Suits remain a staple in most office environments. True many modern workplaces adopt a more casual dress code. However, you still find many instances where employers prefer suits or business casual. Of course, this style has evolved quite a bit throughout the years. As a result, the history of suits in the workplace goes back
No one doubts that employee training is important for both employee and the company. For employees, job satisfaction ranks high. A well-trained employee remains proficient and productive at work and thus, happier in the long run. For the company, more productive employees mean a better bottom line. Unfortunately, employees often dread training programs. They expect
For many businesses, inquiries from new or potential customers tend to come in waves. For example, retail shops are likely to see more activity during the holidays. Personal trainers are often busiest around the new year. And real estate agents tend to field the most calls during the summer months. Even if your company doesn’t
Freshness Usefulness Summary A personal branding book that provides a process and guideline to being truly authentic online. We marketers have a saying “Your mess is your message.” And whenever I tell a business owner to be open about their humanity, I get this startled deer-in-the-headlights kind of stare. “What?! Why would I want to
The biggest problem with receiving advice from peers or mentors is that you never know what will work and what won’t. While a lot of successful businesses are born out of the intelligence and ability of their owners, sometimes, people pass on advice they’ve heard — or misheard — without any personal experience to add
With the changing seasons, holiday decorations, and cheery music flowing from seemingly every storefront, one thing is clear — the end of the year is upon us, and 2020 is not far away. The end of the year can be a great time to recollect, reflect on the last 12 months, and find areas where
Pretty much every business will have to apologize for something at some point. However, many companies don’t do this effectively. Mastering the art of the apology can help you keep customers’ business, secure future business, and improve customer loyalty, and avoid negative buzz that could harm your reputation going forward. Business apology letters are essential
In the business world, a unicorn is a private company with a valuation of $1 billion or more. It’s a rare and extremely difficult moniker to achieve, and as of August 2019, there’ve only been 379 unicorn companies ever (here’s the list). In fact, experts estimate a new business has just a .00006% chance to achieve unicorn
Freshness Usefulness Summary An academic look at artificial intelligence for business. It contains research and case studies on how to incorporate AI into your business. Allow me to introduce you to the phrase of the decade. That’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) for business. Artificial intelligence (AI) has infiltrated our lives like some form of body snatcher.
Every month 300 million people use Skype. More and more, small businesses are using it and other tools like it to conduct job interviews. Here’s 10 tips for conducting a successful video interview with job candidates. Video Interview Tips Test the Tech You might be conducting a Skype interview or a Facetime interview. The platform
You’ll find a lot of studies revealing how much of communication is nonverbal. Body language creates a more true measure of what the person is actually trying to communicate. Compare this to what is coming out of their mouths. In your business, communication attracts or repels the customers that you want. How to Use Body
Running your business and making a profit are challenging enough. But you also must be aware of labor laws that apply to your small business. In this quiz we test your knowledge about laws that could affect small businesses like yours. In the United States Several well-established labor laws go back decades. Originally most were
As a small business owner, you might think hiring freelancers and part-time employees is the best approach. It helps manage your staffing budget while helping the company grow. This can work for certain positions. But other key functions may require a full-time employee. They can get you to the level of growth you’re looking for.
Christmas is usually one of the busiest times of the year for many businesses. That’s especially true for small businesses. More work on less people, it can be stressful. Luckily, you can find some inspiration from some motivational quotes on faith and the Christmas season to get you focused on the next year. It
Have you ever had an over-the-phone customer experience that just wowed you? You know, the kind where you’re smiling by the end of the call, you feel like the person on the other end of the line actually heard you, and the person taking the call was friendly, supportive, and understanding regardless of what you
Freshness Usefulness Content Marketing Rebellion shows small business owners that they’ve had it right all along. It is a treatise on the evolution of marketing for marketers and businesses who want to thrive in a no-BS marketplace. I’ve just received my copy of Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins by Mark Schaefer, and boy
Being a successful entrepreneur requires constant learning. As a result, you need to gather lessons from those who have already found success. Then utilize powerful resources that are relevant to your industry. If you’re interested in continuing your entrepreneurial education, here are some important lessons. They come from members of the online small business community.
Let me let you in on a little secret — you don’t have to do it all. Business owners are often burdened with the (unrealistic) expectation of accomplishing everything. Your job is to run the business. You will inevitably come to a point in the growth of your business where you’ll need to hand off any tasks
A report from Mindspace reveals 93% of US employees are their happiest. However, it is not the case for small businesses. Employee Happiness Statistics According to employee happiness statistics in the 2019 Mindspace Work Culture Report, happiness seems to increase with company size in the U.S. Only 36% of small business employees are very happy
Whether they’re too busy, or simply feel uneasy about stepping away from work, many employees don’t take the time to explore all the benefits their companies offer. This often leads to them missing out on programs and perks they could have taken advantage of otherwise, as well as increasing the chance they will burn out,