Small business owners always have an eye on the future. And the future includes retirement. Whether planning for one’s own retirement as a solo entrepreneur or setting up funds for company employees, small business owners have options to protect their investments and take care of their workers. Here are three financial vehicles specially geared to those needs.
A combination of increased demand, shipping delays, and the labor shortage coming out of the pandemic is causing craft companies to struggle with product delivery delays.
For many small business owners, hiring a business coach can help you develop leadership skills, overcome overwhelm, and create the company culture you want. Learn how and when to hire a business coach.
Over the past year, there have been many conversations centered on change through diversity, equity, and inclusion, and social justice. This increased focus has given forward-thinking businesses the mandate to develop a brand strategy that addresses the diverse and evolving customer needs and expectations. One important starting point is drafting a diversity and inclusion statement for your website.
Whether you are hiring your first employee, or you already have a staff of hundreds, recruiting best practices are critical for your business. Strong recruiting practices have significant benefits for any organization.
Kollage Square Needles has been acquired by Career Services, a Canadian social services agency that provides job training for disabled adults.
Even as COVID-19 health and safety restrictions are relaxed, many companies intend to shift employees to remote work permanently. Could your creative business benefit from transitioning employees to remote work?
Craft business owners who are looking to interview for a job should consider how to describe the business skills they’ve developed, which are often significant.
California’s AB5 labor law classifies most workers as employees rather than contractors, but for all small businesses, it’s a perfect opportunity to reevalute employment practices overall.
Use our quick-start guide to writing a job description to clearly communicate expectations to your future employees when hiring.
At Yarnology, a brick-and-mortar yarn shop in Winona, Minnesota, creating community is the primary goal. Owners Gaby Peterson and Kelly Momsen work hard to create an environment where everyone is welcome.
So often when we start our creative business venture we start out alone. We are the creative force behind the business, the chief cook and bottle washer, the lone ranger. And for a time, that is good. But as the business grows and becomes more successful, there is a shift. Time becomes more precious and you begin to worry about getting it all done.
Pinning to Pinterest, posting to Instagram, and sharing to Facebook Groups can take hours and hours per week. When your business expands to the level that you’re able to hire outside help, you may consider outsourcing this kind of social media work. But how do you find a social marketer who understands the craft business and train them to communicate for your brand?
The big order comes in and it’s all hands on deck to get it processed and out the door. Photographing, packaging, and post office visits. If you have kids in the house there is a good chance you asked them to help, just to get the work done and maintain a level of sanity.
We all dream of business success, but often success can mean your business grows faster than you can handle. Sometimes the answer is bringing on an equal partner, someone who is as invested as you are in your business’ success.
It takes time to find the right virtual assistant, but it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve found a good match, you’ll wish you’d started the search sooner!
Non-disclosure agreements are a valuable and important tool to protect your business information so it doesn’t fall into a competitor’s hands.
There are many reasons for deciding to close a business. Here is a practical guide for shutting down your business without getting overwhelmed.
There are steps you can take to maximize the chance that you’ll find the right fit when it comes to hiring and feel more confident about the process.
When anyone starts a new entrepreneurial venture, they generally believe they are starting a business. And by the general definition they are. But as time goes on, reality might say they have just created their own job.