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Employers Beware of Cyber-Bullies in the Workplace

The increased use of social media platforms may be affecting your company’s morale. A recent study from AVG Technologies finds the mis-use of social media infiltrating the workplace with negative effects. Over half of those employees surveyed believe their company is responsible for online behavior of co-workers, but 25 percent say they aren’t protected from cyber-bullying within existing company policies.

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Is a Tele-Commuting Employee Right for Your Small Business?

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 […]

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Business Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving From THE Small Business Expert

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 […]

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Small Business Lessons Learned The Hard Way.

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 […]

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Successful Small Business Marketing Starts With YOU!

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 […]

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Chronic Pain Affects Small Business Success

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 […]

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Is Telecommuting Dead? Research Finds it Alive and Well and a Boost to Productivity

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.

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Mixing Love and Small Business Could Be a Recipe for Disaster

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, […]

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Cash Flow Management: Critical For Small Business Success

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?

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