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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.

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.

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How to Create a Sales Policy That is Fair to ALL of Your Clients

Office Organization Success

When you start developing your multiple streams of income business by adding products and programs which are available on your website, there’s a very specific policy you need to have in place … and that is a clearly defined Sales Policy. Your Sales Policy is simply a statement which lets your clients and customers know what they can expect from you and how you handle your sales processes.

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.

How Simple Policies Can Change Your Business

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.

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.

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.

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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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Comparing Small Business Owners and High-Growth Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

  The main reason we're interested in this topic is we believe policy makers are too focused on high-growth companies and entrepreneurs.  high-growth companies (called Gazelles in policy circles) are very important sources of innovation, employment and economic growth.    government policy Small Business Economy womenHigh-growth entrepreneurship - mostly from the technology industry - has become the poster child for U.S. business success. 

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Enterprise Rockers Launch Mentoring Scheme for Bankers and Politicians

The Small Business Blog

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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.

More on Personal Tax Rates and Small Business Jobs

Small Business Labs

government policyThe Kauffman Foundation did a poll of the attendees at the recent Inc. 500 conference.    One of the questions they asked is "What is the biggest impediments to the growth of your business?" 

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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

Considerations For Social Media Use In The Workplace

Small Business CEO

This practice can create liability for a company absent a policy or set of guidelines for such professionals to reference, allowing them to make sure their behavior does not violate applicable law or expose the company to legal action. Provide a social media policy.

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.

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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.

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.

Is Small Business Ownership the Great Equalizer?

Small Business Labs

  For policy makers this data shows that small businesses run by underrepresented demographic groups are equally competitive once they survive the early startup stages.    Programs and policies that provide early and especially mid-stage stage support and education could improve small business ownership outcomes for these groups. government policy trends women

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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.

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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.

Who Speaks for Small Business on Health Care?

Small Business Labs

government policyThe WSJ's Business Groups Welcome Health Law Set Back  covers the recent ruling by a federal district judge that the Obama administration’s health-care law was unconstitutional. The suit against the bill was led by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).    Obama Care was also opposed by a number of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Should Employees be Allowed to Use Social Media?

Small Business CEO

Nowadays many companies even have social media policies governing the ways that an employee can access social media in the work environment and whether they can at all. The Policy. Most employees carry mobile devices that can be used to access social media, so how far does a policy go?

Health Grows to 17.6% of U.S. Economy

Small Business Labs

  government policy trendsIf like us you're worried about health care spending, there's some good news and some bad news.    The good news is U.S. health spending grew just 4% in 2009 , the lowest growth rate in the 50 years the government has tracked this data.    The bad news is, due to the recession, health spending hit an all time record of 17.6% of 2009 U.S.   Health spending was 16.6% of GDP in 2008.

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My Health Care Risk Shift Mistake

Small Business Labs

  government policy Intuit 2020 Trends Report trendsI recently personally experienced one of the trends we follow - The Risk Shift.   The    The bottom line: I spent over $800 for x-rays that should have cost me $37.    Let me explain. Over the last few decades a series of economic, political and social changes have resulted in the shifting of risk management responsibilities from institutions to individuals. 

The Rise of the Underground Economy

Small Business Labs

  Government Policy trends Last year we suggested growth in the underground economy is likely a key reason workforce participation has fallen so much in the U.S.    Others are starting to also suggest this.  Noted author James Surowiecki's New Yorker article The Underground Recovery  points out: Ordinary Americans have gone underground, and, as the recovery continues to limp along, they seem to be doing it more and more.

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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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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.

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The Millionaire's Tax and Small Business Jobs

Small Business Labs

  government policyLet me start by saying Smallbizlabs: (1) is pro-business; (2) thinks lower taxes are better than higher taxes; and, (3) prefers a smaller government.    We're also non-partisan, which means we don't let politics influence our research. 

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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.

Help is Here: Productivity and Systems Packages for Overwhelmed Entrepreneurs

Denise Aday

Tags: uncategorized delegation Getting Things Done improvement life balance organization planning policies procedures productivity services systems time management training virtual assistant

2010 24

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.”.

Who Speaks for Small Business in DC?

Small Business Labs

"  Because of this, the article claims: " inside the Beltway, the NFIB's raw partisanship is increasingly isolating it from key policy circles, as lobby groups such as the National Small Business Association, the Main Street Alliance and others expand their influence among entrepreneurs and mom-and-pop enterprises." " Emergent Research (firmly non-partisan) has done a fair amount of policy work.    government policy

2011 19

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!”

Measuring the Impact of the Invisible Economy of Independent Work

Small Business Labs

  Government Policy Independent workers trends There's a growing view that the way economic statistics are collected and analyzed fails to reflect the economic and jobs impact of independent work - especially independent work created by new economy companies like Airbnb, Etsy and Elance.

Stepping It Up – What’s Stopping You?

Denise Aday

Tags: uncategorized boundaries collaboration delegation marketing mindset money motivation organization packages planning policies pricing services success systems teams virtual assistant

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NEW Canada Anti-Spam Law effective July 1 (And how not to be a spammer regardless of location.)

Denise Aday

Remember, regardless of laws and policies, spam is also in the eye of the beholder. Back to those laws and policies… The terms of service of most email marketing providers are stricter than the anti-spam laws themselves. ( CC by 2.0 photo by TeresaH12~~~bizzyazabee ).

Good Q&A on the New Health Care Law & Small Business

Small Business Labs

  government policyFew people know much about the health care reform bill (officially the Affordable Care Act) that was passed last year.    The sections that have the biggest impact on small businesses don't go into effect unitl 2014, so there isn't a huge rush to learn more. But if you are interested, The National Association of Realtors has a great Q&A covering the topic in easy to follow language. 

2014 13

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.

Will Small Businesses Drop Employee Health Coverage in 2014?

Small Business Labs

  government policyWe've looked at the new health care law and tried to understand and forecast what it means for small businesses.    Our quick summary:  we don't know and we don't think anyone else does.    Which is one reason why the topic is so controversial.  The   The New York Times has an article covering McKinsey getting hammered over their analysis of the new health care law. 

2014 13

The Milkshake Moment

Ian's Messy Desk

The following is an excerpt from the book The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth by Steven S. Ian’s Messy Desk Helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day.

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