Christina DeBusk 

Regular Contributor


How to Draft an Employee Handbook That Protects You AND Your Staff

Although I’ve only worked for one full-time employer in my pre-writing days, I’ve also held several different part-time jobs to help make ends meet and earn extra cash from time to time. And one thing I’ve come to realize looking back is that there is no standardization when it comes to employee handbooks. While some companies I was employed by had 20 to 30 page handbooks … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Keep Your Top Employees from Searching for Other Jobs

Do you have someone (or several someones) working for your company that you’d do almost anything to keep? Maybe they have a knack for dealing with your customers, or perhaps they have a way of getting your suppliers to go the extra mile. Whatever it is that makes them invaluable to you, the last thing you want to do is lose them to your competitors—something that some of them … [Read more...]

How to Use Business Write-Offs to Your Advantage

With April 15th just passing, it’s a great reminder that, as small business owners, we need all of the tax advantages we can get if we want to raise our bottom line. And while I’m more than happy to pay my fair share to Uncle Sam, I also don’t want to pay more than I have to. So the question is: How do I make the most of my write-offs so I get to keep a majority of the money … [Read more...]

Why Effective Workplace Communication Is Critical to Your Business Success

I still remember the day I got my first memo. I was in my second post-college job and although I’d worked since I was 13 years old, holding positions primarily in the restaurant and food industry, I had never, ever been given a memo from an employer as a form of communication. Usually, messages would just be shared from one shift or one person to the next. Sometimes they … [Read more...]

How to Reach Your Target Market More Effectively

As a small business owner, you likely already recognize the importance of connecting with your target market in a way that compels them to act. After all, you wouldn’t be able to grow your company if it weren’t for your clients’ support and continued loyalty in regard to your products and services. This makes that particular segment of the population absolutely critical to … [Read more...]

How to Create a Successful Skilled Trades Business

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, not only are jobs in skilled trade industries—which include any business centered around electricians, carpenters, welders, bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, masons, or any other skilled trade—growing, many are growing at an “as fast as average” or “much faster than average” rate. Case in … [Read more...]

Covering All Your Legal Bases When Firing

In November of 2011, Merill Lynch was hit with an $8.5 million lawsuit for wrongfully letting an employee go. Three years later, CNN became the Defendant in a similar suit, but this time the Plaintiff was going after $5 million in damages. Unfortunately, these high amounts are more common than you’d think as, according to Xcel HR, a human resource service for small and … [Read more...]

What I Found When Looking for “Simple Business Advice”

As a freelance writer who specializes in health and wellness, personal development, and self-defense related content, I spend a majority of my day online searching for the latest research and most current information in these life improvement fields. The more up- to-date I can stay on my topics of expertise, the better I can help my clients grow their online presence, growing … [Read more...]