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5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Every relationship has its peaks and valleys. Sometimes the valleys seem so deep and wide that it feels like you’ll never get out of them. Some couples never do. They either choose to go their separate ways, file for a divorce, or have a legal separation. A long term relationship is definitely one of the most adventurous journeys that anyone will ever willingly choose to travel, but we do so because the rewards at each peak are tremendous.

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The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

Small Business Labs

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem.    Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases.    Add in injuries and other issues that come from not wearing shoes or wearing shoes that don't fit and it's clear there's a need for this kind of product.

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Info Product Creation: How To Create Your FIRST Info Product in 7 Easy Steps

Office Organization Success

You can create your first info product in as little as two hours when you follow these steps below. But first, let’s look at why having an info product as part of your business model is so important. It’s simply a smart move for a solo service professional to have at least one other income stream (if you can add several income streams to your business, even better!).

2015 176

Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the best ways that you can boost your productivity at the computer is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for some of the most commonly used actions. Instead of grasping the mouse and clicking the Copy button, for example, you could press a couple of keys and get the same results. Today we are going to look at some of those keyboard shortcuts in Word. The post Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 168

Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

Dumb Little Man

Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you. You know you shouldn’t do it, you know that it is not serving you, and you know you want to quit, so why is it stronger than your will power and your conscious mind? It’s a strong pattern in your life and it probably took years to form. No wonder why you cannot break it in a day.

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2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

According to a new report from MBO Partners -  Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy  - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income. The study defined the on-demand economy as including: online product marketplaces provided by firms such as EBay, Amazon and Etsy and others (Craigslist was excluded).

2015 170

Responsibility Without Authority Sucks

Virtual Moxie

I was talking with someone about his relationship with his Virtual Assistant. He was saying how much he really wanted to give her a whole lot of his projects and processes and have her be 100% responsible for getting everything done or making sure it got done (including stuff that other people were handling, and including things he was responsible for getting done). He went on to say that it doesn''t really happen that way and he wasn''t sure, exactly, why not.

2015 165

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How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

Dumb Little Man

The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy. Yoga studios and wellness centers are booming businesses. Positivity is on the menu for a lot of people. Everyone wants to find out the secret to becoming a more positive and happy person.

2015 182

Working with a micromanager

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve worked with a lot of Executives over the years and I have to say one of the trickiest personality types are those that micromanage their staff. The problem is that many of them do not realise that they are micromanagers and certainly wouldn’t admit their management style causes any issues if they were called up on it – which it often does! It can be really frustrating, especially for assistants, working with a micromanager.

2015 154

Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a regular basis.

2015 148

Thursday From The Trenches Episode 12

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode I talk about how a portable office setup has affected my productivity. The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 12 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

2015 148

14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Dumb Little Man

Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading. Demands of the customers are constantly changing Clients can be different, as well as their requirements. Services you provide for your client today can be not suitable for another client tomorrow.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week – Celebrating An Admirable Profession. First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics. Jasmine Freeman. I always say an executive assistant will make or break an executive and Jasmine has certainly allowed me to be successful. The Administrative Profession Is An Admirable Profession. Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Wow, I can’t believe it is that time of year again.

Wind Girl and Building a Better Clothespin

Loosely Speaking

Since it’s breezy to outright windy here throughout springtime, I’m realizing that we really could do with a clothesline. Between our endless sunshine and air movement, our clothes would dry in no time. So, to celebrate Earth Day 2015 I finished my … Continue reading → Creativity Family Life Retirement Classic American Clothespins Herrick Kimball Wind Girl Windy

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5 Ways That Bosses Drive Away Employees

On The Job

A recent survey finds that about half of employees quit their jobs to get away from bad bosses. Count me as one of them. I''ve quit two jobs in my career because I believed the bosses were actually hurting my ability to do my job. I don''t think these bosses (one was a man, the other a woman) were horrible people -- they were just horrible managers. In the Gallup survey, the 7,200 people polled wanted more communication from their managers.

