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Simple Steps to Survey Your Customers

December 30, 2013 | By: RLesonsky

It’s more important than ever for your small business to stay on top of what customers want and need. After all, if you’re not in tune with their desires, there are many competitors they can turn to. To find out what customers want, just ask! Conducting a customer survey shouldn’t be intimidating—in fact, it’s quite easy to do. Here are some simple ways to find out what you want to know.Pinpoint your goals.The best surveys are focused on a specific issue, rather than being vague and general. Fo... Read More

10 Ways to Maximize Use of an Office Space

December 27, 2013 | By: MBurge

One of the best ways to ensure maximized productivity at the office is to create an aesthetically structured space. The more time employees are spending at and around desks, the more important to have an efficient environment. This can also be important for individuals that work at home, creating work spaces that don’t cramp styles and encourage clearing paperwork quickly.Here are ten design tips for producing exceptional work spaces:1. Ask the Right QuestionsWhich office spaces are going to be... Read More

3 Steps to Hiring an Independent Contractor

December 27, 2013 | By: RLesonsky

With today’s technology, it’s harder than ever to tell which businesses use virtual workers and which have employees in their offices. That’s great news for your small business, because even if hiring full-time employees isn’t part of your current plans or current budget, you can use independent contractors to help you solve immediate staffing issues.Even better news: You have plenty of fish in the freelancing sea to choose from. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Government Accountability ... Read More

How to Build Lasting Customer Relationships

December 24, 2013 | By: RLesonsky

What’s the secret to getting and keeping customers? It hasn’t changed much since business began. No matter what tools or technology you have access to, attracting and retaining customers boils down to building lasting relationships. All else being equal, people do business with people they know and like. So how can you start a new customer relationship off on the right foot?Get introduced.Finding customers through referrals is half the battle to building relationships. When you and your new pro... Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Hiring An Intern

December 19, 2013 | By: MBurge

Hiring interns assists corporations in accomplishing workplace tasks while simultaneously enhancing the educational experience of young adults and new workforce participants. Similar to apprenticeship, interning also affords future industry professionals and employers a chance to develop mutual interests. Although interning only dates back to the 1980s, it has become common within a number of economic sectors. However, there are some disadvantages to hiring interns. If these negative factors ar... Read More

Give Your Computer a Tuneup

December 17, 2013 | By: RLesonsky

Nothing frustrates me (and I’m sure you) more than a slow-moving computer especially when I’m working on deadline. Not surprisingly, a slow computer is the number-one complaint from computer users. But before you bash your screen in frustration, know that most of the time, you (not your computers) are at fault. Before you go out and get a new desktop computer, buy an external hard drive or turn to your tablet or other mobile tools in desperation, let me dispel a few myths.According to Iolo.com ... Read More

7 Tips on Being More Productive

December 03, 2013 | By: MBurge

Do you ever look at the clock at the end of the day and wonder where the time went? If your list of accomplishments seems shorter than the time spent on it, these tips can boost your productivity at work. Bring the tips home with you, too!1. Close Social NetworksPeople who work with computers can sap away time on social networks like Facebook. You may find yourself constantly opening a new tab to see if you have updates, even if you literally just looked at it. Before you know it, you're busy l... Read More

9 Tips For Running a Presentation

November 27, 2013 | By: MBurge

Having an effective presentation that keeps the attention of your audience can mean the difference between getting your point across and making a sale or leaving people confused and bored while you are speaking. Giving a great presentation is a valuable life skill, however it isn’t something that every person has in their arsenal of abilities. If you are looking to spice up your presentations and make them more potent and memorable here are 9 tips for running an effective presentation.PrepareIt... Read More

Hiring Temporary Workers vs. Interns

November 25, 2013 | By: MBurge

A business such as a law office or seasonal tax consultant goes through a busy period where they need extra help but not permanent employees. Professional offices can take advantage of two available resources for their part-time holiday help: internships and temporary hiring. While both result in a short term increase in work capacity, the end benefits could be very different. It is worth contrasting these two directions.An intern is someone who is studying to be a full time professional. They ... Read More

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Productive

November 22, 2013 | By: RLesonsky

If you ever worked in the corporate world before starting your own business, you know what a time- and energy-drain meetings can be. As an entrepreneur, you may not have the endless meetings a corporate employee is subject to, but you’ve still got to meet with clients, prospects, partners and your team (if you have one) from time to time.So how can you make sure your meetings actually accomplish something? Try these tips.1. Plan ahead.Create an agenda for each meeting and share it with everyone... Read More

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