Leading

Small Business Tips and Ideas for Leadership and Working with People

When it comes to running a small business, leadership is of the utmost importance. Employees look to you for guidance and to set the tone for your company. Learn more about what it means to be an effective leader with the articles in this section, which cover topics such as employee management, hiring and firing, and team building.

Should You Use an Employment Agency to Find Your Next New Hire?

“Outsourcing” seems to be the hot word in the business world nowadays. After all, you can outsource almost everything, from marketing to production to sales. It only makes sense then that you consider outsourcing your hiring process, which usually means using an employment agency to help you find your next best employee. But is that the right route for you and your small … [Read more...]

Need Extra Summer Help? What you Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Workers

For many small business owners, including those in the tourism business or those catering to warm weather activities, summer means “go” time. You wait all year for this busy time, and you don’t want to miss any business because of lack of preparation. In fact, you may be looking to add some extra staff members to handle the extra work. Seasonal employees are defined as … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why an Employee May Require Too Much of Your Time

The goal is for employees to work independently and complete tasks. The opportunity to parallel task, using more people to get more done in less time, is one of the primary benefits to growing the team. For many small business owners, myself included, the idea of hiring first comes about when you simply need to multiply yourself. After all, there's only so much you can do in 24 … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Summer Intern for Your Small Business?

I landed a dream internship at a city magazine the summer before my senior year of college. I proposed the internship, and I was the first intern the magazine had ever had. The editor and I hit it off in an interview, and I think she liked the idea of helping a journalism student. She hired me to work for 10 weeks three days a week as an editorial assistant. My pay? No … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring Someone You Know

As a small business owner, you are in a great position to offer people in your community the ability to support themselves and their families by providing them with a job. But what happens when the person asking to work for you is someone you know personally? What if it is a family member or friend? This can definitely be a sticky situation because business dealings can hurt … [Read more...]

Drug Testing Employees: 4 Factors to Consider

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance abuse is costing our country over $700 billion annually. Furthermore, almost three-quarters of all illegal drug users are actively employed either full or part time, which means that a large amount of the cost comes back on small businesses due to lower productivity, increased absenteeism, and on-the-job injuries. … [Read more...]

Interview with Mike Agugliano, the Ninja Business Warrior

Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart interviews Mike Agugliano, Founder of ServiceKey, a company that teaches business owners in the home service industry how to be more successful. ServiceKey offers coaching, mentoring and workshops in the areas of marketing, sales, communication, management and other core business skills. Mike says, in this interview, that many home … [Read more...]

Building Trust With Transparency

I often wonder if a business would be more efficient if it were run by children. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out. Little kids may not be well-versed in complicated business things like accounting practices, inventory control, and supply chains (although I’m not sure these things even have to be complicated, but that’s for a different article!), but the thing that kids … [Read more...]