2017

This Old Marketing Farewell Episode: Sometimes the End Is a Beginning

Small Business Labs

PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. . In our grand finale episode, Robert kicks things off by pondering the decision to end something, so that something else can begin. We answer listener-submitted queries, and ask a few of our own; then we sign off with a final farewell inspired by a few of the greats. Download this week’s PNR: This Old Marketing podcast. PNR: The Q&A.

2017 219

8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge

Productivity Bits

Assessing students’ prior knowledge allows you to customize your teaching by anticipating their needs. Consultant Barbara Blackburn provides 8 simple strategies to help you gain an understanding of what your students do and do not know before launching into a lesson. Articles Prior Knowledge " red herring "write the room" Barbara Blackburn if-then statements KWL chart LINK strategy prior knowledge questionnaires strategies word sorts

2017 208
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Why personal development is your own responsibility

Practically Perfect PA

That “back to school” feeling affects us all, even if we have left our school days far behind. There is definitely an air of a new start, a fresh approach to work and the motivation for self-improvement every September. It’s that time of the year when we see the full time and adult education terms start up and I personally have spent many an autumn evenings at an evening class in a cold classroom clutching a pumpkin spiced latte!

2017 193

5 Ways You Can Love the Environment both at Home and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Looking after the environment not only makes you feel good, but it makes the world feel even better. Every time you say no to plastic is an environmental win, and this doesn’t/shouldn’t stop at home because you can keep up your eco-friendly ways at the office. What is your workplace’s recycling philosophy like? Could it be better?

2017 162

5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Enjoy Summer When You Can’t Take a Vacation

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve blogged here before about the importance of down time as a business owner, particularly a small, one person business owner like myself. While I will always encourage you to take those vacations, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For those of you who aren’t jumping for joy over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the. Read more. Business Tips

2017 141

Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Also it is common for angels to invest through syndicates to take advantage of the generous tax breaks that SEIS and EIS incentives provide.

2017 201

27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings. Sometimes, it takes a dramatic shift in your current circumstances—like finding a new job or an entirely new career. Other times, it requires a lot less.

2017 194

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List Building: Facts & Figures

Office Organization Success

If you’re new (or newer) in business, you may have heard that you need to be “building your list”, or “the money is in the list” or any variation thereof. So let me take a minute today to explain to you exactly what this means, and why there’s so much emphasis on this business-building strategy. [.]. Online Marketing Reprint

2017 122

I hate filing

Clutter Coach

by I always recommend that my clients be as ruthless as possible when filing paper. When are you going to look at that again? Why would you need it in the future? What terrible thing is going to happen if you get rid of it? When was the last time you even opened that drawer? . Part of my agenda is to get them to keep less paper because paper takes up space, space that could be used better by more useful items. Another agenda I have reflects my attitude toward filing: I hate it.

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Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design

Andrea Kalli

Animated Quote video using Double Exposure design. I just love these. And they are so fun to create. They make your quotes, tips, and words of encouragement, empowerment, or inspiration really pop. Unique and professional. Let your imagination run wild with what images you will use for these. Two images used in each. The right voiceover sends it over the top. If you want something like this for your messages, just let me know.

2017 159

Global Coworking Forecast: 30,000 Spaces and 5.1 Million Members by 2022

Small Business Labs

We recently released our new coworking forecast for 2018-2022.    We are projecting continued rapid growth over the next 5 years, although slower than the industry's recent dizzying pace. The forecast was done this year with help from our friends at GCUC. These are the folks that produce a series of U.S. and international coworking conferences. This gives them a global perspective with insights that were invaluable in developing this forecast.

2017 179

The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 126

25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations! You have an ‘All Star’ LinkedIn profile. You must be doing something right. Before you become too complacent, please ask yourself the following questions. Am I really leveraging LinkedIn to its full effect? Am I using LinkedIn strategically to grow my Personal Brand? Having an ‘All Star’ profile can simply mean that you have added the various sections in your profile. You may have very little content in these sections.

