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Over the thirty years we’ve been in business we’ve learned how to establish mutually beneficial long-term relationships with our clients. And like many successful service providers, we’ve refined our offerings to make sure that we provide exactly what they need as efficiently as possible.
We’re throwing a huge party today – did you receive your invitation? We’re celebrating the 28 million small businesses that operate in the country. (That’s a lot of balloons!) Today is officially National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Anyone running his own business knows it’s far from “small:” over 50% of the population works in small business, and small businesses are responsible for 65% of the net new jobs created since 1995. Seems like a great reason for a party! And what’s a party without party favors? Read on for some ideas to keep your small business in the party spirits.
The paycheck you provide employees may be considered appreciation enough for the work they put in at your store, but in honor of employee appreciation day, we encourage you to explore some options to take things a little further. Showing appreciation to those who toil behind your counters and on your floors doesn’t require a huge investment of time or money, but the payoff (that ROI you need) can be huge.
You survived Black Friday without having to give away your entire product inventory, put up with grumblings about stores opening on Thanksgiving, and prepped your staff to be as on point as possible with the maddening crowds. You’ve taken every step possible to ensure your store is as profitable as possible – so why are you hemorrhaging money? If you think the average of 1.75-2.5% fees you’re paying for interchange are just that – chump change – think again. You may actually be paying the equivalent of your entire profit margin, and then you’re operating break-even or at a loss. Learn how these fees can actually kill your livelihood and soon you’ll (inter)change the way you feel about them.
It is no secret that people love social media. We are flooded with messages all day, every day. "Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter..."
Think that thieves are targeting what’s sparkly and rare? Think again. Some of the hottest things flying illegitimately off the shelves are not exactly what you’d think of as cool. Don’t think that this puts you in the clear if your store sells the expensive or electronic stuff. Every retailer can benefit from some shoplifting reconnaissance, and your employees will benefit from these lookout trends.
Do you feel stressed, tired and alone as you helm the ship that passes by your small business office? Take heart - you're not the only one feeling office manager stress. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in May 2012, more than a quarter million people held office manager positions. In businesses across the country, office managers wear many different hats. All that headgear shuffling can lead to dangerous health symptoms you should keep an eye out for.
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