Even when a candidate looks great on paper, you tend to hold your breath until you meet them. Can they back up their experience with strong examples? Why are they looking for a new position? Without a crystal ball, it’s part interrogation and part instinct. But many employers try to get better predictors of success with behavioral interview questions.
Whether you are starting a business, in a high growth stage, or just reduced staff, it’s easy to find yourself stretched too thin. Either you are doing too many tasks, or you’re doing things you aren’t very good at – spending a ton of time getting new email up and running, or figuring out which financial software to use. Using a virtual assistant – someone who works from their home or an office in a different location – could be a great solution to ease your workload how you want, when you want.
One of the primary reasons new businesses fail is they simply don’t have enough money. Sure, sometimes they just have a terrible business idea (mittens for cats was not the hole in the market you envisioned). But usually it’s money, and a great business plan – written thoughtfully and early – will reveal potential money problems (and probably the mittens problem too). But people often think of a business plan as a document to provide to a lender or an investor to solicit cash. And that’s certainly true. But even if you don’t need money, you still need a plan.
There are all kinds of exciting firsts when you start your own business. First client, first check, first hire and … first office, of course. Why not? It’s exciting to have an address. It makes your company feel legitimate. It makes you feel legitimate. But it can also be an expensive, scary investment. A good option can be a coworking space – you get to feel like you have a real, physical space, without the commitment of a private office location. But in fact, that is only one of the many benefits.
We are a small business nation. No matter how much you hear about Wall Street or Big Pharma or even Hollywood, millions of Americans work for small businesses. And more and more people want the ultimate small business – a company of one. They want to be a successful solopreneur – permanently, not building an empire, but a happy cottage. But it’s not for everyone.
It's great to be the boss. When you run your own business, it can feel really fulfilling to be only accountable to yourself. No one playing politics with your career, no dreaded annual reviews, no painful holiday party. But...also...no risk, no excuses, and . . . no days off. If you want to take a vacation when you work for yourself, it gets tricky to find the time and the money. Whether you're a solopreneur, or managing a hundred employees, it's not as easy as just putting on the out of office.
You can (and should) take a vacation when you work for yourself :
If you have a job in an office (and even if you don’t) you spend some time writing emails. For some, most of the business can be communicated by work email – accountants, lawyers, bankers, secretaries, customer service reps – you never have to see your customer. And even if you do, you’ll find you often email your boss, your team, other departments. And then there are the dozens – or hundreds – of emails you receive. So how do you write a work email that is polite, clear, concise, and effective?
They are 80 million strong, and coming to an office near you. We’re talking about Millennials, of course -- the 18-35 age cohort that is now comprised of real grown-ups out in the workforce. Though Millennials sometimes get a bad rap for being self-absorbed, thin-skinned and disrespectful, they actually have a lot of great traits as employees. The challenge is how to motivate Millennials – they have been raised in the age of texts, emails, and instant messaging, so they need a constant drip of new stimuli.
With an overwhelming number of jobs and candidates meeting on social media sites like LinkedIn, it’s more important than ever that you know how to write a great job posting. It’s easier than ever for great future employees to pass right by your job opening with the next click.
Here are some key ways to write a great job posting:
If you’re in the middle of a recruiting search, then you hopefully have already a concrete job description, a good idea of a competitive salary, and an ideal start date. But what about the right candidate? It’s more than just academic or professional experience – they need to have the right employee personality traits. If not, you could get more than you bargained for . . . and not in a good way.
If you are hiring, beware of these difficult employee personality traits: