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Business Math: How to Calculate the Cost of Gas for Traveling

Knowing the cost of your travels, whether for work or personal reasons, is very important. Some people focus mainly on the federal reimbursement rates to gauge how much their remuneration will be, but being able to calculate your actual expenses in advance is equally as important. Calculating the cost of gas before you leave is a great way to budget yourself by simply finding out how much this trip will cost you.

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Check Your Emotions At the Door

Contributed by: Ben Eden

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Have you ever heard a manager say something like, “leave your emotions at the door”?

Sure, there may be some value in that because people need to use their rational and logical side of the brain while trying to solve problems at work.  But when someone is telling you to “leave your emotions at the door” they are telling you that emotions have no place here. 

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Veterans Day Time Off in the U.S. -Who Gets It?

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Currently, the FLSA (Federal Labor Standards Act) does not require employers to give employees time off for any holiday. In fact, the federal government does not require employers to pay for any time that an employee doesn’t work (such as vacation time). Although this is true, some states have their own holiday policies that business owners must follow.

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Legal Considerations for Launching a Small Business in California

Contributed by: Joni Meyers

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Understanding the legal requirements of operating a business is crucial even before its launch. Even if you have legal counsel at your side, you should know the specific laws and obligations you have to fulfill as a business owner, so you don’t accidentally break them. This knowledge will help to ensure your compliance and protect you against certain risks down the road. Read on for the important legal considerations of launching and running a small business in California:

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Are You Legally Required to Give Employees Voting Leave?

It’s election season and people all over the nation are encouraged to vote and express their opinions. There are three ways in which one can vote for a Federal election: by mail, by absentee ballot, or in person. If you don’t have the opportunity to vote by mail or with an absentee ballot, you must vote in person on the day of the election. Unfortunately, those who aren’t registered to vote by mail only have one way to vote. If employees are scheduled to work on election day, they may miss the opportunity to vote.

If your employees are working on election day, you may have to give them time off to vote depending on the state you’re in. Read more to find out:

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How to Successfully Onboard a Remote Employee

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve either just hired a remote employee, or you’re thinking about hiring a remote employee. Just as you’d have to do with an in-office employee, you’ll need to show your new virtual employees the ropes so they can be successful. Through careful consideration and organization, you can successfully onboard a remote employee without the headaches. How do you effectively bring someone onto your team that you’ve never met in person? We’ll tell you how:

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How to Handle Unhappy Customers: Turning That Frown Upside Down

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Whether you’re working from home or in the office, you’ll cross paths with both pleasant and more complicated customers. As someone who used to manage a sandwich shop, I’ve had my run-ins with distressed and angry customers. Although they’re sometimes tricky to handle, there’s always a path to ensuring their satisfaction. It’s important to handle unhappy customers with care and respect. If handled indelicately, you may make the situation worse and end up losing the customer. Addressing dissatisfied customers’ problems is necessary for maintaining a good reputation, so you’ll want to do it right.

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How to Hire Virtual Employees

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We live in a new age where nearly all office-based employees are working from home. There’s no question that telecommuting has grown tremendously in the past decade, but the coronavirus’ impact on the workplace has heightened its growth over the past few months. As some offices transition from temporary to more permanent home-based work, it’s time to think about something more than just managing your remote workforce. Now that you’ve abandoned previous in-office practices or you’ve considered hiring remote employees, you need to know how to hire new employees in a virtual environment and bring them onto your team successfully.

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Social Media: A Guide for Your Business

If you own a business, you probably have multiple social media profiles. If you don’t, you may want to consider hopping on the social media train! As of 2020, approximately 50% of the population uses social media, which means you’ll reach a lot of potential customers. Social media is a great way to interact with customers, inexpensively promote your services, and educate others about the merits of your business. Utilizing a social media platform like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is especially important right now. With the coronavirus limiting face-to-face interactions and the loss of in-person marketing options, many business owners are turning to social media to keep customers engaged and informed.

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

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If you own a business, it’s likely that you have a website in order to promote your products or services. Creating and maintaining your online presence is essential for moving your business forward, but there are some important considerations when creating a website. One of the essential things you must take into account when managing your website is whether it’s compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Time Tracking Systems Can Result In Greater ROI: Learn How

Contributed by: Kiara McColl

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“How do I increase my employee productivity rates?” is a question that comes up in the mind of every business owner. High employee productivity is capable of taking you up the competitive ladder within a short period. However, most businesses today tend to struggle with their overall employee productivity rates, especially since so many employees work away from an office these days. By finding ways to increase your employees’ productivity rates, you will increase your return on investment (ROI).

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