June, 2016

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Ask Dr. Deborah | Do I need an employee handbook?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I run my own marketing consulting business. I’m doing fairly well for myself, but I’ve reached a plateau in my business where I can’t take on any more clients simply because I don’t have the time! To solve this problem, I’ve decided to hire an assistant toRead More

Employee Retention | Let’s talk benefits

One of the biggest concerns for businesses today is employee retention. Gone are the days when you would graduate from college and work at the same place for 40 years. Job hopping is now the new normal with workers only remaining at a job for an average of 4.4 years.Read More

7 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

  A challenge every small business owner must face as an employer is employee engagement. Building an environment where your employees feel engaged is important to a number of factors including productivity, turnover, and even health. In fact, in a recent Gallup study it was found that businesses with highRead More

Welcome to the Modern Workforce

Today’s modern workforce is like nothing businesses have seen before. With more workers retiring later in life, you have Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and even occasionally those of the Silent Generation all working side-by-side. Ideals have shifted as well. Workers want more flexibility, freedom and opportunity, and are willingRead More

The 4 Stages of Human Resource Management

Every small business, whether you are just starting up or already established, needs human resource management (HRM). At any stage, cash flow, productivity, and risk remain important concerns to all business owners. Your employees play a key role in each of these areas as to whether things are going wellRead More

Fostering Entrepreneurship Regionally: Where to begin

As America’s workforce becomes more self-employed, workforce and economic development agencies are finding a need to enhance client services to foster entrepreneurship regionally. One of the main drivers behind this trend is that employers are moving away from job creation and more toward creating temporary, project-based work. This means thatRead More

Taking Your Self-Employment Business Abroad

Thanks to the explosion of the Internet and rapid growth in technology, the global marketplace is thriving, and many more companies have the ability to do business abroad. Anyone from the person selling handmade quilts to consulting services can compete internationally. However, before you cross borders, remember that there canRead More

Essential Tools for Starting a Self-Employment Business

Whenever you start a new project, there are certain essential tools that you need to bring together in order for things to run smoothly. Creating a self-employment venture is no exception to this rule. Just as you wouldn’t start a construction job without hammers, nails, and measuring tape, there areRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | Can I start a summer business?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I just finished up my first year teaching 5th grade. It was a wonderful year and I am really excited about my career. However, now that school is over, cash is a little bit tight. Other than retail or food service, what seasonal summer work opportunities do IRead More