Category Archives: Small Business

Fuel Prices Break Records in 2012

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Hire The Right Employee (Part 1 of 2)

The following post is re-published with permission from our friend Chuck Clement at My Payroll Agent and Paytime Payroll.

One of the biggest challenges businesses today face is r ecruiting top talent. Sure, finding someone who is interested in working for you may be easy, but finding the right employee for your company is easier said than done. To help facilitate the hiring process, many companies employ a number of tactics such as personality tests, competence tests and a variety of interviewing techniques. We would like to share some of these tactics with you.

Look At The Interview Process From Different Angles.

Approaching an interview from several different angles is the key to finding your ideal candidate. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked by the busy employer. Interviewing is a two-way street. Just as you are exploring how well a potential candidate will fit into your company, they are exploring whether they truly wish to work for you. If you are looking to bring your A-game to the interview process, then prepare by following the five steps below:

5 Steps For Preparing To Hire The Right Employee:

1. Organize Yourself: You expect your candidates to prepare extensively for their interviews, right? So why shouldn’t you? If you truly want the best candidate to work for you, put aside time to create a checklist of the qualities and skills you hope to find in such an employee. Read the rest of this entry

FREE Word-of-Mouth Advertising

We all know that word-of-mouth advertising is one of the cheapest and most effective types of advertising that you and your company can get. In order to make this happen, you need to get out of your office and network with people at your local Chamber of Commerce, industry association or a business card exchange event.

However, the reality is this: Very few people go to these events to buy what you are selling.   Read the rest of this entry

‘Tis the Season of Not Passing Out

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring and summer! After an unusually warm winter, there is no doubt that the summer heat approaching us will be something to take into concern. Whether you are outside working construction or in a kitchen sweating over a hot stove, taking the necessary precautions to protect your employees and yourself is a must. Here are some pointers from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on how to keep your working environment “pass out proof.”

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing
  • Avoid the morning coffee, caffeine and sugar are a catalyst for dehydration
  • Provide workers with plenty of cool water. The water should be at a temperature of 50-60°F if possible.
  • Even though hydrating is great, be aware that drinking more than 12 quarts of fluid in 24 hours is harmful to the body.

Know What You Feel:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Chills
  • Throbbing headache
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slightly elevated body temperature
  • & Shallow breathing are all signs of a Heat Stress related illness

Calling Only the Best

News just came in from TopTenReviews that our RingCentral Office service is the best in the game for 2012! RingCentral Office beat out Phone.com, Vonage and 8×8, just to name a few, in the business Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) category. MembersSAVE understands that our world is constantly becoming more digital and in order to keep up, businesses have to evolve to fit the needs and wants of consumers. Not only is RingCentral a pioneer for technology in the digital age, they are also making their advancements affordable for everyone to use.  This is what TopTenReviews had to say about RingCentral:

We were impressed with their performance in every one of our categories, boosting them to the top of our rankings with exceptional service plan features like unlimited minutes, free in-network calls and unlimited extensions. Their system is very easy to set up and use, and they provide plenty of customer support. As we compared this service to its competitors, it was no surprise to us that they ended up at the top of the list of the best business VoIP services.

Gas Price News

Links to userful information on the reality of gas and fuel pricing, from Pricelock.com/memberssave: