Best Practices

This is our collection of best practices for every part of running your small business. Browse through our articles, videos, tools & templates and more below!

How to communicate with your boss (and get what you want)

how to communicate with your boss

So, let’s say you’ve been working for a company for a while, and you really want to find a way to accomplish some new tasks or take on new roles with your position. You’re ambitious, hungry, and ready for a challenge. But that means figuring out how to convince your boss that A) You’re ready

Cube vs. Corner: Is it appropriate to wear headphones at work?

wear headphones in the office

Cube vs. Corner is the place were we tackle and issue from two sides: the boss’s perspective, and the employee’s perspective. This time we’re tackling wearing headphones at work. There’s been some controversy whether or not it’s appropriate to wear them in the office, major critics site that employees isolate themselves from company culture and miss

Hi, my name is Brad, and I’m an interrupter.

interrupting

Let’s pretend you and I were having a conversation. You had a point to make, I’m confident you did. But I couldn’t wait to hear it. I interrupted. I was feeling anxious I’d lose the thought in my head (and we know what’s in my head is worth hearing), and so instead of making time

How can I be a more effective communicator?

How to be an affective communicator

I wish I could put the thoughts that are inside my head into the heads of other people. Wouldn’t that be great? I see what I want a project deliverable to look like, but my team doesn’t. I see how one of our tools could transform your business, but you don’t. I write, I speak,

Project Brief and Delegation Tool

Project Brief Template

How to Delegate Tasks More Effectively How often do you delegate a task to an employee, but they don’t complete it the way you wanted them to? Then get frustrated because they did it wrong and end up doing it yourself? (Sound familiar?) When we are defining a project that someone else is going to complete,

You and your business partner: how to get on the same page and stay there

partner meeting

Running a business is hard. That’s why a lot of folks decide to partner up and start a business with someone else. There are some definite advantages to working with a partner: two heads are better than one, and partnerships often have access to better resources and talent that a solo founder might not have.

6 weird things that will improve your productivity

add more yellow to your office

We’ve all heard the normal tips and tricks for making ourselves and others more productive. They’re all about staying focused, being dedicated, and just putting your head down and hammering things out. But what about the weirder tips for improving productivity? What about the things that maybe seem quirky, but truly boost efficiency? We’ve come

8 brain hacks to increase productivity

increase productivity at work

I’m not one of those “naturally productive” people — I’m not even sure if there is such a thing. If I’m a “natural” at anything it’s laziness. But I’m also ambitious. I really do want to make a difference — and to do that I need to get things done. So I’ve collected a number

Office environment matters: 8 things that will make your office more productive

productivity

When you need to focus and really get stuff done, where do you go? Probably your favorite local coffee shop. You know, the one with the quiet corner, open outlets, and the steady stream of caffeine at your fingertips. No interruptions—just a peaceful, conducive working environment where you can get a change of scenery and

How to focus and get your s*** done

focus and get work done

Focus. We all know it’s a key to productivity, but the whole world seems hell bent on preventing us from getting any real focus time. As a result, our to-do lists just keep growing, our clients get pissed off, and our employees are waiting around for us. Something has to change. So we head to

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Work Done

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Work Done

“Starters” are great at starting things — new projects, new ideas, new tasks. But they’re not the best at finishing things. “Finishers” on the other hand are great at finishing things — taking existing work and bringing it to completion. If they’re given a blank sheet of paper, it’s really hard for them to get

Creativity follows commitment: The secret to getting work done

commitment

“Uuuuggggghhhh! It’s time to write another blog post. I don’t want to write a blog post! I have client work that needs to get done, I haven’t finished my taxes. I’m behind. Why did I decide to write this stupid blog anyway…” That’s what goes on in my head every time I try to write.