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How can assistants add value in the workplace?

Practically Perfect PA

Firstly, happy New Year! Last year was a mixed bag wasn’t it?! I hope you all had a lovely break and are looking forward to the year ahead. As usual, we have a packed schedule for 2017, starting with the Assist Conference in February. Today I am writing about one of the key themes for this year’s conference – using your tool kits to add value within your organisation. I used to struggle with this during my career as an assistant.

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Book Review: The Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The holidays were quite hectic this year. But we were able to carve out some time and read  The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want.   And we're glad we did. The book provides a wealth of excellent "how to" advice on succeeding at independent work.

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5 Simple Lessons to Break the Shackles of People’s Negativity

Dumb Little Man

The world is a small place and no matter how hard we try to avoid negative people, we will end up running into them sooner or later. It’s better that you run into negative people sooner because they present a perfect opportunity to practice bettering yourself. With every negativity, there is always a way to turn it around or use it to your benefit. Now, I’m not saying to go out and start problems with people.

2017 153

Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

Tips From T. Marie

Although I won’t celebrate my 10 th year of being a #girlboss until September of this year, January 2017 does mark an equally important point in my life as a female entrepreneur. It was 10 years ago, this month that I first stumbled across the term ‘virtual assistant ’.

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Tech of the week: TransferWise

Practically Perfect PA

What is TransferWise. TransferWise is an online money transfer service. It allows users to move foreign money from one bank account to another while avoiding high bank fees. What does it do? Using peer to peer technology, TransferWise is 8 times cheaper than transfering money via a traditional bank. If someone wants to change pounds to euros, the technology will match someone who wants to transfer euros to pounds.

2017 116

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses. Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been rising steadily since the depths of the recession. The tiny operations often make food, craft beer, toiletries or other niche products. Their growth stands out in a sector that has been shedding workers for decades."

2017 157

Top 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Useful Habits

Dumb Little Man

Being a good parent means helping your kids acquire healthy habits and helping them drop the bad ones. It doesn’t matter whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there is always time for you to help and motivate your children to be better people by aiding them and setting an example. However, with the sheer amount of pressure every parent experiences when trying to raise children, they might often feel helpless and desperate.

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Podcast 037: The power of checklists

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how how valuable checklists are and why you should use them. Here are some highlights: Why should I write down little mundane tasks? How will it help me? What’s the best way to use a checklist? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

From Possibility to Reality

Office Dynamics

This past October, I was honored to be part of the 2016 Office Dynamics International Conference, The Revolutionary Assistant. If you had asked me several years ago if it were possible to pull off a 400-person think tank, I’m not sure how I would have responded. Happily, I believe in exploration thinking, so today, I can say, “Absolutely!” And here’s why.

2017 134

How to Make Your Bathroom Truly Unique

Dumb Little Man

There are so many ways to design and decorate your bathroom nowadays. It is no longer about the fixtures but also the visual appeal. It’s how you feel from the moment you step into the bathroom. Other than the physical design of the bathroom shape and size, you can do many things to transform this commonly overlooked room in your home. Here are some bathroom design ideas that can transform your bathroom. Printed tiles. Via freshome.

2017 138

Positive Career Affirmation #4

Eat Your Career

“I know my value. Recognition from others is always appreciated but never essential.” ” To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #4 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations

2017 100

Why It's Time to Stop Suffering in Your Job

On The Job

There you sit, at the pinnacle of your profession. Successful, well-respected, making good money. It took lots of hard work, a little bit of luck and many personal sacrifices. Still, it was worth it. Wasn’t it? Unfortunately, many people in this exact position are saying “no.” They’re not doing something they like, they’re not happy, they’re not able to say they like what they’ve done with their life. But those who are miserable and successful often feel the most trapped by their jobs.

2017 116

Valentine Logo Reveal with Particle Hearts

Andrea Kalli

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. No really, it is. Hard to believe, I know. That means I’m beginning to design new Valentine’s Day videos for you to send to your client, just to let them know how much you love working with them. I had a lot of fun following tutorials and getting into a creative mode by designing this Valentine’s Day Logo Reveal project for a client, complete with a swooshing trail of particle hearts. It’s a regular love-fest!

2017 100

The Essential Elements of Modern Web Design

Dumb Little Man

Modern web design for the 21st century is very different from what we were working with back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Simply put, we have come a long way in the last 15 years. The modern website is now the engine of modern business rather than just an electronic calling card or digital Yellow Page listing. And in order for a website to actually fulfill its mission-critical purpose, certain essential elements have to be included during the design phase.

