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How to Reduce Your Working Hours

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Do you keep track of the number of hours you work each week? In a recent survey [PDF] by Yodle, an online marketing company, only 52 percent of small-business owners said they work 40 hours or fewer per week. The other 48 percent said they clock 41 or more hours a week. Of all the respondents, 9 [...]
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Employing Teens During the School Year: Understanding the Legal Limits

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Recent studies show that some 80 percent of students in the United States work part-time while they attend school. These workers — who range from high school to university students — clock an average of 19 hours a week on the job during the academic year. For employees under the age of 18, that’s an [...]

Expert Advice on How to Be a More Confident Business Leader

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Running a successful small business is reason enough to be confident about your leadership skills. But exuding that confidence doesn’t come easily for some entrepreneurs, which unfortunately may deter customers. Let’s face it, people are attracted to — and influenced by — individuals who are decisive, focused, and demonstrate a belief in themselves and in [...]
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Small Business Employment Remained (Almost) Flat in August

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U.S. small business employment saw a slight decline of 0.01 percent in August, while revenues continued to drop. The employment decline equates to approximately 1,300 jobs lost for businesses that employ less than 20 workers. The relatively marginal decrease means the employment rate was almost flat. “This is the second month in a row that [...]
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5 Tips for Finding Top Talent for Your Small Business

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You’re looking to hire a few talented professionals who will help you take your small business to the next level. But you’re having a tough time recruiting qualified candidates in today’s overcrowded job market. You aren’t alone: Six out of 10 small-business employers are struggling to find workers who fulfill their company’s needs, FoxBusiness.com reports. [...]
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In the Trenches: Incorporating Exercise Into the Workday

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I’m going to talk about exercise this week because, as a small-business owner who works from home, I’ve struggled for years to fit it into my schedule. Back when I held down a traditional job, I found it relatively easy to set time aside to exercise. My office was across the street from a gym, [...]
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In the Trenches: Should We Have a Tipping Policy?

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I can count on one hand the number of times a client has wanted to tip one of our concierges, yet it’s happened twice in the past week. We don’t have a formal tipping policy, and I’m wondering if I should consider implementing one. Of course, we would never ask clients to tip — or [...]
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5 More Tips for Avoiding Small-Business Legal Potholes

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When starting a small business, it’s much easier and cheaper to avoid legal potholes than it is to fall into one — and then have to spend time, effort, and money to try to undo the damage. So, before you get into a situation that you’ll wish you’d taken steps to prevent, ponder these proactive [...]
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