How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?


How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?

When you hire an employee, there’s salary or hourly wages to consider, but that’s just the starting point for the true cost of a new hire. How do health insurance, payroll taxes, workers compensation insurance and more factor into the big picture, not to mention various hidden costs like work space and training? Using an … Continue reading How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?

8 Ways to Motivate Employees


8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Lots of us resolve to make major changes in our personal lives and health as a new year begins, but did you know that business owners also believe it’s the best time to boost their employee culture? Now is a great time to introduce and help establish new habits and lasting motivation. As a business … Continue reading 8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner


Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

All business owners want to be successful, but the statistics are high for failure in the first five years. Not understanding customers, differentiating the business in the marketplace or leveraging future growth are some of the top reasons businesses fail. So, what makes business owners successful? It takes a lot of time, effort and planning … Continue reading Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

Buying vs. Starting a Business


So, you want to be a business owner? Owning your own business comes with a lot of perks — and could be something you can pass on to future generations — but it’s also a big responsibility. As many current business owners reach retirement age, the option to purchase an existing business is becoming more and more attractive. Rather than reinventing the wheel, you would be getting a built-in customer base, cash flow and location. But if you’d rather start fresh, there are some things you should know.

So, you want to be a business owner? Owning your own business comes with a lot of perks — and could be something you can pass on to future generations — but it’s also a big responsibility. As many current business owners reach retirement age, the option to purchase an existing business is becoming more … Continue reading Buying vs. Starting a Business

The Threat of Social Engineering: What owners need to know to keep their businesses and clients safe.


What exactly is social engineering and why should you be concerned about it? Social engineering is a very popular form of hacking that’s been called the greatest security risk in the decade ahead. It can be done by email, phone or text messaging, and usually the hacker is someone trying to trick you into giving … Continue reading The Threat of Social Engineering: What owners need to know to keep their businesses and clients safe.

Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?


Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?

Fall means football season across the United States, and with 59.3 million people playing fantasy sports this year in the U.S. and Canada, almost anyone can participate. In spite of the popularity of playing fantasy sports — which first started with golf in the 1950s — there are some legal issues involved. Depending on which … Continue reading Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?

10 Ways to Lose a Customer


10 Ways to Lose a Customer

Most times small businesses are focused on customer retention, but the reasons for losing a customer can be just as valuable. With so many online tools and the popularity of social media, customer competition is more aggressive than ever before. Customers want you to go above and beyond their expectations because, if you don’t, they’ll … Continue reading 10 Ways to Lose a Customer

Quick Checklist for Small Businesses


Smart and successful business owners know how to manage their finances throughout the year. Weekly, monthly and annual check-ins may be necessary to make sure business operations are on track for where you want to go. If it’s too much for a business owner to check in regularly, the halfway point during the year is … Continue reading Quick Checklist for Small Businesses

Why Credit Scores are on the Rise


Why Credit Scores are on the Rise

Effective July 1, 2017, three of the major credit-reporting companies began following improved standards that will cause some credit scores to rise. As part of the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP), TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are no longer including information about tax liens and civil judgments on a consumer’s record if the data doesn’t include … Continue reading Why Credit Scores are on the Rise

The Five Ps of Surviving the Leap from Small to Large


The Five Ps of Surviving the Leap from Small to Large

All businesses want to grow. The big question is how much. Even modest growth is required for a small business to stay viable, but sometimes small businesses are ready to make the leap to large business. If you’ve decided the time is right to significantly grow your company, there are few things you should know. … Continue reading The Five Ps of Surviving the Leap from Small to Large