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Business Vital Signs

Saturday, June 16th, 2018


Part 2 of 3 What is your business plan before you open? What are you doing to maximize profits while you operate? What is your exit plan? Welcome back for part 2 of a 3-part series where we discuss business planning, performance and exiting. Last month we talked about planning and how often our office …

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Business Vital Signs

Saturday, May 19th, 2018


Part 1 of 3 Before you open. While you operate. Your exit plan. (Planning – Performance – Parachute) There are several all-too-common situations we see with prospective new clients (small business owners) when they call or visit us. Most are avoidable or at least could be less traumatic with some “Planning”. Often times the entrepreneurial …

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The Business Climate is Heating Up!

Friday, April 20th, 2018


What is the number one issue facing small business “TODAY”? Over the past several years the concerns of small business have migrated from “small-business regulation” to “taxation” to “how am I going to find good help?!?!?!?!”. Polling from the Gallop group from Q4 2016 through 2017 and into 2018 firmly shows small business optimism is …

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How do you Know when you have an AMAZING Bookkeeper?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018


Seriously, how do you know? It seems everyone in the service industry screams at you that they are the “experts” or they have “excellent customer service!” Surely you have some preconceived notions of what characteristics or traits a great bookkeeper should have… So, what are they? From our perspective here at ShaBro Alternative Office Solutions …

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New Business… Who’s on your Team?

Saturday, February 17th, 2018


So, you’ve decided to go into business FOR yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to go into business BY yourself! Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have a team of professionals aligned with you before you open the doors or take in your first dollar? Of course it would so today’s “Shabro Moment” will discuss the …

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Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business?

Saturday, January 13th, 2018


Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business? Professional Employer Organizations are a good fit if you are in an industry where it is hard for you to obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance. You may have had injuries resulting in cancellation or you may be a newer, higher risk business having a …

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You’re Only as Good as Your Last P&L… Let’s Make 2018 a Banner Year!

Monday, December 18th, 2017


Have you ever heard the saying “you’re only as good as your last P&L”?  What it basically means is there are typically 12-13 reporting periods in the business year and your business’ performance must be monitored closely to help ensure you put as many points on the scoreboard (profitability) as you possibly can before the …

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2017 A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Thursday, November 30th, 2017


It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. The old cliché’ is true – where does the time go? As we say goodbye to 2017 and await 2018 to arrive, there are many things to look back on as we begin our business year-end preparations and forward-looking to the year ahead. Industry …

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Hiring a Better Workforce

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


In this article you will be introduced to very specific and effective strategies and tactics necessary to help give you an edge over your competition when it comes to the workforce you employ for your business. If you have weathered the storm of the recent recession you undoubtedly have seen a massive shift with employment. …

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WHY Should Your Company Have Progressive Discipline Policy and Procedures?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017


Our last article scratched the surface on the world of “hiring and firing” and how most employers genuinely struggle with this. It is long and well-established that your employees are indeed your most valuable “asset” and you have invested tremendous effort, resources (and money) into attracting, developing, managing and retaining them because everyone knows the …

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How Do You Feel About Hiring and Firing Employees?

Thursday, August 24th, 2017


Have you ever had one of these days? It’s Monday morning and you’ve prepared your office, workplace or store for the rush of happy new customers to come through your door. TODAY is going to be a great day! The phones are ringing and the place is buzzing – UNTIL… Once again one of your …

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Did you Know that Outsourcing your Bookkeeping Can Help Grow your Business?

Monday, November 24th, 2014


Are you just starting a new business? If you answered yes, now is the best time to start forming good “business habits.”  It is best to get in the habit of doing things “right” from the beginning.  Many new business owners throw all of their receipts into a box or drawer or scan them into their …

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Having Headaches with Payroll Even Now? Consider Outsourcing Before Seasonal or Holiday Upswing

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


Anyone that has dealt with payroll – for either large or small businesses – knows what a headache it can be. It is time consuming and MUST be done properly, to forgo a myriad of legal issues. This is especially true for business owners who hire new staff for seasonal or holiday upswings. The Coming Local Season and Holiday …

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Is Your Human Resources Department Helping Your Company Gain a Competitive Advantage?

Monday, October 27th, 2014


According to Wikipedia, Human Resources (HR) is the set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, or economy. When applying for a job or to discuss employment issues, you are often directed to the “Human Resources” department of an organization or business. A study from Cornell University found that many top managers …

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12 Tips to Grow Your Business Through Customer Loyalty

Monday, October 13th, 2014


One of the most touted marketing trends for small businesses today is to reward your loyal, repeat customers. These incentive programs not only inspire loyalty, but can add to more immediate sales. Strategies range from discounts to simple but well received courtesies, such as a thank you in many different forms. Ways to reward: Preferred …

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Job Fairs and Fall Recruiting Online, In-person Plus Other Resources

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


A job fair, a career fair or career expo is a great way to recruit for steady and seasonal employees. New trends have also shown implementation of on-line job fairs, as many employers are seeking alternate recruitment venues. Which is best for you? Traditional job fairs Job fairs are meeting places that allow company representatives …

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Financial Statements 101

Saturday, September 6th, 2014


Simple Understanding and Terminology Small business owners wear many hats, and are expert at their own brand but many do not have the basic knowledge of accounting. Below are some basic definitions seen in key financial statements that every small business owner or manager should know, so they can understand how to use them to …

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On the move? Tips for Making your Office Move Smarter and Smoother

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Moving your place of business can be an exciting and/or stressful time. In fact, any move, whether it be office or personal, tops the stress charts. There are ways you can maintain productivity and save yourself stress when moving your business to a new location. Communication is key. Make sure everyone is on the same …

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10 Characteristics of a Great Employee

Saturday, August 9th, 2014


The job market is showing signs of improvement as companies are hiring. When a company hires an employee, there is so much an employer should consider to make sure they are hiring the best person for the job. Some employees are better than others and there are common traits that make a fantastic employee. If …

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Review your Budget More Frequently, Especially with Small Business

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


Like the ebb and flow of the tide, most businesses change continuously depending on a variety of factors which can include everything from seasonal flux, addition or loss of a key client or change in product cost. A small businesses greatest tool to respond to this factor is its budget. Basically your budget is your …

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