Business Tips

General advice on everything from hiring to day-to-day management to finding inspiration.

Connect With Employees Outside of the Office

Want to boost productivity? Duh. One of the best ways to notice a difference is by making sure your employees are happy. This doesn’t mean you need to turn into Oprah and put new car keys under everyone’s chair; there are far more reasonable ways to make sure everyone feels like they’re part of the team. It starts with simply treating everyone with respect – you don’t want your office turning into a junior high cafeteria.
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Five Tips to Stay Motivated After Daylight Savings Time

Five Tips to Stay Motivated After Daylight Savings Time

As Daylight Savings Time comes to an end, many will rejoice for the extra hour of sleep and getting to wake up in the daylight again. However, that joy dissipates once the sun sets and they’re still at the office.

Great things that come with this time of year; who doesn’t love watching a football game in a blizzard (other than Raiders fans)? Seriously though, it can be difficult to stay motivated as the seasons change and the days grow shorter, colder and grayer.

Here are five ways to avoid the motivational doldrums brought on by the annual shift of the earth’s axis.

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How to Create a Professional Home Office

How to Create a Professional Home Office

With more people working from home, it’s important to make sure your home office can be a distraction-free place for organized and efficient work.

So before you pull out the measuring tape and hammer, here are a few questions to help you create a killer home workspace:

What type of space do you need?

Make a list of everything you’ll need to do for your job. If you will have a lot of paperwork or other tasks that demand extra space, take note of it.

Will you be taking care of a child during work hours?

Your children are more important than your work, but that doesn’t mean they should be interrupting your workflow. Create a fun and safe environment for them that you can monitor while you work.

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5 Tips for Hiring Someone You Won’t Have to Fire

5 Tips for Hiring Someone You Won’t Have to Fire

Are you overwhelmed with your workload? It may be time to hire some help.

The smaller your business, the more important it is to hire the right person on your first attempt. Making the wrong hire, especially in a small business, will cost your company a lot of time and money. These tips will prevent you from making some common mistakes and land the perfect candidate to help your business grow on the first try.

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7 Reasons Your Small Business Should Have a Facebook Fan Page

7 Reasons Your Small Business Should Have a Facebook Fan Page

If you’re a FreedomVoice customer, you may have noticed FreedomVoice has liked your fan page and started following you on Twitter. We want to know more about our customers and their businesses so that we can better connect online. However, we’ve noticed a lot of small businesses don’t have a Facebook fan page but are instead using personal profiles for business connections.

We think having a personal profile is great; there’s no better way to stay connected to family and friends online. For a business though, a fan page has tremendous benefits:

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Be an 855 Number Pioneer

Be an 855 Number Pioneer

Well, it’s about time.

Way back in the Year 2000, the FCC released the 866 toll free number prefix in order to ease the burden on 888, 877, and 800 numbers. Ten years later, with high quality vanity spellings a rare commodity, the FCC finally has stepped up and unleashed a whole new batch of numbers to champion your brand:  the 855 toll free prefix.

Explore the Strange New World of 855 Numbers

Vanity Toll Free Numbers: Creativity Trumps Wishful Thinking

Vanity Toll Free Numbers: Creativity Trumps Wishful Thinking

I read an article this morning entitled, “Tips for Picking a Great Toll Free Vanity Number“. Unfortunately, instead of listing realistic advice, the author chose to count down a handful of ways to make business owners rip out their hair searching again and again for unrealistic vanity 800 numbers. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic – but these weren’t tips, they were siren songs, mirages in the desert, challenges to your sanity.

So I thought I’d do my best to turn these tips on their head, and in the process leave you some practical tips about securing a great vanity toll free number for your business.

Get Creative with Vanity Toll Free Numbers

5 Reasons Your Home-Based Business Needs an 800 Number

5 Reasons Your Home-Based Business Needs an 800 Number

Running a business out of your home is no simple task. If you’re to have any success as a home-based entrepreneur, you must first learn to manage your time, balance your home and work lives, and maintain some semblance of health and hygiene.

But beyond your napping “sleeping” habits and your personal preference to shower/shave/get dressed, the technology you deploy also plays a big role in whether your operation gets off the ground. Here are five of the top reasons you should consider using an 800 number virtual phone system for your home-based business, instead of just relying on your personal home or cell phone numbers…

800 Numbers for Home-Based Businesses

Earth Day: How Can Telecommuting Help?

Earth Day: How Can Telecommuting Help?

On the eve of the 41st Earth Day, I’m going to invoke the big ‘T’:  telecommuting. The benefits of telecommuting have never been more important to the health of the Earth. Each year, more cars hit the roads in long commutes, increasing energy consumption and putting out more and more pollution.

For decades, leaders in the telecommunications industry have pushed for greener solutions, encouraging and empowering business owners to create telework programs with technologies like virtual phone systems and the hosted VoIP PBX.

Telecommuting for Earth: The Power is Yours!

Improving Your Small Business Website: Page Speed

Improving Your Small Business Website: Page Speed

Recently, Google announced that a website’s speed (how fast your webpages load in a visitor’s browser) is now to be a ranking factor in determining how well a website ranks on their search engine. If your pages load very slow, you may have a harder time getting your website to rank for your targeted terms.

Here are some useful tools you can use today to start testing and improving your website’s speed…

Take Your Website to Ludicrous Speed

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