Sunday, October 15, 2017

Helping Your Employees Tackle Tragedy

Are You and Your Company Prepared to Tackle Tragedy?

Tragedies happen.

There have been hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Massive wildfires in areas of Montana and California. And even the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

We all find ourselves riveted to news shows and social media posts covering these stories. We follow the path of the storms and wildfires. We become saturated with information about the shooter and the victims. Even interviews with those effected are on 24/7.

Many grapple with feelings of horror, helplessness, and anger. And it is impossible to think that these feelings don’t carry over into the workplace.

It is even worse when the acts of violence or natural disasters directly impact one or more of your employees or occur within your own company. Stories of disgruntled workers who go on a rampage or ex-employees who return to exact some sort of revenge, while not common, do happen. 

The bottom line ~ if a workplace tragedy occurs, it is sure have an impact on your employees.

That is why it is crucial for you to be proactive and create policies to protect your workforce. You can start by prohibiting any type of weapon in the workplace and establishing physical security measures like controlled entry and strategically placed cameras.

Adopting a zero tolerance policy for any type of workplace harassment and violence is also key.

You can find out more about protecting your employees in “Dangers to Your Small Business Part 3 ~ Violence and Drugs in the Workplace”!

But no matter whether it is violence that occurs outside or within your workplace or a catastrophic natural disaster, developing a plan to help guide you through, long before a tragedy strikes, makes good business sense.

It is possible that your employees are effected both physically and emotionally by these incidents. While the physical injuries are most easily understood, it is often the emotional impact that can go unrecognized or untreated.

So, what can you do to help your employees?

It is important that you provide, or give your employees and their families access to, the support they need both emotionally and physically.

4 Ways to Help Your Employees Deal with a Tragedy

Reach Out  
Offer your support and, whenever possible, a chance for your employees to come together and share. What is most important here is that they know you care.

Establish a Plan to Accommodate Employees’ Grief and/or Injuries 
This is especially important if the violence occurred within your workplace, close by, or involved family or friends.

Establish Time Off and Leave Policies
This can be essential for those who have been closely impacted by a tragedy. 

Find a Way to Make a Difference
Organize efforts to donate time, supplies, or money to help those impacted. The key here is to find a way to work together as a team and help your employees, or even their families, feel more in control.

Discover more about the steps your company can take in “What You can Do to Help Your Employees Deal with Tragedy”!

No matter what methods you choose, helping your employees through a difficult time does good on many levels.

It shows through actions, not just words, that your employees matter. That you empathize with what they are going through and truly want to help.

In the end, doing what you can to prevent tragedies within the workplace, recognizing the impact of those that occur outside your company, and establishing ways to help your employees deal with both is simply the right thing to do.  

And that is important for both your employees and your business!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Is Your Customer Service Everything it Needs to Be?

Is Your Customer Service Everything it Needs to Be?

When it comes to getting new customers and creating loyal customers, there is no better way then stellar customer service.

The way you and your employees treat your customers sets the tone for how your company is perceived. When done right, good customer service means your customers get their questions answered, their problems solved, and their needs met.

And just as importantly, you have achieved your desired goal ~ delivering a great customer experience. 

However, if for some reason you fall short, you can suddenly find yourself with disgruntled, or even angry, customers, and your customer experience goes swiftly downhill!

But it doesn’t just end there ~ Your Customers and Clients will talk!

They will talk not only to each other, but on social sites and even, in some cases, to the Better Business Bureau. 

That is why it is so important that you do what it takes to ensure what your clients and customers say paints your business in a positive light!

These 3 Customer Service Tips are sure to put you and your business on the right track!

Focus on Customer Service
Dedicate yourself to making sure you are exceeding the needs of your customers and clients. Make providing a good customer experience part of your “story” and your brand.

Stand Out from the Crowd
Study your competitors and find ways to set yourself apart. Do what they aren’t doing to attract and keep the customers you need.

Honesty is Still the Best Policy
Establish an honest and straightforward relationship with each and every one of your clients from the beginning. Do what you say you are going to do, or make it right if you can’t. This is the best way to earn your customers’ loyalty.

Discover more about how you can “rule” when it comes to Customer Service in “Focusing on Making Your Clients Happy is the Key to Success”.

Customers expect their experience with you and your company to be stress free. They want what you promise and when you promise it. They want you to be true to your word.

And none of that can happen without the cooperation and dedication of your employees!

Creating a working atmosphere that appreciates your employees is the best place to start.

