Christina DeBusk 

Regular Contributor


Human Resources: Is It Better to Outsource or Hire In?

Human resource (HR) tasks ranging from recruiting and hiring new employees to handling payroll, benefits, and training for current staff can take a huge chunk out of a small business’ bottom line. In fact, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports that, typically, “direct HR costs account for 28% of overall operating expenses.” According to the United States Census Bureau, the … [Read more...]

New Survey Reveals Importance of Company Culture for Business Strength

The Alternative Board (TAB), an international provider of executive peer advisory boards with over 3,000 members worldwide, recently released the results of their September 2016 Small Business Pulse Survey. If you’ve not yet heard of it, this is a survey that obtained input from hundreds of business owners to determine the qualities that separate a strong company culture from … [Read more...]

President Trump: Good or Bad for Small Business?

Whether you were pro-Trump or pro-Clinton leading up to November’s ballot being cast, one thing is clear when it came to the 2016 U.S. presidential election: most everyone had an opinion. And, a lot of times, it was a strong one. Not only did media sources take a firm stance on which candidate they supported, so did people in general. Heated debates about who was better for … [Read more...]

How to Be Calm in a Sometimes Chaotic Business World

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in business for myself, it’s this: there are times when things can get pretty chaotic. Between looming project deadlines, a constant push to market yourself and your services, trying to make customers happy, keeping up the books, and everything else necessary to running a small business effectively and efficiently, it can sometimes … [Read more...]

Ways to Create a More Cohesive Work Environment

Whether you have two employees or two-thousand on your payroll, anytime you put more than one personality together, there’s room for potential trouble. The introverts are fighting to find an empty place in the corner to do their work, just wanting to be left alone, while the extroverts are chasing right after them, wanting to know what they’re doing and invading their personal … [Read more...]

How to Improve Workplace Communication (And Increase Your Success!)

Good communication between you, your staff, your clients, and anyone else you deal with regularly is vital. Ultimately, the more clearly you are able to share what it is you want, what you expect, how you want things done, what changes need to be made and every other piece of communication relevant to running a successful business, the more you’re able to grow in whatever … [Read more...]