Monday, November 18th, 2013 | Buzz, In the News | No Comments
Like Forrest Gump says, “I’m not a smart man.”
But I know what good advice is.
I credit good folks like Lynsay Caylor Russell, Bill 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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | Business | No Comments
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?
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 | Business, Lesson for the Day | No Comments
“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
Ways to manage your in-box before it manages you. Read and apply these tips for greater productivity.
Monday, September 9th, 2013 | Business | No Comments
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.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Business, Virtual Assistant | No Comments
50 Small Business Blogs to Watch by Infusionsoft
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Buzz, Day in the Life | No Comments
Chicago – the City with Broad Shoulders?
Nope. #32 on this list
Vegas – the City that Never Sleeps?
You’re #44. Try again.
Here’s a list, calculated by David Cross and published by Movoto.com, that ranks the Top 50 U.S. Cities for good old American work ethic.
The 50 Hardest Working Cities in America By Movoto Real Estate