Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Women Feel Cold and Don’t Perform as Well. Heat Things Up.

January 22, 2020 | 129 views

Women Feel Cold and Don’t Perform as Well. Heat Things Up.
Women Feel Cold and Don’t Perform as Well. Heat Things Up.

I admit it. I’m the guy whose car requires that everyone wear an extra layer because I crank up the air conditioner. It’s downright Arctic in there 12 months out of the year. Anyone who travels with me often knows to wear layers. And I’ve learned to keep a blanket in the back for the poor wimps who are shivering when it’s 70 degrees inside the car. This causes all sorts of conversations about temperature preferences, but everyone is different.

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It’s Time to Quit. Go Ahead. Do it.

January 15, 2020 | 189 views

It’s Time to Quit. Go Ahead. Do it.
It’s Time to Quit. Go Ahead. Do it.

It’s a new year with promises of prosperity and good things. The annual bucket list is ready to be implemented, and the old year is gone, done, in the books. Was it good? Will this year be better? What are your plans to make the new year a win?

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Encourage Healthy Employees with Wellness Incentives

January 8, 2020 | 225 views

Encourage Healthy Employees with Wellness Incentives
Encourage Healthy Employees with Wellness Incentives

We all want to be healthy, and we want our employees healthy, too. A company wellness program is designed to encourage employees to adopt healthy behaviors and then maintain them. To achieve this within your organization, it is helpful to use small incentives combined with interactive programs to engage employees in ways that get them on the road to sustained health.

All aspects of health can be promoted as part of your wellness program. After all, it is not just body mass index or advanced yoga poses that prove a person’s health status. Health check-ups and food choices matter, too.

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Schedule Your Year-End 2019 CPA Meeting Now

December 26, 2019 | 353 views

Schedule Your Year-End 2019 CPA Meeting Now
Schedule Your Year-End 2019 CPA Meeting Now

The end of the year is upon us. If you have not done so yet, schedule a meeting ASAP with your tax professional. This is the time when businesses of all sizes need to do two critical things: (1) determine if any last-minute tax treatments can be applied to minimize tax liability, and (2) based upon your budget for next year, determine how best to treat business income and deductions going forward.

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You Know Word-of-Mouth is Important. Now Go Engage It.

December 18, 2019 | 349 views

You Know Word-of-Mouth is Important. Now Go Engage It.
You Know Word-of-Mouth is Important. Now Go Engage It.

Last month, we posted about why Word-of-Mouth is valuable in the digital age. Its client-centered approach and perceived reliability are attributes to appreciate as part of your marketing arsenal. Harnessing its power and strategically managing Word-of-Mouth does take some concentrated focus and effort, however, to be effective.

Based on your needs, budget, and business size, you can engage customers in promoting your business by Word-of-Mouth. If you are able, dedicate a specific person to manage these tactics to become the expert of your social presence. Not every bad thing is avoidable online, but a singular person can manage it with a focus on keeping your online reputation and presence a forceful component of your marketing mix.

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Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?

December 11, 2019 | 1,086 views

Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?
Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?

KPMG International recently published its 2019 survey results of the global readiness of the construction industry. The data show progress with initiatives that contribute to success—things like a diverse workforce and effective reporting and governance. A good portion of the report addresses the advancement of technology and how it is likely to affect the construction industry.

As with most industries, technology’s rapid growth and numerous applications are disruptive for construction too. Advancements in modeling, design, and analytics are already entrenched in most organizations. But emerging technologies are coming faster than ever—are these disruptors helpful to the construction industry?

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4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

December 4, 2019 | 355 views

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System
4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

Security concerns are ongoing in any business. Most of us now trust our phones, computers, and information systems. We think nothing of buying items with mobile payments. We share proprietary data across networks, hoping we never have a security breach. And then, at the end of the workday, we close and lock the door, leaving everything we’ve built behind a bolted lock.

Computer systems offer back-ups in the cloud and portals protected with passwords and security questions. We deftly juggle multiple access points and software portals with the help of the system’s built-in protection and security. Unfortunately, many of us do not do the same with our brick and mortar portals—the doors to our offices.

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6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season

November 26, 2019 | 386 views

6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season
6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season

It’s here already—the holiday hours dilemma. Some want more, some want less. Or worse, everyone wants hours or is clamoring for holiday time off. With a short shopping season, labor demands might be different than expected. Instead of four weekends after Thanksgiving’s long holiday, there are only three.

Fewer days means at least one limited asset—time. But it might also mean limited labor as employees squeeze in holiday parties and open houses. The puzzle of employee holiday scheduling demands some serious thought to keep everyone working at peak performance and to ensure a good season.

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7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season

November 20, 2019 | 434 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 | 374 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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