Category Archives: Small Business

How to Regain Your Team’s Mojo

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By MJ Plaster

Remember the pizzazz your team had when it first began to come together and click? It was electrifying, like Fourth of July fireworks set to the 1812 Overture. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but just like all relationships, teams go through stages. What started out with a bang is bound to go stale unless you reinvigorate it from time to time. Team players who lose their mojo are detrimental to your business, so let’s look at symptoms of complacency followed by prescriptions for regaining the spark.

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Who You Gonna Call When Your Brand Fails? BrandBusters?

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By MJ Plaster

When your brand turns on a dime and loses its luster, who you gonna call? BrandBusters? There are firms that make a fortune restoring a damaged brand. However, the object is to maintain your hard-earned brand rather than restoring it. First, we’ll look at a few brand failures. Then, we’ll look at the single best way to avoid busting your brand so you don’t have to restore it.
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Taking a Hard Look at Your Employee Benefits Packages

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Providing reasonable benefits to your employees is a standard part of procedure. However, you want to do more than offer just the basics. Instead, you want to ensure that you examine the packages to offer your employees fair benefits for their work. Doing so can help to increase morale, which can then have a positive impact on the success of your business. Continue reading

Are You Hiring the Wrong Employees?

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By MJ Plaster

Last summer, I attended a conference and had the opportunity to listen to leading human resources professionals expound on hiring and promotion practices. What I learned surprised me because I haven’t been involving in the hiring process for over two decades. We’ll look at common, 21st-century hiring practices and why you should adopt them as part of a winning hiring strategy.

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Five Tips For Protecting Your Business From Fraud

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In today’s world, technology has made it easy to conduct business around the world. However, it has also made it much easier for criminals to commit fraud against businesses. With small businesses losing $150,000 annually due to fraud, the problem is getting bigger each year.

As a result, more businesses are turning their attention to finding ways to prevent fraud. Whether it’s credit card fraud by a customer or theft by an employee, there are many ways businesses can reduce or eliminate fraud being committed against them. Continue reading

5 Tips for Dealing With Extra-Annoying Co-Workers

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By: MJ Plaster

The workplace is a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and eclectic personalities, so it’s unreasonable to expect everyone will get along swimmingly all the time. Still, there is an expectation that employees will act civilly toward one another and ignore petty annoyances.

Even minor irritations can send productivity plummeting, so how you handle toxic co-workers can make or break your day. Long term, how you manage these people can determine your career trajectory.

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Five Seemingly Small Slip-Ups That Can Sink Your Business Before It Gets Going

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Every business, no matter how big or small, comes with its own set of considerations. From management to finances, employees to inventory, there are many things to worry about on a daily basis.

That’s why you don’t want to gamble your chance for success on the smallest possible pitfall. Every year, thousands of new businesses fail because of tiny missteps that could easily be prevented.

Missteps such as… Continue reading

The benefits of sustainable buildings go well beyond the financial

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Investing in a green office building proves to be a growing trend in the business culture today. Focus has shifted from viewing a building as a necessary place to perform work to understanding the environmental impact of the structure and the way it operates.

Also known as sustainable buildings, green buildings are defined as a structure and process that are environmentally responsible from location and construction to use and demolition.

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Last Minute Tax Tips For Small Businesses (And Some For Next Year)

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Small business owners often face stiff competition, demanding customers and rising labor costs. When tax season arrives, it may cause unnecessary stress over financial worries.

Following these tips below will help small business owners prepare to file taxes this year and plan for the next year.

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