Hiring And Firing

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...]

Why Staffing Companies Are Your Best Bet for New Employees

Any business owner or manager that has ever had to hire a new employee knows just how tedious and costly the process can be. From creating a job description and advertising to interviews and screenings, there is a lot to get done. Though it’s certainly important to take your time in selecting the right person for the job, the more time and money you spend, the less energy and … [Read more...]

Hiring Smart: An Interview with Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson, creator of the Ultimate Hiring System, is the guest on this edition of Monday Morning Radio. Employee turnover is a problem in many businesses, large and small. A recent study has shown that only 19% of new hires are considered “successful,” making it important for small business owners to learn strategies that will help them hire the right people for the right … [Read more...]

Small Business Employee Handbooks: The Pros and Cons

Whether you’re just now setting up your small business or simply trying to make your current one operate that much better, one of the decisions you must make is whether or not to create an employee handbook. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) refers to an employee handbook as “an important communication tool between you and your employees.” As such, it holds various … [Read more...]

What to Include in an Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is an essential tool to running your small business more effectively. A well-written handbook lets your employees know what you expect of them, and it describes what they can expect from you in return. However, as a busy small business owner, you may not know where to start when it comes to deciding what to put into your manual and what to leave out. … [Read more...]