How to Protect Your Business from Identity Theft

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Operations & Processes

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In 2018, there were 1.4 million fraud reports processed by the Federal Trade Commission. These losses totaled $1.48 billion dollars according to Consumer Affairs. We have all heard about people receiving fraudulent calls about debts they supposedly owe or even pop-up ads on the internet that say your computer is infected. In this advanced technological age, taking steps to protect … Read More

Instagram Tips for Businesses

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Marketing & Selling

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Instagram is a very worthwhile marketing tool to use for your business. This platform is great for interacting and engaging with your current clientele and your audience of prospects. While some organizations go in-depth with Instagram for business, not all businesses have to; here are some basic tips that work for even the smallest establishments. Tell stories Use photos that … Read More

Going Paperless in the Office: Pros and Cons

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Operations & Processes

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With office and business culture advancing into the 21st century it’s important to know how technology can help with efforts to be more environmentally friendly. Besides cutting the consumption of paper in your office to help save trees, it’s also great for saving money. Can going paperless in the office really be done? There are pros and cons to consider. … Read More

Open a Business or Operate a Franchise: Advantages and Disadvantages of Each

Posted by Melissa SchumannPosted on Entrepreneurs & Start Ups, Operations & Processes

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When opening a business there are usually two main options to choose from: one could create their own business completely from scratch or operate a franchised business. Both of these choices are great but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s compare: Franchising Advantage: With a franchise, it’s almost a guarantee success because of brand recognition alone. People recognize … Read More

DIY Accounting: Pros and Cons

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Money & Metrics, Operations & Processes

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Accounting goes hand in hand when owning or operating a business. Some may cut the costs and absorb this task by doing it themselves while others see a benefit in hiring someone else to do it for them. There’s no total right or wrong answer and everyone will have different pros and cons. These are just some of the basic … Read More

5 Most Common Performance Evaluation Methods

Posted by Kent StockPosted on Leadership, Operations & Processes

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It’s smart practice to conduct ongoing performance reviews of your employees so they know what is continually expected of them. It will also give you great insight into what employees are thinking and if anything needs to be changed or looked into further. There are a variety of methods; here are some of the most common: 1. Self Evaluation/Peer Review … Read More

What is an SBA Loan? How Does it Differ from Standard Small Business Loans?

Posted by Matt GoerdtPosted on Entrepreneurs & Start Ups, Money & Metrics

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In many cases applying for a loan is critical for the establishment and success of your small business. Most banks or credit unions have a variety of small business loans, but one type that’s worth looking into is an SBA loan. What exactly is an SBA loan and how is it similar to a standard small business loan? Small Business … Read More

What Do I Do With This Large Purchase Order?

Posted by Matt GoerdtPosted on Money & Metrics

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Your company may have started off as a small business where transactions were basic and the amount exchanged was manageable. However, when a company starts to grow, the amount of money exchanged becomes higher which can create more details attached to each order. When basic e-mails or a phone call aren’t enough for your company to do business with suppliers, … Read More

Personal Credit vs Business Credit

Posted by Matt GoerdtPosted on Money & Metrics

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You may know the significance of what the number attached to your personal credit score means but how does it differ from a business credit score? Personal Credit Score Your personal credit score is connected to your social security number and is curated by three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experion, and Transunion. It’s summarized by a number ranging from the … Read More

Influence Your Staff to Be Effective Leaders

Posted by Kent StockPosted on Leadership

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Leadership is a trait that comes naturally to some or eventually evolves in others. It’s important to have these skills when leading a team in the professional world. These traits can also be passed on when working and developing your staff. How does a leader teach someone how to lead? Here are some great basics when laying that foundation. Focus … Read More

Market on Only a Shoestring Budget

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Marketing & Selling

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Whatever the age of your business it’s always critical to market and to do it well. It may feel that in order to advertise well you need a good amount of money to make it effective. Even if you are just getting established, there’s always a great way or idea to market to fit any budget. But first, strategize Think … Read More

Proper Office Attire For All Seasons

Posted by Brett NagelPosted on Operations & Processes

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When interviewing or starting new employment in a professional field, it’s important to make those lasting first impressions by knowing what’s appropriate office attire. Every organization is different and some dress codes may be more relaxed than others. Here are some basic tips for all seasons that are great starting points to build off of for either more formal or … Read More