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Which Organizational Structure is Right for Your Business?

When setting up a new business, you should pay careful attention to designing your company’s organizational structure. This should be decided according to your company’s size, industry and aims. You should think of organizational structures as communication flowcharts. Poorly conceived organizational structures will result in sluggish, inefficient communication in which managers at various levels are required to deliver information to…
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Recruiting for Small Businesses – Getting a Competitive Edge

As a small business owner you want to seek out the best and brightest employees, but how do you compete with big business?  Here are a few tips that will give your business the competitive edge in recruiting and hiring. They have name recognition.  It’s time for you to get the word out.  Sign up for career fairs in your…
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Should a Small Business Practice Total Quality Management?

Total Quality Management is the dedicated effort to providing a continuously-increasing level of quality in an effort to retain the attention (and repeat business) of your customers. Widely practiced throughout the world, large corporations are continuously examining their products and services through the practice of TQM to optimize their competitiveness, paying particular attention to their core customer base. So why can’t…
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Tips for Starting a Successful Business Website

In this day and age, a business website is a prerequisite for even the most basic of services. It also serves as a valuable first impression to potential customers – sloppy website designs lead to negative assumptions about the professionalism of your business. Overly designed, memory-intensive flash websites filled with background music and tiny text frustrate visitors with haughty pompousness….
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Top 10 Cities to Work and Live In

Several decades ago, the greatest cities to work in the United States were obvious, classic choices – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or Detroit. Times, however, have changed rapidly and mercilessly. After the collapse of the banking system, the demise of print media, and the bankruptcy of Motor City, these places are vulnerable to the lure of more modern…
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Lease vs. Rent

When purchasing something is not quite possible (or desired) the option for many individuals and companies comes down to leasing or renting. While both have similarities, getting access to an asset for a limited period, there are significant differences as well. This article will help you understand those differences when your decision to lease vs. rent comes up. Leasing A…
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Developing an Action Plan

Action plans, or road maps to accomplishing a set goal, are widely varied. They can be used for personal goals as well as career-related ones. While the content of each will vary, the general template is the same, and can be modified in various ways to suit your needs. Each action plan generally starts with a declaration of a set…
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Employee vs. Independent Contractor

For many individuals at some point in their career they may have to decide whether or not they want to work as an employee or an independent contractor. For employers this can be an important decision also as there are numerous tax and regulatory obligations in place when having an employee that do not exist when hiring independent contractors. This…
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