Whether you’ve had your business for years or just finished the first one, a new year offers a natural time to assess where you are and where you want to be. Annual checks for businesses aren’t meant to replace the more frequent monitoring of your business. Regular activity like sales targets and budgets should be happening monthly, if not more often. But a few tasks just need a once a year check-in to make sure you don’t need to make any adjustments. annual checks for businesses

Here are some annual checks for businesses to consider soon:

Whether you’ve started your own company, or been hired to run someone else’s, being the boss is exciting. After all it’s a statement that you have the ability and confidence to be the last word on all things. No matter where you are in your career, there is a satisfying sense of accomplishment. And no one tells you what to do…sort of. So it might be surprising as you settle into the role and discover all is not as you expected. being the boss

Here are some surprising things about being the boss:

It’s a common belief that hiring slows, or even stops, during the holiday season. As a result, many of those who have been dutifully networking, applying and interviewing, shelve their efforts to resume in the new year. Job hunting during the holidays might seem like a waste of time. It’s not – maybe Santa can’t gift wrap a new opportunity, but that doesn’t mean you should stop looking. job hunting during the holidays

Things to consider when job hunting during the holidays:

When you’re in college, or just a young person generally, it sometimes seems like getting a mentor is unnecessary. There are so many people who naturally can help steer your path: parents, professors, school counselors. So recognizing the value of mentorship is buried in the benefits you reap through a community of informal advisers. But once you are out pursuing a career, you may slowly realize that your parents don’t have experience directly relevant to your profession, and your university umbrella of support begins to fade into the past. getting a mentor

Here’s why you should consider getting a mentor:

Like clockwork, the commercials and emails and online ads for the holidays arrived just as turkeys landed on tables across the country. We’re officially in the holiday season, and there’s no turning back until January 2. For some, this is the most special part of the year, getting ready to spend time with family, decorate the house and indulge in seasonal savories. And it can be easy to survive the holiday season at work if that’s how you see it. But taking all that jolly spirit to the office can be tricky for some. holiday season at work

Here’s how to handle the holiday season at work:

When you’re looking for a job, it’s natural to be aware of your dress, your comments, and your actions. But once you’ve been working for a while, it can be tough to stay aware of what you do on daily basis. And yet, you might have unprofessional work habits, and without realizing it, be hurting your reputation. unprofessional work habits

Watch for these unprofessional work habits:

If you’re in the job market, you may already have a strong sense of what you’d like to do next. If you want to stay in your current line of work, then it’s fairly straightforward what kinds of job postings to look for, potential employers and trends in the market. But what if you don’t know what you want do? And what if you don’t have a college degree? Although more and more opportunities require a university education in the United States, there are great jobs that don’t require a college degree. jobs that don't require a college degree

Here are some jobs that don't require a college degree that you should consider:

So, you might be sick of the idea of older and wiser. Or, “you’ll understand when you’re older”. Or. . .well, fill in your favorite “experience matters” cliché. But. Well, the truth is, more experienced workers can be a really valuable asset to your team. So consider why you should hire older workers to help grow your business. hire older workers

Reasons why you might want to hire older workers:

In our post on being a seasonal worker during the holidays, we made a strong argument for why now is a good time to start considering seasonal work if you are in the job market (or not, but open to some extra cash). And if you’re on the other side of the hiring desk? Here’s how to hire seasonal workers for the holidays and still keep the happy in your happy holidays. hire seasonal workers for holidays

Tips if You Plan to Hire Seasonal Workers for the Holidays

If you’re a student who wants to make cash over the holiday break, or between jobs and looking for a short-term opportunity, you might want to consider seasonal work during the holidays as an option. Essentially, seasonal work during the holidays is the same as any temporary job, but usually addresses special needs of the Christmas shopping season. Specifics vary but generally it's to deal with the period that starts with “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving) and ends early to mid January. Some of the additional job opportunities are obvious.  For example, delivery services need extra help with the surge of shipments, retailers need extra staff to restock shelves or check out customers. But the number of seasonal jobs – predicted to be over 700,000 this year may surprise you. seasonal work during the holidays

Things to know about seasonal work during the holidays: