Amy Beth Miller

Amy Miller is a business writer for Intuit who is passionate about solving small business problems.

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    How to Conduct Painless, Practical Employee Performance Reviews

    by on February 10, 2014

    Managers and employees alike often dread annual performance reviews, but when they are done well those reviews can help your business.

    Employee reviews are “one of the best management tools people have to improve performance,” says Sharon Armstrong, a…

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    Set Meaningful, Measurable, and Motivating Employee Goals

    by on January 13, 2014

    Are you and your employees setting goals for 2014? Now’s the time to finalize your plans for the year ahead. Follow these five steps to help ensure that your expectations are met and that everyone’s efforts drive the business’s success.

    1. Align all goals…

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    Create a ‘Buy Local’ Blitz for Holiday Shopping

    by on December 10, 2013

    How do you convince shoppers to spend money in their own community during the holiday season? Pool the power of local businesses! This strategy has worked particularly well for merchants in the city of Bixby, Okla., where this year they’re mounting the seven…

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    How to Find a Great Employee

    by on November 19, 2013

    If you’ve been disappointed by a new employee, you’re in the majority. About two-thirds of U.S. employers have hired someone who didn’t fit the job or perform well, according to a CareerBuilder survey.

    While most executives recognize that hiring top ta…

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    4 Steps to Reduce Employees’ Mistakes

    by on November 18, 2013

    It’s exasperating when the employees you carefully hired for their excellent skills and positive attitude make dumb mistakes. But yelling at them won’t fix the problem.

    Here are four actions that will:

    1. Explain the consequences. Describe why the “lit…

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    Why Social Media Isn’t Paying Off for Your Business

    by on September 17, 2013

    Ever wonder why you even bother with social media? Does it seem as if your tweets, likes, status updates, and other online missives aren’t yielding any return? Don’t blame Twitter and Facebook. Instead, check your messages to see what they’re lacking.

    S…

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