Even if you’re not actively seeking work, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. You never know when an opportunity will come your way and you want to be ready when it does. This could mean anything from an offer to work at a new company or a promotion within your own organization. When these openings come your way, you want to be ready to take action and being prepared in advance means you can act fast to get your name in the ring. Here are the top five career tools to have ready for action: career tools

No matter how you feel about leaving your job and moving on, there are certain behaviors that will ensure that you exit with class. Your last day at work can be filled with mixed emotions and transitions. Whether you were a long-term employee or a summer intern, navigating your final moments at work can feel awkward and uncomfortable. Being respectful means you won’t burn any bridges and keeps the door open for references or future work opportunities. Try these strategies for handling your last day with character: exit

CEOs aren’t successful because they got lucky – they worked hard to get where they are by adopting work habits that foster productivity and leave room for growth. Making any behavior into a habit requires conscious effort at first but will soon become second nature. Taking cues from successful leaders, adopt some of these key practices and incorporate them into your workday to watch your efficiency take off. work-habits

The holidays can be fabulous, stressful, or both. That’s true for everyone, but if you’re in the retail business those holiday challenges can be true morning, noon and night. It’s often a great idea to get extra help. But interviewing seasonal workers can get lost in the shuffle of urgency. However, these employees will be working alongside your permanent team. At best, that’s great for everyone, but it also risks being an unfortunate distraction without proper vetting. interviewing seasonal workers

The holidays come every year, and somehow always sooner than we think. But if Halloween candy is on sale, then you know the big day is almost here – Black Friday, of course. If you have a retail business, then you know the Friday after Thanksgiving is famously the point at which highly seasonal consumer goods businesses go into the black on their books. But Black Friday preparation (and for its hipper, younger cousin, Cyber Monday) is key to bringing all the spirit (ok, sales) of the season that you want. Black Friday Preparation

So, maybe you’re sure that you want to start a business. You’re just that person – self-starter, likes independence, can take rejection, and finds the idea of being your own boss irresistible. Great. But, maybe funds are limited – that’s ok too. Consider one of these inexpensive business ideas -- companies you can start on a budget. Whether it’s because you can’t get a loan or don't want to dip into savings, here are low-cost entries with high growth opportunities. inexpensive business ideas

 Inexpensive business ideas help big dreams on small budgets:

Employees are always a company’s most valuable asset. But even great workers are only as good as the quality and quantity of their efforts. Motivation is key, but it can be a constant challenge to maintain or increase office productivity with corporate challenges or employee rewards. However, there are a number of things you can change in the physical office space that may encourage more workflow, without requiring a lot more effort. office productivity

Try out these ideas to increase office productivity:

For a long time, no one considered the idea of employees working from home. For one, jobs were more likely to be physical, such as in factories or agriculture, where it was impossible to not be on site. Even those jobs that were not physical jobs were still too hard to do from home, because for years lack of technology made it too difficult to engage with colleagues and clients. But in the digital era, a vast range of solutions is available for the 43% of Americans who work from home (at least part of the time). Should you join them? working from home

Working from home could be great – if you keep in mind the following: