I Miss the "Mail Moment"

Small Business Labs

Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment"   This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation.   The article is artfully written, and captures my mixed feelings about the Postal Service. I've always liked the Postal Service. Bell tolls for the U.S.

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The Post Office Expanding Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal.   The driver behind this is labor costs are 80% of the postal service's total costs. Needless to say, the Postal Service has to cut labor costs to survive. Interesting interview with the head of the U.S. Lots of information on how the Post Office is doing financially (quick summary - not well) and how it hopes to return to solvency.

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Marketing for Solopreneurs: Here’s a Powerful Tactic That Takes 4 Hours, Costs $2.20

The Solopreneur Life

The tactic is The Prospect Letter—a personalized, signed letter that is delivered by the Postal Service to your best prospects Here's a marketing tactic that works extremely well for my small business. I love it and it's perfect for the solopreneur because: it's targeted, inexpensive, and easy to execute.

Snail Mail Or Email: The Benefits Of Hand-Delivered Correspondence

Small Business CEO

Whether it be via a postal service or by email, mail is often one of the main ways people stay connected with the outside world. Since the beginning of time, people have developed and honed their ability to communicate with each other in written form. Those early pictures and symbols etched in stone developed into a readable alphabet which later turned into writing on early forms of paper. Now, people have many ways to communicate.

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Same Day Delivery and the Uberfication of Logistics

Small Business Labs

Same day delivery services are being offered by Amazon , Ebay  and Google  in a variety of geographies.  Postal Service is experimenting with same day delivery. On-demand delivery service Postmates, for example, recently raised $35 million in venture funding. Startup alcohol delivery services are also increasingly common. Seems like everyone is getting into logistics.

2015 162

Even More Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Check out the list below: Go Paperless – Are you still printing out documents and sending correspondence through the postal service? Climate change is becoming an increasingly real subject for businesses and consumers across the globe. As a way to combat or prolong the issue, many organizations have opted to go green by creating more eco-friendly working environments. Not only does reducing their carbon footprint helps the environment, but it also helps business.

6 Eco Friendly Marketing Tips

Eco-Office Gals

If you don’t see these options, call customer service and request them, the company may not realize there is a market for it yet. The United States Postal Service will actually deliver your supplies to you when they deliver your mail, and pickup those packages for free as they pass through your neighborhood. Engaging your customers does not have to hurt the environment.

2013 126

Mail-Free Tuesdays?

Clutter Coach

The US Postal Service is considering dropping mail delivery either on Tuesday or Saturday, historically the lightest volume days. USPS officials say, " The Postal Service may be running out of cash by year’s end." Between email and other delivery services such as UPS, we may only be missing our daily allotment of junk mail. We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. And soon, there may be a day every week where no mail comes at all.

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Mail-Free Tuesdays?

Clutter Coach

The US Postal Service is considering dropping mail delivery either on Tuesday or Saturday, historically the lightest volume days. USPS officials say, " The Postal Service may be running out of cash by year’s end." Between email and other delivery services such as UPS, we may only be missing our daily allotment of junk mail. We all get too much mail. We all complain about too much mail. And soon, there may be a day every week where no mail comes at all.

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You’re Not a Bank: Don’t Let Your Accounts Receivable Slide

The Solopreneur Life

S everal years ago I was providing marketing-communications services on contract to a very large B2B publishing company. Postal Service. I had worked for the company for roughly 8 years, and they had paid my invoices like clockwork, at 20 days. Life was great! But then the company hit hard times. Advertising revenue plummeted for their print publications, and online revenue didn’t replace it.

2013 149

Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007s Formula Bar Size By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity D o you find that trying to either write or fix formulas in Microsoft Excel can be a pain? Do you wish that you could expand the size of the formula bar to see more of the formula that you are working on? I remember back in the day when Microsoft Excel 2003 and prior versions didn’t have this feature.