2017 189

Business Spotlight: How Cox Enterprises Successfully Promotes Sustainable Employee Behavior

Eco-Office Gals

At Cox Enterprises , conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every employee to adopt and apply to their lives. We’re constantly looking for ways to enable, inspire and reward positive change – whether in the office, during weekend volunteer projects or when employees are home with their families. This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Cox Conserves sustainability program, and much of our success comes from our employees’ ideas and engagement.

2017 159

Love Your Office Space Series: Take a Seat

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 123

Building customer loyalty for small businesses

The Small Business Blog

Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving customer loyalty in a small business? We’ve provided several key ways to build customer loyalty and help make your key customers into regulars. Making customers feel special.

2017 189

Are Professional Certifications Worth It?

Eat Your Career

One question I get a lot is around the topic of professional certifications. People want to know if they’re worth it. After all, professional certifications cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. And most require a significant investment of time and energy on top of it. So, do professional certifications actually have a measurable career payoff? The simple answer is this: I am a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning.

2017 187

Today’s Administrative Assistant Has Power

Office Dynamics

(Excerpt from Become an Inner Circle Assistant book, Joan Burge). For the first time in history, the administrative professional’s job description hints at the full engagement of cognitive powers.

2017 172

3 Simple Strategies to Get New Clients Over the Next 30 Days

Office Organization Success

If you’re struggling to get more clients, there are three simple strategies that you can implement that will help. But, more importantly, taking consistent, daily action is the real answer to getting more clients. I’ve had many conversations with business owners these past few months who are, quite frankly, really struggling with their businesses: They [.]. The post 3 Simple Strategies to Get New Clients Over the Next 30 Days appeared first on Online Business Management and Online Marketing.

2017 116

Declutter your book shelves

Clutter Coach

by Books are sacred. They’re emblems of culture. People don’t usually dispose of them lightly and never throw them in the trash. Yet they can be clutter. . The first line of attack is: don’t buy a book until you’re ready to read it. Any new thing you buy has an energy of newness about it that wears off after you buy it. That happens whether you use it or not. . Things you love transform their energy and remain appealing, like the velveteen rabbit.

2017 109

5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

On The Job

I want you to think back to the last person you met for the first time and name as many details about the person as you can. Now, look at your list and consider the first three items. Do they look something like this? Limp handshake. Rarely made eye contact. Awkward conversationalist. Or, more like this: 1. Great smile. Confident manner. Asked great questions. The difference between these two assessments can make or break a career.

2017 138

Happy Holidays and See You Next Year

Small Business Labs

We're on vacation for the rest of the year.    Happy Holidays and see you in 2018

2017 170

How clutter can hinder your productivity (and what to do about it)

Productivity Bits

When you own business or manage a team of employees, you know how vital productivity and efficiency is. If you work from home, in a factory, warehouse or office, clutter can affect you. Without time and effort dedicated to your environment, productivity and motivation can diminish. This can have some adverse effects on the business including loss of revenue and the overall success of the company.

2017 122

How To Prioritise Tasks

Practically Perfect PA

When your To Do list doesn’t stop growing, how do you plan what to do first? Knowing which tasks are urgent and which are important will help you prioritise what to work on first. Understand What’s Important Important tasks are: Things that contribute directly to achieving your personal objectives Things that contribute to the success […].

2017 183

Mobile Phone Recycling – Promoting Proper Disposal of Electronic Gadgets

Eco-Office Gals

Mobile phone recycling is the best practice to save the planet and also to generate money in the process. Improper disposal of phones only fills out the landfills. Not doing so, will only continue harming the planet and putting lives in danger. Smartphones are here to stay, they’re simply part of our lives, so learning about the importance of proper disposal and recycling of these devices brings us one step closer to the utopia we all dream of living in.

