The world of employee benefits, health care and health insurance can be confusing to navigate, particularly for small business owners. Nationwide, there are two main categories of health-related benefits: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare; and 2) everything else.
Shopping has never been more accessible and more of a sport than in recent history. With mobile devices and cloud services, you can access just about any product, brand or store, compare prices, read reviews, make a secured purchase and then track the delivery of that purchase as it gets scanned at each drop off […]
Swiping your credit card is synonymous with making a payment for most consumers and businesses. However, the action and method of taking payments are about to change. New credit card processing procedures are set to change the way we process payments, thanks to the 2015 EMV Compliance Mandate. Tami Cohorst, contributor to Entrepreneur.com explains, “EMV is an acronym for […]
To attract the best talent, many companies offer competitive parental leave policies. However, concerns over cost, productivity loss and employee retention — especially for smaller businesses — make choosing the best policy difficult. Employers must analyze if they can afford paid parental leave, flexible or part-time work schedules, and training temporary workers.
“If you build it, they will come,” may work in a 1980’s Kevin Costner movie, but it’s a weak business model to have. However, many entrepreneurs are so enamored with their product that they believe that they’ll instantly have customers clamoring for it. In reality, creating and providing a great product is only two of four important pieces of the […]
Startups don’t die, they commit suicide. In other words, 90 percent of start-ups fail because the founders get bored, discouraged, or something else, and they move on to other things, not because of some catastrophe. No matter how dark it is today, things will always better tomorrow. – Justin Kan, co-founderm Justin.TV & […]
The word “networking” is right up there with team building, work retreats, and staff seminars in my world. I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, I start to twitch uncontrollably, and I want to curl up in the fetal position under my desk. Every job has good points and bad points […]
“Location, location, location” is a familiar real estate mantra and for good reason. It’s why a 2,500 square foot home in Waco, TX costs $250,000 and that same home in Orange County costs $1.5 million. There are many factors to consider when choosing residential real estate, but what should you think about when looking for the perfect […]
One of the major problems with scams is that they just look so darn good. For example, my mom recently renewed her car tags online and was appalled at the additional charges that she thought the DMV had added including “convenience” and excessive “handling” fees. When it was all said and done, she spent an […]
My sister used Uber for the first time last week and she was blown away. Her family was on a mini-vacation to Disneyland and instead of waiting forever for the hotel transport or walking several miles to the amusement park, she tried this newer innovation from her cell phone. Within minutes a young woman with a […]