You need to empower and value them. Listen to their concerns. Give them the tools to meet your customers needs. Recognize and reward them for their hard work.

When your employees feel valued, that goodwill rubs off on your customers.

So, the time is now to take a look at how you treat your employees and your customers ~ and make changes to any area where you are lacking.

When you dedicate yourself to creating a good customer experience, Everybody Wins! And that is why focusing on customer service is simply good business!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Why You Should Remember You are Hiring People, not Statistics!

What does your current hiring system say about you and your company?

Job seekers are frustrated.

The trend towards automation when it comes to applying for jobs is often to blame. Electronic resumes can be slow to download and the interface with the employer’s application can be confusing, duplicative, or even filled with errors. 

The problems then continue. Job seekers are not always informed their applications have been received. At times applicants are not even kept abreast of where companies are in the hiring process, if the job has been filled, or may not even hear back from them at all.  

This leads to a system that is often fraught with delays and non-communication. Instead of automation making it easier to attract the applicants you need, it creates a process that is impersonal, frustrating, and even downright miserable for many.   

Companies will argue that they have no choice. Expanding their reach is essential in finding a better range of candidates, and that results in the need for online applications. They will also cite the sheer volume of applications they receive. Without programs that search for key words and pre-determined skills, and weed out applications that fall short, they would never get to the next hiring step. 

There is no doubt that when it comes to hiring, automation has its place. 

It is undoubtedly the easiest way to quickly help employers weed out those that are unqualified for the job. Streamlining this process through automation is an invaluable tool.

However, automation is often not the only cause of frustration for job seekers.

Lengthy hiring practices also play a part!

Many companies employ a multi-phase hiring process. There is the pre-screening stage (both automated and by hand). Those candidates that make it through this step are then often contacted by a recruiter or company human resource employee to set up an initial phone interview.

During this phase the applicant will be asked questions related to their submitted application or resume. A select few will then be slated for additional interviews, with the final ones most likely in-person. Oftentimes these interviews are conducted by multiple company representatives and can last anywhere from an hour to a half day or more.

Then starts the waiting game.

Promises to the applicant that they will be contacted “soon” can drag on for weeks or even months. And many times the only updates given are when the applicants themselves reach out. 

This leaves many job seekers in limbo and unsure of where they stand. It is even worse if they end up not being offered the job. It can seem as if applying with your company has been a lengthy waste of their time.   

But while a reliance on automation and multi-step screening practices make the hiring task easier for companies, the question then becomes ~ At What Cost?

What You need to know is Applicants Talk!

They share their job search experiences, both good and bad, with each other online and in person.

How does your company rate?

Find out what is being said about you on various social sites. Take note of common complaints and reviews. 

This is a snapshot of your applicants’ experiences.

Next, ask yourself this ~ Do these reviews of your hiring practices paint your company in a good light? Did they leave your applicants with a good impression of you and your company’s practices and values?

Be honest with yourself and, if you find them lacking, take action.

This means moving away from traditional, detached, and scientific hiring decisions and trying a more personal touch.

It starts with treating people not as numbers, or as a statistic, but as individuals.

What can You Do to Improve Your Applicant Experience?

For all Applicants:
Put the “personal touch” back into your Hiring Process.
This is possible even as you continue to use automation. Respond to all applicants. Continually update your job posts with where you are in the hiring process. Doing this will even allow those that don’t reach the next level to know where they stand. This is especially important when the job is filled or you have put your hiring on hold. 

Make your online applications responsive and easy to complete.
Get experts involved in developing your system. Nothing is more frustrating for applicants then when your application doesn’t load or work properly.

Ensure that your desired qualifications are indeed necessary to be successful in your posted job. Without this step you may be missing out on younger applicants or others with a diverse background. 

For those applicants that advance to next step:
Be transparent about every step of your hiring process. Share with them an outline of what will happen and when ~ and don’t forget to update them if something throws a wrench in your anticipated timeline.

These steps will go a long way towards improving your applicant experience and improve your company image!
By taking the time to recognize your applicants as people, not numbers and statistics, you and your company will shine.

More importantly, you will find that your improved reputation will lead to increased interest in working for you and your company ~ and this should be your ultimate goal!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Why You Need to Contact Us Before You Hire!

Are You ready to Grow Your Business?

Making more informed hiring decisions with a comprehensive employment background check is the place to start!  

