Do you need to write a travel management policy?

Practically Perfect PA

Some of the following scenarios will probably sound all too familiar to you in your current position: Your Executive Team and colleagues take the liberty of booking their flights and accommodation themselves without much thought for the time it takes to get a business trip organised.

Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

Dumb Little Man

The post Is Honesty Really the Best Policy? Not everyone is a born smart or Genius. As we grow old, we get that funny feeling. There were lot of fights and quarrels , that could have been avoided. Many things were meaningless. There were not worth dying for. This is like what they say….Growing Growing up. There were so many people, whom we met in our adult hood. They left. We moved on. I remember hearing from my old friends, that time has changed in this generation.

Clean Your Old Email With Email Retention Policies

Simple Productivity Blog

You can clean your old email with email retention policies. You probably know that you have to hang onto certain paper documents for a given number of years. These documents are required by law, and only after a certain number of years of retention can you get rid of them.

Police, Policy, and Politics

Daily Writing Tips

Are police and policy related? Originally, police , like policy, referred to civil administration (both come from the intermediate Latin noun politia ), but by the early 1700s, it came to apply specifically to law enforcement, and within about a century that was its only sense.

Guide To Life Insurance: How to Make Sure Your Policy Takes Care of You

Dumb Little Man

In this article, you’ll learn the best tricks to make sure your life insurance policy is prepared to take care of you and your family. The premise of the claim is that the payments you make into the policy build cash value (almost like an investment) which you can later use as collateral for loans or payment for your monthly insurance premiums. In reality, the monthly premiums are almost always so much higher than for a similar term policy. Life Insurance.

Why Your Office Needs a Green Workplace Policy

Eco-Office Gals

If you have an office without a green workspace policy, it’s about time to put one in place! There are a variety of reasons to implement such a green policy, and if you’re looking to do so, ways to do it simply and without great cost. Green policies make a big difference.

Social Media – The Policy. The Rules.

The Small Business Blog

This is a great video about social media “Do’s & Do Not’s&# – take a look. You can get social media training if you are unsure how to start your online marketing campaign. Hat-tip to @adrianswinscoe

How policy and cost savings are helping to drive the uptake of low-energy, retrofit LED Lamps

Eco-Office Gals

Post from: Eco-Office Gals How policy and cost savings are helping to drive the uptake of low-energy, retrofit LED Lamps. “The traditional GLS lamp is dead!”

Mis-sold a PPI Policy? Rush To Claim What’s Yours – It’s Your Money!

Small Business CEO

When you have a PPI policy, chances are, you’re not eligible to claim on, especially when you’re self-employed. In fact, there are at least two million people in the UK who have the same fate as yours: You’ve been mis-sold a PPI policy.

Adhering to the "Closed Door" Policy

Professional Assistant Blog

I wrote a post entitled "Adhering to the 'Open Door' Policy", but this post is a little different, so please read on. Do you find that you get disturbed around your cubicle because of excessive noise? Do you wish that you could build walls around your cubicle just so that people would keep quiet? I am sure that this happened to many of you on a regular basis. Managers have offices and the.

How Simple Policies Can Change Your Business

blogs.sitepoint.com

While this makes sense, it doesn’t mean you should ignore behind-the-scenes business administration tasks, such as setting policies. Policies that outline how you run various elements of your business, and why you do it that way, set boundaries and create a foundation for the business.

Policy Protection – Which Types of Business Insurance Are Right For Your SME?

Small Business CEO

Starting a business exposes you to certain risks. Fortunately, however, all businesses have access to a wide range of insurance types, to protect them from the dangers that could wipe out a small business before it has had a chance to take off.

5 Reasons to be Constantly in Your Policies and Procedures Docs

Virtual Moxie

I had an interesting conversation with a non-VA coaching client this past week, in which she was extolling the virtues of having well-documented policies and procedures for her business (something you know I was happy to hear!). Then she said, almost in passing, “What I can’t figure out is why, given that I''ve created the Policies and Procedures, things fall through the cracks.”.

