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Work-Life Balance Debate

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 | Day in the Life, In the News | No Comments


It’s ironic, sometimes, the juxtaposition of viewpoints that appear in an RSS feed on the same day.

I wonder what sparks might fly if the writer of this blog:  Is Work-Life Balance a Lie?

Had a conversation with the writer of this blog:  Family Follows Different Path to Find Work-Life Balance

What do you think?    Did you find one writer’s viewpoint to resonate with your convictions more than the other?  Could you finish either blog before becoming so disinterested or disgusted that you had to move on?

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Happy New Year from BST Concierge

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

BST Concierge 2014 New Year Greeting

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Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Merry Christmas

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How We Use Social Media

Monday, November 18th, 2013 | Buzz, In the News | No Comments

Tim Petree, SVP BST Concierge

Like Forrest Gump says, “I’m not a smart man.”

But I know what good advice is.

I credit good folks like Lynsay Caylor RussellBill Seaver, Martha Hanlon and Chris Williams who share their social media knowledge with entrepreneurs and small business owners, like me, who are trying to find our way through an ever-changing marketplace.

The result of following the advice of these and other experts, listening through social media, and transparently interacting with people sometimes leads to good things…like, your name in a headline.

 

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Now enjoy this pre-flight video…

Friday, November 15th, 2013 | Buzz | No Comments

As one who usually sleeps or reads through the safety instructions, this will probably get my attention.  How about you?

 

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Two Rules for Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 | Lifestyle/Dining, Virtual Assistant | No Comments

How long before sales on Cyber Monday top the retail numbers of Black Friday?  Hey, it could happen!

Before you break out your magic 16 digits and go shopping on line, read this.

internet meme, identity fraudRule number 1 –

Never, ever use a debit card for on-line transactions!  If there is a security breach and someone steals your identity, they can instantly and immediately drain your checking account.  And if your checking account transfers money from your savings account (or HELOC) for overdraft protection, they can tap into your other monies, too!

Always use a credit card when shopping on-line.

If you are the victim of identity theft or fraudulent charges on your card, call one of the credit bureaus.  One call is all it takes…they share fraud alerts with each other as they are reported by consumers.

Equifax

800-525-6285, www.alerts.equifax.com

Trans Union

800-680-7289, www.transunion.com/

Experian

888-397-3742, www.experian.com/fraud

 

 

Rule number 2 –

Use a password that is difficult to crack, yet easy to remember.  How? – you may ask.  I’ll share a tip my I.T. guy showed me.  He’s a whole lot smarter with this than I am, so I trust his judgment.  I’ll also share his web site with you, in case you ever need help with your business computers and networks.

Mashable recently shared the Top 20 Stolen Passwords from Adobe’s October 2103 security breach.  The top 3?  123456, 123456789, and password

C’mon, man!

Most web sites require a password that is at least 8 characters long; has a capital letter, a numeral and a special character.  That’s the “difficult to crack” part of the equation.  But how do you make it memorable?

Start with a bit of personal trivia that very few people know.

As an example, my mother was known to all as “Lois.”  Very few people knew her real first name was Emmalean.  (With a name like that, I’d prefer Lois, too.)

Change the lowercase ‘L’ to a number 1…and the ‘a’ to an @, and voila!  Emma1e@n   (This is not one of my passwords, by the way.  Do you think I’m that foolish?)

If your secret word is not 8 characters long, you can add an underscore and a number or two.  That satisfies both the special character and numeral requirements.  ie:  Itsme_99

Choosing a password that’s easy to remember will prevent you from locking up your profile by too many failed log-in attempts.  But, if you do find yourself on the wrong side of I.T. karma, I recommend you contact my friend Pat at PC Enterprises.  He works remotely via LogMeIn

 

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Is Work/Life Balance Impossible for Entrepreneurs?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | Business | No Comments

don quixote

When your work is your life, balance becomes elusive.

Is it simply a Quixotic crusade for entrepreneurs to pursue work/life balance?  Some say yes; some say no.

The Experts weigh in at the Wall Street Journal.

What do you think?

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10 Commandments of E-mail

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 | Business, Lesson for the Day | No Comments

email“Choosing the right folder into which to drop an email becomes an extended exercise in thumb-sucking taxonomy, and finding it again becomes impossible.”

- Tim Hartford 
  Financial Times Magazine

read the entire article here

 

Ways to manage your in-box before it manages you.  Read and apply these tips for greater productivity.

 

 

 

 

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Get a Life! It’s Great for Business

Monday, September 9th, 2013 | Business | No Comments

family bicycles together

Are you working 24/7 x 365?  Many entrepreneurs do…out of fear that anything left unattended will lead to failure.

This blog from Entrepreneur.com states it might be wise to schedule yourself time for activities outside of work. It’s important not only for your life, but for your business as well.

Here’s why:  http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228012#ixzz2eP7Wfw2i

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50 Blogs for Small Business Owners

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Business, Virtual Assistant | No Comments

50 small business blogs infographic infusionsoft 50 Small Business Blogs to Watch

50 Small Business Blogs to Watch by Infusionsoft

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