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By Curt Frye | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Create Pivot Tables in Excel 2010

Excel workbooks let you summarize your data using a powerful set of built-in functions and features such as sorting and filtering.

That said, basic worksheets are static and make rearranging data difficult. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid all that cutting and pasting: Pivot Tables.

You can learn everything you’d ever want to know from my lynda.com courses Excel 2007: PivotTables for Data AnalysisExcel 2010: PivotTables in Depthand Excel 2013: PivotTables in Depth.

But here’s a quick-start guide for you:

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 26, 2015

Stop Junk Mail from Burying You at Home

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How many free address labels and calendars do you really need?

Nonprofit organizations are one of the prime contributors to the piles of junk mail we get at home every day. And although you may want to support a particular charity and its mission, most of us do not need the constant donation requests in our mailboxes.

In my free video tutorial Stopping unwanted junk mail, I offer lots of tips for reducing the amount of mail you have to sift through and recycle each day.

Here’s how to stop junk mail from charities, specifically:

By Todd Dewett | Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Deal with a Difficult Boss: Managing Conflict at Work

Find out how to deal with a difficult boss

One of the most difficult parts of any career is working for someone you don’t like.

Your boss might have impossible standards, play favorites, or be relentlessly negative. In some cases, bosses can be flat-out discriminatory or abusive.

Most people feel they have little to no power to remedy these situations. But they’re wrong. I’m going to give you some tips on how to deal with a difficult boss.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Standing Desk: Make Your Own and Save Money

Make this DIY standing desk by following these tips

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? I think we all are. And it turns out all that sitting is very bad for us. It has to stop.

Fortunately there’s such a thing as a stand-up desk. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

Office furniture is expensive, and trendy office furniture is more expensive. Standing desks will always run you more than the sitting variety, and if you want one that lets you change the height back and forth from sitting to standing, you’ll have to shell out big bucks—which is not really an option for most of us.

So I came up with a better solution: I made my own.

By Jeff Toister | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Customer Service Tips: Offer the Worst-Case Scenario

Follow these customer service tips for happy customers

Employees have an opportunity to influence customer expectations with each interaction.

Many instinctively paint an overly rosy picture of the best-case scenario. They quote the fastest lead times, promise responsive service, or offer to sway their boss on a special request. It makes customers feel good in the moment—but they’re later disappointed when their high hopes go unfulfilled.

It seems counter-intuitive, but a better strategy is to give customers the worst-case scenario. It may wind up delighting them. Follow these customer service tips and see for yourself:

By Bob McGannon | Monday, January 19, 2015

4 Tips for Managing Team Debates

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When you work on a team, it’s inevitable that debates will surface.

Here are a few tips for managing these “passionate” discussions—to ensure they remain positive:

By Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Start Your Own Business This Year

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So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.

It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.

I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.

By Suzanna Kaye | Friday, January 16, 2015

Stop Tracking Receipts — Use an Expense Manager App

using an expense manager app lets you cut down on receipts clutter

If you’ve ever had to submit an expense report or track receipts for your taxes, you’ve probably been frustrated by faded or lost receipts, as well as the tedium of compiling all the bits of information.

By taking your expense management paperless, you can save countless hours of expense tracking and get you back to the more important work in your day.

Using an expense management app like Expensify or ReceiptsPro, you can easily track all your expenses as they occur, categorize them, and save the receipt image. Even if you only track expenses for taxes, or if your company’s expense reports require their own format, these apps can save you a ton of time and energy.

I’ll show you how.

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