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Hiring Independent Contractors: What all parties need to know

The use of independent contractors, versus permanent hires across America continues to grow. Like any new business practice, there are new regulations and requirements that need to be adhered to when entering this type of employer/worker relationship. Unlike the more traditional employer/employee relationship, when you hire an independent contractor bothRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | Independent Contractor Troubles

Dear Dr. Deborah, Instead of hiring employees, I chose to use an independent contractor to expand my business. While I am still very interested in taking this route, I’m not very satisfied with my IC’s work. I hold myself to high standard, and it’s something my customers have become accustomedRead More

Science: A New Frontier for Career Exploration

A vital aspect of happiness is to spend your time doing what you love. This is true for many scientists who can be quite passionate about their field of study. At the same time, however, it can also be challenging to align that passion with the ideal work experience. OneRead More

4 Things You Must Do Before Making Your First Hire

Congratulations! Business is going great and it is now time to move beyond being a one-person-show and hire your first employee. While this means learning a whole new aspect to operating your business, if does not have to be difficult. Further, if your goal is to grow, the good newsRead More

3 Signs it’s Time to Hire an Office Worker

How can you tell when it’s time to hire an assistant or office worker for your small business? Making this choice can be a big challenge for many small business owners, especially self-employed individuals who are used to doing everything on their own. As sales increase and your business attractsRead More

5 Benefits to Leveraging a Staffing Agency for Engineering Talent

Today engineering is one of the most in-demand jobs in the market. With specialties ranging from automation to computer engineering, businesses everywhere are discovering the value of building their own engineering team. However, for a small business owner with limited time and resources, sorting through the talent market is easierRead More

Small Business Doesn’t Mean Small Employee Benefits

It is a common misconception in today’s job market that small business means small employee benefits. However, this doesn’t need to be true. Owning and running your own small business has its challenges, one of which is attracting top talent. In a small business, every person is vital. Workers needRead More

How to Set Your Self-Employment Salary

One of the reasons many people choose self-employment is because they want a better quality of life. This may include more flexibility in when they work, more control over what they do for work, and more enjoyment in life in general. Whatever the reasons, one of the main ingredients toRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | How do I know if it’s time to hire employees?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I’m not sure if I need to hire my first employee or not. Some days it seems like I have things under control, and other times I feel completely overwhelmed with work. How do I know if hiring someone is the right move? –  Lexi, FL HiRead More

6 Great Reasons to Outsource HR

  If you haven’t considered outsourcing your small business’s Human Resources (HR) function, you may want to. There are few business owners we know that enjoy managing their own HR department. This is not because they dislike people. In fact, most of them love their staff. The challenge is complyingRead More