimes it is easy to figure out, but other times I struggle to figure it out. Well, today I came across a sentence where the person used 'then' and I was pretty sure it should have been 'than', but wasn't positive.

2016 138

6 Reasons Why You’re Still Single

Dumb Little Man

Why am I still single? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Are you still waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right to come into your life? You may think that you don’t have any control over the situation, but you actually play a large role in meeting the man or woman of your dreams. Here are six possible reasons why you haven’t found them yet and why you’re still single. You aren’t meeting new people. There comes a time when dating largely becomes a numbers game.

2016 191

How to Use Social Media and Stay Productive

Productivityist

Today’s guest post is by Rachel Bartee. Rachel is a professional content writer at EduGeeksClub dissertation service and her passion is expressing her thoughts as a blogger. Her life principle is “ Always do more than you can.” You can g et in touch with her on Twitter @rachel5bartee. . Let me start with a confession: I really like to use social media. I don’t like to use news websites or watch the news on TV, so social media is my main source of information.

3 Common Mistakes When Presenting Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

Reproducing the precise wording of a saying or the exact words someone has said or someone might say requires adherence to a simple set of rules of punctuation and capitalization, as described and demonstrated in the discussions following each of the examples provided below. The old saying, “What gets rewarded gets done,” is applicable to any business process.

2016 79

A Starter Guide to I-9 Compliance & New Hires

Small Business CEO

Getting a new hire onboard is more than introducing him to coworkers. You need to comply with all the regulations involved with the I-9 form. It is only one page, but the rules that go with it fill 69 pages. Here is an overview showing how important is it to comply with the regulations, the difference between the W-9 and the I-9 forms, and what identification is acceptable to meet the I-9 rules. Penalties for Non-Compliance. To you it looks like a lot of pencil pushing.

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What Science Says About The Car You Drive

Dumb Little Man

Is a car just a heap of metal that we drive around daily or does it actually serve a higher purpose? Some folks say that a car is almost a form of artistic expression or an extension of our personalities. Of course, no one can be judged by the set of wheels they are sporting. Not every car purchased serves as a statement piece. Some people are just looking to get from A to B, while others are very deliberate about what their car will “say” to the world.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Steve Dotto

Productivityist

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast I welcome my good friend Steve Dotto to the show. Steve’s made a name for himself on two separate occasions – first as a nationally-recognized television personality in Canada and now as a globally-recognized Internet personality worldwide. Steve and I talk about his early years and how he got into what he is doing now.

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Points About Bullet (and Other) Lists

Daily Writing Tips

When constructing vertical lists—sets of words, phrases, or sentences that are formatted vertically below an introductory phrase rather than included within a sentence (the latter is called an in-line list)—take care that the syntactical and grammatical structure of the list is consistent.

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Business Practices New Entrepreneurs Should Be Doing

Small Business CEO

Being an entrepreneur certainly takes a lot of work, especially when you’re still starting. If you don’t have a personal mentor to help you navigate the business world’s tough waters, here are some tips you should do to better your business. Have a vision. You couldn’t expect to prosper if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want your business to become. Deliver your vision clearly to your customers, as well as your employees and partners.

2016 80

3 Writing Techniques to Increase your Self-Esteem

Dumb Little Man

One of the challenges of modern living is the inability to control and command your own self-belief and self-esteem accordingly. It’s a common affliction and one that tends to rock back and forth on a daily basis. A good moment in the day makes it memorable while a single bad moment makes it one to forget. It’s very easy to find yourself in a position whereby you have no self-esteem purely through having a fluctuation of good and bad days.

How to be a Good Husband to Make Your Life a Bed of Roses

Dumb Little Man

Every woman dreams of a life with a perfect husband who will sweep her off her feet into a magical world of love and romance. She fantasizes an ideal husband who will be both ideal life partner and best friend. To be truthful, it is not only difficult but impossible to find a man possessing all the qualities a wife wishes for. But if a husband makes an effort, he can go a long way in improving his relationship with his wife and live more peacefully and happily as a result.

2016 177

Beyond the In-Flight Movie: 9 Ways to Beat Boredom in the Air

Dumb Little Man

Do you know what to do on a long flight? France, Asia, South America — they’re destinations that appear on nearly everyone’s bucket list. Yet most Americans’ passports are embarrassingly blank. The average American has visited just three nations. That means most of us have seen just a paltry 2% of the globe. Perhaps one reason Americans don’t travel more is the long distances most of us have to fly to reach a foreign country.

2016 173

3 Simple Ways To Overcome Your Deepest Insecurities (And Become Happier In the Process)

Dumb Little Man

Six months ago, I was an insecure wreck. If you were to look at me from the outside, you would have thought I was pretty successful for my age. I had straight A’s, offers to some of the best universities in the UK, a career that was earning me more at 23 than people will ever reach in their life, six-pack abs, and a hot girlfriend. What more could a person ask for? Surely I must have been happy right? Well, surprisingly no – and the reason why is pretty simply really.

