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HR-in-a-Box: Which is the Best for Small Businesses?

Human resources spinning wheels conceptThis is a guest post by Meredith Wood.

As a small business owner, you may not have enough revenue to justify hiring a full-fledged human resources department. But this doesn’t mean you can overlook the importance of HR-related tasks. Luckily, there are many companies out there whose mission is to help young businesses like yours tackle the complicated world of HR (without costing you a fortune).

There are many benefits of working with an HR service. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • You save major time by handing these tasks over to an outside service
  • You save a ton money as you don’t have to hire as many (if any) dedicated HR professionals
  • You can have peace of mind in knowing that you are in the hands of an experienced team
  • You’ve got somebody to answer all those insanely difficult HR questions
  • It’s easy to scale your business without any HR-related concerns

Hopefully you’re excited about these potential benefits. But, where do you start? Which “HR-in-a-Box” service is best for your small business? Continue reading “HR-in-a-Box: Which is the Best for Small Businesses?” »

By | August 25th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

How to Hire the Right People

705_3508905At CorpNet, we pride ourselves on having a stellar team of employees. Many of our staff has been with us since we launched in 2009. We treat our staff like family, and in return, they do everything they can to help make CorpNet a success.

As a leader, I’ve learned a few strategies for finding the right people from the start and cultivating their skills so that they become long-term assets for our company.

1. Know What You’re Looking For

When you run a business, it’s challenging to be able to focus on any one part of your business for long. But if there’s one area I’ve found you can’t skimp on, it’s really thinking through your job description. If you hastily jot off a list of qualities you think you want in a new hire and then add to that list once that person starts training, you’re being unfair to the new employee by pulling the rug out from under her. Continue reading “How to Hire the Right People” »

By | July 27th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

5 Tips to Creating Loyal and Long-Term Employees

609_3770018One of the things that I’m most proud of in running CorpNet is how long our staff has been with us. Many were there at the start. Our turnover is incredibly low. Clearly, we’re doing something right to keep our employees happy! Here are a few of the ways we do that.

1. Make the Job Fit the Person

Sure, when we first post a job description, we are looking for a specific set of skills in our next hire. But as we get to know each individual, their strengths begin to shine. We look for ways to enhance what they’re already passionate about. So if Katie in our Sales department is also adept at managing social media, we’re happy for her to take that over.

We want our staff to love what they do, as well as to be able to take on more of what they really enjoy doing. We don’t let those initial job descriptions limit them.

2. Implement Their Ideas

Around the office, our team knows if they have an idea on how we can run CorpNet smarter, they can bring it to me or Phil. And we don’t just smile blankly and say, “Uh huh. Great idea. We’ll take it into consideration.”

We actually use our employees’ ideas for improving productivity, marketing better, and overall being a smarter company. They appreciate being a part of the brains behind the company. Continue reading “5 Tips to Creating Loyal and Long-Term Employees” »

By | May 27th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

5 Tips to Smarter and More Efficient Business Meetings

430_3140256Nobody likes business meetings. So why do we have so many? Unfortunately, they’re a necessary evil when it comes to running a business. Having led my fair share of meetings at CorpNet, believe me: I hate it as much as my employees when I see them glaze over and stop listening to what I think is essential material. So I’ve devised my own strategies for waking them up and making the meetings more productive.

1. Meet More, Not Less

I know how this sounds, but hear me out. When you meet once a month (even once a week might not be often enough), your meetings tend to go on and on. People stop listening 15 minutes in. So while you have plenty of material to cover as you try to minimize your meeting frequency, you’re actually less productive when you try to get it all covered in a single meeting. Instead, opt for more meetings, but keep them short. Like: 15 minutes short. More on that next.

2. Keep Those Meetings Brief

I know, you’re still reeling from me suggesting that you hold a 15-minute meeting. Crazy, right? Hear me out. If you’re holding more frequent meetings, you don’t need them to all be an hour long. You’ll keep your staff’s attention span for such a short meeting, and they’ll be more likely to be productive as a result of the meeting. Set a timer if you have to, otherwise the meeting will go on and on. Continue reading “5 Tips to Smarter and More Efficient Business Meetings” »

By | May 15th, 2015|Business Operations, Managing People|0 Comments

5 Ways to Show the Administrative Professionals in Your Life a Little Appreciation

643_3419272There’s an important holiday on Wednesday, and it’s likely one you’ve overlooked. It’s Administrative Professionals’ Day, and a day that you need to make sure you show support to the people in your office that help you run like a well-oiled machine.

