Category Employment

Q & A: What does “Fixed Costs” mean and why should they be as low as possible in a Small Business?

Examples are rent, some employee costs, property taxes, telephone, heating and interest/bank expense.As opposed to "Variable Costs", they only occur in proportion to activity within the business and hopefully that will lead to sales and revenue.Why should I keep my "Fixed Costs" as low as possible?So when I talk about outsourcing, I'm talking about changing fixed cost into variable cost.... And depending how often you are in or out of your office, the 50 inclusive calls are probably enough to cover your needs.Should that not be the case, then you have "variable costs" of $1 per call, which means you are out of the office, working or enjoying life while it is quiet, for example during holiday season.

Q & A: What Are The Problems With Staff In A Small Business?

Any small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants, at some point will have to think about hiring staff.... This is probably easier than you think - as a bootstrapper at least - if you only hire staff that are core to the business, i.e. they need a skill set you can judge easily, because of your own skill set, then you will have a much higher success rate with hiring staff.

Small Business Infrastructure For Business Start-Up.

WinWeb On-Demand Software Solutions - Anywhere At Anytime.AccountsOffice and OnlineOffice are our two software offerings, which are based on the SaaS - Software as a Services model, to allow for the following key business benefits:• tight inclusion of business advisors from the start,• cultivating outsourcing techniques at the outset, i.e. virtual assistants,• no IT knowledge needed and hassle free operation,• real-time multi-user access from anywhere, increasing mobility.2.... WinWeb Live - Networking Community for Small Business Only.To foster collaboration and outsourcing we have expanded our WinWeb Live™ offering to allow for small business community networking - thus enabling the business owner to make decisions about his / her current needs, with the following benefits:• timeshare virtual assistants for professional results,• offer contracts of work to contractors on a case-by-case basis, • promote the business to a large audience or even locally,• find new work and contracts online4.

Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control

You can pick and choose what you do work-wise everyday, you can not pick and choose what you should know about and make decisions about - this is your business, not your staffs business - act like it.Am I running my business or is it running "itself"?... When I hire people I always hire people who do something better than I, but you have to stay involved.You can see other reasons for small business and personal business, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants failures in my Health Check Category, if you can add to this list please do so, I would welcome your comments.

Outsourcing Options For Small Business

The only other option is employing staff full time into your business.Virtual Assistants will enable you to outsource - what I call non core business processes, like bookkeeping, call handling, typing, etc. - to a professional person, well equipped to perform these tasks for you in a cost-effective manner and I do not mean cheap, I mean cost-effective.... If times are harder for your business and you need save cost it is often easier and faster to terminate a virtual assistant - but remember to explain your decision, so that when your small business is doing better again you can start working with your virtual assistant again.Employing people full time should only be considered for "essential, ongoing and full-time" work, this way you can provide a more secure workplace for your employee and look forward to a peaceful and unstressed work environment.Building a support network community for your small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses is essential to your survival.

U.S. Employees Not Taking Enough Vacation

Going by this philosophy it is crucial for the success of any small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses, that its employees get adequate time off from work.... A stark contrast to the 30 days mandatory leave in Austria, Finland and France and the 20 day government mandated vacation provide in countries such as U.K, Australia and Brazil."The U.S. doesn't have any kind of federal law that requires employers to offer any vacation at all," says Carol Sladek, a senior work-life consultant for Hewitt.

Business Fraud On the Rise

Business fraud is on the rise and has employers and business owners across the U.K wondering whether it is to do with employee dissatisfaction, poor HR management or improper financial management.BDO Stoy Hayward reported in a recent research that business fraud has gone up by 42% as compared to the same period last year. It also found that one of main reason for this trend is not poor management or dissatisfied employees but because the fear and risk of prosecution is low."When it comes to frauds against businesses, if you are discovered there is only a small chance of being prosecuted.

Bogus Leave Maybe an Indication of Employee Morale

Small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal business owners need to ask themselves and their employees as to why absenteeism is becoming so common and need to take steps to ensure that it does not become an accepted trend. In fact the survey also revealed that when companies accepted such "sickness leave" other workers were often left wondering "Why not me?""Bogus leave should not be taken lightly" says Mikle Huss, the employment law director at Peninsula, and work interviews need to be scheduled after the employees get back to work.

Health Warning for Small Business and Start-Ups.

A chain is as strong as its weakest link, and this saying holds true for a small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal businesses also.... Peninsula Businesswise conducted a survey to study the health of office workers and 82% respondents said that their working hours and conditions did not allow them time to exercise and this was affecting their health and well being.

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