What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the US Small Business Association (SBA), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. A small business can be an LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. There are...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the US: an overview

Types of taxes in the United States

 

Keeping track of taxes in the US isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the IRS, it could result in penalties, which could cost your...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online store or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organize customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarizes all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

Startup funding: tips on corporate financing and promotion

If you want to create your startup independently, the question will come up sooner or later of how the company will be financed. Nowadays, there are so many options for startup funding: regional and nation-wide funding programs can help, as well as angel investors, startup centers, and other investors. Long-term subsidies that last two or more years are not a rarity in the startup industry. Learn...

How to take minutes: What needs to be considered?

Whether you’re at a board meeting or a project meeting, the question always comes up: “Do we really have to take minutes?“ In large companies, it is often policy that you need to record the minutes, but in small and medium sized companies, this isn’t always the case. Then comes the question: “What is the right way to take minutes?” Writing them can be done quickly and easily with a template. We...

The sandwich method of criticism

With the help of the sandwich method, managers try to communicate criticism to their employees in the most pleasant way possible. Negative feedback is packed between two “sandwich slices” of praise. The sandwich method is also popular in sales methods, and increasingly also in everyday communication. However, there are not only positive aspects, and the method has been criticized by some.

Net Promoter Score (NPS)

“How likely is it that you would recommend our company to a friend or colleague?” The NPS, short for Net Promoter Score, is limited to this “ultimate question” asked to gauge customer satisfaction. We explain the concept behind the management tool, how you calculate the NPS, and why critics question how valid the NPS is.

The 80-20 rule: the Pareto principle

Achieving the greatest possible success with little effort? That's what many people dream of. This wish can be fulfilled with the Pareto principle. Whether at work, at university, or in private life, those who follow the 80-20 rule ensure efficient handling of all important tasks. We explain to you what the Pareto principle is all about and its advantages and disadvantages.

How to write or understand job references

Generally speaking, you are under no legal obligation to provide a job reference for an employee if they ask you for one. If you do make a reference as an employer, you must be fair and accurate. How do you write a job reference that is fair and accurate for a terrible employee? Does this put you at risk of being sued? Read on about how to write and understand fair job references, without putting...

Franchising: gaining independence through partnership

Everyone has certainly heard the term “franchise” at some point, but what exactly does it mean? Imagine you want to start a company, but you’re lacking the necessary capital and know-how. Instead, you decide to get involved in an business model that already exists, and build a business under a successful brand. This concept is called “franchising” – and it allows you to start your own business...

Job reviews – what is important for companies and employees

How important is a company’s review in a job search? On the one hand, job review sites support potential applicants in finding a good potential employer. In addition, the assessments provide employers with feedback. On the other hand, how reliable and helpful the actual feedback is can be questioned, seeing as the feedback is anonymous. What should employers and employees look out for? And which...

Registering your company: the steps you need to take

Running your own business can be a challenge, as well as highly rewarding. Having to deal with paperwork often seems like a necessary evil, but preparing yourself for individual steps can help break it down. Registering your business need not be stressful – we’ve got a guide here on how to register your business to help you along the way!

Limited liability company: definition of the legal structure

Managing a company without having to take responsibility for your assets? This is possible with a limited liability company (LLC) and this is the reason that many business owners in the US choose this legal structure. We explain what an LLC is, its hierarchy, as well as naming some of the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of business structure.

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