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6 Signs of a Toxic Workplace (and What to Do About Them)
Productive, happy, and engaged teams all have one thing in common: a positive, supportive, and healthy work environment. Toxic workplaces? Well, they look a little different. In negative environments, gossip, conflict, and poor communication run rampant. So, how do you know if your business is plagued with toxicity? Keep your eyes peeled for signs of […]
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Gone Digital, Staying Digital: 4 Tips for Social Media Optimization
A big part of your goals when running a business is to sell your products or services to gain a profit, right? So, that means that you want to use every way possible to sell, sell, sell. With the rise and massive presence of social media, you might be thinking this is a good way […]
The Bad Review Blues: Do’s and Don’ts of Responding
Great. You got a negative online review that’s now readable by everyone—current and potential customers alike. Before hastily typing out a response you may regret later, learn how to respond to a bad review. You just may be able to turn the situation into a marketing opportunity and keep the disgruntled customer.
Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles
Here are the best small business articles we read in June. We hope you find this advice for business owners as interesting and useful as we did.
8 Not-so-tricky Tips for Starting a Business, from Successful Small Business Owners
What’s the magic formula for business success? Well (cue incorrect buzzer noise from game show), there isn’t one. But there are tips for starting a business that you can use to reach your unique business success formula.
The Downside to Digital Work: How to Terminate a Remote Employee
Hiring employees is exciting. You’re ready to dive in and get to work because you think, “I found the perfect person!” But even in a digital world full of remote employees (thanks, COVID!), you may realize that an employee is no longer a good fit. In that case, it may be time to let them […]
Want Your Company to Succeed? Set Some SMART Goals for Business
When you start a business, you have plenty of goals. Maybe you want to reach a certain customer count by year-end. Or, maybe you want to make a profit by a specific month or year. Whichever goals you strive to achieve, make sure that they’re smart—well, SMART goals, that is. But, what exactly are SMART […]