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Too much to do, too little time

Sometimes we have to admit we can’t get everything done.  It happens especially when our to-do list creeps onto a second page and continually nags us.

The outcome:  we can feel paralyzed; nothing gets...

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Many of us have someone in our life where the relationship is strained, difficult and emotionally distant. Often that person is a family member or an in-law. It’s someone that remains in our orbit but we don’t look forward to...

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As a small business, marketing is essential. It’s about positioning your brand to be a leader, increasing recognition, driving traffic and making conversions. However, it can also be a confusing maze that leads in multiple directions. To...

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Curious about what your customers think about your product? Want to get some additional product ideas? Looking to gauge your customers’ interest in a new product? Consider sending out an online survey.  Surveys have become easier and...

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The convention: it’s a staple of the professional world. You’ve probably been to a few yourself and now, it’s your turn to help plan one. Whether you’ve joined the board of an existing convention or you’re starting...

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Stormy Simon's rise through the ranks at Overstock.com seems like a corporate fairy tale in the making, but the no-nonsense...

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When tablets first made their entrance into the tech world, they were mainly viewed as neat devices that were fun to use certain apps. Featuring bigger screens than standard smartphones, but not as large as standard, original iPads...

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Finding a style that works for you can be  a challenge. Despite what we would like to believe about ourselves others, we judge people, on some level, by their appearance. In the professional world, the way that we present ourselves can...

At the Beach

Women have certainly come a long way in the workforce; but, unfortunately, we face many stumbling blocks that men are less likely to encounter. That means it may be more difficult for us to advance our careers in a way we would ideally like....

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You’re a small business owner, and you want to abandon the shackles of a certain location.

But you have limited capital and resources, and you can’t just open an overseas office when you need to tap into a new market.

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For working moms--those employed inside the home and out--you live a seat-of-the-pants schedule with little predictability day by day. It's a situation with a reasonable amount of time available for bettering yourself, but no way to know...

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Most interviews follow a fairly predictable path. 

·         Tell us about yourself.

·         Tell us some of your...

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If you want to get ahead in your career, start by working on becoming a better listener. Without the ability to listen effectively, we are likely to misunderstand what’s being said and that can result in poor performance. The ability to...

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Zappos.com, the online retailer of shoes, bags and clothing, made headlines recently when the entire company did away with job titles to facilitate a more holistic style of work and management. Zappos made its way on to Amazon’s ledger in...

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In our happy-face culture, we rarely hear people express they are sad.  But that’s exactly what happened to me recently.  My Yoga instruction had her two dogs die in a horrible accident.  It happened on a Sunday night...

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Tip #1:

Use a conversational tone.  Use “we” and “you,” just as you would if you were talking to someone. Avoid jargon and acronyms.  Of course, the tone will change depending on your...

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The natural evolution of a business suggests that, as it expands, its presence in several different locations will help develop that growth even further.

Not only does this allow a wider range of clients to access the service or...

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Freelance contracting offers a flexible approach to working for many professionals. Becoming your own boss can help to offer a more attractive work-life balance through better hours and the ability to choose where and when to work.

Due...

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Within the next six months my girlfriend and I have plans to move from our apartment to a small house.

I’m absolutely dreading it.

No, not because it’s “a big leap” in the relationship (I...

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Perhaps it is the sense of having a clean slate to work with that makes the new year feel so promising. If one of your 2014 resolutions is to clear away the clutter, you may be on to something that is psychologically sound,...

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The emerging employee is creating a need for evolving office culture. Demand for flexible hours and improving morale is changing not only culture in general but design and functionality of the office space. From options for telecommuting...

If back pain is always interrupting your life, you’re not alone—the Mayo Clinic reports that back pain is one of the top reasons people call the...

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Are you a "hands-on" kind of woman? Do you enjoy working with people, helping others and enjoying the fruits of your labor? If so, we just might have the career for you! If you're interested in changing professional paths, keep...

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It’s the New Year and it’s time to once again to dust off those resolutions and try one more time to:

·         exercise more

·   ...

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Almost 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family owned, reports the Small Business Administration. If you and your partner are considering starting a business together, understand the risks—if poorly managed, you risk an unsuccessful...

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Going into a job interview, most of us are worried about what the company and the interviewers will think about us. We oftentimes forget that we are there to interview our potential company, too. You need to figure out how...

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It's (still) a man's world, no matter how much progress has been made. In an era when women as a group are becoming more educated than men, however, it...

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One out of every five Americans work at home, while more than half wish they could perform at least part of their work week there, according to Telework Research Network. This can blur the lines between work and family. Use a day planner if you...

Budgeting

My husband and I run a martial arts school. He teaches and I am responsible for day-to-day business operations. I’m also a full-time writer, on a freelance/contract basis. I’m going to be very honest with you. If I didn’t have...

Email marketing is still an effective way for small-business owners to drum up sales without spending too much money — even in the age of social media. Make your email marketing campaign successful by keeping your emails easy to...

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A small business does not have to have a small attitude; the size of the business is irrelevant - it is still able to fulfil the needs of the company and the consumer, and it can hold a secure and successful position within the specific market...

Stressed

Nearly every person on the planet deals with stress on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We are all trying to find ways to live, support a family, manage our finances and efficiently do our jobs. While there are some things...

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If you’re stepping over piles of laundry, shuffling through piles of paperwork and struggling to find a pen in a sea of clutter, your workspace is not as efficient as it could be. Disorganized workstations can cause stress and a lack of...

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When you head in to meet for a job interview, you want to make the best possible impression. But beyond coming your hair and putting on a clean shirt, what can...

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I don’t believe in giving special rewards to employees for doing their jobs. That’s why they get paid. But when I worked at a publishing company several years ago, I did just that. 

When I became head of a division I...