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How to Hire and Manage Small Business Employees

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Volunteering Is Good for Your Small Business

Think that donating your time to a worthy cause will benefit you personally but not professionally? Think again. Engaging in activities that support your community can produce tangible rewards for …

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Set Meaningful, Measurable, and Motivating Employee Goals

Are you and your employees setting goals for 2014? Now’s the time to finalize your plans for the year ahead. Follow these five steps to help ensure that your expectations …

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Showcase Underdogs to Motivate Employees

Motivating your employees can be a complex task. As Forbes contributor Glenn Llopis notes, money isn’t the only thing that can light a fire under people. And, besides, raises aren’t …

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How to Control Payroll Costs

Your employees are a key asset in keeping your business running smoothly, but they’re not an insignificant business expense. Here are few strategies for controlling your payroll costs without shortchanging …

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Just Say No to Tech Purchases That Won’t Yield ROI

When your kid asks you for a toy you can’t afford or don’t think is appropriate for his or her age, you simply say “no.” Sure, your response may elicit …

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Foster a “Next Man Up” Mentality in Your Small Business

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and, whether you’re a football fan or not, the sport offers some valuable lessons in leadership. Most notable is the “next man up” …

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Small Business Employment On the Slow Road to Recovery

The December Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed an increase in employment for the second month in a row, following a stall from May through October. However, with the exception …

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Managing Maternity Leave When You’re Self-Employed

Are you thinking about having a baby? When you’re self-employed, planning your maternity leave can be a challenge. Although you won’t have to return to work on someone else’s timetable, …

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What to Say in Your Year-End Message to Employees

The end of the year is a perfect time to talk with employees about the business’s accomplishments in 2013 and what lies ahead in 2014. A year-end message helps to reinforce …

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6 Costly Winter Business Risks

Everybody loves the first snowfall of the year, but winter also brings some challenges for many people. Some of those annoyances, from accidents to illness, can cost your small business …

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Want to Be Like Zappos? Get Insights Directly From the Company

Zappos is renowned for its open corporate culture and stellar customer service. But following the online retailer’s lead — and building similar best practices into your small business — may …

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4 Common Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Think your business is too small to justify paying for professional legal help? Think again. Failing to dot your i’s and cross your t’s in important matters can expose you …

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How Does the Affordable Care Act Impact Your Small Business? [INFOGRAPHIC]

On March 31, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance mandatory for most Americans. Most employees will be required by law to have health coverage or pay a …

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Creating a High-Performance Business Culture

What does “business culture” mean? How does it contribute to the success of your small business? Business culture describes the workplace environment that you create for your employees (and yourself). It determines …

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The Hidden Costs of Workplace Stress

American author Jane Wagner once wrote, “Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.” Although Wagner — who pens jokes for her partner, comedian Lily …

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