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Most Small Businesses Started by Investing Less than $30,000

Small Business Labs

Most small businesses in the U.S. were started or acquired with less than $30,000 in invested capital. To be more precise, the median small business was started with about $27,000.    The chart below is based on data from the U.S. Census 2014 Survey of Entrepreneurs.  It shows the percentage of small businesses by the amount spent to start or acquire the business.

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5 Essential Time Management Tips to Live By

Dumb Little Man

Many of us fumble through the day without ever really getting the important stuff done. Then, we clamor late at night trying to accomplish the most urgent tasks that need to be completed before the sun rises the next day. If this sounds exactly like you, then you need to take advantage of the following time management tips so you can start working on your productivity right away.

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Practically Perfect PA readers review of the Brother P-touch PT-D600VP

Practically Perfect PA

We recently teamed up with technology specialists, Brother, to give you a chance to win one of their office labelling machines. It is an amazing piece of office tech and a fantastic prize! Don’t just take our word for it… We have asked four assistants from around Europe to test the product and give us their feedback. How does the P-touch compare with writing labels or printing them from a PC? Stacy from London : So much more efficient and accurate.

2016 173

5 Options for Setting Appointments that Don’t Require a Phone

Tips From T. Marie

If you’re someone who has done business the traditional way for years you may not be able to fathom the idea of an office that doesn’t rely on the phone to do business. The truth is, while a well-planned and scheduled phone call is still a relevant business tool, a lot of time is wasted on the phone that could be better spent. Click To Tweet For example, how many times have you, your assistant or receptionist played phone tag trying to schedule a meeting or appointment?

2016 117

Like Coworking, Makerspaces Rapidly Growing in Numbers

Small Business Labs

There are about 1400 makerspaces around the world. This up from only about 30-40 as recently as 2006.    This data is from Popular Science's BY THE NUMBERS: THE RISE OF THE MAKERSPACE. The article came out last February (we're behind in our reading).    Key quote describing makerspaces: Also called hackerspaces or innovation labs, these establishments act as communal workshops where makers can share ideas and tools.

2016 178

How To Find A Dose Of Clarity In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever wonder why we are here? Why at times, if feels like we’re on Cloud 9? And other times, it’s as if the World is crumbling below our feet? Beauty and chaos, progression and destruction… these things are present everywhere we look and we’re expected to keep our cool? To be present, zen, or whatever you wish to call it? Personally, I say: screw all that. It’s all happening whether you give a s**t or not. Our World is moving at a faster vibration every day.

2016 179

Podcast 024: Baby steps

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how it’s much easier to get your projects done when you break them down into baby steps. Actually, you have to! Here are some highlights: What is a baby step? How do I stop procrastinating? What if I don’t have a plan? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Marina Darlow


On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Marina Darlow. Marina is a systems’ expert, and a productivity geek. She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10–20 more productive hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fuel breakdowns. 

We We talk about her view and definition of a “system”, effective ways you can master your to do list, how to get out of a creative rut, and much more.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Have No Plan B

Dumb Little Man

How many times have you considered creating a plan B, just in case your original plan doesn’t work out? I spoke to a mentor around seven years ago and he asked me “Armando, what are you going to do if your career choice does not work out?” ” I said, “I am going to try for plan B.”. He looked at me and said, “There is no such thing as plan B. Your plan A is your plan B, plan C, and plan D.”

2016 178

The “Only” Place

Daily Writing Tips

In spoken English, even the most careful speaker may casually misplace the modifier only in a sentence, as in “The meeting will only be held if the ordinance passes.” The intended meaning here is that whether the ordinance passes determines whether the meeting is to be held. Literally, however, the sentence indicates that the holding is the only action that will pertain to the meeting if the ordinance passes.

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Research: Twitter Reveals Workplace Stress

On The Job

Chances are, your stress level has gone up simply because it's Monday. You're not alone. A new study by Dr. Wei Wang at the University of Central Florida finds that tweets mentioning work stress were highest on Mondays, and start to slowly decline throughout the week. Researchers say there is a "Friday dip" for work stress and negative emotion. While you might think that work stress disappears over the weekend,it turns out we're fretting even when we're away from work.

Very Small Companies Create a Lot of Jobs

Small Business Labs

Over the past three decades companies less than 1 year old with 1 to 4 employees have averaged creating more than 1 million jobs per year.    That's a lot of jobs.    Less surprisingly, 86% of all new employer companies have between 1-4 employees. That's not surprising because even well funded Silicon Valley startups usually start with just a couple of people. But it's easy to forgot or ignore the fact that really big firms like Google, Apple, Caterpillar, etc.

