Having an employee handbook is an essential part of any employee retention strategy. You may be thinking that there is little time in your day to be worried about writing a handbook, but there are many ways that doing so can save you, both financially and legally. Here are some of the most important reasons your small business needs to have an Employee Handbook.
Businesses at the top of their game seem unstoppable when it comes to attracting and keeping the best talent. They have figured out the magical combination of pay, benefits, and culture and as a result, are a magnet for top performers. This coveted status is not just reserved for the big dogs; small businesses can achieve this as well.
Picking a health insurance plan can be a daunting task. And yet, as more and more people switch from employer-purchased health insurance to individually-purchased health insurance, it becomes even more important to become an informed consumer. So, just how do you pick a health insurance plan? Here are 5 quick tips to help.
A study from the legal advice website Avvo reveals that many small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners consider lawyers a luxury for larger, more established businesses. The study, conducted in April 2015, indicated that SMBs perceive lawyers as costly, time-consuming, and relevant only when things go wrong, which often keeps them from getting the preventative legal guidance needed to protect their businesses.
Today’s consumer has some intriguing buying behaviors. With 70% wanting to learn about a product or service through blogs rather than ads, 57% of consumers make their purchase decision before they ever reach out to the business. (Corporate Executive Board) With 329 million people reading blogs, it’s a given—blogging rules! A great small business tip to remember is that blogging is an effective tool for driving traffic to your website, generating leads, and acquiring new clients. Plus, it’s an impressive means for any business to be found in a crowded marketplace. Blogging, however, does require resources—including a powerful strategy—to produce the results you’re after.
So, you’ve been working long hours, putting in late nights, and basically giving your heart and soul to your new business. But for some reason, you’re just not seeing the growth and results you were anticipating. Simply put, you can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong and it’s frustrating. Does this sound familiar? If you’ve asked yourself the question, “What am I doing wrong?”, we have some answers for you. You may have poor business practices that you didn’t know were causing problems. This article will help you identify the bad habits that may be holding your business back from success. Below are 5 small business tips that can take your small business from good to great!
Zane Benefits salutes the backbone and job creators in our economy during National Small Business Week (May 4-8). In our continued mission to reinvent employee benefits for small businesses, we want to help ensure they remain strong and competitive. Our featured blog offers guidance on how building community relationships can help strengthen a small business. It doesn’t matter if your small business has been around for one year or 20 years, if your community doesn’t love you, your business is losing out on a lot of opportunities to grow. Why? It’s a life hack successful small business owners have figured out: be part of something bigger. Be part of your community.
Do you ever feel like your workplace is oddly reminiscent of your old high school days? The gossip, the backstabbing, the passive-aggressive behavior, the cliques? Bullying in schools has been a relevant topic as of late, and unfortunately, it’s alive and well in the workplace, too. Workplace bullying is detrimental to your business, your clients, and to the emotional well being of your employees. Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, a great small business tip is to identify bullying and then take the proper steps to terminate it.
Let’s face it, starting a small business isn’t for everyone. In fact, there’s a reason not everyone owns their own small business - it’s a lot of hard work. However, it’s some of the most rewarding work you’ll ever find. And, if you have the passion and ambition to become one of over 500,000 individuals who start their own business in the U.S. every month (source), you’re going to need a good business plan to get started.
Zane Benefits is committed to helping small business owners all over the U.S. by finding new ways to help you run your companies more effectively. Because we know how important shared knowledge and advice amongst small business owners is, we go out into the community to bring you real stories from local business owners. In this week’s small business owner interview, I had the pleasure of talking with Mike Burton, owner of Majestic Payroll Services, to share his challenges, joys, and advice about owning a small business.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is general in nature and does not apply to any specific U.S. state except where noted. Health insurance regulations differ in each state. See a licensed agent for detailed information on your state. Zane Benefits, Inc. does not sell health insurance.