The Innovators Jun 20, 2016
Need a New Challenge? Consider Becoming an 'Expat-preneur" [Infographic]

You're bored at work. You're unfulfilled in life. You need something more – a bigger risk with a bigger payoff, a more invigorating challenge. If that sounds like you, you may want to consider going the way of the "expat-preneur." An expat-preneuer is a person who decides to move abroad in order to find their next opportunity in life. Sure, it may seem like an unnecessarily huge step...

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The Innovators Jun 16, 2016
Hiring on a Budget: 10 Tips for Cash-Strapped Startups

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Hiring can be expensive – but few entrepreneurs have the money to spare, especially in the early stages of their business....

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The Innovators Jun 15, 2016
Avoiding Disruption: What Do You Know for Sure That Just Ain't So?

Mark Twain wrote, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." This witty quote can serve as an excellent reminder for your executive leadership team when building or refining your organization's strategy. They're the ones who are charged with the direction of your company, and if they don't know what they're doing, you risk the...

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The Innovators Jun 15, 2016
Why Women Are Naturally Effective Leaders

In the wake of Hillary Clinton securing the Democratic nomination for president, some observers have decided rekindled the debate over whether a woman president will be an effective leader for the country, and by extension, whether women make for good leaders in general. Of course, bunching half of the population into a single category raises inevitable stereotypes that don't apply to all...

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The Innovators Jun 15, 2016
4 Ways Employee Benefits Can Improve Your Team's Productivity

Businesses are constantly looking for ways to get the most productivity out of their employees. If staff members aren't being as productive as they can be, a business isn't operating to its potential. One of the ways in which productivity can be improved is by offering a competitive employee benefits program to your staff. According to the Better Benefits Survey from Care.com, 62 percent...

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The Innovators Jun 14, 2016
Never Fight Complexity With Complexity: Tim Sanders on the New Way to Succeed in Sales

Tim Sanders, author of Love Is the Killer App, former chief solutions officer at Yahoo!, and cofounder of Deeper Media, Inc., is the kind of person you should know about if you don't already. This past February, Sanders introduced us all to "dealstorming," a new sales strategy with a 70 percent average closing ratio. If you weren't interested in Sanders before, you definitely should be...

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The Innovators Jun 14, 2016
3 Times a Payroll Loan Might Be Right for Your Business

Employee compensation and benefits make up a major portion of the budget for most businesses. In the service industry, payroll may even make up the majority of an organization's expenses. If an employer cannot fund a given payroll cycle, that could lead to deteriorating relationships, low morale, and employee defection. A cash flow challenge might cause you to consider a payroll loan,...

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The Innovators Jun 13, 2016
How to Manage Employees Who Value Stability

Employees who value stability desire to be part of a well-respected organization. They do their best work when their employers have established histories and great reputations. How to Identify Employees Who Value Stability: These individuals will work to gain the organization recognition from their peers and colleagues by providing clear examples of the quality of the product or...

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The Innovators Jun 8, 2016
What Type of Office Does Your Business Need? Check Out This Flowchart:

As an entrepreneur, you have a choice to make about your fledgling business: Are you going to house your operations in a physical office, or are you going to go entirely remote? It's not an easy decision. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. Traditional offices are great for collaboration and keeping tabs on your workers, but they also cost quite a bit of money and can limit your...

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The Innovators Jun 7, 2016
Check Out These Great New Ideas for Employee Benefits

While every employee is different, they all have one thing in common: They want great benefits. Ultimately, employees want to feel valued. When they do, they're happy. When they're happy, your business benefits. According to SHRM's 2015 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report, 63 percent of U.S. employees say benefits are very important to them. If a great benefits package helps...

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The Innovators Jun 6, 2016
4 Ways to Make Flexible Work a Part of Your Office Culture

Your company claims to be a proponent of workplace flexibility. It has a formal flexible work policy, and some of your employees even leave the office early so they can spend more time with their families. But is your company really doing everything possible to promote a flexible work environment and ensure better work-life balance for its workers? Is flexible work an integral part of...

