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Apr
17

Professionalism At Home

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One of benefits of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. You can set your own scheduled, work around your family and even lounge in your pajama pants from time to time.

However … one of the drawbacks of working from home is the ability to have a relaxed atmosphere. Yep, you read that right. As much as I love working from the comfort of my home, there is a serious side to my business as well. There are times when I must set aside my comfort and ensure that my clients get the very best from me.

The question that comes to mind then is how do we retain professionalism while we’re working at home? Here are a few ideas:

Take a shower – I smile as I write this because I know how basic this tip is. However, I know firsthand that it can be difficult to get motivated to get up and shower as if you were heading to an office for the day. Some days it can be hard just to find the time to shower (if you have small kids at home, you’re nodding as you read this). And don’t stop with a shower – put on a cute outfit, add a little makeup and get yourself feeling good. You’ll be surprised what a difference feeling good about yourself can make on your attitude, which will in turn impact your family, your business and all those you come into contact with throughout the day.

Clean your room – While it may or may not be true that “cleanliness is next to godliness,” it has certain proven true in my life that cleanliness helps me to focus. When my office is a mess and my desk is piled high with stacks of paper, I seem to get less done. Take 15 minutes each morning and clear your space as much as possible. Not only will you think more clearly,  you will also be saved from embarrassment if unexpected company (or a client!) stop by. Read More→

Apr
13

All My Friends Are Getting Old

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Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get.

I didn’t really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you had fun with when you were young enough to have fun? And oh boy, what fun we had.

A sharp difference exists between being young and being old. You have to get old to really understand the difference because when you are young you do not have enough time to think. That’s the problem with young people today. So many things to do and so much technology they do not have any time left over to think.

Those young whippersnappers.

There is a huge difference between being young and being old.

When you are young, you enjoy having lots of fun.

When you are old, you enjoy remembering all the fun you had when you were young.

The best thing about being old and remembering those good old days is that you can exaggerate about how good they really were. Even when you are exaggerating with friends that shared the same fun, they go along with you.

Whether it is the absence of memory or just wanting to enjoy fun to its fullest extent, I do not really know.

As my friends and I were talking about the good old days, I happened to notice wrinkles on their faces. I did not say anything at the time, but they sure looked old to me. Also, I did not quite remember how grey their hair was when we were young.

When I was young and having all that fun, I never gave a thought about how young I was or that I was getting older. My whole focus was on the fun element of life and I thought that would carry me through the rest of my life.

I remember my 20th birthday very well. I was celebrating getting out of those teenage years and becoming an adult. For some reason I thought you became an adult at 20. Little did I know that it takes many years to become an adult and some do not really make it. I simply assume that the older you get, the more fun you can have. Boy, was I ever surprised!

Celebrating the good old days is quite remarkable. Because in it all, I noticed my friends were getting older. One of my friends repeated a story three times and not to embarrass him, I laughed all three times.

After the meeting and driving home, I began to think about myself. Am I as old as they look? Read More→

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Apr
12

One More Step: Famous Christian Pilgrimages

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country churchSometimes, life can be pretty unfair whether you’ve been passed over for a promotion for work, the kids just aren’t behaving themselves and even though you’ve run every other day this week somehow you’ve still gained three pounds! You know what, it’s ok if you need to take some time out for yourself, have ten minutes where you don’t need to do anything else except breathe and make yourself a soothing cup of tea. We often think that the first line of defense against stress, worry and frustration is to eat better, get lots of sleep and try to exercise more frequently and while these are all fantastic ideas might there be a more adventurous solution?

While we’re not saying that you should embark on a three month Eat, Pray, Love style quest for enlightenment travel does tend to broaden our minds and open our hearts. So if you’re struggling with a big decision or emotional issue, take a trip even if it’s just to a different city for a couple of days. Having said that you could always save up for a few months, take on a couple more shifts at work or travel with friends to help split up the cost. Then visit some of the most inspiring, enlightening Christian pilgrimage sites on earth! Not only have thousands of people achieved real inner peace, come to life changing decisions and felt a renewed sense of faith here but have also been transfixed by the sheer beauty and quiet dignity of sacred spaces.