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5 Things to Think about before Getting a Tattoo

Dumb Little Man

When I was in that adventurous teenage phase, facing the world with much aplomb, a tattoo was one of the ‘must-haves’. My youthful perspective told me that tattoos basically screamed a devil may care attitude, and to some extent, are a rite of passage in this country. Looking back, I can now say that waiting it out was the best decision I have ever made. Each inked artwork on me represents what I truly wish to show the world, with no regrets.

2015 174

Planning the perfect business meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Organising business trips requires a lot of logistical tinkering. From booking trains or flights, to finding a hotel that suits both the budget and the boss, you’ve probably honed your skills. But as you’ll know, perhaps one of the most critical determining factors of the successfully planned business trip is finding a meeting location that is not only practical but also sends the right message. A hotel meeting room sends a very different message to a quiet private table in a renowned restaurant.

2015 130

5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine> Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters. Yet even the best, most experienced, and innovative admins can get flustered or lose their concentration in times of extreme chaos. We are admins. But we’re human, too. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when an unforeseen situation comes up.

2015 179

Open Loops 4/24/2015

Simple Productivity Blog

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. ways to break bad habits. Microsoft Office Lense. cleaning dusty candles. some cool office organization tips. a phone diet.and more! The post Open Loops 4/24/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 125

What’s the Secret to Business Success? Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The fears and excuses that people have when it comes to their growing their business is always a big topic with my coaching clients. They want to have great success. They have the skills, the knowledge and the desire to have that success, but they also have these fears that keep them from making it happen. I understand; I get it. I was there, too. But I found ways to overcome the fears and stop using them as excuses to stay in my comfort zone.

2015 109

Are you getting attendees to your meetings?

Practically Perfect PA

So you have organised a meeting, it has been in everyone’s diaries for ages, you’ve booked a room and ordered tea and coffee. You get to the meeting room only to find a handful of attendees have arrived, some turn up late, others couldn’t find the room and one person just didn’t bother turning up. Frustrating right? We’ve all been there.

2015 130

Take Your Seat … At The Executive Table

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Debbie Gross> Take Your Seat…At the Executive Table. Administrative Professionals leading in the 21st-century. Business today is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up or keep track! With new technologies (apps, devices, office environments) and globalization, restructuring, downsizing and flattening of top heavy organizations, as administrative professionals, if we are not careful, we could literally get run-over!

2015 164

What If You Don't Want to Get Rid of Stuff?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-11-03 08:44:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Organizing doesn’t always mean getting rid of things. It means finding places for them so that you aren’t tripping on them, distracted by them, maneuvering around them or always looking for them. It means cr eating a living space that is pleasing and supportive. You do need space to put things if you’re keeping them, however. I wrote a post back in June about curating your environment.

2015 109

French Onion Soup Recipe

Professional Assistant Blog

2 ½ pounds yellow onions, halved, and sliced ¼-inch thick (8 cups). pound unsalted butter. 1 bay leaf. ½ cup medium-dry sherry. ½ cup brandy or Cognac. 1 ½ cups good dry white wine. 4 cups beef stock. 4 cups veal stock. 1 tablespoon kosher salt. teaspoon freshly ground white pepper. Freshly Grated Parmesan. In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, sauté the onions with the butter and bay leaf for 20 minutes, until the onions turn a rich golden brown color.

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Re-designing meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Many assistants are involved in their organisation’s big internal meeting. It could be the executive staff away day, the annual sales conference or it could be a stand alone conference for internal staff and clients. As we all know these large meetings are a huge investment in time and resources for our organisation.

2015 122

Peer Synergy: 5 Powerhouse Strategies For Creating Administrative Peer Power

Office Dynamics

Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity. Whether there are two administrative professionals in your office or 200, joining forces with your administrative peers will contribute to greater success for your organization.