2017 135

Career Success A to Z:F is for Fail Forward

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. After a short break for the holidays, we’re back in full swing and covering an appropriate topic as we enter a new year. While most of us are thinking of goals and resolutions , we tend to also struggle with another f-word at the same time. That one is FEAR. The fear of failure is often the very thing that stops us from achieving our goals. After all, it’s scary to change your life.

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How to Keep Your Job When You've Got Fickle Customers

On The Job

As companies invest more in the customer experience , there is some concern about whether such a commitment will be enough to retain increasingly fickle customers who are constantly being wooed by competitors. A study of 2,000 U.S. consumers by Accenture, for example, shows that 40% were willing to change their brand loyalty for at least one reason, such as: The customer could receive discounts or coupons via the retailer’s social media channels. (18%)

2017 109

2D Animated demo for Contact Outro video

Andrea Kalli

I’m putting together some packages for a few marketing agencies, and one thing that is part of the Branding Package are a couple of video outros. These are a lot like animated business cards that you put at the end of your video with some sort of contact information. This particular group uses 2D Animations for several Contact Outro videos design ideas. Most people like a simple style, something that is professional and shows class.

2017 100

5 Financial Emergencies Everyone Must Be Prepared For

Dumb Little Man

Are you prepared for financial emergencies? Everyone wishes to have a financially secure future by way of hard work, planning and managing their finances wisely. Financial security and planning can help us achieve the life goals we have set for ourselves such as purchasing a vehicle, a house, funding your children’s education and marriage, saving up for your own retirement, and so on. However, all these are expenses which one plans for.

2017 129

The Productivityist Podcast: The Well Life with Briana Borten

Productivityist

Anytime is a good time to establish a “well life”, and it just so happened that we’re starting 2017 with a means to help you do just that. On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, my guest is Briana Borten. She is a peace engineer and wellness entrepreneur who owns The Dragontree Spa and co-wrote The Well Life.

2017 58

Probes and Probabilities

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin noun probus , meaning “virtuous” or “worthy,” is the ultimate source of probe and probability and their variants, which are listed and defined in this post. The verb probe is from the Latin word probare , derived from probus and meaning “demonstrate” or “test,” and means “examine” or “search.” The noun form, also probe , describes an investigation or search or a device for carrying out either type of procedure.

2017 57

2016 – A Monkey Year

Brilliantly Better

In the Chinese zodiac, each year has a certain characteristic, borrowed from one of their basic signs. 2016 was “the year of the monkey” And boy, what a monkey it was… I’m not gonna insist on the zodiac part, I… The post 2016 – A Monkey Year appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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What to Ask Your Pharmacist

Dumb Little Man

With so many miracle drugs on the market these days, it’s rare to leave your doctor’s office without at least one prescription in hand. To safely use your medications to their full benefit, there are questions every patient should ask the pharmacist. Whereas your doctor may be limited to the time he can spend with you to thoroughly explain your medications, your pharmacist is trained to counsel you about the specifics of the prescribed drug during the course of your treatment.

2017 118

My 3 Words For 2017

Productivityist

Over the past few years, I’ve followed a practice shared with me by my friend Chris Brogan. Every year I choose three words that I use as a waypoint for my year. These words are focal points – Productivity Pillars of sorts – that guide my year the way I want it to go. I usually choose words that all start with the same letter. In 2016, my words were Harmony, Health, and Helpfulness. I’d say I was successful with these for the most part, but I wanted to shake things up this year a bit.

2017 53

Bull and Cow and Other Bovine Terms

Daily Writing Tips

The noun (and adjective) bovine , from the Latin term bos by way of the French word bovin , is the scientific word for cattle and related animals; it is one of several words in various languages that is cognate with cow , as both words apparently stem from a proto-Indo-European word imitative of mooing. (In In allusion to the unintelligent, slow-moving characteristics of cattle, it is also applied to slow, stupid human behavior.).

2017 53

1 in 4 CEOs are accountants. Here’s why

Small Business CEO

A CEO is the most important person in a company. Jumping from meeting to meeting, calling shots, taking risks, making and sometimes breaking businesses. We see these larger-than-life figures giving talks, announcing products and lining the pages of the Forbes Rich List. But where do they come from? A recent survey has shown that nearly one quarter of FTSE 100 CEOs come from a background in accounting. For some this may come as a surprise.