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, have been sad and melancholy for a while or are struggling with feeling fulfilled at work it may be better to take some annual leave, pack your passport and non-judgmental attitude and visit some of the most spiritual places on earth. Don’t worry, though, wherever you choose to go God will be with you as you find your renewed faith.

Lourdes, France

Believe it or not, the Roman Catholic church has recorded sixty-six separate miracles at Lourdes, where shrines were built in homage to the mysterious figure that appeared over 150 years ago. It was a day just like any other, when 14-year-old servant girl Bernadette Soubirous stopped on her way to the market and saw a woman standing over her. On it’s own this wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary, but what made this moment unique was the fact the woman was floating above her, surround by a halo of radiant light and would appear to the young girl over seventeen times, changing the course of Bernadette’s young life forever. Today, millions of people flock to this small French town to pay homage to the rocks where the Lady Of Lourdes first appeared while Bernadette is now one of France’s most beloved saints.

Christian pilgrims stand quietly in line, waiting for their chance to touch the rocks, leaving candles, flowers and other offerings as well as drinking the water from a nearby spring that’s said to be infused with healing properties. Pilgrimages to Lourdes usually began at Easter, going all the way through to October as Christians come to sing hymns to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Torchlight processions, extended services and group prayer circles are common as are songs dedicated to Massabielle rocks. In the niche where the vision first appeared stands a statue of the Virgin Mary, dressed in white as she was said to have been clothed originally. Her hands clasped in eternal prayer she looks towards heaven.

Camino de Santiago, Spain

Another famous Christian pilgrimage site is the tomb of the apostle St James in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. It’s a beautiful city, so much so that it appears on Unesco’s World Heritage register as well as being one of the major Christian pilgrimages that are still accessible. Having said that it starts near the French border and ends at the Atlantic coast so it’s certainly not an activity you can accomplish in an afternoon. Most people tend to either drive, walk or cycle the 783 kilometers turning the pilgrimage into the focal point of a vacation in Spain. The full journey, if you choose to walk it, will take around a month but there are plenty of inns, hotels, and albergues, or pilgrim hostels that you can stay in. Be aware, that many of these pilgrim hostels will be Spanish speaking, you may need help getting a prayer card, and you’ll require special credentials, or a pilgrim passport to prove you’re undertaking the great walk to the Camino.

Jerusalem, Israel

Even the smallest child knows the story of the nativity and how Mary, Joseph and their unborn baby had to travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to be counted for the upcoming census. However, on the way Mary went into labor, and so Jesus, the first Christian and Son Of God was born in a lowly stable instead of an inn. Despite a turbulent history, and the constant threat of low-level violence between Palestinians and Israelis many Christians still feel the need to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see the biblical birthplace of the man they revere. One of the most popular sites is Bethlehem’s Church Of The Nativity, where in a small underground grotto, a silver shining star marks the site near where Jesus was said to have been born. Close by also lies the Manger Square, surrounded by several other churches of great significance.

For Christians, a visit to Jerusalem is not complete without paying a visit to the Church of The Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus is buried after supposedly ‘dying’ on the cross only to roll the stone away from his own tomb three days later. Those looking to God for strength, love and support often like to make the trek to the Mount Of Olives where it’s believed Jesus prayed on the night that Judas betrayed him. However, perhaps the most sacred site are the cracked, stone steps of the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus walked to the cross and one that countless people have taken to better understand what it means to sacrifice everything for love.

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Apr
12

Wanting a Fire by Night and a Cloud by Day

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Pam Bass, When Marriage Matters bloggerWanting a Fire by Night and a Cloud by Day by Pam BassI have been reading in Numbers lately.  Yeah, not straight through 🙂 My bible reading plan gives you about four chapters at a times and jumps around quite a bit.  So, one day I’m in Psalms, next in the New Testament, and now, in Numbers.  I am always amazed how God does two things:

  1. Gives me a fresh word or thought from some passage I’ve read a million times;
  2. How reading each day draws me closer to Him and also increases my desire to know Him more.

