Month in Review: April 2019

From how to not be a sell-out while selling to navigating the financial stages of life, check out some of our favorite articles on the blog from April.

In April, we shared many articles on the blog that focused specifically on protecting yourself and your business. Maintain your positive image, integrity, finances and more with advice from our experts.

How to not sell yourself out when you’re selling

You’re trying to land a sale, but that doesn’t have to mean becoming a sell-out. Don’t be a doormat or roll over like a puppy. The customer may not always be right—and there’s no self-esteem in that kind of selling. Keep your integrity in tact with these do’s and don’ts when it comes to selling.

Navigating the blurred lines between professional and private social media

Thanks to social media, everyone has a platform to project their thoughts, and people are connected across all aspects of life—from their old college roommate to critical business stakeholders. That means a lot of gray area between being personal and keeping it professional. Learn how to protect your brand’s image when everyone has a stage (and a megaphone).

Ensuring a drug-free workplace

Part of keeping your employees and business safe is ensuring people aren’t coming to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Here are warning signs to look out for, behaviors to monitor and steps to take to create a drug-free workplace.

Staying out of trouble with employment eligibility forms

With more focus than ever being put on immigration and citizenship, there's a renewed emphasis on I-9 compliance. We’ve got information for you about who needs an I-9, acceptable documents, common mistakes, how to correctly complete the forms and next steps. Here's what you need to know to stay on the right side of the law.

How to securely move through the financial stages of life

Do you know which financial stage of life you’re in? From your "Foundation Years" to your "Golden Years," it’s a long journey from working life to retirement life. Learn how to make the most out of each stage so that you're in the best financial position you can be when you exit your working life.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: February 2019

    Month in Review: February 2019

    From legal issues concerning discrimination to effective employee discipline, we explored many topics in February crucial to your business’ success.

    Just because it was a short month, it doesn’t mean that the blog was short on critical content. Here are four of the most important articles from Mind Your Business in February.

    Boxed: A blueprint for success

    Ecommerce disruptor Boxed has seen a rapid rise to success since its founding just a few short years ago. The company’s CEO and co-founder shares three things you can take from the Boxed growth blueprint and put to use for your own small business.

    Secrets to effective employee discipline

    If you have even one employee then you need to know how to handle HR issues. Before you lose sleep at night worrying about poor employee performance, employee retaliation or other negative behaviors, check out these tools and tips for creating employee discipline policies.

    Deferred compensation: Understanding the options

    Deferred Compensation plans might be just what your business needs to attract, retain and motivate key employees. Get caught up on how these plans work and which type might work best for your company.

    Avoid ADA employment discrimination violations

    It can be difficult for companies to identify and protect disabled workers, which can lead to inadvertent ADA violations. Learn what qualifies as a disability and how your business can remain ADA compliant.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: January 2019

    Month in Review: January 2019

    While you continue to thaw out from what was a really long month in Northeast Ohio, take a look at some of our favorite January articles from Mind Your Business.

    Whether it was our captivating topics or the polar vortex keeping everyone inside—readership of the blog was at an all-time high for the first month of 2019. Get caught up on some of the standout articles that had everyone so excited.

    Does your business team have what it takes to be successful?

    In the last of this three-part series, we take a close look at what defines high-performing business teams. Find out how the scanning of your internal and external environment plays a role in successful teams.

    Do you know what your business is worth?

    It seems straightforward enough but most business owners don’t know the answer to that question. Find out why knowing the true value of your business is critical to your success and future planning.

    Are any of these toxic behaviors happening at your workplace?

    From aggressiveness to intimidation, we’ve identified nine behaviors that can lead to a toxic workplace. Find out what they are, if your business may become a toxic environment and what to do about it.

    How secure are you in your business’ record retention policies?

    You know that the accurate creation and maintenance of business records is essential. But are you sure you’re doing it right? When it comes to the format, policies involved and identifiability, here are some things you should keep in mind regarding records.

    Do you check these three KPIs every day?

    Google Analytics can be overwhelming but there are three key performance indicators (KPIs) that are important to the success of your business. Here is a breakdown of those three KPIs and why you need to take a close look at them regularly.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: March 2019

    Month in Review: March 2019

    From conducting HR audits to reducing your networking slug behavior, we’ve got some questions for you to consider as you work on growing your business. Here is a recap of some of what was new on the blog in March.

    We are taking a look back at some of the standout articles from March before we fully “spring” into April. See what we did there?

    How agile is your business?

    It’s no secret that we’re in a fast-changing world, but is your business designed to keep up? Here are five easy steps to get comfortable with change and keep your company relevant and agile as the business world evolves.

    Do you conduct HR audits?

    Owning a business requires wearing many different hats. And if you have even one employee, one of those hats must be managing the plethora of human resources demands. That’s why it's essential businesses take time during the year to audit HR practices. Here's when you should perform these audits and what you should be looking for.

    Are you a networking slug?

    You know the type—they are pushy and annoying, and they make a bad first impression while pitching themselves or their company. These kinds of business owners are likely to drive away customers. Don’t be a networking slug—follow these tips instead.

    And, put your new networking skills to work for you at some of GCP/COSE’s upcoming networking opportunities and member events.

    How can you prevent being personally sued for an FLSA violation?

    If you thought having a business entity would mean you couldn’t be sued on a personal level, think again. So how can you protect yourself? For starters, you might want to go back and read up on the definitions and policies under the Fair Labor Standards Act. And also be sure to consider these five ways to reduce your personal liability.

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  • Next up: NEOSA Sales and Marketing Seminar - Selling to the CFO

    NEOSA Sales and Marketing Seminar - Selling to the CFO

    NEOSA hosted executives from Cisco, Stratavant and Shark Finesse who shared their expertise in how to best position a technology company and its solutions to CFOs.

    NEOSA hosted executives from Cisco, Stratavant and Shark Finesse who shared their expertise in how to best position a technology company and its solutions to CFOs.

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  • Next up: NEOSA Seminar Selling to the CIO without being DOA Part 1

    NEOSA Seminar Selling to the CIO without being DOA Part 1

    Selling to the CIO level in an organization can be agreat tactic, but how do you ensure you're approaching them the best way? Our panel of CIO's share their insight...

    Selling to the CIO level in an organization can be agreat tactic, but how do you ensure you're approaching them the best way? Our panel of CIO's share their insight...

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