10 Podcasts to Take Your Small Business from Average to Amazing

Never stop learning, especially if you own a business. Any business owner who has a penchant for learning will stay…

Why You Should Participate in Small Business Saturday

Aw, Small Business Saturday: Black Friday’s friendly, less-violent sibling. Chances are, you’ve heard of it. But are you making the most of Small Business Saturday? If you aren’t, you are seriously missing out.

10 Ways to Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Gear up for Small Business Saturday with this checklist. Plus, enter our sweepstakes at the bottom of the post!

5 Reasons You Need an Employee Time Clock

Is your employee time clock a sheet of paper and a pen that employees turn in each week? Or maybe…

How to Use Employee Availability Forms Efficiently

With head in your hand, you’re trying to schedule upcoming shifts. You’ve had a problem with scheduling employees who inform…

22 Business Tools for Boosting Productivity and Fueling Growth

The perfect tool is the perfect weapon in the battle for productivity and growth. The wrong tool is a stumbling…

The First Time Managers Handbook

This ebook will cover the skills you’ll need as a first time manager, helpful tips on challenging situations that you will face, and actionable advice you can use today. Download it for later or read it right now!

Everything You Need to Know About Employee Communication

Do you remember how the adults sounded in the Charlie Brown television specials? It was a kind of unintelligible honking…

Customer Success Story: How One Founder Turned a Date into a $4 Million Company

Nick Gray is the founder of Museum Hack. A company that gives non-traditional tours of major museums. For example, one…

Why You Should End On-Call Scheduling and What to Do Instead

Every small business owner or manager understands the scheduling struggle: you schedule too many employees for a typically busy weekend…

Everything You Need to Know About Exit Interviews

What’s broken? What works great? What needs to be changed? Are there growing human resource issues that you don’t know…

How to Motivate Employees at Any Level

What motivates employees to go the extra mile? Is it an annual bonus? A better work-life balance?

How to Identify and Improve a Toxic Work Environment

It’s no secret that work doesn’t come without stress. There will always be hectic days, differences in opinions, and unsatisfied…

The Ultimate Guide to the Servant Leadership Model

The servant leadership model flips traditional leadership on its head. It leads from a point of serving and can benefit all parts of your business.

Why Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Go Hand-in-Hand

What makes a great leader? Some say there’s a perfect formula: combine the right skills with the right ambition and opportunity, and anyone can achieve success. But now research says it’s what you can’t see on a resume that may matter most.

31 Team Leader Skills Every Manager Should Have

If it seems like no one is following you, all you’re doing is taking a walk. This list will show you just what it takes, as a manager, to lead a team instead of merely order them around.

How to Use Time and Attendance Software to Grow Your Business

Buddy punching. Illegible ink. Spreadsheets. Calculators. Aspirin. These are just a few of the joys of old school time and…

How to Manage Your Time As a Small Business Owner

What’s your most valuable asset, as a small business owner? A survey of small business owners revealed that more thought time…

The 8-Step Process for Boosting Customer Happiness & Loyalty

In today’s digital age, increasing customer loyalty should be at the top of every small business’ marketing strategy. Don’t get us…

Becoming a Manager: 18 Signs Your Employee is Ready

Here are the key traits to look for in an employee you’re considering for management.

Restaurant Management: What Every New Manager Needs to Know

Managing a restaurant is like watching over the gears of a complicated machine. Not only do you have the usual…

20 Ways to Keep Your Employees Engaged Through the Summer

Sitting in the office or sitting at the beach. Riding in their car to work or riding a roller coaster…

18 Actionable Tips for Reducing Employee Turnover at Your Business

18 Actionable Tips for Reducing Employee Turnover at Your Business Good help is hard to find—and even harder to lose….

Internal Communications: A 101 Guide for New Managers

Think your employees are engaged at work? You’re probably wrong. A recent Gallup poll showed that nearly 70% of employees were…

How to Use Company Culture to Build a Better Hourly Workforce

When people think about company culture, they probably think of ping pong tables, open-space offices, and a company masseuse. They…

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…

How to Manage Time Off Requests Fairly

Today, workers view benefits and perks of the job as important as the actual wage they’ll receive. The way you…

How to Make National Small Business Week Your Biggest Week Yet

If you ask any small business owner about their favorite day of the year, you’ll probably hear “summer,” “the holidays,”…

The Perfect Shift: How to Boost Happiness Among Hourly Employees

“I need more hours.” “I can’t come in today.” “Can I swap this shift with my friend?” “I have to…

Creative Ways to Hire Hourly Employees for Summer 2017

Competition for seasonal workers is already heating up! How do you make sure you have the right people, in the…

No Time to Relax? There’s an App for That! (5, Actually)

Running a small business can stress you out, but technology is here to help. These apps can help you keep your…

Do You Have a Cause?

Strategic Giving is Good for Your Small Business. Charitable giving and volunteer activities help out those in need while building a sense of…

7 Financial Health Strategies for Small Business Owners

Staying on top of money management and keeping your business on solid financial footing is one of the most challenging…

8 Interview Techniques to Find the Best Employees

Interviewing job candidates: Every small business owner has to do it It’s rarely a favorite task. What’s the best way to…

You Want Fries With That? 4 Tips for Effective Upselling

How to Train Your Employees on the Art of Upsell Every customer who sits down at your restaurant, checks in…

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),…

Fun & Games Can Build Your Team

Team building pays off — literally! Studies show that companies with effective team building programs earn 2.5x as much as…

Put on a Happy Face: How Your Mood Can Impact Your Work Team

Does Your Irritability Create Workplace Stress? Probably! As many small business owners know, you can want sleep, you can want free…

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…

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…

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…

Can Your Team Love AND Respect You?

Love is in the air…on February 14th and all year round. How do you build a work team that loves you…

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…

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…

18 Simple Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work

What if there was a way you could easily expand your mind and see greater possibilities in life? What if…

Motivating Employees: A New Guide for Managers

Get to work. Do your job. Sell more. These might be what you want employees to do, but brusque commands…

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,…

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…

8 Genius Ways To Make Your Small Business More Money This Holiday Shopping Season

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a few extra tricks…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to Keep Your Employees Motivated and Productive Through The Holiday Season

Brace yourselves. The holiday season is coming. For U.S. retail workers, the end of Halloween marks the beginning of something…