Adhering to the "Open Door" Policy

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Adhering to the "Open Door" Policy By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Filed Under: Meetings , Prioritize I n my last job, I had my own office. We strive for an “open door” policy, but of course, there are times when the managers hold meetings or make phone calls and have their door closed. Just remember, if your company has an “open door” policy, please adhere to it.

Staying Unbiased in These Partisan Times

Small Business Labs

We've also put in place policies and procedures to minimize the impact of bias on our work.    Views on government policy at the national, state and local levels also vary substantially by party affiliation.    Government Policy

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Can Traditional Employment Match the Flexibility of Independent Work?

Small Business Labs

Freelance gig economy Government Policy Independent workersWe've long found in our research that having work flexibility, autonomy and control are key reasons people become and like being independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.). 

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The New Tax Law: Freelancers Win on Taxes, Lose on Healthcare

Small Business Labs

1099 Economy Freelance Government PolicyThe new tax law contains a major benefit for many freelancers. It allows them to deduct 20% of their revenue from their taxable income. This is the "pass-through" provision.

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The New Multinationals: Small, Micro and Solo Businesses Driving the Next Wave of Globalization

Small Business Labs

  Globalization Government Policy trendsGlobalization and international trade was once driven almost exclusively by large multinational corporations. No longer.

2017 198

Job Growth Slowed in 2017; Implications for the Economy in 2018

Small Business Labs

Government Policy Small Business EconomyDespite all the noise from DC about a booming economy and massive job growth, the U.S. economy created fewer jobs in 2017 than in 2016 and economic growth was moderate.    U.S.

2018 187

Most Cities Embracing the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

gig economy Government Policy on-demand economy Small Business EconomyIt's always interesting how the media covers the sharing economy. 

2017 182

Few Small Businesses and Freelancers Will Benefit from the Pass-Through Provision of the Tax Plan

Small Business Labs

According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center , only about 13% of all small businesses are in marginal tax brackets above the 25% rate.    Finally, see the Tax Policy Center's analysis of the bill. 

2017 175

Five Major Global Economic Challenges

Small Business Labs

Government Policy trendsIs peaceful international collaboration ending? This is the key question asked in Knowledge@Wharton's  How to Manage the Top Five Global Economic Challenges.

2017 178

The Taylor Review: The British Government Looks at the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

  Because of this, there are no easy answers, policies or laws that will make everyone happy. gig economy Government Policy

2017 184

Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

Small Business Labs

Government Policy Small Business Economy I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there. Also, if you talk to small business owners for any length of time, most will eventually complain about taxes.

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Obamacare's Impact on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

Government Policy Independent workers Small Business EconomyThere's no doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or better known as Obamacare) has been a good for freelancers, the self-employed and other independent workers.

2017 194

The Need for More and Better Future of Work Data

Small Business Labs

  gig economy Government PolicyThere's long been a need for our government agencies to collect more timely and better data on the the forces impacting jobs and work.

2017 167

How Trumpcare Will Impact Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

Government Policy self-employment Small Business EconomyThe quick summary is self-employed who are younger or have higher incomes will likely be better off under the Republican proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA, a.k.a. Trumpcare).

2017 172

Enterprise Rockers Launch Mentoring Scheme for Bankers and Politicians

The Small Business Blog

Enterprise Rockers banking Banks better banks enterprise rockers Government government policy politics UK Economy uk politics

Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Likely Bad for the Independent Workerforce

Small Business Labs

gig economy Government PolicyThe quick summary of our analysis of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill on independent workers is: Low and moderate income independent workers would likely be worse off due to the reductions in medicaid and elimination of subsidies provided by the ACA (Obamacare). Older independent workers (aged 50+) would likely be worse off due to potential changes in how insurance companies can charge older Americans.

