Hiring And Firing

Pros & Cons of Using a Temp Service for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you wear many hats. Often in order to grow, you need to take off a few of those hats by hiring employees. If you need help for short-term tasks or tasks that don’t necessarily need to be done in-house, a temporary staffing agency may be a great solution. Like any business decision, it pays to look at the benefits and the drawbacks before hiring … [Read more...]

How to Market Your Small Business When You Don’t Like to Toot Your Own Horn

Marketing comes easier to some people than it does for others. Take me, for instance. I hate marketing. There. I said it. I don’t mind marketing for other people as I rather enjoy helping small businesses get their name out in the mainstream by providing “content that sells.” But when it comes to marketing myself, I struggle. And struggle. Sound familiar? Although there are … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Keep Money in Your Pocket as a Small Business Owner

The Ancient Roman playwright Plautus is credited with coining the phrase: “You must spend money to make money.” Certainly, as a small business owner, you know that to be true.  Even with the leanest start-up, there are costs to running a business. The trick, of course, is to earn more money than you spend. Here are five key ways you can keep more money in your pocket. … [Read more...]

Help! I’m Doing Everything Myself. When Do I Hire People?

If you are running a thriving small business by yourself, you are probably feeling pulled in several directions at once. On one hand, you are feeling satisfied that your hard work is paying off. Orders are coming in and so is your income stream. On the other hand, you are realizing that you are missing quite a few opportunities simply because you don’t have time to pursue … [Read more...]

How to Find a Reputable Freelance Writer for Your Business

Chances are good that you started your business because you’re good at what you do. Hopefully you love it too, but there is no doubt that you have qualities that help you excel in your particular field, which is why you decided to take the often difficult journey to business ownership and sell your services or products to the rest of the world. And there is also no doubt … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Attracting and Keeping the Best Workers

No matter what you do, good help is hard to find.  Keeping it is even harder.  Someone is always willing to do what they must to take them away.  If you can ever find them however, keep them happy and they will stay.  How do you do that?  It can be difficult, and there is a fine line to balance, but these tips are a good start. Show Them the Money Of course pay is going to be … [Read more...]

How to Fire an Employee – The Right Way

Firing an employee is probably one of the most difficult things that an employer has to do. You tell yourself that it is just business, but you also have a heart and don’t want to be the cause of someone else’s struggles – even if it is their own actions that created the situation in the first place. So, how do you fire an employee the right way, increasing the odds that … [Read more...]

A Small Business Dilemma Regarding Employee Selection

You are the owner/operator or maybe even the manager of a small-business and you need to hire a new employee for an entry-level position in your company.  After interviews and careful consideration, you’ve narrowed your choices down to two candidates. Candidate A has the technical skill and experience to jump right into the position with minimal training, but there are … [Read more...]

Golden Care in San Diego: Passion and Planning Build a Thriving Business

Advice for creating a mission-driven business from Golden Care Owner Porsha Vogt. For Porsha Vogt, founder and owner of Golden Care, a senior in-home care agency, starting a business was personal.  She was motivated to start a senior care business because of experiences in her own family, and that personal care and attention became part of the mission and the practice of her … [Read more...]

Decoding the Designer-Client Relationship

A Designer’s Perspective from Modmacro Creative Director Jerry Lund. Hiring communications, marketing, web and design professionals is an important part of a small business owner’s responsibilities.  In order to make the right choices when connecting with a service provider like a graphic designer, it is important to know a little more about the design profession, the design … [Read more...]