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.
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.
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 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.
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 could be great – if you keep in mind the following:
All businesses value employees – retaining good ones and finding new ones. And some attributes apply to all positions -- companies want employees who are honest, responsible, dependable, loyal, focused, organized and mature. Companies find that one source of such employees is choosing among older workers, particularly workers over 50. U.S. employers spends millions of man hours each year placing ads, prescreening and interviewing candidates, and hiring and training workers, only to find that some of the employees quit in less than a year, making it an expensive process.
Here are some reasons job experts say employers should make hiring workers over 50 a priority:
Maybe you always considered yourself the “straight job” type – working for a traditional company with a regular job. Whether you really believe in a company’s mission or products, or just want subsidized private health care, there are lots of reasons to be a so-called “normal” employee. But for some, being a freelancer is a great opportunity for those who want to have more autonomy, get bored easily, or just want to keep their options open.
If you’re a business owner or a salesperson then you know that keeping a client is almost always easier than getting a new one. But although you hear and read a lot about how to get a new job, you hear less about how to keep your job. If you’re currently employed, you are likely concerned about the security of your present job. There are no guarantees -- some things are simply beyond your control. But, when it comes down to tough choices, you can do your best to be one who doesn’t make the cut (in a good way).
There are things you can do to help you keep your job.
Many people are examining the relative advantages and disadvantages of working part time versus full time due to simple economic realities or personal choice. There are a number of factors to consider when looking at part time rather than full-time employment. Working part time offers many personal benefits, and may be why 26 million people work less than 35 hours per week (the official cut off for part time in the U.S.).
It may seem like a distant memory, but it wasn’t that long ago when the idea of people working in open plan offices was unheard of. Everyone out in one large space, all at long tables with dividing walls wasn’t a thing. People had offices. Four walls, with a door, and did work in their own enclosed physical space.