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What goes into creating a good performance management plan?
By Andrew Martins | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 11, 2020

When it comes to effectively gauging your employees' efficacy, what's your performance management process? What goes into writing a performance management plan? What do you look for in a performance...

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Closing Because of the Pandemic? Beware of Potential Tax Hits
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 10, 2020

Thousands of small businesses have shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding insult to injury, many are facing tax hits as they wind down.

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How to Survive When Business Is Slow
By Simone Johnson | November 09, 2020

Many businesses experience financial ups and downs. Here are tips to help you stay afloat when business slows down.

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Employee Rights You're Violating Right Now
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 09, 2020

Are you violating your employees' rights? Find out which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.

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How to Improve Your In-House Customer Service Team
By Thomas Griffin | November 09, 2020

Give your customer service team a reboot with these tips.

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what is the best business to start at home during social distancing?
By elena rosito | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 08, 2020

I want to start a small online business at home during these times of covid-19 crisis and social distancing and quaratine. I worked in the hospitality industry for so long, I haven't got any idea how...

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How to Handle Internal Communications During a Merger
By Michael DesRochers | November 06, 2020

M&A deals are on the rise. How should entrepreneurs and business leaders prepare their workforce when going through a merger?

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4 Ways to Ensure Mold Doesn't Deter Your Business Reopening
By Brian Miller | November 05, 2020

As businesses reopen after lockdown, many are discovering their premises have been taken over by mold. Here's how to protect your business, building, employees and customers from mold.

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With COVID-19 Rising, Small Businesses Expand Health Coverage
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 05, 2020

Despite a slowdown in business due to the pandemic, small businesses are stepping up, making sure employees have health insurance.

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Small Business Boom: 'Pandemic Founders' Will Determine the Next Beloved Tech Brands
By Jay Bregman | November 04, 2020

2020's business founders are starting up with a fresh perspective, determining who the next beloved tech brands will be.

Advice
How do I get data entry projects?
By Anonymous User | 3 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

We want to work on data entry projects and are looking for some data entry related work, bpo projects work and data entry services. What are some recommendations you may have to attain these...

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What do you do to add some fun to running your business?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 14 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

I have a tendency to always focus on the next thing on my to-do list. When I was in the corporate world, with many more resources, I found that I would take more breaks and joke around with...

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Why Your Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) Should Have Mutual Protections
By Patrick Proctor | November 03, 2020

Mutual nondisclosure agreements can provide legal protection for your business as well as the other parties when you work with other businesses and contractors.

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Would you consider outsourcing to help your startup grow?
By Virtual Coworker | 14 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a lot of business going for outsourced staff and outsourcing, would you consider outsourcing your business if you are just starting up?

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Outsourcing - is it good for a startup?
By Arjun Thakuri | 27 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020
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What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
By Chad Brooks | 6 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

Trying to learn more about what payroll services your businesses are using and whether you like the service or not. What do you like about it? What is the service missing?

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How to Increase Your Small Business Market Share
By Joshua Stowers | October 28, 2020

Looking to increase your small business market share? Find out how to calculate and improve your share of the market.

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How to Become a Freelancer
By Arjun Kohli | October 28, 2020

Freelancers have a ton of freedom in their careers. Here are seven steps to take to become a freelancer.

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HSA Guide for Business Owners
By Andrew Martins | October 27, 2020

If you're considering setting up health savings accounts for your employees, now is the time to learn more about them.

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How to Find Business Investors
By Matt D'Angelo | October 27, 2020

Need an investor to help you grow your startup? Here's how to find an investor and which types to look for.

Advice
Any recommendations for a web based HR software?
By Prashant Telang | 18 Answers | Last Activity on October 27, 2020

We are looking for a web based HR software with all features like payroll management / employee self help portal etc. So far we have seen all windows based software which are good, but we would like...

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Leading With Transparency Promotes Customer Loyalty
By Austin Mac Nab | October 26, 2020

Companies that embrace transparency as a core business value find that it leads to consumer trust, loyalty and business success. Here are four areas businesses can be transparent with customers.

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P90X Creator Tony Horton Is Building a New Business From the Ground Up
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2020

The renowned fitness expert has left behind the resources of a large company to launch his own venture, Power Nation.

Advice
What is the best project management app you are using?
By Josh Nicholson | 5 Answers | Last Activity on October 25, 2020

I want to know what web or mobile app and software you are using to manage your daily tasks and projects. There are many task management app available in the market but want to know what works best...

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What Each Presidential Campaign Is Proposing for Small Business
By Andrew Martins | October 23, 2020

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have a plan for the future of the country. Here's how their plans could impact small businesses.

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What Health Insurance Benefits Are You Legally Required to Offer?
By Joshua Stowers | October 22, 2020

Is your small business legally required to provide health insurance benefits? Here's what you need to know about offering health benefits to your employees.

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Elevating Expectations: 6 Ways Product Quality Affects Your Brand
By Sammi Caramela | October 22, 2020

Improve your customer retention, build brand trust and boost your ROI by focusing on your product quality.

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Pad That Bank Account: 6 Strategies for Companies Raising Capital
By Faizan Raza | October 22, 2020

Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you need capital to grow. Here are six strategies for raising capital as a small business owner.

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About IRS Form 1099
By Dock David Treece | October 21, 2020

If your business pays independent contractors or vendors for freelance work, rent, or other items, you'll need to fill out IRS Form 1099.

Advice
How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
By Josh Nicholson | 9 Answers | Last Activity on October 20, 2020

How you manage to-do items on your tasks/checklist? Please let me know if you manage the task checklist manually on writing pads or you use any to-do list apps.