Whether it is the cover letter for your resume or your profile on a dating site, people are judging how you wrote it before they consider what you said.
No matter the position or industry that you’re involved with, writing has become a requirement for almost each and every one of us. Whether it’s a text, social media update, blog post, or email, we rely on written messages to communicate with each other.
While it may not seem like a major concern, making even the smallest of mistakes when composing these written messages can have a major impact on our careers since poor writing skills can give colleagues and customers the impression that we’re not really educated or skilled enough to do our jobs properly.
Out of all forms of communication, email deserves special mention since it’s [...]
Ninety percent of startups fail within a few years. Be aware of the common sources of failure so you can work to avoid the pitfalls.
Businesses fail every day. In fact, statistics show that the majority of new companies will fold within a few years. Why is that? What are the most common reasons for these flops?
Naturally, interested parties have generated a variety of studies and statistics regarding the factors for success and failure among startups and small businesses. A study from CB Insights is one of the most startling. It shows that 90 percent of startups fail within just a few years. In fact, if you launch a business today, you have only a 10 percent chance of still being in operation a decade from now. There’s no way around it.
As a savvy entrepreneur, you should be aware of th [...]
Regulations surrounding independent contractors are confusing but you don't want litigation to clarify their status.
It used to be that the IRS regulations regarding worker status for tax purposes was the gold standard in determining whether to issue a W-2 or a 1099 at the end of the year.
However, since the raise of the freelance economy there has been a lot of confusion on how to interpret the regulations. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an administrative memo for the purpose of providing, “additional guidance regarding the application of the standards for determining who is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
The new guidelines focus on a set of economic reality criteria to determine if the worker is economically dependent on the employer.
A worker who is economica [...]
Every generation perplexes and discomfits the one that preceded it.
I’m too “long in the tooth” to be considered a “millennial” (the much-maligned generation of young professionals entering the workforce today), but I have worked with, supervised, and hired enough of them to have some measure of sympathy, understanding, and respect for these people.
Older workers and employers bemoan the perceived lack of work ethics, contempt for a veteran employee’s experience, and the fact that they feel entitled. But mostly older workers don’t like that “they’re not like us.” It’s true millennials’ upbringing was a lot different than that of the Baby Boomers or the Gen Xers, (for example, Millennials were the first generation raised in daycare centers and with unprecedented acce [...]
You can start any of these home based businesses for less than $5,000. [...]
Are you keeping your eye on the latest marketing trends. Members of our small business community have already dissected these upcoming trends and have tips to share. For suggestions on capitalizing off of these major trends, read on. This weekâs Small Business Trends community and information roundup has a list of 10 mega marketing trends ... [...]
Say hello to 'tokenization.' [...]
If you want to take your new business or idea to the next level, start by going through some or all of these resources. [...]