Make Your First Hire Your Best Hire

If you're running your own business and finding there aren't enough hours in the day to get all your work done, it may be time to hire your first employee. But for many business owners, that idea is daunting. What if you hire the wrong person?

6 Ideal Team Members for Any Entrepreneurial Venture

In my years of advising startups and occasional investing, I’ve seen many great ideas start and fail, but the right team always seems to...

1099 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

Maybe not 1099 reasons. But there are good reasons to go the independent contractor route versus hiring employees. Of course, there are also compelling...

Are Your Employees Keyed in on Retirement?

In order to attract and keep the best talent, small business owners have to offer more than just a good salary. Of all the benefits used to lure and retain quality employees, retirement plans are among the most valuable.

3 Key Attributes of Every Great Hire

The success of any company or organization depends almost entirely on its most important resource: its workforce. It is the people who make up an organization who ultimately decide which revenue streams to pursue.

Why the Skills Gap Matters for Today’s Small Businesses

In 2013, 39 percent of American companies reported that they were unable to fill positions thanks to a lack of sufficiently talented job-seekers. This...

5 Red Flags to Look for on an Applicant’s Resume

If you are faced with a large pile of resumes for just a few open positions, it can be overwhelming. In such situations, it...

The 18-Month Rule and a Harrowing Tale

Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. But first. An old friend, Dick Tanaka, gets credit for the 18-month rule. He observed that...

The Problem with Hiring Relatives

Hiring relatives of employees can be a dangerous policy for so many reasons. Early in my academic career, the small department where I taught hired a husband and wife as teachers.

How to Prevent Workplace Bullying

In every office, not everyone will get along. You'll always have employees who will butt heads and supervisors who share their feelings about another supervisor just a little too openly and candidly with subordinates. So at what point does a person cross the line from having a bad day to becoming the workplace bully?

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