Where Would We Be Without Them?

Whether it’s your secretary, your assistant, your receptionist, or anyone else that makes you look good, keeps you organized and on time, and acts as the backbone of your company, you owe a lot to your administrative staff. Imagine a day without them. I bet you’re sweating at the thought!

A Round of Applause, Please

Let’s look at five ways you can let the admins in your office know how much you care. Continue reading “5 Ways to Show the Administrative Professionals in Your Life a Little Appreciation” »

By | April 20th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

Should You Offer Equity to Employees?

571_3161065When your staff feels like family, it’s only natural that you would want to get them more involved with your business. After all, employees who feel vested in your company are more likely to work hard!

One way to involve them more is to offer equity to employees. Here we’ll look at whether it’s a good fit for your business.

Why Offer Equity

When you first start a business, your company’s success relies completely on you. But as it grows, you come to rely on others to help you grow your business. Offering equity is one way to show your appreciation of the people who work so hard for you every day.

But the benefits go beyond that. Many companies use equity as an employee perk to save money. If you offer slightly less in salary, but offer some great stock options, an employee has the potential to make more than they would with just the salary. Continue reading “Should You Offer Equity to Employees?” »

By | April 13th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

How To Find Motivated Employees for Your Small Business

436_3085788When you first start a business, you may not need to hire, But as you grow, you start looking for people to help you take your business to the next level. But where can you find the right motivated people? Sure, you can post your job on a job board, Craigslist, or career site, but you can’t always know that you’re getting quality applicants.

So where DO you find the right people?

Referrals

The people you do business with, your existing employees, and your friends and family are a great place to start your quest for a motivated employee. There’s a reason why referrals account for 40% of all hires. The people others send to you tend to be more self-starters and enthusiastic workers. Continue reading “How To Find Motivated Employees for Your Small Business” »

By | March 30th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

6 Hiring Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

438_3392848As you grow your business, you will inevitably need to hire help. If you’ve never been an employer before, there are certain pitfalls you need to avoid that many business owners make. Here’s your guide to what not to do in hiring staff.

1. Not Knowing Your Needs

Once you start a business, your responsibilities will grow quickly. You know you need help, but maybe you assume a part-time secretary will fit the bill. Only you need her to take on your social media management, answer the phones, and manage your accounting. You find out too late, after you’ve hired her, that the job is more than she’s qualified for.

It’s important that you assess what your hiring needs are before you start the search. Do you need a full-time or part-time person? What areas do you need help with? What level of expertise do you need? What’s your budget? Continue reading “6 Hiring Mistakes Small Business Owners Make” »

By | March 27th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

Why You Don’t Need to Be Your Employees’ Friend

436_3122139I get it, I really do. You spend 40 or more hours a week with the people you hired, so it’s understandable that you’d start to form friendships. But once you start a business, you’ve got to draw a line between being friendly with your staff and trying to be their friend. The difference between the two is where the respect you need from them lies.

How to Be Friendly (Without Going Overboard)

Any office functions better when the staff gets along. In our office, you’ll hear people asking about their colleague’s weekends on Monday mornings, and often they’ll go to lunch together. I’m right there, engaging in dialogue with my team, but there’s a point at which I stop. Usually that’s in oversharing personal details. My motto is: if I’m willing to share it on Facebook, I can share it around the office. If not, I keep it to myself. Continue reading “Why You Don’t Need to Be Your Employees’ Friend” »

By | March 23rd, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments

Starting a Business: What Roles Do You Need to Fill?

609_3542405When you first start your business, whether you are set up as a sole proprietorship, partnership, a corporation, or a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you may take on all the work yourself. After all, you consider yourself a great multitasker, so why not do it all yourself?

You’ll learn this lesson sooner than later, but I’d rather you do it now and save yourself a lot of headache later: you’ve got to delegate to be an effective entrepreneur. That means that from Day 1, you should have the right people on your team that will help you skyrocket to success.

Identify What You Need Help With

To that end, you first have to determine what areas of your business you need help with. Start with the areas you’re less skilled at, or that take more time than you’ve got. For example: Continue reading “Starting a Business: What Roles Do You Need to Fill?” »

By | March 20th, 2015|Managing People|0 Comments