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National Small Business Week Contest Recap + Photo Gallery

National Small Business Week was last week, and it was another impressive turnout! Across the nation, people went out to…

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7 Insider Tips to Increase Your Spring Spa & Salon Sales

Business is Booming & Blooming for Spas & Salons!  What helps your business grow? Proms, graduations, Mothers Day (May 14th),…

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5 Instagram Tips for Restaurants

No excuses: If you run a restaurant, you’ve got to use Instagram. “Igers” (as frequent Instagrammers are called)  post upwards…

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A Relaxing, Fun, and Fast Way to Grow (4 TED Talks)

What are TED Talks? Wise people share their advice  at TED and TEDx conferences around the world and then broadcast…

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Big Brand Tips for Your Small Business Budget

Is branding really important for small businesses? The answer is a resounding YES! A brand is way more than a…

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3 Big Brand Ideas Your Retail Business Can Afford Today

How can you compete with big online retailers? What are the hot trends and tips from big brands that YOUR retail business…

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10 Big Game Points for Your Bar or Restaurant

The Sunday of the big football game is the largest food consumption day after Thanksgiving. More than 110 million people will…

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Human Resource Planning: 17 Tips for Scaling Your Business

What’s your most important asset? Your employees, of course. They are your human resources, your human capital. And, without planning,…

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Why Being a Good Boss Might Make You a Bad Friend

I moved into my first managerial position when I was really young. I went from being a salesperson to leading a…

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A Quick Guide to Developing a Winning Management Development Program at Your Business

Bad leaders, bad employees, bad business. That’s maybe an over-simplification, but it’s not far off. Bad managers cause employees to…

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How to Develop a Strong Work Ethic Among Your Team

Strong work ethic. Reliable work ethic. The yeti and the unicorn. Fairy tales, all of them? Sometimes it seems that…

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The Managerial Skills Your Team Leaders Need to be Successful

Half of employees who quit do so because of a bad boss. Team leaders aren’t off the hook even if…

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How to Manage Stress At Work: An Epic Guide

It’’s not the job, but the worker. You might appreciate lists of which jobs are most stressful so you know…

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18 Ways to Improve Your Project Management Skills as a Small Business Owner

When small business owners hear “project management,” it’s easy to also hear “more work.” As a small business owner, time…

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The Quick Guide to Employee Discipline: What Every Manager Needs to Know

Out of the blue, an employee gets fired. Or, tensions among employees increase because there’s a problem that isn’t being…

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What Effective Management is All About: A Guide for Managers of Hourly Employees

Hourly employees sometimes feel as if they’re invisible. They aren’t salaried. They don’t have the “serious” benefits. They might not…

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8 Best Practices for Building an Effective Employee Performance Review Program at Your Business

You can thank the government for employee performance reviews. Reviews weren’t all that common until the Performance Rating Act of…

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18 Genius Ways to Attract New Part-Time Employees This Fall

It’s a new school year, and that often means you find yourself looking for new or replacement part-time employees for…

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The 10 Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Business Owners Risk Making

Your business is your livelihood and you do everything you can to put best practices in place. But, businesses are…

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The New Legislation That Could Change The Way You Schedule Employees Forever

Today over sixty percent of all working Americans get paid an hourly wage. When you think about it, the wheels of our…

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Free Printable Weekly Work Schedule Template For Employee Scheduling

If you’re still making the work schedule by hand using a pencil and a piece of paper, you’re wasting valuable…

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Small Business Stack: Every Tool You Need to Fuel Business Growth

The Software As A Service (SaaS) model has been great news for businesses. Instead of relying on software that requires…

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35 Awesome Rewards You Can Offer Your Employees for Under $35

I like to think of myself as a student of employee engagement. At SnackNation, the company I co-founded and where…

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8 Ways to Motivate Teenage Employees to Do Great Work

Managing teenage employees is one thing. Motivating them is quite another. It seems like you’re always trying to get them…

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13 Books You Need To Read This Summer [Book Giveaway]

As challenging as it can be to truly disconnect — from the office, your email, and managing a team —…

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8-Part Checklist For Creating a Winning Employee Information Form

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to collect and store important information about your new employees as soon as they…

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12 Best Employee Morale Tactics For Part-Time Workers

