How to Make Managing Your Employees from Home an Easier Task

The Internet has changed millions of lives with instant information and socializing through specific websites. Businesses, from 2 to 1,000 employees, connect their workers with internal servers, but remote employees are often risky investments. Working from home poses significant threats to business productivity if employees cannot be tracked accurately and fairly. Managing your freelance employees couldn't be easier in this technological world of devices and software. Video Chats Arduous meet...
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Tax Write-Offs: Making Sure You Stay Legal

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." While that's not exactly true, the most quotable Founding Father in history makes a good point. Don't cheat on your taxes. It's immoral, it's super illegal, you'll almost certainly get caught, and the penalties - which can include time in federal prison - dramatically outweigh the short-term gains. Write-offs, or deductions, are where many people get into hot water. Questionable write-offs can trigger an audit, and audits ...
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Three Ways to Save Money on Home Business Expenses

Running a home-based business is a great way to avoid the hassle and added expense of working out of an office. Furthermore, running your own business gives you the freedom to determine your own schedule, be your own boss, and call all the shots regarding how to run your company. Any good business owner is constantly looking for ways to save money. Fortunately, there are a few simple things any business owner can do to cut down on home business expenses. Switch Servers If part of your business...
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4 Things Business Bloggers Can Learn from Popular Vloggers

The top video logs, or vlogs, have millions of regular viewers. They range in content from cancer survivors documenting their struggles to comedians lampooning current events. They can make you laugh, make you think, and even shape national discussions. But you're a business blogger, and you shouldn't be concerned with mental junk food like vlogs, right? Not necessarily! (Hey, even the CEO of HEI Resources, Charles Reed Cagle, has a YouTube channel.) Online success is online success, and thes...
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Facebook: Is its Value in the Business World Disappearing?

Many small business owners rely on the cost-effectiveness of social media venues to help them market their businesses. Since changing its algorithm over a year ago and shifting its focus to advertisers, Facebook has fallen a few notches in the eyes of the business world. What used to be a go-to venue for business promotion and advertisement is being taken less seriously today by those in the business world. Likewise, fewer people are finding Facebook to be of value to them in comparison with ...
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Using Custom Promotional Items to Get the Word Out About Your Business

Print, TV, and radio advertising used to be the standard way of getting your business's name out there. Although web and word-of-mouth marketing has become more valuable than ever, there's another way to promote your company to potential customers: promotional items. Choices range from simple, inexpensive items such as pens, magnets, and even coffee mugs to bigger investments like T-shirts, blankets, and logo mats. According to an article in the New York Times, American businesses spend $2...
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Hiring an SEO Expert for Your Business: Yay or Nay?

If you run a small business, you want to make sure that everything about it is in tip-top order so you can have the most success possible. While you may be very well versed at what you do (after all, that's why you're in business, right?), there are some aspects about your business that you may not know how to handle. If your website needs help with optimization, you may want to call in a professional to help you out...or do you? There is no doubt that if you want your business to be noticed,...
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Looking for an Employee? Turn to Social Media!

If you are looking for an employee who is familiar with social media, comfortable in an online environment, and computer-savvy, one of the best places you can look is on social media. In general, many people who are engaged in and use popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn will already have a familiarity with the social media culture and will likely grasp your online employee requirements more readily. Using social media to hire employees opens up an ...
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Working from Home: 5 Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

You are the envy of your friends. Your neighbors wonder what magic formula for making money you have created that saves you from a morning commute to work. If they only knew how much you yearn to get out of the house to join the land of the living. If only they had an inkling of how much time you spend gazing out of the window, trying to conjure up excuses to escape those four home office walls that imprison you. Well, get dressed and find your car keys, because here are five ways to beat cab...
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You Can Work in Your PJs, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

When you work from home, the temptation is strong to skip a shower and shave and stay in your pajamas all day. In fact, if you're just beginning your transition to a home office environment, you should try it, at least once. It's fun, you'll see. But here's a list of six reasons why you shouldn't let it become a habit. 1. You're a professional, so act like one. Guess what? When you work from home, other people assume that you're slacking off. They don't envision you dutifully sitting in...
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