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Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business?

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business? Professional Employer Organizations are a good fit if you are in an industry where it is hard for you to obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance. You may have had injuries resulting in cancellation or you may be a newer, higher risk business having a …

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You’re Only as Good as Your Last P&L… Let’s Make 2018 a Banner Year!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Have you ever heard the saying “you’re only as good as your last P&L”?  What it basically means is there are typically 12-13 reporting periods in the business year and your business’ performance must be monitored closely to help ensure you put as many points on the scoreboard (profitability) as you possibly can before the …

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2017 A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. The old cliché’ is true – where does the time go? As we say goodbye to 2017 and await 2018 to arrive, there are many things to look back on as we begin our business year-end preparations and forward-looking to the year ahead. Industry …

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Hiring a Better Workforce

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

In this article you will be introduced to very specific and effective strategies and tactics necessary to help give you an edge over your competition when it comes to the workforce you employ for your business. If you have weathered the storm of the recent recession you undoubtedly have seen a massive shift with employment. …

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WHY Should Your Company Have Progressive Discipline Policy and Procedures?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Our last article scratched the surface on the world of “hiring and firing” and how most employers genuinely struggle with this. It is long and well-established that your employees are indeed your most valuable “asset” and you have invested tremendous effort, resources (and money) into attracting, developing, managing and retaining them because everyone knows the …

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How Do You Feel About Hiring and Firing Employees?

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Have you ever had one of these days? It’s Monday morning and you’ve prepared your office, workplace or store for the rush of happy new customers to come through your door. TODAY is going to be a great day! The phones are ringing and the place is buzzing – UNTIL… Once again one of your …

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Did you Know that Outsourcing your Bookkeeping Can Help Grow your Business?

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Are you just starting a new business? If you answered yes, now is the best time to start forming good “business habits.”  It is best to get in the habit of doing things “right” from the beginning.  Many new business owners throw all of their receipts into a box or drawer or scan them into their …

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Having Headaches with Payroll Even Now? Consider Outsourcing Before Seasonal or Holiday Upswing

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Anyone that has dealt with payroll – for either large or small businesses – knows what a headache it can be. It is time consuming and MUST be done properly, to forgo a myriad of legal issues. This is especially true for business owners who hire new staff for seasonal or holiday upswings. The Coming Local Season and Holiday …

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Is Your Human Resources Department Helping Your Company Gain a Competitive Advantage?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

According to Wikipedia, Human Resources (HR) is the set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, or economy. When applying for a job or to discuss employment issues, you are often directed to the “Human Resources” department of an organization or business. A study from Cornell University found that many top managers …

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12 Tips to Grow Your Business Through Customer Loyalty

Monday, October 13th, 2014

One of the most touted marketing trends for small businesses today is to reward your loyal, repeat customers. These incentive programs not only inspire loyalty, but can add to more immediate sales. Strategies range from discounts to simple but well received courtesies, such as a thank you in many different forms. Ways to reward: Preferred …

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Job Fairs and Fall Recruiting Online, In-person Plus Other Resources

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

A job fair, a career fair or career expo is a great way to recruit for steady and seasonal employees. New trends have also shown implementation of on-line job fairs, as many employers are seeking alternate recruitment venues. Which is best for you? Traditional job fairs Job fairs are meeting places that allow company representatives …

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Financial Statements 101

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Simple Understanding and Terminology Small business owners wear many hats, and are expert at their own brand but many do not have the basic knowledge of accounting. Below are some basic definitions seen in key financial statements that every small business owner or manager should know, so they can understand how to use them to …

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On the move? Tips for Making your Office Move Smarter and Smoother

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Moving your place of business can be an exciting and/or stressful time. In fact, any move, whether it be office or personal, tops the stress charts. There are ways you can maintain productivity and save yourself stress when moving your business to a new location. Communication is key. Make sure everyone is on the same …

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10 Characteristics of a Great Employee

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

The job market is showing signs of improvement as companies are hiring. When a company hires an employee, there is so much an employer should consider to make sure they are hiring the best person for the job. Some employees are better than others and there are common traits that make a fantastic employee. If …

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Review your Budget More Frequently, Especially with Small Business

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Like the ebb and flow of the tide, most businesses change continuously depending on a variety of factors which can include everything from seasonal flux, addition or loss of a key client or change in product cost. A small businesses greatest tool to respond to this factor is its budget. Basically your budget is your …

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How to Know When it is Time to Hire a New Employee

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

It is one of the most difficult and one of the most important workforce management challenges – knowing when it is time to hire a new employee. While some signs are obvious, such as increased demand for your product or services, other reasons may be more along the line of opportunity and strategic planning for …

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Hiring the Wrong Employee Can Destroy your Workplace Culture

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Every business’ environment has a culture (characteristics of a work environment). A workplace culture includes many aspects of a business including its management style, business values, physical environment, employee and management attitudes, behaviors and dress code. There are many advantages to having a good workplace culture as it keeps everyone on the same page and …

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Tips to Start Now, Save Time and Reduce Stress for Next Year’s Tax Filing

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As a small business owner, time is very important and something you probably wish was more abundant. There are many tasks a small business owner must address daily to keep business coming through the door. In addition, there are fiscal responsibilities including filing taxes that go hand in hand with owning a small business. Unless you …

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Why Your Business Needs an Employee Handbook

Monday, March 10th, 2014

It can be an exciting time for a business when it grows to the point where employees need to be hired. Usually, when a small business is just starting up, the business owner is the person answering phones and doing just about everything. A new employee will help with the work load so that the owner …

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What if you Never had to do Payroll Again?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Every business owner that has employees must perform payroll tasks. Payroll management can be time consuming and frustrating.Maybe it is time to outsource your payroll as it can help your business in a variety of ways: Reducing or eliminating IRS penalties – A professional payroll company will ensure that you are compliant with all IRS requirements. A …

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