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10 tips: How to create a core team you can trust

How many times have you heard this line in a movie: “I don’t know if I can trust you…”? The line always comes at a pivotal moment. If there isn’t any trust, then the love affair, caper, or escape won’t happen. It teaches a good lesson: For important plans to be successful, there must be […]

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Don’t hire this person for your small business!

It should be no surprise that all kinds of recruiters are advertising their services like crazy: Hiring is a hassle. For years now, the problem of finding talented people has been one of the top two complaints from small business owners. (The other consistent complaint is tight bank credit.) However, piloting a small business to […]

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Susan Solovic Discusses Office Do’s and Dont’s on Fox 2 – KTVI-TV

How can you get along better with your team and boss?  Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert shares sage advice on Fox 2, KTVI-TV, news.

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Untapped employee talents are buried business treasures.

When you hire an employee, you focus on the skills which are necessary for that particular job.  But that employee may have hidden talents which could help you take your business to the next level.  As a small business owner it is important to discover those hidden treasures, but you are going to have to […]

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Are Independent Contractors the Answer to Your Staffing Needs?

I get a lot of questions from my community about using independent contractors and/or freelancers instead of going through the hassle and expense of actually hiring employees.  It’s tempting to categorize workers as independent contractors (ICs) rather than employees, because ICs are people considered to be in business for themselves.  Therefore, your business is not […]

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Great Company Culture Essential to Small Business Success

This post brought to you by MetLife Small Business. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Susan Solovic. The Internet has had two very interesting, and important, impacts on small businesses. First, it has lowered the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and second it has raised the bar for customer service. If you […]

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How Your Business Can Benefit From Summer Help, Interns

With Spring Break now behind us, summer vacation is the next big watershed event for students and many will be looking for summer jobs and internships. The long, slow recovery that has followed our last recession has not been much of a job creator, and it has been especially unkind to youth, ages 16-24. I […]

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To Hire or Not to Hire Your First Employee? That is the Question.

Small businesses usually start-off as a one-man show.  When you are the founder of a business, you do everything from emptying the trash to collecting the cash.  As your business grows, however, it can reach a point where the volume of work is overwhelming.  That’s not a bad thing in terms of your business success, […]

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Seven Savvy Tips For Making Your Next Employee, Your Best Employee

Almost 30 percent of the small business owners surveyed in the last NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Report said they had at least one job opening they hadn’t been able to fill. That was one of the highest numbers reported in the last 40 years. If you count yourself among those looking to hire, you […]

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How To Not Become a Labor Department Enforcement Target

Over the last couple of years the Department of Labor has become fairly aggressive in its enforcement of wage and hours laws. It has been targeting industries suspected of being the most egregious offenders and it is going at enforcement in such a public way as to create a “ripple effect” that will motivate other […]

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