Q. I’m thinking of hiring an employee, but the person I have in mind only wants to work from home. I’m not real comfortable with that. How will I know she’s really working? THE Small Business Expert: When I work from home, I get an incredible amount done. Because there isn’t anyone to interrupt me [...]Continue Reading: Is a Tele-Commuting Employee Right for Your Small Business? →
Business travel doesn’t stop during the holidays. Believe me I know. In fact, you may find yourself traveling more as you try to wrap up year-end business. Although many who don’t travel for business often think business travel is glamorous, those of us who do it on a regular basis know it’s anything but glamorous. Particularly during the holidays when the number of non-business travelers increases, traveling for business can be gruesome. Here are some tips to help you keep your holiday business traveling nightmares at bay.Continue Reading: Business Travel Tips for the Holiday Season →
This year is a fun Thanksgiving for me. My husband and I are going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York (something that has been on my bucket list) then enjoying a decadent Thanksgiving dinner at a fabulous New York restaurant. While I’m grateful to get to enjoy this fun-filled day, I’m also [...]Continue Reading: Happy Thanksgiving From THE Small Business Expert →
In addition to an author and small business expert, I’m also a licensed attorney. Although I don’t practice law anymore, when I did I specialized in helping small businesses get started on the right foot. However, for every small business owner who sought my counsel, there were probably hundreds who didn’t because they didn’t want [...]Continue Reading: Small Business Lessons Learned The Hard Way. →
Q. I’m starting a business and I’m wondering: What is the best way to get my marketing going quickly? THE Small Business Expert Says: Without knowing anything about you or your business, I’m confident you decided to go into business because you are really good at providing a particular product or service and you believe [...]Continue Reading: Successful Small Business Marketing Starts With YOU! →
Feeling good and easily managing everyday activities is something many of us take for granted. But when something happens that makes simple tasks tough to accomplish, you clearly understand how much you’ve lost. Millions of American’s who suffer from chronic pain experience that loss. I know. I have Fibromyalgia — a chronic pain condition. May [...]Continue Reading: Chronic Pain Affects Small Business Success →
First Yahoo. Then Best Buy. Two major companies announced their decision to abolish their work-at-home policies. Is this a growing trend marking the end of telecommuting?
No. Survey results from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found 80 percent of human resource executives responding currently offer some sort of telecommuting option and 97 percent said there are no plans to eliminate that benefit.
Making the decision to become your own boss, is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a career decision. Starting and growing a business requires a major commitment of time and resources in order to succeed. Because the business consumes so much of your life, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to involve a spouse, [...]Continue Reading: Mixing Love and Small Business Could Be a Recipe for Disaster →
Running a business places many demands on you. It’s often tough to decide what your top priorities should be. But one thing should always rank at the top of your list and that’s your cash flow. Are you managing your business in these difficult times based on your company’s cash flow?Continue Reading: Cash Flow Management: Critical For Small Business Success →
New research from Kansas State University finds the average worker spends 60 to 80 percent of his or her time on the Internet engaged in activities unrelated to the job. It’s known as cyber-loafing or cyber-slacking and many business owners believe it’s affecting their bottom line due to lost productivity.Continue Reading: Cyber-loafing. Good or Bad for Small Business? →