After you’ve been a Christian for awhile, you sometimes get lazy. You skip  a few days. You tell yourself things like, “Oh yeah, that fire and cloud story; I know all about that.” You take God for granted. Okay, maybe it’s just me who does that. {Confession is good for the soul! We on the Protestant side could learn a few things from our Catholic brothers and sisters.} This topic of confession is a “Look-there’s-a-bird!” moment, my thanks to Patrick Lencioni. {Google him, he’s pretty funny and has a number of good things to say about leadership, work, life}. But, I digress.

In Numbers 9, verses 15-23, to be exact, we find God leading His people. How? “This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud changed to the appearance of fire. When the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel followed it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel camped.” Basically when the cloud lifted and moved, then would move. Then stay wherever they were,  whether it was two days, a month, or a year. (v. 22).  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish following God was that simple. I don’t know if I’d call moving every two days, two months, or two years easy, but I’m drawn to the clearness and certainty of it all. “Yep, the cloud’s a moving, time to pack up Jethro!” Okay, no doubts, no confusion. Simple enough. In our American hustle and bustle, I wonder if God did make us a cloud by day and fiery cloud by night would we even notice it?  If we did, would we follow it? Read More→

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Apr
11

The Perfect Coffee For Your Mom Problem

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coffee and computerThink outside the Keurig. With so many coffee choices why limit yourself to just drip? Instead, pick the java for your situation. But which coffee choice is best for daily mama drama? For every situation your little lovelies create there is a brew waiting to spark some energy.  Let’s discuss a few winning combinations to help through typical mom tough spots.

 

No Talkie before Coffee – You need black coffee straight up, in shots. Find the smallest setting on the Keurig. Now, make three shots. Forget the cream and sugar, there isn’t time! Okay, now you can breath, which is good because, trust me, they do not understand quiet before coffee. Remember to enjoy their somber moods when the teen years arrive.

 

Tiny Tornadoes — French coffee is the way to go for untidy tots. Cafe Au Lait, to be exact. A dash of steamed milk, a whole lot of java and the impossible becomes possible again. Don’t rush, enjoy every sip until the last drop of heavenly nectar is gone. Now equip yourself with a trash bag and a broom, it’s cleaning time!

 

Empty Container Equals Empty Brain — No coffee in the container? Have no fear! Time for a trip out of the house. Drive to the nearest coffee shop for a fill-up on the way to the grocery store. You’re a stay-at-home-mom, multi-task! Grab a latte before ticking items off the grocery list (If you forget the list on the kitchen counter again, wing it)!

 

Braving Walmart at Night — An Americano coffee will make the drive to Walmart more enjoyable without all the caffeine. I won’t even suggest the D-word, Walmart at night requires caffeine. Make the excursion even better, keep the kiddos at home with hubby.

 

Cooking Requires Coffee — Macchiato to the rescue! An espresso, a shot of steamed milk, and caramel make cooking spaghetti more enjoyable. Grind some fine beans, turn on the milk steamer, and create a delicacy to cope with the noise and bubbling pots. Nothing goes better with cooking than an excellent frou-frou drink!

 

Bugged Out — Game on, lice don’t stand a chance against a determined mama. But, you don’t have time for anything at the moment. With sheets to wash, beds to steam, hair to shampoo and pick, your hands are on overdrive. Make time first for a double shot of espresso. Chances are, if one noggin comes home with these nasty little blood suckers, soon multiple noggins will be teeming with creepy crawlers. Down your caffeine quickly, but make sure to enjoy the robust flavor.

 

Cuddles on the Couch  — Pull out the milk foamer, because if you’re sharing coffee with a coffee snatcher, your elixir needs to be more milk than brew. I would suggest not adding the mocha this go around. Keep your mama chocolate milk a secret. Lets face it, with you and hubby already addicted to coffee, do you really need the kids addicted too? Read More→

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Apr
10

Revealed: What It’s REALLY Like To Work From Home

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When you’ve got a growing family, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible with them. While many people feel they have no choice but to go out and get a full-time job, others are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work from home. For those individuals, it makes sense to become a stay-at-home entrepreneur. Sure, there are some jobs where you can do all your work from home. But, it’s a more flexible choice to work for yourself.

