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What You Should Know About Workplace Retaliation

When it comes to personal retaliation, you may think of acts such as giving a friend the silent treatment over a rude remark or not inviting someone to your party because they didn’t invite you to theirs. These vengeful acts may be petty and cruel, but they’re not illegal. Yet when it comes to workplace […]

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Friends With Benefits: Navigating Employer-Employee Friendships—Part 2

In the first part of this series, we offered three strategies to help you successfully navigate employer-employee friendships. Here, we continue with the final four.  Developing close bonds with your employees is all but inevitable. Indeed, being friendly with your team members can make the job more rewarding and enjoyable for everyone. But there’s a […]

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Friends With Benefits: Navigating Employer-Employee Friendships—Part 1

Because we spend so much of our lives working, it’s practically guaranteed that you’re going to develop close bonds with your employees. And this is a good thing. Having a friendly relationship with your team members based on mutual respect, care, and concern can make the job more enjoyable for everyone—and even boost performance and […]

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Business Booster or Big Brother—the Ins and Outs of Employee Monitoring Systems

Today’s high-tech digital landscape is both a boon and a bane to business owners. The proliferation of apps, mobile devices, and software has improved business productivity like nothing before. At the same time, however, this technology has also spawned countless digital distractions that can turn those productivity gains into losses, especially if they steal the […]

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What Business Owners Should Know About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in today’s workforce. According to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, roughly 19 percent of American workers, or 30 million people, are currently covered by non-compete agreements. While non-compete agreements are fairly widespread, they’ve come under fire lately in the courts as being unfair to employees and imposing overly […]

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The Top Stressors of Business Ownership and How to Manage Them (Without Freaking Out)

There are many reasons people decide to start their own business: to be your own boss, set your own hours, control the people and projects you work with. Yet the reality of business ownership isn’t quite as rosy—it’s one of the most stressful endeavors you’ll ever undertake. While running your own company will inevitably have […]

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When Is a Good Time to Incorporate?

Incorporating your business can save you  money on taxes and limit your liability for business debts. But, most importantly, it says to the world — I’m in business. And that sends an important message to you, your clients, your spouse, your friends, family and, yes, even to the IRS. In the early months or years […]

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Five Clauses Every Partnership Agreement Needs

Your partnership agreement is a legal document that outlines each partner’s rights and responsibilities as well as the operating procedures for the business. When a group of people come together to invest in a business venture, the partnership agreement can provide valuable protections. But drafting an agreement that provides you with the protections you need […]

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Have Well-Being While Running a Business That Seems to Drain Time and Energy

Think business is all work and no play? It’s that mindset that will hold you back from reaching your potential. Your happiness matters. The problem is, the pressure of running a business can make it seem that prioritizing self care and your overall well-being is next to impossible, or even irresponsible. But, in fact, the […]

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What to do When Your Business is Out of Bounds and Work Starts to Take Over

In the digital era when you can be reached 24/7 through smartphones and social media, it can be more difficult to set firm boundaries that support your wellbeing and the productivity of your business. When you find yourself frustrated, resentful, or feeling obligated to respond to tweets, FB messages and emails at all hours of […]

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Is Your Payment and Agreement Process Losing You Money?

If you get paid for a service, collecting payment is the lifeblood of your company. And, yet, if you are like most people, you’ve made it an afterthought. For example, I recently got a request from a client I’ve worked with a few times before to review her client agreement. Upon doing so, what I […]

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