2017 57

6 Tips for Designing the Perfect Logo for Your Brand

Dumb Little Man

Some people are under the impression that logo designing is easy, and all you need to do is mix some colors, throw in a few different fonts, and you’re all set and ready to go. This way of thinking is more myth than reality, and if you follow the bandwagon that believes that logo creation is simple and that it can be done in minutes, you need to rethink all of that right away. Logo designing is, in fact, a complex process which might take days just to get it right and get it good.

2017 117

How I Use Sanebox

Productivityist

“Email is familiar. It’s comfortable. It’s easy to use. But it might just be the biggest killer of time and productivity in the office today.” – Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite. We’re all too familiar with email. I receive upwards of 100 emails per day across my various email accounts. While I’m quite good at processing email (using a process I call 3Mail – one of the plays in The Productivityist Playbook), I’d be remiss if I didn’t use certain tools to help me along the way.

2017 52

Quads and Squads

Daily Writing Tips

A family of words ultimately derived from the Latin noun quadrus , meaning “a square,” pertain one way or the other to the number four. Here are those words, more or less common in English usage, and their definitions.

2017 52

9 Personalized Gift Ideas to Give Clients in 2017

Small Business CEO

Most of us have received a gift from our professional connections at some point in our careers. When I look back, the very best gifts I’ve been given over the years have been those that come from the heart – when a customer or other contact has given me something that makes it obvious they took just a little extra time to make it special.

2017 53

How To Choose Headphones That Best Suit You

Dumb Little Man

The sound of music – the sound of life. The projection of sound by a suitable headphone can give so much joy. I have noticed that a lot of people are concerned about the design, weight, and comfort a headphone affords them, which is good because you don’t want to spend more than 150 bucks on something you wouldn’t enjoy after a while.

2017 118

Punctuation Quiz #10: Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for punctuation and capitalization of quoted material according to The Chicago Manual of Style and other writing guides; revise the sentences as necessary: 1. The saying, “All’s well that ends well,” is the title of a Shakespeare play. He only had this to say, “I have no use for it.” ” 3. She said she meant that “The simplest solution is not always the best solution.” ” 4.

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3 More Sentences Lacking One Word to Be Correct

Daily Writing Tips

Often, when readers stumble on a faultily constructed sentence, the obstacle is merely one seemingly inconsequential word—or, more accurately, the omission of what is actually an essential component of the sentence. In each example below, one missing word throws off the sentence. Discussion and a revision point the way to a coherent statement.

2017 49

Proof and Prove

Daily Writing Tips

The following words are related to each other and to words based on the element prob- , seen in a number of words ranging from probe to probable and derived from the Latin verb probare , meaning “demonstrate” or “test.”. The noun proof refers to evidence or something that makes an assertion certain or valid. It also applies to a test of an object or substance to evaluate its quality.

2017 48

Silicon Valley’s Most Influential Women

Small Business CEO

In recent years, many women have started to lead the way in Silicon Valley. These women are leaders in social media, marketing, healthcare and a wide range of other industries, that were often dominated by their male counterparts in the past. These women are inspiring future generations of female entrepreneurs who no longer need to be concerned about becoming a leader in their chosen field. Below are some of the most influential women in Silicon Valley at the moment. Sheryl Sandberg.

2017 53

5 Inexpensive Small Business Ideas For 2017

Small Business CEO

Starting up a small business is not as complicated as one might initially believe. eFlirt.com, a popular dating site, started from $50 and a Twitter account. It is easier than ever before to build a home-based business from scratch. The internet revolutionized the world of business for entrepreneurs. Technology gave the average person a shot at financial freedom. In 2017, small business is booming for those willing to invest their time and energy.

2017 51

8 Best Ways to Get Fund for Your Startup Easily

Small Business CEO

Funding for the startup is one of the most difficult areas for a newbie entrepreneur and going to start a new startup and as well wanting to seek out some cash for initiate the idea. Then don’t worry more; there are lots of ways where you can find funds if you have a brilliant and excitable idea and a good team. Indeed, finding funds for startup is one of the toughest parts always and nowadays it become more competitive as well.

2017 46

Increase Employee Activities with These 7 Tips

Small Business CEO

On the average, an employee spends about 8.8 hours per day at work, and 7.7 hours sleeping. In short, employees spend more time in the workplace than in at home and this calls for plenty of socializing with one’s co-workers. Individual personalities being what they are, life in the office can be stressful and although some workers remain unaffected by the situation it may cause others to become apathetic and this can also affect the other people in the workplace.

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