Top small business articles | August 2014

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Summer is starting to come to a close, but it's been a sweet season for us over at EnMast! We're loving our newest members and Member Spotlights a TON! (Curious to try it out? Sign up for a Free Trial Membership!) Each month we pull out the top small business articles in case you missed some of

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems

Mr. McMahon was my Jr. High Algebra teacher and above his blackboard he had the phrase "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Perplexing Problems" in large block letters. It was a favorite expression of his. Often when we would come to him with a dilemma he would reply with that phrase. "Mr. McMahon, I

4 interview disasters you’ll never forget

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When I'm successful in helping a business to grow, they ultimately need to hire more people. So I get involved in helping them to recruit, interview and hire. Our process is to help write a really excellent job posting that attracts top candidates, then we do a phone screen before we recommend a

Super awkward conversations that happen at work

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If you've ever watched the office, you know how painfully awkward Michael Scott can make things at the office. And then in reali life, sometimes similar awkward situations happen at work, too. Jill and Brad share their most awkward conversations in business in this episode, and embarrassing

Meet an EnMast Member: Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin

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Our Member Spotlight this month is on Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin. She calls herself a Solopreneur; when we asked her to say how many people were on her team she said “Me, myself, and I”. ;) Treena is a Virtual Assistant (VA). She can support SME’s with, virtually, all of their

Awkward Biz Moments: How to NOT quit a job

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Introducing awkward moments: The Business Owner Edition! We're starting a new series called "Awkward Biz Moments" where we collect stories from you guys of really awkward and hilarious moments we've experienced in our business with our employees, clients and everywhere in between. "I was

4 business survival tips for running a small business

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Running a small business can feel like a race against time. A never ending series of sprints. Payroll comes every two weeks whether you are ready for it or not. Customers come and go, some pay on time, some don't. Sometimes it feels like there's no time to catch your breath before you have to start

Is your business a sprint or a marathon?

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There are a lot of entrepreneurs who are running a sprint. They work an untold number of hours -- racing the clock, giving up a life today for some greater reward in the future. It's a high-stakes, high-risk gamble that, by doing what others won't today, they will get to enjoy what others can't

Hey business owner — you’re doing it wrong!

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There's some things that we do in business that are just plain stupid -- business norms and professional courtesy's that everyone has experienced at one point or another. Here's one of them: Someone connects you to another person because "you two are both lovely," and should know each other and

EnMast Business Owner Tip of the Week No. 02

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One of the things we see business owners do a lot is take on work that their staff should be doing, rather than focusing only on the work they have the ability (or authority) to do. It's not sustainable! That's what this week's tip of the week is all about. Click here to tweet the business owner tip