3 Solutions to Overcome Your Dead-End Job

After graduating from college, I couldn’t wait to find and work my first salary wage job. When it finally happened, I was ecstatic because I thought it would enhance my career. The firm I worked for was a small business with about 10 employees. After working for about 2 years for the firm, I finally realized something – there was nowhere for me to grow within the company.

I had no director or manager above me, and I was the only person in the workplace that could perform my job responsibilities. Even though I had an important role in my company, it bothered me to know that there was no higher position in my department. At first, I wasn’t sure what my options were since it was my first full-time job. However, with the proper guidance, I decided to leave the company nearly a year later.

This experience helped me understand the influence of a corporate ladder. If employees see no room for career growth within a business, there will be turnover, low productivity, and other adverse consequences. As an employee, this feeling of entrapment was suffocating. For that reason, I want to share 3 methods to advance your career, if you believe there’s no room for growth in your firm.

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HR for Startups: 3 Tips to Developing an All-Star Team

Every startup is different and has its own unique qualities. Whether it’s your team, service, or product, your startup is special in its own way. However, there are some similarities among startups. One of them is the necessity to sacrifice time and energy to developing your business. That being said, no founder can grow their startup without a proper team behind him/her. But how can you recruit the best talent to ensure that your team will make your startup prosper?

Well, here’s a hint: it’s not about recruiting the best team, it’s about growing one. If you’re like most startups with limited capital, you won’t be able to acquire the best talent in your market. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never have a quality team behind you; it just means you have to offer more than just a salary for you to gain one.

Luckily, I will help you head in the right direction, even with your limited budget. Here are 3 ways to develop an all-star team to help you reach startup success.

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Startup HR: Should You Be Outsourcing HR?

When you think of startups, I bet you think of the popular companies that are raking in millions of dollars in revenue. From Uber to Tesla, startups have been a growing trend in today’s society. However, not all startups are successful, and not all of them are able to obtain quality investors to support them. For those without any investors, you’re looking at a lower budget and a larger workload.

But here’s some good news to startups with low capital.

You can still compete with those VC backed startups!

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Small Business HR: 3 Superb Ways to Attract Millennials

Millennials, or the Y Generation, is now the largest generation in America. Businesses everywhere are trying to find different ways to attract them to their workforce. However, the methods used to attract millennials is very different from that of baby boomers and other generations. Millennials have different needs and priorities when it comes to employment. The same approach used to attract boomers and Gen Xers won’t work with this audience. Hence, many employers struggle to acquire and keep talented millennials in their company.

Are you having the same struggles as well? Let’s turn that around.

As a fellow millennial, I’m here to help you understand how to acquire talented Y-gens for your workplace. Here are 3 core traits that you should adopt if you’re looking to attract and retain millennials for your business.

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The 3 Most Irritating Payroll Issues for Small Businesses

Small business owners have a lot on their hands, when it comes to running their business efficiently. From marketing to accounting, the business owner needs to take care of all of the responsibilities required to keep his business afloat. That being said, these entrepreneurs can’t handle all of the business tasks, there’s just too many responsibilities.

Many sole proprietors try to alleviate some of their responsibilities and hire more staff or outsource their tasks. That way, they can focus more on the core aspects of growing their business, instead of the busy-work that needs to get done.

One of the most common problems that small business owners have is their payroll management. Payroll can be a serious nuisance if you’re trying to grow your business, and there are plenty of aspects about it that entrepreneurs can complain about.

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The 3 Biggest Small Business Hiring Mistakes

Believe it or not, hiring is similar to dating. At first, you ask general questions to see if he/she has any traits that you’re looking for. Then, after a long period of time (usually), you decide to take the relationship to the next level.

Now, think of the “next level” as the job offer that a business owner makes during the hiring process. Like a relationship, the process of hiring a new employee takes time, energy, and money.

That being said, a lot of employers don’t take recruitment as serious as they should. I’ve heard way too many stories of small business owners who hired a new employee, only to have him/her leave after a couple of months. This is the last thing that any employer would want.

That’s why I’m here to share the 3 biggest hiring blunders you can make for your small business, so you can improve your hiring procedure:

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The Need for Work-Life Balance

Imagine two different workers in two different industries: Worker A and Worker B.

Worker A is an engineer for a tech company, who works 6 days a week and 10 hours per day. He receives a solid salary with a comprehensive benefits plan from his company, but he only has a week’s worth of paid-time-off, including sick days.

Worker B is a marketing manager for a digital agency, who only works on the weekdays and usually works from 9am-5pm. He also receives a health salary, but not as much as Worker A, and just a 401k plan and health insurance from his agency. However, he does receive two weeks of paid vacation days and 5 paid sick days.

From the short summary of these two workers, which worker is happier?

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