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11 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

by Tim AustinDecember 8, 2015 8:00 AM

No matter how long you’ve been in business, it’s never too late to learn. Fortunately, other business people have shared secrets to success over the years. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or need some gift ideas for the holidays, here are 11 books that all small business owners should read.

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Social Selling Tips: Facebook Edition

by Tim AustinNovember 17, 2015 8:00 AM

Facebook is about more than checking to see what your online friends are doing. Numerous businesses maintain an official page to help expand brand awareness and drum up new leads.

However, with all of the users and businesses currently on Facebook, you’ll need to spend some time on your page in order to build your audience. Here are some tips to help you get your business page noticed.

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Social Selling Tips: SlideShare Edition

by Tim AustinNovember 10, 2015 8:00 AM

SlideShare may not have the same notoriety as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, but the social platform can still be a valuable tool for businesses. As a visual medium, SlideShare gives you the opportunity to show people your message in addition to giving them something to read. Here are some tips to help you use SlideShare as a social selling tool for your business.

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Low-income Earners and the ACA

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 29, 2015 8:00 AM

In January of 2016, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin to directly impact businesses with between 50-99 employees. While health insurance rates have been impacting business owners since the start of the ACA several years ago, those companies with 50-99 employees haven’t had to offer healthcare or face a fine. That’s changing in a couple of months.

The interesting thing about the ACA is that the very people it is supposed to help, low income workers, seem to be the ones least interested getting their healthcare, even when it’s offered by their employers.

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Social Selling Tips: LinkedIn Edition

by Tim AustinOctober 27, 2015 8:00 AM

Unlike other massive social networks like Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is dedicated to professionals. Over 40 million users in a variety of industries have profiles on the network, giving you potential access to several new business leads.

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Social Selling Tips: Twitter Edition

by Tim AustinOctober 20, 2015 8:00 AM

Hundreds of millions of people use Twitter, offering you plenty of potential to find customers in need of your services. Due to the volume and variety of content shared each and every day, Twitter can be overwhelming at first, but a little guidance can go a long way. Here are some tips for finding potential opportunities on the social platform.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Departure

by Stacey LinnSeptember 22, 2015 8:00 AM

Whether someone put in his or her two-week notice or needs to be fired, the exit of an employee is not an easy process. There are a number of steps that need to be taken when an employee leaves. Proper procedures can be the difference between a clean break or a messy breakup that could lead to a claim by the former employee. Here are 10 steps to take during the departure process.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Reviews

by Stacey LinnSeptember 15, 2015 8:00 AM

Employee performance reviews can offer useful insight into how your employees are performing if done well. An open, honest review can help motivate employees and provide employers with opportunities to improve internal processes. Here are four tips to making your employee reviews more effective.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Training

by Stacey LinnSeptember 8, 2015 8:00 AM

Once you’ve hired a new employee, there’s a lot of work to get them up to speed with the rest of the company. The training process is an important part of the employee lifecycle. An effective program will allow your new hire to make an impact as quickly as possible.

Preparation and in-person teaching are key elements of training, so use the following tips to help your new employees learn the ins-and-outs of your office.

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How to Manage the Employee Lifecycle: Interviews

by Stacey LinnAugust 25, 2015 8:00 AM

Once you’ve recruited some potential candidates, you’ll want to meet them. An interview is usually the first chance you’ll get to meet a potential employee, giving you the opportunity to see just who might be the newest member of your team.

When it comes to the interview prospect, you’ll have to make a judgement call for your business. Here are some suggestions to help you optimize your interviews.

The interview process is a key factor in finding out if a prospect is right for your company.

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