2015 135

How to Grow Your Business and Not Burn Out

On The Job

Scaling a business can be thrilling and exhilarating – but it also can be exhausting. It’s not unusual to hear those in the midst of growing a department, division or small business talk about how they’re working 60 to 80 hours a week, rarely seeing their friends or families. They may even admit they’re not sure they’ve brushed their teeth in the last week. When reaching this point, alarms should begin to sound.

2015 130

Punctuation Review #5: Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

Seven common conjunctive adverbs are however , moreover , therefore , thus , consequently , furthermore , and unfortunately. A common error is to use them in place of an ordinary coordinating conjunction like and , but , or , nor , so , for , or yet. This type of error creates punctuation problems that are easily corrected.

2015 78

Completing Multiple Projects: An Interview with Adam McKay


Recently, Adam McKay was on Slate’s Working Podcast. This is an interview series where people share what it is they do all day. The guests range from school principals to bail bondsmen to McKay who writes, directs, and produces movies. If you aren’t familiar with McKay, he has written, produced, and directed blockbuster movies such as Anchorman, Anchorman 2 and Talledega Nights. One major reason for McKay’s success is that he’s worked really hard for a long time.

2015 74

Living Your BIG & Bold Life [Upcoming Event]

Office Dynamics

Announcement: Our next free webinar in our celebration series is open for registration. Living Your BIG & Bold Life with Joan Burge. May 7, 2015. 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Register Now, It’s a free event! Working women hold a unique position in our society. We juggle family, business demands, and social lives. But all too often, we encounter resistance. Glass ceilings, stereotypes, and the physical limitations of time all attempt to hold us back.

2015 132

Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – Ultrabalaton

Brilliantly Better

For years, on this blog, I wrote about business, the millionaire mindset, making money or other things from the same category. I wrote ebooks on … The post Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – Ultrabalaton appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 72

Little and Small

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Can you illustrate how “little” and “small” are correctly used? As adjectives, little and small are often interchangeable, but sometimes one will not do in place of the other. Either is used to describe people or things of reduced dimensions: Last night I saw upon the stair/A little man who wasn’t there… [ The Little Woman ] is a great and very inspiring book. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time.

2015 75

What day is it again? Oh yea, Administrative Professionals Day

The Office Professionals Place

If you walked around your office today and asked, “What day is it?” The response would undoubtedly be, “It’s Wednesday.” And that is correct, but many may have forgotten that today is also Administrative Professionals’ Day. All those except administrative professionals, of course. We know it as a day to celebrate those who make an impact by assuming managerial-like responsibilities in a work environment that nowadays, require more than just a typing skill and pleasant phone etiquette.

Accepting Feedback (The positive kind!)

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Judi Moreo> How are you accepting feedback? Positive feedback, that is. It’s amazing how few people know how to handle positive feedback. Actually, it’s as much of an art as handling criticism. And, how you handle it will determine how much more of it you receive. If someone says thank you to you for something you went out of your way to do for them, for goodness sake, don’t say, “It wasn’t anything,” “It was no big deal,” or ”Oh, anyone could have done it.”

2015 106

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Expand?

Small Business CEO

This is a tricky question since there is no universal answer. Expansion is a gamble, and a lot of entrepreneurs are hesitant to pull the trigger when they aren’t 100% sure they’ll do enough business to make the expansion worthwhile. And while it’s easy to say you should expand when you find you’re doing a ton of business, even that may be pre-emptive.

2015 82

Verb Mistakes #6: Mixed Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Incorrect: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Tuesday urged the European Union (EU) to arm Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamist militants who have overran the country’s northern areas and triggered security crisis for its inhabitants. Business Standard). Correct : French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Tuesday urged the European Union (EU) to arm Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamist militants who have overrun the country’s northern areas and triggered security crisis for its inhabitants.

2015 75

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article → Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Don’t Quit Your Day Job first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. Better Business

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