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Article
Leadership Tips for Managing a (New) Remote Team
BY Kiely Kuligowski

If you're suddenly managing your team remotely, these tips can help you communicate effectively, calm fears and keep your business running smoothly.

Article
How to Mitigate Employee Absenteeism
BY Mona Bushnell

HR professionals offer their advice on how to manage employee absences during COVID-19 and beyond.

Article
P90X Creator Tony Horton Is Building a New Business From the Ground Up
BY Adam Uzialko

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

Article
What Is Telemedicine, and How Does It Work?
BY Adam Uzialko

Telemedicine is the use of remote conferencing technology to facilitate virtual consultations between patients and healthcare providers. Here's how it works.

Article
What to Include in a Layoff Letter When Laying Off Employees
BY Skye Schooley

Learn how to communicate employee layoffs, and access this employee layoff template to get started.

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How to Create a Happy and Productive Work Culture
BY Rachita Sharma

Investing in a happy culture reaps benefits beyond giving team members a better work-life balance and a sense of purpose. It also boosts productivity and a company's bottom line.

Advice
Which software do you recommend using to manage your team remotely?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Elton | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/16/20

I am operating a small business during the COVID-19 lock down period. How do you manage your remote team? Is there any specific apps/software you rely on/recommend?

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The New Marketing Dichotomy: Be Agile or Be Obsolete
BY Andrea Fryrear

Remote work has proven to be effective, but it can become a recipe for misalignment and miscommunication if the right processes aren't in place. Agile was built for just such situations.

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Small Business Guide on How to Decide When to Lay Off Employees
BY Mona Bushnell

How do you know when it's time to lay off employees? Find out how to conduct a mass layoff and when to do it.

Article
7 Tools for Tracking Your Remote Staff's Productivity
BY Scott Gerber

While common, remote workforces present a unique challenge. But how do you know if your remote staff is actually working and not wasting time?

Article
How to Avoid Burnout When You're Working From Home (and Can't Leave)
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Burnout is a serious result of prolonged, severe stress. Here's how to spot and avoid it.

Article
Top 10 Things to Buy for Your Business on Amazon Prime Day
BY Simone Johnson

Take advantage of Amazon Prime Day to snag some great supplies for your business and help your employees. Consider these 10 items.

Article
When Your Business Can No Longer Pay Rent Due to COVID-19
BY Austin Andrukaitis

If your business can no longer pay rent, here are five options available as a lifeline.

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Embracing Emerging Technologies in the Remote Work World
BY Nicole Fallon

KeyBank relied on emerging technologies to transition its team to remote work during the pandemic.

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How Embracing Change Fuels Pioneer Sports' Growth
BY Donna Fuscaldo

Pioneer Sports co-founder Tom Falcone didn't let the pandemic stop his company from growing, even when demand for after-school sports programs came to a screeching halt.

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Requirements for Getting a Small Business Loan
BY Dock David Treece

If you are in need of a loan for your small business, it's important to know these requirements and plan to meet them.

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How to Make It Easier to Embrace Change
BY Jan Bednar

Change is a force to embrace rather than weather.

Article
12 Instagram Marketing Tips for Business
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Check out these tips to help drive your Instagram marketing strategy toward better engagement and higher ROI.

Article
8 Strategies for Managing Your Remote Team
BY Dr. Cindy McGovern

Managing a remote team requires a different strategy from in-person leadership. Here are eight ways to get the most out of and be there for your remote team.

Article
How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
BY Simone Johnson

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

Advice
what is the best business to start at home during social distancing?
QUESTION | BY elena rosito | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/25/20

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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Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Brighter Days Are Ahead for the Middle Market
BY Nicole Fallon

According to a new report by KeyBank, COVID-19 has shaken middle market businesses, but they're surviving and, in many cases, getting back to a state of normalcy.

Article
COVID-19, Lawsuits, a Presidential Election and New Laws: Are Big Changes Coming to Business Liability Insurance?
BY Dan Rafter

What will 2021 bring when it comes to business liability insurance?

Article
5 Ways To Bring on New Hires in the Age of COVID-19 Telecommuting
BY Alison Gutterman

The process of onboarding new employees always needs refining, but that's especially true while working remotely during a pandemic.

Article
Thriving Beyond COVID-19: The New Marketing Model for Small Businesses
BY Paxton Gray

The effects the pandemic has had on small businesses could be long-lasting. It's crucial to adopt a practical and forward-looking marketing strategy.

Article
Remote Work Best Practices (Plus Sample Policy)
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

With so many businesses now having employees work from home, it is vital to have a well-thought-out plan that fosters this new working environment.

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Maintaining the Personal Touch Without In-Person Interaction: How Small Businesses Can Translate Their Business's Spirit Online
BY Rich Rao

Here are four tips to differentiate your store and appeal to potential shoppers or stay top of mind with current customers.

Article
Can (or Should) You Raise Prices During COVID-19?
BY Donna Fuscaldo

Supply shortages in higher demand and other pandemic-related expenses are causing some companies to raise prices during COVID-19. Should your business follow suit?

Article
7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Transitioning to a Fully Remote Office
BY Mike Kappel

To reduce expenses, boost productivity and increase employee retention, consider taking your team fully remote.

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How to Transition to Long-Term Work From Home
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Working from home has become the reality for many American workers. Here's how to transition into long-term remote work.