How to Hire the Best Interns

As businesses get closer to the summer months and look into adding more hands on deck, many of these hands will belong to students taking on a summertime internship. Putting out the job listing on college boards and career sites will undoubtedly result in plenty of resumes submitted your way, but how do you decide who to hire in a sea of qualified applicants? Keep the following tips in mind when it comes to hiring, and keeping, the best interns for your team.Create multiple positions....more

Number One Reason Businesses Fail, Top Three Reasons Businesses Succeed

Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.So before you mortgage your house, or go into debt financing your business, you need to know if your business is going to do more than survive — you want to know if it’s good enough to thrive!Here are three things successful businesses that have stayed in business for five years or longer have in common:...more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
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Being Good Isn't Good Enough

When I went to law school, I studied for hours to make sure I graduated in the top of my class.  But my law license is no different than my classmates who graduated in the lower third. They did what was needed to pass and nothing more.  They got the product they wanted -- a law degree -- and for them, that was good enough....more

Are You Diluting Your Message & Brand?

Many business owners sell more than one thing. It's one way to diversify a small service based business. Yet if you try to convey everything you sell to someone you sound like someone who offers financially planning, coaching, massage, ear candling, and basketweaving. Your brand and message is diluted at best and you appear untrustworthy and wacky at worst. What do you do? Read this post from Linda Daley at "Work Better, Not Harder" and see how not to dilute your message. ...more

What a Business Needs to Do to Qualify as a Foreign Corporation

When success strikes for a business, it’s only natural to want to continue taking the company to new heights whether that means adding on more employees, including fun company perks, or doing business in a new state. But how does a corporation legally conduct business in one state when it is incorporated in another? The answer is that the business needs to qualify (or register, depending on the state) as a foreign corporation.So what does a business need to do to qualify as a foreign corporation?...more

The Advantages of Tablets for Small Business Owners

In today's ever more complicated tech world, the options for small business owners seems to grow exponentially from month to month. With so many new options on the market, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Recently, tablets have risen in popularity to become serious competition for traditional laptop users. There are pros and cons to both laptops and tablets, but for moms who own small businesses, tablets provide a wealth of advantages over traditional laptops....more

It's official, it's been 2 years since we opened the grocery store!

I can't believe it's been 2 years already. It feels like yesterday that we opened the doors. The store is doing pretty good considering the state of the economy.  We have a butcher shop. We get a lot of customers looking for fresh beef, lamb and goat. Did I say goat, yes goat, it just so happens there is a large east Indian community here and they LOVE goat meat, who knew?  personally, I have never tried it....more

I Want That.

I don't consider myself religious. Having been raised Church of Christ, then becoming Catholic after getting married, I feel I've done all I can to follow the rules of organized religion.I can't say I lost my faith in God. I just somehow lost faith in not just organized religion, but more importanly, in myself, many times, to the point of assuming that every decision I made - large or small - would of course, be the wrong one. ...more

How Small Businesses Can Evaluate Their Security Risks in the New Year

Evaluating risk vs. reward is a process most people go through on a daily basis. For example, you are about to make a left-hand turn but a car is coming. You think you can make it but he’s kind of coming fast. The risk, of course, is misjudging his speed and getting into an accident.At Ready.gov a risk assessment is a process to identify potential hazards and analyze what could happen if a hazard occurs. A business impact analysis (BIA) is the process for determining the potential impacts resulting from the interruption of time sensitive or critical business processes....more