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The Most Successful Small Business Owners Use Technology to Grow Their Businesses
Entrepreneurship, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

The way you feel about technology has a strong effect on your business’s ultimate success, according to the latest Global SMB IT Confidence Index from Symantec. The study polled over 2,500 small and midsized businesses (SMBs) worldwide and found that the companies that are more successful are also those that leverage IT solutions to achieve their business goals. The study divided businesses into tiers based on their confidence about IT, and measured the company founder’s perspective towards IT and how that affected the company’s approach. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Be Prepared
current events, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

With the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma recently, and the Atlantic hurricane season just beginning, it’s always a good reminder to take inventory of your disaster preparedness plan. Hopefully, you have one for your family (what items to save, a central meeting place, etc. ), but you should also have one for your business. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Hire Learning
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business

Have you been meaning to hire extra help for your small business this summer? You’ll be interested to know that U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2. 86 million temporary and contract workers per day in the first quarter of 2013, up 2. 9 percent from the same period last year, according to the newest data from the American Staffing Association. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: No Free Ride for Spouses
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business

If you’re trying to save money on health insurance for your employees the easiest solution might be right under your nose. Usually, insurance companies charge more for a spouse’s coverage than they do for an employee’s children. This is due to age, and the cost of covering a spouse can be as much as or more than the cost of covering the actual employee. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: The Downside of Open Offices
Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Just Getting Started

Spurred by tech startups and tight recession-era budgets came a trend of open offices: large, open rooms where everyone shares the space. Open-plan offices are supposed to spur creativity and innovation, but are the employees in these offices really happy about the setup? A recent Quartz. com guide found evidence to the contrary. Read more…

Is Your Restaurant Giving Customers What They Want?
Customer Service, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
Is Your Restaurant Giving Customers What They Want?
30 May 2013

What do restaurant customers really want from your restaurant? Even more important than the food, service is a crucial factor that can make or break your business, according to a new poll conducted by Restaurant. com and reported by Restaurant Hospitality. Nearly 95 percent of the more than 2,000 survey respondents say an outstanding server has the potential to make a restaurant meal memorable. Read more…

4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Leadership
4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
29 May 2013

You’ve finally hired that employee you were looking for and you’re breathing a sign of relief. Not so fast! There’s still one crucial step in the hiring process: Bringing the new employee on board in a way that makes him or her feel welcome, part of the team and ready to get to work. Try these three tips for a smooth “onboarding” process. Read more…

How Are Your Employees Using Mobile Devices?
Home Page Blog, Management, On Your Way
How Are Your Employees Using Mobile Devices?
21 May 2013

How are small business employees using mobile devices in the office, and how is it helping them (or not helping them) get their work done? According to the Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices, laptops (used by 80 percent of employees) and smartphones (used by 81 percent) are the devices employees most commonly use to access work-related information remotely when they’re out of the office. At 57 percent, tablets are quickly gaining ground. The poll of small and midsized business decision-makers whose companies use mobile devices to access data remotely found 88 percent say it has a positive effect on their company’s productivity; just 1 percent say it has a negative effect. Read more…

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