As you can appreciate, working from home gives you the chance to see more of your family and not have to spend many hours each day elsewhere. Many parents feel like it can be a dream come true if they decide to quit their regular 9-5 jobs and work at home instead. But, there are some things you don’t always get told about being a stay-at-home entrepreneur.

If you’re thinking of working from home, you might wish to read this article to help you make an informed decision about your future career path.

You might find it hard to separate your personal and work lives

As a stay-at-home parent, your priority will be to look after your growing family. When your kids go off to kindergarten, you’ll have a few hours to dedicate to your work. The trouble is, when you’ve got young babies to look after, you’ll seldom have the free time you need!

Of course, it helps to have a supportive spouse and family to take on caregiving duties from time-to-time. Still, you should just be aware that you can’t dedicate eight hours a day straight towards your work when you’re working from home.

The good news is that many people find creative ways to split their personal and professional lives while working in their homes. It makes sense to dedicate a room in your house as your “office” of sorts. In essence, it’s a place that is child-free and only gets used for the purposes of your work.

 

You might forget to build up a retirement fund

When you work for an employer, you will usually have the opportunity to pay into a retirement fund. That way, once you retire, you can enjoy a comfortable living when you are no longer working. However, when you are an entrepreneur working from home, you have to organize all of that stuff yourself.

With a business and family in tow, it can often be hard to find the time to research and set up a retirement fund. When you do decide to work for yourself from home, it’s vital that you put aside some time to get that ticked off your to-do list.

Fortunately, there are many ways to set yourself up for retirement, and you don’t have to just consider a pension plan. Take a look at some articles over at fortunateinvestor.com to see examples of how you can invest for your financial future.

 

You’ll feel guilty about not getting on top of your household chores

Even if there isn’t any pressure on you from your beloved, you’ll still feel like the onus is on you to keep your house immaculate. That might be a task you can easily achieve if you don’t need to do any work. But, juggling childcare, work, and household chores can often be a real struggle!

You will most likely put pressure on yourself. Why? For the simple reason that you are at home for the majority of the time! When you had a full-time job working elsewhere, you never felt guilty about not being at home to keep it clean and tidy.

 

You are the boss

Okay, so we’ve talked about the things work-from-home parents never really tell those thinking about doing the same thing. It’s now time to look at the advantages of quitting your day job and become a home-based entrepreneur!

Perhaps the most obvious one of all is that you answer only to yourself. Well, you also answer to your clients, but you ultimately dictate what work you will do, who you do it for, and how long you do it. Few full-time occupations allow you such freedom and flexibility.

You’re free to follow your dreams

If you’re quite passionate about a subject, the chances are high that you’ll want to work in the niche that represents it. When you work for one employer, you will seldom have the freedom to “do your own thing” because there are set tasks you get paid to complete.

As a work-from-home entrepreneur, you’re free to follow your dreams and decide how you wish to make a living. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to do all kinds of things; especially working in roles where you would have traditionally needed to outlay a lot of capital.

Take a look at this brilliant article over at entrepreneur.com for examples of the kinds of things you could do if you ran a business from home.

 

You’ll probably make a better living

If you’ve only ever earned the minimum wage when working for other people, it could come as a shock to you how your earning potential could now skyrocket! Of course, money isn’t everything as we all know. But, when you’ve got a growing family in tow, it’s important to ensure you earn enough money to contribute towards your household costs.

Another bonus of today’s digital age is that you can do all kinds of work from home that pays quite well. In fact, it’s not hard to find work that pays more than the equivalent minimum hourly wage in your area!

 

You can still have a routine without needing to wear formal clothes

Last, but not least, you will no doubt have been used to wearing certain attire such as a uniform for your job. And you will have been familiar with your daily work and home life schedules.

You can still have a constant routine, but you don’t need to dress up for it. You could even do your work in bed wearing your pajamas if you wanted to!

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Apr
10

Listening To The Right Voice

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listeningFor me, every day is filled with voices. There are the sweet voices of my children, the warm voice of my husband and even the near-silent voice of or gecko.

