At some point during your work day, you're inevitably faced with a dilemma: Do you try to try knock out an important task…. or do you try to wade through your emails.There's no bigger time sink than trying to maintain inbox zero. In fact, my friend Julie Morgenstern wrote an entire book about the subject titled Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.
Talk to any entrepreneur who has run a business or startup, and they'll tell you there are a thousand tips and tricks they learned through trial and error that they wish they had known at launch. That earned knowledge includes what tools and apps to invest in to get an operation up and running and provide customers with a reliable level of service.
When you’re in the early stages of building your company, it may seem like Seneca didn’t have a clue what he was talking about (with all due respect to the famous philosopher). There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. And making matters worse, most entrepreneurs are balancing a number of competing priorities—including friends, family, and sanity—while they manage their operations.
It’s already May and students across the country are trying to secure a summer internship (while their parents and grandparents cross their fingers). Many businesses are happy to have the extra help—but before you commit to taking on a student or recent graduate, you should carefully consider what value an intern will bring to your organization and what benefits they will gain from the experience. Here are some specific factors to consider.
If business leaders made a list of terms used a lot but worked on a little, networking would come in first. I like to think of networking as sort of a cosmic AirBnB: “Have a spare minute that I can rent?” Or maybe early eBay: “I’ll trade you my bit of knowledge on marketing for your bit of knowledge on accounting.”
We're in the final week of tax season, so that leaves you only a few days until Monday, April 18th to get your business' taxes completed. While preparing to file your taxes may seem like a long and tedious task, there are many resources that will help you minimize your time stressing over all of the paperwork and increase your efficiency in organizing the information necessary.
Nothing is certain but death… and changes in the tax code. Even if you pay a hefty sum to an accountant to handle your books and tax filings, it's important that every small business owner be aware of key changes in policy that could impact your bottom line. If you're not paying attention to relevant legislation in Washington, you could miss out on a huge deduction—or incur a huge penalty.