2017 159

What Happens If You Can’t Separate Personal Convictions from Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

It’s been abysmally quiet here on the Tips from T.Marie Blog, for that I apologize. You see, I’ve always been told that one must keep their business separate from the things that one may be experiencing personally. I’ve always thought it was pretty good advice. After all, no one wants their business to be impacted. Read more. Business Tips

2017 123

How to choose a business bank account

The Small Business Blog

Business banks accounts can offer a wide variety of features and incentives that can make the day-to-day operation of your business that much more smooth and hassle-free. Here we take you through some of the things to consider when choosing your business bank account. What kind of business you are, and your needs. Business bank accounts can differ based on a number of factors.

2017 175

Should You Have Friends at Work?

Eat Your Career

I’ve long believed that friendships and work don’t necessarily mix. However, in the past few years I’ve refined my stance on the topic a bit. The Argument Against Friends at Work. First, a little background: I’ve seen many situations where friendships in the workplace create sticky, complicated, and unnecessary interpersonal problems. We’ve probably all experienced it or witnessed it. When people are friends and co-workers, the social and professional lines can easily become blurred.

2017 186

10 Apps for Administrative Productivity and Organization

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. This is the second article in a two-part series on productivity apps for admins by Julie Perrine. You can read part 1 here. As an administrative professional, you need to be productive and organized wherever you go. But hauling around your work laptop 24/7 isn’t exactly practical. The solution? Smartphone apps! Here are my 10 app category favorites.

2017 172

Test, Analyze, Course-Correct

Office Organization Success

The month of January has just flown by — I feel we were just celebrating Christmas and poof! it’s the end of January! One of the reasons I think is that (as well as a trip to San Diego) I’ve been knee-deep in a client’s launch campaign for one of her online training programs. We’ve also been testing several different marketing strategies too to see what works best.

2017 109

Why focus for productivity?

Clutter Coach

by Did you know that sticking to your task makes you happier? When you let your mind wander, even to a pleasant memory, studies show you’ll be unhappy. I remember reading about this in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s terrific book Flow. In it, he writes about being in the flow, where you are totally engaged with your task, whatever it is. Being in the flow feels great. You’re completely present and time is suspended.

2017 109

Why Today's Workplace Needs You to Be Fast on Your Feet

On The Job

You know those picky and demanding customers who drive you nuts? Or, those employees who endlessly complain that things could be done better? Instead of running away from those you may consider annoying, it’s time to start listening to them, says Amanda Setili, a strategy consultant who has worked with Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Home Depot. That’s because those who complain – whether employees or customers – are doing so because they have ideas about how things can be done better.

2017 136

Bitcoin Is Longer for Payments; It's a Gold Alternative

Small Business Labs

When Bitcoin was released in 2009, it was meant to be a digital currency and an alternative to traditional money. And for several years it more or less functioned in that role. But no longer. This is because the price of Bitcoins are way too volatile and way too expensive to function as a currency.    As the Bitcoin price chart below shows, the price of Bitcoin has gone up about 17x this year, reaching over $16,000.

2017 167

How to Make a Small In-Home Office Work for You

Productivity Bits

Working from home offers many benefits to those that simply don’t want to drag themselves to the office every day. For instance, you can create any type of office you want, maintain control over your schedule, and even be your own boss. Plus, your salary is seemingly limitless, you can take your work on the road with you, and you even avoid the sometimes petty office politics that swirl the office cubicles. Sounds appealing right?

2017 100

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […]. Core Skills Featured Minute Taking Writers admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2017 182

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Going green seems to be all the rage with businesses recently, with everyone from Coca-Cola to SC Johnson launching widely publicized environmental initiatives. The shift towards this greener way of doing business is occurring because of consumer demand, increased environmental awareness and because it saves money. If you’ve been wanting to green your business, but aren’t sure how to get started or looking for the next step in your environmental impact improvement process, keep reading.

2017 146

Love Your Office Space Series: Just Add Personality

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 117