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8 Positive Morning Routines to Transform your Day

Dumb Little Man

Many people find it difficult to make it through the day, particularly if they have lots of tasks to perform. One of the most common reasons is their failure to establish a set of positive morning routines. People tend to be more productive after waking up. Establishing a routine can help make sure that you don’t lose this level of productivity throughout your day. Having a system in place can also ensure that you stay organized for the day ahead.

2016 176

Slangy, Trendy Words Are Still Words

Daily Writing Tips

YOLO, but biatch, lose the moobs. What do these six words have in common? They are all enshrined in the English-speaking world’s long-reigning record of the language’s vocabulary. That’s right: The Oxford English Dictionary now includes YOLO , biatch , and moobs —and many people are not exactly squeeing about that. They think those words are at best cheeseball and at worst clifty, and they make them want to vom.

2016 82

Halloween Video for promos, parties, events, and greetings

Andrea Kalli

Love how this Scary Pumpkin Halloween video turned out. Can be used for business or personal promos, parties, events, and greetings. There’s a place to put your logo and message right next to the pumpkin. Available for purchase as is for $35 (without the watermark). Want me to add your text message and logo for you? No problem! Order yours today for only $70. Don’t wait until the last minute to get one for yourself. Andrea Kalli. Video Virtual Assistant, Video Editing Services.

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Becoming The Productive College Student


Today’s guest post is by the awesome Ryan McRae. Ryan is the founder of The ADHD Nerd , a blog dedicated to helping people with ADHD be more productive, focused and happy. He has spoken all over the world, including Afghanistan. He is an Apple fanatic, voracious reader and lover of things pumpkin flavored. He can be reached at When you enter college, you’ll notice one major thing is missing from your life. The school bell is gone. It doesn’t ring.

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10 Ways to Make a Good First Impression

Dumb Little Man

A wise person once said that we’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression. That is actually true. In the first few seconds of meeting a person for the first time, your clothes, manner of speaking, and gestures leave impressions that can last a lifetime. This makes it important that you pay close attention to what you wear and how you carry yourself. Here’s a list of ways on how to make a good impression. #1 1 Do your research.

2016 173

3 Types of Scare Quotes

Daily Writing Tips

Framing a word or phrase in scare quotes, or quotation marks used for emphasis, can be an effective tool for signaling editorial distance—that is, subtly and succinctly clarifying that the word or phrase is not of the writer’s choosing or that it is euphemistic or otherwise specious or spurious. However, too often, scare quotes are gratuitous or redundant, as shown in the examples below: 1. They must look to the senior management to help them acquire this “big picture” view.

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The Story Of My First 24 Hours Race – S24h

Brilliantly Better

In a rather twisted way, I chose to run a 48 hours race before even trying a 24 hours one. It happened this March, and you can read all about it here. Since the 48 hours race didn’t go out… The post The Story Of My First 24 Hours Race – S24h appeared first on Dragos Roua. Running

2016 74

Key Marketing Points For Small Business Physical Locations

Small Business CEO

With all the emphasis on digital marketing these days, sometimes it’s easy to forget that there’s also marketing to be done at your home base’s physical location as well, in the event that you have one. Whether it’s a small office, a suite in a strip mall, or a building of its own, make sure to use the fact that it exists in real space to your advantage.

2016 84

7 Benefits of Blogging Every Beginning Blogger Should Know

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that guest blogging is one of the best ways to get your business or brand noticed around the world. The benefits of blogging aren’t only limited to better SEO rankings, but a stronger relationship with your audience as well. New companies usually find it hard to even turn a single head to their websites. They lack the experience and the mastery of social media marketing which makes it hard for them to establish a name in the industry.

2016 169

5 Cases of Erroneous Usage

Daily Writing Tips

Writers who have misheard words and expressions or remember them imperfectly are prone to misrepresenting them in their prose. The following sentences include examples of such errors, followed by discussion and revision. Trustees—jail inmates selected for jobs like food preparation and garbage collection—were sneaking drugs in on food trays. A trustee is a person or organization that manages money or property for someone else or a person who serves on a board.

2016 76

How To Find The Best Topic For Your Blog

Dumb Little Man

Being a blogger is a wonderful job. It lets you connect to different people with different personalities. Unfortunately, however, finding the right blog topic ideas is no easy task. You can consider it a work of a superhero. Despite not being able to read people’s minds or predict the future, there are still ways for you to find out what topics you should write about and which ones you can skip. Here are some tricks to keep your blog relevant to its readers and followers.

