5 Types of Toxic Employees (and how to manage them)

There’s that one person – the “bad apple” who has nothing positive to say, riles up other staff and can make work life miserable. Do you fire her/him? What feedback do you give? How do you mitigate the damage he/she inflicts? Getvoip.com put together this great infographic

4 Reasons Being a “Control Freak” is Holding You Back

I hear it all the time, “Well, of course, you HAVE to be a control freak to stay in control, right?…” Generally, This thinking appeals to business owners who; 1. Don’t know how to find high quality, high performing staff and have unconscious trust issues (I can’t trust anyone to do the job properly). 2. Have a big ego – … Read More

How to Prevent Fraud in a Small Business

Small businesses are the most vulnerable to occupational fraud and abuse, according to the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In its 2002 Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, ACFE cites that the smallest organizations, 100 employees or less, suffered higher median losses than did the largest organizations (10,000 employees or more). While the largest companies suffered losses of … Read More

7 Keys to Becoming an Effective Leader

Follow these leadership tips to turn your business into one that consistently outperforms the competition. For many businesspeople, the last thing you want to worry about (or do) is managing people. You want to get out there and meet customers and create awesome products and bring exciting new opportunities through your front door. But unless you’ve hired people to take on … Read More

Is Outsourcing a Good Idea?

Would you like to focus on your core business, concentrate on the client base, and be more productive? Of course, you would! Almost every business owner would love that. Accounting tends to take a lot of your time from actively growing your business but it’s a necessary function. So, why not outsource your Accounting and focus on your core competencies? Let’s look at … Read More

Experience Breeds Success

The age you’re most likely to start a successful company isn’t what you might think. Bill Gates is an anomaly.John Lamparski/Getty Images Many people think of young examples — like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates — when they think of successful startup founders. New research shows that these cases are more the anomaly than the status quo — the average … Read More

Beware of “Magic Bullets”

I heard a commercial on the radio the other day. A very confident voice saying, “I was able to grow my business by using (some accounting software), in fact, I can run my business from a dashboard on my phone!” Like some sort of “Magic Bullet… I understand the marketing aspect of this statement. The reality is, you can have the … Read More

Back to the Basics – Business Strategies

What Are the Different Types of  Basic Strategies in Business? Some leaders act as if their companies are poised to outperform rivals and, as a result, fail to do the work necessary to devise an effective business strategy. Others attempt to create business strategies, but all too often the strategies are a bit wimpy and not worthy of the name. … Read More

5 Things to Consider When Hiring A Business Consultant

IS THERE A NEED TO HIRE A BUSINESS CONSULTANT? Who Should Read This? This guide is written for all business owners and executives who want to get help turning their company, one area at a time, into a best-in-class operation. It is especially aimed at small business owners and especially anyone who may need to access capital or implement a … Read More

Outsourcing Your Accounting Functions

Should You Outsource Your Accounting Functions? As your organization strives to use its resources as effectively as possible, you might at some point consider outsourcing the functions that fall under your accounting and financial umbrella. Here are some factors to weigh before making this important decision. What Are the Potential Advantages of Outsourcing? Companies often outsource work in areas that … Read More