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Small Businesses Add 10,000 Jobs in November, Up for First Time in Four Months

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For the first time in four months, the November Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed an increase in employment. The hiring rate was up for the first time in four years. The October Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed declines in all industries, except construction. Here are some additional highlights from this month’s data: November [...]
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What to Do When an Employee Cries

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Tears can be tough to handle, particularly when it’s an employee who lets loose the waterworks. How best to respond as the boss is a delicate matter. Dan Chmielewski remembers when, as a manager, he had to put an employee on probation. “I was told by HR and my managers to have tissues ready and not to [...]
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Building a Strong Company Culture

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Creating a positive work culture -- even with just a few employees -- can be a key component to your company's success. In fact, a recent Deloitte study found a link between having a clearly defined sense of purpose and strong financial performance: Nine out of 10 professionals who said their company had the former also said [...]
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In the Trenches: Getting IT Help

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In recent months, my web host’s performance had grown increasingly worse. Downtime was up, and the time it took to load my blog, the Cranky Flier, had slowed to a crawl far too often. The time had come to switch to another web host, and I decided to make the switch happen all by myself. That may have [...]
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10 Tips for Selecting a Social Media Manager

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Feeling a little behind the technological times? If you’re running a business (or older than 25), keeping up with the latest social media trends can take more time than you have to invest. However, in terms of staying relevant, maintaining an online presence is often essential. Are your competitors gaining market share by harnessing the [...]
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Should You Outsource Your Social Media Efforts?

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With new social media networks sprouting like weeds, it can be tough to tend your own garden. In a 2012 survey of 500 small businesses, Vertical Response Marketing found that a third of owners, proprietors, and CEOs want to spend less time on social media. Yet two thirds are spending more time online than they did the [...]
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7 Tips for Effective Time Management

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Time is precious, particularly when it comes to running a small business. Yet there are never more than 24 hours in a day. Some entrepreneurs respond to this fact of life with focus and purpose. Others freak out. Are you in the latter group? You don’t have to be. With the right approach, you can [...]
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In the Trenches: Preventing Mistakes

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When any business grows, it needs to find a way to do so without compromising the integrity of its products and services. Cranky Concierge experienced some problems recently that made me realize our quality could start slipping unless I took immediate action. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve made a few mistakes in booking [...]
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