The Importance of Having Proper Insurance Coverage

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When it comes to insurance, it’s one of those things that many people have a love hate relationship with. It’s great when you need it, but it’s often one of those expenses many people see as an opportunity to skimp on to save a few bucks. Afterall, how often do you really make a claim? If you don’t have the right coverage, it could cost you thousands!

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Starting a Business After Retirement – Why Not?!

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If you are thinking about starting a business after retirement, you aren’t alone, in fact, it’s a growing trend. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that about 25% of workers between 50-59, 46% of workers between 65-69, and 68% of workers between 75-79 are all self-employed. In fact, workers that fall into these age groups have higher self-employment rates than all workers under the age of 50 – only 20% are self-employed.

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The Age of the Freelancer – Why to Hire One and How to Find the Right One

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The concept of hiring freelancers to handle projects or certain responsibilities is nothing new, however, it’s become very popular over the past decade. There are a few factors that have made the freelancer worker more popular – one major factor –  fewer Americans are embracing the traditional 9-5 job career path.

In 2014, there were 53 million freelancers in American – in 2020, it’s estimated to be 57 million or about 35% of American workers. Freelancers love the freedom of making their own hours, working where they want (no cubicles for them), and being able to pick and choose their own projects.

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Are you making these team huddle mistakes?

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Whether you are meeting virtually or in person, one of the hardest parts of working in a team is coordinating and aligning each individual’s effort. Even with everyone on the team working hard and trying to be as productive as possible to get a project or goal completed, you may find that team members are crossing paths, duplicating efforts, or fighting over resources. If the team isn’t constantly in disarray and not working cohesively, the team and said projects will go nowhere fast.

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Going beyond “How are you doing?” – Alternatives to Starting Your Business Conversations

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Is it starting to feel like the movie Groundhog Day every time you have a Zoom meeting or phone call? It feels like every conversation starts off the same way: “How are you doing? Everyone safe and healthy?” The responses often feel the same: “Hanging in there. We’re doing OK. How about you?”, etc. It’s become a script of sorts that everyone is repeating.

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Why branding is critical now more than ever for your business

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Branding isn’t something that you just turn on and off depending on your sales numbers. After all, branding gives your audience a clear sense of purpose and well-defined roadmap of who your company is, what they do, and what your values are – in short, it’s what others think and say about your brand.

For many small business owners, focusing on their branding and marketing day in and day out just isn’t feasible – they are so busy. BUT a strong brand could be the difference between loyal customers and customers who use your business once and turn to a competitor.

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Secured vs. Unsecured Loans – What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter

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When it comes to borrowing money, it’s important to understand all aspects of the loan – not just your payment amount, interest rate, and number of payments to be made. There are many different types of loans including personal loans, auto loans, consolidation loans, mortgages, home equity, etc., however they all fall into one of 2 categories: secured or unsecured.

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How to Better Manage Employees Who are New to “Work from Home” Life

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Managing employees is a difficult job even when you see them every day at the office. Add in a remote setting and it becomes even more difficult because it’s never a one-size-fits-all approach.

Working remotely doesn’t mean that you can’t be an effective leader, it just means you have to do things a little differently and work a little harder on this critical skill: understanding the personalities of the people you manage.

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Ergonomic Mistakes You May be Making with Your Home Office

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For many people, working from home came as an unexpected and unplanned result of the pandemic. It required hastily putting together a slapdash short-term solution so that work could get done with limited interruption. However, many companies are continuing to keep employees in a work from home environment for at least several months to come. 

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Tips to Make Your Employee’s Job More Meaningful

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The average employee spends about 2,000 hours at work a year? – not counting breaks, their commute, and overtime. So how can leaders help employees find meaning at work?

Companies spend a considerable amount of time, money, and resources on creating their vision, mission, core values, etc. but they often fall to the wayside when it comes to the daily grind of the workday and their Employee Experience. Employees might eat, drink, and breathe the company’s purpose and know why they do what they do – but employees really need to feel satisfied and engaged with their jobs in order for it to feel meaningful to them.

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