Creating a Sought-After Corporate Culture

Have you ever had the experience of landing a great job in a company where you envisioned a long future, only to have things somehow not pan out? Could you put your finger on what went wrong? Maybe you didn’t click with the other employees. Or...

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Should You Hire Friends and Family?

As a small business owner, tapping into your personal network of family and friends as potential employees can seem like a great idea. You know these people well, they want to see you succeed and they may even already have an understanding of...

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Should You Hire an Intern?

If your business (and workload) is growing, you may wonder if adding an intern to your staff is a good idea. It could be – if you think through what this process would entail. Here are a few questions to consider before making a decision. What...

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Recognizing and Rewarding Employees – On the Cheap

What’s the best way to let a great employee know they are valued and appreciated? Although money may seem like the obvious choice (and a good one if you can spare it), there are plenty of other options that require no cash at all. In fact,...

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Handling Workplace Conflicts

When tensions rise between coworkers, the environment is uncomfortable for everyone. If you have a small business, the situation can be made even more difficult because of the close proximity and frequency in which employees must interact....

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Getting Past Burnout

Is your motivation for running the day to day operations of your business starting to wane? The enthusiasm and commitment it takes to keep a small company afloat, let alone thrive, can feel never-ending. While your reserves of energy may have...

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How to Let an Employee Go

There are few tasks more unpleasant than firing someone. The decision to terminate an employee is never easy, and mishandling the conversation can make a bad situation even worse. Following a few guidelines however, will help the process go...

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Tech Solutions for Smaller Companies

As a small business owner, you probably wear many hats – human resources director, head of accounting, sales associate, marketing rep – this list goes on. With so many responsibilities, you need all the help you can get. Fortunately, the range of tech...

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8 Small Business Fun Facts

If you’re a small business owner, you’re in good company. According to a recent study, many small businesses are not only surviving, but thriving. And that’s great news for our economy, as we depend on the pioneering and innovative efforts that come from small...

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When Hard Work Doesn’t Pay Off

As a small business owner, hard work and long hours are the nature of the beast. The amount of effort you put in to your company has a direct correlation to its success. But when does this type of dedication actually backfire? Here are a few signs that you may be...

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5 Attributes Employees Want from Their Boss

You’re the boss –the big cheese, head honcho, captain of the ship, numero uno. It’s a complex role that requires juggling multiple tasks all day long. But key to your success is the support from the team you’ve built around you. What type of leader engenders the...

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Should I Let an Employee Work from Home?

If you haven’t had someone on your staff ask to work from home yet, you will. With work/life balance at the top of employees’ wish lists, many companies are embracing this trend to attract and retain good workers. But not every situation is well suited to this...

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