Sunday, December 10, 2017

Need Help Starting Your Small Business? Contact Us!



Many people dream of becoming their own boss. 

Setting their own hours. Taking their business in any direction they choose. Doing something that is meaningful.

No doubt this sounds wonderful!

But oftentimes it is hard to know where to start.

Or, even if you do manage to get your business off the ground, obstacles can often get in the way that derail you from your goals.


This is where We can Help!

At Access Profiles, we offer Small Business Mentoring!

Our mentoring service was created out of what we saw as a real need. Many times our small business clients, and many of  the people we ran across, had a dream of succeeding as small business owners.

The trouble was, they didn’t know how to make their dream become a reality! 

For the past year or two, I have had people contact me who are thinking of starting their own small business. Most have been interested in a background check company, but others have been all over the board.

And if you have read any of my articles in the past, then you know that I am a believer in Paying it Forward.  


I have spent numerous hours on the phone and through email fielding questions and offering support to these budding entrepreneurs.  


It was during one of these phone calls that an idea began to form. My contact asked if I would be interested in actually mentoring her in starting her own business ~ and she offered to pay me for my time!


She wanted to “pick my brain” on the things I had learned in the past 20+ years and give her real guidance in getting her company up and running. 


This started me thinking ~ maybe I can start helping others on a more formal basis too.


And my Small Business Mentoring Service was born!”, excerpt from “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Small Business?”.








Are You Ready to Start a Small Business of Your Own?


Whether you need help with one specific problem, or simply need real advice to help you get started, we are here!

At API we have developed a list of Mentoring Sessions designed to address the many issues faced when starting a business. These topics cover everything from Setting up Your business, Hiring and Outsourcing, Building Your Brand, and much more!

You can find a complete list of the mentoring sessions we offer at API here!

We are also able to customize individual sessions, or an entire plan, just for you!


Do You already run Your own Business?


We can help you too! Our sessions can help you overcome those inevitable roadblocks and get you back on the path to success!


So, if you are ready to begin your journey into entrepreneurship, if you are on the fence, or even if you simply need help with your existing business,  Contact Us!



We are here to answer your questions and help you choose the best path for you! 
Let’s Get Started!


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Learn Why You need to Do More than an Online Background Check

Online Background checks have their place!

Using them as a “jumping off” point to your employment background check can yield some valuable information. For example, you may discover places where your subject has lived and worked that were not mentioned on their application or resume.

But, for me, it stops there. 
Using the results of these “instant” checks exclusively to help you hire is not only unwise, it is bad business!


In fact, the majority of these online sites actually have a disclaimer that the results should not be used to determine employment.

So why would you take the risk? 

Instead, it is crucial that if you have opted for an online, “instant”, search on your applicant, then you need to follow-up with that all important Second Step ~ additional verification!

Additional verification is the key “to ensuring you get accurate and up-to-date information on the subject of your search. 


Checking any information found through a database search against real court records is crucial. It is truly the single best way to determine whether any criminal record found actually belongs to your subject.

It will also help you determine whether the record is complete. A good record should contain details of the charges, final disposition, and sentence. If no disposition is listed, then you will be able to determine if it is an active case where no disposition is yet recorded.

Databases may also not contain all the information you need. There are counties that either do not report their case information in a timely manner or not at all. That can result in major holes in your report”, excerpt from “Don’t be Fooled ~ Why You need to Know what is Missing from Your Online Search”!

Using inaccurate or incomplete information to make your employment decision is not only unfair to your applicant, it can hurt your company!


Relying solely on these online searches for your background check can have serious consequences for your business.

3 Top Dangers of Online Background Checks:


Inaccurate Information - Online checks can include information that doesn’t really belong to your applicant. Common names and a lack of identifiers included in the report (full name, date of birth, SSN) can cause problems when trying to conclusively match them to your applicant. Even the inclusion of legally expunged records is an issue. Many databases are not updated frequently enough to remove these types of records.

Missing Information - Many online checks are incomplete. They often contain no final disposition when it comes to criminal cases. And relying on arrests only when it comes to making a hiring decision is unwise. The case may have been dismissed or the person found not guilty. In addition, not all criminal cases are even included in these online databases. This may lead you to hire without all the facts.

Potential Lawsuits - Solely relying on online databases to make your hiring decisions can open you up to potential litigation. Any inaccurate or incomplete records used can be the basis of a future lawsuit from the rejected applicant or even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)!





The best advice I can give you is to make no hiring decision before you Go to the Source!


Taking this extra step will ensure you get the best information possible from your employment background check to help you hire safely and effectively!

And We can Help! Contact Us for more information on our Background Investigation services and how they can help You and Your Business!


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