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5 Signs Your Online…

Every growing online business will face challenges with staffing and recruitment. While some businesses prefer to run all operations from their own headquarters, it is common to see entrepreneurs outsource many tasks. There are many successful online ventures being run by individual entrepreneurs, with work being outsourced to specialist companies and virtual assistants. It is typical, though, for online business owners to be reluctant to delegate any work, preferring to take on as much individual responsibility as possible. So how can you work out if the time has come to start outsourcing? You Want to Scale Up As a business starts to grow, you may find your time is being diverted into less productive activities. The kind of tasks that allowed your small business to thrive are not always helpful for business growth. If you can design systems for these tasks, outsourcing will ensure they are carried out to your specifications, while you can then focus on growing the business. It is worth considering outsourcing at an early stage to avoid losing valuable time on standardized actions. You Need Specialized Help There will be times when a business requires specialized help, but the work might be a short-term project. Learning these new skills yourself will be time-consuming, while taking on a skilled employee could be unnecessary. Outsourcing the work allows you to find someone with the specific skills you require...

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7 Reasons Why Employees…

Employee turnover will cost you, and in ways you may not have previously considered. Higher than average turnover can sink morale, cut production, and tax you dearly in training costs. Although not every resignation can or should be thwarted, by understanding the reasons why employees quit, you can reduce turnover accordingly. We'll take a look at seven reasons why employees resign and move on as well as how to counter each one. 1. Poor hiring decisions. Sometimes people leave or are pressured out simply because they were the wrong person for the job. Worse, this individual may have been wrong for your company's culture. That's a clash in interests that could have been averted before they were hired. If your company consistently hires the wrong people, then your method of recruiting, evaluating, interviewing, and offering jobs to these individuals is all wrong. Something is broken in the process and needs to be fixed. Human Resources must be empowered to have the final say whether an individual is hired or not. If they already have that say, then something in the HR department needs overhauling. 2. An uncompetitive compensation package. Salary and benefits work in tandem to form your business' compensation package. Naturally, such packages should be tailored to individual employees, especially as they move up in the ranks. While the initial compensation package may be sufficient to attract an employee,..

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You Can Increase Your…

Many surveys are publishing similar results when it comes to the growth of freelancing in today's economy.  Between 35%+ currently and 50% in the coming years, the percentage of freelancers in the workforce is growing steadily.  There are many reasons for it, from lower costs for business to more workers who want better control of their working hours and rewards.  Almost anyone can add to their income through freelancing part-time to get their feet wet.  It is all about what you know.  Do you know what you know that is of value to others?   The Self-Assessment Step Instead of jumping onto freelancing websites to see what you may find that you can do for income, first figure out what it is that you can do well.  What do you know, what have you done, and what experience do you have that others will pay you to share? Depending on your age, you have a past education and work history, and that's where you start.  If you went to college, what was your major/minor?  Were there courses you particularly liked and spent time learning more about those subjects?  Did you later get a job using that education?  Perhaps you were a finance major who worked for a bank, an investment firm, or a lender. Did you go to trade school or learn a trade on the job?  Maybe you learned..

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3 Toxic Employee Types…

Too many businesses struggle recognizing toxic personalities on their staff. Sometimes their personal feelings get in the way, or they don't know what a bad employee looks like. Spending a few minutes learning common personality types can help them uncover troubling habits, and decide strategies that work for their team. The Micromanager Managers should delegate responsibilities, but some concentrate too much on small details. Micromanagers spend most of their time pestering underlings about small details, sabotaging their productivity. Instead of assigning tasks and offering help or correction when needed, they hover behind employees, making sure they use the water cooler correctly. Of course, this wastes the micromanager's time, too! Thankfully, nitpicky leaders aren't hard to spot. Look for annoyed or unproductive employees. If everyone is trying to do their job well but can't, look to management first. If they are always babysitting their employees instead of giving them space, you probably have a micromanager. Asking employees about how their coworkers spend their time is sometimes helpful, but could backfire, too. Looking at body language and attitude is a safer approach, and you can always ask questions to confirm your suspicions later. Remember, you will lose your staff's trust if they think you are talking behind their back. The Pretender Intelligent people will find ways to save time and effort, at work or home. You should always ask yourself if an..

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9 Tips for a…

Every morning men and women wake up full of plans for the day. Every night those same people go to bed not having accomplished half of what they wanted to do or worse, didn't get to it at all. To ensure a productive day, there are a few details to keep in mind. 1. While there's no need to wake up at the crack of dawn, try to get up at a reasonable hour. You'll feel more energetic and in better spirit than when you sleep late. Have a shower and get dressed. Some people like to work in their pajamas, but the fact is, sooner or later they will start to feel sluggish. 2. Have breakfast. Whether you like toast and a boiled egg, milk on cereal, or coffee and a muffin, anything is better than nothing. You'll need food to sustain you. 3. If you like lists, write down the things you need to do and then prioritize them. Being able to cross one item after another off your list will motivate you to keep going. 4. If you know that you're easily distracted, allow yourself to check your emails and social media messages first thing in the morning and then close those programs. Leaving them open will only tempt you to revisit those sites or worse, you'll succumb to playing games. 5. If you're prone to feeling..

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