Small Business Diva

September 29, 2008

What Is The Key To Unlocking Your Potential?

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“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential,”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965, Former British Prime Minister)

Regular Small Business Diva readers would probably know that this statement from Sir Winston Churchill is perfectly aligned with my philosophies. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to do something you want to do, nor how smart you are or how much time or money you have… it’s the ability to take action and keep taking action – baby steps if necessary – that counts.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

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Computer Error Messages We Can All Understand

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Here’s a tip… right now, take 2 minutes off work and head over to JibJab.com to see some computer messages I can understand. 

Okay, they may not be real but I’m sure we can all relate to them.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 26, 2008

Business Mums Magazine… Interesting Statistics

The Business Mums Magazine blog lists some interesting statistics about the content and contributors for the magazine over the last two years.

Business Mums Magazine ~ For mums who mean business

Business Mums Magazine ~ For mums who mean business

“Over the last 12 issues:

72 different people have had articles published in the magazine

  • We have published 232 different articles, not including News Snippets, network updates and advertorials
  • Donna-Marie Coggins of Jacaranda Business Support Services has had the highest number of articles published, currently sitting on 18 articles
  • 38 authors have had a single article published
  • There have been 20 articles published in the Marketing & Promotions category
  • We have featured 22 different Business Mums in Inspiring Women and Member Profiles”

(courtesy of the Business Mums Magazine Blog)

I find statistics really interesting (yes, I know… I enjoy doing my bookkeeping and preparing my tax returns too). If you are pretty good with writing and are interested in writing content-filled business articles as a way to share information with others and boost your own branding, why not consider submitting an article or two to the Business Mums Magazine?

If writing isn’t your thing but you would like to get your hands on a copy of the magazine (edited by Yours Truly), visit this site for more information. Tell Melissa I sent you  🙂

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 25, 2008

Do You Know Where Your Words May End Up?

When you write something on the internet – on your blog, blog comments, your website, articles that you publish – do you ever stop and wonder where your words may end up?

Personally, it never ceases to amaze me where my articles end up. I often see articles I’ve submitted to article directories on other people’s blog and websites, and I’ve even seen a couple in business newsletters that I subscribe to (all used appropriately and acknowledging the author, of course).

This week, I discovered that a post by Paul B. Brown on the New York Times Business Blog has quoted the Small Business Diva. Who would ever have thought? (NB: This is a great blog by the way – definitely worth visiting).

Now, would you like to know how I discovered this? No, I don’t have time to spend all day reading through millions of websites/blogs. I subscribe to Google Alerts. All you do is go to Google Alerts and enter the search terms you want to be alerted to, such as your name, your business name or even just an industry or topic that you’re interested in. Enter how often you want to receive email alerts, whether you want websites, blogs or everything, and your email address. That’s it. Simple.

When someone publishes something that includes your nominated search terms, you’ll be sent an email with the details.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 23, 2008

Blogs I Love

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I feel honoured that not one but TWO other business owners last week awarded the Small Business Diva this I Love Your Blog award. Thank you to Annette from Under the Loupe and Marnie B. (I love both of their blogs too!)

The rules of this award are:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you’ve nominated.

In turn, I would like to pass the I Love Your Blog award on to the following blogs that I love:

  1. Heart Harmony
  2. Business Mums Magazine
  3. Write Powerful Resumes
  4. Shel Design
  5. Herbology
  6. VA Directory
  7. Oz-e-WAHM

There are several others I’d like to include but 7 is probably enough for now. I hope you visit these – my favourite blogs.

Here’s to your success in small business,

Donna-Marie

September 18, 2008

How To Manage Feedback

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Have you ever been working on a project where input is required from a number of people? Sometimes you can find that either everyone wants to be the ‘leader’ and wants to make the decisions, or that nobody wants to make those final decisions.

If so, there’s a great post at Word Constructions that’s worth reading, with some useful tips on Managing Feedback.

