Onboarding Can Make or Break a New Hire

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By MJ Plaster

Businesses go to great lengths to recruit the right employees for their workplaces, but that’s only half the battle. The first day on the job is often as unsettling for new employees as their first day of school was. They’re entering foreign territory, and they may feel like an interloper until they get their bearings. They’re hoping to blend in as quickly as possible—just like the new student who enters a new school in the middle of the year. Employers can help to make the new hire welcome and ease their transition into the workplace. And you don’t need us to tell you how important it is to have a happy workforce.

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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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How to Gain the Best ROI From Your Email Marketing

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By MJ Plaster

The reports of the death of email marketing have been grossly exaggerated! Lately, I’ve heard people talk about email as old tech or low tech and, therefore, ineffective. This is a misconception, as you’ll see. In fact, it’s one of the last best effective marketing avenues, since people have tuned out ads—physically and mentally. If you’re one of the millions of internet users who use ad blockers, then you know how easy it is nix ads from your view. If not, then you’ve probably blocked the ads mentally.

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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

Five Tips For Safely Spending In Retirement

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Just about everyone from financial gurus to employers to the government will encourage workers to sock away a portion of their hard-earned cash each pay period for retirement.

While there are some studies that indicate quite clearly that many have either been unwilling or unable to do so, there are other Americans who have been able to save a nice nest egg for their golden years. Recommendations on how to spend down this stash of cash are a bit less common. Here are some tips that can help you ensure that you do not run out of cash in retirement. Continue reading

Frank Alvarado: Helping Clients Become Financially Independent

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By MJ Plaster

You might call Frank Alvarado a Chapter 11 attorney, but he describes himself as a corporate and commercial law and business litigation attorney. That’s because he works to keep his clients on firm financial footing. He takes pride in navigating tenuous businesses around bankruptcy rather than through its storm whenever possible.

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The Beginner’s Guide To The Stock Market

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You may have heard of the Dow or even know what a stock is. However, do you know what it means to invest in the stock market?

While this may surprise you, you may already be invested in the market if you have a 401k or have company stock options or some other ownership stake. What should you know about the market before you start investing to help you make better decisions? Continue reading