Whether you are thinking about hiring full-time, part-time, or seasonal help, or even taking on a partner or sub-contractor, API is here to help you! Our services are designed to make your hiring process transparent, compliant, and cost-effective.

Why should You Hire API?

Our Knowledge and Experience
Since 1996, we have made it our mission to use the best resources and practice the best methods for getting the information our clients need. 

An employment background check is only as good as the verifying sources used. At API, we don’t rely on online databases to obtain your information. We directly contact the courts, employers, and educational institutions needed. Our reason? It is the best way to ensure you receive the most accurate and up-to-date results! 

We stay Informed on Hiring Laws and Regulations
Using API will take the worry out of your compliance and discrimination questions. We make it our duty to keep up with all the latest EEOC, FCRA, and federal, state, and local compliance regulations.

We Keep Your Confidentiality and Protect Your Employee Information
When companies conduct background checks internally, applicants and existing employees may question their confidentiality. They may wonder who actually has access to their records. This can create mistrust.

By outsourcing your background checks, your employee records are kept more confidential. Access is limited to the screening company you hire and the results are given directly to you. Only those within your company that you choose will ever have access to that information.
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We are Your Barrier against Discrimination Claims
API will act as your buffer against seeing the things you shouldn’t see. Things like criminal or civil cases where your applicant was never convicted or protected information pertaining to their race, age, sex, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.

Remember, what you see cannot be unseen. By providing you with only the information to which you are legally permitted, we will help protect you from possible discrimination litigation and the possibility of bias in hiring.

We can save you Time, Money, and Resources
Using our services won’t break the bank! We are here to listen to your needs and will work with you to determine the right scope for your background check. We will never try to sell you on screening services you don’t need. Our goal will always be to fit the background check to the job!

Take a look at what API has to offer!

Each of our services is designed to meet your hiring needs. Our criminal and civil record checks are done directly through the courts. We also go to the source when it comes to verifying education and employment records. We believe that is the best way to ensure you get up to date and accurate results.

Find out more about what we can do for you on our Background Investigation & Applicant Services page!

At API, our passion is helping businesses…and our clients know it! Take a look at what they have to say!

We believe in what we do and we care about you and your business. Our biggest goal is to help you succeed ~ it is what drives us and it is behind everything we do and why we do it!

That is what helps set us apart.

Let API help you too! Contact Us Today for a consultation ~ we would love to get to know about you and your business!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

What You need to Know for a Smooth Background Check

When it comes to Background Checks, even savvy employers like you are often stymied.

Most of you already know WHY doing employment background checks makes sense for both you and your company. You understand that “by thoroughly checking every employee that you hire, you are showing that you take your company “brand”, reputation, and bottom line seriously”.

That is why hiring a safe workforce makes sense. It shows your willingness to protect your employees and your clients and customers.  

Find out more about the “Why” of employment background checks in “If You are not Doing Background Checks on Your New Hires, You are Making the Biggest Mistake Your Small Business can Make”.

But when it comes to knowing exactly what happens, and when, it is often less clear.

And for any employer, being in the dark or confused about what it takes to complete a background check is unwise. 

Having the entire process run smoothly is everyone’s goal ~ and that is why being fully aware of what is happening each step of the way make sense!

Most employment background checks follow a similar timeline.

Your Employment Background Checks ~ a Step by Step Guide:
  1. Obtain Client Request and a Signed Release
  2. Search Court Records
  3. Verify Education and Past Employments
  4. Check References
  5. Request Driving Records
  6. Send Final Reports to Client

Find out more about the steps I take to complete your background checks in “Life of a Background Check ~ Start to Finish”!

While the steps listed above are the most basic background check requests, depending upon your type of business, you may have some additional needs. Checking things like past addresses, verifying your applicant’s social security number, and even doing a social media investigation are all possibilities.

See the background check services we offer at API here!

In order for your hiring process to run smoothly, it is crucial that you know what happens each step of the way. Only then will everyone be on the same page and understand what to expect.

How can You Achieve a Smooth Running Background Check Process? 

Hiring a good screening company is a great start. 

They will help explain the steps it takes to complete a good and accurate background check. They will also be completely transparent about the entire process and be on-hand to explain any questions or concerns you may have.

Check out these tips to show you how in "How to Pick the Best Background Check Company" for you and your business!

The ultimate goal of any employment background check is to obtain the information you need to make a safe and talented hire. That is why knowing and understanding the steps it takes to get there is simply good business!