Why should you care about morale? Well, the related question is: How do you keep employees from quitting? Employee morale matters. Boosting…

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Everything You Need to Know About Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity is one of those buzzwords that make employers nervous. It seems wrapped up in legalities and current events, making…

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The Master Guide to Advancing Your Customer Service Skills

Great customer service should not be difficult. After all, according to a 2009 study, happy customers only want two things:…

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RSVP Now For Our Upcoming Employee Appreciation Webinar

Update: the deadline to register and attend this live webinar has passed, but you can still go here to watch the…

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New Overtime Pay Rules Are Coming: How Business Owners Can Prepare

The U.S. Department of Labor just announced new regulations that will double the salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. The new rule,…

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Why You Need to Invest in More Employee Training

On the budget-cutting block, employee training is a prime target. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming (and time is money, after all), and…

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How to Eliminate Employee Turnover by Dealing with Conflict

Conflict is expensive. It leads to employees who, instead of working, are participating, avoiding, or trying to manage pointless conflicts…

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70 Simple Ways to Motivate Employees

When it comes to growing your business, you can use all the fancy tools and systems you want, but if…

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25 Employee Incentive Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

The most expensive thing you can do is to lose valuable employees. Yet you are in a competitive workforce with…

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How to Be More Productive at Work: The Epic Guide

There’s a race on, where you work. You’re a part of it. And no, it’s not the rat race. It’s…

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Employee Management: The Tools, Tips, and Processes You Need to Build a Better Team in 2016

Employee management. Piece of cake, right? Absolutely not–it’s probably the most challenging aspect of your business. Employees are your most valuable…

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Everything You Need to Know to Boost Employee Productivity

Boosting employee productivity means boosting your bottom line. You could say that employee productivity was merely how much an employee…

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9 Simple Ways to Invest in Your Employees and Combat Turnover

Most leaders can agree that employee development is a critical part of creating a lasting business. But many leaders assume…

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8 Ways to Make Scheduling Easier at Your Business

You have employees that are juggling school, families, or additional jobs, and you are trying to juggle all of that…

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8 Mistakes Most Restaurant Owners Make When It Comes to Hiring and Managing Employees

Restaurant owners wear a lot of hats: personnel manager, HR recruiter, marketing director, chef, bartender, and host. Depending on the…

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An Epic List of Great Team Building Games

Update: After over 100,000 people read our original team building games post, we decided to make an updated version that’s…

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Hire The Best People With This Customer Service Job Description [TEMPLATE]

Customer service is crucial to the success of your business because of two very good reasons: It’s more profitable to…

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Level Up Your Management Skills By Adopting These 5 Traits

Like a lot of things in life, managers run the gamut from fantastic to terrible. There are horror stories of…

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The 11-Step Process For Boosting Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty is like creating a default setting in the minds of your customers where, without thinking, they choose your…

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New Book: The People Management Handbook

The best-kept secret and hardest lesson that no one tells you when you become a manager of people is this:…

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What Makes a Good Leader? The Mini-Guide

David had been passed over for two promotions. This, despite his efforts to continue his education and training, and despite…

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Employee Retention: How To Beat The Odds and Keep Your Best Employees Around Longer

If you’re like 63% of employers, your top priority isn’t increased sales or finding more customers. It’s employee retention. Surprised?…

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The Complete Guide To Customer Feedback

Some people dread getting customer feedback. No business owner wants to hear that they did it wrong. That their products…

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8 Tricks For Boosting Your Productivity At Work This Week

If you ask most people what superpower they wish they had, no one would say “productivity.” It’s too ordinary and…

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How and Why To Perform Effective Exit Interviews For Employees

Jim worked at Widgets, LLC for five years. He was hired with great excitement, having come with excellent recommendations and…

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How To Use Standard Operating Procedures To Become A More Productive Manager

Managers are often burdened with the task of leading a team and delivering personal results. Because of this, most managers…

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Your Complete Guide To Team Management In 2016

You do not want to herd cats. Getting those independent and stubborn critters to go in the same direction towards…

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The Complete Guide To Skyrocketing Your Customer Service Skills

If you’re not convinced that customer service matters more than just about anything else, review these stats that we recently…