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For Many Boomers, Work is the New Retirement

Small Business Labs

Transamerica's Center for Retirement Studies recently released the results from their 17th annual U.S. retirement survey.    As with prior years, it's full of interesting data on the retirement preparations and plans of Americans of all ages.    Most interesting to us is their section on Baby Boomers. This group is currently entering retirement age in large numbers (roughly 10,000 turn 65 every day) and the oldest members turn 70 this year.

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21 Powerful Quotes from Nick Vujicic To Help You Lead

Dumb Little Man

He was born with a rare disorder, with no legs and arms. Despite suffering from bullying and struggling mentally and physically, he didn’t give up. Today, Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker and author of seven books. He writes about life, love, and self-acceptance. He writes about family, productivity, and work. He writes about the power of faith and standing strong. Nick Vujicic doesn’t know the word depression.

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Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

Practically Perfect PA

So as most of you know, I’ve lived in Barcelona on and off for a few years now. It is a brilliant city and with more and more people coming here for business trips I thought now would be a good time to share with you my top tips for organising business travel to Barcelona. The format of this blog post is slightly different as I have recorded my top tips via video !

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The Seven Secrets That Brought Me To My 9th Business Anniversary

Tips From T. Marie

The Small Business Administration says that 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years and only a third make it to the 10-year mark. Those numbers leave me feeling pretty hopeful as Clerical Advantage celebrates nine official years in business today. So why do I believe that my small business to business services company is still alive and kicking? Here are a few ‘secrets’ that I believe have been the difference between survival and failure over the past 9 years.

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Smart Machines Starting to Offer Business Advice

Small Business Labs

ZDNet's Intuit plans big digital expansion into small business markets with apps and big data  covers a topic we find fascinating - the use of machine learning and big data to develop algorithms and "smart machines" that provide business advice. Key quote: Intuit is planning a major expansion of its online Quickbooks business group into a machine learning advice and services platform for creating, managing, and operating all types of small businesses.

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6 Vitamin-Packed Smoothie Recipes for Glowing Skin

Dumb Little Man

Whether you are a veggie lover or not, it can be tough to pack in the daily recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients into your diet. This becomes even more difficult if you are busy and have a million other things to do through the day. The good news is that there are smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. They are jam- packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients which can do wonders for your skin and health in general.

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Podcast 020: Back to school paper management

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to handle that blizzard of paper your kids bring home from school everyday. Here are some highlights: Where should I keep school papers? How do I deal with this huge quantity of art my kids bring home? What’s the important stuff to keep? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Is Smart Dust Finally Getting Closer as Electroceuticals?

Small Business Labs

We've  written about Smart Dust in the past and it continues to be one of our favorite buzzwords. Here's how we described Smart Dust in our 2013 article: Smart Dust refers to tiny wireless sensors that detect anything from light to temperature to humidity to vibrations.    They're called smart dust because the idea is lots of them would be deployed, they'd be really small (the size of grain of sand or smaller) and they'd float and lie around, like dust. 

2016 109

16 Easy and Effective Morning Mood Boosters for Non-Morning Person

Dumb Little Man

If you are not a morning person, you’d agree that there is no better time for you to murder someone than in the morning when they force you to wake up. That feeling when you are roughly ripped from your unconsciousness, either by screaming alarm, violent shake, or glaring sunlight is painful and disorienting. You never get used to it even after a whole lifetime of practice. It turns you into a cranky and dissatisfied individual – not a very attractive nor appealing individual, by the way.

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Podcast 019: The best way to purge your email inbox

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about some simple ways to keep your email inbox from getting completely out of control. Here are some highlights: There’s plenty of space. Why should I purge email? What about the ones I need to refer back to? It’s too time consuming to decide what to purge! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Are You Ready to Be a Predator?

On The Job

Four years. That’s how long your company has before it’s gobbled up. If you don’t like that idea, then you better get busy figuring out a way to stop it and become the one doing the gobbling, warns new research. By 2020, businesses that learn to master digital will become the predator, while those that make minor changes or don’t do anything at all will become digital prey , says Forrester’s Nigel Fenwick. “To

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5 Types of Parallel-Structure Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Writers often have difficulty constructing sentences so that comparisons, contrasts, and lists, as well as parenthetical elements, are logically arranged. The following five sentences demonstrate various syntactical miscalculations; discussions and revisions follow each example. Technology is transforming virtually every industry, changing not only how firms operate internally and engage their customers, but also challenging the underlying business models of entire industries.

