The Affordable Care Act has officially been implemented, and small business owners are bearing the brunt of rising healthcare costs. According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, over 60 percent of surveyed small business owners with less than 100 employees are “paying higher insurance premiums per employee in 2013 than they did in 2012.”
Many entrepreneurs must travel around the country to meet new clients, visit current ones or even connect with colleagues and employees. When you’re in another city, however, it can be difficult to find adequate office space that doesn’t involve hotel lounges or coffeehouses.
Managing talent used to involve at least a few certainties. You knew what roles you needed to fill and where you could find the talent to fill them. When people worked for you, they came to your building in the morning and left at the end of the day. You could see and interact with them. And they could see you.Read More >
Running a business takes up a lot of time and a lot of energy. So sometimes, it helps to have an extra hand. Maybe you’re in denial, still, and think you can do it all on your own. However, take a look at this list below. If any of these ring true, you may want to consider hiring a virtual assistant:Read More >
If you’re not already utilizing the cloud in the everyday life of your business, 2014 is really the time to start. Cloud technology will allow you to save money (as opposed to purchasing a physical storage space and accessories) and is super easy to use (requires no IT expertise). If you’re completely new to the cloud, that’s okay-we’re here to help! To get you started, try checking out these five FREE tools that you can use to make your life easier:Read More >
Though it's already a week into the New Year, it's possible you haven't thought of your resolutions for 2014. To help you get started, we've provided a short list of excellent resolutions every small business owner should make this year. Let's get started:Read More >
1. Assess How You Did.Read More >
So you know you want to set up a virtual office, but you’re still deciding exactly where it should be. There are many factors that go into deciding what location is best: proximity to your house, the commute, the type of restaurants and local businesses around. With its availability of urban amenities, the ease of transit, and a fervent business community, Arlington, Virginia is a happening place. When you consider what is going on in the area, the decision to find a virtual office in Arlington is pretty simple. Here are 5 reasons why you should set up your virtual office in Arlington:Read More >
In case you didn’t know, this Saturday marks the third annual Small Business Saturday. The brainchild of American Express, the shopping holiday comes the day after Black Friday and encourages shoppers to patronize small, local, brick and mortar stores in their areas.Read More >
As the holiday season draws near, many begin making plans for taking a break to enjoy time with loved ones. But for a lot of businesses, the holidays mark one of their busiest times of year, leaving them in search of helpful and cost effective resources and tools that can help them navigate increases in customers and tasks.
When you hear the term, “Virtual Office,” what comes to mind? A room full of cubicles in some dusty building set away in a not-so-appealing part of town? A Bring-Your-Own-Coffee (BYOC) set up that is austere, bare, and kind of sad-looking? Well, those assumptions are simply not true! In fact, virtual offices can be really spectacular work environments with all the perks of your own office—but sometimes even better. Here are 10 things a virtual office can offer that you may not have realized:Read More >
In advance of our Affordable Care Act Lunch & Learn talks next week, we wanted to provide you with the essential information every small business owner should know about the ACA. Here are 5 things to consider:Read More >
As you can imagine, there are a variety of benefits to having someone else handle your customer service. In case you’re still pondering the decision, we’re providing you with the Top 5 Reasons to Run Your Customer Service Remotely. Let’s get started!Read More >
You’re a busy person and that’s why you’ve decided you want to use a remote customer service provider. However, before hiring that person, you want to make sure they can handle each and every one of your specific needs. Below are the Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Remote Customer Service Provider:Read More >
by: Amanda PalumboRead More >