Alternatives to Disciplining Employees

If you have employees, there will be a need to handle problematic behaviors or performance – like tardiness, incomplete work, or a bad attitude. For many business owners and managers, addressing those problems is often their most uncomfortable and cumbersome task. Not only can progressive discipline be awkward, but also it can involve substantial planning,...

Should You Show Prices on Your Website?

Creating a website comes with more choices than just which fonts and photos to use. The purpose of your site is to provide information about your company and the products and services you offer. It has contact info so a visitor can reach you to ask questions or make an order. It has content that...

Business Documents That Save You Money

There are particular business documents that will actually lower your costs. Documentation like checklists, samples, and procedures will shave hours off time to execute deliverables and perform daily duties. They’ll also save time in rework, project delays, missed deadlines, and staff downtime. All of these suggested documents can be created once and used repeatedly. Here...

Handling Advice and Feedback

In your business, it’s no doubt an everyday event for staff to share feedback or advice. From project managers to team leaders to supervisors to co-workers, all staff members would have occasion to provide guidance, instructions, and opinions to each other. Keep an eye on your milestone chart – your team seems to be running...

Tools to Help Customers Find You in 2019

The way that the Internet works for small business changes constantly. It’s become more important to have paid social media advertising because getting customers from the “organic” kind of posting has so greatly declined. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with changes in social platforms like Instagram or Facebook, who regularly add new features, policies,...

Five Types of Problem Employees

Strong management and leadership are important when people become a problem … because, at some point, people in the workplace will become a problem. Staff members – let’s just call them “employees” – can create difficulties due to issues like their attitude, performance, ethics, or lack of knowledge.  These personnel can be salaried employees, temps,...

Free or Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees

Staff members (“employees”) deserved to be recognized for doing outstanding work, being a team player, meeting deadlines, or other positive behaviors. Rewards are an undeniably great way to build morale and confidence, provide incentives for continued good work, and grow company loyalty. Sometimes, though, the budget is tight. Free or Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees...

Managing Information Overload

With the widespread use of automated email software, landing pages, free online offers, junk mail, and other tactics to get your attention, you are susceptible to your email address or other data being shared on a regular basis. For the promise of a free ebook, checklist, or webinar, many sign up only to become the...

Growing Your Business Value BEFORE You Sell

If you are like most business owners, you would like to sell your business one day for top dollar. You need to know the value of your business in order to grow the value. Businesses have “three values.” The book value is typically determined by your accountant. The book value is your business equity; assets...

Hiring the Right Business Associates

How often have you heard the phrase “No man is an island”? The quote is from a seventeenth century sermon by author John Donne. It continues “No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others.” No one can really argue with that. As humans, we rely on unknown sources like the persons who built our local...