5 Key Things To Do For An Employee Exit


An issue with an employee has come to a head and you can no longer tolerate them in your company. Or you've found that the business needs to downsize and eliminate some people. Either way, you have the unenviable task of letting an employee go. An employee might also quit. In any of these cases, you need to get yourself ready for the change from employee to ex-employee. That means doing some tasks to ensure that the exit is smooth for your company. Here are 5 key things to do for an employee exit:

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When To Hire And Fire (And What To Do If They Quit)


Entrepreneurs usually can't wait to set up their office space, print their business cards and start their first marketing campaign. But often they don't know the harsh truths of attracting (and retaining) top performers. Welcoming a newcomer in your company is easy, but what about letting people go? Adapting to the demands of this rapidly-evolving environment is necessary to prevent your startup boat from capsizing, even if it involves slipping in the pink slip. Here are some tips on the times to hire and fire, and what to do if they quit:

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4 Simple Tips For Managing Small Business Finances


As a small business owner, by its very nature, you are likely running your company with limited resources. You have limits on your available cash, your equipment and limits on your staff’s time. If you don’t operate productively and manage your finances, your business may fail. Use these tips to reduce costs and to manage finances.

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5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need To Invest More Into Sales Training


Many small businesses assume that because of their size, there is no point spending extra money training their sales staff. This is a serious risk on their part, as sales training is required to help improve sale strategy, business development and most importantly – sales! Here are 5 reasons why small businesses need to invest more into sales training:

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Making You Think About The Business….


Some key thoughts about reflecting on this year and making you think about the business as we near another business year end and the start of a fresh year.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Motivation High in Business


If you are running your own business and are a devoted entrepreneur, then you might feel overwhelmed sometimes. Being at the top of the game is not easy, but remember, it was not easy getting there either. Here are 6 tips to keep your motivation high in business:

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4 Simple Tips To Cut Office Costs For Your Business


Businesses often spend a significant amount of their operating costs on office supplies, paper, utilities, printing etc to create an amiable working environment. By cutting these costs, you can help your business save money without sacrificing employee comfort. All you need to do is make some small changes to scale back on your daily office expenses. Here are 4 simple tips to cut office costs for your business:

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How to Make a Sale – How Customers Decide to Buy


I regularly tell people they’re in sales, even when they think otherwise. You don’t have to be in the business of hawking your wares for cash to be selling. Every time you persuade someone to your point of view – you’re selling. Lobbyists and politicians do it. Job applicants and recruiters do it. Managers and union officials, project teams and committee members – they all do it. And yes, sales people do it too. Here's the final blog in our series "How to Make a Sale". In this one we look at how customers decide to buy:

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How To Brainstorm Unique Ideas for Your Business


Thinking creatively to come up with unique ideas that help bring you competitiveness in the marketplace sounds ideal but even with your ideas hat on, an entrepreneur can run out of steam quickly. Here's how entrepreneurs can brainstorm unique ideas for their ventures:

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5 Effective Routes to Employee Motivation


As a business owner, staying on task and ahead of schedule will directly determine whether your company will sink or swim. One of the biggest problems within companies today is small inconsistencies that turn into large problems in the future. Once they get to that point they are even harder to fix because no one really remembers where the problem started in the first place. Here are 5 effective routes to employee motivation which will help you keep your employees motivated and honest with their work on a daily basis.

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4 Tips For Being Effective With Your Marketing Spend


As a business owner, it is crucial to come up with a cost-effective marketing budget that is going to produce a high return. Whether you run a small, local business or a large company, how you spend each dollar can affect the success of your company. Here are 4 tips for being effective with your marketing spend:

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4 Common Social Media Mistakes That Small Businesses Make


Social media is a crucial part of business marketing nowadays. Whether you are marketing B2C or B2B the chances are you are using one or more social media channels. Here are 4 common social media mistakes that small businesses make:

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A Tax Break for Christmas: Take Advantage of The Small Gift Exemption


Don’t forget about a small tax-planning opportunity where an employer can make a non-cash gift to an employee without the gift being taxed in the hands of the employee. Take advantage of this tax break for Christmas with no tax on gift vouchers to employees under the small gift exemption scheme:

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5 Surprising Ways to Motivate Millennials at Work


Lazy? Not engaged? Don't care attitude? Jump from job to job? Millennials have been described in those terms and far worse. It's true that millennials view work differently. They've grown up with technology. Here are 5 surprising ways to motivate millennials at work. 

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Why Outsourcing Can Save Your Business Money


The bottom line is always a big concern for small businesses.  The continual quest to cut costs and save money becomes a daunting task, especially when a company is already operating on bare bones.  As pocketbooks tighten, more and more businesses are turning to outsourcing to help reduce costs.  Let’s look at how outsourcing some of your business functions can help boost your bottom line. Here's why outsourcing can save you money:

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How to Make a Sale - Handling Sales Objections


How do you feel when potential customers disagree with you, say you’re wrong, or they’re not going to buy from you? Maybe you’re dejected, rejected, frustrated or resigned. You might assume the prospect just isn’t going to buy, or is too stupid to see the fantastic offer you’ve made him. Here's the next in our series on how to make a sales - handling sales objections.

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What Exactly Is Lean Startup?


Have you heard the phrase Lean Startup? It's a methodology that obviously can be used for startups but also for growing companies and even corporations too. This article gives a quick overview to Lean Startup.

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How to Deal with a Negative Employee in the Workplace


Negative employees or general negativity in the workplace can have a substantially adverse effect on the business, especially when the negativity spreads throughout the workforce. Here's how to deal with a negative employee in the workplace:

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Invoice Discounting Vs Factoring For Small Business


Does your business need to get its hands on more working capital? Have you looked at invoice discounting or factoring? In this post we look at invoice discounting vs factoring for small businesses:

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Four Golden Rules Of Online Marketing


Online marketing is a constantly moving field. Just maintaining your site nowadays simply isn't enough. SEO or PPC have been proven to be a successful way to increase traffic and website usability as well as savvy funnelling helps to convert the people who visit your website into potential clients. Here are four things which will help you boost your business as you use online marketing to reach potential customers. Read on to find out four golden rules of online marketing.

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