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The Innovators May 27, 2016
With Every House Comes a Mortgage: Why Success Is Never Achieved Without Payment in Full

Who doesn't enjoy a Sunday afternoon drive? When the sun is shining and the chores are done, a winding ride through your neighborhood can be a great way to relax. Streets lined with white picket fences divide perfectly manicured lawns in front of big, beautiful houses. You probably have a couple favorites and think about how convenient a three-car garage would be or all the time you'd save if...

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The Innovators May 13, 2016
Cloud Computing: What Startups Should Know

Cloud computing offers small businesses and entrepreneurs a wide range of benefits. A recent study found that approximately 40 percent of today's small businesses use the cloud for all or most of their information technology (IT) needs, and this number is expected to grow to 80 percent by the year 2020. There are several reasons why so many businesses have transitioned to the cloud. The most...

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The Innovators May 12, 2016
8 Entrepreneurs Talk About the Biggest Challenges They Faced in Getting Their Startups Off the Ground

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: The entrepreneur's life is not an easy one. It's difficult – if not downright impossible – to find a single entrepreneur...

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The Innovators May 10, 2016
7 People Every Entrepreneur Dreams of Hiring

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Let's say you can hire anyone you want, for free. Who do you hire, and why? The answers below are provided by members of...

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The Innovators May 9, 2016
5 Design Tips to Help You Invigorate Your Office Environment

If you have generous financial backers and overflowing coffers, office design is a piece of cake. Just hire some designers and consultants, and presto: a brilliant work environment. Problem is, only about 15 percent of entrepreneurs secure funding from angel investors and venture capitalists. Most startups operate on shoestring budgets financed by personal savings and bank loans. That...

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The Innovators May 6, 2016
Want to Be a Better Entrepreneur? Start Traveling (Infographic)

According to Mark Twain, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Turns out it's also fatal to bad entrepreneurs. Sort of. According to a new infographic from Expedia Canada, trekking around the world can make you a better entrepreneur. Traveling abroad can build maturity, self-confidence, and resilience in the face of uncertainty – all important...

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The Innovators May 5, 2016
5+ Great Conferences for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What are the best conferences, meetups, trade shows, etc., for entrepreneurs to attend? 1....

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The Innovators May 4, 2016
3 Ways to Get Employees and Clients to Spread the Word About Your Startup

It's easy to be sucked in by the allure of cutting-edge online marketing methods, especially given the fact that 59 percent of small businesses get their clients via SEO activity and 33 percent get them through social media. However, while online marketing is an important way to market your business, it's not the only way. Actually, it's not even the best way. In fact,...

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The Innovators Apr 28, 2016
Startup Heroes: 8 Entrepreneurs on Who Inspires Them

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Every entrepreneur has an idol whom they look up to and draw inspiration from. Who is your startup hero, and...

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The Innovators Apr 21, 2016
9 Ways to Determine Whether or Not Your Business Idea Is a Good One

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Plenty of people want to be entrepreneurs, and plenty of people have ideas for businesses and products. But how do you know...

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The Innovators Apr 14, 2016
8 Things You Should Know About Business Incubators

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What, exactly, do incubators do? How do you know if your startup needs an incubator? How do you pick one that is right for...

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The Innovators Apr 14, 2016
What Can Entrepreneurs Learn From Consumer Infatuation With Uber?

So I got into a cab the other day; I was walking out of the train station to visit a client in Westport, Connecticut, a very affluent neighborhood situated less than an hour from New York City. Since I am in the on-demand space, I typically cart around the city in an Uber, Lyft, or my personal favorite, Via. But on this particular evening, I didn't hail any of those services from my phone. I...

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The Innovators Apr 13, 2016
Trust Your Gut: Remote Work Expert Sara Sutton Fell on Her Entrepreneurial Journey

As part of our Innovators channel, we like to publish interviews with successful entrepreneurs both inside and outside of the recruiting and hiring world. Today, we're highlighting the career of Sara Sutton Fell. Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings; founder...