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We can answer your questions and get your process on track!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Want to Donate? What You need to Know Now!

In the wake of hurricane Harvey and Irma, many Americans are coming together in empathy of those impacted by the storm and flood waters.

Despite the tragic circumstances, I am gladdened by the feeling of community that has developed. People, both local and from other states, are coming together to help each other whenever and wherever they can. 

Organized relief efforts to help are also being made. 

Shelters have been provided by local and national organizations. Emergency response contact centers have been set up to answer pressing questions and offer information. 

Habitat for Humanity's local offices are ready to help area people displaced by these storms to assess their immediate and future re-building needs.

Even private citizens have traveled to the impacted areas to help in rescue efforts.

But not everyone is able to give such "hands-on" help. That is where giving to charitable organizations come in.

Charities, both new and established, are using television, radio, print, and social media to ask for donations. 

They promise that money raised will go towards those needing it the most. Families temporarily, or even possibly permanently, without homes. Babies and children in pressing need of clothing. Many who lack even the basic of necessities ~ things like food, water, and personal items.

There is no doubt that we, as caring people, want to help. We see the devastation and are looking for any way we can make a difference.  

But before you make that donation, there are things you need to know about these charities.

Start by Asking these 3 Questions:
  • Is the Charity legitimate or a Scam?
  • Where does the money raised go?
  • What percentage of the money raised goes directly to the cause?

Without clear cut and truthful answers to these questions, you would be unwise to donate your hard earned money.

That doesn't mean you should be scared or stop giving. It simply means you shouldn't go in blindly.

There are some easy steps you can take to give you some peace of mind when you decide to make a donation.
  1. Research Charity Online
  2. Check Out the Charities Contact Information & Mailing Address
  3. Contact the Charity Directly
  4. Do a Civil and/or Criminal Court Check on the Charity / Key Executives

Find more detailed information on how to make sure the money you donate is really doing the most good in, "Do This Before You Give Money to any Charity"!

Good charities no doubt do good in the world. They give much needed aid to those who desperately need the help. And they rely on donations from concerned citizens to keep going.

People doing and giving what they can to help other people is the absolute best way to make a difference in the world.

But simply giving without doing your homework first doesn't make sense. You deserve to know exactly how your donations are being used. 

Only then can you donate fully knowing you are helping the people who need it most.

And that is what it truly means to be charitable!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Labor Day ~ Our Nation's History!

At Access Profiles, and across our Nation, we celebrate the American worker!

We honor their hard work and achievements and value what they contribute to our communities and our nation. 

Many of us will share posts on our social sites wishing everyone a Happy Labor Day. And we will make plans for a long weekend with family and friends. 

But while it is certainly a time for celebration, it is also important that we remember the original reason for Labor Day. 

Labor Day began as a way to quell civil unrest and recognize those that fought for, and achieved, workplace reform.

Before Labor Day became a national holiday, protests were escalating over the working conditions of the time. People worked an average of 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, and many much more than that. (*Source1) Employees earned an approximate yearly wage of $445 (which translates to about $10,200 by today's standards). Benefits like vacations or health insurance were unheard of.  

Workplaces were also unsafe. Labor regulations and employee safety legislation did not exist in our country. Long hours contributed to weary workers. "Get the job done no matter the cost" was the norm.   

According to "The Struggles of Labor"(*Source2); anyone trying to change the system, was met with unresponsive and uncooperative business owners. Even the judiciary was found to rule against those trying to enact change to benefit the American worker. The courts' rulings followed "the prevailing philosophy of the times. As John D. Rockefeller is reported to have said: "the growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest." This "Social Darwinism," as it was known, had many proponents who argued that any attempt to regulate business was tantamount to impeding the natural evolution of the species". Even as late as 1900, the United States had the highest job-related fatality rate of any industrialized nation in the world! 

It took those willing to put themselves on the line to enact necessary change. Groups organized, some nationwide, whose goals were to increase wages, reduce hours, and improve working conditions. 

Incidents of violent protests and strikes were not uncommon. 

It was in direct response to this civil unrest that Congress passed the law making the first Monday in September Labor Day (Congress passed the Labor Day law in 1894).

While things now are certainly not perfect, the days of complete disregard for our workers' safety and quality of life hopefully are a thing of the past.

The best employers know and understand this. They have learned from the past and changed their focus.

Instead of placing little value on their employees, the best companies do what they can to make their workplace safe and provide their employees with the tools to succeed. 