How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Filed Under: Office Gossip , Productivity D o you find that some of your co-workers can be extremely annoying, rude or just plain inconsiderate? Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind? This happens to the best of us all of the time.

2009 152

Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really? By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook , Productivity D o you have trouble trying to book several managers’ meetings, yet you have access to their calendars in Microsoft Outlook 2007?

Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, July 16, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity A re you a big fan of Windows XP? Did you feel that Windows Vista was a big flop? Well, look no further, since Windows 7 will be coming out very shortly. I am truly hoping that this new platform will be much smoother than Windows Vista.

2009 100

Co-Workers Annoying You?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Annoying You? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, December 31, 2007 Filed Under: Meetings , Office Gossip , Productivity A re your co-workers annoying you at work by talking to loudly? Do you wish you could take a fog horn and toot it around, just so that they would quiet down? I also work in an environment where it gets a little too loud at times. Its an open-concept office and at times, I would like my colleagues to simmer down a bit.

2007 122

Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice.

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice Versa? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity Y our boss calls you over to their office and asks that you send her a list of something that you’ve created in Microsoft Excel. The list is in a vertical fashion, but she wants it a horizontal way instead. You check your contact list and see that you have about 50 names in your Excel spreadsheet.

2010 122

How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, August 30, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word P eople often ask me, "How do you copy a table from Word into Powerpoint?" This actually is quite easy to do. Here are the simple steps on how to copy tables: Open your Word document that contains the table. Open Powerpoint and click on File, then select New, then Blank Presentation. You will see this screen at the bottom.

2007 118

Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

Professional Assistant Blog

By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 19, 2009 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Organize , Productivity D oes your department have an administrative procedures manual? Home About Me Advertise Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

2009 125

Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007 By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 20, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook Y ou sent a meeting request to a bunch of people. Your boss calls you up and tells you that you need to add an agenda to this meeting, but you don’t want everyone to get the meeting request again and have to accept/decline it. Trust me, people start to get irritated when this happens over and over again.

2007 122

Blogging Here and There - Part 2

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Blogging Here and There - Part 2 By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, April 24, 2008 Filed Under: A s you may have noticed, I havent been posting any articles for quite some time now. I do apologize for this, but my life has been really busy lately and unfortunately, could not share my thoughts with you during this time. I will try to post articles when I get a chance, but it will be quite infrequent.

2008 100

Do You Have a Pen?

Professional Assistant Blog

By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Meetings , Productivity Y ou’re walking around the office and someone comes up to you, asking for a pen. Home About Me Advertise Do You Have a Pen? You search your pockets and realize that you don’t have one. Has this ever happened to you? This has happened to me quite a few times in the past.

2008 100

Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Monday, January 28, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered how to copy pictures from and to Microsoft Word ? Do you have a big project coming up and want to show your boss that you can handle this type of task ? Recently, someone asked me how this is done. It’s actually quite simple.

Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered or tried to sort a table within Microsoft Word ? Do you already have a table set up in Microsoft Word, but dont want to copy to Microsoft Excel and back again, just to sort it? One of my colleagues came to me and asked about this very question.

Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, December 06, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking , Productivity , Travel D o you find yourself getting stuck in traffic each morning and afternoon? Do you feel that people should relocate to a closer home or find a new job? Heres an interesting article I found about how most employees would rather get stuck in traffic jams rather than relocate to a new home or job.

2007 100

Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential? By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 30, 2007 Filed Under: A re you looking for a way to make sure that others don’t open your letters or packages? Do you have confidential information that you need to send to someone, but want to make sure that it gets treated like registered mail? Then Redi-Tag Security Seals and Tape is the product for you.

2007 100

Worried About Your Online Resume?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Worried About Your Online Resume? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 26, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking A re you worried about online identity theft online? Do you worry about your current employer finding out that you are looking for a new job? Resume Rabbit will make all of this disappear. You can post up to 80 different job sites, such as Workopolis , Monster , CareerBuilder and many more, just with one submission.