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The Innovators Apr 12, 2016
4 More Serious Pricing Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make

Yesterday, I talked about one of the major reasons why startups fail: financial incompetence, which is responsible for 46 percent of new business failures. One of the major realms in which entrepreneurs struggle is pricing. That makes sense: Pricing is a complicated issue with which many of us have little experience. In my previous post, I outlined four pricing mistakes that many...

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The Innovators Apr 11, 2016
4 Serious Pricing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Often Make

Why do so many startups fail? There are a lot of reasons, including weak products and zero innovation, but it's important to note that one of the major causes of startup failure is the poor financial abilities of many founders. In fact, a full 46 percent of startups fail due to "incompetence" in the areas of financing, accounting, record-keeping, tax payments, and pricing strategies....

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The Innovators Apr 8, 2016
Job Boards and Big Data: Christian Malpeli on the Past, Present, and Future of Recruiting Technology

Christian Malpeli is the founder of JobBoard.io, a job board software that gives employers the ability to create their own branded job boards in 30 seconds flat. Sound too good to be true? Trust us: It isn't. To learn more about JobBoard.io's striking approach to the recruiting tech industry, as well as Malpeli's personal entrepreneurial journey, we connected with Malpeli for a QA...

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The Innovators Apr 7, 2016
8 Accurate Ways to Assess Your New Hire's Performance

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: How do you gauge a new hire's success during their first three months on the job? The answers below are provided by...

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The Innovators Mar 31, 2016
How to Get Your Startup Team Focused Without Crushing Anyone's Enthusiasm

In the hope-fueled honeymoon phase of your startup, your team probably has enthusiasm in spades. The challenges is channeling that enthusiasm into productive avenues. Of course you want your staff to feel inspired and motivated, but if they spend too much time on big-dream schemes with little grounding in reality, you'll burn through your funding pretty quickly with little to show for...

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The Innovators Mar 31, 2016
It's Time: 9 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: There are plenty of would-be entrepreneurs who have yet to make the leap, simply because they don't know when to make it....

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The Innovators Mar 30, 2016
5 Surprising Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur In the Making

Are you an heir apparent with a billion-dollar surname? Do you hold a degree from an elite university? Are you the wunderkind at your illustrious firm? Heck, do you have friends or family members in high places? Then congratulations: You have a good shot at being the next big thing in your industry. For those you who can't say "yes" to any of these questions – which is probably most of...

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The Innovators Mar 25, 2016
Tech Innovations That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Radar

The most successful companies stay abreast of technological advances. Disruptive innovations can completely transform existing practices and create brand new paradigms, and history is replete with once-great industry leaders who fell from grace when they failed to adapt to changing business models. Organizations that fail to respond to new technologies do so at their own peril. With that...

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The Innovators Mar 25, 2016
How to Become More Creative at Home and in Business

Creativity and innovation are integral pieces of business success. Unfortunately, many of us have trouble tapping into that part of our brain. Life gets busy, and we get wrapped up in the routine of our everyday business operations. However, in order for us to flourish, we need to unleash our creativity. Personally, I'm always looking for ways to inspire myself. I like to absorb as much...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
Use Team Building to Create Lasting Bonds

Company culture is incredibly important for small businesses. When you're consistently working with the same group of five, 15, or 40 people, minor issues between coworkers can cause significant problems during office hours. Because everyone works so closely together at all times in these environments, small business owners want to make sure all employees feel respected and valued by their...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
3 Steps to Improving Client Retention Before It's Too Late

Entrepreneurship is not all roses and unicorns. Sometimes, it's tough. In fact, there are times when it has to be tough in order for your employees, your business, and even you, young padawan, to grow. Sometimes, you lose clients. When it happens – and it does happen – business owners may wonder if sub-par performance, a lack of leadership, or the worst clients ever are to blame. I'm...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
Fear of Failure? How to Beat the Odds and Build a Thriving Business [Infographic]

By some estimates, a full 8 out of 10 businesses fail within their first 18 months of existence. The deck may be stacked against entrepreneurs, but that doesn't mean failure is a guarantee. In a new infographic, the folks at Towergate Insurance explore the topic of business longevity – and how to make sure your business beats the odds and thrives. The infographic outlines some of the...

