Business partners are sometimes needed to turn an idea into a successful company. However, just because taking on a business partner might increase your chances of success does not mean that it’s always going to be an easy relationship.
Learn about the pros and cons of having a business partner.
Bad hires are costly. Therefore, avoiding a bad hire is always a smart idea. However, there is one critical thing you must understand about bad hires. As business owners and managers, we sometimes actually create bad hires instead of simply hiring them.
Read to learn five ways how to avoid a bad hire within your Small Business.
Are you properly onboarding the new employees you hire for your small business? Proper employee onboarding helps to improve quality of work and the length of time employees stay with your company. Read to learn more about why this is one step you cannot overlook when hiring.
Do you find the hiring process for your small business a challenge? If so, know that you are not alone. It turns out that most small business owners list hiring as one of their top challenges.
With your employees being such an essential part of your success as a small business, it’s time to move from viewing hiring as a top challenge to seeing it as an excellent opportunity to find the talent that is going to help you succeed.
Learn why you might view hiring as a challenge and how you can reduce that feeling.
The story of my worst job interview ever is a good one. While I did not enjoy the experience the day of, almost ten years later, I cannot help but laugh. Did this experience really happen?
Well, it did happen. In hindsight, maybe I’m glad it did occur because it taught me a few valuable lessons about the interview process.
In this third part of The Entrepreneurship and Leadership Series, we will discuss the topic of self-awareness.
The level of self-awareness you have within your business will profoundly impact your chances of success. Learn more about self-awareness and why the skill matters when you are running a company.
If you look at the top reasons startups fail, many of them can be traced back to one thing: poor leadership. When I realized this fact, it did not surprise me. Most people do not realize how leadership skills impact almost everything you do when running a business. Entrepreneurship and leadership go hand-in-hand no matter the size of the company.
Due to this, I decided to put together The Entrepreneurship and Leadership Series. Each post will focus on how leadership skills can impact certain aspects of running a business. This first post will start at the beginning with looking at what is leadership and why leadership matters for the entrepreneur.
Entering leadership for the first time is a big step. Even the best managers tend to make mistakes as they start their leadership career. As a new manager, I was not immune. On my path of becoming a well-respected leader, I made mistakes. Here’s my confession to the five big new manager mistakes I made as I started my leadership career and my advice to new managers.
At home, we see ourselves as the leader of our kids. At the office, we are the leader of our teams. With being a leader in both places, shouldn’t the foundation of our leadership approaches be the same?
I recently finished reading the best business book I have ever come across. I believe that it is the one book all leaders should read if they want to manage effective teams. From cover-to-cover, I felt energized and motivated to implement what I was learning. Learn my top 10 reasons why I recommend
To become a small business owner, you have to learn a lot when you first start your company. As your business grows, the learning never stops. It’s important always to be open to gaining more information. Learn why.
I have heard the story countless times. An entrepreneur has their product or service ready, they have spent money on a logo, they have informed all their friends and family about their company, and then they hit a significant roadblock. The name that they have used on...
Entrepreneurship is great. You get to be your own boss, set your hours, make your own goals, and decide what direction you take your business. However, there is one thing that many entrepreneurs fail to share: the loneliness of entrepreneurship. Learn more about the loneliness of entrepreneurship and how to combat the feeling.
The Entrepreneurship and Leadership Series: Part 2 Why to Put Your Customer First Welcome to Part 2 of the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Series. In the first post of the series, we talked about why leadership matters for the entrepreneur. In Part 2 of this...
Every day, people across the US are following their dreams and becoming entrepreneurs. If your career dreams are to run your own business and be your own boss, you might be wondering where to start. With so many things you need to do when starting a business, the task of getting started can be daunting. That is why it is best to start from the beginning and complete the first step to becoming an entrepreneur before jumping to any other tasks needed to start a company.
There has been a lot of talks lately about equal pay for equal work. One opinion that I heard was that working mothers are not entirely dedicated to the workplace and therefore deserve to make less. Hearing the opinion of working mothers deserving less really struck a cord with me.
For six months, I worked a part-time job while starting my own business. During that time, I realized that working part-time was not everything I imagined.
Right before the last day at my job, I was offered an opportunity to stay on part-time with the company. It was the perfect situation. They wanted my help on select projects and I was able to name some of the terms. Accepting the offer allowed me to slowly exit the company I loved and still make some money while I started my own business. It seemed like there was no downside.
Boy, I was wrong.
It seems today that everyone is busy. No matter if you are a career person, working parent, student, or stay-at-home parent, many of us are guilty of letting a part of our lives take over every minute of our lives. It’s no wonder that there are often simple things that often do not get done because we are too busy focusing on something else.
In the fall of 2016, I decided that I wanted to attend my first industry related conference. While I was still a beginner in the software development field, I figured it would be an opportunity to network and learn from top performers. I imagined coming away with pure excitement about software development. For me, this was not the case. While the conference was great and I learned a lot from talented speakers, I walked away feeling different than I expected.
Read on to learn about my top takeaways from attending my first industry conference.
I am a planner. If I was serious about starting my own business, I had to plan out the details of leaving my job. I knew that as soon as I started to tell people, there would be questions. In my mind, the worst answer I could give would be “I don’t know” or “I haven’t thought about that”. The details could make or break my decision to leave my job and I made sure I had them figured them out before I started socializing my idea.