And then there are the voices in my head. Do you know the ones I’m talking about? The voices that urge you to quit; that ask you why you bother trying … you’ll just fail anyway. The voices that say things like, “No one cares about what you have to say or what you’re working on. You’ll never succeed at this.” Some of these voices are echoes of things that people have said to me. Some of them are echoes of things I believe about myself deep down. And some are lies from the enemy wh is bent on our destruction.

When I spend time in God’s Word I find another voice – one that encourages. “I can do anything through Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil 4:13).

It’s not something we think about or talk about often, but one of the major hurdles that must be overcome to be successful in working at home (or in anything really) is learning which voice to listen to.

There will always be naysayers telling you that something cannot possibly be done. There will always be the creeping doubts in the back of your mind, where you secretly wonder if you really CAN do any of these things you dream of. And there will always be the lies of the enemy, trying to throw you off track and get you to do ANYTHING other than what God has for you.

There will always be these things.

But there is also a forever truth that stands above all these. A redeeming truth that we can hear whispering to us if we choose to shut out the din around us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  – Jeremiah 29:11
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. – 1 Chronicles 28:20
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:13

Which voice will you listen to today? Will you sit in defeat, listening to the naysayers and the mocking voices? Or will you stand firm in God’s truth and walk forward in faith?

If you feel a pull toward a business or a ministry, chances are the negative voices will get louder. You will have to make the daily, sometimes hourly, choice to stand firm in what His Words tells us to be true.

God loves you. You are forgiven. You are redeemed.  You are chosen.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jill Hart founded Christian Work at Home Ministries (CWAHM) in 2000 to assist other Christians who desire to work from home. She is the author of the devotional book, Do Life Different and co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom. Jill is working to complete her master’s degree in Professional Counseling.

Jill has articles published in In Touch Magazine, P31 Woman magazine and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, as well as across the web on sites like DrLaura.com. She speaks to audiences around the country about faith and business topics. Learn more about Jill at www.CWAHM.com and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Apr
07

8 Steps to Creating Financial Success with Your Brand

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money is tightWe all want financial success. But how do we get there? What proven methods in this digital age will lead us to that pot of gold just looming over the horizon, that Promised Land that we eagerly await? When will it ever get past a mirage and to the real thing that we’ve been dreaming for and planning for?

Here are eight proven steps, key lessons I learned from both the school of hard knocks, and Ryan Deiss from Digital Marketer in my pursuit of a Professional Digital Marketer certification which I achieved last year.

1) The first step to financial success with your brand is to plan a sales funnel strategy or sales process strategy.

Here are the key areas that you need to achieve in this area:

Map out customer stories
Write a statement of value
List all your products and/or services
Brainstorm three giveaways
Brainstorm three loss leaders (low cost products)
Brainstorm three core offer products
Brainstorm other products that can be added on
Make a plan to nurture your customers so they will return to you

2) The second step to financial success with your brand is to plan your content marketing strategy.

Here are some key activities to help you do that:

Identify your funnel content plans (top, middle, and bottom)
Plan or improve a WordPress Site
Plan a basic blog launch (or re-launch)

3) The third step to financial success with your brand is to plan your paid marketing strategy.

Research popular sites to refine your customer profiles
Choose which traffic stores you want to campaign in
Map your traffic system plan

4) The fourth step to financial success with your brand is to plan your social marketing strategy.

Here’s four key activities that you need to do:

Assess your current social media
Plan out your social media topics
Create your social media listening plan
Plan your keywords

5) The fifth step to financial success with your brand is to plan your email marketing strategy.

Here’s some basic ideas to get you started:

Choose an email service
Identify your promotional assets
Create your promotional plans Read More→

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Apr
06

Recognise When Your Home Business Needs Help

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Everyone needs a helping hand sooner or later. It could be something simple, such as asking if your neighbour has a moment to look after your children while you run to the grocery store, or asking a family member to help you move home because they own a truck or a van. However, in the world of business, it can be hard to tell if you’re in a position that needs help or not.

