Health & Wellness

Ways to Promote Your Employees’ Health (And Why You Should Care)

As a small business owner, you have certain duties to your employees. The most obvious one is payment for work completed. Of course, you also have to pay taxes on their behalf, provide them with a safe working environment according to local and national standards, and (for the full timers) provide various benefits related to health insurance and paid time off. But what part … [Read more...]

Should You Create a Nap Area for Your Employees?

When most small business owners think about designing a work space, the last thing that enters their mind is finding a place for employees to rest their head in the middle of the work day. However, with companies like Google and Huffington Post offering nap pods for their employees, it may make you wonder whether you should do the same. To best answer that question, let’s first … [Read more...]

Stay Focused When You Travel for Business

The demands of business travel differ from the daily demands of work and the stakes can often be high. Before you pack up for your next trip, keep these tips in mind. Know Your Personality and Plan Your Day Accordingly Are you an introvert or an extrovert? It is important to think about how you derive your energy – from time spent quietly on your own, or from interacting with … [Read more...]

Get a Blood Test Before You Buy Life Insurance

Like many small business owners, I'm the primary bread-winner in my family. So I recently decided to purchase life insurance so my family would have one less thing to worry about if I die sooner than expected. Other than filling out the questionnaires, selecting the right policy amount and terms, and doing a few interviews, it seems that the rate you actually get is based … [Read more...]

Boost Your Productivity, Boost Your Business

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. The U.S. Department of Labor just released statistics regarding productivity and costs for the first quarter of 2015 and it doesn’t look good. Among the numbers provided are that, even though labor costs have increased 6.7 percent, there has been a 3.1 percent decline in productivity. … [Read more...]

Top 3 Workplace Trends for the First Half of 2015

As Nathaniel Branden, the late Canadian-American psychologist who specialized in self-esteem once said, “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Thus, in order to fully accept the changes in the workplace, one must first understand that they exist. So, what changes are existing in 2015, potentially setting the trends for the future? Here is … [Read more...]

24 Tips to Easing Your Small Business-Related Insomnia

According to a Better Sleep Council survey conducted just last year, almost half of the adults questioned reported that they didn’t get adequate sleep. Furthermore, approximately one-third indicated that getting just one hour of additional sleep “was worth $100 or more.” If you are one of the sleep-deprived members of our society, then you can probably relate and would likely … [Read more...]

4 Guilt-Free Reasons Every Small Business Owner Should Get Regular Massages

Guilt is a powerful emotion that can make you do things you really don’t want to do. Like when you agree to join a local committee even though you barely have time to get your work done as it is, or when you tell a client that you’ll take on a larger project knowing that it is going to cut into your family time. On the flip side, guilt can also keep you from doing the things … [Read more...]

What to Do When Owning a Business Is Raising Your Blood Pressure

Although my personality is slightly Type A, always striving to do my best and getting impatient when I feel like I don’t have control, I had never had any health issues because of it—that is, until I became self-employed. Within a year and a half of leaving my job with county government and trekking out on my own as a freelance writer, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s … [Read more...]