Here’s to your success in business ,

Donna-Marie

September 13, 2008

Handy Computer Shortcuts – Part 2

Recently I wrote about some handy computer shortcuts that will save you time on the keyboard. As promised in that post, Handy Computer Shortcuts, here are a few more for you to play with:

  • Take you to the start of that line – Home
  • Take you to the start of the document – Ctrl (control) + Home
  • Take you to the end of that line – End
  • Take you to the start of the document – Ctrl + End
  • Create a new document – Ctrl + N
  • Insert a page break – Ctrl + Enter
  • Decrease font size – Ctrl + Shift + <
  • Increase font size – Ctrl + Shift + >
  • To change lowercase text to ALL CAPS – Ctrl + Shift + A
  • To insert a date field – Alt + Shift + D
  • Delete the word before the cursor – Ctrl + Backspace
  • Delete the word after the cursor – Ctrl + Del
  • Double-click to highlight the word the cursor is in
  • Triple-click to highlight the paragraph the cursor is in

Have fun playing with those!

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 10, 2008

Hectic Helpers’ Essential Weekly Tips

One newsletter that I subscribe to that I look forward to receiving each week is the Hectic Helpers Tip of the Week.

Kay from Hectic Helpers – your to-do list specialist – sends weekly ideas that will help get anyone organised. For an over-organised neat-freak like me, I can’t get enough extra handy hints!

If you would like to learn a few quick, easy ideas for getting (and staying) organised, subscribe to the Hectic Helpers Tip of the Week now.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 8, 2008

What Printer Is Best For You?

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Jenni Markham wrote a post on her blog last month about her experiences shopping for a new printer and it reminded me of some of my printer shopping experiences.  When you go looking for a new printer there are so many different designs, each boasting an assortment of features and with a huge variance in price.

Before shopping for a new printer it’s a good idea to decide what features you really need; what features would be nice but are not essential; and what your budget is. Everyone’s needs are different, so the printer that is best for me may be totally different to the printer that is best for you.

Things to consider and questions to ask about prospective printers include:

  • Do you require a colour printer or is black and white sufficient?
  • Do you require a high quality of printing or is it mostly draft quality you’ll be printing?
  • How many pages (roughly) do you print each day/week?
  • Do you require borderless printing (where you can print to all edges of the page – not all printers have this capability)?
  • What will it cost you to replace the ink or toner cartridges?
  • Approximately how many pages will you be able to print with each ink or toner cartridge?
  • Will you require fast printing?
  • What sort of media will you be printing on (e.g. paper, envelopes, cardboard, transfers)?
  • Do you require a printer with wireless capability (e.g. so you can print from your computer/laptop without cables connecting the devices)?
  • What is the manufacturer’s support like? Do they have a representative in your country/region?
  • What warranty is included?
  • Will you need to access photo memory cards direct on your printer?
  • Ensure that your computer can meet the printer’s specific software/hardware requirements.
  • If possible, ask around friends and associates for brands that they recommend or have had past problems with.
  • Once you have decided on the specific model you want it pays to shop around for the best price.

By spending a bit of time getting to know your exact requirements and asking a few questions while shopping around you may save yourself a lot of hassles and cost in the long run.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 5, 2008

Something Special Just For Blondes…

Filed under: Bits & Pieces,Recommendations — smallbusinessdiva @ 1:36 pm
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Even though I’m not blonde I wanted to share this cool new t-shirt with you, in anticipation of the Blondes Inc. up-coming website launch.

Blondes Inc. will be launched very soon to put a fun slant on their amazing and more serious humanitarian plans.

These cool blondes’ t-shirts are available in various sizes (the large size is the equivalent to a size 12 in Australia). Although the company is based in the US, they can be mailed to Australia too.

September 2, 2008

My.Organiser Refill Pages Have Arrived… Nearly!

If you’re a regular reader of A Good Sort’s blog then you would no doubt have read that the 2009 refill pages for their My.Organiser and mini organiser are due to arrive this Friday.

If you’re not familiar with A Good Sort and their attractive, practical organisers, check them out now.

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