Companies recognize that Workplace Safety means things like keeping it a drug free zone and doing background checks before hiring.

"When you hire, you need to remember that who you hire is a reflection of your business.  They are often the first “face” of your company that your clients and customers see.

Your clients often deal with your employees on a much more intimate basis than they do with you.  

That is why making a hiring mistake can actually harm your carefully cultivated brand. It can even put your small business, your other employees, and your clients in jeopardy".

Find out more about the importance of employment screening in your business in "If You're not doing Background Checks on Your New Hires, You are making the Biggest Mistake Your Small Business can Make!". 

This emphasis on workplace safety even includes policies designed to stop bullying and harassment. Unlike in years past, business owners understand the need to get on board and make their workplace a "bully free" zone. They are willing to do what it takes to keep their employees safe.

"Responsibility for making changes in how your company deals with harassment needs to start at the top ~ with you, the business owner, and your managers and supervisors. You need to develop a “follow the leader” mentality and set an example.  When upper level employees are allowed to discriminate or harass, your company is in trouble". 

Discover more about what you can do in, "It's On Us ~ Is Your Company Ready to Step Up & Stop Workplace Harassment?".

Good business owners also realize that creating that safe workplace needs to be a team effort. It can't be accomplished alone.

"One of the most successful tactics you can use to create a work environment that is as safe as possible is to make it a Team Effort. Getting all your employees onboard and creating the culture that safety is more important than profits makes sense".

Discover steps to accomplish this in "Workplace Safety needs to be a Team Effortand you can learn more tips to help you keep your company safe in "5 Things You Need to Consider to Keep Your Company Safe"!

In addition to the importance of workplace safety, the best businesses also recognize the importance of creating a company that values their workers and retains their good ones.

Being clear about your company culture, encouraging a diverse and welcoming environment, and even revamping your hiring procedures can all make a difference. All have an impact on how job seekers, and eventually your employees, perceive you and your company. 

Discover more about what you can do to make your workplace interesting and inviting in "Hiring? What You Should Do Now to Attract the New Hires You Need".

Finally, as a business it is important for you to set yourself apart from your competition...and that is especially important for a Small Business!

To make your company shine, you need to not only show, but embody, what you can offer that makes your business a perfect place to work. 

You should emphasize how your company is different and what benefits working for a small business offers that a bigger company can't touch!

"By nature, a small business atmosphere is more hands-on and close knit. Employees have a much more tangible stake in the success of the company and often have a chance for greater input.  Even flexibility of work hours,  telecommuting, and promotions are often part of the small business culture", excerpt from "4 Reasons Why Job Seekers will want to Work for Your Small Business"!

It is this focus on employees and what they bring to our businesses and our country that is a direct result of the fight for improvements in working conditions. We have learned valuable lessons from the past. 

Those early crusaders showed us that we must recognize the daily contributions of our nation's workers. We need to treat them with dignity and honor. Without them, we would not succeed as a business or as a nation.

Happy Labor Day from Us at 
Access Profiles, Inc.!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Why Celebrating Labor Day needs to Include Small Business!

Labor Day is when we celebrate the 
American Worker. 
We honor the many contributions they have made, and continue to make, to the strength and resilience of our country.

We recognize their struggles to make a life for themselves and their families. We admire their work ethic and their focus. And we realize that without their hard work, our nation could not function.

Small Businesses and their owners understand this. We know that without our employees, we cannot succeed. We value what they bring to our companies and try hard to reward their dedication.

As a group, Small businesses employ many different types of workers. They hire employees just entering the job market; full-time, part-time,temporary and seasonal workers; those looking to re-enter the workforce; and even non-traditional employees.

That is why I believe that when we celebrate Labor Day, we should also be celebrating Small Business! 

3 Reasons why Small Business & Labor Day are Perfect Partners:

  • Small Businesses are Vital to our Economy Small Business employs “over 50% of the current working population (according to Forbes) and have created more than 63% of the new jobs in the U.S. since 1993” (
  • Small Businesses Recognize the Importance of their Employees Small Business owners recognize the need to appreciate their employees.  They work more closely and rely more heavily on them than bigger businesses.
  • Small Business Owners Embody and Reward a Strong Work Ethic They recognize hard work in others because they need to work hard themselves.

Learn more about why Small Business is so important to our country and its workers in “Labor Day and Small Business are a Perfect Partnership”!

It is for those reasons that I believe that Labor Day should also remember to honor our Small Business owners.

