Category Small Business Services

How To Bring Substance to Your Business Planning

One of my favorite quotes dealing with planning is an African proverb, “for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Is your business planning for tomorrow? If you’re not sure, try a SWOT. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. It’s an analysis to prepare your small to medium business for […]

How to Smooth Your Hiring To Capture the Right People

Your business needed more employees yesterday. But you want quality employees, ones who will stick around. How do you catch the perfect employee quickly? Assemble accurate job descriptions for the positions you must fill. That’s right, getting the job description precise prevails as the best way to find and retain the right people for the […]

Why You Need to Pay Attention to GDPR

Yes, another acronym we need to understand. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. Enforcement is coming to the EU in May 2018. The most significant update of data regulation in the EU in 20 years. But, it only applies to the EU, right? Not exactly. If your business collects personal data or preferences from […]

One Way to Solve the Data Compliance Puzzle

SOX, FINRA, FERPA, HIPAA, and PCI DSS can be as indecipherable as they sound. They’re tricky to deal with if you’re a small to medium business.  Keeping track of the myriad regulations can be a full-time job for one person. All these acronyms revolve around data security compliance regulations. They differ from industry to industry […]

Guide Your Team in the Right Direction

Cynthia in A/P and I had a great relationship.  Until tax time arrived and 1099’s needed to be sent out. Cynthia gave me paperwork requests which didn’t make sense and caused me hours of busy work. Our team leader, the accounting manager, had no expectations and no documentation requirements for the 1099 process. After the […]

Surviving a Breach by Forging a Path

In a previous blog, How to Keep Out the Bandit, https://goo.gl/fKu3Am, we discussed how small and medium businesses attract hackers, too.  Studies show over 50% of attacks aim for companies with less than 100 employees. That’s a scary thought for a small to medium business. Hacks send your public relations into a downward spiral and […]

Legislating and Employee Scheduling Mix and Mingle

Predictive scheduling coined a new word, clopening, or when an employee closes up at night and opens the next morning. I’m not sure how to pronounce it. It’s a sure thing that predictive scheduling is heading your business’ way. Right now, businesses in the retail, food service and hospitality industries are affected by this trend. […]