How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Are You Still the Right Person to Lead Your Business?

How long should you — the person who founded your business — continue to lead it? It’s a tough question, and the answer varies wildly. But there comes a time …

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How to Maintain Productivity During Vacation Season

More than a third of employees opted out of taking a vacation in 2011, reports CareerBuilder.com. Among those people who did opt for time off, few returned to work completely …

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When It’s Time to Let an Employee Go

Firing someone is, without a doubt, one of the most unpleasant experiences imaginable for a small-business owner. But sometimes letting an employee go is essential for the well-being — perhaps …

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5 Expert Tips for Hiring the Right People

Small-business owners can’t just sit back and wait for perfect employees to walk through their doors. If only it were that easy! So, how do you hire the right people? …


The Most Common Questions About Hiring Answered

Few business-related responsibilities are as daunting or stressful as hiring employees. Perhaps you’ve conducted interviews before, but the stakes are higher when you’re hiring for your own company, says Alison …

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In the Trenches: The Value of Face Time

Working remotely has been great for me and Cranky Concierge. I’m writing this column at my desk at home. As soon as I finish, I can walk into the other …

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Does My Small Business Need a Social Media Policy?

The benefits of using social media for business get touted a lot, but the risks associated with doing so are mentioned far less often. This is unfortunate, because the casual …

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In the Trenches: The Virtual Phone System Scramble

Like a lot of small businesses, I opted to go with a virtual phone system vs. a traditional one for Cranky Concierge. This was a fairly easy decision, considering the …


Entrepreneurs Sound Off: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiring Employees”

Hiring employees is a rite of passage for many small-business owners, because it represents growth. But, of course, expanding your operation comes with a few financial and professional risks. To …

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Why is Texas Leading in Small Business Employment?

American small businesses added 20,000 jobs in April, according to the latest Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. The number of small business jobs added totals approximately 320,000 jobs …

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GoldieBlox’s Debbie Sterling on the Importance of Asking for Help

Entrepreneur Debbie Sterling (pictured) says the secret to her startup’s success is that she didn’t try to go it alone. “When I was first starting out, I had this big …

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5 Questions to Ask Before Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a proven strategy for business success, but it contains some hidden pitfalls. Here are five important questions to ask — and answer — before you agree to let an …

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In the Trenches: Finding the Right Employee

I’ve made the decision to hire a new employee, and now the tough part begins. How the heck do I go about finding the right person for the job? This …

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Offering Constructive Feedback That Really Works

Giving an employee feedback in a way that can improve performance — and doesn’t prompt a negative reaction — isn’t always an easy process. Some small-business owners avoid it altogether, …

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Tips for Moving Your Business to a New Location

It’s a job you (and your friends) hate. Moving is backbreaking work that disrupts your everyday life. You never knew how much you owned before you had to pack it, …

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