2016 173

How To Know Which People Truly Care About You

Dumb Little Man

Most people love to talk about how many friends they have or how social they are. If you ask how many of those same friends care about them, people aren’t as comfortable talking about that. It’s nice to believe that you can meet someone once and then call them a friend. But meeting someone once is not always a sign that you can rely on them to care about you. The world is a big place and everyone is just doing their best to make sure that their needs are satisfied.

2016 169

3 Things You Should Know Before Pursuing A Songwriting Career

Dumb Little Man

When you decide to pursue a songwriting career , you shouldn’t expect to be successful right away. To become an industry expert, you have to know your way around. Since there’s no handbook to guide you and no course to prepare you, it’s important that you keep a realistic view of the songwriting world. Here are a few things you should know before you invest all you’ve got in a new career. Income is unpredictable.

2016 166

Fashion Hacks That Can Save You Big Bucks

Dumb Little Man

Are you looking for ways to save money? Let me share my fashion hacks with you. I have spent most of my life crafting ways to cut corners. I am your normal girl. I like fashion and beauty products just as much as the next person, but it’s not always possible to look like the beauties on TV. First of all, let’s be real here. I’m not tall enough to pull off some of those ridiculous runway trends. I have come to terms with my “short girl” status and actually embrace it. Sure, I want to look good.

2016 166

30 Brilliant Uses for Lip Balm

Dumb Little Man

I have been called the “World’s Laziest Obsessive-Compulsive” and it’s a pretty accurate assessment. All my life, I’ve looked for shortcuts and easier ways to do things. For years, I’ve collected tips, tricks and MacGyver-esque hacks to do everything easier, faster, better and cheaper. Here, I’ll share my collection of really useful things you can do with a simple tube of lip balm. Earwax Upgrade.

2016 166

9 Things You Can Do To Make Changing Devices A Breeze

Dumb Little Man

If you work remotely for a corporation, you will be required to get a new computer and phone almost every year. This is a part of a lot of organizations’ standard operating procedures to help ensure their security and development. If you are looking for ways to make the transition a lot easier and more efficient, here are a few ideas you can use when changing devices. Put it on your calendar. Organizations generally have policies about when their employees need to get a new laptop.

2016 166

20 Slang Terms for Law Enforcement Personnel

Daily Writing Tips

A variety of more or less colorful colloquialisms referring to police officers and similar authority figures have developed in American English, sometimes inspired by other languages. Here is a list of such terms. barney : This gently derogatory term refers to Barney Fife, a bumbling small-town deputy sheriff in the classic 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

2016 76

3 Questions About Hyphenation with Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

Writers are often confused about whether a phrase beginning with an adverb should be hyphenated. The answers to the following three questions explain when hyphenation is required and when it is incorrect. I read an article that included this sentence: “Smith did his best during a nationally-broadcast speech this month to scare voters away from Jones.” Is that hyphen correct?

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Style Quiz #3: Academic Subjects, Courses, and Lectures

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for treatment of terms pertaining to academic subjects, courses, and lectures according to The Chicago Manual of Style ; revise emphasis as necessary: 1. He obtained a master’s degree in Economics. I’m studying for my final for “Literature of the Victorian Era.” ” 3. She attended a lecture called Social Satire in the Works of Charles Dickens. They’re petitioning to save the Ethnic Studies Department.

2016 73

5 Assorted Usage Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Using the right word for the job, or considering whether a word is needed at all, distinguishes careful writing from careless writing. Discussion and revision of the following sentences illustrate various ways in which writing can be improved by word-by-word attention to detail. Here’s a list of several webinars that we have hosted that we think you may be interested in.

2016 71

Tips For a Great First Time Business Travel Planning

Small Business CEO

Whenever you travel for business purposes you will need to think about many different things. This can be quite difficult when it is the very first time that you plan such a departure. In most cases it is a great idea to discuss with business travel experts. However, this is not always available. Fortunately, we have some practical tips to get you started on the right foot. We live in a world where business operations turn into global enterprises. Because of this, business travel is so common.

5 Essential Components of a High Financial IQ

Small Business CEO

Intelligence comes in many different forms. Some people are great with numbers, others with words, still others with spatial reasoning. Intelligence comes in “non-intellectual” packages too—professional athletes are geniuses at using their bodies to achieve desired outcomes, for instance. Some forms of intelligence can’t be learned. You either have them or you don’t. Financial intelligence is different.

2016 79

6 SMB Ideas That Were Impossible 10 Years Ago

Small Business CEO

In his interview with the Texas CEO Magazine earlier this year, the former general manager of IBM’s Watson project, Manoj Saxena, identified four big inflection points in human history – the alphabet, the printing press, the internet and machine learning. The internet has truly been a paradigm-shifting presence in our lives and among other aspects of reality it has transformed irretrievably; it has turned the world of business into something truly different.

2016 78

3 Tips for Including Links in Your Small Business Blogs

Small Business CEO

Blogging for business is a great way to bring more visitors to your website, build fodder for your social media posts, create a network with your customers, and ultimately get yourself a larger revenue stream. However, blogging is a lot more than typing words out on your keyboard. In order to create a blog that is actually beneficial to your business, you have to understand how business blogging works. One big area of business blogging revolves around links.

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