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The Innovators Mar 22, 2016
Staffing Your Startup

Congratulations, entrepreneur and budding business owner! You've reached the point where your hard work, sacrifice, and courage is paying off.  You've gained the financial means -- whether through external funding, bootstrapping, or revenue growth -- to add people to your team and finally reduce the number of hats you're wearing so you can focus on growing your business. But not so fast....

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The Innovators Mar 22, 2016
How to Welcome New Hires Into Your Startup Family

Small businesses are like families, both literally and figuratively speaking. From a literal standpoint, family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. GDP and 78 percent of all new job creation. But even if your business isn't a family affair, your startup probably shares a lot of similarities with families. For example, you may have launched your startup in your own home -- and even...

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The Innovators Mar 17, 2016
Business Plans: 9 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment- and entrepreneurship-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Entrepreneurs are always being told they need to draft up business plans – but many entrepreneurs...

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The Innovators Mar 16, 2016
Funding Your Startup: Old School vs. New School

At the beginning of 2016, we discussed ignoring your neighbor, whose friend may or may not be a venture capitalist. Ignoring that neighbor is a great idea while you're working on your startup. Your innovative idea belongs to you, your cofounder, and the network you've chosen to help you build it – not everyone who hears about it. What happens, then, when it's time to start raising funds?...

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The Innovators Mar 10, 2016
Dream Team: 9 Ways to Build Your Company's Most Important Asset

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: How do you develop talent and communicate expectations in a startup? The answers below are provided by members of...

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The Innovators Mar 4, 2016
How to Safely Secure Financing for Your Business

If you need financing, what's the first thing you should do? Head to the bank? Post on Kickstarter? Go on ABC's Shark Tank? In a world where the finance industry has developed a product to take advantage of many well-meaning entrepreneurs (i.e., "the business cash advance") – a world where companies promise you funding within five days and use complicated terminology such as "factor rate"...

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The Innovators Mar 3, 2016
9 Funding Tips for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: One of the biggest challenges any entrepreneur faces is finding money to fund their startup. What tips do you have to help...

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The Innovators Mar 3, 2016
How to Manage Your Small Startup Team's Big Ambitions

Expressions like "succession planning" and "career ladders" make us think of large enterprises with mile-long org charts. That's the stuff of massive corporations, right? It needn't bother entrepreneurs striking out on their own. Well, not exactly. Even small businesses need to offer some form of career progression. Research shows that about 40 percent of your staff members are looking...

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The Innovators Mar 2, 2016
Experiential Rewards: For a Better Employee Recognition Program, Ditch the Gift Cards

They say you should never go into business with your friends, but Taylor Smith and Kevin Yip, the entrepreneurs behind employee rewards and recognition company Blueboard, totally ignored that advice. They met in a basketball league when they were both in the third grade, and they've been practically inseparable ever since. And it's a good thing they did ignore that advice,...

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The Innovators Mar 1, 2016
How to Make Radical Changes to Your Business Without Alienating Employees

Ambitious small businesses can be exciting and dynamic environments, full of energy and hope. However, problems can arise when a sudden change in business direction occurs –usually due to some external market factor – and the business is forced to deviate from its original course – a course to which the whole team was seriously committed. This sharp change in direction can be...

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The Innovators Feb 26, 2016
What to Know Before Selling Your Business

Building up a business is a valuable life experience, and selling it is just as exciting. Obviously, there is the financial gain, but you can also point to it and say, "I made that." But before you put up that virtual "for sale" sign, you need to stop and ask yourself three questions: 1. "I Sold the Business. What Do I Do Now?" You've spent most days for the past few years working...

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The Innovators Feb 25, 2016
9 Professional Development Resources for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What are some of your favorite professional/career development resources for entrepreneurs? From books and websites to...

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