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Decorating a home office? 3 productivity-enhancing principles
(BPT) - It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers: start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home (translation – take a shower and don’t work in your jammies). The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand. By dressing pro ...
Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs
(BPT) - With 28 million small businesses employing half of the country’s population, small businesses form the backbone of our nation’s economy. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that since 1995, small businesses have been responsible for more than 65 percent of all new American jobs.For th ...
Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen
(BPT) - Spring is in the air and small business owners are excited for all potential growth opportunities this year. In fact, they're feeling more optimistic about the economy than in recent history. Growth opportunities might include developing a new product or service, hiring more people or expand ...
The top food trends to focus on in 2015
(BPT) - No two days are ever the same in the restaurant industry. Every hour new restaurants open, expand or franchise to meet the needs of their customers. Meanwhile, visionary restauranteurs are constantly creating new processes or taste sensations that create and respond to demand. To keep up in ...
Poised for success: Treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job
(BPT) - The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life.Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, th ...
Use the cloud to become 'data smart'
(BPT) - No matter your job or the size of your business, you are probably aware of the piles of digital information inside your company. Data is everywhere.You know this information can provide valuable insights, whether you’re in marketing, sales, human resources, product development or finan ...
5 critical questions small-business owners must ask before retirement
(BPT) - Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. In fact, the number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49 percent since 1982, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the 23 million small businesses in America today account for 54 percent of all ...
Want to work with a diverse company? Tips to tell the factual from the fake
(BPT) - Americans are becoming more committed to diversity and inclusion than ever before. They look to do business with companies that are truly diverse, too. Not only does this align with their values, it offers a distinct advantage: companies with more diverse teams are also top financial perform ...
Five ways to make your home office efficient and productive
(BPT) - Working from home is a growing trend, with 3.3 million people telecommuting at least half the time, according to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by Global Workplace Analytics. The cost savings for not having to commute, being able to work in the comfort of your own home and havi ...
What has the restaurant industry talking tech?
(BPT) - The restaurant industry is constantly evolving; new taste sensations are created, new restaurants open, and established businesses franchise. And while these shifts highlight the industry’s progress, they tell only part of the story. Like the rest of business world, the restaurant indu ...
Small businesses are optimistic about 2015 [Infographic]
(BPT) - After several years in a slow economy, small business owners are optimistic about 2015 and how they'll be able to market their businesses, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about the economy this year and ways they plan to grow their businesses in ...
Is a line of credit right for your business?
(BPT) - From time to time, your small business may face revenue swings, prompting you to borrow money to meet your short-term cash and working capital needs. One option is to secure a business line of credit.The Small Business Administration defines a line of credit as a loan given by a financial in ...
Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success
(BPT) - Management expert Gary Hamel once said that innovation is “the only insurance against irrelevance … the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty.” Achieving relevance and building strong customer relationships is key for any business, and that’s especially true f ...
The demands of tomorrow are facing today's accountants
(BPT) - Technology is rapidly changing all industries, including the accounting profession. An accountant from 30 years ago would barely recognize the field as it exists today, as mobile devices and cloud computing have begun to automate many of the day-to-day responsibilities of accountants. The in ...
Need a fresh look for your company? Try a new logo
(BPT) - Just like a haircut, your company can use a fresh new look every once in a while. Maybe you've changed your services a bit, or perhaps the company is under new leadership. If your office lease is up and you have to move to a new location, that can also result in a big change.For a small busi ...
Why data center management is key to an efficient data center ecosystem
(BPT) - As global data consumption soars, so does the need for data centers to better process, store and analyze massive quantities of data. Management solutions are proving to be the best way for organizations to curb energy use and maintain efficiency. These solutions provide accurate, real-time p ...
Corporate privacy becoming a top business concern in 2015
(BPT) - As many as 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in the past year – a 10 percent increase from last year, according to an annual study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. As companies scramble to keep their names out of the headlines by bolstering up security practices and ...
Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment
(BPT) - Are you the family member or friend who is always called when someone's computer breaks or starts acting up? Do you have a person on speed dial whenever you need a website created or program updated? The old stereotype of a computer geek who’s always wearing a pocket protector and glas ...
Should you give education the 'old college try' a second time around?
(BPT) - Returning to school later in life is a decision that requires careful thinking. As an adult, you must consider many factors before signing up for a second – or first – round of post-secondary education. Many students who chose to go straight to college in their late teens or even ...
Modern office: Why a diverse workforce works
(BPT) - The shifting demographics of the United States are becoming increasingly important for employers to consider when building a productive workforce.More than 50 percent of the working-age population will be made up of minorities by 2039, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Now more than ever, ...
Beyond number crunching: Today's accountants are business savvy crime fighters [Infographic]
(BPT) - Optimistic job forecasts for trending specializations in accounting are making the field more appealing than ever for recent graduates. Accounting jobs are projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with select specializations projec ...
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