Category Archives: Small Business Tips

7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season

November 20, 2019 | 66 views

7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season
7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season

The 2019 holiday season is a short one with fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, both online and physical stores have six fewer days to rack up sales. According to the National Retail Federation, this shopping season still represents 20% of the year’s sales, on average, for most stores. For some, it’s significantly higher.

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Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?

November 13, 2019 | 159 views

Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?
Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?

The holiday season is one filled with unusual attributes. There are celebrations, parties, and very full social calendars. Families have holidays scheduled, and children are home from school.

Deciding to close down during the holidays can be a difficult decision for a non-profit board to make. As much as each person might personally like the time off, leaders hesitate to leave the phone and turn off the lights. But if staff, many of whom are volunteers, are not as available to help, there may be fewer people to keep things going. 

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Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age

November 6, 2019 | 230 views

Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age
Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age

Word-of-mouth marketing is like free publicity for your business if you provide a good product or service. Richard Branson called it the best and cheapest form of advertising, but what does it mean in the digital age?

What used to be conversations and recommendations shared among friends has migrated to digital platforms but are really no different than the praises or criticisms we’ve always shared. We tell stories about wonderful service and incredible products. Sure, it could be over lunch with a friend, but it also could manifest itself in an online post that thousands of people see.

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5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution

October 9, 2019 | 379 views

5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution
5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution

Good managers are always looking for ways to improve employees’ motivation so that they perform better and contribute more. Money always talks, of course, but it doesn’t have as lasting an effect as other less costly options, and we honestly don’t always have more to give. Appropriate financial compensation cannot be overlooked, but to encourage a cooperative workplace, consider these five non-financial motivators.

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Manage Overtime Fraud with Intelligent Software and Internal Oversight

September 25, 2019 | 1,726 views

Manage Overtime Fraud with Intelligent Software and Internal Oversight
Manage Overtime Fraud with Intelligent Software and Internal Oversight

A driver stops on the way home to run errands while on the clock. An area manager is not on location to monitor employees coming and going. An hourly person who checks others’ timesheets is also padding her own hours. Employee theft can be costly, and labor is the costliest line on a P&L statement. Work hours and overtime must be carefully monitored to avoid excessive expense.

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Procrastination: Some Things Really Can’t Wait

September 18, 2019 | 579 views

Procrastination: Some Things Really Can’t Wait
Procrastination: Some Things Really Can’t Wait

“My ‘to-do’ list is so long,” I wail. How can I ever get it all completed? If you are a ‘doer’ like I am, the demands we put on ourselves can be overwhelming. The lists are long, the needs great, and numerous distractions tug at us every hour. As a result, sometimes the squeaky wheel does get tended while other more important things don’t receive the attention they deserve.

Sometimes, it’s easier to knock off ten small tasks rather than tackle the big one. But, as a business owner, we can’t procrastinate on those tasks that most contribute to our success in the long run. Some things really cannot wait.

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12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game

September 11, 2019 | 974 views

12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game
12 Break Room Design Ideas That Up Your Employees’ Game

We’ve all heard that highly engaged employees value a good time-out from their work. Being stuck at a workstation for 8 – 10 hours does not make a productive or happy employee. Employees know this and yet many do not take much time for themselves during a shift.

Developing and keeping highly engaged and productive employees takes many forms. Current trends include flexible hours, remote workspaces, exercise and health benefits. Some cost more than others and are not always feasible. But every employee should be taking a break. So how can you use breaks to your advantage? By creating an employee break room environment that allows real rest while fostering camaraderie and productivity. 

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How to Offset Minimum Wage Increases with these Tips

September 4, 2019 | 519 views

Retail businesses, like restaurants who employ dozens of hourly wage workers, face tremendous pressure as the city and state minimum wage increases. With labor a huge portion of expenses, how can a restaurateur deal with rising labor costs?

You’ve seen other eateries deal with this a few different ways. Some have increased menu prices; it costs more to get the food to the table, so this is a traditional way of maintaining profitability. Others have specifically added a clearly identified percentage to guest totals so that guests realize the increased cost legislation that dictates pay levels. And some businesses simply make do with fewer employees at the risk of reducing the quality of customer service.

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5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event

August 14, 2019 | 797 views

5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event
5 Reasons to Host a Company Picnic or Event

As a small business owner, it is hard to throw a party. Finances are tight, we spend a lot of time with those people already; and the big reason? It all comes out of profits. We pay for it all. Every penny. And it’s probably on a day off when we’d rather be watching a baseball game.

But we should do it anyway, and here’s why.

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Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here

August 7, 2019 | 474 views

Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here
Walking Boosts Productivity, So Get Outta Here

If you are like most people, you probably feel that nagging, mid-afternoon slump at work when you just can’t get much done. It’s worse if you need to start a new project and can’t begin to create ideas of how to get going. Maybe you reach for an iced coffee or a snack to get you going, but there is a more productive solution: go for a walk.

We all know that exercise has physical benefits, and walking might help avoid overindulging in candy and caffeine, but there are more than physical benefits—a short 15-minute stroll can stimulate your brain and jumpstart ideas for your next great accomplishment too.

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