Interviewing for Soft Skills

If you’ve ever hired someone who, on paper, checked all your candidate “wish list” boxes but could never seem to mesh with your staff or customers on an interpersonal level, you’ve discovered the pitfalls of evaluating candidates solely on...

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Is It Time to Grow Your Business?

Bursting at the seams in your current location? Can’t keep up with demand? These are good problems to have as a small business owner. And with your company booming, you may be wondering if now is a good time to expand. This decision doesn’t come without risk though –...

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Diversity Training and Small Businesses

Hiring a diversity trainer is something only big companies do, right? Short answer: no. Any business that values communication, understanding and cohesiveness among its employees will see the benefit of providing diversity training to its...

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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 more smoothly and ease the...

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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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