Category Archives: Small Business Tips

3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies

March 20, 2019 | 137 views

3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies
3 Business Tips for Auto Service Companies

Highly-rated businesses, no matter the industry, share some common attributes. Their reputations remain positive because they care greatly about providing quality work with integrity at a fair price. True success occurs when a company does all that well.

A search for auto service companies found hundreds within a few miles. There is clearly significant competition among car care companies, but many customers drive in for the first time because a shop is nearby. So while location may play a role initially, word-of-mouth recommendations help to develop a customer base by focusing on a few key

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How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

March 13, 2019 | 215 views

How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment
How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

Big companies can afford larger, internal HR departments because it is cost-effective to maintain an internal group of specialists. But often, this cost savings doesn’t exist for small and medium-sized businesses. For them, the daily burden of all personnel-related functions falls on the owner or general manager.


If this describes your organization, then the DIY method of human resource management is a necessary evil for you. With fewer employees, you can’t justify hiring an HR professional. Still, you need to handle human capital management, scheduling, and payroll and tax functions.

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3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

March 6, 2019 | 294 views

3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
3 Rookie Scheduling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

You can’t be everywhere at once when your business is doing well, so you decide to bring on some help. However, if you’ve never managed staff before, you may quickly learn that it’s not always easy to keep everyone happy with scheduling. To get the most out of your new employees and make them want to stick around a while, avoid these three rookie mistakes in scheduling your employees.


1. Not Including Employee Input on Hours

If you’re just getting started, be sure to listen carefully to your employees’ preferred schedule when hiring. Flexibility and work/life balance have become very important to nearly all employees.

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Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)

February 28, 2019 | 352 views

Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)
Why You Should Gamify HR (and How to Do It)

Gamification is becoming a trend in the workplace, and it’s easy to see why. Gamification techniques done right can make the most boring HR processes more fun (or at least a little less boring) and engage employees.


Gamification takes competitive, social, and progress-based game techniques and applies them to non-game environments. This can help HR managers help employees feel rewarded in ways outside of traditional compensation.


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4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)

February 20, 2019 | 594 views

4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)
4 Contributors to Poor Productivity (that You Should Avoid at All Costs)

Poor productivity may be costing you more than you realize: having disengaged workers costs organizations around $500 billion per year. If you haven’t considered how lack of efficiency or motivation has impacted your business, it’s time to assess whether you might be part of the problem.


1. Not Keeping Your Eye on the Big Picture

In order for employees to feel important, it helps for them to know that they are a critical part of the success of the company. To do this, managers must work with employees to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to evaluate their success for their unique positions.

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4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

February 6, 2019 | 639 views

4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale
4 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

How would improving employee morale enhance your organization? Maybe it could improve production and collaboration, decrease absenteeism, and even improve employee’s work-life balance. Doesn’t that sound good?


Having employees that believe they have a positive work-life balance can actually increase their productivity by 21%.  And those that don’t feel they have it are more likely to leave the company:


“One study revealed that one out of four workers who felt they had no support structure for adequate work-life balance made plans to quit in the following two years, in comparison to 17 percent who felt they had support,” says William Craig at Forbes.com.

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How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths

January 30, 2019 | 871 views

How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths
How to Increase Your Productivity Without Going to Great Lengths

Perhaps one of the most inspiring CEOs of our time is Peter Shankman. One of his cornerstone accomplishments is Help A Reporter Out (HARO), a business that became an almost overnight success and was acquired in less than two years by Vocus, Inc. But recently he’s turned his focus elsewhere — on telling his story about being a productive CEO with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


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How to Gain Buy-In For New Technology and Processes at Your Non-Profit

January 23, 2019 | 690 views

How to Gain Buy-In For New Technology and Processes at Your Non-Profit
How to Gain Buy-In For New Technology and Processes at Your Non-Profit

The two biggest challenges for businesses today, which are trying to embrace the rapid momentum into a digital world, are over-reliance on legacy technology and internal resistance. That’s according to a 2018 survey by Vanson Bourne.


Buying into new tools and adjusting processes that have been in place for years is uncomfortable. As humans, we’re naturally resistant to change and actively avoid the discomfort that goes along with forming new habits. The end result is that we stay stuck in our current patterns never making necessary adjustments to outdated processes.

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4 Time Management New Year’s Resolutions for a More Productive 2019

January 9, 2019 | 2,173 views

4 Time Management New Year’s Resolutions for a More Productive 2019
4 Time Management New Year’s Resolutions for a More Productive 2019

Is becoming more productive one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, you have a good mindset going into 2019. Still, that kind of broad-brush resolution isn’t concrete enough to lend you real results. You must get more specific and concrete with what that increased productivity will look like for you.


If you want to be a better manager of your time in 2019, here are four New Year’s resolutions you can make now to help you reach your goals in the year ahead.

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Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

December 26, 2018 | 1,013 views

Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

Perhaps one of the hardest, and most necessary, things to do is ask for help. For some reason, it makes people cringe to have to lean on others to get things done. That’s probably why one in five highly-engaged employees are at risk of burnout, according to the Harvard Business Review. Yet, when you’re in business, you have no other choice than to lean on others if you want to reach your goals.

 

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