Hiring And Firing

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...]

What to Look for in a Remote Hire

Hiring is always a challenging process, but the pressure increases when you are hiring for a remote position. The virtual office is becoming more popular with every passing year, as businesses realize the dramatic cost benefits of expanding your team remotely. It’s important that business owners recognize the hiring process for remote workers is entirely different from that of … [Read more...]

5 Survival Tips for New Entrepreneurs

When I first started my company, it was me in my living room, with a webcam and some beauty supplies. It has now grown into multimillion-dollar company, with a team of 14 women. Here are the top 5 tips that have helped me grow my business and become a better business owner: Hire Your First Employee Immediately I remember while running to the post office every day, thinking, … [Read more...]

What’s Your #1 Hiring Rule? Small Business Owners Weigh In

While I’m a one-person show as a freelance writer, I have been involved in the hiring process a few different places and appreciate how difficult finding the right employee can be. Someone who looks good on paper isn’t always the best in person and vice versa. So how can you be sure to pick the best person for the job? To answer that question, I reached out to other small … [Read more...]

When to Use a Headhunter for Hiring

Hiring a headhunter to find you the absolute best potential employees for your small business can really cut into your bottom line. Especially if you’re paying 15 to 25 percent of the open position’s annual first-year salary in fees, which is a pretty average rate according to Resume to Referral. This means that you’re not likely to use this type of service for every job … [Read more...]

When to Fire Employees and When to Give a Second Chance

I’ve never met a business owner who felt good about firing employees. Even when the employee deserved to be let go for excessive tardiness, ineffective work product, or countless other justifiable reasons to terminate employment, the owners I’ve spoken with have shared how they struggle with the decision because—deep down—they know that employee is still a person with a family … [Read more...]

Writing Your Own Blog vs Hiring It Out

According to a 2014-2015 HubSpot survey of over 3,500 professionals, “companies that blog are 13 times more likely to generate a positive marketing ROI,” or return on investment. Additional HubSpot statistics reveal that websites with more than 400 pages, which is completely possible once you build your blog up over time, gets six times more leads than those with fewer than 100 … [Read more...]

Expand Your Business Capabilities without Hiring New Employees

All independent professionals and small business owners reach a point at which they realize the options are grow bigger or stagnate. For some, whether it is due to budget, risk aversion, logistics or other constraints, hiring more full-time employees may not be a viable option. To prevent stagnation at this precarious phase of business development, consider the value of … [Read more...]