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5 Business Books Recommended By Top Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? A good idea? A great team? Or none of the above? One thing successful entrepreneurs all have in common is that they read. In case you’re looking for a great place to start, here are the 5 most recommended business books by today’s entrepreneurs as well as the best tips you can learn from each of them. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries. Traditional management consists of developing a strategy and overseeing the people executing it.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Kim Ades

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Kim Ades. Kim is the founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and we spend time talking about coaching – her philosophy behind the practice, what she focuses on with her clients, and more. We also dive into mindfulness and focus along the way, as those are aspects of her work that I spends time on in my own work. Kim is also from Toronto – and it’s always a treat for me to chat with a fellow Canadian!).

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The Growth of Hidden Job Duties

On The Job

Usually in an annual performance evaluation session with the boss, you discuss how you are fulfilling your job duties. But what is often missing from these formal evaluations is all the other stuff you do every day. The stuff that really determines your success or failure in a position. These are the unassigned duties that fall into your lap from the day you first accept a job, the so-called "hidden" job duties that may lead to a promotion -- or termination.

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The Latin Word for “Breathe” Inspired Many English Terms

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin verb spirare , meaning “breathe,” is the source of a number of verbs (and other parts of speech). Here’s a summary of these words and their meanings. Aspire literally means “breathe on”; the connotation is that one breathes heavily with the exertion of aspiring to a goal. The modern sense of aspire is “try to be or do something,” and the noun form aspirant refers to someone who is a candidate or contestant.

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10 Productivity Musts for Freelancers

Dumb Little Man

As a freelancer, you’re in charge of planning your day. You get to decide which tasks you want to work on first and when to take your breaks. Unfortunately, this freedom can either make or break your career. If you’re not careful, hours can tick away without you finishing a single project. Worse, you can even end up with a messy desk and an almost untouched to-do list. Wondering how to get the most out of your time?

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5 Forgotten Offline Marketing Tactics That Work

Small Business CEO

With everyone using the Internet to look for information, shop, and connect with others, a lot of businesses have focused all of their efforts on implementing online marketing strategies. However, there are still several offline marketing tactics that truly work, and five of them are listed below. Keep reading to learn more about them, and consider adding them to your marketing plan. Free Promotional Items. Are you planning on attending a business conference?

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Launch Offer: Get Ken Thompson's 4 Systematic Guides for the price of 1

BioTeams

To celebrate the official launch of my Systematic Guides to Management and Leadership, for a very limited period I am discounting each of the 4 books by 75% off their retail price of £15 (or dollar/euro equivalent). Team Leadership Development

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Subconscious vs. Unconscious

Daily Writing Tips

The distinction between subconscious and unconscious is a subtle one. The noun subconscious refers to the mind’s activities just beneath consciousness, and the part of the mind devoted to such activities. The unconscious , by contrast, is the part of the mind that exerts a strong influence on behavior but is not noticed by one’s consciousness. And what does consciousness mean, anyway?

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5 Text Messages You Should Never Send

Dumb Little Man

Have you seen the popular meme about not answering phone calls, because “you don’t use your phone for that” ? Apparently, more and more people are communicating via text messaging these days instead of initiating phone calls. While text messaging is fast, convenient, and easy, some conversations need to be face-to-face. There are situations where a text message can be misconstrued and cause more harm than intended. Here are 5 text messages that will remind you of the proper text etiquette.

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Small Business Accounting Software Done Right (and Free)

Small Business CEO

It isn’t often that I run across a new tool for small business CEOs that I can wholeheartedly endorse, but I’ve run across just such a tool in the last little while and I want to pass that on. ZipBooks is a free tool to manage your billing , expenses and time. It tracks everything you need to stay on top of your accounts receivable.

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Practically Perfect PA Survey 2016 Reminder

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone w has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received some great feedback, but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire. I’d appreciate your honest feedback, I really would! I’ll share a summary of the results in November, with a mixture of blogs and infographics! Please complete the Industry Snapshot 2016 survey.

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Grammar Quiz #1: Dangling Participles

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences includes a dangling modifier. Revise as necessary: 1. Running consistently every day, the workouts steadily became easier. Studying for her degree, there were times when she felt like giving up. Rolling down the hill, my eyes widened as the truck came into view. The Grand Canyon was the highlight, driving through the Southwest. Knowing what was at stake, I prepared myself mentally for the ordeal. Solutions.

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7 Poker Skills You Can Use in Real Life

Dumb Little Man

Poker is an activity that can teach you useful new abilities and skills. It won’t turn you into a superhero, but it can provide you with sharpened skills that can be helpful in the face of ‘dangerous and risky situations’. Mastering the concept of odds and expected value is crucial to success at poker. Ater all, you need to be able to calculate whether the amount in the pot justifies the risk of betting. Understanding the odds can be handy in other parts of life too.

