Getting the right employees for your business is crucial to success

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Getting the ‘right people on the bus’ is crucial to the success of any business but how do you ensure you are recruiting the right people with the right skills? Here’s a list that can help:

1. Re-examine your job listings. Is it just a canned description of the company with a list of required skills? Mike Ganiere, manager of talent acquisition, North America for Johnson Controls, says, “You can’t just post a position with a list of duties and expect to connect to the perfect match. People today need to know how their job fits into the organization and what impact it will have—they want to do work that matters.” Including short- and long-term expectations allows a potential candidate to see what his or her value is to the company…

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101 Secrets to Running a Successful Home-Based Business in Toronto

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Originally posted by Sara Wilson

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home-based. Home-based businesses offer low overhead, helpful tax incentives, and the opportunity to work in your pajamas, among other benefits. But before you get started, there are some things — 101, to be precise — that you should know about running a company from home. Here is our list of top tips, lessons, pitfalls, and more to get you on your way.

Getting Started 

We asked home-based business owners to share their best tips and advice. Here’s what they had to say about organizing a home office, skillfully operating a business from home, and more.

1. Create a work environment you feel good in. And that includes investing in professional office equipment and furniture. “Everyone is vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries from using office equipment,” says Paul Robert Edwards, coauthor of Working From Home as well as a Small Business Development Center consultant. “So take care to get things that fit you ergonomically. Particularly important are your chair and your keyboard.”

2. Keep your overhead to a minimum. “It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much you keep, so overhead is key,” says Craig Wolfe, founder of CelebriDucks, a company that creates celebrity rubber ducks. “It’s great that you’re working from home, but you can still bankrupt yourself through ill-conceived overspending, especially in technology.”

3. Create a strong team. “Work with experts on parts of your business where you are not an expert,” says Cathi Brese Doebler, a home-based business owner for 10 years and author of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family. “For example, if you are not good with computer hardware, hire someone to help you set up your computer network. Or, if you are not an expert on taxes, find a good tax advisor. Focus your business on your areas of expertise and strength, and hire experts to help you with your areas of weakness.”

4. Work where you’re most productive, even if it’s outside of your home. “Sometimes home is not the right place and work is not the right place — even when On laptop in the poolthey are the same place,” says Stephanie Staples, a personal coach and motivational speaker. “I need a third location. For example, a donut shop, library — somewhere that even though other things are going on, I don’t have to pay attention or care about it. It is the power of the third location; I think differently, work differently, act differently there, and it really helps me.”

5. Work on your business, not in your business. “There’s a big difference between working in your business and working on your business,” says Jeannel King, a visual facilitator and coach, and founder of her own home-based business, Big Picture Solutions. “A home-based business typically translates into being a small operation of one: you! In that situation, it’s easy to focus only on product or service delivery. However, it’s essential to make time to work on our business, and that means focusing on the finances, the marketing plans, the vision and strategy, the systems and processes that provide the infrastructure for our businesses to be not just successful, but thriving and sustainable.”

6. Have the attitude that you work from home, not at home, says Edwards.

7. Don’t hide it, flaunt it! “Don’t try to shy away from the fact that you run your business at home,” says Maria Rapetskaya, cofounder of Undefined Creative, a home-based design and animation studio. “Give your potential clients the rundown of why it benefits them — like low overhead.”

Hiring For Small Business — Overcoming Challenges And Tips For Success

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By Jason Whitman (Huffington Post)

According to the most recent ADP employment report, small businesses added 82,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in April. Also, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide more than half of all jobs in the U.S. But, as every small business owner knows, each and every one of these individuals within your business makes a difference and has the opportunity to move the needle depending on whether that individual is the right fit for the business.

We interact with small business owners every day to help make that right hire that is so essential to the bottom line. It’s clear that not having the right person in an open role can make or break the future success of your small business. But hiring that perfect talent for an opening is not always something that small businesses feel well-equipped to tackle.

Often, small business owners feel a lot of similar pain points, which typically fall within three major areas:

Time is of the essence for a small business owner looking to hire talent. In contrast with a larger company, where hiring managers do workforce planning, have some flexibility and often can afford to be patient when hiring, small business owners can’t. Typically, if they don’t fill an “empty seat” quickly, the work to be done accelerates in a ripple effect, seriously increasing the workload of the rest of the employees.

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5 Tips for Launching a Successful Product

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GroundReport | Author: KM123
Filed Under: HealthLifestyle | Posted: 05/13/2014 at 6:28PM
Region: Colorado | United States

According to the Small Business Association,small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s. In today’s economy, small businesses are struggling; although many people have great product ideas, few of them follow the fundamental steps necessary to successfully bring those products to market. A success story, Peter Champe’s idea for a new kind of nasal aspirator started with a personal need—his infant son was chronically congested and he discovered that the standard bulb and battery-powered aspirators didn’t work. From this problem grew the Baby Comfy Nose, a nasal aspirator that uses the parent’s own suction, now sold at 7800 Walgreens retail stores nationwide, and he is sharing his five tips for launching a successful product.

“In the process of creating and marketing my first invention Baby Comfy Nose and then founding the larger company Baby Comfy Care, I have some advice that could be useful for others developing their own products” explains Peter Champe, engineer and owner of Baby Comfy Care. “I’ve condensed these ideas down to 5 principles to make them easier to apply.”

 

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Starting A Business? Two Common Management Issues And How To Solve Them

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By Gabie Boko, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Sage North America

Is there a downside to job market recovery?  If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, there may be.

A recent Kauffman study showed that entrepreneurship suffers when the job market is in recovery mode.  In 2013, 476,000 new businesses were created each month, down 7 percent from 2012 when 514,000 new businesses were created monthly; highlighting that people who might have started their own business became employees instead.

As an advisor to small business owners, here are some of the biggest personal and business issues I see entrepreneurs face when getting started, and some thoughts on how burgeoning business owners can move past these challenges:

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Scared to start your own business?

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by Ali Gray

Got a big idea? Sometimes all you need is the courage to go for it – and Jenny Dawson is the proof.

The 27-year-old founder of Rubies in the Rubble was working for a Mayfair hedgefund when she came up with the concept for her new venture. She had seen how many perfectly edible fruits and vegetables are discarded from London markets and decided to use the surplus produce to make jams and chutneys. Thus, Rubies in the Rubble was born.

Jenny started her company in 2011, and she’s come a long way since. Today it was announced that she received the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award for her achievement in business, and Jenny couldn’t be happier.

‘I was actually in the running for this last year as well so, for Veuve Clicquot to follow our progress and growth over the year, see potential in what we are building and acknowledge it, is incredibly encouraging,’ she tells Marie Claire.

Jenny said she also feels honoured to receive an award that highlight’s women in business. ‘I have never felt challenged by being a women, but I do think women in business need to be recognised to encourage more women into leading positions. I love that Veuve Clicquot celebrates women in positions of leadership.’

So how did Jenny accomplish so much at such a young age – and how can you follow suit? It certainly wasn’t easy – but she insists it is doable.

Read more of this ‘Marie Claire’  article here…

 

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