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Small business owners often put vacations on hold

As a small business owner, you deal with vacation requests all the time from your employees. They take time off to travel with friends or family and might have a weekend wedding to attend. Their obligations must be honored by the company. As you decide how many days a year they can officially take off do you think about yourself?

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Small business owners show signs of increased hiring

Small business owners are optimistic about the economy and are continuing to grow their companies. Recent increases in hiring efforts signify a trend of a recovering economy and job prospects, according to USA Today. The National Federation of Independent Business notes that while small business owners are optimistic about growing their companies, confidence levels are nowhere near pre-recession rates.

Small business perks that won't break the bank

Small business resources do not always allow for expense accounts, company car services and complimentary catered gourmet lunches. However, small business owners can still offer fun and valuable perks to their staff without breaking the bank. Before you think about what fun benefits you want to implement within your small business, consider your company location and what your employees might prefer.

Alternatives to brainstorming sessions

At many companies, smaller teams might occasionally assemble to discuss new ideas and come up with solutions to existing internal or client related projects. If you work in a creative industry such as advertising or graphic design, you are probably familiar with the process of joining your team in the conference room to discuss a new campaign for the client. However, does this process work for every team?

Creating a successful internship program

As small business owners offer coveted internships for undergraduates or recent college grads, they should keep a few essentials in mind.

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How to avoid hiring bad employees

When a small business owner’s new venture is growing rapidly, the need to make new hires quickly can sometimes lead to taking on new employees that aren’t a good fit for the company.

Admitting you're wrong can be a sign of strength

Owning a company is an experiment, and inevitably there will be days when small business owners make mistakes.

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What you need to know about hiring seasonal workers

If you are finding that business is picking up during the summer and you need extra help, it may be time to hire a seasonal employee.

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How to make your employees more collaborative

For small business owners, encouraging collaboration between employees and team members is an important aspect of creating a harmonious and productive work environment.

Hiring your kids for the summer? It may help your taxes

Summer vacation is well underway, and for many small business owners with teenagers, that means hiring their offspring to show them the ropes.

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How the DOMA ruling will affect small businesses

For members of the small business sector that live in states that recognize same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have an effect on a variety of benefits.

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Telecommuting may be here to stay

Although Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has banned working from home, it’s unlikely that many other companies will follow suit.

Use color to transform your small business office space

Small business owners are constantly looking for ways to increase productivity and make the office a more positive place to work.

Best cities for small business employees

The small business sector has an important role to play in the American economy.

Unpaid internships may soon be a thing of the past

In a major court ruling, a federal judge has determined that some internships may violate minimum wage and overtime laws. This is prompting many small business owners who rely on unpaid interns to rethink whether or not the risk is worth it.

Small Business Week celebrates 50 years

Since it was first celebrated in 1963, Small Business Week has given American communities the opportunity to highlight the local businesses in their area.

How to manage employees that work from home

With many companies in the small business sector looking for ways to cut costs while simultaneously increasing productivity, allowing employees to work from home has been an intriguing solution.

How to keep your employees motivated

In the small business sector, keeping employees motivated can be a key factor in boosting productivity and keeping the company afloat.

Why It Pays to Outsource Your Payroll

There's more to managing small business payroll than writing checks and handing them out to employees on time. You need to keep accurate records, calculate and pay payroll taxes, and communicate effectively with employees. Many small business owners are finding that they can simplify the process by using an outsourced payroll provider to manage the entire process cost-effectively and efficiently.

Basing Hiring Decisions on Information Obtained from Social Media

Excerpt from Rising Above the Risks of Social Media - Special Report by ADP

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Retirement Plan Options for Small Business Owners

Now that tax filing season is upon us, you may be looking for additional deductions to lower your income tax liability from your small business operations. One of the best ways to shelter income is to contribute to a qualified retirement plan. These plans are easy to set up and don't have the operational complexities associated with 401(k) plans.

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HIRE Act Retention Credit

A tax credit of up to $1,000 per eligible employee is available for 2011 to employers who retain qualified new employees.

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What Small Businesses Should Know about Workers’ Compensation

As a small business owner, you know it is your responsibility to obtain workers’ compensation (work comp) coverage which will respond in the event your employee becomes injured on the job. Even though work comp insurance is heavily regulated, rates vary by state and typically, also by insurance company. We are often asked why rates vary so much. It is important to understand that loss costs vary by state because states have different benefit levels when injuries occur as well as varying medical costs and payroll to employees for lost time.

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How Much To Pay Your Employees

You have hired people to help you run your small business, but how much do you pay them? Here are some tips on how to decide what to pay your employees.

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Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader

Quality leadership is integral to managing and growing a successful small business. Small business owners have one of the most challenging roles of the business – balancing managing a team of people, along with ensuring the mission of the organization is carried out in each and every step of the way.

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