2016 109

4 Reasons to Create a Video Case Study for Your Business

Small Business CEO

Steve Jobs once said that customers don’t know what they want until it’s been shown to them. The late entrepreneurial pioneer used this to Apple’s advantage, identifying a problem and solving it in the simplest, most approachable manner possible. The success of this method is unquestionable – Apple fast became the world’s most valuable company. You might have the best product in the world, but if customers don’t know how it will improve or simplify their lives, they will not buy into it.

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7 Easy Tips on How to Get the Perfect Nap

Dumb Little Man

Have you heard of the perfect nap ? It’s not uncommon for people to feel sleepy during the day. And this is actually regardless of whether one had enough sleep the night before or not. It can happen while you’re at work or even at school. Although you can fight sleepiness with a cup of coffee, research proves that napping is actually the better solution. Here’s a quick rundown of the most common benefits of taking power naps. Reduces Stress and Anxiety.

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5 Ways to Get What You Want in Your Relationship

Dumb Little Man

How do you get what you want in a relationship? How do you stay happy? With a lot of people struggling with so many issues in their relationships, it’s easy to think that conflicts are inevitable. In reality, however, that’s not always the case. Although it’s normal for partners to experience problems, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be avoided. Here are some of the things you can do to get the most out of your relationship. Be Flexible.

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A Practical Guide to Hiring and Managing Freelancers

Dumb Little Man

You’ll probably agree with this one: Hiring and managing freelancers is a tough job. Well, is it? Outsourcing your project to freelancers shouldn’t be difficult. In fact, it should make your job a lot easier. They should be able to take some of the load off of your shoulders and get your business to run more effectively and efficiently. But, how exactly do you hire and manage freelancers? Here’s a quick rundown of the things you need to know. Why Should You Hire Freelancers? •

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How to Trick Your Brain to Stop Procrastinating The Really Scary Stuff

Dumb Little Man

Do you know why you can’t stop procrastinating the really scary stuff- despite all your good intentions? It’s because the classic anti-procrastination tip just doesn’t work on them. It works on easier things, like those things that are only a little uncomfortable. Take, for example, decluttering your bedroom. But, when it comes to the really important stuff, such as the ones that are life changing and take a lot of commitment, the classic tips cease to be effective at all.

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3 Types of Usage Errors

Daily Writing Tips

The term usage in the context of language refers to the employment of the proper word or phrase to convey an idea. Writers often produce usage errors in one of several ways. They misuse a word with a meaning similar to that of a more appropriate term, they employ the wrong homophone—a word that sounds like the intended term but it spelled differently—or they mangle an idiom. Each of these sentence demonstrates one of these errors, and a discussion and a revision accompanies each.

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“Alt” as an Alternative to “Alternative”

Daily Writing Tips

The prefix alt- , an abbreviation of alternate , has appeared in the media lately, attached to the word right to denote a political movement supporting nationalism and opposing multiculturalism and liberal immigration policies. Although this prominence is a very recent phenomenon, the term alt-right —or, at least, its full form, “alternative right”—is not brand new: Coined in 2008, it was adopted two years later as the name of a website devoted to content espousing alt-right principles.

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Ways In Which You Can Remain Motivated While Doing Business

Small Business CEO

One of the huge problems associated with the day to day life of a businessman is that it is really easy to end up losing motivation. In order to be truly successful in life, you have to be motivated. You do get a thrill when the business opens its doors but that quickly disappears. However, after some time you will be faced with challenges and motivation can easily disappear as the thrill is gone. When you are a business owner, there are benefits that are automatically gained.

2016 56

5 Methods For Making Mobile Businesses Concepts Successful

Small Business CEO

Business isn’t what it used to be. The common practice was for folks to be in cubicles in big office spaces, smashing away at their digital work and using hardwired telephones to make anxious phone calls to big clients. Now, business is all about mobility. But though you can say that easily in theory, in practice it takes a bit of work and discipline to make it work effectively.

2016 54

5 Ways to Make your Small business More Energy Efficient

Small Business CEO

Looking after the environment isn’t just for multinational corporations. Small businesses have a lot of reasons to get involved as well. As a small business owner, you probably already know the importance of being energy efficient. But most business lack the data, expertise or time to implement it properly. A lot of small business owners simply don’t know where to start or how much to spend on making their business energy efficient.

2016 52

Tips to Start Your Business on the Right Financial Footing

Small Business CEO

Starting a business will be one of the most difficult things that you ever do, so many new things to learn, so much hard work to put in and a lot of pressure on making it a success. The best thing you can do for your future business is to ensure that before you start, you have everything in place that you are going to need, fail to prepare and prepare to fail, this motto could not be more true when it comes to a start-up business.

2016 52

5 Organizational Tips For Smart Business Money Management

Small Business CEO

Personal money management is tough enough, but when you try to manage money for an entire business or brand, things become even more complicated and convoluted. And that’s why there are specialized tools and organizational tips specifically for business finance managers.

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