Employees

How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Small Business Employment Remained (Almost) Flat in August

U.S. small business employment saw a slight decline of 0.01 percent in August, while revenues continued to drop. The employment decline equates to approximately 1,300 jobs lost for businesses that …

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5 Tips for Finding Top Talent for Your Small Business

You’re looking to hire a few talented professionals who will help you take your small business to the next level. But you’re having a tough time recruiting qualified candidates in …

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In the Trenches: Incorporating Exercise Into the Workday

I’m going to talk about exercise this week because, as a small-business owner who works from home, I’ve struggled for years to fit it into my schedule. Back when I …

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In the Trenches: Should We Have a Tipping Policy?

I can count on one hand the number of times a client has wanted to tip one of our concierges, yet it’s happened twice in the past week. We don’t …

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5 More Tips for Avoiding Small-Business Legal Potholes

When starting a small business, it’s much easier and cheaper to avoid legal potholes than it is to fall into one — and then have to spend time, effort, and …

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Bosses: Avoid These 8 Behaviors That Scare Employees

Reprimanding an employee in front of the whole staff is almost certain to crush office morale. Worse still, if someone gets fired like an AOL employee did recently. But leaders often scare …

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Managing Conflict: When Turf Wars Threaten Morale and Productivity

Employee “turf wars” occur in organizations of nearly every size. They can be especially prevalent in small businesses where employees play numerous roles and have overlapping job responsibilities, which makes …

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Understanding SEP IRAs for Small-Business Owners

When you first start a business, you may be too busy thinking about immediate tasks — buying equipment, setting up your website, finding customers — to worry much about your …

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How to Manage Home-Based Workers the Apple Way

If your small business employs or plans to employ virtual workers, check out the recent article by software analyst Ashley Verrill on TechCrunch. In it, Verrill says she emailed more …

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Make Your Employee Benefits Package More Attractive

Benefits can help your small business attract — and keep — smart, talented, and reliable employees. But many entrepreneurs worry that offering substantial perks can cut into their relatively modest …

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4 Free Online Resources for Learning to Code

Want to learn some basic HTML to keep your company’s website updated? Need to acquire some advanced skills, such as writing APIs, so you can develop web and mobile apps? …

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Why You Can’t Afford to Hire the Wrong Employee

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” This cautionary quote, from legendary basketball coach John Wooden, emphasizes the importance …

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CoachUp Scores With a Small-Business Slam Dunk

Entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel says coaching makes all the difference to many aspiring athletes. “I wasn’t very good at basketball, but I loved it,” Fliegel says. “I found a private coach …

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In the Trenches: A Background Check Post-Mortem

A little over a month ago, I wrote about my struggle to find the right way to do a background check on a new employee. Now that I’ve successfully completed …

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Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Great Employee

Hiring great employees for your small business can be a difficult and time-consuming chore. That’s why many small-business owners opt to use an outside recruiting firm to search for, vet, and rank suitable …

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