So we’ve compiled a list of different situations in which you’ll need a helping hand in business. Whether it’s the help of a new employee, a freelancer, or even just an advisor, you’d be wise to look for help during these situations.

 

Growing your business

Growing a company isn’t an easy task. There are a lot of moving parts involved due to the complexity of a business growth. You’ll mainly need to hire a few extra employees, or perhaps enlist the services of an outsourcing company or a couple of freelancers. If you’re unsure about what employees you need, then here are a couple of examples.

First of all, you’re going to need a dedicated accountant. Many business owners spend a lot of time managing their finances, and it’s time that could be spent more wisely. You might start off using cloud accounting software, but you’ll quickly realise that you still spend time on it. Thus, hiring an accountant is a great start on your list of must-have employees.

Next, you’ll need to have sales experts. The line between marketing and sales can be blurred, and it might even include social media duties. However, most people can be turned into sales gurus with a program like SalesHub. So whether it’s a role you want to take on yourself, or whether it’s something you’d prefer to hand to your first employee, remember that having a sales expert is important.

 

Legal troubles

The last thing you want is to have your business taken down because of a disgruntled freelancer you worked with or an angry customer. Most legal advice can be obtained by contacting a local lawyer. However, you need to keep in mind that lawyers specialise in different fields. For instance, you need to speak with a copyright lawyer if you have an open dispute with someone who is copying your products. Lawyers can be quite expensive, so it’s best not to hire in-house. Instead, hire lawyers on a contract, case or freelance basis.

 

Technology troubles

Technology can be an overwhelming subject for most business owners. In order to remedy this, you’d be wise to contact a local tech company to get help. Alternatively, you could speak with friends and family members in order to get advice. Tech troubles usually come in the form of computer repairs and upgrades. For instance, you might require a more powerful computer to do video editing for your online business. You could look at software recommendations first, then you can contact an IT specialist or a computer store to get information on how much the hardware will cost.

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Apr
06

Business Hacks That All Good Employers Need To Know

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Lots of business owners dream of growing their company to the point where they need to hire a team of employees. This shows that you have successfully developed your company so much so that you can now afford to bring new people into it. Congratulations! While this is certainly a time to celebrate, it is also necessary to take some time to ensure that you are still on top of the business so that it continues to grow and develop in the way that you had always envisioned. This can be tricky when you are also trying to manage some new staff.

To make this period easier for you to handle, here are some insightful business hacks that all good employers need to know.

Streamline The Recruitment Process

You will now have had to introduce a recruitment process in order to ensure that you are hiring the best possible applicants for each open position. This whole process will no doubt be a very new system for your company and, as a result, you could find that there are some initial teething problems with it. The best way to try and iron these out is to keep the whole process as streamlined as possible. For example, there is no point of having more than one round of interviews, as it will unnecessarily lengthen the whole recruitment process.

 

Outsource Certain Tasks

It’s always important that you carry out your own bookkeeping, payroll, and arranging business checks every now and then so that you can make sure your finances are still right on track. However, it is also worth outsourcing some of these checks, especially when they are related to your taxes and HR. You will find that hiring a freelance accountant to carry out your bookkeeping and taxes often works out a lot more cost effective compared with doing it yourself. HR contractors can also help you figure out an efficient payroll method and can also take over part of your recruitment process.

 

Get Technical With Your To-Do Lists

All good business owners have a to-do list. This makes sure that they can work through their daily tasks without forgetting anything. But these days it is a good idea to move away from the traditional method of just writing down your list and, instead, entering it into one of the many to-do list apps that are available for smartphones and tablet devices. Lots of these apps can help you improve your productivity by setting reminders for you and syncing with your online calendar.

 

Don’t Forget About One-On-One Time

As your company starts to grow, you will find that you start to lose track of one-to-one meetings with your employees. Don’t! You need to make sure that you try to always make time for your employees whenever they need to. Ideally, you should employ an open-door policy and allow them to pop into your office to see you whenever they like. This will do wonders for their morale and motivation.

These hacks will really help you to improve your growing business. They’ll also keep employees happy at the same time!

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