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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.

Using Slideshare for business

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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.

Using LinkedIn for business.

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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.

Using Twitter for business.

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Small Business Challenges by the Numbers

by Tim AustinAugust 11, 2015 8:00 AM

When you own a small business, you don’t always have the personnel to handle your HR functions, which can leave you having to take charge. Unfortunately, these extra duties can end up hurting your business.

Having to handle things like payroll takes time, which could be used to help grow your business. Even more, handling your own payroll can end up costing your business money and putting more stress on yourself.

Contact Group Management Services about how a PEO may be able to save you time and money.

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Five More Ways to Reward Employees

by Tim AustinJuly 28, 2015 8:00 AM

Sometimes simple gifts or notes won’t cut it when it comes to rewarding an employee. Earlier this month, we provided nine gift ideas and eight free suggestions for good employees, but this post is for bosses who are looking for some alternative ways to show a worker just how much they mean to a company.

Consider some alternative ideas for rewarding employees, such as letting them work from home for a day.

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What It’s Like to Work for GMS: The INTERNal Perspective

by Tim AustinJuly 23, 2015 8:00 AM

The road to getting an internship can be a rough one, especially if it is your first. If you were anything like me, you went to career fair after career fair, booth to booth, one person to the next, and before you knew it you were pretty overwhelmed by the entire process. 

As a sales and marketing double major, I was lucky to have my choice of several companies to complete my university mandated internship. The original ten offers quickly dwindled as I ran them past my internship expectations - pay, experience, and environment. It was obvious after my GMS interviews with the Richfield Sales Manager, David Swift, and the VP of Sales, Tim Austin, that I had found the internship my classmates could only dream about.

Find out what it’s like to intern at GMS from our Summer 2015 Sales Intern Erin Seiler.

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Eight More Ways to Reward Employees

by Tim AustinJuly 21, 2015 8:00 AM

As we mentioned earlier this month, it’s good to reward your employees. However, sometimes you want to reward an employee, but you have a strict budget. Even if you don’t have a spare few bucks to spend, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation to a worker without having to take out your wallet. 

Even simple rewards can make an employee feel appreciated.

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Nine Ways to Reward Employees

by Tim AustinJuly 14, 2015 8:00 AM

A happy employee is a good employee. Rewarding employees for their hard work shows that you appreciate them, which can in turn give them extra motivation to not only maintain their quality of work, but exceed it.

Whether you’re rewarding one particular employee or a group of people, a special gift or show of thanks can make a big difference.

Reward good employees to show your appreciation.

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Bring Your Kids to Work Day at GMS

by Tim AustinJuly 2, 2015 2:45 PM

History behind the day: When the Ms. Foundation for Women started “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” in 1993, the idea was to help boost girls' confidence and to link education to work opportunities.  

The day is now referenced as “bring your kids to work day” Currently, the event is estimated that more than 37 million parents participate in this event.  

GMS partakes in Bring Your Kids to Work Day

On Monday June 15th, GMS conducted “Bring your kids to work Day”

Our Goal: GMS employees’ children would get a better understanding of what we do during the day. It was important for us that our children were able to see us as something other than the cook, the coach, the maid, or the chauffeur driver. If we had meetings, webinars, or conference calls, our children would be by our side for the day. The more they saw, the more they would learn!

GMS started off the day with the kids attending The GMS sales meeting even if their parents were not in Sales.  

Here are some activities that we conducted:

  1. Kids wrote  three lines as to what they learned for the day 
  2. Pizza was brought in for lunch
  3. A scavenger hunt was conducted to learn about our different departments
  4. Everyone was shown an end of the day video

Below are some of the things the kids learned:

  • My mom works on the phone a lot and needs it to be quiet
  • My dad does other company’s taxes and I learned how he sends out local taxes
  • They use a lot of stamps, which seems strange with the internet
  • My dad drives a lot – GMS believes in face to face meetings
  • He makes a lot of phone calls to people that don’t want to talk to him (I guess this child followed a GMS Sales Professional)
  • My dad fixes other people’s problems
  • My mom helps other business do better
  • My mommy has a lot of meetings
  • My mom does workers comp stuff
  • My mom and her company helps business owners
  • The Government takes about 40% of your paycheck
  • My mom and all GMS employees prepare before a meeting
  • My mom’s company makes a business owner’s life a lot easier (one of my favorite)
  • My dad gets to drive to different places
  • They make a lot of friends in the workplace (another favorite)
  • My dad has fun with what he does (another favorite)
  • My dad’s company helps injured workers get back to work 
  • My dad thinks all small business owners should listen to what GMS does 
  • Some companies offer a 401K and some do not

GMS concluded the day with the children interviewing their parents on what they were doing when they were their age and a session on “lifetime of confidence.” 

All in all, I think the day was a success.

GMS… where we are all about making your life Simpler… Safer… Stronger

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Questions You Should Ask a Professional Employer Organization

by Tim AustinMay 26, 2015 8:00 AM

You have to make a lot of decisions when you own a business, and they’re not always easy. The decision to partner with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to manage your payroll, human resources, risk management strategies, and benefits is a perfect example of this.

Do your due diligence when selecting a PEO. Contact GMS with any questions you may have to help make your decision.

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