Author Archives: Amanda McDoulett

Are you Self-Employed or Are you a Business Owner?

This post was inspired by Michael E. Gerber book, “The E-Myth.” Many people say, “I want to be my own boss.” The thinking is that since they’ve got some marketable skills, they’ll be successful in business. Plus, they won’t have … Continue reading

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Why You Should Learn Shorthand in 2015

Thinking about learning a new language? You might want to consider making that language shorthand. If you’ve been an office administrator or executive assistant for several years, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of shorthand. But what exactly is … Continue reading

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How to Work as a Team When you’re Miles Apart

As I write this article, I’m six miles above the ground, on my way to Germany with not a single team member on the plane. In other words, I’m working virtually. Because we’ve got the right procedures and technology in … Continue reading

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Don’t Waste Ink: 7 Ways to Conserve

In 2013, news stations were a flurry with coverage of 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani who found a way to save the federal government $136 million each year: change the standard typeface from Times New Roman to Garamond. Garamond is an elegant … Continue reading

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Make Flex Schedules Work for your Workplace

Flexible work arrangements, flex hours, flexible schedules–whatever you want to call it–one thing remains the same: flexibility. Offering employees flexibility in their hours shows that you trust them and fuels empowerment. Even the President supports flexible working hours. However, flexible … Continue reading

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How Business Owners Can Fix Burnout

The words stress and burnout and are often used interchangeably. “I’m feeling stressed,” and “I’m feeling burned out,” are usually both used to communicate the same thing: that we are doing too much and are paying for it. While stress … Continue reading

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How to Fight the Holiday Slump in Office Productivity

Oh, the holidays! Sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and … lowered productivity. What causes this slump near the holidays? Online shopping. According to CareerBuilder’s 2013 Cyber Monday Study, 54% of employees shop online, while on the clock. Holiday parties. Preparing for–or … Continue reading

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Keeping your Workplace Healthy During Flu Season

Every third news article seems to be about ebola. Ebola certainly sounds scary. However, statistically, it’s not as scary as the flu. Business owners and office managers have an important duty, especially in cold and flu season, to help prevent … Continue reading

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How to Address Typical Problems of Office Printers

You need to print and ship a package of important documents TODAY. All the final edits are made, and the packaging materials are lined up. However … the printer isn’t holding up its end of the bargain and now there’s … Continue reading

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A Rarely Discussed Secret to Leadership Success

Two of the most common job interview questions are, “What are your strengths?” and “What are your weaknesses?” If you’ve ever sought advice on acing an interview, you may have been told to spin your weaknesses into positives. While this … Continue reading

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