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5 ways to stand out in a crowded industry

No matter your industry, it's likely that you have some competition in your field, but that doesn't mean you can't differentiate yourself. Check out these tips to ensure you can stand out from your competitors.
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How to make sure your recruiting efforts aren't attracting the wrong candidates

As a startup, the hiring process is vital to your success and plan for growth. So, the last thing you want to do is spend hours plowing through resumes and interviewing candidates only to be upset with the people you hired. Your goal is long-term hires, and you don't want to waste time and money hiring the wrong people. According to Investopedia, the cost of a "full-baked" employee can range from one and a half to three times their salary. These costs can include the hiring and interview process...
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How to celebrate admin professionals during a pandemic

Over the last few weeks, most companies have been going completely virtual, taking away the ability to see coworkers at the office. Daily morning meetings, lunch breaks, and coffee chats aren't the norm anymore (or at least, not in the same way). Because of this, it's important to find other ways to express gratitude to fellow colleagues. Admin Professionals Day is coming up on April 22nd, and it's the perfect time to celebrate the secretary or office admin in your life with words of appreciatio...
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What you need to know about taxes for remote workers

As a startup, you probably know the benefits of hiring the best employees, and sometimes this means hiring across state lines and even international boundaries. Hiring remote workers is win-win for both of you – the employee can continue to work in their hometown, and you get the most qualified team members. But employing remote workers does come with its own special needs. In this article we look at what you need to know about taxes for remote workers.  Guidelines for remote workers outsid...
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Job hunting in the time of coronavirus

One of America's leading providers of online career resources has reported that since COVID-19 first began affecting the US in early March, its web traffic has fallen by 53%, indicating that people aren't seeking jobs at the same rate. This fact may seem somewhat unexpected, but it makes sense — those who are still working want to hold onto their current jobs and weather out the turmoil in the economy. Meanwhile, those who've lost their jobs or had their hours cut are busy filing for unemploymen...
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Creating your post-coronavirus business plan

When the coronavirus emergency comes to an end, it will be up to every entrepreneur to ramp up their business in the new economy. Consider these steps as you prepare for the future.  
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5 cyber security topics to cover with your employees to reduce risks

Did you know your employees are your weakest link when it comes to protecting your business from cyber risks? In fact, a Kapersky Lab report says more than 46% of cyber security incidents are caused by human error. Furthermore, business suffer staggering financial losses when trying to recover from cyber security problems. So, how can you protect your business? Let's look at five cyber security topics to cover with your employees to reduce risks to your company.  Topic #1: Email safety Whil...
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5 industries on the rise amid the coronavirus emergency

Many entrepreneurs have reported lagging sales and frustrations as the coronavirus has halted the economies of countries all over the world. But not all businesses are seeing sales fall. In fact, some businesses have said they've seen interest rise as the emergency has spread. Check out the following five businesses that are in this category.   Pediatric teletherapy Everyone is stressed during these times, but it's difficult to get the mental health resources necessary when social distancin...
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5 things businesses must know about the families first coronavirus response act

Entrepreneurs often find it challenging to stay on top of the regulations that come down from the government, but that's been especially true since the coronavirus emergency began impacting the country. Businesses are facing new challenges every day, and so are American families, many of whom are struggling to pay bills amid changing working conditions. Federal, state and local governments have been fast-tracking new regs, and today we've got the lowdown on how one of them will affect your busin...
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Top traits to look for when adding members to your team

As you're building your new startup team, there are some things you want to consider. You want to put together an effective team that not only has the qualities necessary to do the job, but you want a team that works well together and has strengths that are complimentary. A good team is the team that propels your startup into the future and with maximum productivity and growth. In this article, we discuss the top traits to look for when adding members to your team. Strong organizational skills I...
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Want more time to grow your business? Track your daily activities

The best way to ensure that you can find more time in your day to focus on growth is to eliminate non-core responsibilities from your schedule. The problem is that you may not be able to identify which tasks you can delegate or outsource. The solution? A time audit. Use the following infographic to find out how to determine the ways that you're spending time.  
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What startups need to consider before forming a board of directors

​A board of directors helps oversee the activities of a company or organization. Publicly held companies have to have a board of directors, while private companies don't. That begs the question for many startups as to whether or not they need a board of directors, and if so, when? There are many reasons this is a good idea for most startups. So, for the purposes of this article, let's say you do need one. In this case, we look at what startups need to consider before forming a board of directors...
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How to find the perfect mentor

Finding a good mentor and maintaining a strong relationship with them while in school is a resource that can hugely pay off throughout the course of your career. From helping you develop time management skills to providing unbiased feedback, mentors are a great resource who will help you grow both personally and professionally when starting off in your career. A mentor can also help your clarify your goals, increase your confidence, and give you a new perspective from someone who is experienced ...
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Is an outsourced CFO the right choice for your business?

By Yair Segev Your small business is at a crossroads. You're ready to scale, but you aren't sure what your numbers are telling you about the right route that will lead to growth, and you aren't in a position to hire a full-time chief financial officer to forge the path. One very modern – and very effective – solution is to bring on an outsourced CFO. The concept of a virtual CFO is a somewhat new phenomenon, but the benefits that these experts can bring to small- and medium-sized businesses are ...
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Returning to the workforce

For those treading non-traditional career paths, such as stay-at-home moms, diving into a job search after being out of the workforce for a long time is daunting. This is especially true for job seekers who don't have much professional experience to begin with. If this sounds like you, you're probably in the middle of re-assembling your resume, buying new interview clothes, and getting back into the job-seeking mindset. Not to mention, you have to prepare to compete with candidates who have been...
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