2017 137

Hamilton, Jefferson and Trumpcare's Impact on the Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

  gig economy Government Policy on-demand economy self-employmentFirst off, the most important thing to know about American Health Care Act (AHCA or Trumpcare) is it will almost certainly be changed in major ways by the Senate. 

2017 141

Seeking Freelance Flexibility With Full-Time Stability

Small Business Labs

Economic Uncertainty Freelance gig economy Government Policy Independent workers self-employmentThe Inc. article What Do Millennials Want From Their Employers, Exactly? This Study Sums It Up in 1 Sentence says Millennials want: "Freelance flexibility with full-time stability" This is, of course, not just what Millennials want. It's what everybody wants. The study the article refers to is Deloitte's 2017 Millennial Survey.

2017 120

Are Small Business Owners the New Left?

Small Business Labs

In other words, these groups are not non-partisan and they pretty much line up in lockstep with the Democratic party on policy issues. As we've pointed out in the past,  there are few non-partisan policy oriented think tanks or trade associations. They both lean right politically and tend to line up lockstep with the Republican party on policy issues. They will support policies from any party that they believe will help their business thrive.

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

Small Business Labs

  Government Policy The most recent BLS jobs report showed that almost 500,000 Americans left the workforce  in March, resulting in the workforce participation rate falling to 63.3%.  This is the lowest its been since 1979.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Small Business Labs

  Government Policy trends Web/Tech Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  2013's trend list is available here. To see earlier lists, click on the year: 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.5% range.

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Uber and Lyft Lawsuits & the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

  Freelance Government Policy Independent workers on-demand economy Uber and Lyft were both dealt legal setbacks in two different lawsuits last week. The separate suits - one filed by Uber drivers and other by Lyft drivers - allege they are misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers are claiming they are employees.

2015 156

5 Tips for Launching a Successful Green Business

Eco-Office Gals

Take advantage of government policies. Green Your Business eco-industries government policies green business green technology sustainability

2013 204

A Short Version of Thomas Piketty's "Capital"

Small Business Labs

Book Reviews Economic Uncertainty Government Policy trends Capital in the 21st Century , by French economist Thomas Piketty, is currently the top seller on Amazon and the hottest economics book in many, many years.

2014 172

Will Reduced Work Hours Really Slow Climate Change?

Eco-Office Gals

David Rosnick is an economist who authored a study that was recently released by the Center for Economic Policy and Research. Green Your Business Center for Economic Policy and Research climate change emissions energy-efficient reduced hours

2013 186

The Empire Strikes Back at the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

  Government Policy trends Sharing economy poster child Airbnb is under attack in New York and other cities for potentially breaking local laws related to the renting of properties.

2013 180

Encouraging U.S. Commerce Report on "Digital Matching Firms"

Small Business Labs

  I was also recently on a panel with a senior policy person from the Department of Labor.   1099 Economy Contingent Workforce Freelance gig economy Government Policy on-demand economyThe U.S. Commerce's department report  Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the “Sharing Economy” Space  is, in our opinion, a pretty balanced view of sharing/digital matching firms and their growing economic role. The report attempts to accomplish two goals. 

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Millennials' Standard of Living Lower than Parents

Small Business Labs

  Gen Y Government Policy trends Pew Research's article Generational Equity and the "Next America" has a depressing assessment of the economic fortunes of American millennials (roughly aged 21-33): Today’s young have the unhappy distinction of being the first generation in modern history to have a lower standard of living than their parents’ generation had at the same stage of the life cycle.

2014 141

The Post Office Expanding Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Contingent Workforce Government Policy Independent workers Interesting interview with the head of the U.S. Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal. Lots of information on how the Post Office is doing financially (quick summary - not well) and how it hopes to return to solvency.

2013 175

Workforce Participation: Where is Everyone Going?

Small Business Labs

government policy trendsUgly is only way to describe the August job report.  Non-farm payrolls grew by an anemic 93,000.   And if you look under the hood at the new jobs, you find the greatest gains came from the food services and drinking sector.

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