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Why Women Entrepreneurs Are More Likely To Get Funding

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Contributed by Dennis Hung

The landscape of the modern-day workplace has evolved over the years. There is less gender-bias now than in the past and so women have more opportunity in business. According to The 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express, 43 percent of all U.S. businesses with 50 to 99 employees are run by women. Like their male counterparts, these empowered female entrepreneurs must secure funding to get their business idea up and running. The good news, however, is that women entrepreneurs often have an easier time at raising capital than men for many reasons.

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HR Resources and Tools for Small Businesses – Do It Yourself HR

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Contributed by Sophia Conti

Many small businesses run on the bare essentials. Often, those essentials do not include streamlined and well-planned human resources functions. Even larger businesses fail to establish HR protocols and standard operating procedures. Many believe that HR is too expensive to implement for the minimal purpose it will serve. This may be true for some of the more expensive HR solutions but many HR resources are inexpensive. It helps to understand what human resources can accomplish and how it can benefit the company.

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Management Strategies for Improving Team Dynamics

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Contributed by Shachar Shamir

For businesses of all sizes, strong relationships between team members is the most important foundation to the success of team projects. While no one is expected to be best friends with their colleagues, strengthening your team’s ability to collaborate and openly communicate with one another can prevent projects from stalling, while creating a more positive work environment. Here are some of the ways managers can improve team dynamics in order to speed up the workflow, increase overall efficiency, and boost employee morale.

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Website Usability: What It Is and Why You Definitely Need It

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Contributed by Jackie Roberson

An unusable website is unusable. Sure, it’s a tautology, but it’s also a lesson that many business leaders are unable to accept. The problem is that website usability isn’t well-understood by many business leaders, and their ignorance leads them to develop business websites that look flashy or seem cutting edge but ultimately fail to assist site visitors in accomplishing their goals.

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How Chatbots are Changing Recruitment

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Contributed by Micheal Gilmore

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been evolving steadily over the last few decades, causing significant changes in our personal and professional lives. Today, it is almost impossible to think of a business that doesn’t use AI at least to some extent. In terms of recruiting, AI recently emerged in the form of chatbots.

According to a recent study, as much as 80% of companies claim that they already used or planned to use chatbots by 2020. It’s the future of HR business and you should be ready to embrace it soon. In this article, we will show you how chatbots are changing recruitment.

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5 Writing Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Master

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Contributed by Julie Petersen

Entrepreneurs are well known as passionate and proactive professionals who are able to put business ideas into practice. This is a talent not everyone possesses, just like writing is a talent not all entrepreneurs possess. It is, however, a very important skill to master. Entrepreneurs can be so much more effective when they learn to express their ideas and passions in writing.

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14 Confidence Boosters For Your Business

In addition to the undying topic of productivity, confidence in your business is being hotly discussed as we move into 2018.

A confident business is one that knows where it’s going, and is able to deal with change positively. A business with confidence is also more likely to survive the challenges of the commercial world and thrive under pressure.  The proven strategies below will help you build confidence in your business. Here’s to a year of positive business growth!

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5 Tips for Using Snapchat as a Recruiting Tool

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Contributed by Eva Wislow

When you’re evaluating potential employees, you’re probably checking out their social media profiles. That’s a smart thing to do. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all other social media profiles give you an impression of a candidate’s character. But that’s not all social media can offer a hiring manager.

Social media not only helps you evaluate a potential candidate, it also enables you to act as a recruiter.

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5 Steps to Setting Up an Effective Work From Home Policy

Contributed by: Lisa Michaels

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Giving employees the freedom to work from home is a growing trend. It’s a trend that helps employers recruit and retain top talent because the convenience and comfort of working from home is appealing to employees. It’s good for employers too as it may even reduce employer expenses.

But you can’t just send remote workers to the wolves. A company needs a defined work from home policy to make it work.

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How to Overcome Procrastination and Boost Productivity

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Contributed by Ashley Andrews

A colleague of mine at our office told me about a breakthrough he had made years ago when he worked from home.

He used to procrastinate a lot during the work day. He’d say, “I’ll just watch the cricket on TV today, and catch up tomorrow”. Then, the next day, there would be another excuse.

Eventually, after a warning from his boss, he reined this in, and stopped procrastinating. Not surprisingly, he saw a corresponding rise in his productivity. This got him thinking about his productivity. Now that he was changing habits, he decided to try to become even more productive. He realized that the less he procrastinated, the more time he gained back and so he started working on better utilizing that time he was gaining.

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