2016 166

5 Proven Strategies That Can Massively Increase Blog Traffic

Dumb Little Man

Starting a blog can be as easy as 1-2-3. The hard part is in maintaining it and making it successful. To achieve success for your blog, you need to have a significant amount of traffic and viewership. This means lots of effort and techniques so that you can get the type of response you need from your target audience. If you want to convince and attract more viewers, you can follow these strategies which are sure-fire ways to increase blog traffic. Have ideas by reading useful comments.

2016 164

How to Maintain Your Watch Between Services

Dumb Little Man

Watches can be an extension of our personalities. They can represent our choices, sentiments and values. However, with time and neglect, they can easily wear off and lose their value. This makes it important that you know the basics of watch maintenance. Here are some of the essential things you need to know in keeping your watches in top shape. Do I Need a New Watch Strap? For clarity, let us set some terms in horology straight.

2016 161

Style Quiz #2: Large Numbers

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for large numbers according to The Chicago Manual of Style ; revise the style of the number as necessary: 1. This city of 3,000,000 has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The database amounts to about fifty million documents and about 150 billion words. The following year, about 2,389,000 units were produced. The city’s population is about 2,245,389. Last year, 50–60,000 people attended the event. Solutions.

2016 73

“Species” and Its Descendants

Daily Writing Tips

An assortment of diverse words stem from the Latin word species , which had two distinct meanings, one of which is “a particular kind, sort, or type”—the pertinent sense for the following terms.

2016 67

Helping Your 3D Printing Business Succeed: 4 Tips

Small Business CEO

Building any kind of startup can be challenging, and starting your own 3D printing business isn’t any less so. But knowing what challenges to anticipate, having a roadmap of common pitfalls, and notes on proven strategies, can all help steer you through that crucial first year. photo credit: Martin Hajek.

2016 81

4 Ways a Marketing Database Guarantees a Steady Stream of Revenue

Small Business CEO

Want a business that stands the test of time? If so, you need to maintain a marketing database.Without it, your business simply isn’t going anywhere – period! If you don’t have a clue what customers are buying, when they’re buying it, or how much each customer’s ultimately worth to your business; you’re missing a huge part of the marketing pie. What a Marketing Database does for Your Company. Calculating each Customer’s Lifetime Value to your company.

2016 78

4 Effective Ways to Prepare for your Next Exhibition

Small Business CEO

Planning for an exhibition takes a lot of time and effort, but the pay out after the event can be huge. In fact exhibitions have the highest return on investment compared to other marketing methods. Here are four effective things you need to know about to help you prepare for your next exhibition: 1. Check your displays. As soon as you’ve booked your stand space, start to think about what sort of displays you’ll need. If you’ve never exhibited before then you’ll need everything!

2016 78

Restructuring Your Business Marketing After an Initial Failure

Small Business CEO

It’s tough to get a small business up and running. In fact, a majority of small businesses fail. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is gone for you, even after you’ve run into your first failure. In fact, most of the most successful businesses out there aren’t their owner’s first foray into the business world. They could be several down the pipeline from that initial attempt.

2016 73

4 Easy Ways to Make your Business More Eco-Friendly

Small Business CEO

Small business owners and managers face an internal struggle between prioritising profits and reshaping the model of their business so that it is eco-friendly. Many of these decision-makers have good intentions to protect the environment, but in business the need to make profits comes first and for the small business manager, this is often a fine line that flirts between survival and going into administration. The challenge is that businesses need to think long-term.

2016 70

Post-Brexit, is English Still The Language of The Global Business World?

Small Business CEO

There are a staggering 1.6 billion people who speak English as a second language. China for example, now has around 10 million fluent English speakers. It’s an official language of NATO, the UN and, for the time being at least, the EU. English, French and German are the three dominant languages of the EU, however once the UK leave, the only EU States where English is still considered a first language will be Ireland and Malta who collectively account for less than 1% of the EU’s population.

2016 69

How to do Black Friday Shopping in a Right Way this Year

Small Business CEO

Are you planning to shop electronics, smartphone and other items on Black Friday 2016 for your business – and yourself? Want to save more? If yes, then it is time to know how you can do this. Here are four simple steps you need to follow. Step No.1 Know what you need. It is important to make a list of items, which you require. As you are going to save money due to discounted deals of Black Friday then add all those items, which you require in upcoming year.

2016 68

3 Ways to Increase Security As It Pertains to Your Business

Small Business CEO

Security might not be the first thing you think of when you decide to start a business, but it’s a very important part of the entire picture. Security comes in many different forms.

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