Small Business Owners forge their own path. They create their own success with a fierce focus on the future ~ and won’t let anyone get in the way of what they want to achieve.

So this Labor Day as we celebrate our nation’s hard working men and women, let’s not forget our Small Business owners and their day-to-day contributions. After all, their dedication and drive are traits that truly match our American spirit!

Happy Labor Day to All!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Anniversary! Join Me in Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging!

This August, I am celebrating 5 years of blogging! 

In that time, I have written almost 300 articles covering everything from hiring, workplace issues, employment discrimination, and even business marketing. Through it all, I have shared my knowledge, my thoughts and opinions, and, even learned a lot myself. 

However, the most important thing I have gained through my blogging journey is the connections I have made. 

I have grown my client and reader base, “met” (both off and online) other business owners, and forged relationships with other bloggers. These connections have not only been invaluable to my business, but also to my mental well-being!

Running a “solo” business can be a lonely venture. All decisions rest on your shoulders and second guessing yourself often comes with the territory. Having real-life and online friends to reach out to can make all the difference.

They have been there. They know the ins and outs and can give advice or just lend an ear.

Blogging has given me the opportunity to reach them in ways I don’t believe would have been open to me if I hadn’t started writing.

For that I will always be thankful.

So, in celebration of these past 5 blogging years, I am sharing my favorite articles. 

While not all of them may have gotten the most traction, these have been a pleasure for me to write ~ and many have found their own audience who sees in them what I do.

First up is an article I wrote way back in 2012! “Why You Should Run a Background Check on Yourself", speaks to my desire to help both employers and job seekers. 

Knowing what is “out there”, and prepping your resume BEFORE you even apply, makes sense. It puts you in the best position to land the job and helps the employer easily do the screening they need. Anytime you can save an employer time and money, you are ahead of the game! 

Find out more by visiting my article here!

Since Hiring and Background Checks is my primary business focus, I have written many articles dealing with this subject. But this particular one has always stood out to me. It dealt with a subject that I truly believe in ~ the need for people to be given a second chance!

In my article, “Once a Criminal Always a Criminal, Why We need to Believe in Second Chances”, I discuss the very real problem of recidivism and hiring ex-offenders. My solution focuses on balancing cautiousness with fairness. I explore how employers can find a happy medium between giving people a chance and keeping their company safe. Check it out here!

Sharing what other “at home” business owners have to say about what it really takes to run a business from home was a pleasure. In this article, I polled some of my “work from home” entrepreneur friends for their tips, suggestions, and concerns. 

Read more in “The Challenges and Rewards of Running a Business from Home!”.

The next few choices focus on my love for Small Business and Small Business Owners!

This favorite is really a collection of 5! It was my Small Business tips from “People in the Know” series. It was the first long “series” type of blog article I had ever written and it got a lot of feedback and interest. It’s success illustrated the power to be found in the blog “series” and the people it could reach. 

Most importantly, however, it fostered my love of sharing tips from real business owners about what has worked for them and the challenges they faced. I covered everything from set-up, finances, hiring, marketing, and more.

Check out Part 1 (Set Up & Finances), Part 2 (Hiring, Outsourcing, & Background Checks), Part 3 (Social Media & Marketing), Part 4 (Networking), and Part 5 (General Tips & Tricks) to discover what they had to say!  

Throughout many of my blog articles, there has been a recurring theme ~ the Power of Small Business! 

Here I shared the reasons we should all be “shopping small”. But the real focus was on why, as a group of small business owners, it makes sense for us to Band Together!

Building a Small Business Community helps us all “tap into the power of support and collaboration” we get from joining forces. This is something I really believe in. It drives me to help other entrepreneurs whenever I can. That is why this article has continued to be a favorite of mine!

Learn more about how to foster and grow the strength of Small Business in "Small Businesses Need to Band Together"!

I am closing with my #1 Favorite Article ~ 

It is this article that truly sums up everything I want to share about myself and my business.

I found my “Why” by taking a hard look at my core values and what was truly important to me. These values then became the cornerstone of my business.

Knowing“Why” has also helped me really focus. Simply said, it drives everything else I do. From how I treat my clients, the kind of services I offer, my social media presence, and, of course, my blogging!

While these 6 articles sum up a lot about me and my business, and have continued to be my favorites, I don't intend for it to stop here.

I am intend to share more tips and news in the years to come. I hope they will help You succeed while I continue to share my take on all things business. 

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