2007 100

Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 19, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself among co-workers that are not respectful of your privacy? Do they end up talking loud on the phone while you are trying to do some work? Are you being bombarded with people walking up to your cubicle and dont have the decency to see that you are busy?

2007 100

Sync Your Hand Held Device

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Sync Your Hand Held Device By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 15, 2007 Filed Under: Networking , Organize , Productivity , Travel A re you looking for software that can synchronize most of your hand held devices? Heres a free piece of software that was recently released that can do just that. You can find instructions to setting up this software here and the software download page here.

2007 100

Hands Hurt From Typing?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Hands Hurt From Typing? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Filed Under: Ergonomics , Productivity D o you find yourself typing too much? Using the mouse too often? Heres a product that will help you feel better and relieve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injury. It will also aleviate pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis, and poor cirulation. It even gives the person a massaging effect, for lasting comfort.

2007 100

Dealing With Unreasonable Requests

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Dealing With Unreasonable Requests By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, October 08, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Prioritize , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail , among the many others that you receive each and every day. Your colleague or boss calls or comes up to you exactly 2 minutes later and asks if youve read it. You think to yourself, "What?!? Is this person crazy?!?" Has this ever happened to you?

2009 109

Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Productivity D o you have too many applications open on your computer? Have you passed by a co-workers desk and noticed that they have 20 different things running all at once? Believe it or not, this can lower productivity. You actually end up thinking that you are working harder, yet you are reducing your productivity by about 30%.

2009 109

Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online!

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online! By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Research , Travel A re you trying to book a flight, hotel or car rental for your manager? Do you feel like you are going to lots of websites to find the best deal? I originally wrote a post on this entitled " Travel Plans " explaining that you can use Travelocity and Expedia to find the best deals.

2009 109

Calculation of Discounts in Excel

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Calculation of Discounts in Excel By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel H ave you ever wondered how to calculate discounts on certain products/services that you or your firm offers?

2007 100

4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise 4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself having to deal with a difficult person in your office? Do you feel that they are overbearing and don’t know when to keep their opinions to themselves? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional environment?

2007 138

Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, February 11, 2008 Filed Under: Organize , Productivity D o you find that staff members leave their garbage around the kitchen area? Do you get annoyed that you are always the one that has to clean up after them? Do you start wondering if they treat their own house the same way? You’re not alone.

2008 131

Need To Create a PDF? Don't Have the Software? Don't Panic!

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Need To Create a PDF? Dont Have the Software? Dont Panic! By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail from your manager. Your manager asks you to create a report of some sort and wants you to send it to a client, but making sure that they cannot manipulate the information.

2008 118

Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates!

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates! By The Professional Assistant on Friday, October 10, 2008 Filed Under: MS-PowerPoint D o you want to change the way your Microsoft PowerPoint templates look? Do you feel that you could do a better job on these templates than what you have currently? There is a great and simple way to add a new look to your templates in PowerPoint. Here are the 4 steps to do this: Click on the particular template(s) that you want to change.

Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues By The Professional Assistant on Friday, July 17, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find that when you contact a vendor because of a problem with your order of some sort that you get the dreaded automated messaging system, where you get lost with dialing all of the different numbers just to be able to get to the proper department or even a live person?

2009 100

"Checking In" to a Better Flight

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise "Checking In" to a Better Flight By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Productivity , Research , Travel Y ou get an urgent e-mail from your boss asking you to book a flight and hotel. You search around to find the best deal (check out Travel Links on the right side of this blog for some suggestions) and book what your boss needed. The time finally comes when your boss is flying out to that all important business trip.

2009 100

"Going Green" With Your Documents

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise "Going Green" With Your Documents By The Professional Assistant on Monday, July 13, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity D o you recycle your unwanted papers at work? Do you try to "go green" by not printing e-mails or other documents that you could be e-mailing to others that you want to share this information with? As you may have already heard, we have been struggling through a massive garbage strike in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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