Due to government-mandated business closures and stay-home orders, many owners and employees of small businesses were forced to work virtually. Working virtually has shown promising benefits in employees' productivity, which many companies see as a significant idea to utilize and maintain remote workforces. However, there are factors to consider in implementing and managing remote workforces. Here are relevant factors to consider and preparations to implement.
Building your own business takes a lot of courage and considerations because it requires great effort to acquire some level of recognition an already established business may have. Yet if you feel that purchasing a business that is already in existence is the best option instead of starting one from the ground up, then you must critically consider the following before purchasing one.
Your business is your masterpiece. You have spared no effort in making it a reality right from the beginning when it was just an idea. You have given sweat and tears to make it grow and thrive, sticking with it and braving the hardest times. While a business is practically immortal, we humans are not. Plus, the business environment has always been unpredictable, even more so during this time of the pandemic. How do you ensure your business lives on among and despite immense uncertainties?
One way or another, every business owner has to arrive at a difficult decision of letting employees go. Employers and employees have many reasons for parting ways, but termination is never a desirable outcome for both parties. If not handled correctly, this may give rise to expensive lawsuits and public scandal. Here are some effective practices to consider to reduce termination-related risks.
Trademarks give the business its identity. They literally “mark" everything related to the business from its products, letterheads, processes, facilities, and more. But with company logos and taglines flooding the Internet for marketing, it is very easy for a trademark to fall into the wrong hands. At first, it may cause only confusion for your customers but it might bring a pile of expensive lawsuits later. Protect your business now by developing relevant and updated trademark strategies.
The staggering events of 2020 have greatly affected each person’s overall mental and emotional health. Faced with sudden changes such as sickness, loss, or unemployment it is difficult to stay positive. No pun intended. However, this may be an opportunity to invest in your most important asset—yourself. It is a time of unearthing your skills and talents that may have been stored away all this time. As each person is unique you surely have something to offer that nobody else could. You could be t
The coronavirus outbreak has most business owners on their toes. The constant emphasis on the slightest human interaction through skeletal arrangements results in taking in more tasks on your already full plate. From implementing safety measures to protect your employees, formulating strategies to mitigate the outbreak’s impact, to finding ways to generate more revenue — you feel the need to do it all. Here is some advice on how to navigate the volatile business environment in the new normal.
Keeping tabs on the latest developments in public health is vital in reopening your business especially during these dire times. Non-compliance and possible lawsuits are no-no in an already risky business environment. The EEOC's issuance of guidance on antibody tests is one of those developments you should take note of.
COVID 19 has complicated most things that have to do with business, and that includes the rules about granting sick leave to employees. While there are similarities between FFCRA and FMLA, there are certain conditions accepted only under FFCRA. Knowing these conditions can help you create healthcare policies that would best benefit your employees without compromising your "new normal" business operations.
The California Senate passed AB5 that addresses the “employment status” of workers when the hiring entity claims the worker is an independent contractor and not an employee. If you are an independent contractor in California, there are some steps you can take immediately to bolster your position as an independent contractor. Read here to learn more and understand its applicability to you, as either an independent contractor or a business owner who hires independent contractors.