Friday, July 30, 2010

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The Six Disciples has a great entry on change in 2010.

Seven Steps To Effective Change in 2010

The year is now more than half over and its time to sit down and evaluate the year so far.

What has gone right, what has gone wrong, what did you do that benefited the business, what could you have done better?

The most important thing to do is be honest with yourself. Do not look through rose colored glasses or be extremely negative.

Once you evaluate the first part of the year decide what you want to accomplish in the second half of the year and what you can do to make it happen. Take a look at the Six Disciplines blog and get some ideas to a better second half of 2010.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Employee Theft

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One of the things we don't like to think about but must is the possibility that one of our trusted employees is stealing from us. However, during tough economic times employees that may not have consider stealing in the pass may do so now.

Recently I dealt with a case were an employee with a company for 17 years was caught stealing magazines, books and dvds. The person had been a good employee for many years but started stealing about 3 years ago.

While a few dvds and magazines here and there don't seem like much they can add up. In fact this person caused annual loses of maybe ten or more thousand dollars.

You need to protect yourself and your company. Now I am not saying you need to paranoid, but extra vigilance should always be taken to protect your company.

The Risk and Business Blog has more on this subject.

Beware of work place theft
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Relaxing on Vacation

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The Positivity Blog had a great entry a few days ago about relaxing on vacation.

The Short and Simple Guide to a Relaxing Vacation

I know, as a small business owner vacations can seem like a daunting task with so much on your plate. However, you must take a vacation in order to recharge your batteries and have time away from the headaches of day to day operation of your business.

One of the hardest times I have on vacation is relaxing. I normally put so much on the plate I come back as tired if not more tired than when I started out.

However, on my last vacation I did not schedule anything. I did spend a few days in a hotel were I was not pressured to go out and do too many activities. It was nice have a nice relaxing vacation and I did feel revived when I came back.

So got out and take some time off...
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Looking for a web designer?

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Are you looking for a web designer? Then the Small Business Branding blog has some questions that you will ask any web designer that you are looking to design your site.

10 Critical Questions To Ask A Web Designer

While the task of designing a website may be daunting for those that have not experience in it, you need to remember the KISS principle when it comes to web design: Keep It Simple Silly. Some web designers what to put all the coolest stuff onto your website but all it does is drive away traffic.

While your website is under design, make sure to get feedback from your customers on what they think of the proposed design. If a sampling of your customers is negative, you need to go back to your web designer and find out ways to make it better for your customers.

You do not have to become an expert in web design, but become familiar with what constitutes a good website so that you can ask good questions and insure that your designers do not go overboard with what they design.
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