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How to manage a small team using Trello

This is part 2 of my productivity and time management framework. Read part 1 here. We have a small, 4-person, part-time, distributed team at Chou Force. Because we never meet in the same physical location, it’s incredibly difficult to stay aligned about company objectives. Show More Summary

Small Business Loans at Institutional Lenders, Small Banks on the Uptick

The Biz2Credit Lending Index March 2017 reports a positive outlook for small business loans based on approval rates at institutional lenders, small banks.

What is an Integrated Marketing Campaign?

We've discussed what integrated marketing is but now we'll tackle what goes into an integrated marketing campaign with some examples.

Loom Offers Simple Video Creation Alternative to Viewedit

The power of video can be applied to a variety of business use cases. This entire process is made easier with the Loom video recorder platform.

Don’t Like Working at the Officer or at Home? Try Co-Working Spaces

Richland County, SC (WLTX) – Collaborative work environments with your own individual work space are popping up all across Richland County. “This is our brand new office and in order to help pay for this nice location we have converted part of it to a co-work center,” Mike Switzer said. Switzer is the Executive Director...

How To Implement Incentives That Actually Work

Incentives are important tools for driving employee engagement and performance — as long as they are implemented properly. For incentives to work, they need to be unambiguous and directly tied to a measurable action or achievement. Otherwise, there is too much risk of both under performance and decreased job satisfaction. Often, incentives offer a way...

Small Businesses Should Embrace Big Data

First, we define big data and then we discuss what big data means for businesses and why your small business should embrace big data.

How Stay-at-Home Parents Can Transition Back to Work

The vast majority of people who take time off to raise children (or other caregiving work) would ultimately like to return to the workplace. But transitioning back isn’t so easy. Research by the Center for Talent Innovation shows that only 73% of highly qualified women who wanted to return to work were able to do...

Growing Direct Selling Industry Employs Over 20 Million Americans

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), about 20.2 million Americans are involved in direct selling the U.S. This is up from 15.8 million in 2010. Also known as multi-level marketing, retail sales by direct selling companies increased from $28.6...

Poor telecoms services prevent four million employees from home working

Around 4 million UK workers are unable to work from home because of problems with their broadband and mobile services, according to a new survey The survey of 2,006 people by price comparison site uSwitch found over a quarter of remote workers have experienced issues which made home working difficult.

3 Things You Need to Know Before Creating a Work-From-Home Policy

The remote-working trend has been on the rise for years, and now 62 percent of employees work remotely. For many companies and employees, buying into this trend seems to be paying off–research indicates remote work arrangements contribute to increases in productivity. However, some of the largest companies in the world have retracted their remote-work policies...

Technology Has Created Remote Work – Could This Hurt the Economy?

Computers are like miracles. They have enabled so much and brought much innovation to the globe. Thirty years ago, the idea of opening a business usually meant leasing an office or a store somewhere in the neighborhood and offering your services via public flyers, bulletin boards, and other similar means. By today’s terms, these ideas...

Infographic: Telecommuting Trends

Over the past decade, remote work, telecommuting, and telework have become increasingly familiar terms in the workplace. With advances in IT and Bring Your Own Tech (BYOT), it has become easier than ever for workers to stay connected with the office no matter where they are, or what time it is. PGi — a dedicated provider...

5 Guaranteed Methods to Boost Employee Productivity

It’s a fact: Employee productivity is important in business. Businesses with productive employees are more profitable and experience more growth. They have an easier time attracting and retaining talent, and they’re often considered better places to work. Show More Summary

5 bad habits that are killing your productivity

Do you feel like you’re not getting anything useful done despite putting in hours of effort each day? If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s time you did something to increase your productivity. Productive days at the office work wonders not just for your career, but your personal well-being as well. You...

Robotic Process Automation: Your Business’s Next Step?

Robotic process automation, or RPA, consists of software that is used to perform routine tasks which follow a definite set of rules. RPA can process transactions, manipulate data, and trigger responses. It can be particularly useful in the areas of finance, accounting, supply chain management, customer service, and human resources. Show More Summary

Employees Are Sharing Confidential Info at Alarming Rates

Nearly three in four employees (72%) are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, and more than one in three employees say it’s common to take confidential corporate data with them when leaving a company. Those alarming stats are from the Dell End-User Security Survey, which found that not only are many employees...

3 Ways Sustainability And Small Business Connect Via Energy

While energy providers are still evolving, it's clear that sustainability and small business are beginning to go hand-in-hand for these three reasons.

How to Start a Business While Working a Day Job in 2017

  In this video, you will learn how to start a business while working a day job in 2017. It’s almost impossible to quit your job, start a business, and then succeed. You have to usually grind while still having a day job first. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think in […]

A Two-Day Startup Fest at Rice Business Plan Competition

A portable device to quickly diagnose strokes. An additive that doubles the strength of fiberglass and carbon fibre materials. A new way to use magnesium to heal broken bones. Those are just a few of the dozens of startups I saw earlier this month at the annual Rice Business Plan Competition. Show More Summary

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