6 Affordable Services that Will Help You Run Your Business without Increasing Overhead

Let’s face it.

As a small business owner, you’re constantly looking for ways to save time and money.

The problem is, you face the exact same challenges as your larger competitors face. Whether it’s IT, marketing, or accounting, your business needs these services to survive.

But finding someone full time (or even part time) for each of these critical business functions can suck the margins right out of your bottom line, leaving you with a lot less money at the end of the month.

Luckily, there are services that are designed for you, the small business owner, so that you can profitably grow your business without dramatically increasing overhead.

Let’s get started.

Your Own IT Staff with WP Curve

If you’re a small business owner reading this post, there is a really good chance that your website runs on WordPress.

And why not? There’s a lot to like about it. It’s flexible, customizable, and best of all, it’s free.

But, if you’re not a coder, and have absolutely no desire to be one, WordPress can present certain challenges to the average small business owner.

Whether that’s getting a plugin to work, removing a virus from your site, or making sure that your new landing page is set up correctly, there are a variety of issues that can come up.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your First Employee

Congratulations! You’re there!

Your calendar is booked solid and you’re thinking about hiring that first employee.

I know you’re probably feeling a little too overwhelmed to celebrate, but let’s take a moment to look back on everything you’ve accomplished.

You started a business working for yourself. You have a growing customer base. And you have established yourself in the market.

That’s quite a bit of work and like I said: congratulations!

But before we crack open the celebratory whiskey and wine, let’s get to the business at hand and talk about making that first hire.

The Biggest Hiring Mistake Business Owners Make

Hiring your first employee

Most freelancers and small business owners come to the realization that they need to hire the moment they run out of time.

In desperation, the small business owner creates some idea of what they’re looking for in their minds, and posts a job description on Craigslist or asks their network of friends and family if they no anyone looking for work.

And while you can have success with this hiring strategy, you also run the risk of hiring the wrong person; costing you both time and money. Resources which I’m sure you’d rather not waste.
The rest of this article is designed for you to catch your breath on the way to world domination – or dominating your market.

Instead of jumping in and hiring your first employee, I wanted to give you a few questions to think about so you can strategically and deliberately move your business forward.

And not fall victim to the same mistake your colleagues make.

Without further ado, here are the 5 questions you should ask before hiring your first employee:
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7 Tools to Help You Manage Your Remote Staff

It’s tiring, isn’t it?

As a small business owner, you spend your days servicing customers and closing new deals.
And at the end of the day, you pray that your team of employees and freelancers have completed the tasks that make it possible to grow your business.

But let’s be honest.

We both know you’re going to spend your evening pouring over emails from your team members, trying your best to follow threads, provide direction, and put out fires. Every small business owner and entrepreneur has been there. Take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.

In this article, we’re going to show you 7 low cost (and sometimes free!) tools that will help you manage your remote staff, eliminate fires, and give you back your evenings!

Asana

While millions of people use the popular project management tool Basecamp, we wanted to give a shout out to Asana.

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Like Basecamp, Asana is cloud platform that enables all of your employees to log in no matter where they are, as long as they have a wifi connection. The dashboard consists of three panels in order to give you all of the data you need on a given project.

As a business owner, Asana will give you an overview to all projects currently going on in your organization. This is the information on the left hand side of the dashboard. Once you click on a particular project, the middle of the dashboard will allow you to zoom in on the tasks associated with the project. And finally, the right hand side of the dashboard will be even more granular. There you can see who is assigned to a particular task and when it is due.

The platform allows users to attach files from a computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox to any particular task.

One of the best parts about Asana is there is a free version for businesses that are on a budget.
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