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    I Cut Office Costs by $500 Per Month

    I Cut Office Costs by $500 Per Month
    Learn how one business saved this amount each month by cutting back on non-essentials. Your business can use these methods to decrease expenses, too. There's no escaping it: The economy is officially dismal. Many companies are being forced to increase sales and/or decrease costs in order to remain competitive or, in some cases, survive. That's why we decided to do ...
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    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner

    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner
    Read original blog post Make a Quick & Simple Travel Planner. If you love to travel (or have to for work), I’d be willing to bet you also love to take photos and collect travel memorabilia, too. Is that you? But actually tackling the job of figuring out what to do with all these treasures once you get back home can ...
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    Organize Your Piles of Paperwork

    See original blog post Project Paperwork Made Simple. [widget:aby_garvey_featured_auth_box] Got piles? If you're afraid to put all your papers away for fear you'll forget to do something, you're not alone. Welcome to the wonderful world of project management. Whether you realize it or not, each and every one of us is a project manager. Whenever you work on a multi-step task, ...
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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...
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    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?

    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?
    In many ways, it is your job to be the calm in the middle of a storm. While the entire workplace may be in chaos, it’s up to the admin to know who needs to be where and when, locate all the necessary files and direct office communication. Needless to say, managing this chaos can be a challenge. Jennifer at Tips ...
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    Website Maintenance Musts

    Website Maintenance Musts
    Recently, I was at the car dealership watching the mechanic work on my car, and suddenly a thought struck me: How many online business owners regularly check under the hood to make sure theirs websites are running smoothly? And even if you do perform frequent check-ups on your website, are you sure you're giving it a really thorough once-over? About once ...
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    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network

    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network
    Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are at the top of the list when it comes to business networking, but we've found a few that specifically help out businesses trying to gain a foothold in the online marketing space. Here are 8 of our favorite contenders: 1. AdminSecret's Network: Share ideas, join groups, publish content and promote your business on AdminSecret's own network. ...
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    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone

    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone
    Spam is the bane of computer users everywhere, accounting for more than 90% of e-mail. And now, cellphones are getting spam. There is no foolproof solution to spam, but you can banish most of it. *Use a good e-mail filter* Your first line of defense is a spam filter. Filters screen incoming messages; spam is killed before it hits your inbox. ...
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    Hotel Rates to Stay Low Until 2012

    Hotel Rates to Stay Low Until 2012
    Exactly how good are the hotel discounts these day? Really good. In fact, a Bloomberg report says that hotels are cutting rates so deeply to encourage customers to walk through their doors that it may take four years to raise them back to 2008 levels. "We don’t see national average room rates getting back to 2008 levels until sometime in 2012 ...
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    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan

    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan
    I have an upcoming Board meeting and want to be prepared for everything that is needed to make it run smoothly. To-do lists I have to-do lists for the Board and Committee meetings and a to-do list for the Board Reception and Dinner. You can never go wrong if you are making a list and checking it twice. My favorite to-do ...
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    13 Bosses and How to Make Them Love You

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    Get Your Deadbeat Customers to Pay Up

    Get Your Deadbeat Customers to Pay Up
    For most small business owners, dealing with deadbeat customers comes with the territory. Often times, these calls have to come from the admins. You want every sale you can get so the business can grow. However, a sale isn’t much good if you’re not paid. Given the sputtering economy, a growing number of clients or customers may decide to either delay ...
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    Analysis: This Is an Awkward One

    Analysis: This Is an Awkward One
    Did Tara Conroy do the right thing when she asked her boss to stop telling her and other employees how "especially lovely" they look today—even though the man clearly meant well? Although experts have different ideas about how to go about it, they agree that the flattery needed to stop. "Even if it's not sexual harassment, it's definitely inappropriate behavior," says ...
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    Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    You may think that sexual advances are just a part of the stereotype that surrounds administrative staff - for years, the "Secretary" icon has been linked to sexuality and femininity in a derogatory manner. For some, the boss's daily comment on how you look is just part of the job. After all, you're the first person that clients encounter, you have ...
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    The Art of Minute-Taking

    The Art of Minute-Taking
    Minute taking is an art! Anyone who is good at it is to be commended. I have never had to take minutes, but I almost did many years ago. My boss came to my desk and told me he needed me to take minutes for a meeting. I was not aware of the meeting so I wasn't prepared. I started to ...
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    Organizing Your Workspace

    Organizing Your Workspace
    As you pilot your way through the business day, your workspace is your cockpit. If you can't see the gauges or reach the controls quickly and efficiently, you're in trouble. Luckily some simple organizing techniques can make your desk, cubicle, or office more conducive to higher levels of productivity. Clear the deck. Your elbows and your brain need room to do ...
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    Dead Simple Guide to Beating Procrastination

    Dead Simple Guide to Beating Procrastination
    I’ve been procrastinating a lot lately. I actually love procrastinating and have nothing against it. But for those of you who want to beat procrastination, here are 10 simple steps: 1. First make sure you really, really, really want to do it. Seriously - don’t skip this step. 2. Keep things simple - don’t mess with tools, formatting, anything, just start. ...
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    Admin/Support Communication Tips

    Admin/Support Communication Tips
    The most successful admins network, speak clearly and write effectively. So now it's time for the master class to attain a higher level of communication expertise. These tips will guide you. h4. *Manage the Message* Regardless of the situation, always communicate with respect, advises Ronnie Moore, author of Why Did I Say That? Communicating to Keep Your Credibility, Your Cool and ...
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    10 Excel Secrets Every Admin Should Know

    Excel is one of those programs. Sometimes it seems as though it's perfectly harmless and easy - until you accidentally hit enter and erase all the data you just spent the entire day creating. With the help of AdminSecret featured writer Richard Rinyai, we've put together this list of the 10 Excel secrets that will help you do your job better, ...
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    Ultimate Guide to Twitter, Facebook and Online Marketing

    Ultimate Guide to Twitter, Facebook and Online Marketing
    It’s pretty obvious that the marketing of today has changed. You have newspapers going virtual/web only, Twitter and Facebook replacing postcards and phone calls, and potential clients now being the main target of your press releases as opposed to editors. It’s all changing and to do PR today, you need to change with it. The good news is that it’s never ...
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