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Balancing Act: Managing Work and Life as Your Own Boss

Being a small business owner offers a level of freedom you can't get when working for someone else. You are your own boss, setting your own schedule and making decisions that impact your business directly. However, this freedom also comes with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to managing work-life balance. Learn about our tips to manage your work-life balance as a small business owner here. [Read Full Article]

The Ten Commandments of People Skills in the Workplace

We use "people skills" each day during every interaction with others.  Interactions in the workplace generally have a professional manner, and are typically analyzed and scrutinized. Look no further if you desire to boost your personal skills, be confident in the office, connect with others to establish rapport, and understand your reasoning for miscommunication. Follow these Ten Commandments for People Skills in the Workplace.1. Thou Shall Not ComplainDon't complain! The workplace will be a stressful environment at times. Complaining at work takes away from productivity and invites negativity to take over. At least half of the people you complain to at work will not care, and some could even think that you got what you had coming. If you're frustrated with something while at work, save it for personal time.2. Thou Shall SmileSmile and say cheese! Smiling is part of the foundation for outstanding people skills. It shows the worl... [Read Full Article]

Consumers Do Homework Before Buying This Holiday Season

Government, Politics, and the Economy Is It Too Early to Start Thinking About a Rebound? It may not feel like it yet in your town or in your industry, but there are indications that things are getting better. NYtimes.comManagement and OperationsHow to Not Go Out of BusinessStart by studying how your best customers interact with your brand and its competitors, then brainstorm ways to address any shortcomings. Management and Operations [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Time Management Step 3: Prioritize

Tips from July 29, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss time management. Step 3: Prioritize. Start each day by choosing your most important tasks or those that will cause worry. Place special attention to those tasks. Identify your prime time for productive work, whether it is 10am or 3pm. Do important work during that time. If the situation arises, complete new urgent tasks upon receiving them. Get them done as soon as possible & get back on track. If desired, try the snowball effect: complete smaller tasks throughout the day for momentum to finish your big, difficult task. Daily Overview: Establishing which tasks you need to complete first helps you organize your day & manage your time. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Employees: How to Handle Them

Tips originally broadcast on December 1, 2008 The Small Business tips today will be about handling your employees. Initiate frequent and frank discussions regarding performance expectations, teamwork, leadership styles and company performance. Ignoring workplace challenges can cause an employee to lose their commitment to performance. Ignorance is NOT bliss. Most important: tell your employees often if they do something well. A simple "good job" goes a long way towards a boost in morale. Offer perks. In my office we have Free Pizza Friday and leave early on Fridays. If you can, give a bonus for exceptional work. Daily Overview: If you take care of your employees, they'll take care of you and stick with you for long haul. -- I post small business tips on my Twitter account each day, Monday through Friday. This is a reposting of those tips. [Read Full Article]

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