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Decorating a home office? 3 productivity-enhancing principles
(BPT) - It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers: start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home (translation – take a shower and don’t work in your jammies). The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand. By dressing pro ...
Use the cloud to become 'data smart'
(BPT) - No matter your job or the size of your business, you are probably aware of the piles of digital information inside your company. Data is everywhere.You know this information can provide valuable insights, whether you’re in marketing, sales, human resources, product development or finan ...
Need a fresh look for your company? Try a new logo
(BPT) - Just like a haircut, your company can use a fresh new look every once in a while. Maybe you've changed your services a bit, or perhaps the company is under new leadership. If your office lease is up and you have to move to a new location, that can also result in a big change.For a small busi ...
Don't wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview
(BPT) - So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute for being prepar ...
The secret to achieving better work-life balance
(BPT) - If you're feeling overworked and finding it a challenge to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, then you're not alone. Achieving the elusive work-life balance may be getting harder with today’s connected lifestyle, but it is still possible.A better work-life b ...
Keep Millennial employees from leaving with better engagement practices
(BPT) - The Millennial generation encompasses the employees who will be tomorrow’s leaders in America’s companies. In just 10 years, they’ll make up 75 percent of the workforce. This generation of college graduates – buried under student-loan debt and entry-level income &ndas ...
Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment
(BPT) - Are you the family member or friend who is always called when someone's computer breaks or starts acting up? Do you have a person on speed dial whenever you need a website created or program updated? The old stereotype of a computer geek who’s always wearing a pocket protector and glas ...
Should you give education the 'old college try' a second time around?
(BPT) - Returning to school later in life is a decision that requires careful thinking. As an adult, you must consider many factors before signing up for a second – or first – round of post-secondary education. Many students who chose to go straight to college in their late teens or even ...
Continuing education provides competitive edge for job-hunters
(BPT) - More Americans than ever are going back to school, continuing their education to add skills and credentials to their work portfolio. For many, keeping their expertise current with continuing education gives them the edge in a competitive job market.Continuing education is not the same as goi ...
Expand your career options with a global perspective
(BPT) - The business world is constantly changing and growing, becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected than ever before. Companies are looking for employees who are globally minded – even if the company does not do business on an international scale – because chances are it e ...
The secret to small-business growth in 2015? Effective communication
(BPT) - Good communication is essential for every successful business operation – especially for small businesses that must build customer relationships to drive sales. Yet breakdowns can occur at every stage of small business communications, from a misspelled newspaper ad to a headset that ma ...
7 big (but easy) ways businesses can reduce employee absenteeism
(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less than ...
Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely ...
Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015
(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.Before coming to any conclusions, entrepreneurs should be aware of some b ...
New 'Best Places' lists help veterans make transition
(BPT) - Active Reservist Lisa De Leon had a tough decision to make a year ago when the government temporarily shut down. The 40-year-old single mother of sons ages 16, 15 and 13 considered uprooting her family from San Antonio, Texas for a nationwide job search. However, she had an incomplete colleg ...
Protect your customer's trust in your business [Infographic]
(BPT) - As a small business owner, your customers are your most valuable asset. Maintaining their trust in your product and your services is directly tied to the promise that you'll protect their personal information. One of the biggest threats to a small business is online fraud, which can expose c ...
Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs
(BPT) - With 28 million small businesses employing half of the country’s population, small businesses form the backbone of our nation’s economy. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that since 1995, small businesses have been responsible for more than 65 percent of all new American jobs.For th ...
Mobile tools and an e-commerce strategy can help your bottom line
(BPT) - Online shopping and credit card spending are increasing. How can local businesses, like yours, and entrepreneurs capitalize on these trends to maximize sales and boost bottom lines? Enhancing your e-commerce strategy and leveraging the latest mobile sales tools are great places to start.Capi ...
Poised for success: Treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job
(BPT) - The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life.Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, th ...
Beyond number crunching: Today's accountants are business savvy crime fighters [Infographic]
(BPT) - Optimistic job forecasts for trending specializations in accounting are making the field more appealing than ever for recent graduates. Accounting jobs are projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with select specializations projec ...
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