The Right Way to End the Year As a Small Business Owner

2015 is just around the corner. There is so much to do! End-of-the-year reviews, distributing raises, figuring out bonuses, organizing holiday parties, filing necessary paperwork, getting ahead on taxes, thanking your partners with personal, heart-felt gifts, the list is never-ending! With a million things going on, it can be tough to map out priorities. Here are 3 things every small business owner should do to end the year on a high note:Take advantage of the sales opportunity. ...more

Defusing Office Drama

Where there are people, there is conflict, and your office is no different. It doesn’t matter if there are just two employees or two hundred, there are going to be fights; there is going to be drama. Unfortunately, that makes life difficult for many of us. I don’t like drama. I’d rather just avoid getting involved and let it play out. But when you run a business, you can’t think that way....more

How to Team Build and Decorate Your Office in All in One Week

If you’ve scoured Groupon recently, like I do every night before bed, you’ve probably seen one for a “painting party.” Most of these parties involve going to a bar or restaurant and painting your little hearts out while sipping on wine and munching on appetizers. Though, there are some painting parties that come to you. And these make for a great in-office team building afternoon!Here’s how our party went down, and, in the process, we ended up with a new office:Start with wine and cheese. ...more

How to Transition from Entrepreneur to Mompreneur

As any mom will tell you, having a kid changes everything. After they’re born, your priorities, goals, and visions do a complete about-face. And that can be tricky if you run a business. After all, being an entrepreneur is one of those all-engrossing careers. You barely have time to breathe, let alone run your kids to soccer practice. But as someone who is raising two boys and running a business, I assure you it is possible. You just have to know how to transition properly. ...more

How to Keep Busy and Productive When You own a Small Business

When you own your own business, you will find no problem staying busy, but you may find between meetings, preparing meals, and carting everyone to soccer practice, that, at times, it may prove difficult to stay productive. When your day is full, it’s easy to get tricked into thinking that you got everything accomplished that you needed to get done, but in the craziness of it all, it’s likely to leave things out....more

3 Things to Look For in a Receptionist

Hiring a new team member is always a tricky task. Not only do you need to find someone qualified for the job, but you also need to make sure they fit in with the company culture you’ve worked so hard to create. An added level of pressure, then, comes with hiring a receptionist. What can seem at first glance like one of the more minor roles in your business is actually a position that you should pay special attention to. When a customer walks through the door, or gives your business a call, the receptionist is the first face they see or voice they hear....more

How to Work From Home Without Becoming a Recluse

One of the BIGGEST challenges I face when working from home is staying social. It is so easy to just get lost in your work - before you know it your weekend is gone and you haven’t seen anyone outside of your immediate family for three days. And I know for a fact that this is an issue that a lot of businesswomen deal with. The National Women’s Business Council found that 88.3% of women-owned businesses were non-employer, so the owner is the only employee. And there’s nothing wrong with that!...more

Dana’s Corner: Three Ways I Judge Your Facebook Before Hiring You

It’s time for another Dana’s Corner on the Blogher blog! Dana, the Director of Operations of our company, oversees all the hiring that goes on in the office. Though before anyone gets through the door, Dana gives their social pages the ol’ once (or twice) over. ...more

How to Create a Tumblr Account for Your Business in 3 Easy Steps

Welcome to Tumblr, the extremely popular microblogging site where the pronunciation of "gif" is debated multiple times a day and there is a meme for every occasion! When small businesses first get on the social media train, the outlets that always seem to take formation precedence are Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  But if you have enough time to tackle on more platforms, why not tap into every social media outlet that applies to you?...more

4 Everyday Expenses to Cut From Your Business’ Budget This Summer

For a lot of entrepreneurs, summertime can easily become a season to coast through, riding on the success of your winter and spring sales. It can also be easy to keep up your business’s spending habits, even if sales aren't at their highest, and find yourself in some serious summer debt, if you aren't careful. Keep it at bay with these budget-friendly tips!Skip The Latte...more