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    The Home Office Becomes Mainstream

    By Andy Roe

    Everything Under One Roof

    How to Prepare a Home-Based Business for a Disaster

    With more than half (51.6%) of small businesses in the United States now home-based according to the U.S. Census, these businesses represent a large business sector that could be vulnerable to emergencies and disasters if they lack advance plans.

    With that in mind, this article provides practical ideas for home-based businesses to become better prepared.

    The No. 1 Home Business Perk

    Benefits of a Flexible Work Schedule for Employers and Employees

    By Andy Roe 

    There are many advantages of a flexible work schedule, both for the employer and employees. And if you have employees working at other remote locations, or if you’re planning to hire soon, this perk can be a selling point against a traditional office environment. 

    Discover the benefits to having a flexibility in the workplace.

    5 Surprising Strategies to Increase Business Productivity and Profitability

    Counterintuitive Strategies to Help Business Managers and Owners Reimagine Their Company with More Meaning, Purpose and Urgency

    By De'Andre Salter, CEO of Professional Risk Solutions
    Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. 
    Consider these 5 surprising success strategies based on common career and organizational views held by many business managers and owners.

    Ten Connecting Conversations That Help THIRTEENERS Succeed

    How to Spark Them Inside Your Company

    By Dan Prosser, Expert Entrepreneur Coach 

    What makes a company considered to be one of the THIRTEENERS—the 13 percent 
of companies that successfully execute their strategy—so different? According to 
Daniel F. Prosser, it's a powerful sense of connectedness.

connectedness happens through the conversations that take place every day.


    7 Must-Ask Questions in Any Negotiation

    A negotiation is nothing more than a discussion through which both parties seek to formulate and settle upon a mutually beneficial agreement. Our daily professional and personal lives are riddled with negotiations, those across a boardroom table, the kitchen table and everywhere in between.

    What sets a successful negotiator--one who comes out on top in deal-making more often than not--apart from those who struggle to gain advantages?

    Here are 7 "must ask" questions in any negotiation to best ensure a desirable outcome.



    Ten On-the-Job Mistakes That May Be Sabotaging Your Career

    If your career hasn’t picked up the momentum you’d like it to, it’s time to take a careful look at what you’re doing—or what you aren’t doing.

    How to Keep Your Virtual Team Connected

    Hiring a virtual, independently contracted team for your small business is a smart move. Not only will you save money on office space, benefits, and insurance—you also get the opportunity to pick and choose from the best talent.

    Build a Culture of Accountability

    Almost every leader has been there. One minute you’re living the company values, and the next you’re making an exception—for yourself.

    Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid When Dealing With a Disaster

    What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a disaster? Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood, or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of the crisis can make or break your small business.


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